Class Reunions

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.


Emily Gaul ()
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: 312.263.5000
Fax: 312.263.5879

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.

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

There are many ways to select a major. Two common ways include:

  • Have a dream career in mind and select a major that would help you get there.
  • Select a major because you are interested in the subject then figure out how it relates to a career.

Choosing a major involves gathering information about yourself AND about majors and careers

Learn about yourself

  • What are your interests? What do you do in your spare time? What kinds of courses do you find fascinating? Which classes do you enjoy?
  • In which areas do you naturally excel? What comes naturally for you?
  • What are your values – make money, help people, be a leader, be creative?
  • Are you willing/able to attend graduate school if needed?
  • What do your family and friends see as your greatest strengths?
  • Consider taking self assessment tests in the Career and Internship Center to learn more about yourself.

Learn about majors and careers

  • Ask your advisor and other faculty to share information about a major and required coursework.
  • Ask upperclassmen in various majors about their experiences.
  • Read about major courses in the course catalog. What looks interesting?
  • Visit the Career and Internship Center to talk with a career counselor.
  • Sample some course offerings in your area of interest.
  • Research careers of interest in the Career Resource Center, on the “What can I do with this Major?” page, and do a general online search.
  • Explore experiential learning opportunities in an area of interest. The staff in the Career and Internship Center can assist you in the process of finding and securing a wide range of opportunities.

Resources for information on Majors

Not all majors identified in these sites are available at Albion College. These are 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.


  • Compare the information you are learning about majors and professions with what you know about yourself and the self assessment information. Do you have the qualities and interests that match the characteristics of certain majors?
  • Choosing a major does not dictate what you will do for the rest of your life! Increasingly people see their major as a starting point upon which they can grow as their interests and skills develop.
  • If you are interested in several areas of study, consider a double major, minor, or concentration. You can take classes, join a club, or even volunteer in areas you enjoy as well to feed your passions.


You can gain experiences that enhance your education in many ways.  Course credit internships, paid work experiences, volunteer work, even summer jobs near the bottom of the office heirarchy can provide valuable exposure to the type of work you are considering as a career.  Experiential learning can assist you in determining what you like and don't like about a career and creat networks that are invaluable for graduate school recommendations and job opportunities.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers has information on commonly referenced formal experiential opportunities:

Internships, Co-ops, Practicums, and Externships: What's the Difference?

The Importance of Experiential Learning

Graduate schools often look to relevant experience during college years to demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to your chosen field of advanced study. Experiences beyond classwork assist you in connecting theoretical academics with the real world. Letters of recommendation from internship mentors may be key to acceptance into a graduate program.

Why Experiential Learning?

Experiences beyond the classroom are often essential in securing a job in your field after graduation.  Research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies employers place a high value on experiential learning as those seeking their first job. Recent Albion College graduates say the number one resource they used to find a job was networking through an internship or prior job.

Read more from NACE:

Employers Seek Experienced Workers: Internship Experience Counts

Graduate schools often look to relevant experience during college years to demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to your chosen field of advanced study. Experiences beyond classwork assist you in connecting theoretical academics with the real world. Letters of recommendation from internship mentors may be key to acceptance into a graduate program.

Experiences beyond the classroom are often essential in securing a job in your field after graduation.  Research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies employers place a high value on experiential learning as those seeking their first job.  Recent Albion College graduates say the number one resource they used to find a job was networking through an internship or prior job.

To read more from NACE -

Employers Seek Experienced Workers: Internship Experience Counts

The decision to pursue graduate school is multifaceted.

  • Do you want to pursue graduate education directly from Albion College or do you want to work prior to continuing your education?
  • What field of graduate study interests you?
  • Which school is a good fit for your chosen field of study?

Use all the resources available to determine what you want to pursue in graduate school and the best places to do that work. Don't forget all the resources on campus—Albion faculty and alumni are often forgotten as people explore options.

See the articles below for helpful information, and don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with the Career and Internship Center for further help and insight on your graduate school decision.


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

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.

Graduate school admission testing is required by many schools. Preparing for these tests is critical!

The Career and Internship Center has many resources available to assist you as you prepare to take required graduate school tests.  information and registration forms on the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, and TOEFL tests are maintained in the Career Development office.  Contact the staff in Career Development and visit the Career Development Resource Center for assistance.

Main information sites for graduate school testing

  • GRE - Graduate Record Examination
  • LSAT - Law School Admissions Test
  • GMAT - Graduate Management Admissions Test
  • MCAT - Medical College Admissions Test

Study programs available for purchase

  • The Princeton Review - test preparation in GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT and more
  • Peterson's - testing preparation, test dates, and resources for the GRE
  • Kaplan - test preparation in GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT
  • ETS (Educational Testing Service) - GRE and TOEFL test preparation

Free resources on graduate school testing

  • Michigan eLibrary - free resource from the Michigan eLibrary that hosts practice tests for common graduate school admissions tests
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Welcome, Students!

