The Student Experience

Just about every college is talking about experiential education. That's because it works. At Johnson & Wales, we've been perfecting this approach for more than 100 years, and it extends far beyond the classroom and labs. Through internships, student leadership opportunities, clubs and organizations, and more, JWU students are uniquely prepared for shifting industries and have the flexibility to pursue other career paths and entrepreneurial ventures.

Yena Experiential Education Fund

You can provide stipends to help students defray costs while pursuing unpaid internships.


Student Clubs & Organizations

Support the student activites that help make the JWU experience so unique.


Residential Life Fund

Directly support student team members who play a vital role on the Providence Campus.


Experience is the Difference

JWU's experiential education approach is woven into all aspects of our education, in and out of the classroom. Students supplement theoretical knowledge with real-world practice, gaining hands-on experience and paving the way for a successful career.

Internships are transformative experiences that have become a hallmark of a JWU education. Last year, 2,898 students completed an internship and 70% of seniors on a paid internship received a job offer. But not all internships are paid and there are often expenses associated with accepting and completing an internship program. The Yena Experiential Education Fund, established by former JWU President John Yena '06 Hon. and is wife Donna, provides support to student interns.

Student clubs and organizations also play an important role in shaping our Wildcats. From national organizations like DECA and SkillsUSA, to leadership opportunities in the Student Government Association, to campus clubs like JWU Live and the award-winning Advertising Club, the variety of extracurricular activities available at Johnson & Wales means all Wildcats can find an opportunity to pursue their passions.