» Where is the Office of Career and Professional Development?
» How does the Connecticut College career office differ from other colleges' career offices?
» What is the Funded Internship Program?
» What are the requirements of the Funded Internship Program?
» Why should I do the Funded Internship Program?
» What if I miss any of the career sessions or workshops?
» Will I be able to study away and still complete the requirements for a funded internship?
»Are there resources for finding internships after my first and sophomore years?
» What if I find an internship that is paid?
» What if I choose not to participate in the Funded Internship Program?
» What are the funded internship requirements if I choose to apply to and am accepted by one of the certificate programs (Ammerman, Goodwin-Niering, CISLA, Holleran)?
» What is CamelLink?
» What is the Career Fellows Program?
» What resources are available to me during my senior year?

Q: Where is the Office of Career and Professional Development?

A. The Office of Career and Professional Development is located in Vinal Cottage, which is located almost directly across from the main entrance of the College. While this location is off the main campus, it is easy to get to via the walkway over the main thoroughfare. The office also maintains a satellite space on campus in Main Street West, on the 2nd floor of the Complex (“Plex”), near to central campus and which also houses Harris, the main dining hall. Career staff are in this satellite space Tuesday through Friday for quick questions and drop-in visits.

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Q: How does the Connecticut College career office differ from other colleges' career offices?

A. Most colleges offer career services to their students, but many do not actively engage first year students. Connecticut College’s Office of Career and Professional Development is unlike any other. Unique is the fact that all first-year students are paired with a Career Adviser through the First-Year Seminars (FYS) and encouraged to make an initial/intake, informational meeting. During the first year, students participate in 3 career sessions delivered by career staff to establish eligibility for internship funding. Within the first semester, you will know: who your Career Adviser is, who the student Career Fellows and Graduate Student Intern(s) are, where the Career Offices are located, and you will begin to know resources available. Your relationship with the staff in the Office of Career and Professional Development will be ongoing over the course of your time at Connecticut College. It is the personal and continued advising and contact that sets this program apart from the services of peer institutions. Additionally, programming during senior year seeks to address life skills that will help you launch successfully into the world of career and professional activity.

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Q: What is the Funded Internship Program?

A. The Connecticut College Funded Internship Program, coordinated by the Office of Career and Professional Development, will supply you with the tools necessary to pursue an educational award (funding), to support internships related to your academic and career goals. The process begins in your first year and continues throughout your four years at Connecticut College. Career sessions and labs, individual and group advising appointments, and events give you the skills and vitals to securing a post-college career, including understanding how to articulate what you learn both in the classroom and through co-curricular engagements, creating targeted resumés, honing interview skills, practicing professional written and oral communication, being able to effectively use your networks, and more. Participating in the Funded Internship Program sets you on a path to be highly successful in your career search, graduate school application or other post-baccalaureate plans because you will have built a strong base from which to move forward.

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Q: What are the requirements for the Funded Internship Program?

A.Your eligibility to receive internship funding begins in your first year through your First-Year Seminar. The first and second career sessions are delivered during the FYS common hours (Thursday or Friday) and sets you on your course for continued engagement with the staff of the Office of Career and Professional Development, including professional staff, trained student Career Fellows, and graduate student intern(s). As a first-year student you will also be assigned to a Career Adviser through the First-Year Seminars and encouraged to have an initial/intake information gathering appointment with a Career Fellow. From there, you will be required to meet with your Career Adviser at least once each semester in order to maintain your eligibility for internship funding. Additional workshops and Funded Internship requirements will be completed, giving you the skills and tools to effectively conduct your internship search. Students must also be in good academic and social standing to receive funding.

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Q: Why should I do the Funded Internship Program?

A. The Funded Internship Program will supply you with the tools necessary to pursue a College-funded internship. You'll accomplish tasks vital to securing a post-college career, including creating targeted resumés, honing interview skills, learning how professionals communicate, writing cover letters and more. In your senior year, you will be ready to work with your career adviser on a career search, graduate school advising or other post baccalaureate plans because you will have built a strong base from which to move forward. Connecticut College is one of only a few colleges in the country that offers all students a funded internship following their junior year, and it has awarded more than 3,000 of them in 15 years. In summer 2015, 330 rising seniors — 77% of the Class of 2016 participated in a funded internship.

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Q: What if I miss any of the career sessions or workshops?

