Practical Action: UDOPCD kicks off the semester by bringing diverse opportunities to campus
By Hunter Mills
Last Wednesday, the OPCD hosted its first event this semester: Practical Action. Representatives from a number of leading organizations were present to recruit students for volunteer, internship, and employment positions. Dr. Sally Hicks provided information on prestigious scholarships and fellowships, such as the Fulbright Grant and the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, while hot coffee and cookies helped stave off the cold as students lined up to get headshots taken for their LinkedIn profiles.
Below, I’ve put together some highlights from the event. Let us know how you are taking action by following us on Twitter and using #MyPracticalAction.
We’ve said it before – giving back to your community is incredibly important. Both the Girl Scouts of America and the Nasher Sculpture Center have openings for volunteers looking to make a difference. Representing the Girl Scouts, Zakiyyah Kitab emphasized the organization’s commitment to empowering girls to succeed in every aspect of their lives. They are currently looking for women to volunteer as Senior Advisors for the BFF (Best Friends First) anti-bullying program.
From the Nasher, UD alum Ester Ippolito expressed a desire to reach out to UD Art Majors, giving them a foot in the door to the museum world. About working for a nonprofit, Ester said, “The best way to get a job in a nonprofit is to be seen working in a nonprofit.” She encouraged students to volunteer at the nonprofits they care about as often as possible. The museum is currently recruiting interns and volunteers.
Internship opportunities abound! Even better, everyone that I spoke with expressed a willingness to hire qualified students from any major. Talent and commitment trump field of study. Arrow-Magnolia, for example, is looking for sales and marketing interns. Brook Sims, the recruiter I spoke with, noted that students who do well during their internship have an excellent chance of employment.
Reading & Radio Resource is a small organization that creates audio versions of printed materials and description of the performing arts (such as performances at the Winspear Opera House). Students with an interest in broacasting, disability studies, or journalism are encouraged to apply for an RRR internship – six different programs are available and can be tailored to suit your schedule. While RRR is a small organization, their representative noted that the small size allows interns to contribute in a substantial way.
Full and part time opportunities are available for UD students and alumni. Undergraduates with an interest in education should consider becoming a tutor with Kumon. Math and English tutors are needed for grades K-12 on a part time basis – perfect for students balancing a busy schedule. Cuc Liang from Mitsui Bussan Logistics, Inc. spoke with me about her company’s need for full time employees and interns. Current openings include a full-time Business Coordinator as well internships in IT and operations.
Dr. Sally Hicks met with students to discuss prestigious scholarship and fellowships. These programs include research grants and scholarships for graduate study. Dr. Hicks also shared information about opportunities available for international students. Serious students with an excellent academic record (GPA of 3.7 or higher) who have an interest in these programs may contact Dr. Hicks via email.
Were you at Practical Action? What connections did you make? How can we help you take your next step? Let us know in the comments, and follow the conversation using #MyPracticalAction