Career Planning

Career and Internship Center Staff

Albion College's Career and Internship Center provides comprehensive services designed to assist students and alumni in the career exploration and decision-making process. We strive to teach students the skills necessary to be successful with their career pursuits. Get to know us!

Troy Kase, Director of the Career and Internship Center Troy Kase

Director
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Troy joined Albion College as Director of the Career and Internship Center in February 2013. He comes to Albion from Idaho after working at the Career Center at Idaho State University for fourteen years. Troy received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and Master of Counseling in Student Affairs and College Counseling from Idaho State University, and continues to complete coursework toward a doctorate in higher education.

Dawn Hernandez, Assistant Director Dawn Hernandez

Assistant Director
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Dawn is an Albion College alumna and Albion community resident. After graduation, Dawn pursued a career in social work in the Ann Arbor area. Several years later, she returned to the Albion area and began working at the Albion District Library. Upon completing her master's degree in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University, Dawn worked in public libraries for over a decade. Dawn brings her skills as a social worker and librarian to the Career and Internship Center to help benefit the students at Albion College.

Jenny Risner-Wade, Operations Manager Jenny Risner-Wade

Operations Manager
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Jenny joined the Albion College Career and Internship Center in September of 2013. She graduated from Albion College in 1998 in English and a concentration in Environmental Studies. She brings a passion for helping others and an endless commitment to Albion College.

ACM: Chicago Program

ACM Chicago Program

Subjects:  The ACM Chicago Program engages students academically, professionally, and personally with the city of Chicago.  The primary areas of emphasis in the program are Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies – students have the opportunity to explore one of these topics in depth, or participate in classwork and projects across these disciplines.  The program offers an innovative mix of academic work, including an internship, independent study project, common core course about the city of Chicago, and a variety of seminars focused on the arts and creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and urban studies and social justice.  Students are able to explore the vital issues facing cities and the people who live and work in them, while digging deeper to relate these issues to their personal lives, education, and career aspirations.

The program is offered in both the fall and spring semester, and students earn a full semester worth of academic credit.

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

Length: Fall or Spring Semester

Credit: 4.00 Albion units (16 semester hours). 1.0 unit internship, 1.0 unit core course, 1.0 units seminar course, 1.0 unit independent study project.

Housing: Students live with other Chicago Program participants in furnished, shared apartments in various neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago.  While locations may vary each semester, apartments are located close to public transportation and a variety of amenities.  The neighborhoods where students live are an integral part of the program, as students get involved with local community organizations and examine neighborhood issues as part of their classes.

Cost: Students pay Albion College tuition, plus the ACM program fee (which covers housing, field trips, some instructional materials, and a local transportation pass for the semester).

Costs Not Covered by Albion: Meals, travel to and from Chicago, materials and supplies, cultural events/entertainment, and miscellaneous personal expenses.  For more information, go to the ACM Chicago Program cost page

Faculty Advisors:

Laurel Draudt, Robinson 106A,
Patrick McLean, Robinson 201B,

Comments:  The ACM Chicago Program is open to students of any major.  While the internship component of the program is important, the Chicago Program offers a balanced curriculum of two classes focused on Chicago, an independent study project (ISP), and the internship.  The ISP gives students the chance to pursue a topic that relates to their personal and/or academic interests during the semester, and can take many forms, depending on the project.  For examples of recent projects, see this resource page.  The Chicago Program has a long history dating back to 1969, with over 5,000 alumni of the program.

Contact:

Emily Gaul ()
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: 312.263.5000
Fax: 312.263.5879
Web: http://www.acm.edu/chicago

Career Library

General Career Library (Yellow Labels)

Career Exploration (Yellow CE)

  • Be Bold, Cheryl L. Dorsey,
  • Career Guide for Creative & Inconventional People, Carol Eikleberry,
  • Careers for Introverts & Other Solitary Types, Blythe Camenson,
  • Cool Careers for Dummies, Marty Nemko, 3rd edition (7 copies here 3 at Stockwell)
  • Everybody Wants to go to Heaven,Steps to Organizational Excellence, Patrick McDonnell, 2002.
  • Gifts Differing, Isabel Briggs Myers,
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook,
  • Panicked Student's Guide to Choosing a College Major, Laurence Shatkin,
  • Road Trip Nation, Mike Marriner,
  • Strengths Quest, Donald O. Clifton,

Job Search (Yellow JS)

