Special Academic Programs


A.†††† Experiential Education (Internships or Co-ops)

The experiential education program, designed to augment classroom theory, offers students opportunities to participate in carefully monitored, field-based learning experiences in agency, business, education and governmental settings. The internship experience allows students to apply their liberal education, and prepare for fulfilling careers.

1.†† Eligibility requirements

a.       Minimum 2.0 GPA

b.      Junior or senior standing

c.       Approval of departmental faculty/experiential director


2.      Criteria

a.       The internship responsibilities should be related to academic and/or career interests of the student.

b.      The student should be assigned meaningful tasks, with ample opportunity to perform in differing capacities and with a variety of employers. In any work setting the student may be assigned some mundane tasks, but the majority of internship tasks should demand a professional responsibility. Each activity should involve the integration of the accomplishment of a task with conscious educational growth.

c.       The internship should be supervised by a qualified professional who understands the objectives of an academic internship program.


†††††††† 3.†† Academic credit

a.       Academic credit is awarded by participating departments. The total amount

of credit varies based upon the nature of the work, the academic projects, and the amount of time spent on the job. A minimum of forty hours of work per credit is required. A student will generally work about 10-15 hours per week during the semester for 4 credits. For 4 credits to be awarded during winter term, full time work is expected.

b.      A maximum of 15 credit hours obtained through internships/co-ops may be applied toward degree requirements.

c.       Letter grades are given. The grade awarded is the prerogative of the faculty sponsor, who should include input from the work-site supervisor, conferences with the student, and evaluation of the academic assignments.

d.      Departments designate whether credit is given toward major, minor, or electives.

e.       Credit is not given for working per se, but for attaining certain educational goals in an alternative learning environment.

B.††††† Leaders for the Twenty-First Century Programs

†††††††† 1.†† Academic Honors Programs

Under the leadership of the academic honors program director, outstanding students are chosen to participate in the honors program which emphasizes writing, critical analysis, problem solving, and independent research. Activities for honors fellows include the following: honors courses and seminars, independent studies, special assistance with graduate school preparation and application, and assistance with fellowships and scholarships. The director will promote an awareness of the needs of honors students in the university community.

2.      Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Program

The Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows program is a four-phase developmental program that takes students from learning leadership skills to sharing those skills with others through academic courses and experiential learning. During their first year, Leadership Fellows participate as emerging leaders in the Isabella Cannon Leadership Program. In addition, they take two academic courses together, attend a fall retreat, and collaborate with a team on a community project. During their next three years, Leadership Fellows will take two more academic leadership courses and continue in the Cannon Leadership program by taking a role in one or more student organizations, enhancing their leadership styles, mentoring other leadership students, and presenting their legacy to a Board of Review. Seniors who complete all four phases of the program will graduate with distinction as an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow.


3.      Jefferson-Pilot Business Fellows Program

The Martha and Spencer Love School of Business offers the Jefferson Pilot Business Fellows program to outstanding freshmen who have a strong interest in a career in business. Fellows enroll in dedicated freshman courses, receive a study abroad grant for a business-related course, participate in an internship between junior and senior years, and enroll in a senior capstone experience that involves them in a real business situation.


4.      Journalism and Communications Fellows Program

This program is designed for academically talented students with a strong interest in journalism, broadcast and new media, corporate communications, and cinema. Twenty fellows are selected each year based on high school performance, interviews and essays. Fellows participate in internships at local or national media sites, winter term travel and a capstone course.


5.      Elon College Fellows

Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences offers the Elon College Fellows program to sixty outstanding first-year students interested in the liberal arts and sciences, including the arts and humanities, social sciences and the mathematical, computational and natural sciences. Elon College Fellows learn about the arts and sciences as they gradually narrow their focus, declare a major field of study and delve into the work of the discipline. All Elon College Fellows take special courses, enjoy a close mentoring relationship with a faculty member and experience firsthand the creative process of discovery that culminates in an original research project or an artistic creation or performance.


6.      Science Fellows (replaced by Elon College Fellows Program for students entering Elon after fall 2002)

A research-based program for exceptional students majoring in sciences, mathematics or computer science, the science fellows program provides preparation for graduate study or a career in the sciences, mathematics or medicine. Fellows enroll in a special introductory seminar as freshmen, participate in a year-long interdisciplinary seminar to prepare them for scientific research and enroll in a science policy course as sophomores. All these experiences, and others, are designed to help students immerse themselves in the world of science. Additionally, science fellows are invited to participate in the Elon University honors program.


7.      The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

Elon University is one of only two private universities selected by the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission to offer a teaching fellows program, and one of only fourteen institutions throughout the state. The teaching fellows experience is housed in Elon's School of Education. Students interested in the teaching profession apply to the North Carolina Teaching Fellows commission and are awarded grants through a selective interview process. The teaching fellows experience at Elon is a four-year program requiring participation in the following:

a.      Specially designed leadership courses

b.      Internships

c.       Study/travel to major U.S. metropolitan areas

d.      A semester of study in London

e.       Special field trips, lecture series

f.        Capstone seminar examining local, state and national issues and their effect on education

g.       Elon Experiences Transcript

C. Scholars Programs (replaced by Elon College Fellows Program for students entering Elon after fall 2002)

1.   Scholars in the Arts and Humanities

Working with a faculty mentor, an arts and humanities scholar will engage in a special project or activity that will issue in a public performance before the end of the final year at Elon University.Twenty junior and senior students are honored as scholars, with ten chosen each spring.Ordinarily these are rising juniors with majors in departments in arts and humanities (art, English, foreign languages, music, performing arts, philosophy, and religious studies), though worthy non-majors and minors and juniors will be considered when there are openings.Grants up to $750 are available for travel and other types of support for the scholarís project.

2.Social Science Scholars

As juniors, social science scholars participate in a special seminar and register for an independent research project that will carry into their senior year.Each year, twelve sophomores are chosen from among students majoring or minoring in social science programs to become social science scholars.Scholars may receive grants up to $750 to support their research and travel.Students must have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA to be nominated.

D.            Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate research provides students with an opportunity to join faculty in scholarly activity.Any undergraduate enrolled full-time at Elon University is eligible.The following programs help students gain valuable research activities.

1.†† Grants-in-aid program

††††††††††† 2.†† Professional travel for students

††††††††††† 3.†† Student undergraduate research forum (SURF)

††††††††††† 4.†† Summer undergraduate research experience (SURE)