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The Carleton Scholars Program

About the Scholars Program

Carleton’s Scholars Program is an experiential learning opportunity for students to explore career options, make connections with alumni, and hone networking and professionalism skills. It introduces approximately 15 students to a specific industry area by incorporating a career readiness component and networking workshop winter term leading up to an on-campus symposium, site visits to a variety of companies/organizations, and alumni networking event during spring break. Alumni and parents host the site visits and participate in the networking event. Carleton will cover travel, lodging, and some meal expenses.

 2018 Scholars Programs

Interested in applying?

  • Attend the Scholars information session on Tuesday, January 16, from 12:00-1:00pm in the AGH Meeting Room to learn more. RSVP via the Tunnel.
  • Submit your Scholars application on the Tunnel by February 1, 2018 at 11:59pm. (The application opens on Tuesday, January 16. Priority is given to quality early applicants.)

    Career Readiness Component

    Students begin the program with an orientation outlining the expectations for the program. Then participants engage in a career readiness component. Students will craft a resume, create a student profile and LinkedIn profile, develop an elevator speech, and draft a networking email to an alum. These quick assignments are due weekly leading up to the site visits and students receive individualized feedback on their submissions. As part of the career readiness component, students also participate in a networking workshop led by Lee Caraher ‘86, which provides an introduction to networking, dining etiquette, and professionalism in the workplace.

    After completing the spring break site visits, students write a one- to two-page reflection describing their experience, set goals for their career next steps, and set up a practice interview with a career counselor in the Career Center.

    On-Campus Symposium

    The on-campus symposium takes place the first Friday of spring break. Participants:

    • hear from a keynote alum in the field
    • connect with career counselors to further refine their resumes
    • practice their elevator speeches with career counselors and peers,
    • network with Carleton staff
    • research the organizations and alumni participating in the site visits so everyone is prepared with informed questions

    Site Visits

    Students visit several organizations each day, learning about the organization as a whole and the alumni/parents’ specific roles within the organization, engaging in Q & A, and participating in a creative case study.

    Carleton as a whole has benefited from having these bright students serve as ad hoc ambassadors throughout the United States. During these visits, students have raised Carleton’s profile at corporations, government offices, and organizations on the east and west coasts, where Carleton is less well known than in the Midwest.

    Alumni Networking Event

    The alumni networking event is an opportunity for students and alumni to network in their field of interest and beyond. It allows students to practice their networking skills, make numerous connections, further their industry knowledge, and learn more about life after Carleton.

    Program Outcomes

    Students will learn:

    • the importance of networking
    • how to make professional connections
    • the types of career paths available within the industry
    • how to articulate the skills they will bring to a job or internship
    • how the hiring process works 

    Most Recent Scholars Programs

    Questions?

    Contact Sarah Wolfe at swolfe@carleton.edu or Ashley Belisle at abelisle@carleton.edu

    Career Center pages maintained by Andrea Kubinski
    This page was last updated on 19 April 2018