10.1. A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning): Overview

The A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning) bridges classroom theory and real-world experience through travel, internships, career development, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research. The A_LAB includes the center for civic engagement, the center for global education, the center for career development, Compass (see Sec. 6.7.1. and Sec. 10.20.) and the academic success center.

The A_LAB staff, in close coordination with faculty and academic advisors, will match students to experiences that enhance and support classroom learning.

Through the A_LAB, students will:

  • Gain new perspectives on the human experience through service in the Atlanta community and beyond.
  • Challenge their world view and experience learning through cross-cultural moments while studying in a foreign country.
  • Venture into the world of work and learn valuable lessons interning for some of the most noted brand names in the world, all while building a resume.
  • Collaborate across disciplines with students and faculty to research, redefine and think of solutions to the world’s greatest problems, and then put their thoughts into action.

As they progress, students will develop the ability to synthesize, create and invent, while also learning to tell the story of their growth and experience to future employers and graduate schools.