  • Confessions of a Recruiting Director, Brad Karsh, 2006
  • How Hard are you Knocking, Timothy J. Augustine, 2005 (2 copies)
  • How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, Brad Schepp, 2012
  • In Search of the Perfect Job, Clyde C. Lowstuter, 2007
  • The International Advantage, Marcelo Barros, 2015
  • Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities, Daniel J. Ryan, 2011 (2 copies)
  • Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies, Joshua Waldman, 2013
  • The Path from Backpack to Briefcase, R. William Holland, 2014 (7 copies)
  • What Color Is Your Parachute?, Richard Nelson Bolles, 2014

General Career Library (Red Labels)

Advertising (Red ADV)

  • Breaking Into Advertising, Peterson's, 1998
  • Build Your Own Brand, Robin Landa, 2013
  • Careers in Advertising, S. Willaim Pattis, 2004
  • Public Relations Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan, 1993
  • Vault Career Guide to Advertising, Ira Berkowitz, 2004
  • Vault Career Guide to Marketing & Brand Management, Jennifer Goodman, 2001

Art / Performing Arts (Red ART)

  • Careers for Culture Lovers & Other Artsy Types, Marjorie Eberts & Margaret Gisler, 1999
  • Great Jobs for Music Majors, Jan Goldberg, 2005
  • Great Jobs for Theater Majors, Jan Goldberg, 2005
  • Vault Career Guide to the Fashion Industry, Holly Han, 2003

Anthropology / Sociology (Red AS)

  • Careers in Anthropology, John T. Omohundro, 1998
  • Careers in Criminology, Marilyn Morgan, 2000 (2 copies)
  • Embarking Upon a Career with Undergraduate Degree in Sociology, Janet Mancini Billson, 1998
  • Great Jobs for Anthropology Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2005
  • Great Jobs for Sociology Majors, Stephen Lambert, 1997
  • Mastering the Job Market with a Graduate Degree in Sociology, Janet Mancini Billson, 1998
  • Sociologists In the Corporate World, Delbert C. Miller, 1994
  • What Anthropologists Do, Veronica Strang, 2009

Business (Red B)

  • Great Jobs for Accounting Majors, Jan Goldberg, 2005
  • Great Jobs for Business Majors, Stephen Lambert, 2009
  • Great Jobs for Economics Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2007

English (Red E)

  • Great Jobs for English Majors, Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert, 2006
  • Technical Writing Careers, Jay R. Gould & Wayne A. Losano, 2000

Education (Red ED)

  • Education Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisana, 1994
  • Teaching Overseas: An Insiders' Perspective, Kent M Blakeney, 2012

Event Planning (Red EP)

  • Become An Event Planner, Matthew James, 2016
  • The Business of Event Planning, Judy Allen, 2002
  • Event Planning, Judy Allen, 2000

Foreign Languages (Red FL)

  • Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados & Other Multilingual Types, H. Ned Seelye & J. Laurence Day, 1994
  • Careers in Foreign Languages, Blythe Camenson, 2001
  • Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors, Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert, 2007

GAP Year (Red Gap)

  • The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures, Michael Landes, 2002
  • Gap Year, American Style, Karl Haigler, 2013
  • The Gap Year Book, Lonely Planet, 2005
  • The Gap Year Guidebook, Samantha Wilkins, 2016
  • Taking a Gap Year, Susan Griffith, 2003

Government (Red Gov)

  • Barron's Guide to Homeland Security Careers, Donald B. Hutton and Anna Mydlarz, 2003.
  • Book of U.S. Government Jobs, Dennis Damp, 2011
  • Civil Service Career Starter, Learning Express, 1997
  • FBI Careers, Thomas Ackerman, 2002
  • Find Your Federal Job Fit, Janet M. Ruck, 2012
  • Public Administration Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1994

Health/Fitness (Red H)

  • Concepts of Occupational Therapy, Kathlyn L. Reed & Sharon Nelson Sanderson, 1992
  • Great Jobs for Physical Education Majors, Nancy Giebel, 2004
  • Guide to Careers in the Health Professions, Lynne Borders Caldwell, The Princeton Review, 2000
  • Health Professions - Career and Education Directory 2006-07, American Medical Association
  • Opportunities in Fitness Careers, Mary Miller, 1997
  • Opportunities in Physical Therapy Careers, Bernice R. Krumhansl, 1993
  • Opportunities in Physician Assistant Careers, Terence J. Sacks, 1997
  • Real People Working in Health Care, Blythe Camenson, 1997

