At the LSA Opportunity Hub, we don’t believe it’s as simple as “finding your passion.”
You develop your interests. You uncover your values. You try on different experiences and see how they fit with who you are and what you want from life.
The Hub team works as partners with students on one of the most important projects of their lives: forming a professional identity.
We do this through coaching, interactive classes, alum-hosted internships, internship scholarships, and opportunities to build important relationships with alums and employers. Through all of these we foster reflection and meaning making, so that students are empowered with the self-knowledge to take their next step forward.
LSA alums are our colleagues in this effort. As former students, they have deep enthusiasm and understanding for working with undergrads, providing vital wisdom, time, and funding support.
Here are some of the ways we fulfill our mission to work with students to connect their liberal arts education to their goals and aspirations.
Whether in drop-in hours, one-on-one appointments, or group workshops, Hub coaches work with students to create and find clarity around their professional identity. This might include working on a resume to use for an internship or job, or examining interests to figure out how their values inform their aspirations and goals.
Students learn how to make the most of an internship, connect with LSA alums, and communicate the value and interplay of their education and experiences in the Hub’s three Applied Liberal Arts courses. These interactive classes help students define and reach their personal and professional goals.
The Hub’s alum and employer engagement teams sources internships from across industries. These opportunities, often hosted by alums and exclusively for LSA students, become part of the Hub’s Internship Program, which includes support from the start of the search process through to reflection after the experience.
Cost can be a barrier to taking an internship, so the Hub offers extensive support to students through internship scholarships and fellowships. More than $1 million in funding was provided in past years, making these crucial experiences more accessible.
LSA’s network of alums numbers in the hundreds of thousands, and includes new and established professionals across industries as varied as tech and healthcare, publishing and finance. Students can connect with alums via virtual Q&A sessions called Alum Connections and through the College's career networking and mentoring platform, LSA Connect. We are also developing a formal mentorship program that allows for more individualized connections between a student and an alum.
Fairs, workshops, alum gatherings, employer networking events, and other programs give students a chance to experience the variety of premier career exploration resources support the Hub has to offer on larger scale. These annual events often offer multiple services in one place. Examples of these are found ongoing in our Hub events listing, and include the Internship Forum and Grad School Fair.