The Office of Career and Internship Center strives to help you answer the question, “What will you do with a liberal arts education?”

There is no one answer to this question, just as there is no one goal in life for all Albion College students. The Office of Career and Internship Center is available to all students to support you in finding your path through college that will lead you to your next steps in life. The professional staff will assist you as you find your passion and realize your full potential.

We Can Help!

Career and Internship Center staff provides services for students deciding on a major, looking for internships, preparing for graduate school, seeking a professional job, and life after Albion.

We look forward to helping you – whether you are a freshman or a senior. Make an appointment or come in during Walk-in Hours and work with us.

DevJobs - Provides international job announcements on various development fields

4International Careers & Jobs - leading international employment directory for overseas jobs

Global Career Center - International database for positions around the globe - a leading independent graduate job board in the United Kingdom.

Jobs Abroad - Job opportunities around the world

iHipo International Careers - International jobs and internship opportunities

InterExchange - International exchange programs, internships, summer jobs, and all forms of global work

Search Jobs Abroad - opportunities for people wanting to work for an international company or in a job overseas and advice for making the transition


Handshake helps students and recruiters come together to meet, talk, and share opportunities. Create a profile and access thousands of jobs and internship opportunities in your areas of interest!

jobpursuit-logoJob Pursuit: The Interview Fair

Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Crown Plaza Hotel - Lansing

Job Pursuit is the annual job fair sponsored and hosted by a consortium of private, independent Michigan Colleges and Universities dedicated to the advancement of employment opportunities in Michigan. Visit the website through the above link for complete information, including a list of employers scheduled to attend the 2015 event (list of companies TBA as event gets closer).

Recommended Resources for Internships and Jobs

  • - job and internship site for the adventurous student and graduate
  • - internship opportunities worldwide focused on non-profit organizations
  • - claims to be the world's largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one centralized location. 
  • - Register with the new Intern in Michigan and get instant internship matches based on your individual needs. It's free to post internships and it's free to apply for opportunities.
  • Pure Michigan Talent Connect - Michigan Talent Bank connects you to postings on company websites of internship and job opportunities in Michigan
  • MI Internships - is an internship service provided by regional economic development partners led by Southwest Michigan First, Southwest Michigan's private economic development organization serving a seven-county region.
  • - internships with the State of Michigan in various agencies and departments
  • Mlive Job listings in Michigan listed with Mlive
  • NACELinkNetwork - National Association of Colleges and Employers web site for national job postings. Consistently, over 2 million jobs and internships geard toward college students.
  • Pathways to Equity - Improving women's access to good middle-skill jobs can help close the wage gap and improve women's economic security. The Pathways to Equity Initiative shows job changes that can improve women's economic standing and meet employers' demands for skilled workers.
  • Science Jobs and Internships - Comprehensive list from the Albion College Library
  • USAJobs - Government website where nearly all federal government jobs are posted.
  • ZipRecruiter - Great resource that is being touted as the best job search engine.



LinkedIn Job Search - The world's largest professional network to build relationships and connect with opportunity. Use LinkedIn Job Search to harness the power of your network to uncover insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.
LinkedIn Internship Search - Same powerful tool as LinkedIn Job Search, but focused on internships.
LinkedIn Salary Search Tool - Good method for you to understand your worth as you enter salary discussions with employers.


General Internship Advice

In today's competitive job market, it is extremely important for you to obtain experience related to your career ambitions.  Employers will be asking you about your internships, part-time jobs, and summer jobs to assess your ability to perform in a full-time position.  Companies are now using internships as one of the most common methods to select new employees.  Albion College can help you with this process through your faculty advisor, your institute, and the Career and Internship Center. 

  • Use ALL resources available to you including all personal and professional contacts, the Career and Internship Center, and your faculty advisor.
  • Apply early and apply often to any opportunity that might interest you.  Do not turn down a job or internship that you have not been offered!
  • Be certain you have a quality resume and associated application materials before applying— the Career and Internship Center is available to assist you!
  • Use the Registrar's Internship Form to receive credit for your internship

Additional Internship Sources

Research and/or Fellowship Opportunities

Additional Career Resources


Higher Education and Ministry - comprehensive information on ministerial careers, education, financial aid, and networking

Work Ministry - a faith-based social network of job seekers and job opportunities

Jesuit Volunteer Corp - offers men and women an opportunity to work full time to  a mission of serving the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States, and accompanying people in developing countries.

 Mercy Corps - Their mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. 

Lutheran Volunteer Corps - Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) unites full-time stipended Volunteers with financial supporters, non-profit organizations and ministries to work for peace with justice across the nation. In addition to working for justice, LVC Volunteers live together in intentional household communities of 4-7 people to encourage simple, sustainable living.

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.

Susan Childrey
Program Coordinator
305 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: 212-563-0255
Fax: 212-563-0256

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


Physical Disabilities

For People of Color


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

    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.

