Flagship Programs & Partnerships

Programs

Each year the Gordon Career Center offers a number of career-related programs and events designed to support Wesleyan students' career development. The information below pertains to our annual offerings and includes information for alumni, parents, and employers who would like to get involved with our office by participating in a program. To see the rest of our upcoming events visit the calendar feed on our homepage or if you are a student, log-in to Handshake

Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact

Career Decisions, the Gordon Career Center's online course available on Coursera, aims to help learners understand their motivations, strengths, and goals, and appreciate how personal identity affects career decision making. The course is taught by adult developmental psychologist and career counselor, Sharon Belden Castonguay, Director of the Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan University and is offered free of charge to Wesleyan students and alumni.

Career Treks

The Gordon Career Center's new career trek program offers students the opportunity to explore careers first-hand through facilitating small group off-campus visits to employers and conferences. These experiential learning trips directly connect students with Wesleyan alumni and engage students with employers across a wide range of industries. Career Treks in the 2019-2020 academic year include visits to ESPN, Hartford HealthCare's Simulation Center, Pfizer, and the Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference. Students of all class years, majors, and career interests are encouraged to apply. Details are posted on Handshake, deadlines vary by trek and students are accepted to the program based on an application lottery. 

Connect@WES: Creating Connections

Connect@WES is the Gordon Career Center's annual networking event designed to help students of all class-years to prepare for professional networking and interviewing situations. Students rotate through short one-on-one sessions with alumni, parent, and employer Expert Advisors to practice their personal pitches. Expert Advisors offer students feedback on their personal presentation skills and guidance on how they can make their networking conversations stronger and more effective. This format encourages students to build confidence in professional settings and the opportunity to practice networking in a fail-safe environment. Students register annually for Connect@WES on Handshake. In Fall of 2019, Connect@WES will take place on November 1st.

Become an Expert Advisor
We are always looking for alumni, parents, and employer volunteers to be Expert Advisors for Connect@Wes. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with several undergraduate students from various backgrounds and is a great way to source talent and get to know Wesleyan students. If you are interested in volunteering to be an Expert Advisor or if you would like more information about this event, please contact Anne Holstead Santaniello

WEShadow Externship Program

The WEShadow Externship Program provides students with opportunities to explore various careers by shadowing a Wesleyan alum or parent at their place of work during the first two full weeks of January. Shadow opportunities range from 1 day to 1 week and may include observing a professional or participating in a specific project within an organization or business. Students apply to WEShadow Externships during the fall semester on Handshake. 

Become a WEShadow Host
Alumni, parent, and employer volunteers are always needed to be WEShadow hosts. Hosts are not responsible for housing, travel, or a stipend for the participating student. All currently enrolled Wesleyan students can participate in the WEShadow program. The application process is open (i.e., the Gordon Career Center does not screen certain applicants for certain positions) and therefore we cannot guarantee that all hosts will receive applications. Hosts will be provided a packet of applications for the externship opportunity they are offering and will be asked to review the materials and select final candidates. Once selected, students and hosts will coordinate the specific dates of the externship within the first two full weeks of January. If you are interested in volunteering to be a WEShadow Host or if you would like more information about this program, please contact Anne Holstead Santaniello

Partnerships

CLIMB Internship Program

Colorado Leaders, Interns and Mentors in Business (CLIMB) is an intensive paid summer internship program for students from Wesleyan, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Middlebury, Brown, MIT, Denison, and Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering. The 30-40 selected students learn the business, professional, civic, and social offerings of the Denver area. CLIMB offers students challenging paid jobs, introductions to the community and its leaders, alumni mentorships, interesting events and group housing for the summer. Internship opportunities are posted on Handshake under the employer, "CLIMB Internship Program." Learn more about the program here and click here to see the current listing of internships.  

Harvard Business School's Online CORe Program

HBX CORe is a 150-hour, online program delivered over 8 to 12 weeks.  Created by Harvard Business School faculty and staff, the program teaches the fundamentals of business through 3 courses: Business Analytics, Financial Accounting, and Economics for Managers, using the HBS case method. CORe is ideal for many undergraduate students, as the material can be a good supplement to their existing coursework, and the program is designed to fit with a student’s summer internship/plans.

The Career and Internship Connections Consortium

The Career and Internship Connections (CIC) Consortium was founded on the idea of “bringing the students to the employer.”  The 20 member schools value the ability to connect their students with employers in top destination cities, from which employers may not travel to campus. Students who desire to work or intern in major metro areas benefit from the ability to meet face to face with employers in these cities, an opportunity to which they might not otherwise have access. 

The CIC Consortium sponsors a career fair and interview day in New York City in January, during winter break. This event is an excellent opportunity for networking and interviewing for internships and full-time positions with 85+ employers. The career fair and interview day are open to students of all class years and majors.  

Current Wesleyan juniors and seniors are eligible. Students should register for the event, and will then receive access to additional information about employers. Students can register to attend the fair or apply for positions. There will be opportunities to “pick-up” interviews at the event by meeting with company representatives during the fair.

Scouted

Wesleyan is partnering with Scouted – a job matching platform that helps match students and alumni with internships and full-time jobs (entry and mid-level)! ​Scouted​ focuses on non-technical roles across industries including financial firms, technology companies, consulting firms, and high-growth startups.

We’ve decided to partner with Scouted in an effort to expose our students and alumni to great opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Scouted is always free for candidates and generates its revenue on contingency placements paid by their clients. Every time a Wesleyan student or graduate accepts an offer through Scouted, Scouted will make a donation to Wesleyan's Career Development Grant so we can continue investing in our community's professional development. Visit scouted.io to get started!

Wall Street Prep

Wall Street Prep's financial training seminar is hosted by the Gordon Career Center on-campus every January. The intensive 2-day seminar is led by former investment bankers with applied expertise in financial and valuation modeling methodologies and bridges the gap between academics and the real world to equip students with the practical knowledge they need to excel during the recruiting process and on the job. Students learn to build financial and valuation models using real case studies, employing the same tools and methodologies they would on the job. Upon course completion, students receive high-quality materials and access to resources that enable them to revisit concepts as they prepare for interviews, internships, and full-time positions. This seminar is for all students pursuing positions in investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, portfolio management, business development, capital markets, and equity & credit research. Enrollment information for Wall Street Prep is posted on Handshake each fall. The program costs $199 and financial assistance is available.