Experiential Learning

Willamette is located across the street from Salem Hospital and the Oregon State Capitol, and it’s within easy reach of numerous community service organizations. Valuable experiences are also available on campus. Our students respond to real emergencies and learn leadership skills through Willamette Emergency Medical Services, the university’s student-run, professionally licensed agency that provides medical care to the entire campus community.

The following volunteer or internship opportunities are within walking distance of Willamette’s campus:

  • Community Health Education Center at Salem Health Hospitals & Clinics
  • YMCA
  • Oregon Health Authority (state agency that oversees health policies and programs)
  • Governor’s Office/Office of Health Policy
  • Marion County Health and Human Services (county agency that provides comprehensive medical and other services to local individuals and families)
  • Community Health Improvement Partnership of Marion County (a collaborative effort among healthcare sectors to promote the health of all community members)

In addition, students can take advantage of undergraduate research opportunities that allow them to make significant contributions to their fields of study. Willamette students have examined the impact of climate change on dengue fever, investigated whether a common sunscreen ingredient triggers skin cancer and sought to better understand our biological systems through molecular myosin motors in cells. Undergraduate research on estrogen in aquatic systems has been published in scientific journals, and students have given presentations on their research at national conferences.