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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.

Our First Leap Program is scheduled for May 23–26, 2022. The program is an opportunity for first-year students to gain an early start to career exploration and attend professional workshops that will enhance their career search. Take advantage of this great opportunity to get ahead in your search!

To sign up: Schedule your first appointment (called “First Leap: Initial Session”) with Consiglia Intile. For more information or have any questions, please contact Consiglia Intile at (630) 617-3186 or

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.

Consiglia Intile, M.A., NCC, LPC

Coordinator, Career Education and First Leap
Russell G. Weigand Center for Professional Excellence

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