Volunteering for Kenyon
Community has always been a core value of a Kenyon education. Our alumni and parents help extend the Kenyon experience beyond campus. Sharing time and expertise as mentors, connectors, and even employers, Kenyon alumni and parents are an invaluable resource to students, and an essential element to what makes life on the Hill and off, so rewarding. Below are ways you may wish to get involved with supporting students’ exploration of professional possibilities.
Kenyon Career Network
The Kenyon Career Network enables connections between students and alumni. Join the KCN. Here are just a few of the ways you can help students and alumni on the KCN:
- Provide information about your career and industry
- Review résumés and cover letters
- Conduct mock interviews
- Share advice about graduate school
- Host a student for a job shadow or an overnight stay (see below for more information on the Job Shadow and Bed & Breakfast programs)
By joining the KCN you can:
- Search for members by industry, location, job title, major, or ways they are willing to help
- Email members or schedule a networking call while keeping contact info private
- Join group discussions in affinity-based communities organized by industry, location and common interests
Internships and Jobs
Our office uses the platform Handshake to promote job and internship opportunities to students and alumni. If you’re already familiar with Handshake, you can log in or create an account. If you’re new to Handshake, follow Handshake’s tutorials on how to get started. You can also review Handshake’s entire library of support articles for employers. As a Kenyon alum or parent, email firstname.lastname@example.org when you request to connect with Kenyon or when you post your first position so we can note your connection.
If you're creating an internship for the first time, review our suggested internship best practices.
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. Most job shadow opportunities take place over winter and spring breaks. To sign up to sponsor a job shadow, join the Kenyon Career Network and indicate that you are willing to help find a job shadow/externship opportunity when you fill out your profile.
Professional Extension Projects
Professional Extension Projects (PEP) are real-world, project-based learning exercises designed by alumni and parents to emulate real projects. Each PEP is a discrete educational project that lasts 5 – 40 hours, can be completed remotely with commonly available software and equipment, and allows students to refine skills while receiving feedback from alumni and parent professionals.
Bed & Breakfast Host
The Bed & Breakfast Program connects students and recent grads with Kenyon community members willing to provide temporary overnight accommodation in order to allow students and young alumni to participate in career development programs, such as interviews, job shadows, and grad school visits. Most homestays are one to five nights. You can also sign up to be a longer-term host and help out a student interning away from home for the summer. When contacted for a particular housing request, you can check your availability and inform the student or alum if you are able to host at that time. To sign up, join the Kenyon Career Network and indicate that you are willing to help provide housing when you fill out your profile.
By creating a LinkedIn account and adding Kenyon to your education section, students and alumni can search for you online using LinkedIn’s alumni tool.
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.