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Making the Lynk

AACU talk Washington DC
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Eleanor Townsley

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Curriculum to Career at Mount Holyoke
Making the
Lynk


Professional Development
Building skills and savvy and getting connected

Practical Experience
Learning through experience in internships, community organizations, research labs & field work
The Launch
Telling your story, defining the next step, and launching your career.

+ 2300 students
+ 46 states, 80 countries
+ 28% domestic students of color
+ 25% international citizens
+ 40-50% study abroad
+ 69% do internships
Mount Holyoke College facts
reflection
internship
what I learned
Eleanor Townsley
Professor of Sociology
Associate Dean of Faculty
Mount Holyoke College

the
Lynk

Goal Setting
To foster a culture of intentional goal setting, reflection and action over the full arc of an academic career
“Networking is key.”
Sandra Spirovska ’12, Research Assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston interviewed by Auste Kriukelyte ‘14

+ Reflective writing; taking stock, and setting goals
+ Writing intake, linked to learning goals assessment
+ Connect to campus resources: deans, counseling, community based learning, study abroad, career center, writing and speaking mentors, tech
+ Major exploration: comparing majors exercise, the Major Fair, Majors video competition
+ Sophomore Institute reflection: Who is your Network? Who are You in Your Network?
+ Connect to your major advisor; Building skills in your major
+ Initiate internship search; Ethics training for internship, Reviewed resume
+ Audit your skill set and identify transferable skills
+ Public speaking; College 211 (@120 students), LEAP, Speaking from Experience, Conference presentation,
+ Research: preparation for thesis, grant proposals, second internship/ research application; Senior Research Symposium (@150 students)
+ 100% of students are funded for Lynk internships and research opportunities

+ Substantial, supervised learning experience 240 Hours +
1st year seminar co-requisite
CUSP @500 students
Sophomore Focus
@150-500 students
Capstone
Integration & Translation
+ Strengths builder, MBTI etc.
+ Academic skills building
+ Internships and Career advising
+ Reviewed resume/CV
+ Mock interviews
+ Networking events; Junior/Senior Alumnae Career Fair, Crafting a Life in the Arts, Sophomore Institute
+ Pitch competitions/ business plan competitions
+ Passport to Leadership Program
+ LyonNet Alumnae connection and mentors; twitter connection
+ Graduate, Professional and Fellowship Advising
+ Alumnae events in departments and majors
Enhanced Career Advising
Internships
Summer Research
Site Visits
Community-Based Learning
Work-Study
On-Campus Employment
fierce - Crystal
what do you really want?
Shaheen
etownsle@mtholyoke.edu
@etownsle

International Internships Program
C2C Task Force
Nexus
Environmental internships
Career advising
Embedded practitioners
Faculty advising
LEAP Symposium
Site visits
First Year Seminars
Community Based Learning
Curriculum to Career
Department Capstones
Five College conferences
Senior Research Symposium
Teaching and Learning
Branding
Faculty development
C2C
The
Lynk
Teaching & Learning
The challenge of alignment
The challenge of buy in
Internship summit (all campus)
Beyond the Gates Faculty Seminar
Spring Curriculum Faculty Seminars: First Years, Sophomores, Capstones and Keystones
Nexus Internship Program Renewal
Embedded Practitioner Grant
Lynk-C2C-Nexus Course Development Grants
CUSP First Year Seminar Enhanced Advising co-requisite
Sophomore Programming; Major Fair, Sophomore Institute
Community Based Learning course expansion
Lynk Internship requirements: Human subjects, Reflection, Translation, Presentation
Alumnae programming: Arts, STEM and Social Sciences
New capstones and internships prep programming in departments
Lynk Department rollout with Academic Renewal on the web
Teach & Learning Circles
VP-50 Video in Classrooms
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Unique faculty input = 117

Helping Factors
Lynk Department Strategy for Academic Renewal
Universal Internship Funding in the Lynk-UAF
Expanded Internships advising
Alum initiatives: site visits and twitter campaigns

Lynk-C2C specific events and programs
spontaneous curricular
innovation
increased alumnae
participation

Teagle Grant AAC&U
Faculty Leadership for Integrative
Liberal Learning

+ Reflective writing; taking stock, and setting goals
+ Writing intake, linked to learning goals assessment
+ Connect to campus resources: deans, counseling, community based learning, study abroad, career center, writing and speaking mentors, tech
+ Major exploration: comparing majors exercise, the Major Fair, Majors video competition
+ Sophomore Institute reflection: Who is your Network? Who are You in Your Network?
+ Connect to your major advisor; Building skills in your major
+ Initiate internship search; Ethics training for internship, Reviewed resume
+ Audit your skill set and identify transferable skills
+ Public speaking; College 211 (@120 students), LEAP, Speaking from Experience, Conference presentation, department capstone
+ Research: preparation for thesis grant proposals, second internship/ research application; Senior Research Symposium (@150 students)
+ 100% of students are funded for Lynk internships and research opportunities

+ Substantial, supervised learning experience 240 Hours +
1st year seminar co-requisite
CUSP @500 students
Sophomore Focus
@150-500 students
Capstone
Integration & Translation
+ Strengths builder, MBTI etc.
+ Academic skills building
+ Internships advising intake and Career advising
+ Reviewed resume/CV
+ Mock interviews
+ Networking events; Junior/Senior Alumnae Career Fair, Crafting a Life in the Arts, Sophomore Institute
+ Pitch competitions/ business plan competitions
+ Passport to Leadership Program
+ LyonNet Alumnae connection and mentors; twitter connection
+ Graduate, Professional and Fellowship Advising
+ Alumnae events in departments and majors
Enhanced Career Advising
Internships
Summer Research
Site Visits
Community-Based Learning
Work-Study
On-Campus Employment
spontaneous curricular innovation
The
Lynk
4 Year Department Rollout
universal internship funding
internships
advising
academic renewal on the web
teaching and learning circles
assessment, TLA, especially around integrative learning
1. Asian Studies
2. Art Museum
3. Architectural Studies
4. Art Studio
5. Art History
6. Chemistry
7. Economics
8. Environmental Studies
9. Film Studies
10. Geology & Geography
11. History
12. Nexus Program
13. Philosophy

increased alumnae interest
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