“Hold on tight! You will work harder than you probably expect, but it will be worth it! Also, make sure to take time from work to build relationships.”

– Advice for your first year

The Elon Experiences are a collection of dynamic programs that emphasize applying academic learning in experiential contexts through study abroad, service, internships, leadership, and undergraduate research. These experiences reflect Elon’s core values: an appreciation for cultural diversity, an ethic of service, a strong work ethic, a commitment to civic responsibility and a love of learning. Participation in the Elon Experiences is an essential part of every student’s preparation to be a lifelong learner and global citizen. Every Elon undergraduate is required to complete at least two Experiential Learning Requirements as part of the Core Curriculum.

Faculty are encouraged to teach study abroad or service-learning courses, mentor students in research projects, supervise their leadership and internship experiences, and join in service done by campus organizations or the Kernodle Center. Links to more information – and who might serve as first contact – are provided below.

Learn more about each Elon Experience

Global Engagement

Contact: Woody Pelton, Dean of Global Education and Assistant Professor

Learn more about Global Engagement


Contact: Your department chair or the Student Professional Development Center

Learn more about Internships


Contact: Melanie Bullock, Director of the Center for Leadership

Learn more about Leadership

Service and Civic Engagement

Contact: Mary Morrison, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life

Learn more about Service

Learn more about Civic Engagement

Undergraduate Research

Contact: Meredith Allison, Director of Undergraduate Research and Professor of Psychology

Learn more about Undergraduate Research