Albion Mentors are Albion alumni, friends, and parents who have successfully navigated college and careers. They enjoy the personal satisfaction of contributing to a student’s growth and the challenge of relating to today’s Albion students. Mentors play a variety of roles, from offering basic advice about a job search to sharing critical insights on career readiness. Combined with assistance from the Career and Internship Center, mentoring can create a powerful environment for student success.
Mentor/Student Relationships: Expectations and Guidelines
The Albion College mentoring program uses the strengths of the Linkedin network, Albion alumni, and supporters. The Albion Mentoring Linkedin group is a subgroup of the Albion College Official Linkedin group. You will need to be granted permission to be a part of the Mentoring group and will be expected to adhere to strong ethical standards to participate.
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.
Getting Matched with a Mentor
The matching process will materialize in one of a few ways: the public arena of the Linkedin group or through a student reaching out to a specific mentor that is a member of the group. Public postings allow the Career and Internship Center, Alumni, and Parent Leadership offices to monitor and facilitate matches.
Steps for Connecting with a Mentor
Make sure your Linkedin profile is up to date and professional.
Join the Albion College Official Group on Linkedin.
Request to join the Albion College Mentoring Group within the Albion College Official Group (located by clicking on the More tab and then Subgroups).
Post questions or topics where you would like assistance to the group. This could be a request to be contacted by a mentor or a question for the group. Your posts may look something like the following examples:
“I am a junior majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Art. I would like to connect with someone with a similar background to help me explore career options.”
“I am a sophomore majoring in Philosophy and I have not yet chosen a minor. I would like to ask the group their thoughts on this topic.”
“I am looking for a mentoring relationship as I prepare for my junior year with aspirations of going to law school.”
“I live in the Detroit area, and I would like to work in marketing after I graduate. Is there someone in the group that I could meet with while I am home during Thanksgiving Break?”
Make sure that you always follow-up with mentor communications.
When appropriate, foster a longer-term relationship by providing updates once per semester to mentors.
Mentors are not official representatives of Albion College. Make sure to exercise care and be an educated consumer of information.
Terminating the Mentor/Mentee Relationship
There is no formal process to terminate the mentoring relationship. At any time, either the mentor or the student can indicate that contact is no longer necessary. Both the mentor and the student is expected to respect the wishes of the party requesting termination.
Steps to Your Future
Whether you are a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior, the Career and Internship Center is available to assist you as you move through your college career and on to the next steps of your life. If you utilize the services of the Career and Internship Center, in addition to the assistance provided by the faculty and Institutes, you will be more confident as you move into the world beyond Albion.
Contact the Career and Internship Center
Walk-in Times are available in the Career and Internship Center for simple questions such as a resume critique or assistance in knowing where to start. This is a time you do not need to schedule this appointment, but you may have to wait if others are receiving assistance.
Individualized appointments allow us to take the time to focus on your specific needs - choosing a major, career planning, job search skills, obtaining an internship, preparing for graduate/professional school, and so on. Contact us to make an appointment.
The Career and Internship Center offers self-assessment inventories to help you explore potential majors and your career options. Simply make an appointment with a Career and Internship Center staff member, identify your wish to take a self-assessment tool, complete the inventory prior to the appointment, and we will review the information with you at the meeting.
Research/Investigate Career Opportunities
You need to do research on career possibilities, learn about job search strategies, and explore graduate schools and admission processes. The Career and Internship Center has a Career Resource Center to assist you. Any staff member will be happy to help you find the resources of interest to you. In addition to the Resource Center, it is important you look to the Internet as a source of up-to-date information on careers and graduate schools. The Career and Internship Center staff are interested in assisting you to learn search sources and strategies to enhance your use of the Internet.
Carefully consider your Social Networking Presence
More and more businesses and programs look online for information about who you are. Jobs and internships can be lost if your online presence is unprofessional. The Career and Internship Center is available to consult with you regarding the content of your social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. You should also consider joining professional social networking sites, such as
Attend Workshops and Events
The Career and Internship Center staff present a variety of workshops on campus. Workshops for student organizations, Greek Life, residence hall staff, and faculty are available; simply request a specialized meeting. In addition to workshops, the Career and Internship Center participates in several career events throughout the year. A calendar of meetings and events is posted on our website
Develop Targeted Resumes, Cover Letters, and/or Personal Statements
These documents are your initial “face” to organizations and graduate schools. Career and Internship Center staff will assist you in the steps to start a resume, cover letter, and/or personal statement, discuss strategies to enhance these documents, and critique your drafts.
