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Experiential Learning

Whether it's a communication studies major participating in an ESPN broadcast, an accounting major preparing tax returns for needy families, a future teacher stepping into a classroom as early as their freshman year, or a hotel and restaurant management major participating in an internship at one of the world's most renowned luxury hotel in Lake Como, Italy, a key benefit of the Niagara experience is its students' ability to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in real-world settings.

As a student at Niagara University, you'll have many opportunities to put your knowledge into action.

Undergraduate Research

Our students – who come to us from a variety of backgrounds – proceed to do great things because our faculty members go above and beyond the call of duty.

A recent Gallup survey of 30,000 college graduates nationwide found that “if graduates recalled having a professor who cared about them as a person, made them excited about learning, and encouraged them to pursue their dreams, their odds of being engaged at work more than doubled, as did their odds of thriving in all aspects of their well–being.”

With that being said, the rate at which Niagara students engage in faculty-led research is about double that of nearly 600 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Study Abroad

Niagara University believes that having diverse cultural and academic experiences is extremely important, and seeing the world can enhance a student’s confidenceclarity of direction, and instill a heightened sense of purpose by increasing an international understanding.

NU offers students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester, or during a winter or summer session. During your time abroad, you will be completely immersed in another culture – eating, sleeping, taking classes, and even working while you’re there, affording you invaluable and unforgettable experiences for your life, and in your desired industry.

Our study abroad students have visited over 30 countries including Australia, China, Japan, Spain, France, Turkey, Vietnam, and have worked in cities such as Lake Como, Italy, Cusco, Peru, and London, England.

Internships

Nothing beats real-life experience in your field of study, and more and more of today's employers are seeking job candidates who already possess hands-on experience. So you can take comfort in knowing that 74% of NU students, compared with 48% at similar colleges, participate in an internship, co-op, practicum, field experience or clinical assignment before graduating. Some Niagara courses require an internship, and faculty members and career development counselors help match students with the employers that are best for them. Many internship and co-op experiences are even paid!

NU students have conducted internships at the following businesses:

Regionally
Aspire of WNY New Directions Youth and Family Services
Buffalo Bills New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Buffalo Sabres Niagara County Probation Dept.
Catholic Health System of Buffalo   Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP   People Inc.
Columbus McKinnon Corp. Roswell Park Cancer Institute
First Niagara Shea's Performing Arts Center
Freed Maxick & Battaglia CPAs Speed Global Services
Make-A-Wish Foundation Syracuse Convention & Visitor's Bureau
M&T Bank The Buffalo News
National Fuel YNN Buffalo
Nationally & Internationally
American Cancer Society IBM
AT&T Marathon Petroleum Corp.
Bausch & Lomb Merrill Lynch
Carnival Cruise Lines New Era
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group North American Breweries
CBS Pittsburgh Penguins
Citigroup Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.
Deloitte Touche Verizon
Disney U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Ernst & Young U.S. Department of State
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) The United States Social Security Administration
Fisher-Price Waldorf=Astoria
Goya Foods Inc.