Small college. Big World. Experience Both.

The Rutherfoord Center for Experiential Learning ensures that you can connect and interact with real-world experiences beginning in your first year and extending through your last. Develop a global perspective and build your creative thinking and problem-solving skills in a tangible way that translates in the increasingly competitive job market.

The Rutherfoord Center encompasses study abroad at an array of destinations around the world; domestic and international internships; initiatives that promote innovation and engagement while connecting academic work with practical application; leadership practice; and undergraduate research projects conducted in close partnership with Hollins faculty.

You can pursue each of these programs throughout all of your four years at Hollins. At the same time, you can receive mentorship; gain expert help in identifying leadership, study abroad, research, and career options; and explore prospects for financial assistance.

Career Center

Career Center

Our Career Development & Life Design Center will help you connect with on-the-ground experiences and skills development in a professional setting.

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Study Abroad & Away

Study Abroad & Away

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of an international study abroad destination.

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Internships

Internships

Receive valuable training and experience through a nationwide internship placement among top tier businesses and organizations.

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Research

Research

Collaborate and work alongside a professor through our undergraduate research opportunities.

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A Global Perspective and Tangible Skill-Building

Made possible by the generosity of Jean Hall Rutherfoord, Hollins class of 1974, and her husband, Thomas D. Rutherfoord Jr., the Rutherfoord Center encompasses study abroad at an array of destinations around the world; domestic and international internships; initiatives that promote innovation and engagement while connecting academic work with practical application; leadership practice; and undergraduate research projects conducted in close partnership with Hollins faculty.

The Rutherfoord Center guarantees every student can pursue each of these programs throughout their four years at Hollins. At the same time, they gain mentorship; receive expert help in identifying leadership, study abroad, research, and career options; and explore prospects for financial assistance. Read the full news announcement from February 2020 about the center here.

The Rutherfoord Center Works Closely In Conjunction With:

Abrina with students

Batten Leadership Institute (BLI)

Learn how to understand and navigate feedback, conflict, and negotiation, and become a better leader in the process. BLI offers undergraduate courses, a certificate in leadership studies, and leadership training and professional development courses for professionals of all ages.

You can elect to earn a Certificate in Leadership Studies through Hollins’ BLI, gaining practical and academic experience that complements any major field of study.

“The intensive exposure the Institute provides to the theory and practice of leadership is without peer among undergraduate programs for women.”- Loren Gary, associate director for leadership development & public affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University