At Heidelberg, our top priority is helping students succeed – from the moment of they enroll to transitioning to college life, academic achievement, career preparation and life beyond Heidelberg. The great news is that as alumni, you can have a positive influence along the way.
Offer a Job or Internship
There’s no substitute for hands-on experience in setting up students for career success, and the best way to do give them that edge is through an internship. In December 2015, Heidelberg received a $261,000 Career Ready Internship Grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guarantee Corp. The grant has the potential to create 170 new paid internships over three years, allowing Heidelberg to double the number of for-credit paid internships completed by students and double the number of majors regularly participating in our internship program. In the end, ‘Berg students will be well positioned for future employment, having learned the skills and knowledge needed to be successful, both personally and professionally.
This is a great opportunity for alumni to partner with the university to provide professional training for ‘Berg students. We have begun connecting eligible juniors and seniors with paid internship experiences through the grant. If you would like to provide an internship site or know of a site looking for student interns, contact Mark McKee, the director of career development and placement. You can reach Mark at email@example.com or 419-448-2194.
Offer a HYPE Session
There’s huge hype about Heidelberg’s co-curricular HYPE Career Ready Program, which launched in the Fall of 2016. Six times a year, students will come together to hear a big-name, big-team speaker who will inspire them around six skills paramount to career success (values, work styles, job search skills, communication, collaboration and conflict management). Following the keynote speakers, students will participate in a series interactive workshops around the theme. Sample sessions are writing cover letters, poverty simulator, community service project, learning about personal finance, and basic car care. Some sessions will include trips off campus.
Alumni are welcome to offer ideas for HYPE workshops. If you have an idea, contact Ashley Helmstetter, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 419-448-2231.