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Carleton Scholars Program: Information for Students

Most career-related field experience programs, such as internships and externships, are designed for one student at a time, and group field experiences are rare. Carleton’s Scholars Program consists of “taste-of-industry” tours that introduce students to a variety of organizations within a particular field of interest (e.g., public policy, green tech, business, film/television, public health, and medicine). These tours include site visits, panel discussions, receptions, and social activities.

Twin Cities Business Scholars Program

Event Dates: Mar. 17th - 20th (Spring Break)

Carleton alumni from all majors work in the business field. Ever wonder if it's right for you? Here’s your chance to learn more! The Business Scholars trip will kick off with an on-campus business symposium featuring alumni from a variety of companies/organizations. Then we’ll hit the road to visit companies including Cargill, Deloitte, Target, UnitedHealth Group and Wells Fargo, network with alumni at Sociable Cider Werks, and participate in skill-based opportunities to explore the functional areas of business (marketing, finance, operations, consulting, and more). Sophomores preferred, but not required. Open to all majors!

Twin Cities Entrepreneurship Scholars Program

Event Dates: Mar. 17th - 20th (Spring Break)

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Want to learn what it takes to make your own opportunities and be your own boss? Are you interested in entrepreneurship, start-ups, or social entrepreneurship? Here's your chance to learn more. Join us for the Entrepreneurship Scholars Program and connect with a number of entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities! Hear their stories and discover how they found success starting their own businesses. Open to all class years & majors!

Participating Organizations:

Trip Details:

Scholars Program Dates:

  • Application Deadline: Monday, February 2, 2015
  • Selections Made: Monday, February 9, 2015
  • Scholars Orientation: Monday, February 16, 2015
  • Critical Leadership Dimensions: Lessons from History and Business with Jeff Appelquist ’80: Tuesday, March 10
  • Business Symposium & Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • Scholars Trip: Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, March 20, 2015
  • Alumni Networking Event: Thursday, March 19, 2015
  • Group Reflective Component Due: Friday, April 3, 2015

Selected Students for the Trip Should:

  • Possess a genuine interest in the trip’s focused industry.
  • Be able to articulate what they want to learn from taking part in the program.
  • Be committed to doing their part to complete the Scholars curriculum required in preparation for the trip.
  • Be willing to engage with the alumni and others during company visits and networking events.
  • Represent the College well by exhibiting respectful conduct on and off-campus.
  • Be on time, reliable, and responsible.

Additional Program Logistics:

  • Students will be housed on-campus during the Business Symposium & Trip.
  • Transportation will be provided for the company tours via bus.
  • The last company visit will take place on the morning of Friday, March 20 with a group lunch following the visit. For those taking a flight out, we will provide transportation to the MSP airport arriving at approximately 1:30pm. Please schedule flights at 3:30pm or later that day.
  • All costs including transportation, lodging and meals during the program are covered by Carleton College.

Questions? Contact Sarah Wolfe at

Background/General Information

  • The Scholars Program was piloted in 2007. The Career Center has so far led 12 groups of students on four to five day trips during winter and spring break.
  • Past trips have focused on Financial Markets, Public Policy, Technology, Environmental Sustainability, Social Action, and the Creative Arts.
  • These programs are meant to provide more than learning opportunities for students; they are also a chance for organizations to learn about Carleton students.

Logistics and Particulars

  • Trips take place during winter and spring break, usually lasting a total of four, or five days depending on budget and travel arrangements.
  • Student groups typically consist of fifteen to eighteen students, one faculty member, and one career center representative.
  • Each group visits up to five job-sites every day, although feedback from students and faculty liaisons have indicated the trip itinerary may benefit from more time for student reflection on what they are learning/doing each day.
  • Parent/Alumni “on the ground” contacts help with arranging job-site visits, student/alumni receptions, and other scheduled group activities.
  • Students prepare resumes, personal bios, and lists of prepared questions for each job-site; bios of alumni and parents hosting students are given to students ahead of time so that students are well-prepared for networking and other social activities.
  • Assessment/Evaluation of the experience for alumni, parents, and students takes place within a week of the program’s end.

Program Content

  • General networking and initial expectations for the trip are laid out at an opening reception with alumni, parents, and students, usually at someone’s home or at a local restaurant.
  • Students visit several job sites each day, learning about each organization as a whole and the alumni/parents’ specific roles within the organization, then engaging in a Q & A session for which students have prepared ahead of time.
  • A closing reception with alumni, parents, and students provides time to reflect, engage, and make final connections with each other

Program Outcomes

  • Participants acquire specific industry knowledge and skills, including project management, teamwork, and presentation skills, as well as familiarity with basic, day-to-day job functions.
  • Participants make connections with possible contacts/mentors for future jobs/internships within an industry or field of interest.
  • Students are able to utilize effective job search skills, including resume writing, networking, and interview skills.
  • Student participants may serve as contacts in our future programs.
  • The Career Center has seen a high demand from students, alumni, and parents for more of these trips/programs in the future.

Past Programs

  • Twin Cities Tech Scholars Program - Spring Break 2014
  • Boston Scholars Winter 2012
  • Non-profits and non-profit management (Seattle, 2010)
  • Business and Finance (Chicago, 2010)
  • Public Health and Medicine (Atlanta, 2009)
  • Film and Media (Los Angeles, 2009)
  • Clean Technology (San Francisco, 2009)
  • Creative Arts Scholars (New York, 2008)
  • Social Action Scholars (2008)
  • Public Policy Scholars (Washington D.C., 2008, 2007, 2010)
  • Environmental Scholars (Colorado, 2007)
  • Technology Scholars (Silicon Valley, 2007)
  • Business Scholars (New York, 2008, 2007, 2006)
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This page was last updated on 25 March 2015