Theory to Practice

Earlham’s commitment to mutual exploration extends beyond the classroom. We offer students countless opportunities to apply academic knowledge in real-world settings.

We cultivate a culture of discovery that helps students thrive as well-rounded, thoughtful and compassionate leaders who are intent on improving the world. Whether studying birds in the Ecuadorian rain forest, investigating the treasures of Earlham’s art collection, or crafting a social media plan for a local government office, our students collaborate with professors on scholarly research, beginning in sophomore year. Student projects often result in presentations at academic conferences or publications in scholarly journals.

Students also put their learning into practice through internships, work-study positions and by leading campus committees and organizations that grow out of their passions.

Immersion Experiences

All incoming Earlham students will participate in at least one designated immersion experience (IE) during their college careers. The IE will be focused on helping you test out future career directions and academic interests experientially. Whether you are thinking about graduate school, a particular career, or just a conceptual category (e.g., "I think I want to work in a lab"), the IE will allow you to explore possible leadings in a more purposeful manner.

Immersion Experiences are most often accomplished in the sophomore or junior year. This allows important testing and reflection of interests and career choices earlier in the undergraduate experience. Preparing students for their experience through guided reflection and critical thinking is central to making the experience “educative.”


Researching native bees
Leading scientific research about bees keeps Clara buzzing
Learn more about Clara Stuligross’ Earlham experience.

Collaborative Research

Earlham students have many opportunities to work with their professors on research projects. Hundreds of these projects have been funded by the Ford/Knight program, which supports the work of small groups of students and faculty as they explore scholarly topics of mutual interest. Science students regularly spend the summer working alongside professors in their labs, including on projects funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and other sources. Collaborative research contributes to the intellectual climate at Earlham as the results of these projects are shared through presentations open to the whole campus. Students and faculty also regularly publish research in scholarly journals or present at academic conferences.



Earlham students find challenging and meaningful internships in our local community, in other cities during the summer, and in far-flung places as part of off-campus study programs. These opportunities are available in every field imaginable, from science and health care, to education and social service, to the arts and humanities.


Basil Farraj
Protecting Children's Rights
Basil AbdulRazeq Farraj ’14 has a vision to work with Palestinian youth. He draws inspiration from his experiences on campus as a Peace and Global Studies major, a semester abroad and summer in Northern Ireland, and two internships in his home country of Palestine.
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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admissions