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
Laurel Draudt, Robinson 106A,
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
Mentoring and Success at Albion College
Who is an Albion Mentor?
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.
Four-Year Career Planning
How you'll know you're on the right track.
You have several steps to take and some careful planning to do. Whether you're a first-year or a senior, we'll help get you on the right path. See the articles below for helpful information, and schedule an appointment with the Career and Internship Center.
Freshman Year: Self-Assessment & Career Planning
It is important to begin career planning early in your college career. Knowing how your interests relate to a potential career will assist you as you choose to decide on your academic focus while at Albion College.
- Meet with a Career and Internship Center staff member to learn how to develop and implement a personalized 4-year career plan.
- Assess personal interests, characteristics, strengths and values through career assessments.
- Visit the Career Resource Center in the Career and Internship Center to research various career fields and experiential opportunities such as internships.
- Actively participate in the First-Year Experience seminar.
- Check out the resources on choosing a major to learn about a variety of career opportunities.
- Get involved! Join a student organization, volunteer, and/or get an on-campus job.
- Register for core requirements and elective classes to investigate academic majors of interest. Visit with your faculty advisor for assistance in choosing classes.
- Get a summer job that will provide you with an opportunity to learn about a career field that interests you.
Get to know the staff in the Career and Internship Center and use all our resources to your advantage!
Sophomore Year: Career Exploration & Leadership Development
In your second year, it is even more important that you are looking toward the future. You will declare your major and need to be actively searching for experiential learning opportunities.
- Meet with a Career and Internship Center staff member to discuss your career plans and re-evaluate your personalized 4-year career plan.
- Continue to research career fields that interest you.
- Register with professional networks to begin connecting with experts in areas of interest. Try LinkedIn.
- Attend a Career and Internship Center workshop to learn about the process of choosing a major or career path and attend programs featuring guest speakers from career fields that interest you.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals to learn about a particular career field.
- Complete your core academic requirements.
- Meet with your faculty advisor to choose a major.
- Take an active role in a student organization to develop your communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
- Explore experiential learning options.
- Develop the materials needed to apply for experiential learning opportunities such as internships.
- Secure an internship, on-campus job or summer employment related to your career goals.
As you become more active in seeking experiences to compliment your academic learning, continue to utilize the resources and expertise of the staff in the Career and Internship Center Office!
Junior Year: Career Goal Setting, Gaining Experience & Graduate School Planning
By your third year, you should have laid the groundwork for your future. You have chosen a major and are active in adding experiences to complement your studies. At this time all the experience and information you have gathered should be crystallizing into solid career goals and plans.
- Meet with a Career and Internship Center staff member to formulate your job or graduate school search timeline and plans.
- Focus and set career goals based on what you have learned about you, your interests, and possible professions.
- Discuss your career plans with your faculty advisor.
- Explore and make arrangements for off-campus study and internship options.
- Consider applying for scholarships and fellowships found in the Career and Internship Center and in Graduate School Financing.
- Join student chapters of professional organizations to gain career information and to start networking.
- Research graduate/professional school possibilities, their application procedures and deadlines. Many resources are available through the Career and Internship Center, including Peterson's Graduate and Professional School Guides.
- Pick up a GRE, LSAT or MCAT packet in the Career Development Office.
- Register and prepare for admission tests such as the GRE, LSAT and MCAT.
- Participate in career fairs and career related events to explore your options and network with potential employers.
- Get to know faculty members in your major.
- Take on leadership roles on and off-campus.
- Get professional experience through on-campus research, an internship, on-campus employment, volunteer work or a summer job.
Use all of your resources, including the Career and Internship Center. You are not alone in this process!
Senior Year: Implementation & Transition
At long last - you have achieved your last year at Albion College. It is more critical than ever that you use your resources well, stay organized, and keep your eye on the ball.
- Meet with a Career and Internship Center staff member to design a job search strategy or finalize your graduate/professional school search timeline and plans.
- Ask faculty and employers to provide references for you.
- Revise and update your resume and draft a cover letter. For graduate school, complete your personal statement.
- Mail your applications to graduate schools.
- Prepare for graduate school or job interviews with a mock interview in the Career and Internship Center.
- Complete an internship or career-related work experience if you haven’t already.
- Formulate an alternate “Plan B” in case you need to make last minute career adjustments.
