There are many ways for alumni, parents, and friends of Colby to help shape students’ future careers. Volunteering not only gives you the satisfaction of helping a young person find his or her way in the world, it also strengthens your relationship with the school where you started your own journey.
To get involved, consider the opportunities below and sign up on Colby Connect.
Alumni, Parents, and Friends Panels
Throughout the year the Career Center hosts alumni, parents, and friends from across all industries to speak about their experiences in the field. These panels, both in person and virtual, offer students a unique look into a career field they might one day like to pursue.
The Career Center loves to connect students with alumni and parents for conversations about careers. These can be casual discussions with one student or formal presentations given to many students. These conversations are usually industry-focused. If you are going to be visiting campus, particularly during the week, let us know ahead of time and we’ll be glad to set up a Career Conversation for you.
Entrepreneurial Alliance Mentoring
There are a variety of ways to be involved with budding entrepreneurs on campus including facilitating a workshop or career conversation, providing guidance to students in varying stages of enterprise development, and supporting our annual business competition.
Jan Plan Internships
Jan Plan is a great time for students to gain exposure and experience in an industry or job they might consider as a future career. Because of the timing, Jan Plan internships are perfect for immersive experiences that put interns on projects and doing real work. It is also a great time to get a future summer intern acquainted with your organization or to have a past summer intern return to continue his or her work.
Summer offers a longer period for students to get a broad experience working in a company. This time frame allows you to expose interns to many parts of your organization, give them longer projects, and offer continual feedback on their performance.
Internships for Credit
Internships for credit must be 100 hours minimum (for Jan Plan, this means the student would need to intern 25-35 hours a week). Internships can be paid or unpaid. As an internship supervisor, you are required to submit a letter of evaluation near the end of the internship as part of the process for the student to receive credit.
This year the Career Center launched a new job shadowing program for all Colby students. Students will connect with Colby alumni, parents, and friends to spend one to three days learning about a particular job or career field. Volunteers are needed to host student shadows that will take place during school breaks, Jan Plan, and the summer, as well as throughout the school year for those nearby.
One of the best ways to help students explore potential careers is to provide them with opportunities to do so away from campus. You can play a key role in these immersive programs by hosting students at your workplace, participating in career panels and mock interviews, or attending a networking reception.
Alumni, parents, and friends who are willing to offer a workshop centered on a work skill are invited to contact the Career Center. Topics can range from soft skills (like communication topics) to technical ones (like using Microsoft Excel). Contact us to explore this opportunity to help students improve their skills for the work setting.