First Leap

First Leap is designed for first-year students interested in early career exploration. The program combines classroom time and professional site visits based on students’ academic interests.

The program is competitive and all of the 25-30 students admitted are first interviewed to ensure they are a good fit and committed to the four-day agenda. We hold First Leap at the conclusion of the academic year in May. The first and last days are spent in the classroom, while the other days are in the field.

  • The classroom portion involves interactive exercises and guest speakers, which engages students in the career preparation and exploration process. We cover core values, marketing yourself, and networking. We also prepare the students for their workplace visits, covering proper dress, etiquette, professional expectations, and helping students develop a list of questions.
  • Often a student will have the opportunity to visit more than one site, particularly if they are interested in a broad field such as marketing, business administration or nonprofits.
  • On the last day, students share their experiences and early reflections on the career exploration process. Staff and faculty members preview some of the career preparation steps useful during sophomore year.

For more information, contact Ingrid Becton.

Ingrid Becton

Advisor, Graduate / Adult / Alumni
Russell G. Weigand Center for Professional Excellence

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