Welcome Parents

October 2014


Dear St. John’s Parents,

We were so excited to welcome your students back to campus this fall, and in the case of our new students, welcome them for the first time! Our office has a full schedule of events planned for the semester, and we encourage students to attend as many as they like. Our office recently partnered with the Alumni Office to host our annual Alumni-Student Networking breakfast at Homecoming, which again was a success. It was great to see so many students talking with alumni, young and old, about their career paths and have a chance to practice their networking skills.

We’ve also hosted a representative from the State Department, and will welcome Teach for America, the Peace Corps, and a few graduate programs for information sessions throughout the semester. At the end of October, we’ll take a group of students to the Supreme Court for a private tour and will meet with Johnnie alumni working in law afterwards at Georgetown Law Center for an informal reception and opportunity to network.

Two programs we’d like to highlight 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 National Prison Project with the ACLU, the Arizona Historical Society, New York University Press, the Baltimore Theater Project, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others.

The Pathways Fellowship is now in its third year; it was designed to help students complete coursework or academic programs they may need as pre-requisites for graduate school or to help them explore a field of interest. This past summer Pathways recipients took courses in Psychology at Rutgers University and German at the Goethe-Institut; a photography course in Santa Fe; creative writing at Boston University; and fashion design and pattern making in Paris.

If your students are interested in applying for either of these programs, please encourage them to attend our information sessions and stop by the office to pick up an application and talk with us about their plans. The deadline to apply for a Pathways Fellowship is December 11, and for a Hodson grant, February 25, 2015.

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!

The Career Services Office
Jaime Dunn, Director
Kathleen Cady, Program Manager


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