Students

The Experiential Learning and Career Services Office provides many opportunities to current students.

Work Study/Student Employment

On-campus employment provides students with unique opportunities to hone their workplace skills; including flexibility, adaptability, and time management. Students who receive work study as part of their financial package may apply for student employment, and interview for positions which are suited to their professional interests or majors.

Career and Graduate School Counseling and Workshops

Experiential Learning and Career Services offers both individual and group counseling sessions to help students identify career goals and explore options for graduate and professional schools. Workshops on résumé writing, job search strategies, networking, interviewing skills, and applying to graduate school are held regularly.

Choosing a Major

Deciding on a major can be one of the hardest parts about going to college. Experiential Learning and Career Services is here to assist you in exploring your interests and skills to assist in deciding on a major that will help you toward your professional and career goals post Wells. Students can take the Campbell Interest and Skills Survey to measure their skills and interests in seven Orientation Scales. The Experiential Learning and Career Staff will assist with interpreting the assessment and assist in using the information to explore potential majors and careers.

Counseling

The Office of Experiential Learning and Career Services offers both individual and group counseling sessions to help students identify career goals and explore options for graduate schools. Workshops on résumé writing, job search strategies, networking, interviewing skills, and applying to graduate school are held regularly and support students' experiential learning.

Graduate and Professional Schools

Thinking about continuing your education post-Wells. Speak with representatives of graduate schools and other programs such as the Peace Corps, Americorps and Teach for America at the annual Wells College Graduate School Fair. Participate in job fairs at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and in Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y. and meet with representatives from business, government, and nonprofit agencies. Employment readiness programs are directed to students during their senior year, and special attention is given to students applying to graduate and professional schools. Experiential Learning and Career Services have a number of great resources to assist in your search including graduate school search guides; practice exams for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT; and information on how to write a personal statement. 

Experiential Learning

How do you connect the dots between what you learn in the classroom with your life, your professional goals, and the world?  The experiential learning requirement at Wells brings all of this together. Unlike many colleges, experiential learning credits are mandatory for graduation, and not just reserved for your junior or senior years. From your first year with us, you will immerse yourself in exciting hands-on projects, internships, and research that enables you to test theories, develop practical skills, and gain firsthand insight into the world.

Just imagine...doing genealogical research in Salt Lake City, anthropology studies in Hawaii, or tutoring on a Navajo reservation. Study theatre in London, work with rescue animals at a local shelter, or help children with special needs. Our students do all these things, and more, every day.

At Wells, you can earn your Experiential Learning credits in a variety of ways:

Job and Internship Postings

Need an internship or job? Not sure where to find one? Check out the Wells College Career Services job and internships website. Search over 25,000 internships and over 500,000 jobs throughout the United States. Membership is free to all Wells students and alums.

Résumé and Cover Letters

Sharing your story and your qualifications for employment are an important piece of landing a job or being admitted to graduate or professional school. Learn about what is key in making your résumé and cover letter pop. Start your résumé and cover letter today using Wells online résumé resource Optimal Resume.

Credential Files

Experiential learning and career services maintains confidential files of letters of recommendation for juniors, seniors, and alumnae/i. Standard recommendation forms are provided for letters from Wells College faculty and staff. Letters from internship sponsors and other employers may be included in the files. Letters of recommendation can be used to support applications to graduate or professional school or to enhance applications for employment.

Resources Library

The Experiential Learning and Career Services Resource Library contains occupational information on a wide range of professional career areas. Library holdings and online resources include occupational outlook and salary data, catalogs, admissions examination materials for graduate and professional school study, directories of employers, and guides for job hunting, career exploration, and life planning. For students exploring internship possibilities, more than 3,000 internships can be found in the library files and database.

The Alumnae/i Network

Alumnae/i of Wells College are excellent sources of advice regarding experiential learning and career opportunities. Experiential learning and career services helps link students with alumnae/i who have offered to provide career information, to sponsor internships, and to host students. Alumnae/i return to campus for discussions with students about their experiences in graduate school and with the job search. The connection continues after graduation as alumnae/i are put in touch with other alumnae/i in similar career areas. In addition, alumnae/i are welcome to use any of the services provided by the experiential learning and career services staff.

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