It is the goal of the Center for Applied Learning that all Columbia College students graduate having had a wide variety of dynamic and engaging experiences that bring their curriculum to life and that better prepare them to be a highly valuable candidate to prospective graduate schools and prospective employers.
While many colleges and universities have their students participate in an internship in their senior year, at Columbia College, our students can begin exlporing their fields of study or career fields in their first semester on campus! The Center for Applied Learning organizes off-campus and 'real-world' learning experiences via career exploration as an integral part of the coursework in their majors and as supplemental activites that enrich their courses of study.
Students can take advantage of the following types of opportunities:
9 on a Bus!: Students are able to take advantage of free transportation and free admission to a variety of events that show them deeper insights into their field of study or their career field. Recently, students have participated in 9 on a Bus! events to Style Reset | Women in Philanthropy, An Evening with Os Guiness on religious freedom, and a luncheon with the Columbia World Affairs Council where they met the Consul General of Japan.
Inside the Corner Office: Our series of guests includes dynamic, talented women leaders from the Midlands, who will be interviewed in a conversational setting. Columbia College students and community guests will:
- Delve into her perspective on leadership choices;
- Learn about her education and career paths;
- Hear her thoughts on challenges and opportunities
for women in the workplace and in their community.
The audience will have a chance to ask questions of our guests and the event series will be moderated by Erin Carlson ‘03, director of the Center for Applied Learning.
Some of the benefits of an internship experience include:
- Valuable training for new skills
- Opportunities to evaluate a particular job or industry
- Establishment of a network of professionals in your field of interest
- Opportunity to receive academic credit and/or pay
- Potential full-time job offer
Students at Columbia College are completing internships at a variety of places in the Columbia area, including:
- MB Kahn Construction in their communications office
- Communities in Schools of the Midlands
- Dream Riders
- Vital Connections of the Midlands
- Flock and Rally
- The Good Samaritan Clinic
and many more!
Our own Sami Chill is interning at Dream Riders, a therapeutic horseback facility, and is chronicling her experience in a blog. Read more about her internship here: http://inspiredbyequines.wordpress.com/
If you are interested in completing an internship, please contact Jen Hunsicker (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more.
If you are a business, organization, or community group who is interested in posting your available internship positions for Columbia College students, please also email Jen Hunsicker.
Academic and professional advising is the foundation of success for the women at Columbia College. This center coordinates our unique “Personal Board of Directors” program, which is a 4-year, comprehensive mentoring and advising program featuring a collaborative team of faculty members, career coaches, alumnae and business community leaders, selected for each first-year student. The focus of this program is solely on developing our young women scholars into leaders and network builders.
Our mission is to supplement the undergraduate curriculum experience by providing students a wealth of individual support and varied learning opportunities that complement degree program requirements and that facilitate the highest level of undergraduate academic excellence.
The center supports the college’s 3-credit hour orientation course (LA 100) by ensuring the experience is a unique introduction to college, careers and professional behaviors. Student-centered support ranges from academic skills development to peer mentoring and is the hub of retention and academic progression systems. This center also provides academic and social support for students with documented disabilities.
- CLIMB Mentoring Program (Professional Mentoring Program)
Student Retention Process for at-risk students
Student Success Leaders (Peer Mentoring Program)
The 4Cs of leadership development at Columbia College---Courage, Commitment, Confidence, and Competence---are an expression of our mission emphases on Leadership and Engaged Learning. We define leadership as the choice to exercise the power of education in a way that fulfills social responsibilities and embraces opportunities to create positive change in ourselves and in the world around us. The 4Cs are characteristics that we hope to promote among our graduates; they are also a series of phases in a process of leadership development. Our aim in showcasing these four elements is to consistently communicate what we do (what we have been doing for some time) and to give it a cadence, an identifiable and memorable pattern, a comfortable groove. Consider how the following definitions fit favorably with many of the initiatives that we have already built into our four-year structure for student development and how they lend themselves to future programmatic structure and assessment.
Courage ("Stepping Up"): Accepting Risk
Commitment ("Stepping In"): Embracing Values
Confidence ("Stepping Out"): Seizing Opportunities
Competence ("Stepping Back"): Developing Insight
Prospective Students & Parents
Comprehensive, Intentional, Career Guidance
Our staff is committed to assisting every Columbia College student in career exploration to ensure they are professionally prepared to be a more productive, effective, and desired talent in the workforce and their communities. Our activities center on a four-year comprehensive plan to provide a transformative and individualized experience for each student.
Through the assistance of the Center, students will:
• Foster confidence to develop self-knowledge related to career choices
• Exhibit courage to seek out career and educational planning and information
• Show commitment to take responsibility for developing career decisions, employment, and/or graduate and professional school plans
• Build competence to manage their careers upon graduation
Thank you for your interest in Columbia College. The Center for Career Coaching & Professional Development is here to help you fill your recruiting needs, by identifying a strong pool of candidates and developing a solidbrand presence on campus. We offer a variety of ways to develop company recognition, both online and in person.
Columbia College utilizes C2Success, a national recruiting network sponsored by NACElink©, to connect you to our outstanding students and alumni. This free service allows you to post unlimited job opportunities, search student resumes, and register for events. To further promote your opportunities, positions posted in C2Success will also be highlighted on our student intranet and strategically communicated to key faculty, staff, and student organizations.
We also offer the ability to conduct on-campus interviews and information sessions, help develop relationships with faculty, and allow opportunities to serve as guest speaker to our student clubs and organizations. These targeted recruitment efforts will put you in the audience of the most focused, developing professionals.
Career fairs provide recruiters a unique and convenient opportunity to meet with a large number of motivated and interested students and alumni. Attending a career fair is an excellent way to maximize your recruiting potential. Every spring, Columbia College participates in Career Connections, a joint career fair in conjunction with other South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) member institutions.
Columbia College, ranked as one of the top comprehensive undergraduate colleges in the South, equips our graduating professionals to compete for the demands of the modern marketplace.
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