Professional Practica

Gateway professional practica provide students with real-world experience in consulting and finance & banking career fields. Students participate in a Rice University faculty-taught semester course that involves a critical on-site experiential learning component at one of our partner organizations. The semester culminates in our students producing a final professional portfolio based on the Gateway experience.

Some highlights of the professional practica include:

  • Enroll in an upper-division, Rice faculty-taught course.
  • Participate in workshops, meet with experts and working professionals, and network with Rice alumni.
  • Create a professional portfolio during the semester and present a final culminating project to industry experts.
  • First opportunity to register for fully-funded externship travel opportunities to New York City (Finance practicum participants).

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Must have a declared major within the School of Social Sciences. If a student has not yet declared a major in Social Sciences, they may apply to the Gateway Program before doing so, however, final approval is not possible until the relevant major is officially declared.
  • Must have completed nine credit hours toward a major in the School of Social Sciences.
  • International students must receive approval for On-Campus Work at an Off-Campus Site from OISS.