2011 Spring Break Sophomore Job Shadowing in Washington, DC (Beloit Initiatives program Event)
Career Services collaborated with Community-Based Learning for the 2011 Spring Break Sophomore Job Shadowing in Washington, DC. This was a one-time pilot program initiated by Community-Based Learning. Four students were selected to go to Washington, DC to job shadow and network with alumni over spring break for the purposes of career/major exploration and development.
Left to right:
- Adedamola Isaac Bamgbose, Economics and Management major, Geochemistry minor - shadowed Colin O'Neil, Policy Analyst, Institute for Food Safety
- Adriana Terrones, Undecided major considering Sociology, Studio Art and/or Women and Gender Studies - shadowed Jim Dickson, Vice President for Governmental Affairs, American Association of People with Disabilities
- Amara Pugens, History and Anthropology majors, Museum Studies minor - shadowed Carrie Beauchamp, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Natural History Museum and Michael Levy, Director of Digital Collections, U.S. Holocaust Museum
- Teng (Ted) Liu, Economics and Management and Anthropology majors - shadowed Adam Koons, Director of Humanitarian Assistance and Relief, International Relief and Development
Thirty other alumni in the Washington, DC area joined the shadows and hosts for a reception at "The Science Club."
Angela Davis, Director of Career Services, provided consultation for the proposal to the Initiative Program in Fall'10 and administers the Bacon Know Thyself Fund (an endowed fund established by alumni George’23 and Elgeva’26 Bacon), which helped fund the program. Career Services staff guided students through career assessment and reflection activities in preparation for the trip, as well as reflection activities following the trip. Sociology faculty member and Community-Based Learning Director Carol Wickersham coordinated the student-alumni shadowing matches with the assistance of Leslie Kidder, Assistant Director of Major Gifts for Parent Giving and Capital Support. Wickersham then accompanied the students to Washington, DC to connect with alumni and advise them during the experience. The program was designed to connect students with alumni, address sophomore students' needs around selecting majors, exploring careers and disciplines, and engaging in communities.