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Beyond the Classroom

At Caltech, the pursuit of knowledge extends through an array of initiatives to provide undergraduates with the skills to think deeply and engage with the wider world. Students work closely with HSS faculty to design and complete senior theses and summer research projects; they collaborate in student clubs and on publications; and they gain real-world business experience through internships locally and in Japan.

Student Research and Other Opportunities

Undergraduate Theses in HSS Options

The senior thesis is an original research project written under long-term mentorship and collaboration with a faculty advisor in the student's HSS option. The thesis process combines research skills and methodology with important real-world questions, while also developing the student's writing and presentation skills. Explore recent HSS senior theses shared on the Caltech Library CaltechTHESIS repository.

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Contact the applicable option representative for information about the corresponding thesis requirements.

HSS Student Summer Research

Students have an extraordinarily broad range of summer research opportunities to explore with HSS faculty and labs—from collaborating with neuroscientists on the latest questions about human behavior to engaging with humanities scholars over archival research in medieval literature, and nearly limitless topics in between. Most opportunities are available through two programs organized by Caltech's Student-Faculty Programs Office: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) and WAVE Fellows. Explore this list of recent SURF, WAVE, and other student research projects in HSS.

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Contact the Student-Faculty Programs Office for more information.

Summer Undergraduate Startup Internships

Organized as part of The Ronald and Maxine Linde Institute of Economic and Management Sciences at Caltech, the Summer Undergraduate Startup Internship (SUSI) program matches Caltech undergraduates with startups in the greater Los Angeles area for unique summer internships. Caltech faculty and the Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships coordinate with outside companies to secure internship opportunities that will expose students to the startup environment and help to develop their skills in a real-world business setting. Read about past SUSI internships here, here, and here.

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Read how to apply for a SUSI internship on The Ronald and Maxine Linde Institute of Economic and Management Sciences website.

Japan Internship Program

The Japan Internship Program (JIP) pairs Caltech student-scholars with Japanese companies for summer internships in technology and related industries. Over the course of their summers, participants experience Japanese culture in a business environment as well as in day-to-day life. Learn more about the JIP here.

Please note:

There will be no JIP in 2023. Please check back in fall 2023 for news about summer 2024.

Hixon Writing Center

The Hixon Writing Center employs undergraduate peer tutors who work with student writers in both individual and small group contexts, aiming to help students build knowledge and confidence in their work as writers. If you're interested in becoming a peer tutor, hiring typically happens each winter term, and new hires take a training seminar during the spring term.

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Make an appointment with a writing specialist or peer tutor on the HWC website.

Clubs and Publications for HSS Students

Caltech has many clubs and organizations for students to explore their interests, create new connections, and hone their skills. Several of those clubs, as well as the student-run publications, may be of particular interest to students pursuing HSS options and those who want to engage beyond their HSS coursework. Visit this page for more information on these featured clubs and publications.


Contact the club and publication organizers directly for more information.

HSS Out in the World