    Anywork Anywhere - Information on Visa's, permits, and restrictions for working abroad - Supporting materials and job searches to maximize your chance of obtaining a position overseas - Hostels and other cheap places to stay worldwide

    One Small Planet - General information on work study, volunteer, and travel options abroad

    U.S. Department of State - Authoritative information on everything you need to travel or work abroad

    Bureau of Labor Statistics - The U.S. Department of Labor site providing information on trends in careers, employment, compensation, and much more

    CareerOneStop - Industry profiles, employment opportunities, and salary possibilities

    GlassDoor - An inside look at jobs and companies - a network of colleagues and industry experts for inside connections and information for your questions - Industry profiles and general information on a large range of careers

    Where small commitments make big differences.

    Service work provides opportunities to gain experience in an area you are considering as a career. You may choose to help out a local candidate for political office, assist the elderly in preparing their taxes, or work with children in the schools. Whatever your career interests are, you can find great experience in a service opportunity.

    Here is a very limited list of organizations providing service opportunities—the possibilities are limitless!

    • 4-H Clubs - Volunnteer as an adult in your local community club.
    • American Cancer Society - Work as a volunteer in any community to help further the fight against cancer.
    • American Red Cross - A national organization with local chapters.
    • Americorps - Your chance to put your ideas into action while learning new skills, making new connections, and earning money to pay for college.
    • Camp Staff - A resource for summer camp jobs across North America.
    • Connect-123 - Volunteer and internship programs in five international cities: Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Cape Town, Shanghai, and Dublin.
    • Cross-Cultural Solutions - A resource for international volunteer opportunities.
    • Global Volunteer Network - A non profit organiziation which places volunteers in community projects worldwide.
    • Global Volunteers - Live and work with local people on life-affirming service programs.
    • - Directory of over 27,000 opportunites abroad updated daily.
    • Habitat for Humanity - Building projects across the nation and world change lives and communities.
    • - Thousands of volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector.
    • Innisfree - Provide live-in caregiving to residents with intellictually disabilities.
    • Make-A-Wish Foundation - Fulfilling the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses - opportunities available at chapters across the country.
    • Michigan Community Service Commission - Provides vision and resources to strengthen communities through volunteerism.
    • Michigan Nonprofit Association - Committed to promoting and strengthening a life-long ethic of service and civic engagment through the support of community-building initiatives.
    • Peace Corps - Work across the globe to train people for better lives.
    • Rotary International - Service club providing volunteer opportunities locally, regionally, and internationally.
    • Student Conservation Association - Providing hands-on conservation service opportunities.
    • Teach for America - Teaching children in underserved areas.
    • UN Volunteers Program - The United Nations Volunteer Program (UNV) is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.
    • United Way - Volunteer in one of countless ways across America through the United Way.
    • Volunteer Centers of Michigan - Statewide network of over 30 volunteer centers serving 59 Michigan counties.
    • Volunteer Match - Find opportunities around the country to volunteer.
    • World Volunteer Web - A resource of networking and dissemination of information, to develop an inclusive and global volunteer network.

    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.

    Summer employment is unique - particularly if you are seeking work in a summer camp! The search engines on this site focus on positions for the summer.

    Remember - general job search engines also list positions for summer work!

    experience_logo     The eRecruiting network at Albion College: Create a profile and access both jobs and internship opportunities in your areas of interest!
    • - summer and after-school opportunities and tips on what program directors seek in an employee
    • - a one-stop site for all forms of summer camp employment around the world
    • - create one profile and contact hundreds of potential employers across North America
    • - seasonal or permanent employment available in a wide range of areas, including National Parks
    • Yellowstone National Parks Lodges - jobs for people at all skill levels from entry-level to management - internship opportunities also available!
    • YMCA of the Rockies - seasonal or year-round volunteer and employment opportunities in the Rockies and Internationally
    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.

    Success in anything comes with practice. To develop a confident interview style, you are advised to practice in a "risk-free" atmosphere. You can practice in front of a mirror or in front of a friend, but serious practice will reap benefits before an interview.

    The Career and Internship Center offers several resources to help you gain interviewing experience and to help you develop strategies for relating your past experiences to employers. The Career Resource Library has several books and resources on interviewing. Access to potential questions, in conjunction with your background research, will allow you to have meaningful practice sessions.

    Consider scheduling an appointment in the Career and Internship Center for a mock interview. Students who have done this tell us it is very beneficial to their comfort level and confidence. Don't forget the faculty at Albion. Mock interviews with experts in the field is also extremely beneficial.

    As you consider how to respond to potential interview questions, your objective should be to have responses which are thoughtful, persuasive, and illustrated by example, as well as to successfully articulate how you will contribute to the organization and what you seek from the job.

    Don't feel you have to do this on your own… contact us!

    NEXT: How to Ace an Interview - How can I set myself apart from other interviewing?

    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.

    Diana Waters,
    121 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Phone: 215.735.7300


    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 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.)

    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 priority deadline. Amounts tend to range between $500 and $3,000. Read the descriptions of the available scholarships on TWC’s website

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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:

    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

    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