- Are you fascinated by the natural world and how it works?
- Are you drawn to solving problems with data and an analytical skill set?
- Are you a systems-builder?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you might be a perfect for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Career Community, which helps students explore jobs in a wide range of STEM areas including (but not limited to) lab- and field-based research (in both academia and the private sector), information technology, data science, all areas of engineering, and conservation.
Launched in the fall of 2017, the STEM Career Community offers an innovative approach to career development. More than just a series of jobs one holds over the course of a lifetime, a career is a blend of one's professional, personal, and civic aspirations. The STEM Career Community builds on the liberal arts foundation at Grinnell to give students who are interested in a STEM-related career a competitive edge in their professional development. While the programs, activities, and requirements will vary over time, the key tenets of the career community are to engage with like-minded students to build field-specific knowledge, strengthen professional skills, enhance recruiting strategies, and to support internship and full-time recruiting goals.
Have a variety of interests? Students may create productive collaborations between the STEM Community and the CLS's other Career Communities; e.g., science education (STEM + Education Professions), assistive technology (STEM + Health Professions), or cybersecurity (STEM + Business and Finance).
The STEM Career Community provides opportunities including:
- One-on-one, student-centered advising from a community director with professional experience in the sciences
- STEM-specific treks and site visits across the country
- STEM-related speaker events, symposia, and panels
- Industry exploration and skill-building workshops
- Connection to research opportunities at Grinnell, other campuses, and in the private sector
- Interview days in specific cities
- Experiential learning opportunities, including community engagement, service, research, internships, and externships
- Access to professional networks of experienced alumni and potential employers
Want to take an active role in shaping the course of the STEM Career Community? Every year, students can apply to become community leaders. These students—who can represent any of the STEM fields—work with and advise the community director as she develops and implements meaningful work-related experiences, both on-campus and off, for students and early career alumni. Student leaders get added perks, such as a guaranteed spot on treks they help plan, exclusive opportunities with visiting STEM speakers, and advanced mentoring.
Additional information about the STEM Career Community is available on GrinnellShare (secure login required).