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  For more than 150 years, we've been educating leaders to make positive changes in the world. That includes helping you build the career — or careers — that let you do so.  Will you choose to go on to start a business? Enter graduate school? Volunteer for a program such as...

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Harry Krejsa '10 credits his internship and mentored advanced project for his interest in policy work, leading to his Fulbright and his success in Washington, D.C. "Perhaps anything a student can think of, we probably have a grant for," says Mark Peltz, director of the Career...

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How the CLS Can Assist Grinnell College Alumni Looking for resources? Interested in making a career change? Thinking about graduate or professional school? Let us help! Assisting Current Students Are you interested in volunteering for the College? We have many ways you can...
"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them." --George Bernard Shaw Your career will not come to you--you must take the initiative to explore, research, and experience those areas...
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The application portal for 2016-2017 fellowships is currently open. Information for applicants is on GrinnellShare (login required). As part of its historic commitment to social justice and responsibility, and in an attempt to match the talents and idealism of our students with...
Advising - Our Career Staff can assist with self-assessment and career exploration in addition to enhancing job and graduate school search techniques. Career Counseling can help students define skills, values, and interests, while developing a plan for the future. Internships -...
Advising - Our Career Staff can assist with self-assessment and career exploration in addition to enhancing job and graduate school search techniques. Career Counseling can help students define skills, values, and interests, while developing a plan for the future. Internships -...

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The following programs are sending representatives to the 2013 Graduate & Professional School Fair, which will be held on Tuesday, October 8, in JRC 101 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: School-Wide Representation (All Graduate Programs) North Dakota State University Graduate School...
David Keane, senior lecturer in law at London's Middlesex University, will lecture on "Fifty Years of the International Convention to End All Forms of Racial Discrimination."  ICERD was the first international human rights treaty, and Keane's lecture will assess its 50 years of...
Whether through the telephoto lens of her camera or her work in villages across Russia, Alaska, and Canada, Elisabeth Kruger ’06 is focused on polar bears. Kruger serves as the Arctic and Bering Sea program officer in World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Anchorage office. A major focus...
It’s not often that you get the chance to create a career for yourself that’s never existed before. Many graduates have planned their college years around jobs they want to have in the future, but for Hilary Mason ’00, carving out a place in an existing field just didn’t cut it...
Peter Coyote '64, an Emmy Award-winning narrator and accomplished actor and author, will return to Grinnell to give a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center. A dessert reception in the second-floor lobby of the Joe Rosenfield Center will...
In 2005, Luna Ranjit ’00 co-founded Adhikaar, a non-profit organization dedicated to human rights and social justice issues faced by more than 40,000 Nepali immigrants in New York City. She knew the depth and range of needs of the Nepali people long before the devastating April...
While life events have helped Ryan Brown ’16 shape his aspirations, he has largely carved out his own path toward fulfilling them. “My dad is a pediatrician, so I was raised thinking I was going to be a doctor one day,” Brown says. “I didn’t really know where I wanted to go with...
*/ This August, a dozen Grinnell alumni began a year of service through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC), a national service-leadership program that unites people to work for peace with justice. The program is popular among Grinnellians, and Grinnellians are popular with the...
  One of the Center for Careers, Life, and Service’s (CLS) newest Grinnellink internships is with Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon's co-founders, Jacob Wood and William McNulty, received the Grinnell Prize in 2012. This summer 2014 internship is open to all current students interested...
Since Anna-Lisa Bowans ’12 graduated from Grinnell, she: spent a year in Bangalore, India, on a social enterprise fellowship worked for a for-profit, social enterprise company in Berkeley, Calif., and recently moved into the tech industry “The biggest skills that I got out of...
Ever wonder about handling the rigors of both academics and athletics at Grinnell? Fully one third of Grinnell’s student body participates in varsity athletics. And while many Grinnell students achieve big things in sports (search Jack Taylor 138), all Grinnell student athletes...