History (Red HIS)

  • Careers for History Buffs & Others Who Learn From The Past, Blythe Camenson, 1994
  • Great Jobs for History Majors, Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert, 2001

International (Red I)

  • Careers in International Affairs, Maria Pinto Carland & Michael Trucano, 1997
  • Directory of Jobs & Careers Abroad, Elisabeth Roberts, 2000
  • Go Global!, Stacie Berdan, 2011
  • Going Global: Singapore, Mary Anne Thompson, 2003
  • Inside a U.S. Embassy, Shawn Dorman, 2012
  • The ISS Directory of International Schools. International Schools Services, 2013-2014
  • Jobs for People Who Love To Travel - Opportunities at Home and Abroad, Ron & Caryl Krannich, Ph.D.s, 1999
  • Returning To Hong Kong, The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, 1995
  • Teaching English Abroad, Susan Griffith, 13th Edition, 2014
  • Work Your Way Around the World, Susan Griffith, 1998
  • Working in Tourism, Vacation Work's, 1999

Law (Red L)

  • Careers in Law, Gary Munneke, 2004
  • Inside the Law Schools, Carol-June Cassidy, 1998
  • Law School 101, R. Stephanie Good, 2004
  • Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers, Gary A. Munneke, 2006
  • Paralegal: An Insider's Guide to One of Today's Fastest-Growing Careers, Barbara Bernardo, 1997
  • Pre-Law Companion, Ron Coleman, 1996
  • The New What Can You Do with a Law Degree, Larry Richard & Tanya Hanson, 2012

Liberal Arts (Red LA)

  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2008
  • In Defense of a Liberal Education, Fareed Zakaria, 201

Ministry (Red M)

  • Answering God's Call for your Life, Robert Roth, 2006 (2 copies)
  • Let Your Life Speak, Parker J. Palmer, 2000
  • A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, Helmut Thielicke, 1962
  • What to Expect in Seminary, Virginia Samuel Cetuk, 1998
  • Who Will go for Us?, Dennis M. Campbell, 1994

Math/Computer Science (Red M/C)

  • Careers for Number Crunchers & Other Quantitative Types, Rebecca Burnett, 1994
  • Computing and Software Design Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1993
  • Great Jobs for Computer Science Majors, Jan Goldberg, 1998
  • Great Jobs for Math Majors, Stephen Lambert & Ruth DeCotis, 2006
  • 101 Careers in Mathematics, Andrew Sterrett, 1996

Media/Communications (Red Med/Com)

  • Big Book 2006: Guide to the Communication Arts, Andre LaRoche, 2006
  • Book Publishing Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan, 1993
  • Breaking Into Film, Peterson's, 1999
  • Breaking Into Television, Peterson's, 1998
  • Careers in Communications & Media, Michael Shally-Jenson, 2014
  • Careers in Journalism, Jan Goldberg, 1997
  • Careers in Media, Michael P. Savoie, 2010
  • Great Jobs for Communications Majors, Blythe Camenson, 1995
  • How To Get Into The Entertainment Business, Ron Tepper, 1999
  • Magazines Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan, 1993
  • New York Film Academy, Film and Acting School, 2008-2009
  • Radio and Television Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan, 1993
  • Why Study Communication?, National Communication Association, 2015

Non-Profits (Red N)

  • Careers for Good Samaritans & Other Humanitarian Types, Marjorie Eberts, 2006
  • Careers in Fundraising, Lilya Wagner, 2002
  • Compassionate Careers, Jeffrey W. Pryor, 2015
  • From Making a Profit to Making a Difference, Richard M. King, 2000
  • A Guide to Careers in Community Development, Paul C. Brophy & Alice Shabecoff, 2001
  • How to Get a Job in the Nonprofit Sector, Michigan Nonprofit Association
  • 100 Best Nonprofits To Work For, Leslie Hamilton & Robert Tragert, 2000

Political Science (Red P)

  • Great Jobs for Political Science Majors, Mark Rowh, 2004

Psychology/Social Work (Red P/SW)

  • Careers for Caring People & Other Sensitive Types, Adrian A. Paradis, 1996
  • Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You, Robert J. Sternberg, 2007
  • Great Jobs for Psychology Majors, Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert, 2006
  • Mental Health and Social Work Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1993
  • What Can You do with a Major in Psychology, Shelley O'Hara, 2005

