Upcoming Service/Teaching Opportunities

Several education/service corps programs are visiting Davidson College in the next few weeks. Here is a current list of organizations recruiting on campus this fall:

Lutheran Volunteer Corps

Information Table: Thursday, September 15 @ 11:30-2:30 pm in Alvarez Atrium Lobby.  Application deadline: March 28, 2012. Apply through Lutheran Volunteer Corps.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Information Table: Thursday, September 22 @ 11:30-2:30 pm in Alvarez Atrium Lobby.  Information Session: Thursday, September 22 @ 4:30-5:30 pm in Alvarez 302.  Application Deadline: December 2011.

Catholic Volunteer Network

Information Table: Wednesday, October 5 @ 11:30-2:30 pm in Alvarez Atrium Lobby.  Information Session: Wednesday, October 5 @ 4:00-5:00 pm in Alvarez 302.  Application Deadline: Varies. See website for more information.

Carney Sandoe & Associates (Teach or Coach in Private Schools Throughout US)

Information Session: None.  Application Deadline: October 14 @ 11:59 PM.  Apply through WildcatLink.  On-Campus Interview Day: October 28, 2011.

Southern Teachers Agency (Teach or Coach in Private Schools Throughout South)

Information Table: October 26 @ 12:30 – 3:30 PM in Alvarez Atrium Lobby.  Application Deadline: October 26 @ 11:59 PM. Apply through WildcatLink.  On-Campus Interview Day: November 9, 2011.

JET – Japan Teaching and Education Program (Teach in Japan)

Information Table: October 26 @ 12:30 – 3:30 PM in Alvarez Atrium Lobby.  Application Deadlines: Early Deadline in Mid-October and Final Deadline in Late November.  Apply through JET.

Peace Corps (Teach Worldwide)

Information Table: October 26 @ 12:30 – 3:30 PM in Alvarez Atrium Lobby.  Information Session: Wednesday, November 2 @ 7:30-8:30 pm in Sprinkle Room (Union 408).  Important Application Deadline: October 1, 2011 for Fall 2012.  Take applications on a rolling basis year-around.  Apply through the Peace Corps.

Be sure to go to Wildcat CareerLink for the latest information on service-related organizations coming to campus. Don’t know your password, simply click, “Forgot Password,” to receive a new one.  Click here for more information on other post-graduate fellowships and service opportunities.

Need assistance with creating a resume, cv and/or cover letter?  Plan to call (704-894-2131) come stop by the Career Services office to make an appointment.  Walk-ins are available from  1:30 – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday (10- 15 minute meetings).

Poets & Writers Magazine Unveils 2011 List of Top 50 MFA Programs

Poets & Writers Magazine recently published the 2011 list of the “Top 50 MFA Programs.” Criteria used include job placement, selectivity, fellowship availability, teaching loads, and popularity (based on a survey of prospective applicants who indicated where they planned to apply).

The rankings have come under fire by a large group of creative writing faculty across the country, who wrote an open letter to Poets & Writers claiming that the study used specious methodology, including placing too much emphasis on the schools’ ability to provide financial aid to their students. These faculty offered their own two cents to students considering pursuing MFA programs: “Do your research through the programs you’re considering. If you are able to visit those programs, ask to sit in on classes and for the contact information of current and recent students. Talk to people you respect about different programs. Read work by the instructors.”

If you are looking into an MFA program in writing or other creative arts, we recommend perusing rankings but focusing on the above advice. Try to connect with students and alums at your schools of interest to ask important questions regarding the climate and culture of their programs. Faculty may have some useful contacts, and you can always use Alenda Links to contact Davidson alumni who have MFAs for advice.

At the end of the day, after all, you want to find the graduate program that is right for you!

Law Schools With a Commitment to Public Interest

Many students applying to law schools seek programs where they can gain skills and experience to work in the public service – often the government and the nonprofit sectors.

It can be difficult to assess on your own which law schools have a strong commitment to public service.

Fortunately there are two resources you can use to research these programs:

1) Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools – An interactive online resource of public service opportunities, curricula and financial programs at more than 150 law schools in the United States.

2) National Jurist Pre-Law News – leading news source for pre-law students.  National Jurist recently graded law schools for their commitment to public interest.

Connect with Nathan Elton, pre-law advisor and Director of Career Services, if you would like to learn more about public interest law!

Preparing Your Consulting Job Applications!

We have entered the first round of consulting position  recruiting!  Most position applications will require you to submit your  resume, a company specific cover letter and your unofficial transcript.
Don’t underestimate the time it will take to update your resume and write your cover letters!  They will be read closely by recruiters and should be error free and tailored for specific positions.
How do you stand out????
Seek feedback on your resume and cover letters  from at least three people in consulting  (alumni, career services staff, parents)
1) Check out Consulting/Management Resume and Cover Letter Templates on the Consulting page of the Career Services website
2) Use Your Career Services Staff: Available during walk-in hours – M-F, 1:30 – 3:30 pm and by appointment
3) Tap into Alumni Contacts who can provide consulting field specific advice
What about your Unofficial Transcript?
Stop by the Registrar’s office.  They can convert your transcript into a PDF and email it to you.  From there you can upload it into the “Documents” section of your WildcatLink account to submit and submit it with the rest of your application materials.

