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Distinguish Yourself with Engaged Learning programs!

Engaged Learning coordinates programs for undergraduate students that connect academics and community experiences. Our high-impact programs include:

Undergraduate Research

Community-Engagement and Service-Learning


Capital Academic Internship Program

Prestigious Scholarships & Awards

Campus Collective Peer Mentoring 

EXCEL+ Career Readiness plus Leadership Program





High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) can have a transformative change in personal development, educational growth, and increased marketability. Some HIPs activities and characteristics of high-quality HIPs include:  

  • Apply classroom knowledge to an Internship or Research opportunity
  • Experience collaborative Research Projects
  • Culmination experience demonstrating competence in a project or class (Capstone or Research Symposium)
  • Experience in Field-Based Research or Projects within a diverse community
  • Service-Learning project with a community organization
  • Participation in off-campus Research, Academic Internship, or Study Abroad Opportunities
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Students involved in High-Impact Educational Practices**:

  • Make better connections with faculty
  • Increase interpersonal skills
  • Develop leadership abilities
  • Have higher GPAs
  • Are more likely to graduate on time
  • Are happier with their education
  • Increased critical thinking and writing skills
  • Greater appreciation for diversity
  • Are better prepared for the workforce or grad school

**Benefits have been found to be greater for First-Generation and under-served students.

New! - Funding for Professional Internships

Are you interested in doing a professional internship but worried about covering your living expenses? Good news! The Division of Undergraduate Education, in partnership with UCR Foundation Board Trustee Wally Bakare and Provost Elizabeth Watkins, is offering grants of up to $6000 each to students who secure a professional internship. These grants are being offered through the Tilga EXCEL+ Program Internship Fund.

Students in all majors are eligible to apply but funding is limited, so apply soon! Applicants must be a UCR undergraduate in good academic standing; have a signed offer letter for a professional internship; and complete a brief application that includes an explanation of the financial barriers to participating in the internship. Strong candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to their own professionalization, and preference will be given to students who are actively participating in the EXCEL+ Leadership and Career Readiness Program

Apply Today!

Are you an incoming freshman or transfer student? Get a Mentor!

Find ways to get engaged on campus (research, internships, etc.)
Learn how to best manage your time
Maximize your college experience so you develop both academically and socially
Have fun!!


Upcoming Student Engagement Events

For the full listing of all upcoming information sessions, visit our Events Calendar.