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Expeditionary Studies Internships and More

From Maine to Hong Kong

Expeditionary studies’ internships, field practicums, and teaching assistantships offer different paths to a shared end: bridging your education with supervised professional experience.

We will guide you to whatever opportunity best suits your abilities and goals. The practical component of your EXP studies might include...

  • the experience of training offered by The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) or The International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS), where you will learn to plan and make decisions for a group of peers;
  • the expert supervision of EXP faculty to help you develop your teaching skills;
  • an adventure-based counseling program;
  • our exciting Hong Kong Internship.


Teaching assistantships are ideal for students wanting to focus on teaching in adventure settings. You’ll get some taste of this in senior level classes, but a formal, credit-bearing arrangement between you and one of the EXP faculty will give you a chance to plan and execute lesson plans in climbing, skiing, or paddling classes and get feed-back from experienced faculty.

Field Adventures

Field practicums allow SUNY Plattsburgh students to enroll in semester-long programs offered by The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and The International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS) while receiving a full-semester of SUNY Plattsburgh credit and fulfilling a requirement in the expeditionary studies program. We’ll ask you to do some written assignments while you’re spending a semester somewhere in the world, possibly India or the Amazon, Alaska or Patagonia. Wherever you are, you’ll be registered as a SUNY Plattsburgh student.

An International EXP Internship

Every year, qualified students take advantage of our EXP Hong Kong Internship. If you apply for this and are accepted, you’ll work for six months at Treasure Island, an outdoor education center, located on Lantua Island, Hong Kong. There, you’ll receive training from experienced professionals, work with an international staff, and lead and teach school groups who play and learn at Treasure Island. And one of the great cities of the world is at your fingertips!

To qualify for this paid internship, you need to have displayed the right attitudes, have shown self-direction and commitment, and have completed a set of required courses. This internship receives 15 credit hours, a full-semester of credits!

Ali Thompson, 2008 Hong Kong Intern/2009 EXP Graduate

“The EXP Hong Kong Internship gave me real world teaching experience with an international staff and a chance to live in a place where I could explore new places and cultures.”

Greg Young, 2008 Hong Kong Intern

“A large part of what I learned in expeditionary studies was being able to lead. Treasure Island is a place where you can build the structure for leading in a wide variety of situations.”

Contact Information

We invite you to learn more about expeditionary studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Please feel free to contact the chair.

Jerry Isaak, Chair
Office: 102 Broad Street
Phone: (518) 564-5292
Email: [email protected]