Student Bloggers Share Scholar Program Experiences

Carleton College has recently started sponsoring scholar programs for its students to have off-campus experiences during the College’s winter-term break during the month of December. This past month, Carleton held a trio of programs: a public policy program based in Washington, D.C., a business/finance experience in New York City, and finally a creative arts encounter in New York City. This marks the third school year Carleton has sponsored such experiences for its students. Student bloggers Aaron Kaufman ’09 (creative arts) and Alex Sciuto ’09 (public policy) recently posted some thoughts and reflections on their experiences.

2 January 2009
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Northfield, Minn.––Carleton College has recently started sponsoring scholar programs for its students to have off-campus experiences during the College’s winter-term break during the month of December.

This past month, Carleton held a trio of programs: a public policy program based in Washington, D.C., a business/finance experience in New York City, and finally a creative arts encounter in New York City. This marks the third school year Carleton has sponsored such experiences for its students.

These three-day programs are designed for Carleton students with the ultimate goal of equipping them with the tools and skills necessary for the competitive internship and full-time job search processes in their respective industry. The objectives of the programs include: clarify job and career focus through greater understanding of the field; enhance marketability to employing organizations through acquisition of industry knowledge and other skills including project management, teamwork and presentation skills, and familiarity with basic accounting and financial analysis; and utilize effective job search skills, including résumé writing, networking, and interviewing skills. The College provided accommodations for the students. Each program consisted of approximately 15 students, who were chosen in a competitive application process.

Student bloggers Aaron Kaufman ’09 (creative arts) and Alex Sciuto ’09 (public policy) recently posted some thoughts and reflections on their experiences.

Aaron Kaufman’s post (via Carleton Admissions site) | Alex Sciuto’s post (via “The Carl” blog)

Carleton sponsored similar experiences in December 2007 in environmental issues in Colorado and technology in the Bay area, along with the business scholars program in New York City. A public policy and social action program took place this past spring break (March 2008), and the College expects to continue the program and expand it to other areas/industries, as well as explore other areas of the country.