Editing and Reporting Internships with Dow Jones News Fund

The Dow Jones News Fund provides competitive paid summer internships in business reporting (12 total positions available), news editing (80 positions), multimedia editing (12 positions) and sports editing (12 positions) for juniors and seniors.  Benefits include free pre-internship training at various locations (travel expenses covered) and $1,000 scholarships.  The application window is now open for Summer 2012 internships!  Deadlines begin November 1.

Interested students can apply for just one of the four programs or for all four, rank ordering them in order of interest.  Writing samples are required (the type of sample depends on the internship of interest), and all prospective interns must take a one-hour reporting or editing exam (I have received copies of these exams and will serve as the monitor for Davidson.)

Interested students should review the DJNF 2012 Brochure and visit the DJNF website for application instructions.

Exploring Opportunities through Arts North Carolina

Interested in an internship or full-time position related to the arts in North Carolina?  Meet Arts North Carolina.  Arts North Carolina is North Carolina’s statewide advocacy organization for the arts.  They call for equity and access to the arts for all North Carolinians, aim to unify and connect North Carolina’s arts communities, and foster arts leadership.  They maintain a list of job opportunities related to the arts in NC as well as a helpful comprehensive list of their member organizations, which include theatres, museums, art councils, dance companies and more.  This list of member organizations is a great place to start exploring arts organizations that may offer summer internships or entry-level jobs.

If you’re interested in some of these or other NC arts organizations and are interested in pursuing an internship or full-time employment offer with them, make an appointment with one of our advisers to explore approaches.  We can coach you through the process of attempting to get in the door as a volunteer and/or intern, including helping you search for any Davidson alumni who may work there by using Alenda Links or LinkedIn.

Allied Health Care Careers

Allied health careers are a broad range of health care professions that deliver patient health care services, besides nursing or physicians. As many as 100 different medical jobs can be found in allied health care, with these workers making up approximately 60% of the health care work force. Individuals in allied health work with physicians and nurses, either directly or indirectly with patients to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and technical services in a patient’s treatment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related, largely due to the growing and aging population.

Currently there is a shortage of mid-level specialities in allied healthcare careers, such as physical therapy, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapy, occupational therapist assistant, or speech language pathology or various imaging, respiratory, or laboratory jobs. However, working as a healthcare professional in the allied medical careers is becoming more beneficial as general physicians are decreasing in number and health care is becoming more expensive.

Sustain the Future: Go Farm!

If you are considering a career in the field of sustainable agriculture, a good resource to start your exploration is The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, a project developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), which offers a variety of resources on the subject, including internships.   The Directory of  Internships and Apprenticeships, listed under Learning Opportunities, gives a comprehensive list of work programs and positions in the field of sustainable agriculture.

Also,  be sure to check out the Agriculture & Environment section, on the Davidson College Career Services website, for other career-related resources.

Media & Entertainment Internships and Academic Credit

If securing an internship in media and/or entertainment during the summer of 2012 is a goal of yours, you likely have seen internship postings that mention academic credit.  For example, MTV Networks requires that students who accept their internships receive credit for that experience.  Their website states, “You must be registered for an academic credit internship (i.e., internship class, seminar or transcript notation) with your college or university for the semester you are interning, and must provide official documentation on school letterhead confirming this information upon acceptance of the internship.”  Other major corporations like Conde Nast, publisher of magazines like the New Yorker and Vogue, also require credit.

Starting this year, Davidson is allowing students pursuing internships for which credit is mandatory (required by the internship site) to receive that credit.  While the course will not provide credit towards graduation and will not meet in person, it will go on your transcript, involve the creation of an eportfolio, and most importantly, allow you to do the experience.

More information on this course can be found on the Internship Compensation and Academic Credit page of the Office of Career Services website.  If you have questions, feel free to direct them to me (asneff@davidson.edu) or drop by walk-in hours (1:30 – 3:30 M-F) to speak with one of our advisers!

Science, Technology, and Business Advance With Math Majors

As a math major you have career options available to you in every discipline of science, engineering, and technology. New fields and industries depend on applied mathematics for products such as communication systems, prescription drugs, textiles, computers, automobiles and aircraft. Processes such as supply chains and scheduling also rely on math. The biological sciences, climatology, finance and investment areas depend on mathematical reasoning and computational techniques. Various types of organizations, from governmental research organizations to independent consultants, hire mathematicians and computational scientists. Find a list of professional societies, companies who hire math majors, information on new careers using math skills, and stories from individuals who are using their math degrees in unique ways.