Gain Experience while at Albion
Summer jobs and internships provide you experiences that will assist you in standing out as you apply for post Albion jobs and graduate school. The Career and Internship Center maintains online services that provide job and internship searching, career research resources, and the on-campus recruiting program. Make sure to complete your profile, upload your resume, and check out all jobs, internships, programs, and resources available to you! Are you connected with Albion’s online job search tool? Click on The Briton Network and get started!
Mock interviews provide you with experience prior to graduate school or internship/job interviews. During the mock interview you will be videotaped. A Career and Internship Center staff member will view the video with you and discuss what you did well and areas for improvement. Ten out of ten students say that completing a mock interview in the Career and Internship Center was a very helpful experience!
Attend On-Campus Recruiting Events
Employers come to campus to interview students for a variety of internship and full-time job opportunities. In addition, employers may collect resumes through the Career and Internship Center’s Briton Network on-line system. Create a profile on The Briton Network and check out the employers coming to campus on the Career and Internship Center calendar.
Most importantly – be proactive!
The staff of Career and Internship Center will assist you in gaining the knowledge needed to find internship and job opportunities that meet your needs. You, however, must take the first step in contacting the Career and Internship Center if you need assistance and doing the work required to find those opportunities that fit your interests.
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
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.
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
Four-Year Career Planning
Albion graduates know how to make an impact.
The vision of the Career and Internship Center is to assist students as you plan for your next steps after college. The Career and Internship Center staff teaches students how to take the academic skills they gain from their coursework and link them to a co-curricular educational plan that culminates into a smooth transition from college to professional work and/or graduate study. The following is a sample list of activities a student may want to pursue in order to formulate and achieve their personal career goals.
Even though you graduate, it isn't too late to utilize the resources of the Office of Career Planning. As an alumnus, you are welcome to contact us at any time for assistance!
Self Assessment Tests
When exploring career options, self-assessment tools can help you to verify your vocational thoughts or help to guide you in new directions. We encourage you to make an appointment with a career advisor during your first or second year at Albion to determine if any of the following self-assessment tools would be helpful.
Strong Interest Inventory helps you to identify your work interests and how they relate to specific careers that you might enjoy.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is used to gain insight into one's personal preferences and may be used to explore career fields which "fit" those preferences.
The Career and Internship Center staff will be happy to review the results with you and discuss how they relate to exploration of a career!
Resources in Exploring Careers
The following provide links to resources that may assist you in exploring careers of interest. The Career and Internship Center is available to assist you at any point in your search!
Health Career Center - Figuring out which healthcare career or health occupation to pursue, or simply finding a good job, can be a difficult and time-consuming endeavor. Healthcareercenter.org was created to help aspiring healthcare and medical students and job seekers make better, more informed career choices by providing them with highly relevant, reliable and up-to-date job search, career development, and employment information.
Inside Jobs - Fun-to-read job profiles that use salary ranges, work environment information, and videos to provide an inside look into different careers.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - U.S. Department of Labor information on specific occupations including the nature of work, working conditions, employment, training, job outlook, and earnings.
Note: 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 and not as an endorsement. The data contained in this web site is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error free.
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. In addition to the full time internships, students also take one academic course and attend a series of leadership, civic engagement, and professional development programming events. There are up to 30 courses offered each semester and summer across all academic disciplines. Through TWC's programming events, students engage with leaders in a range of fields in both the public and private sectors.
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 4.0 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: Most students are housed in The Washington Center's privately owned and operated Residential & Academic Facility (RAF), located in the NoMa neighborhood. The RAF is centrally located and convenient to all forms of public transit, such as the Metro, DC's underground subway system. The Washington Center also partners with other professional-style apartment facilities in the NoMa neighborhood to provide additional housing when necessary. Visit http://www.twc.edu/internships/washington-dc-programs/housing for more information on housing.
