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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. Carleton’s Scholars Program introduces a group of 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). The program includes an on campus symposium with alumni, site visits, panel discussions, a networking reception, career curriculum, and group creative component.

Background/General Information

  • The Scholars Program was piloted in 2006.
  • Past trips have focused on Financial Markets, Public Policy, Technology, Environmental Sustainability, Social Action, Business, Entrepreneurship, 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 spring break, usually lasting two to four days, depending on budget and travel arrangements.
  • Student groups typically consist of fifteen to eighteen students.
  • Parent/Alumni “on the ground” contacts help with arranging company visits, student/alumni receptions, and other scheduled group activities.
  • Students prepare resumes, student profiles, LinkedIn profiles, and lists of prepared questions for each company visit; bios of alumni and parents hosting students are given to students ahead of time so that students are well-prepared for networking.
  • 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 during a pre-trip meeting.
  • 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 networking reception with alumni offers students an opportunity to make connections and further their industry knowledge.

Program Outcomes

  • Participants acquire specific industry knowledge and skills, including teamwork, networking, 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

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This page was last updated on 30 November 2015