Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Grad Success
Rosemont helps both students and alumni succeed by offering the best academic preparation including real-world experiential learning. The Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Graduate Success, a group of dedicated experts, provides the resources and guidance students and alumni need to reach their professional goals.
The Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Graduate Success is dedicated to assisting Rosemont students and alumni in all aspects of career development and planning. We offer many resources to assist in this process. Students and alumni are encouraged to visit our office and staff members are available to answer specific questions. Appointments are recommended for consultation regarding career planning and advancement.
Rosemont College's core curriculum requires all undergraduate students to participate in an experiential learning program. All Rosemont undergraduate students are required to complete at least one of the four experiential components as a requirement for graduation.
Internships allow students to build skills in a professional environment. Students must complete a set amount of hours performing assigned tasks and observing their chosen profession's dynamics. Internships offer students the opportunity to experience an occupation before committing to that career. Students can apply the theories and practical skills they learn in the classroom to internships.
The college encourages every student to at least consider taking an internship as part of the Rosemont experiential component. Information on credit and non-credit internships is available in the Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Graduate Success.
Full semester internships are student-initiated and can be arranged for qualified students in most disciplines with the approval of the faculty member in that field. Students should seek information from their advisors or the Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Graduate Success.
SIGNIFICANT CRITERIA FOR INTERNSHIPS INCLUDE:
- The student must apply for internship credits in a timely manner, completing the forms available in the Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Graduate Success by the end of drop/add period.
- The application must include a detailed description of the terms of the internship and evaluative procedure to be used during the semester.
- The student must spend a minimum of thirty two hours at the internship site for every academic credit they receive. Every student must have an on-site sponsor who takes responsibility for teaching the student, avoiding merely routine tasks.
- The Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Graduate Success will assist the faculty advisor in monitoring and evaluating the internship, visiting the site where feasible.
- The student will keep a journal, write papers, or perform other reflective written assignments, as directed by their academic advisor. These assignments are not necessarily the student's only obligation for the course.
- There will be an evaluation form for the student and the supervisor as part of the internship experience.
Credits for internships will be determined by the department based on duration and academic merit of the internship.
More information about service learning can be obtained from the student's advisor and the Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Graduate Success.
Benefits for students
- Engages active learning: the best way to learn is through active participation.
- Wider career options: explore the career possibilities of public service and non-profit institutions -- develop new networks, connections, friends, and mentors in places you never knew you would.
- Personal growth and development: one of the best ways to help yourself is to help someone else. Through service, you will gain skills and experience that will help you for the rest of your life, both in work and in society.
- Meet community needs: do you think we can rely on government to solve all out problems? Each one of us must do our part to help make our community better for ourselves and others.
- Develops civic responsibility: our country was founded on an ethic of service. The health of our democracy depends on service and community involvement. Working toward the common good is something we must all practice.
- Enhances self image: service allows you to make a difference through active and meaningful contribution to your communities.
- Broadens perspective: your critical thinking skills get stronger when you are challenged to examine, question and refine or change your perceptions, assumptions and beliefs with regard to the world in which we live. This leads to a more valuable, successful life.
- Reflect on your life goals: demonstrates to students that learning and civic engagement are life-changing, life-long activities.
- Expands your resume: community projects are excellent experiences to expand your resume, and show prospective employers or graduate schools the breadth of your background.
Benefits for faculty
- Research: fertile ground for new ideas and roles, new avenues for research and publication.
- New Perspective: different access to subjects, new opinions on society and its problems.
- New Colleagues and Resources.
- Better Courses: can improve the ability of students to the practical implications of the course materials. Can be more useful in encouraging class participation in lectures and discussions.
- Community Applications of Scholarship.
Benefits for community organization
- Provides human resources: helps an agency meet its immediate educational, human safety, and environmental needs. The talent, energy, and enthusiasm of our university students are applied to meet these ever-increasing needs. In the longer term, it can help a community agency recruit possible future professionals for the field.
- Democracy: students may commit to a lifetime of volunteering after this experience, creating a democracy of participation. Student input can improve agency performance and give professionals fresh perspectives on the community they serve.
- Broaden agency goals: community agencies gain the opportunity to participate in an educational partnership. Helps agencies maintain programs that lack government resources. May encourage participatory democracy and wider public understanding and support for the agency.
Undergraduate research has become increasingly popular in colleges and in universities. According to the Council on Undergraduate Research, undergraduate research is classified as an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. It is one of the four components of Experiential Learning at Rosemont College.
Here at Rosemont College undergraduate research is not limited to those in the science field, but is available to students in all disciplines. Undergraduate research aids faculty members in enhancing their teaching and contribution to the community by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research. The purpose is for the student to take the information learned in the classroom and use research to complement that knowledge and delve more deeply into unanswered questions. Undergraduate research benefits students in many ways. It provides the student with more academic opportunities and connections that will be valuable when looking for graduate programs. It has also been shown to enhance a student's classroom performance. The overall experience will aid the student whether they pursue a graduate program or enter the non-academic workforce.
Study Abroad offers students an exceptionally unique opportunity whereby students not only see the world, but also live in another country. Immersion in another culture and language provides an exceptionally thorough learning experience. Not only will students learn about the country they visit, but they will also learn about their personal potential. Students who study abroad will find their previous opinions challenged by their new surroundings.
Study abroad also offers an opportunity to experience new things like trying different foods and fashions. Studying abroad uncovers new places to walk and bike and hike. Challenge yourself to put your toes in as many oceans as you encounter or visit a famous body of water like the Dead Sea. Care to climb? Visit the mountains in New Zealand. Want to swim? Snorkel in the waters of Australia. Try surfing, skiing, or join a hill walking club. Universities often provide student visitors with club sports or occasionally sponsor trips.
The Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Graduate Success encourages every student to at least consider studying abroad to fulfill the Rosemont experiential learning component by visiting their office and exploring all the possibilities.
Visit the Office of Experiential Opportunities and Post Graduate Success to pick up study abroad packet and discuss possibilities