Forever changed: Life after a Heston Summer Experience

A Gettysburg College education extends beyond the classroom -- and beyond our historic location -- to all corners of the globe.

The Heston Summer Experience, made possible by a generous gift from alumnus James Heston ’70, connects students and host organizations to provide immersive domestic and international internships focused on social change. These experiences have deep and long-lasting effects on both the students and communities involved.

Participants in the Heston Summer Experience, which is coordinated by the College's Center for Public Service (CPS), focus on community development, sharpening their understanding of the day-to-day complexity of social issues. By placing students in local and international contexts, the program allows them to learn by acting, forge strong friendships, and tackle some the world’s most challenging problems.

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