What is The EPIC Advantage?

Earlham is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the United States to offer a funded internship, research, and other career discerning experiences to all students. These opportunities can take place during the academic year or during the summer and are best suited for students who have completed at least one year at Earlham. The EPIC Advantage is one of the life-changing components of a student’s EPIC Journey, which continues beyond graduation.

How Does It Work?

Earlham provides all students access to The EPIC Advantage. Shaped by students’ academic interests and career aspirations, this program is designed to support highly-focused, career-discerning internship, research, and community-based project opportunities. Earlham provides expert advising to help students identify possibilities, discern what would be best for their goals, and secure skill-building placements. The College is committed to supporting students and their experiences, regardless of whether those take place locally, across the United States, or in other countries. EPIC Advantage experiences build on an Earlham education, all of which is designed for students who move the world forward.

Ways to Use EPIC Advantage

Faculty-Led Experiences

Collaborative Research

    • Designed to engage in collaborative research or learn about specific research methods, these programs occur during the summer for approximately three weeks. Students apply during fall semester for programs during the upcoming summer.

Community Projects

    • Designed to partner with an existing community organization in ongoing work or on an identified need, these programs occur during the summer for approximately three weeks. Students apply during fall semester for programs during the upcoming summer.

Independent Student Experiences

Internships/Micro-Internships

    • Designed to work with an existing outside organization, EPIC Advantage internships/micro-internships provide meaningful, project-based work experience.  These experiences can range from 45 hours to 8+ weeks in length.

Practicum/Field Study

    • Designed to work with an existing outside organization providing experiential learning opportunities that have an instructional component and may require ethnographic, scientific, or other reflection. These can range from 2-6+ weeks in lengths.

Professional and Educational Training/Certification

    • Designed to work with an existing outside organization providing ready-made training or certification program from a third-party vendor that will allow you to develop and/or grow specific skills related to your intended career path.

 

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Getting the Most Out of Your EPIC Advantage Award

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One of Earlham’s most important, student-centered opportunities for career discernment is the EPIC Advantage: the promise of one, fully funded, career-related experience prior to graduation. We tout that every student may qualify for up to $5000 toward this experience, which …

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