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.
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.
Provide Experiential Opportunities
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.
Recruit for Internships and Jobs
If you intend to recruit for multiple positions, we welcome you or your HR department to connect with Kenyon on Handshake, a global job and internship platform that streamlines the recruitment process for employers. Here is a step-by-step guide to get started. If you connect on Handshake, we'll tag your company's positions for enhanced marketing and campus-wide promotion, but you must notify us at the CDO.
If you wish to post just one opportunity, you’re invited to share the opportunity with Kenyon using this form: Share a Job or Internship Opportunity.
Create a Professional Extension Project (PEP)
Professional Extension Projects provide valuable experience in addition to mentorship. Learn more about this program in the "Offer Mentoring" section.
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 in that you are willing to host job shadow/externship opportunities under the “ways you can offer support” menu.
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.