Academics

The Alma Venture

Dream it, learn it, do it. The Alma Venture program means that you — and every single one of your peers — will have the opportunity to design a unique, hands-on learning experience at home or abroad.

At Alma College, we believe in the power of extraordinary experiences. That’s why we created the Alma Venture. Our unique program provides you with up to $2,500 to pursue an original research project, internship or off-campus study experience designed to meet your personal and professional development goals.

Conduct archival research in Washington, D.C., study filmmaking in Croatia or land your dream internship in Chicago. It’s your choice. Because with the Alma Venture, your journey is designed by – and for – you.

$2.5 million  Venture funding awarded to students since 2015.

    100%  Students eligible for up to $2,500 in grant funding to support research, an internship
                or off-campus study

14  Countries host Alma-approved study abroad experiences

“My venture experience helped me gain a greater understanding of how I wanted to combine my various interests, in a true liberal arts fashion, and make a plan for my further education. I was able to build unique relationships and have a taste of my future in Washington, D.C.” – Monroe Molesky

Read Monroe’s story


Where Will You Venture?

Your academic and personal journey is unique. Your venture will be, too. It could take place here on campus or on the other side of the world. It could be credit-bearing—or not. You could spend a semester studying abroad, immerse yourself in clinical experience, build your resume in your dream internship or design your own research project. The opportunities are endless! Need some inspiration? Explore the different ways our students have put learning into action, and start designing your venture today.

Designing Your Venture

How to Apply

Ready to begin? If you’ve completed at least two full semesters at Alma College, you can apply for the Alma Venture Junior Year Experience Award at any time during the year. Or, we accept applications for our Serve Generously, Lead Purposefully, Live Responsibly Awards once a semester. Regardless of the path you choose, we’re here to help you navigate the process. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Apply for Your Venture