Chris Bulbulia ’10 came to Grinnell College as a Posse Foundation scholar interested in theatre. He wanted to become a professional actor, but a wealth of support and experience combined with intellectual flexibility honed at Grinnell opened up an even richer path of discovery....
Megan Goering '08 went from Kansan to San Franciscan by way of Grinnell. A global vendor manager at Google Enterprise, Goering talks about how the diversity she encountered at Grinnell prepared her to build and lead teams across countries and continents. Since graduating from...
Psychology major Fanchao (Frank) Zhu ’15 never expected to receive intensive business preparation as a liberal arts student. A scholarship through the College’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) has changed his perspective. The psychology major from Nanjing, China...
The Center for Careers, Life, and Service is developing a recruiting relationship with Cambridge Associates LLC, a privately held independent consulting firm. The firm, headquartered in Arlington, Va., provides consulting and investment oversight services to more than 900...
If you use social media, chances are you’ve heard of “slacktivism.” It’s social media activism, such as when someone signs an online petition or participates in something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness. These actions require little effort and can help make...
As all Grinnellians know, it’s important to use what you learn to make a difference in your community. In Grinnell’s computer science department, the students in the Team Software Development for Community Organizations class are using what they learn in class to benefit local...
Wes Moore, a New York Times bestselling author, Army combat veteran, youth advocate and CEO of BridgeEDU, will speak at Grinnell College on Monday, Feb. 29. His speech, titled “Wes Moore: Creating a Life that Matters,” will explore why work filled with meaning and purpose can...
Please join Jessica Lang, admissions liaison at the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, on Monday, Oct. 5, to learn more about the program. Lang will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Marketplace lobby. Lang will also...
Originally published in The Grinnell Magazine, Winter 2015 issue.by Cindy Deppe It was all in the DATA for the fall break tour, Oct. 19-24, that connected 20 students seeking career insights with alumni who work in tech startups and at giga-giant Google, in the financial...
Whether you have detailed plans for your budding neurolinguistics career or you’re still wondering how to narrow down your choice of majors, Grinnell’s career staff can help. With commencement often the last thing on a new first-year student’s mind, we’ve come up with a...
A first-person account by externship participant Trang Nguyen ’17. At 12, I wanted to become a mathematician. At 16, I studied English to become a diplomat. Now, at 19, I strive to do marketing. It’s good to know what you like, isn’t it? But here is the fact: you don’t marry all...
Paula Cousins ’17 and Anesu Gamanya ’17 led a renovation project funded by the Davis Projects for Peace program that dramatically transformed a small Jamaican primary school 2,000 miles from Grinnell.  “This experience reinforced why I came to Grinnell — social justice,” Gamanya...
While growing up in Islamabad, boys were encouraged to become engineers and girls to be physicians, recalls Ahsan Rahim ’11. “Everything else was just a waste of time, according to my family.” That’s why he intended to major in physics and math at Grinnell and study engineering...
Four 2015 Grinnell College graduates and a 2011 graduate have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to support travel, teaching and research internationally. The Fulbright Program, the flagship international education exchange program of the U.S. Department of State,...
Ahsan Rahim '11's path to a finance career started in his native Islamabad, Pakistan, took him to Grinnell College in Iowa, and landed him in New York City. A portfolio analyst at Alliance Bernstein, Rahim — and his supervisor, Martin Atkin, an investment director — talk about...
“I want to do foreign policy,” says Misha Gelnarova ’18, an international student from the Czech Republic who spent part of spring break in Washington, D.C., with the Rosenfield Program’s second annual industry tour. “Seeing it through the lens of the American side is really...
A close-knit, multi-generational alumni network isn’t typically something students look for when searching for the perfect college experience. But for Sara Lowenburg ’13, the opportunity to connect with a network of Grinnellians has been a hallmark of her education and post-...
A Saturday morning haircut ignited a passion and inspired a program that is drawing Alvin Irby ’07 national attention. “I want to change the conversation and spark national discussion about reading, especially for black boys,” Irby says. “The issue is not capacity or ability....
