Professional Studies Program
College offers the YMCA Professional Studies Program, a unique program of academic and co-curricular education.
Academic PreparationStudents major in an academic discipline that will allow them to channel their specific interests into YMCA work. Some examples are: Youth Development, Applied Exercise Science, and Business. In addition, all “Y Students” minor in YMCA Professional Studies.
Career DevelopmentYMCA Professional Studies students participate in a comprehensive career development program beginning in their first semester on campus. The program is designed to prepare students for transitions through their college experience to be fully prepared for professional employment.
Leadership and Professional DevelopmentThe YMCA Club is one of the largest co-curricular activities on campus and functions in many ways as a “Y without walls.” The Y Club offers students leadership and professional development activities; participation in YMCA conferences; volunteer programs; and travel to Ys.
Internships and Summer EmploymentThe YMCA Office helps students gain meaningful employment at partnering YMCAs, providing valuable experience each summer. Students typically participate in their formal internship in the summer following their junior year.
Volunteer OpportunitiesThe value of learning through volunteer service is recognized as a time-honored tradition at Springfield College and is embraced by students, faculty and staff. Many volunteer opportunities are offered to Springfield College students on a regular basis.
TravelYMCA students enjoy exciting opportunities to travel to YMCAs both nationally and internationally. In years past, students have traveled to California, Florida, North Carolina, Mexico, Peru, Canada, and South Africa.