Cost: Albion College tuition and room charges cover program tuition and room fees.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: The program fees associated with The Washington Center program are covered by students’ tuition charges paid to Albion for the semester or term of attendance. Housing fees are $5,300 and are paid directly to Albion College. 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
Welcome to the Sophomore Year Experience
Engage your community
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 and Internship Center Employer visits during Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
Serve the People Event – Spring 2014 (Date, time, and location TBA)
Visit with someone from Career and Internship Center about your summer job and tying that into your future
Visit with your academic adviser
Declare a Major Event – February 10-13 (Career & Internships Center)
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 Career and Internship Center and we'll be happy to answer them.
Subjects: Program options: American Politics - Foreign Policy - Global Economics & Business - International Environment & Development - International Law & Organizations - Journalism & New Media - Justice & Law - the Middle East & World Affairs - Peace & Conflict Resolution - Transforming Communities & Public Policy
An internship is required for each of the program options.
Credit: Generally 4.0 units (4 semester hours = 1 Albion College unit) dependent on courses chosen. Includes 1.0 unit of internship credit.
Housing: On Campus Residence Halls or Off Campus Apartments
Cost: Albion College tuition plus supplemental covers program tuition. Students may apply for scholarship aid from American University.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: Travel to/from Washington; housing (various room options are available); food (various meal plans are available); transportation locally and during vacation travel; textbooks (approximately $200-$300); entertainment; miscellaneous personal expenses. Students should keep in mind that Washington is a very expensive city; internships require local transportation and they should budget accordingly.
Faculty Advisor: Dyron Dabney, 319 Robinson Hall, e-mail:
Comments: Albion College students may apply for a partial tuition scholarship (up to $2,500) to help reduce the program charges. The program consists of a two-course seminar (study portion), an internship, and a research project. For full details on the summer program, go to: www.american.edu/spexs/summerintern/index.cfm
Contact: Dr. Leroy Miller, Director Washington Semester Program American University, School of Professional & Extended Studies 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D. C. 20016-8083 Telephone: 202/895-4900 Fax: 202/895-4960 E-mail:
Subjects: Founded in 1970, Chicago Center extends the classroom walls for students from all majors by providing professional internships and experience-based seminars. Internships are available in all fields and are tailored to each student’s professional goals and academic requirements. Chicago Center seminars are unique learning experiences that take place in the heart of Chicago’s neighborhoods, highlighting the diversity of America’s third largest city. Students earn a full term worth of credit for the internship and seminar experience.
Chicago Center provides housing to all students and introduces them to city living during a two-week orientation. Student housing is located in Hyde Park, a beautiful lakefront community that is home to Chicago Center’s office and staff. Hyde Park is also home to the University of Chicago.
Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing and demonstrated maturity.
Length: Fall semester, spring semester, or Summer.
Credit: 4.00 Albion units (16 semester hours). Two Albion College units for academic course work, two Albion College units for internship. 2.00 Albion Units for Summer program. (1 academic unit + 1 internship unit). 1.00 Albion Unit for Post Term
Housing: Chicago Center provides apartment style housing and a food budget to all students. All apartments are located in Hyde Park and are shared with other students in the program. Apartments are fully furnished and include Wi-Fi, laundry, and cable. Students are just blocks from the neighborhood shopping district and beautiful Lake Michigan.
Cost: Albion College tuition, room and board charges cover the Chicago Center program tuition, room, board, and program fees. The Chicago Center program fees include room, board, cultural events, texts, all in-city transportation and class fees. For summer and post-term students, the Albion College summer school tuition covers the tuition charges. The City Activity Expense fee is billed directly to the student, who then pays Chicago Center.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: $100 security deposit, City Activity Expense $300. For the summer: Program fee of $2,940 and City Activity Expense of $200. For the post-term: Program Fee of $1440 and City Activity Expense of $100.
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Drew Christopher, 325B Olin,
Dr. Suellyn Henke, Olin 224,
Comments:Students intern full-time three days a week during the semester and four days a week during the summer. All students interview at multiple internship sites before making their decision and have access to Chicago Center’s extensive internship database. Class sizes are small (7-12) and allow for robust group discussions and personal feedback from instructors. The program is oriented toward understanding the diversity of experience in an urban setting, and allows students to engage with the city professionally and academically.
Contact: Lane Chesebro Director of Admissions and Student Affairs Chicago Center 1515 E. 52nd Street, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60615 Telephone: 773/363-1312 Fax: 773/363-5888 Toll-Free: 800/747-6059 Web: http://www.chicagocenter.org