Tips on Writing a Personal Statement
There are many resources on the Internet to assist you in writing a personal statement for graduate school. No one resource is helpful to everyone and you are encouraged to read several as you start the writing process.
Following are some resources published on the web.
While the above articles can provide insight into writing personal statements, there is no substitute for speaking with people at Albion College. The faculty in your area of study has been through this process and can assist you with questions. In addition, the Career and Internship Center is available to you for individual assistance as you start the process.
What is a Personal Statement?
Writing a personal statement for graduate school applications can feel overwhelming. The purpose of your personal statement is to introduce yourself, explain why you are a good match for the program, market yourself, and entice the admissions committee to positively consider your application. Begin by researching each graduate school you are applying to and learning everything you can about their programs, faculty interests, and requirements for applications.
The Career and Internship Center is available to discuss the process with you and assist you as you develop your cover letter – simply contact us.
In addition to Career Development staff, don’t forget the other many resources available to you:
- Albion faculty – they were successful in their applications
- Albion alumni and friends who have gone on to graduate school – they have insight into what worked for them and/or what a specific school is looking for
- Internet sites created by graduate students at various schools – search on the Internet for blogs
- The writing center – available to assist you in the writing process
Information for Employers
The Career and Internship Center assists employers in connecting with Albion College students and the campus.
About Our Students
Albion College has a tradition of producing quality graduates trained in the liberal arts tradition in a setting which supports and encourages the practical aspects of professional preparation. The liberal arts curriculum, along with the many experiential learning opportunities available here (including internships, externships, off-campus programs, and professional concentration programs) provides Albion students with an exceptional education. It emphasizes the development of their critical thinking abilities, problem-solving, communication and leadership skills. Perhaps most important in today's world, Albion College graduates are well-trained in the process of learning.
Connect with Students
Employers are encouraged to come to campus and meet out students in person through on-campus recruiting. Want to do more than just post a job for students to apply? Do you want to develop a relationship with the students and faculty on campus? Contact the Career and Internship Center for ideas for connecting your organization with Albion talent and use Albion's online recruiting tool.
Special Note Regarding Unpaid Internships
- Reference the FLSA Fact Sheet #71 to see if the intern must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to “for-profit” private sector employers.
- Consider the socioeconomic background of interns that cannot afford to accept an unpaid internship. We hope that you will consider providing opportunities to all students and not just those that have the money to take unpaid positions.