Dear St. John’s Parents,
Fall is by far one of our favorite times of year when we welcome your students back to campus or in the case of freshmen, welcome them for the first time. Our office has a full schedule of events planned for the semester, and we encourage students to attend. The Career Services Office recently partnered with the Alumni Office to host a very successful Alumni-Student Networking breakfast at Homecoming, with more than 100 alumni in attendance. All students were invited to participate, and we were impressed that approximately 100 turned up bright and early on a Saturday morning! We hope your student took advantage of the opportunity to talk with alumni about their path post-St. John’s – they’re such valuable resources for us.
Two programs highlighted are the Hodson Internship and Pathways Fellowship grants. The Hodson program was established in 2000, and more than 300 students have completed summer internships with assistance from the grant. Recent Hodson interns have worked at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., the Institute for Mind & Body in Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others. Senior Gordon Seltz (A14) talks about his Hodson internship at an investment banking firm in the current issue of The College, the St. John’s alumni magazine. Read the article by senior Nutchapol Boonparlit.
The Pathways Fellowship is a new program that began in 2012. Last summer our first group of students completed their experiences ranging from taking Intermediate Greek at Catholic University to attending Princeton in Beijing to study Chinese to two sessions at the Yale Writers’ Conference. If your students are interested in applying for either of these programs, please encourage them to attend our information sessions in October. As with all of our events, we send out e-mail reminders, post flyers around campus, post information on our office Facebook page, and include information in one of our two newsletters sent to all students through e-mail. The deadline to apply for a Pathways Fellowship is December 11, and for a Hodson grant, February 20, 2014.
We encourage you to explore our website, particularly the page for parents. We’ve posted a timeline students can follow throughout their four years and some tips for how you can help your students in the career development process.
Finally, if you work for an organization that hires interns or for permanent positions, we can post them for you in Agora, our jobs and internship database.
We look forward to working with your students and hope they come visit us and participate in our programs early in their St. John’s career!
Please stop by the Career Services Office Open House during Parent and Family Weekend, Friday, November 1, from 2-4 p.m. in Pinkney Hall.
The Career Services Office
Jaime Dunn, Director
Kathleen Cady, Program Manager