Science (Red S)

  • Careers for Chemists: A World Outside the Lab; Fred Owens, Roger Uhler & Corinne Marasco, 1997
  • Careers for Scientific Types, Jan Goldberg, 2007
  • Careers in Focus: Animal Care, Ferguson, 2001
  • Careers in Science and Engineering; Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy; 1996
  • Environmental Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1993
  • Great Jobs for Biology Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2004
  • Great Jobs for Chemistry Majors, Mark Rowh, 2006
  • Great Jobs for Engineering Majors, Geraldine O. Garner, 1996
  • Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors, Julie DeGalan, 2008
  • Great Jobs for Geology Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2007
  • Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future, Jim Cassio & Alice Rush, 2009
  • Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science, Kreeger, 1999
  • Jump Start Your Career in BioScience, Chandrea B. Louise, Ph.D., 1998
  • Physical Sciences Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1994
  • Real People Working in Science, Jan Goldberg, 1998
  • The EnviroDirectory: Great Lakes 2000-2001, Environmental Marketing Group, Inc., 2000

Sports (Red SPT)

  • Career Opportunities in the Sports Industry, Shelly Field, 2004
  • Careers in Sports, Fitness, and Exercise, American Kinesiology Association, 2011
  • The Mulligan Guide to Sports Journalism Careers, Joseph F. Mulligan, 1999

Volunteer (Red V)

  • Invest Yourself - The Catalogue of Volunteer Opportunities, Commission on Voluntary Service and Action, 2003
  • A Life Inspired, Peace Corps, 2008 (4 copies)
  • So, You Want To Join the Peace Corps…, Dillon Banerjee, 2000

General Career Library (White Labels)

Internships (White IN)

  • All Work, No Pay, Lauren Berger, 2012
  • The Coffee Run, Sydney Fulkerson, 2015
  • 52 Weeks of Sales Success, Ralph R. Roberts, 2009
  • Finding Your Internship, Marvin Russell, 2013
  • Foreclosure Self-Defense for Dummies, Ralph R. Roberts, 2008
  • The Internship Manual, Sharise Kent, 2015
  • The Ultimate Guide to Internships, Eric Woodward, 2015
  • Walk Like a Giant, Sell Like a Madman, Ralph R. Roberts, 2008
  • Your Internship, Molly Abrahamson, 2015

General Career Library (Blue Labels)

Cover Letters (Blue C)

  • Dynamic Cover Letters, Katherine Hansen & Randall Hanson, Ph.D, 2001
  • How to Say It, Rosalie Maggio, 2001
  • Knock'em Dead Cover Letters, Martin Yate, 2012
  • Vault Guide to Resume, Cover Letters, and Interviewing, Howard Leifman, 2003

Employment (Blue E)

  • Life During College, Life after Graduation, 2005
  • Your Financial Future, Life after Graduation, 2005

Interviewing (Blue I)

  • Case in Point, Marc P. Cosentino, 2007
  • The Essential Digital Interview Handbook, Paul J. Bailo, 2014
  • The Essential Job Interview Handbook, Jean Baur, 2013
  • The Essential Phone Interview Handbook, Paul J. Bailo, 2011
  • Five Minutes to a Higher Salary, Lewis C. Lin, 2015
  • How to Dress for Success- DVD
  • Interview Like Yourself (No, Really!), Jezra Kaye, 2014
  • Knock'em Dead Job Interview, Martin Yate, 2013
  • Powerful Phrases for Successful Interviews, Tony Beshara, 2014
  • 60 Seconds & You're Hired, Robin Ryan, 2016

Leadership (Blue L)

  • Coaching Skills: A program aimed at enhancing your ability to support others, 2009
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership, John C. Maxwell, 2011
  • Leadership and Self-Deception, The Arbinger Institute, 2010

Networking (Blue N)

  • How to Build the Ultimate LinkedIn Profile in Under an Hour, Andrew Macarthy, 2013
  • LinkedIn in 30 Minutes, Melanie Pinola, 2013
  • Make Your Contacts Count, Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon, 2007

Resumes (Blue R)

  • The Infographic Resume, Hannah Morgan, 2014
  • Knock 'Em Dead Resumes, Martin Yate, 2012
  • Modernize Your Resume, Wendy Enelow, 2016

Graduate School Library (Green Labels)

Financing (Green FIN)

