Experiential learning is a core component to intellectual life at Rice, giving students opportunities for internships, research and study on campus and off, in Houston and around the world, expanding the foundation of classroom learning and adding to our dynamic educational experience.
These immersive academic experiences at Rice take many forms. On campus, students conduct research alongside our distinguished faculty. Many students also perform independent research projects with guidance of a faculty member. Rice's more than 40 institutes, centers and consortia provide multiple opportunities for research and study.
Off campus, Rice students can study abroad through more than 500 university-approved programs in 60 countries. They intern with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies here in Houston and around the globe.
Research Centers, Institutes and Consortia
Rice's more than 40 institutes and consortia are hubs of interdisciplinary scholarship and research. By working and learning within these centers, Rice students develop important skills necessary to be 21st century problem solvers, including enhanced communication abilities, foundations for working as part of a larger team, and the ability to recognize trends in scholarship and research.
Click here to view a full list of Rice's research centers.
Center for Civic Leadership
Rice's Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) connects Rice students and faculty with community partners on projects designed to encourage scholarship, active service and meaningful leadership. The programs offered through the CCL are open to all Rice undergraduates and tiered in three levels: LEARN, ACT, and CREATE change, to ensure that you progressively and intentionally build your leadership knowledge and skills. Students may also choose to pursue a Certificate in Civic Leadership, a program which prepares them to exercise leadership in a variety of roles as an active citizen.
Learn more about the Center for Civic Leadership.
Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL)
Rice is among the first to offer an engineering leadership certificate program through the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL). Earning this credential demonstrates to prospective employers that Rice engineers have succeeded in a rigorous academic environment and have had hands-on, active experiences in leadership, communication and teamwork.
In seeking to revolutionize engineering education, RCEL makes certain students are directly connected to highly sought-after internships, entrepreneurial experiences and opportunities to lead through engineering design. The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) is a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary prototype design lab through which all students — as early as their freshman year — are able to apply their skills to design projects.
Learn more about the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership.