Student Michael Balak stands in front of Mayo Clinic

Internships enhance the education of Missouri Western students by placing students in work experiences related to their major or minor. Students who complete an internship will have an insider’s view of their chosen field, important professional contacts and a boost to their resume.

Students have completed internships for:

  • Mayo Clinic
  • Children’s Mercy
  • Hallmark
  • Union Station
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Senators
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • American Family Insurance
  • Worlds of Fun
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory


Students snorkeling

Study abroad provides an invaluable opportunity for students to study in a different environment and gain first-hand exposure to other countries, cultures and societies. Students who study outside of the United States get the opportunity to compare cultures, politics and religions.

Missouri Western students have studied in the following countries:

  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • England
  • Belize
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Greece


Student and professor work on a math problem on a chalkboard

The Research Experience at Missouri Western promotes faculty and student engagement in undergraduate research activities. Research projects at Missouri Western are not just writing papers and spending hours analyzing data. It’s about asking questions and discovering results you didn’t anticipate.


Students working on a Habitat for Humanity house

Through service-learning projects, students at Missouri Western serve as a vital component in the success of local businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations. Service-learning projects are included in classes whenever possible. Faculty members work closely with community partners for requests on specific projects. Whether you are a beginner or a volunteer veteran, Missouri Western will provide opportunities to match your service interest.

Students have participated in service learning projects at the following locations:

  • United Way
  • YMCA
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Food Pantry
  • YMCA
  • Habitat for Humanity


Members of the ROTC exit a cargo plane

Missouri Western students will graduate with the desire and ability to work within diverse communities of people. At Missouri Western, students understand that leadership isn’t a class or a one-time event. Leadership is an attitude. No matter what your interests, Missouri Western has a leadership opportunity for you.

Missouri Western leadership opportunities:

  • Leadership Lexicon
  • ROTC
  • Honors Society
  • Student Government Association
  • Greek Leadership Academy
  • Western Activities Council
  • Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge