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BE^3 Brown Experiential Learning Programs

Education | Experience | Exploration

BE3 Brown is a semester, experiential learning program combining a 12-14 week internship and coursework for the fall semester. Students have the opportunity to gain direct experience in a dynamic field, maintain full-time academic status, and collaborate with fellow Brown students in small cohorts. 

In Fall 2023, BE3 Brown programs are offered in the following locations:

Berlin, Germany                                      Boston, Massachusetts

Dublin, Ireland                                         Los Angeles, California

Students can also opt to arrange their own internship in a location of their choosing (U.S. or worldwide).

Academic Coursework

Undergraduate participants may earn up to four course credits (or their equivalent) while engaging in an immersive, internship opportunity. 

In Fall 2023, students will enroll in three Brown University courses for a full semester of four credits: 

  • UNIV 1221: BE3 Brown Practicum (2 credits)

BE3 Brown internship is a central component of UNIV 1221, the practicum course. Together, the course and the internship are designed to provide students with a hands-on learning experience to complement their academic study at Brown. In weekly seminar classes, students reflect on their internship experiences and how they relate to their academic and post-Brown life. The course grounds student experiences within the context of their internship and provides opportunities for students to share insights from their placements. 

  • Two Brown remote-accessible courses of their choosing (or an independent study) in any department. 

Internship Placements

The 20hour/week internship in a field of your choosing is intended to connect theory and practice while building students’ strengths towards post-Brown career objectives. 

During their internship, students will:

  • Explore career options and gain practical experience;
  • Gain a deep understanding of how their host organization operates, and how it collaborates with other institutions especially in relation to the policy process;
  • Apply concepts and transfer knowledge between the classroom and the workplace;
  • Build their résumé and acquire new skills that will empower them through their Brown-to-career transition;

Potential internship sites in Berlin and Dublin are coordinated by our third-party partners in those locations. For placements in Boston and Los Angeles, students will work with the BE3 Brown and CareerLAB staff to understand program structure, identify suitable internship sites, and connect with alumni or other contacts who might be able to provide relevant advice. Students are also strongly encouraged to apply for and secure an internship of their own choosing that meets the program’s criteria. 

Once a student's internship placement is finalized, staff will work with each student's supervisor to ensure that the practicum goals are clearly articulated and a direct line of communication is established between the placement and the BE3 Brown program.

Housing

BE3 Brown is based on a cohort model where students engage and support one another in the classroom and in the residence. For students participating in a location-based program (Berlin, Dublin, Boston and Los Angeles), housing is arranged by Brown. 

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees for BE3 Brown are the same as full-time enrollment at Brown in Providence. Housing, food/meals, travel, books, and other personal expenses vary according to location and individual spending habits. Visit the program’s application page in Via TRM for an itemized list of expenses for each program location.

Brown students eligible for financial aid (with few exceptions) may use their aid for the BE3 Brown program and are strongly encouraged to discuss their eligibility with a counselor at Financial_Aid@Brown.edu.

The BE3 Brown Fall 2023 Application opens in mid-November in Via TRM. The deadline for all program locations is March 1, 2023.

In addition to the Via TRM application, interested students will participate in a one-on-one interview with the BE3 Brown coordinator. Students will be contacted for an interview once their application has been initiated.

Learn more about the BE3 Brown Internship Program!

Zoom Information Sessions - Tuesdays @ 4pm - 5pm beginning November 1, 2022.  Register for a Zoom session below:

November

Tuesday, November 1, 4pm - 5pm                        Tuesdays, November 8, 4pm - 5pm
 

Tuesday, November 15, 4pm - 5pm           

You are also most welcome to contact Kelly Watts for an individual advising appointment, kelly watts@brown.edu  

Learn more about logistics, costs, internships and applications for BE Brown programs on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Questions? Please contact

Kelly Watts

Assistant Director of Experiential Learning
kelly_watts@brown.edu