There is no doubt that résumés showing experiences at top companies attract attention during the hiring process. So how do you get that experience? By landing a quality summer internship. For Grinnell students, summer internships at TIAA-CREF Financial Services are the gold...
Although some students and alumni have already completed their applications to graduate and professional school, deadlines for many programs do not start arriving until November, December, or even January. Here are some strategies for making the process more manageable as...
Grinnell College has once again earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, coming in at No. 23 among small universities. Currently, eight Grinnell graduates are making a difference around the world as volunteers. For the past...
Sachiko Graber ’12 (left) with her teachers on day of cultural celebration. For the third year in a row, Grinnell College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Moving up 11 places, Grinnell ranks No. 10 among...
The power of words and language to effect positive change in individuals and societies is the focus of the 2015 Grinnell Prize, the largest monetary award presented by a U.S. college recognizing achievements in social justice. Grinnell College has selected two winners of the $...
Lane Atmore ’16 of St. Paul, Minn., and Chase Booth ’16 of Wichita, Kan., have been awarded the prestigious Watson Fellowship for one year of independent study and travel abroad. They are two of 40 students selected nationwide to receive the $30,000 fellowship for postgraduate...
Taking part in an internship is one of the most accurate ways to experience the postgraduate world before it becomes your permanent home. Grinnellink internships offer Grinnellians — and only Grinnellians — the chance to try life after college on for size. These fully funded,...
Less than a year after graduating, Seth Gustafson ’14 was invited back to Grinnell’s campus to share his experiences with Professor Emeritus Doug Caulkins’ Creative Careers class. Gustafson was one of two 2014 graduates brought back to share their experiences and advice on...
A double major in economics and sociology could result in any number of career paths. Damon Williams ’14 took his double major and mixed in hip-hop and Grinnellian concepts of social justice. From Ferguson, Mo., to the south side of Chicago, Ill., Williams uses his lyrical and...
Liberal Arts in Health Care Professions Symposium Friday–Saturday, Feb. 7–8, 2014 A Grinnellink Event About the Symposium Grinnell College offers a remarkable foundation for students aspiring to careers in the health care professions, whether as nurses, physician assistants,...
Toby Baratta ’17 arrived at Grinnell intending to focus mainly on Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, and political science. “Then I took computer science,” Baratta says. “It totally changed my life.” Since her introductory class in functional problem-solving, Baratta has...
Lilianna Bagnoli ’15 is one of 35 young professionals from India and the United States to receive the American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in 2015. The fellowship matches participants with leading nongovernmental organizations and social...
  Did you know Grinnell produced more LVC volunteers than any other school in the country last year? And that’s raw numbers, not per-capita. Lutheran Volunteer Corps is a national service-leadership program that unites people to work for peace with justice. Volunteers live...
Making Music Happen Symposium: Working in the Music Industry Post-Grinnell Thursday-Friday, March 6-7, 2014 A Grinnellink Event About the Symposium More than perhaps any other in recent history, the music industry has engaged in the act of reshaping and redesigning itself. The...
Melissa Hardy ’16 has received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship for up to $7,500 toward tuition and other expenses for the academic year.  A senior chemistry and French double major from Billings, Montana, Hardy is using the scholarship to fund her senior year at...
“I never had just one thing that I was pursuing. I wanted to keep exploring and keep doing what I was naturally interested in doing. Every opportunity I’ve had just combined all those passions.” These words of wisdom reveal the key to Adam Kempenaar ’97’s success. In a world...
Grinnell College has entered into an agreement with HBX, the online arm of Harvard Business School, to provide additional benefits for Grinnell students taking Harvard’s online business fundamentals course, the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program. The partnership expands...
For many, theatrical performances are a way to explore the unfamiliar, to experience things that are different from the place and people they call home. For Leda Hoffmann ’09, however, theatre has been a tool for making a strange new place feel like home. The daughter of a...
