Acting socially responsible is a common trait for Grinnellians, but how does that translate into preparing for a career that matters? In the 2010s, the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) developed an innovative model for assisting students. From students’ first semester to their last, the CLS helps them connect their interests to their future success. The CLS offers advising that begins during students’ first semester and career exploration including Industry-focused programming through seven distinct Career Communities. The CLS also offers grants that enable students to take career-building, but unpaid, internships to enhance their skills. Additional grant funding is used to send students to professional conferences and to help them purchase interview attire.
Chaz Del Mar ’22 interned with David Calvert ’75, director of strategic partnerships for Youth Action Youth Build of East Harlem in Harlem, New York, during summer 2019. (Photo by Andy Kropa)