Career Development Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in supporting the professional development of Kenyon students and alumni. The Career Development Office relies on our network of dedicated volunteers to provide industry expertise and professional advice through mentorship; to create and share experiential opportunities; and to offer support in other uniquely Kenyon ways — no matter how you choose to help, we’re excited to partner with you.
Mentorship creates a rewarding and collaborative career development process for students and is a critical component to navigating any industry. There are multiple ways to support mentorship efforts at Kenyon:
Join the Kenyon Career Network (KCN)
The Kenyon Career Network is an online mentorship database built exclusively for Kenyon students and alumni. Members choose the ways in which they can support others and specify the professional goals they are seeking themselves. Mentors can offer career guidance, homestays, job shadows, relocation advice, internship and job search support, resume reviews and mock interviews.
Create a Professional Extension Project (PEP)
Through this original Kenyon College program, alumni and parents creatively design discrete, hands-on exercises that students can complete remotely in 5 – 40-hours using commonly available software and equipment. Professional Extension Projects are unpaid and designed to maximize students' learning around a host’s career field. Hosts connect with the student to describe goals of the project and its relevance to the field. Upon completion of the project, student and host reconnect to debrief the experience, evaluate the work, and discuss the skills highlighted, areas for improvement, and reiterate how the experience was important preparation for the career field.
By creating a LinkedIn account and adding Kenyon to your education, students and alumni can search for you online using LinkedIn’s alumni tool. For increased visibility among students and other alumni, join the Kenyon College Career Connections LinkedIn group.
Hands-on experience is still one of the best ways to learn. We welcome you to share preexisting opportunities with Kenyon students or create one reserved specifically for a Kenyon student or graduate.
Offer a Job Shadow
Provide opportunities for students to explore careers of interest by allowing them to observe your workplace for 1-5 days. Students learn about the responsibilities of the job as well as the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed. To allow students to contact you regarding job shadows, join the Kenyon Career Network and indicate that you are willing to host job shadow/externship opportunities under the “ways you can offer support” menu.
Recruit for Internships and Jobs
To recruit for full-time, part-time, or internship positions, you will need to create an account on our third-party application platform called Handshake. This platform allows employers and recruiters to post job/internship opportunities specific to Kenyon College or to designated colleges and universities across the country.
- If you’re familiar with Handshake, you can create an account or log in here.
- If you’re new to Handshake, follow Handshake’s tutorials on how to get started.
- Review Handshake’s entire library of support articles for employers.
Once you’ve created and posted an opportunity on Handshake, please email Tracy Corrigan to let us know you’ve posted. This allows us to accelerate the approval process and begin promoting your opportunity.
Advocate for ‘Hire Kenyon’ at Your Organization
Alumni and parents understand the value of a Kenyon liberal arts education and the talent of our students upon graduation. With this in mind, we are seeking to increase internship and job opportunities in the areas of: investment banking/venture capital/consulting groups; publishing; digital marketing/public relations/promotions; non-profit and foundations; entertainment; performing/fine arts; public policy, health, and advocacy; undergraduate research opportunities. Alumni and parents can help us to:
- Identify HR/Talent Recruiters within your organization or ones with which you are familiar.
- Make an introduction between HR/Recruiting teams and the CDO Director of Employer Relations is a beneficial facilitation!
- Coming in March 2022, share Kenyon Candidates Resume book with HR/Recruitment Teams.
Become an Employer Partner
We’re confident that at Kenyon you’ll find the interns and recent graduates that will help advance your organization’s mission. We will work with you directly to develop a recruiting plan that will increase your company’s campus visibility, brand awareness, and student interactions. Our employer partners receive individualized support through:
- Single point-of-contact for all activities, questions, and ideas
- Major-specific recruiting
Increased brand visibility through CDO marketing initiatives
- Direct access to Kenyon student talent, in-person and virtually
- Unlimited job and internship postings on Handshake
- On-Campus Interview Rooms
- Priority Information Table and Employer in the Foyer scheduling
- Company Logo placement in a variety of high visibility areas
- Career Development Office website recognition (company logo linked to company web site)
- Employer Spotlight Article, internal and on LinkedIn
- Assistance with creating an internship program at your organization. Our Internship Toolkit includes guidance on getting started, and samples you can use to in your program design.
To get started, email Tracy Corrigan, Director of Employer Relations.
Other Ways to Support
Browse Kenyon Candidates
Each March Kenyon shares the resumes from our senior class with alumni and. parents. Participating students opt into the publication in order to explore post-graduate opportunities via referrals and suggestions from our alumni community. As an alum or current parent, browse the accomplishments of our senior class and reach out to any student to refer a job, offer a contact, or share a useful resource that may help our graduates achieve their immediate and long-term professional goals.
Volunteers are encouraged to offer temporary accommodations to allow students and young alumni to participate in career development programs, such as interviews, job shadows, and grad school visits. To allow students to contact you regarding a homestay, join the Kenyon Career Network and indicate that the duration(s) of homestays you would consider under the “ways you can offer support” menu.
Take Over the CDO Instagram
Developed by Kenyon’s Alumni Council, the Career Development Office now connects students with alumni career fields by inviting Kenyon professionals to “take over” the Kenyon CDO Instagram for 24 hours. As a host, you can offer a virtual window into the day-to-day operations of your work, explain your career path and respond to student-submitted questions. If you are savvy with Instagram and think Kenyon students and alumni would enjoy working in your field, apply to this program with your Instagram handle here:
Donate to the Scott A. Layson High-Impact Experiences Fund
Kenyon College is committed to providing opportunities for all students to participate in high-impact practices that can lead to lifelong fulfilling careers. Giving to the Scott A. Layson fund—named after the longtime, influential CDO Director—provides greater access to internship and research opportunities for all students. Contact Sarah Tancredi or Anne Ellsworth '04 to discuss supporting this fund.
The Kenyon Career Development Office (CDO) maintains information to help Kenyon students and alumni connect with individuals and companies that are willing to assist, mentor, or house students who are exploring careers and with internship and job opportunities that may be available. Students, employers and volunteers should be aware that the CDO does not vet or conduct background checks on the students that may seek assistance, employers that may be offering opportunities, or volunteers who may be providing support. Employers, students, mentors, and hosts are highly encouraged to meet via a phone or Skype call prior to confirming any arrangements to determine suitability of fit and discuss mutual expectations. While the CDO is not responsible for what happens in arrangements that come from its networks, it is happy to assist students, employers and volunteers with conflict resolution and resources should difficulties occur.