Meet Troy Kase, Director of Albion's Career and Internship Center
How does Albion's Career and Internship Center help students with career planning?
If you look at our mission statement, you can see that it is inherent that we provide tools and empowerment for students to explore and achieve their goals. To that extent, we provide career counseling, access to thousands of internship and job postings, connections with alumni, and opportunities to meet with employers.
What have you noticed about Albion students since arriving?
I believe that you can learn a lot about a student, or in this case, a student population through their resumes. I noticed how involved students were with on-campus leadership positions, research opportunities, internships, and jobs. I also started to see how connected Albion students are in the community of Albion through mentoring at Harrington Elementary, and other volunteer and internship experiences.
What's one thing students can do to start on their career path?
Take control. Really, it is about that simple. Students have an incredible amount of resources available to them on campus.
First, students need to learn about themselves.This is why the first component of the Albion Advantage is "Explore Your Interests." Included in this is getting to know your values and abilities. The Career and Internship Center has worked with all FYE students in learning more about their personality. This year, we are helping to administer the O*Net Interest Inventory which is a great tool that has direct ties from their interests to various careers. Additionally, we have the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, O*Net Values Inventory, Values Card Sort, and Personality Mosaic.
While these are great tools, they cannot replace the one-on-one attention that students will receive when they come and see us in the office. Of course, these tools are also presented in group settings including in the classroom.
How can alumni and parents help students with networking?
Alumni and parents have been a lot of fun to work with on this campus. They are passionate supporters of Albion and want to assist students. Specifically, we have the Briton Career Connections event and the mentoring group on LinkedIn. The Briton Career Connections will be launched for the first time this fall. Alumni and parents will connect with students and help them learn more about their own career paths, advice on how to proceed in a similar field, and possible connections to jobs and internships.
Mentors play a variety of roles, from offering basic advice about a job search to sharing critical insights on career readiness. Topics that may be covered within a mentoring relationship may be as simple as questions about how to communicate a skill in a resume. Students and mentors may form longer term mentoring relationships that cover choice of career, success in college, and success after college.
Often the resume is the first piece of information that an employer sees about you. It is of utmost importance to make your resume professional and communicate your intended message. We can help you demystify the process!
Congratulations! You have completed your freshman year!
Albion College is committed to your continued engagement with your community and educational process. During your sophomore year, we have activities and events planned to help you succeed in your college career and beyond.
Over the next year, you are expected to engage with your Albion College community through participating in:
Participate in a community service project
The Off-Campus Programs Fair – September 4 from 4:40 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Quad - within Briton Bash)
Gerstacker Recruiter's Night – September 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Science Complex Atrium)
LinkedIn Workshop – September 11 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Ferguson 111)
The Academic Fair – September 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Science Complex Atrium)
LinkedIn Workshop – October 3 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Ferguson 111)
Career Development Employer visits during Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
Serve the People Event – Spring 2014 (Date, time, and location TBA)
Visit with someone from Career Development about your summer job and tying that into your future
Visit with your academic adviser
Declare a Major Event – Spring 2014 (location TBA)
All sophomores will receive a punchcard in their campus mailbox to record attendance at these events and activities. Each time you attend an event, you will receive an entry for the raffle at the Declare a Major Event in the spring (must be present to win).
Through the Sophomore Year Experience, we aim to make your second year at Albion not just successful, but fulfilling and memorable. If you have questions about the SYE program, please contact the Office of Career Development and we'll be happy to answer them.
The Washington Center: Washington, D.C.
Subjects: One seminar, variable topics. Internship. The Washington Center (TWC) assists students from all academic backgrounds in securing full-time internships in Washington, D.C. Through partnerships with over a thousand organizations in the nonprofit, for-profit, governmental and international arenas, TWC advisors are able to find students opportunities that not only match their professional interests, but also allow them to gain hands-on experience in their respective fields.
Prerequisities: Junior-level standing is required by Albion College for admission into the program. Other factors that will be considered for admission are maturity level, quality of application materials (statement of professional interest, issues essay, resume, and letters of recommendation), and GPA. The basic GPA requirement is a 2.75, though keep in mind that a higher GPA may be required for the most competitive of placements. Due to background check requirements for some placements, early application submission may also be required. For dates and deadlines, we encourage you to review information on TWC’s website. Lastly, all students attending TWC from Albion must be approved by the campus liaison, Patrick McLean, prior to being granted admission by TWC.
Length: Fall or Spring Semester or Summer Term
Credit: The.3.0 units: 2.0 unit Internship, 1.0 unit seminar. Summer credit is 2.0 units. Students may choose to have 1.0 unit internship and 1.0 unit seminar, or 2.0 units of internship. Washington Center program is a comprehensive working, learning, and living experience, through whichstudents not only complete a full-time internship, but also take an engaging academic course of theirchoosing, and attend weekly programming that furthers their professional development and exploration into their chosen career paths. For completion of this program, students receive academic credit directly from Albion College. Upon completion of a 15-week fall or spring semester program, students receive 3 units of credits, two as internship credit and one as seminar credit. For the summer term program, which is 10 weeks in length, students receive 2 units of credit, one as internship credit and one as seminar, or students may apply both credits towards the internship.
Housing: The Washington Center guarantees housing to all students participating in its program. All housing is professional-style, fully furnished apartments shared among TWC interns. The Washington Center owns and operates one apartment facility in central D.C. near Capitol Hill, named the Residential and Academic Facility at NoMa and is also partnering with another facility in nearby Silver Spring, MD to provide The Residential Facility at Solaire. These living arrangements are designed to give students the experience of living independently as young professionals. Learn more about TWC’s housing: www.twc.edu/internships/washington-dc-programs/housing
Cost: Albion College tuition and room charges cover program tuition and room fees.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: The program and housing fees associated with The Washington Center program are covered by students’ tuition and housing charges paid to Albion for the semester or term of attendance. Students are responsible for travel to and from Washington, D.C., as well as local transportation and living expenses while in the program. Depending on lifestyle, it is estimated that students spend between $125 and $200 per week.
(Note: The U.S. Attorney's office, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Justice are agencies that require background checks, so students need to apply six (6) months in advance for these programs.)
Faculty Advisor: Patrick McLean, Robinson Hall,
Comments: The Washington Center offers some scholarships. See the brochure and the faculty advisor. Students should keep in mind that Washington is a very expensive city; internships require local transportation and they should budget accordingly. The Washington Center awards scholarships to between 75% and 80% of the students attending their programs during any given term or semester. To give yourself the greatest chance of receiving one of their awards, we encourage you to plan ahead and apply by the competitive deadline. Amounts tend to range between $500 and $3,000. Read the descriptions of the available scholarships on TWC’s website www.twc.edu/internships/washington-dc-programs/program-costs-scholarships/us-students
Contact: If you have any questions about The Washington Center and would like additional details on the program, please contact them directly:
Main Phone: (202) 238-7900 Toll Free: (800) 486-8921 Website:www.twc.edu
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars 1333 16th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20036