Career Planning

The Philadelphia Center: Philadelphia, Pa.

A Great Lakes Colleges Association Recognized Program

Subjects: The Philadelphia Center offers more than 800 internships and students from all majors are welcome. Students will earn a full semester's credit as they intern four days a week in an organization of their choice; live with fellow students throughout the city; learn through our city-based seminars; and experience life in one of the nation's most dynamic cities. TPC's full-time faculty and staff offer a unique and highly individualized program.

For more than 40 years, The Philadelphia Center has offered more than 6,000 college students a semester of experiential education, a unique hands-on opportunity geared toward professional, academic, and personal growth in an active urban environment. Students will work closely with TPC staff to choose career-building internships and independent living arrangements. TPC's seminars will provide insight into professional and urban life. At The Philadelphia Center, experiential education means that you influence and direct your learning.

Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing, demonstrated maturity.

Length: Fall and Spring Semesters (or Learning Work -- an eight-week summer program)

Credit: 4.0 units: 2.0 units Urban Field Placement (Internship), 1.0 unit City Seminar, 1.0 unit Elective Seminar.

Housing: Homes or apartments (TPC assists students in locating reasonably priced, conveniently located housing). Students are housed in a hotel during initial orientation.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vicki Baker, Robinson 111; e-mail:

Cost: Albion College tuition and fees covers program tuition and fees.

Costs Not Covered by Albion: Housing, board and entertainment. You will not be paying room and board and those funds are applied to your living expenses in Philadelphia. Other expenses include one-time expenses for hotel/temporary housing, books, and travel to and from Philadelphia. Students are often required to make a one- to two-month security deposit for their housing.

Comments: The program is open to all majors and provides opportunities for professional and intellectual development while living in the city and learning in an experience-based and academic context. The internships involve working full-time four days a week (a minimum of 32 hours) at the internship sites. Students should note that no more than 4.0 units of internship can count toward graduation requirements.

Contact:
Diana Waters,
121 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.735.7300
URL: www.tpc.edu

 

New York Arts Program: New York City

A Great Lakes Colleges Association Recognized Program

Subjects: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Media Arts, and Writing and Publishing.

Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing, demonstrated maturity. Placement with a sponsoring artist to be arranged by a New York faculty advisor.

Length: Fall semester, spring semester, or 4 week Summer Visual Arts Intensive (4 credits = 1 unit).

Credit: 4.0 units (16 semester hours): 2.0 unit seminars, 2.0 units internship, credit/no credit only.

Faculty: Each student is assigned an academic advisor from their area of study. This faculty member teaches an area study and works closely with the student and their apprenticeship sponsor.

Housing: In the New York Arts Program's Chelsea Residence

Cost: Albion College tuition and room charges cover program tuition, fees and room. Students receive $25 per week for transportation and cultural events, paid out twice during the semester provided students' accounts are current.

Costs Not Covered by Albion: $150 for housing deposit, travel to New York City for the required interview and for the program, food, local transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, incidentals, and entertainment.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bille K. Wickre, 517-629-0249,

Comments: The New York Arts program is made up of 4 components: Internships, Seminars, Tutorial & Independent Study and Journals. Students will be required to work in internships usually 30 hours a week forming the major part of the program; take a six-week seminar with their Faculty Advisors on various topics; pursue a clearly defined self-directed study project designed in conjunction with and supervised by his or her faculty advisor; and keep a journal of their experiences, observations and critical reflections. A personal interview in New York is required of all applicants to determine potential ability to work with any given sponsor. Students should allow 3 working days in New York for these interviews. Albion allows only 4 total units of internship toward graduation requirements; the Registrar can help you determine if you will exceed this amount.

Contact:
Susan Childrey
Program Coordinator
305 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: 212-563-0255
Fax: 212-563-0256
E-mail: susan@newyorkartsprogram.org
Web: http://www.nyartsprogram.org/

Researching Graduate Schools

The first step to attending graduate school is to find the one best suited to you!

You ultimately will need to do the research necessary to determining which schools fit your needs. The Career and Internship Center is available to assist you through the process.

To get started, here is a list of Internet resources providing searchable lists of graduate schools based on many criteria.

This page contains links to web sites that are not under the control of Albion College or the Career and Internship Center. We are not responsible for the contents of any linked site. The Career and Internship Center provides these links merely as a courtesy. The data contained in this web site is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error free.

Timeline for Applying to Graduate School

Begin planning for graduate school at least a year prior to when you would like to enter. Deadlines vary depending on the program, though, and it is important that you begin identifying potential schools/programs early and are clear on individual deadlines!

Junior Year

If you are considering graduate school, you need to begin your search for possible programs the fall of your junior year.

  • Meet with staff in the Career and Internship Center for assistance as you begin the search
  • Attend Graduate/Professional school fairs both on- and off-campus
  • Request information from programs that spark your interest
  • Consider making a visit to those schools/programs of most interest to you
  • Begin to explore financial aid resources - the Career and Internship Center can assist!

By the spring and summer of your junior year, you should have a fairly good idea of places you intend to apply and know the deadlines you face in the fall.

  • Develop a personal statement using faculty and the Career and Internship Center as resources to create the best possible document for your field.
  • Register and prepare for required standardized tests.
  • Develop an application timeline for all schools to which you are applying - the process takes too much effort to be eliminated because you've missed a deadline!

Senior Year

Fall of your senior year is the time to be sure everything is in order and submitted on time!

  • Ensure you know how to apply for each school and have all the materials needed
  • Finalize essays and personal statements for each application
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty - provide reference writers with your resume, personal statement, proper forms, adequate time to write the letters, and directions for handling the letters
  • Consider doing a mock interview with faculty or videotaped in the Career and Internship Center prior to professional school admissions interviews
  • Take your required standardized tests
  • Complete the applications - cutting and pasting information from word documents helps in ensuring there are no typing errors. Be sure to proofread the application before sending.
  • Order transcripts from the Registrar's Office - include fall semester grades if available prior to the deadline

By spring of your senior year, many application deadlines have passed. Hopefully you are not waiting until the final deadline to submit your application! This is the time to await word on acceptance and finalize financing.

  • If you haven't yet completed your application submissions, you need to do that now
  • Complete financial aid forms - you may need to include a copy of your income tax return so consider getting that done early
  • Contact schools to be sure your application was submitted if you haven't received notice and verify the timeline for acceptance
  • Write thank you notes to the many people who have assisted you in the application process

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