Thank you for helping make our Spring Job Fair a great success! Employers were impressed with the level of professional dress and discourse.
If you missed it, check out all the employers that were just here hoping to connect with UVM students and grads.
Assess how the fair went for you and which businesses you want to follow up with.
We’re glad to be able to open up this space to a guest blogger, Kailee Brickner-McDonald, a former practicum intern with Non-Profit Programs here at Career Services, for this Doing Good, Doing Well post. We are glad she was able to share this story of networking with us!
UVM’s Alternative Winter Break and Vermont Institute on the Caribbean–Partners since Career Services’ International Non-Profit Career Panel in 2009
In the spring of 2009, UVM Career Services hosted an International Non-Profit Career Panel. Similar to the networking panels offered this semester (link to calendar for those kinds of events), it brought together alumni and local employers in the non-profit field and students with all levels of interest.
Among the students who participated, Leondaro Badia, ’09, showed up. He shared how he was going to be interning with the Vermont Institute on the Caribbean (VIC) that summer. At the time, UVM Student Life’s Alternative Winter Break’s (AWB) leaders were looking for a new hosting community for their international service trip. Talking with Leondardo about his connection to VIC’s Baseball Exchange Program through a service-learning class, it seemed like a good match for AWB. Thanks to the connection, AWB started to work with VIC. In the winter of 2010 the 11 UVM students on the AWB trip helped with the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Kids initiative and a park building project with 4th and 5th graders in Los Dominguez, a marginalized neighborhood in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. This year another 11 UVM students returned to the same school to lead workshops on girls’ self-esteem and leadership. AWB plans to continue the partnership with the community and organization into the future.
Check out this photo of the 2011 Alternative Winter Break group in the park that the 2010 group helped to build:
This fruitful connection at the International Non-Profit Career Panel demonstrates how “networking” is truly a community-building experience. Peer-to-peer student collaboration and information -sharing that night was just as important as the relationships which also began among employers, alumni, and students.
Considering a summer or fall internship in the non-profit sector, but thinking you need to take a class instead because you need the credits? No need to choose! You can get the rich professional experience provided by an internship and earn between 1-12 credits through EDSS 239, the Service Learning Internship class.
What is the Service Learning Internship class and how does it work?
EDSS 239 offers you an opportunity to provide community service in conjunction with academic reflection, and earn credit for doing so! Positions are primarily in non-profit agencies and may be local, national or international. The course is offered in the fall, spring and summer for elective credit for students of all majors. Students may enroll for 1-12 credits, depending upon number of hours worked, and number of readings and reflections completed.
Best of all, you will have an opportunity to reflect and make meaning of your experience with others who are also involved in similar internships. In the words of one recent intern: “This was an amazing and enlightening experience and I am so glad I did this!”
Curious? Check out the process for enrolling in EDSS 239. Your first step will be obtaining an internship in the non-profit sector. For starting ideas on this, check out our Career Services website. For more ideas, stop by for our Drop In Hours, M-TH 1-4 pm, schedule an appointment.
Employers are coming to UVM to meet you and they have a few words of advice to help you prepare for the Job Fair on Wed. March 23rd, 2011.
Do your research! Identify employers that you want to connect with at the fair. To see the most up to date posting check out Catamount Job Link or go to our Career Services site and click on the Job Fair Booklet in blue to see the latest list!
You’ve heard it again and again: Networking is the key to any job or internship search. But where do you begin? UVM’s Vermont Career Networking Night is on Tuesday, March 22nd, is the ideal place!
Connect with more than 40 UVM alumni working in various industries throughout the state. Expand your professional network, get advice on breaking into a career field, and learn tips on job searching in today’s economic climate.