Unique Opportunities

 

Are you looking for something different to do in the summer or after graduation - that doesn't involve graduate school or a full-time job?

These opportunities will help you gain industry knowledge and skills, as well as further your professional development and personal enrichment. If you want more information, or guidance on the application process, schedule an appointment today with a Career Coach. Contact Mrs. Allen at 223-6105, or Bagby 209, to schedule an appointment.

Public Policy/International Affairs

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
What: multi-summer opportunity preparing students for a career in the intelligence field
Who: college freshmen and sophomores with a 3.0 and above cumulative GPA
When: on summer breaks between academic years at school
Why: this program offers unmatched professional experience in the intelligence field
How: apply by mid-October for the next year on their website. Read the website carefully for application instructions and important details.

PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University
What: a few week summer institute that provides college juniors a rigorous training in policy analysis. Similar summer programs are offered at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Maryland and Michigan with some difference in eligibility.
Who: PPIA is open to eligible college juniors
When: June 7 - July 27 (for 2012 institute)
Why: the goal of the program is to prepare students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs, and is a springboard for careers in public policy and international affairs.
How: students apply by November 1 through the PPIA online application


Medicine/Health Careers

Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) at Virginia Commonwealth University
What: an intensive, six-week, inter-professional academic enrichment program designed to enhance the academic preparation of junior and senior undergraduate students, and post-baccalaureate students actively purusing enrollment in a VCU health professions school.
Who: SAEP is available for upper level undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and recent graduates interested in attending one of VCU's Health Professions Schools.
When: May 23, 2013 - July 3, 2013
Why: program places a strong emphasis on enhancing the academic preparation of students approaching the application process
How: students apply by February 15 to one of 4 tracks: dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or physical therapy. Participants are provided with housing and a stipend to cover program expenses.

Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC
What: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), and Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) are seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment. Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. Approximately a $2,500/month stipend for full-time summer fellows.
Who: undergraduate students who plan to major in chemistry or biology and have taken courses in general chemistry or biology.
When: during the summer
How: the appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Find application details on the website, and where to send it.
For further information, you may contact Lovisa Romanoff at (770) 488-0192, or lrw8@cdc.gov.

VCU Health Professions Career Exploration
What: summer program designed for college freshmen and sophomores who are interested in any of the nine fields of study offered at the VCU School of Allied Health Professions
Who: college freshmen and sophomores
When: 2 weeks during the beginning of June
How: apply online; application materials needed: online form, 2 letters of recommendation, and official college transcripts. Deadline is April 1.


STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
What: this government sponsored program offers participants the chance to intern and work on focues research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. Participants receive a stipend throughout the summer to help with living costs.
Who: applications open to college sophomores and juniors who are U.S. citizens with at least a 3.0 GPA. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program studying science, technology (computer science), engineering-related, or math degrees.
When: this is a 10-week summer internship program in various locations around the U.S. The website (above) has more information on locations.
How: applications are submitted online from mid-November through mid-January each year.


Education

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
What: a mutual understanding program started in 1987 that allows participants a one-year experience abroad in Japan, as either an Assistant Language Teacher, Coordinator for International Relations, or a Sports Exchange Advisor. Read more about the appointments.
Who: recent graduates with a Bachelor degree. For more necessary information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
When: begins with a one-year appointment, and can be extended for one more year, twice more.
How: application deadline is November 21 (or around that date), and is mailed to the office.

Marshall University - Teach in China program
What: this program is part of a larger non-profit organization designed to build educational and business relationships between the Appalachian region and China, and encourages applicants who have the desire and qualifications to be a teacher and goodwill ambassador.
Who: graduating seniors, with at least a 2.8 GPA, who can commit to teaching English for 11 months in China
When: an 11 month commitment beginning in August
How: applications are done online and are due by the end of March, for an August departure. Be sure to visit their website (above) for important application details.

CIEE Teach Abroad Programs
What: The Council on International Education Exchange is a world recognized organization for providing quality teach abroad programs for students in a wide variety of countries.
Who: CIEE accepts applications from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals and retirees. Applicants with a kind, patient, and enthusiastic attitude that inspires are welcome to apply.
When: applications are accepted for Summer, Fall, and Spring terms to teach abroad. Details can be obtained by contacting CIEE via email on their website.
How: through an online application


Ministry

Commonwealth Fellows Program
What: is a 9 month (September - May) leadership development and training program for recent grads, and prepares them for future vocations as professionals in the marketplace and as staff in the local church.
When: see above
Who: recent college graduates
How: applications are submitted online
For more information, or for questions about the program, contact Mrs. Jill Rich, at St. Matthew's, at jill.stmatts@gmail.com, or (804) 288-1911


Business

McIntire Business Institute (MBI) at the University of Virginia
Who: MBI is designed for those with little or no business background who want to gain a fundamental understanding of the business world and gain valuable skills that expand their career opportunities.
When: summer program that offers an abridged version of the world-class business curriculum of the McIntire School of Commerce. Classes meet all day Monday - Friday for 4 weeks.
Why: build and develop your critical and strategic thinking and leadership abilities, and teamwork skills
How: Applications are due April 15 for the summer program on a first come, first serve basis.


Law

Duke Law - D.C. Summer Institute
What: Duke Law School offers this summer enrichment program for undergraduate juniors and seniors who wish to better understand how the law shapes policy and regulation in the U.S. Participants will learn from premier faculty from Duke Law and attend short courses on topics such as constitutional and regulatory law, the legislative process, and legal framework for public policy.
Who: college juniors and seniors, and graduate and professional students, who are considering law school and/or careers in the public sector.
When: Typically in July, this summer program offers 2 two week sessions in Washington, D.C.
How: For more information and the online application visit their website. Admission is rolling, but those interested are encouraged to apply by April.

 

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