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Real-World Experiences

Classroom learning is only part of the equation. Internships, Guest Speakers, and Professional Skill Modules are essential for preparing our students to be dynamic college students and creators.



In the Summer of 2023, three NEIA students opportunity of a lifetime this summer to travel to Taipei, Taiwan, and work in MIT’s Media Lab. Lily Fu, Head of Collaborations & Strategic Partnerships, used her real-world connections to set up this partnership with Taipei Tech in Taiwan. If this opportunity wasn’t cool enough already, our innovators were the only high-school-aged students in a lab filled with college graduate students. 

This summer experience turned into a year-round internship for one of our students, further developing his projects on AI and Urban Design at MIT in Boston. This student is taking advantage of NEIA’s helpful 7-day schedule (in place of a standard, daily schedule), to fill his free blocks with these projects that he is passionate about.

Real-World Speaker Series

The “What’s Your Story?” Speaker Series are exciting monthly events held on our campus. It seeks to connect students with a diverse array of professionals who have chartered unique paths to success, encouraging them to dream big, embrace their potential, and envision their own trajectories toward achievement. This is part of a broader strategy to connect our students with as many professionals, from as many different fields, as possible. 

Real-World Modules

An essential aspect of our Well-being curriculum is Life Skills. We’re preparing our students to enter fields and offices with the skills they need to thrive. We teach important life skills like:

  • Verbal Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Active Listening
  • Effective Speaking
  • Interview Practice
  • Building Personal Brand Identity
  • Network Building

We want our students set up to succeed both during internships and after graduation. The Real-World modules culminate with “Shadow Days,” where they go to a real place of business (like Worchester Art Museum). Shadow Days give students a vital peak at all the life skills they’ve learned being put into action. 

Whatever a student's passion is, we're going to do everything we can to help them make it a reality.
Melissa Remley, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Programming


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