The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts, providing crucial resources that help meet our current operating expenses. The impact is immediate and powerful, creating a stronger, more vibrant institution.

More than 20,000 alumni, parents and friends contributed nearly $50 million for the Annual Fund during the Campaign, which was invested in new academic initiatives that are attracting and enrolling the best and brightest students. Support for career and professional development programs, including College-funded internships, also helped students acquire skills and experience to prepare them for life after Connecticut College.


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The Annual Fund supports many aspects of the student experience, including College-funded internships that prepare them for life after college. Nearly 80 percent of students in the Class of 2014 have College-funded internships. Here are two of them:

Emil Lalov


Majors: Mathematics and Economics
Pleven, Bulgaria
Pursuing a career as an actuary, Lalov earned an internship at Liberty Mutual in Boston, Mass., where he contributed to the development of the company’s insurance products. In addition to attending actuarial training, he performed extensive data analysis and presented results to a team of professionals.

Key to Lalov’s internship success was his liberal arts background. Skills in statistics, mathematics, economics and computer science, as well as writing and communications, were valuable assets that allowed him to navigate a new environment and complex set of assignments. Lalov also took full advantage of the College’s career and professional development resources to land the opportunity.

“The counselors are fantastic and were there every step of the way — from developing my resume and cover letter to preparing for both phone and on-site interviews,” Lalov said.

Molly Bangs


Major: Government
Montclair, N.J.
As a media intern at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, Bangs worked closely with the foundation’s media relations and speechwriting teams. She was responsible for media outreach to reporters, editing speeches and press releases, writing blog posts, and introducing speakers at foundation events.

A CISLA (Toor Cummings Center for International Studies in the Liberal Arts) scholar, Bangs was interested in working for an organization that performs international outreach and was able to gain knowledge and skills from one of the oldest and most prestigious foundations in the world. “I’m extremely grateful that I was able to work for an organization that, through initiatives and grants, does so much good around the globe.”

Bangs' dream job would incorporate diplomacy, nonprofit work or international relations with researching and writing — possibly at the United Nations.