"Finding a mentor is invaluable for young women to succeed," said Valerie Jarrett, the Obama administration's senior adviser and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, at the Women in Public Service Project's inaugural colloquium on Thursday, Dec. 15. The WPSP's goal is to increase women's representation among leaders in the public sector, and the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Career Development Office is fully on board, providing numerous opportunities for students to meet Bi-College alumnae/i whose careers in public service make them potential mentors for women who are preparing to enter the workforce.
Among the many programs offered by the CDO this Winter Break are two Career Exploration Days in Washington, D.C. in early January. On Jan. 10, a small group of students will travel around the city to the offices of four Bi-Co alumnae/i who work for the federal government. On Jan. 11, a second group will make the rounds, visiting Mawrters and 'Fords in the field of public health. These outings are organized by alumnae/i volunteers, says CDO Director Liza Jane Bernard.
Public service isn't the only field where Bi-Co alumnae/i—and the CDO—help students get a feel for the profession and a foot in the door. This January, more than 100 Bi-Co students will participate in the CDO's Externship Program, which allows students to spend up to two weeks shadowing alumnae/i in a broad range of fields. Among the other programming the CDO is planning for the break:
- A "Recruiting Day" with representatives of in New York
- A reception with Bi-Co alumnae/i in Boston
- A "Recruiting Day" in Boston
- A "Recruiting Day" in D.C.
- A reception with Bi-Co alumnae/i in D.C.
- The BMC Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research's Career Day
- An intensive, five-day seminar in the basics of management
For more information about career-preparation opportunities available to Bi-Co students, see the CDO website.