Career communities are a new way for students to connect with other students, alumni, parents, and faculty who share an interest or expertise in a particular employment sector.

Starting in the spring 2019 semester, student members of a career community will gain skills and experience relevant to their career interests along with course credit and a summer internship. Students in their junior or senior year may apply.

How to Get Started

Begin now so you can participate this spring. Participation is limited to 30 students (juniors and seniors) in each of the four communities, so don’t delay!

Why Join a Career Community?

The best part of belonging to a career community is that you do not have to go through career preparation alone, and you will be guaranteed a financially supported summer internship. You will have the support network of Oberlin faculty and staff, fellow students, and our talented and successful alumni.

Each community will work with a team of designated mentors. Career communities will meet six times during the spring semester in interactive workshop settings to hone effective communication, problem-solving, and intercultural skills.

The concrete learning outcomes of these workshops are:

  1. to understand and articulate the transferable skills you have developed at Oberlin;
  2. to develop a professional network of potential mentors and employers;
  3. to explore potential career paths through an internship.

Alumni and Parent Support

Can you offer internships or other support to help Oberlin students explore careers? We would love to hear more. Please complete the intake form, and we will follow up with you regarding next steps.

Support Career Communities

If you are not ready to commit, yet would like to learn more about this program, please contact Dana Hamdan, Associate Dean of Students and Interim Director of the Career Development Center.

Planning for 2019-20

We are planning robust growth for this program. Starting in fall 2019, these additional career communities will be offered:

  • Medical, Public and Global Health Professions
  • Science and Technology
  • Education
  • Law & Public Policy
  • Professions in Music

Starting in fall 2019, career community programming will run in both the fall and spring semesters and we will increase the number of members in each career community. Internship opportunities will be offered during the summer for both fall and spring participants.

About the Program

With generous support from Oberlin’s alumni and parents, the  career communities program was created by the Career Development Center in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Hamdan, associate dean of students and interim director of the Career Development Center.