- Assist your student organization transition from your leadership to the upcoming leaders in the group.
- Begin to research companies/organizations and the career opportunities they offer.
- Participate in career fairs and build your network of contacts in your field of interest.
Most importantly - use all the expertise and resources Albion College has to offer as you transition to career or graduate school following graduation!
Even though you graduate, it isn't too late to utilize the resources of the Career and Internship Center. As alumni, you are welcome to contact us at any time for assistance!
Careers In Psychology - Explore and search through the database for careers in Psychology
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. 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, and 1.0 unit for LEAD Colloquium. Summer credit is 2.0 units. Washington Center program is a comprehensive working, learning, and living experience, through which students not only complete a full-time internship, but also take an engaging academic course of their choosing, 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 4 units of credits, two as internship credit and one as seminar credit, and 1.0 unit for LEAD Colloquium. 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/program-fees 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 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.)
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 priority 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
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
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.
Washington Semester: Washington, D.C.
A Program of the American University
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.
Prerequisities: 3.0 GPA, junior-level standing, demonstrated maturity.
Length: Semester or summer.
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.
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
Dr. Leroy Miller, Director
Washington Semester Program
American University, School of Professional & Extended Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D. C. 20016-8083
Chicago Center: Chicago, Ill.
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.
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.
Director of Admissions and Student Affairs
1515 E. 52nd Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60615
Organizations which Value Diversity
All Areas of Diversity
- Diversity Employers - Jobs with employers committed to diversity
- Diversity Jobs - search for jobs at diversity-friendly companies in your area
- Diversity Search - helping to promote diversity in the workplace
- Equal Opportunity Publications - a portfolio of seven national career magazines, a diversity website, online job board, and Career Expos for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities
- Ability Jobs - provides a system for people with physical disabilities in finding employment
- Disability.gov - practical information about finding a job and job accomodations for people with disabilities
- Diversity World - information on job seeking if you have a disability and career opportunities
- Hire Deaf - job search engine for the deaf
- Job Accomodation Network - information on workplace accomodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Just One Break - National Business and Disability Council - all the tools you need to search for a job
For People of Color
- The Black Collegian Online - a career and job site for African American college students
- Diversity Working - the largest minority job search engine online
- Hispanic Network Magazine Job Center - job postings and application resources for hispanic job seekers
- Saludos Hispanos - joining bilingual professionals with companies looking for diversity in the workplace
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Friendly Employment
- GLB Careers - jobs for the gay community
- Out & Equal - LGBT CareerLink - job search and employment networking site
- Diversity World - information on job seeking if you have a disability and career opportunities
- ProGay Jobs - find the perfect position with companies committed to diversity in the workplace
- Simply Hired - jobs at GLBT-friendly companies
- Out for Work - assistance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master search techniques and strategies and research employment opportunities
Women in the workforce
- Career Women - Job search engine focused on helping women achieve success in their careers and lives
- Chicago Business, Women-owned Companies - links to companies in the Chicago area owned by women
- Women for Hire - job search engine and resources for women seeking employment
- Women's Job List - jobs from companies and organizations that promote career advancement for women
- Women's Work - a family friendly employer board posting flexible work jobs
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.
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.
121 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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.
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.
305 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
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.
- GradSchools.com - a comprehensive on-line source of graduate school information
- Graduate Guide - an on-line guide to Doctoral, Master's and Professional degree programs
- GradView.com - Search, compare, and connect with colleges and universities offering graduate programs
- Peterson's Graduate School Planner - A detailed database on graduate school programs in addition to assistance in the application process
- University of Florida's List of American Universities - An alphabetical list of American Universities granting bachelor and advanced degrees
- Association of Theological Schools - Listing of all graduate schools of theology
- Higher Education and Ministry - comprehensive information on ministerial careers, education, financial aid, and networking
- Links to Divinity Schools and Seminaries
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!
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!
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
Graduate School Financing
The question of graduate school financing is one that needs careful consideration. Here are a few places to start when searching for financial help with graduate school.
Internet Resources for Locating Funding
- FinAid - a Guide to Financial Aid
- College Board Fund Finder - locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs
- MOLIS Search Engine - scholarship opportunities for minority applicants
View fellowship and scholarship listings received by the Career and Internship Center
Note: Many graduate schools offer fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships that help cover the cost of tuition. Contact your graduate program to determine financial aid opportunities specific to their students.