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Join Putney Student Travel for summer career exploration, and pursue your passion around the globe, working alongside practicing professionals who have turned their passions into a career. With a group of like-minded peers, learn what it takes to be successful and gain insight into the perks and challenges of a particular career path. Explore your interests in a global context and find inspiration for your future.

Explore Career Pathways in a Relevant Location

Travel abroad to where your interests come alive. Work alongside chefs and culinary experts in Italy, where food culture is central to national identity. Push your boundaries as a creative writer in Ireland, a UNESCO City of Literature and inspiration for many of the literary greats. Dig into the business of sports in Barcelona, home to the F.C. Barcelona soccer club and the largest stadium in Europe. Explore the techniques and craft of photography through hands-on lessons taught by talented instructors in Yellowstone National Park.

Learn Through Hands-On Experiences and Be Inspired

Take your career aspirations beyond what you learned in the high school classroom, and shadow professionals—from writers to biologists to coaches to wildlife experts—to gain insight into their daily lives and the skills needed to succeed in their fields:

  • Meet with engineers in Sweden who designed Volvo’s first self-driving cars
  • Expand and refine your literary skills as you write your way through Dublin
  • Visit CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator
  • Engage with public health and development issues in Peruvian communities
  • Meet Italian chefs and restaurateurs, and prepare a feast for your new Italian friends
  • Volunteer at the Belize Zoo and work alongside the staff
  • Photograph towering waterfalls, spouting geysers, and bubbling mud pots
  • Witness geologic wonders and effects of climate with Icelandic scientists
  • Help identify and examine species with marine biologists in Baja

Draw inspiration from the people you meet on a Putney Career program—hear about the myriad paths they took to where they are today, and return home ready to blaze your own.

Career Options to Explore

  • Sports Management
  • The Auto Industry
  • Science & Technology
  • Writing
  • Public Health
  • Farming, Food Production, and Cuisine
  • Wildlife and Environmental Conservation
  • Climate Science
  • Photography
  • Marine & Tropical Biology

Learn More Through an Independent Project

A career-focused summer program with Putney Student Travel helps refine potential career pathways through an independent project that enables students to delve deeper into a particular topic that interests them.

Examples of Independent Projects

  • Design a sports marketing campaign
  • Become an expert on the state of autonomous cars, or design a mockup of your own vehicle
  • Apprentice with a gelato maker in Italy, or create a food criticism blog
  • Explore the ethical implications of artificial intelligence research
  • Create a sketchbook featuring Peru’s traditional medicinal plants and their uses
  • Curate a gallery of your original photography and invite local friends to attend

Putney Career Program Leaders

Our highly credentialed and accomplished leaders hold degrees that have prepared them to guide our Career programs, including Creative Writing, English Literature, Business, Public Health, Environmental Science, Robotics, Marine Biology, and other relevant areas of study. Our leaders reside in the group’s housing accommodations with the students, and a low leader-to-student ratio allows for individual attention and an optimal travel experience. All of our leaders are seasoned international travelers, poised to help you glean the most from your career-focused summer travel.