Staying safe in off-campus experiences

Please see our guidelines for staying safe in off-campus experiences for information relevant to students, faculty/staff, and campus partners.

Find your experience

» Your next big opportunity is right around the corner!

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VCU has teamed up with Student Opportunity Center (SOC) to provide a central place to find experiential learning activities.

Sign up with SOC today to explore — and apply for! — thousands of on-campus and off-campus opportunities including:

Internships
Volunteering
Research
Grants
Fellowships
Journals
Publications
Events
Scholarships
And more!

Join SOC and start searching for opportunities »

Help using SOC

REAL levels

REAL activities are leveled according to the degree which courses and activities incorporate REAL's key characteristics: hands-on learning, guided reflection, mentored experiences and integrative learning.

  • Level 1: A course or non-course activity that engages students in a clearly defined experiential learning activity but does not incorporate reflection. These activities engage students in "hands-on" learning.
  • Level 2: A course or non-course activity that engages students in a clearly defined experiential learning activity and incorporates either guided reflection or mentoring.
  • Level 3: A course or non-course activity that engages students in a clearly defined experiential learning activity and incorporates guided reflection and mentoring.
  • Level 4: A course or non-course activity that engages students in a clearly defined experiential learning activity that incorporates reflection, mentoring, and integrative learning as both a pedagogy and a learning outcome.

For faculty and staff

To help you make the most of SOC, we are now hosting trainings to help walk you through the software and answer any questions you may have. Sign up for a date at our VCU SOC support page or email real@vcu.edu for an individual consultation.

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