Experiential Learning

The College offers dozens of internship opportunities in many departments, all of which are open to any qualified student. Students most interested in legal internships find that Allegheny’s location in Meadville, a county seat, multiplies the number of on-site learning experiences available to them. A number of other internships are available in Washington, D.C.


  • The Robert H. Jackson Center offers internships for college students as a major part of its educational mission. Internships are┬ánot┬álimited to students with pre-law ambitions, although it is expected that most applicants will come from that field. All students currently enrolled at Allegheny College may apply. An interest in research and writing is the most important qualification for the internship. Contact Mary Solberg (msolberg@allegheny.edu), Program Coordinator for the Center for Political Participation for more information.
  • Office of Chief Counsel, Northwest Region, Department of Environmental Resources, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Meadville Office: This branch office is devoted to environmental crime, regulation and investigation. Students work closely with the chief counsel in charge of the office, who also has conducted “mini-courses” in legal research for the benefit of interns and other students.
  • Office of the District Attorney, Crawford County: Students work closely with the District and Assistant District Attorneys in learning the administration of criminal justice.
  • Office of the Public Defender, Crawford County: Students work closely with the Public Defender and assistants to learn the criminal justice system from the perspective of defendants. Limited legal research on pending cases is included.
  • Office of a practicing attorney, Crawford County: Students experience the many facets of private practice and engage in elementary legal research and writing.
  • Office of the City Solicitor: Students work closely with the City Solicitor to learn municipal law.
  • Crawford County Office of Adult Probation: Includes study of criminology, the probation and parole system, and the administration of criminal justice, as well as serving as an adult probation officer with a caseload of approximately 10 individuals. Involves some work with the Court of Common Pleas as a representative of the Office of Adult Probation.
  • Office of Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Crawford County: Students are introduced to civil and criminal litigation through courtroom observation.
  • Washington, D.C.: A number of internship opportunities are available.

Other Special Opportunities

The Washington Semester

Allegheny is one of 90 sponsoring institutions for this program in the humanities and social sciences, conducted by and at American University in Washington, D.C. Areas of concentration include the Washington Semester Program (emphasizing the study of national government), the Peace and Conflict Resolution Semester, the Foreign Policy Semester, the Justice Semester, the American Policy Semester, the Journalism Semester, the Art and Architecture Semester and the Economic Policy Semester. Students spend the first semester of the junior year at the School for Social Science and Public Affairs at American University, working with source materials and government institutions.

The Washington Trip

Every two years, about 35 Allegheny students travel with faculty to Washington, D.C., for a two-day program involving receptions and visits (both at home and at the workplace) with Allegheny alumni. These one-on-one encounters pair students with practicing attorneys employed by private law firms, government agencies and corporations, introducing students to the myriad career and professional paths open to them.

Pre-Law Library

The Allegheny College Center for Experiential Learning (ACCEL) maintains an extensive pre-law reference library including law school catalogues, books on the study and pursuit of law, and publications that discuss and explain the law school application process.

Other College Resources

  • Full-time faculty: 133 (average per department: 7)
  • Average class size for freshmen: 21 (larger in introductory science classes)
  • Average laboratory: 15
  • Average class size in upper-level courses: 10
  • Courses offered: approximately 500, plus Independent Studies, Internships, and Senior Projects