What the heck is it? Pioneer Weekend 2.0 is the second iteration of a three day innovation competition, sponsored by the Wilson Program. Student innovators from different backgrounds work together in teams of 3­–6 people and complete a prototype of an idea that they come up with...
Principal Financial Group will be on campus Tuesday, April 8 to host an Information Session at 7:00 p.m. in JRC 225.    We know you’re busy thinking about summer internships, but we’re thinking about your career after college. Principal Financial Group is proud to offer the...
Rebecca Wong ’17 has earned honorable mention for the Udall Scholarship, which recognizes second- and third-year undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership, public service, and commitment to environmental issues, American Indian healthcare, or tribal policy. Wong,...
Two recent art history grads move forward in their post-B.A. professional lives. This summer Tianhan Gao ’11 (left) … …became the associate cataloguer for the Classical Chinese Paintings Department at the art auction house Sotheby’s International in New York. Tianhan came to...
*/ Each year, the Rosenfield Program sponsors several competitive grants that support student internships in public affairs, international relations, or human rights. The sponsored internships this summer took Grinnell students all over the world. Please join us for...
The Scholars' Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, will feature Hilary Mason ’00. Mason is founder and CEO of Fast Forward Labs, a data science and machine learning firm, and the data scientist in residence at Accel Partners . Mason's lecture, which is free and open to the...
Robert "Bob" Haveman — professor emeritus of public affairs and economics and faculty affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison — will present the Scholars' Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101...
Karnika Arora ’18 was so keen to get a summer internship in the U.S. after her first year at Grinnell that she walked into the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) her second week on campus. Finding an Internship The CLS helps students with a variety of job and internship...
Grinnell students, faculty, and alumni joined more than 30,000 colleagues from more than 80 countries at 2015 Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting. Faculty joined the students as they presented their Mentored Advanced Projects (MAP) research at the Faculty for...
Silvia Elena Foster-Frau ’15 has received the Hearst Journalism Fellowship, a two-year digital media journalism fellowship awarded to four to six aspiring journalists each year. For the first year of her fellowship, Foster-Frau will be reporting for the Hearst Connecticut Media...
Program benefits students and alumni. The Center for Careers, Life, and Service’s externship program offers students the opportunity to shadow Grinnell alumni or friends of the College in their professions over spring break — usually for three to five days. The experience...
Win or lose, Todd Foreman ’95 will start a new chapter in his political life on May 7, 2015, election day in the United Kingdom. Foreman is the Labour Party candidate for North East Somerset, a constituency in southwest England. If elected, he’ll serve in the House of Commons...
Although millions of people around the world enjoy playing video games, not many people have the talent or motivation to make a game of their own. For David D’Angelo ’08, however, the spark, the drive, and the talent were all there. D’Angelo was heavily involved in music while...
The power of making a wish is no small thing; it gives us hope and allows us to envision something better. However, not many of us expect those wishes to be granted — that would be just a little too Disney. While there may not be any fairy godmother waiting to swoop in and make...
When Rebecca Dworkin ’06 graduated from Grinnell as a religious studies major, she didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do with her life. She was interested in women’s health and reproductive rights, but how did she want to approach the issue? Through law? Advocacy? Social...
Alumni Scholar Amanda (Andy) Cook ’03 returns to Grinnell to present "Uninsured?  Fewer Services, Less Readmission, More Death.  A Study of Maryland's Hospitals" at noon Tuesday, Nov. 10, in ARH 120.  Cook's visit is sponsored by the Department of Economics.  Cook is currently a...
The White House recently recognized Yesenia Ayala ’18 for her courage and contributions to the Latino community in Iowa. She and 10 other young women were selected from more than 1,000 nominees as Champions of Change for empowering and inspiring members of their communities....
Ambassador Kelly will be presenting an Information Session on Monday, November 4th at 12:15 p.m. in JRC 209. Ian C. Kelly, Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, was most recently (from March 2010 to September 2013) the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and...

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