A. The Office of Career and Professional Development intentionally schedules these sessions so that they are available over a variety of days and times so you can find one that fits your schedule. Your academic classes and athletic obligations take priority, but in most cases, you will be able to select sessions/workshops that fit your schedule. Once you sign up for any of these, if you cannot attend, you must notify the appropriate person in order to sign up for any others. Failure to attend these sessions/workshop could impact your eligibility to receive internship funding. If you miss a workshop, you must contact Chris Terry at (860) 439-2004 as soon as possible to explain why and reschedule.

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Q: What does a funded internship entail?

A. Once you have secured an internship and your sponsor has completed and returned the Sponsor Confirmation Form, you must complete a minimum of 300 hours with one sponsor in one location. You may not split your internship between organizations or sponsors. Internships may be completed either through formal internship programs, or through opportunities that you create yourself. Upon completion of your internship, you will be required to submit some form of reflection on your experience (written, poster presentation, among others).

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Q: Are there resources for finding internships after my first and sophomore years?

A. Yes. The Office of Career and Professional Development will assist you in the internship search process after your first year or your sophomore year, including helping you develop a resumé. We have had both first-year and sophomore students find and successfully complete many internships. However these are often part-time and unpaid.

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Q: Will I be able to study away and still complete the requirements for a funded internship?

A. Many CC juniors study away and are easily able to fulfill the funded internship requirements and secure internships. Critical to this process is for you to meet with your Career Adviser BEFORE you embark on your study away program to ensure you have completed necessary requirements and are armed with the knowledge and tools to conduct a successful internship search away from campus.

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Q: What if I find an internship that is paid?

A. Congratulations! That is great … and many students find opportunities that are funded by organizations sponsoring formal internship programs or research. If you secure an internship that is paid, you should meet with your Career Adviser to discuss how to proceed. Depending on the amount you will be paid, you may or may not be eligible for funding from the College.

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Q: What if I choose not to participate in the Funded Internship Program?

A. Approximately 80% of the students at Connecticut College participate in and complete the program because it’s easy to do and its value is widely recognized. However, if you elect not to be a part of this specific program, the Office of Career and Professional Development will still help you as any other career office would. Career Advisers will assist with resume and cover letter development, job and internship search skills and resources, interviewing, graduate school application, and more.

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Q: What are the funded internship requirements if I choose to apply to and am accepted by one of the certificate programs (Ammerman, Goodwin-Niering, CISLA, Holleran)?

A. The requirements are essentially the same for all students, even if you are part of a certificate center. All students must complete the Funded Internship requirements as outlined by the Office of Career and Professional Development; any exceptions will be clearly communicated by each Center.

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Q: What is CamelLink?

A. CamelLink is your one-stop system for all things related to the Office of Career and Professional Development. In CamelLink you will have a regularly updated News Feed with announcements on information sessions, employment recruiting events, alumni panels, and career-related programs for all students. There is access to internships and jobs being posted by outside resources, and an extensive list of past funded internships to serve as examples. All appointments with career staff (Career Advisers, Fellows, and Graduate Student Intern(s)) are self-scheduled through CamelLink. There is also a Resource Library that contains myriad resources related to career exploration, job and internship search, advice on appropriate social media presence, session/workshop materials, among other valuable information. You will sign up for all sessions and workshop through the system as well. 

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Q: What is the Career Fellows program?

A. The Career Fellows program has been running for over 10 years and is one of the valuable student leadership training programs on campus. Fellows comprise juniors and seniors who act as peer career advisers and supplement the work being done by the professional staff. The application and selection process (for rising juniors and seniors) takes place early in the spring semester. Those students who are selected through a highly competitive process complete thorough and intensive training that makes them key to the success of the work we do and the students we serve. Career Fellows act as on-campus representatives of the Office of Career and Professional Development, assist with the career sessions and workshops, deliver their own (self-designed) programming in the residence halls, and are available to all students for internship and job search assistance, as well as resume and cover letter critique.

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Q: What resources are available to me during my senior year?

A. You will work with the career staff throughout your time at Connecticut College. Resources for seniors include, continued individual advising to hone your job search, strengthen your networking abilities, prepare you for interviews, access to job search resources and employer interview programs. Career staff supplement the work being done by the Dean of Fellowships/Graduate School Adviser and will help you with the graduate school application process. Events and programs, including recruiting consortia, employer information sessions, mentoring, alumni networking events, and more, are posted in CamelLink, and highlighted in a weekly newsletter that is emailed to all students. 

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