Internships

 

The Key to landing a job?

More and more employers claim that real world experiences such as internships can be the key to landing a job, giving one graduate a definite advantage over another.

As the global economy becomes more global, the competition for good jobs continues to increase. Wesleyan understands how important it is for college students to participate in experiential learning and build their networks.

As part of the College’s four-year From Here to Career program, every Wesleyan student is required to participate in a professional development experience (PDE), giving professional context to her curricular experience. Wesleyan students benefit from completing internships with prestigious businesses around the country, by working with faculty or administrative offices on campus, and by creating their own PDEs designed to help them achieve their specific career goals. A PDE could be an internship, an intensive research project, a fine art exhibition, or a performance - each student chooses an experience that is relevant to her, and earns academic credit for her experience.

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Yehudi Self-Medlin '96
Board of Trustees

I think it’s important to learn early and throughout your career about the diversity of options you have out there. And the best way to find out what those career options are, is to talk to experienced people. Having a mentor, building a network, and trying different jobs and roles is so important to figure out what you enjoy and your strengths. Alumnae are a great resource to make those connections.

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Melissa Rey '20
Current Student

Wesleyan alumna Yehudi Self-Medlin ’96, who earned her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UVA in Charlottesville, has given me unconditional support and encouragement as well as a wealth of career advice. Everyone needs a Yehudi in her life. When I’m older, I hope I can mentor a young woman the way she’s mentored me.

In 2017, Wesleyan College’s Center for Career Development (CCD) began a partnership with the career development platform Purple Briefcase, a central platform for promoting jobs and internships to students.

Recently, the CCD and the Alumnae Office partnered to launch an alumnae mentor platform through Purple Briefcase. The mentor platform facilitates professional connections between current Wesleyan students and alumnae who are willing to share industry knowledge and resources with students at various stages of students’ career exploration. Through this platform, alumnae users can post employment opportunities (such as jobs and internships), as well as indicate interest in engaging with students via the mentorship platform. Alumnae can choose to help with informational interviews, resume reviews, job shadows, mock interviews, and long-term mentoring relationships.

 

REASONS INTERNSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT TO ALL STUDENTS

  • Apply your education
  • Explore a career path
  • Develop and refine skills
  • Increase marketability
  • Network with professionals
  • Learn professionalism
  • Build your resume
  • Get professional feedback
  • Transition into a full-time position
  • Gain confidence

Wesleyan students benefit from completing internships with prestigious businesses around the country.

 

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Quenshawn "Q" Brandon '20 
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia

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Kristen Kelley '20
Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

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Amanda Rowan '20
Duke Talent Identification Program

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Kimberly Wragg '20
Bridgeston Golf

Labinalis in front of her painting in the art building.

Labinalis Rodriguez '20
Mosaic Minds Art Academy

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Madison Hobbs '20
The Methodist Home

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