The pressures on college students to have substantive internship and professional experiences before graduating have never been stronger. This fall, students at Bryn Mawr and Haverford will enjoy an even greater level of career and professional development services as each school launches independent centers that will continue to leverage the strengths of the Bi-Co model while offering support tailored to meet needs specific to students of each campus.
Through the new Center for Leadership, Innovation, and the Liberal Arts, Bryn Mawr will provide even greater opportunities for students to build their skills and become fully prepared for a diverse range of careers in addition to delivering a world-class, liberal-arts education.
The Center will connect student learning to their career and professional goals by better integrating career-development strategies with Bryn Mawr’s curriculum and by creating greater synergy among career services, professional and personal skill development, civic engagement, and Praxis. The Center is designed to coordinate the existing offerings, as well as to develop new programs and promote all of them in a way that is more readily accessible and better leverages the expertise of the Bryn Mawr staff to serve its students.
Included in the overall enhancements made possible by the Center will be more funded internships and personalized internship advising, additional community-based learning opportunities, and certificate and career pathway programs that introduce profession-specific skills in fields like museum studies, green careers, business, and not-for-profit work. The Center will also coordinate increased alumnae/i engagement with students for mentoring, internships, and networking. Services and programs currently provided by the Career Development Office will be housed in the new Center.
Bryn Mawr and Haverford will continue to collaborate on many career and professional development initiatives and offerings including the popular externship program, employer info sessions and recruiting days, and a shared employment opportunity database.
“The relationship between the two schools will continue to be as strong as ever,” says Director of Bryn Mawr Career Services Michaile Rainey, “and students on both campuses can look forward to even more enhanced opportunities for career preparation while they pursue their liberal-arts educations.”