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Hands-On Learning

Our faculty and students alike share a core belief that an education cannot be confined to the classroom, but must be applied and refined through ongoing engagement with the outside world. Here, experiential education programs give you unparalleled opportunities to gain real-world experience, build new skills for living and working in a global community, and develop fresh insights into diverse people. These programs are:


More than 92 percent of undergrads participate in at least one professional internship during their time at Bentley (71% complete two or more!) through our Office of Undergraduate Career Services. In fact, Princeton Review has ranked Bentley University the #4 college in the nation for internship opportunities in the United States in 2019.  

Our Career Services Office also helps students find externships, which are experiential learning opportunities and short practical experiences in the potential field of study, which typically lead to internships for our students. Our relationships with leading employers and close proximity to Boston mean that you’ll have access to some of the world’s top companies. You may even meet your future employer on the job — many students have landed full-time positions as a direct result of their internships.

Our students have interned at organizations like:



Take part in projects serving our community partners through the Bentley Service–Learning Center. These experiential learning opportunities allow you to put your burgeoning business skills to work, while helping the members of our community who need it the most.

Your options include:

  • Embedded courses: Built into the curriculum, these projects combine course material with community service
  • Fourth-credit option: Earn an extra academic credit by completing a service-learning project
  • International programs: Combine service-learning with immersion in a new culture at partner institutes in Australia, Italy, Ireland and the United Kingdom


Corporate Partnerships

Through our corporate partnerships, you’ll put your classroom knowledge to work tackling current issues for leaders in industries as diverse as finance, education, government, retail and technology. Working hand in hand with business executives in our Center for Marketing Technology, you’ll develop holistic business plans and sophisticated strategies that you’ll present directly to organizational leaders.

Our past corporate partners have included:



Competition is more than winning and losing. It’s about getting better: honing your strengths and improving your weaknesses. At Bentley, our students take what they learn in the classroom and go up against their peers — on campus, throughout New England, and all over the country. Through academic competitions, challenges and contests, they get the chance to push themselves like never before, bringing their education to life in new and exciting ways and preparing themselves for success in today’s worldwide economy.

Study Abroad

There’s no better way to learn about the global economy than to become part of it. Get started by studying abroad in one of more than 80 programs in over 25 countries around the world through programs offered by the Cronin Office of International Education. Few opportunities are as packed with opportunities for personal development, intellectual growth and deep cultural engagement. Programs run from one week to a single semester to a full academic year.