Why must apprentices work over academic breaks?
The Executive Directors of participating host organizations are willing to devote time and effort to an apprentice's training with the expectation that the Apprentice will become a consistently productive employee for their NGO. Therefore, an apprentices's commitment to work on a consistent schedule is a vital component of this program. During academic breaks, students have the opportunity to spend more time at their work site. Past apprentices remark that such "intensive engagement" with their host organizations during breaks provided a much deeper and more comprehensive experience than could be gleaned during school time. It may be possible to arrange alternative plans for academic breaks, but this cannot be expected. Such plans will need to be arranged between an apprentice and his/her host organization.
What if I already have summer travel plans?
New apprentices must be available for early arrival one week before school starts. The following summer, apprentices will work through July only.
Can I get another job during the summer?
Apprentices must work a minimum of 20 hours per week for their host organization during the summer. Some host organizations will offer more hours. In such a case, an apprentice may work as much as full-time for his/her host organization. If, however, you mutually decide on a 20 hour week, then it is appropriate to take on another job or research opportunity.
Is it possible to Study Abroad and partake in the Apprentice program in the same year?
No. The year-long commitment is what makes this experience unique -- it allows you to build a strong connection with your host organization and the other apprentices.
What happens during the Apprentices' lunch meetings?
During the first semester, the lunch meetings will primarily serve as a time for apprentices to share their experiences, difficulties and lessons. While each apprentice will have a unique experience, there will be some common observations and insights; sharing these helps create a supportive network. In addition, apprentices will also discuss current projects and opportunities for collaboration - which will be shared back with the executive directors. In the second semester, apprentices will also explore their own professional development goals through meetings with the Career Development Office, guest speakers, reviewing resumes, and other lunch workshops as the group determines.
When is housing provided?
College-owned housing will be available during the entire length of your Apprenticeship. If approved for the apprenticeship, you will be allowed to move into your assigned housing early. As part of the early arrival program, you will also be eligible for on-campus meals during this time. There is no campus housing provided to anybody for the first 2 weeks in August, so you will want to plan your vacation accordingly. More information about arranging housing during breaks is available at the Residence Life website. Please contact Laura Gogg in Student Affairs with any additional questions.