The photo above is from the MLK Day Alumni Panel on January 19, 2020. Pictured (left to right): Joseph Wilson, Jr. '19, Ethan Zuckerman '93, Lauren Hobby '10, and Nicole A. Beiner Powell-Newman, Esq. '09
Winter Study 2020: Reshaping How We Think About Career Exploration
Four Winter Study courses, five career treks, 520 individual appointments, six workshops, recruiting, Alumni speakers, an inaugural Finance Boot Camp and Pitch Competition, numerous EphLink connections... January has become the perfect time for students to engage deeply in career exploration. This past month the number of students interacting with our office set a new standard with 140 unique students participating in our 2020 Winter Study courses, 107 attending career treks, and over 200 First-Years alone engaged in our programming. In short, Winter Study has become a differentiator for Williams whereas many of our peers are not offering career exploration programs, advising, internships, or volunteering during the month of January. Thank you to everyone who supported Williams students' professional journies and enjoy the following memories from Winter Study 2020! 

- Don Kjelleren, Director

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Peer Panel: Demystifying the Eph Network and Connecting with Alumni
Students gathered to hear from student superstar "relationship builders" on how they have leveraged the alumni network. They learned that regardless of what career you pursue, connecting with those in the workspace is an incredibly important aspect of your career exploration and development.

First-Years Workshop

Emma Cutrufello, the Associate Director/Director of Career Discovery Programs, met with 52 first-year students throughout a series of 3 career exploration workshops during Winter Study. Students gained the tools to begin searching and applying for a summer internship, as well as tips on working with our office and having a LinkedIn profile. 

Advocate For You: Smart Salary Negotiation For Women

As many of us know, the process of negotiating a salary can feel daunting to navigate. Students had the great opportunity to hear from three experienced Williams Alumnae Naya-Joi Martin '09, Anne Islan '80, and Maddie Mitchell '13, about their salary negotiation stories as they relate to women and other minoritized groups. 

Lights, Camera, Action!
Students came together for an amazing panel discussion and workshop "Building a Career in Theatre, Film, and Television". They heard from several working professionals including:
  • Joe Cacaci, Playwright, Producer, Co-Artistic Director Berkshire Playwrights Lab
  • Jessica Hecht, Tony Nominated Stage and Film Actress
  • Andrew Lazarow '07, Award-Winning Designer of Projections for Theatre and Permanent Installations
  • Michael Sardo '81, P'18, Emmy Nominated Writer, Television Executive Producer, and Showrunner
  • Casey York '10, General Manager ARS NOVA, Vice President of Association of Nonprofit Theatre Companies
Co-sponsored by the Theatre Department.
What's Happening in the Science & Health Professions Space?
Winter Study has been an exciting time for the Science & Health Professions career community! They facilitated two hands-on special topics courses: SPEC 19 and SPEC 30. In the former, Healthcare Internships, students have been exploring medicine and healthcare through local or off-campus shadowing experiences. As part of the local option for this course, they also welcomed three allopathic and two osteopathic physicians to campus to share their perspectives on different aspects of medicine. In the latter, Emergency Medical Technician Training, students have been training with instructors from Northern Berkshire EMS. This course prepares students for potential National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification. Upon successful completion of the course and a state practical examination, students may be eligible to sit for the NREMT computer-based cognitive exam. A few other highlights include hosting a "Meet and Eat" lunch to introduce members of the team and build community as well as being invited to participate in a summer internship workshop launched by student organizations BSTEM and OURSTEM+. The Science & Health Professions team has some exciting events in the works for the spring semester, and we hope to see you there!
Fun in Fundraising: Winter Study Class
Emma Cutrufello and Leigh Sylvia were guest lecturers in our colleague, Laura Day's, winter study class, Fun in Fundraising, and talked to students about career exploration. Students heard from alumni on a panel featuring Abby Held ‘94, Traci Wolfe ‘91, and Tess McHugh ‘11. 

Upcoming Events...

2020 Alumni Sponsored Internship Program Workshop

Fri, 02/07/20, 12:15 p.m.
Thurs, 02/11/20, 7:00 p.m.
Thurs, 02/13/20, 7:00 p.m.
Mon, 02/17/20, 4:00 p.m.

Tues, 02/18/20, 7:00 p.m.
Mears House, Lewis Room
How'd You Get There? Sessions with:
Tracy Hu ’13, 4th Year Medical School Student
Weds, 02/05/19, 12:00 p.m.
Thompson Lab, TCL 202
Nakita VanBiene '15, High School Science Teacher in New York City
Fri, 02/07/20, 12:15 p.m.
Mears House, Lower Conf Room
Marissa Lowe '14, Senior Case Analyst at The Innocence Project
Fri, 02/07/20, 12:15 p.m.
Paresky Room 201
Claiming Williams: Affirm and Celebrate One's LGBTQA+ Indetity While Navigating One's Career Path
Thus, 02/06/20, 11:00 a.m.
Weston Hall Meeting Room
Class of 2020 Senior Meeting: Your "5th Class"
Tues, 02/11/20, 12:00 p.m.
Griffin 3
"Renting in New York - A Practical Guide" Workshop Q+A
Weds, 02/12/20, 12:30 p.m.
Mears House, Lewis Room
Impactful Careers in Education: Highlighting Broad Options and Opportunities
Thurs, 02/20/20, 7:00 p.m.
Hopkins 001
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