  • Dan Cassidy's Worldwide Graduate Scholarship Directory, 5th ed., Dan Cassidy, 2000
  • Don't Miss Out: The Ambitious Student's Guide to Financial Aid, Robert & Anna Leider, 1994-1995
  • Grants for Graduate & Postdoctoral Study, Peterson's, 1998

Exploration and applying to Grad School (Green GRAD)

  • The CV Book, James Innes, 2012
  • CV Handbook, Will Coghill-Behrends & Rebecca Anthony, 2011
  • Grad's Guide to Graduate Admissions Essays, Colleen Reding, 2015
  • Graduate Admissions Essays, 4th Edition, Donald Asher, 2012
  • GRE Premium, 2015, Princeton Review
  • GRE Premier, 2016, Kaplan
  • GRE Study Guide, 2014
  • How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae, Acy L. Jackson & Kathlen Geckeis, 2003
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement-Peterson's, Richard Stelzer, 1997 (2 copies)
  • How to Write the Perfect Personal Statement, 4th Edition, Petersons, 2009
  • How to Write the Perfect CV, M.E. Brandon, 2013
  • Personalize Your Grad School Essays, Michelle Hubbard, 2014
  • The PhD Factory, Goldman & Massy, 2001

Law (Green LAW)

  • How to get into the Top Law Schools, Richard Montauk, 2011
  • Law School Essays, Princeton Review, 2008
  • LSAT: Endurance Practice, Kaplan, 2010
  • LSAT: Mastery and Timing Practice, Kaplan, 2010
  • Stern-Wilson Book of Law School Lists, Gerald Wilson, 2016

Masters Business Administration (Green MBA)

  • Great Applications for Business School, Paul Bodine, 2011
  • MBA Admissions Strategy, Avi Gordon, 2010

Medical (Green MED)

  • The Best 167 Medical Schools, Princeton Review, 2015
  • Get Into Medical School, Kaplan, 2011
  • The Medical School Admissions Guide, Suzanne M. Miller, 2012

Graduate Programs Guides Set (No Labels)

  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs: An Overview
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in the Biological/Biomedical Sciences & Health-Related Medical Professions
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in Business, Education, Information Studies, Law, and Social Work
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Agricultural Sciences, The Environment & Natural Resources

Encyclopedia of Associations - 3 volumes, Gale 46th Edition, 2008 (No Labels)

Encyclopedia of Associations: Regional, State, and Local Organizations-Great Lakes States, 1 volume, Gale 16th Edition, 2006 (No Labels)

Tips to Writing a Cover Letter

General Tips as you Start

Finding employment is, in large part, a function of effective communication. The success of your job search will hinge on your ability to present yourself professionally and demonstrate your value as a prospective employee. You must convince employers that you have something to offer if you are to receive further consideration. Employers are seeking to hire persons whose interests and abilities most closely match requirements of the job. A good fit between an individual's personality, values and philosophy and the organization's culture is also highly desirable.

Producing a Professional Letter

Just as with your resume, your letters should be error free and visually appealing. Although you may be able to send the same resume to a variety of different organizations, each letter you send should be carefully tailored to the situation and the employer being addressed. Never send a form letter.

Employers will view your letter as an indication of your written communication skills, so keep it formal, businesslike, and concise. One page should be sufficient and it should be in print that is sharp and easy to read. Do not use unusual fonts.

Whenever possible, address your letter to a specific person. This may require you to call the organization and ask to whom you should address your cover letter. Last, but not least, proofread carefully. Typos, spelling, grammatical or punctuation errors will prevent you from receiving serious consideration.

Final Tips

  • Write to a specific person.
  • Present your message clearly, concisely, and honestly with consideration for your reader. Desirable length is usually one page.
  • Give specific and pertinent information relative to the position you seek. Generalities are not only confusing, but they imply you are trying to conceal a weakness. Include enough facts to be convincing.
  • Be yourself and be positive. Personnel executives easily recognize letters copied from textbooks, written by employment agencies, or sent out in mass.
  • Make the appearance attractive. Use a standard business letter format and 8 1/2 x 11" bond paper. White, ivory, and light gray colors are desirable. Type the letter with proper margins, indentation and spacing.
  • Proofread your letter. Is it interesting and persuasive? Does it include important aspects of your college experience, a bit of your personality, and all pertinent qualifications and skills? Are the punctuation, grammar, and spelling correct?
  • Drop off a draft, or make an appointment with a Career and Intership Center staff member for an objective critique of your letter.

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