Experiential Learning & Career Development Center – Albright College

Experiential Learning & Career Development Center

Office Hours: Mon. – Thurs., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Physical Location: 1817 Linden Street — Next to Gable Health Center
email elcdc@albright.edu
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Information for Students Information for Faculty Information for Employers
Request an Internship: Handshake ELCDC Workshop Request Form ELCDC Employer Guide to Internships
4 Year Career Action Plan Albright Internship Guidelines Albright Internship Guidelines
Albright Internship Guidelines Articulation Agreements FLSA and Unpaid Internships
Post-Graduate Partnerships ACRE Canvas Page NACE Best Practices for Internships
Professional Portfolio Study Abroad Information for Faculty How-To: Post Employment/Internship Positions
Academic Scholarships and Opportunities Handbook for Faculty-Led Programs Abroad Job Description Grader for Diversity/Inclusion

The Albright College Experiential Learning and Career Development Center (ELCDC) offers a variety of services for students, alumni and employers. The Center assists students in exploring majors, careers, and experiential learning opportunities that enhance Albright’s core learning goal of “engaging the world.” The career development process helps students make meaning from their experiences and education, leading to greater personal satisfaction and professional success. To see how we might help you, read some of our student and alumni success stories.

Ready to request a workshop for your class or club? It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Choose a workshop from our list below
  2. Complete the request form
  3. Enjoy the workshop!

Connect With Us:

Kim Justeson 
Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Student Professional Development

KJusteson@albright.edu | Kim can assist faculty with the development of experiential learning course components and can answer student and faculty questions about study abroad, undergraduate research, and the Honors Program.

Kim came to Albright in 2006 to launch the Center for Experiential Learning and Research, which has since combined with the Career Development Center to be known as the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center. After graduating with a B.S. in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas-Austin she taught, lived and traveled abroad for several years.  She then made the move to higher education and worked at UT-Austin and Kutztown University before coming to Albright.

Kim holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Albright College as well as the professional certification in Education Abroad through the Forum on Education Abroad. She has completed the Experiential Education Academy through the National Society for Experiential Education and was recently certified as a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

Kim’s passion is travel and she has traveled throughout Asia, Australia, Micronesia, Europe, and Latin America.  She loves working with students to find experiential learning opportunities to enhance their coursework.

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Charlotte Palmer
Associate Director of Career Development

CPalmer@albright.edu | contact with questions about internships, career exploration, in-class programming, career assessment, and developing career events

Charlotte graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH with a B.A. in Psychology. During her undergraduate years, she participated in research, an internship, and studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. These experiences cemented her understanding of the importance of exploring one’s interests to the fullest during college. While pursuing her master’s degree at Stony Brook University, Charlotte fell in love with advising college students about the career development process and is excited to bring that enthusiasm to Albright. During her spare time she loves to spend time traveling to the North Fork of Long Island where she grew up and spending time with her family and her dog, Pip.

 

Kaila Tirado
Career Development Coach

Ktirado@albright.edu | Contact with questions about resumes, cover letters, major exploration, in-class workshops, and interview prep, Schedule an appointment on Handshake

Kaila grew up in Reading and has graduated from all 13th Street Schools: 13th & Union, Northeast Middle School, and Reading High School. She then continued her education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania to obtain an MS in Counseling and College Student Personnel. She was previously working in a dual-role position as an Academic Advisor/ Career Development Specialist at Reading Area Community College and is now more than enthusiastic to start a new chapter here at Albright College as a Career Development Coach. Kaila’s passion and advocacy as a rising professional revolve around viewing underrepresented students holistically and hearing their truths behind higher education and their journey to the professional world.

Some fun facts about Kaila: She is a Disney fanatic, plays video games, watches anime, and she has a pet bunny named Maple Valentine.

General Assistance: 610-921-7630 | elcdc@albright.edu

Peer Educators

Our Peer Educators are also available to help students! They are specially trained to assist with resume review, study abroad overview, job and internship search, and other quick questions.

Kennedy Greene, ELCDC Peer Educator

Lily Ellefson, ELCDC Peer Educator

Tiaja MoneyELCDC Peer Educator

Estefania CenciELCDC Peer Educator

Zycara Jones, ELCDC Peer Educator

 

 

Study Abroad

Interested in learning more about studying abroad? Check out our study abroad webpages to get started. Want to take the next step? Connect with our Peer Educators in Handshake to schedule a Study Abroad 101 appointment!

SPRING 2024 EVENTS

March 6th: Navigating the Career Fair @ The ELCDC, 10 am and 1:30 pm
Let us break down what a career fair is and how to get the most out of it.

March 25th : All About Elevator Speeches @ The Student Center: 2-3:30 pm
Learn how to develop a quick intro speech to make yourself sound AMAZING!

March 27th: Professional Fashion Styling Tips with Tiaja @ The Student Center: 2:30-4 pm
Need help with how to dress professionally without breaking the bank? This is for you.

April 2nd: Resumania Day (Drop in resume reviews) @ The ELCDC: 9 am- 4 pm
Drop by any time today for help with your resume. Don’t have one? We can help get you started!

April 3rd: What Not 2 Wear: Professional Attire Edition w/ the First Gen Club @ The Main Lounge: 4-5 pm

April 10th: Career and Internship Fair @ SC Main and South Lounges: 11 am- 2 pm
This is our largest event of the semester and your opportunity to meet employers who want to hire Albright students for internships and full-time jobs after graduation. It is also your first opportunity as a first or second-year student to gain experience talking with employers.

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Other Helpful Resources

Handshake (Connect with Employers/Mentors for Jobs and Internships)
Career Shift (Job Hunting and Career Management Resource)
COVID-19 and Your Career: Links and Resources
Focus 2 Career: Career and Major Exploration Portal (Access Code: lions)
Alpha Resources on Canvas
General ELCDC Resources on Canvas
Guides & Tip Sheets
Career Development – Choosing a Major
Instagram
Facebook
More Resources

Career Closet

Career Closet Picture

Albright College and the ELCDC are proud to offer the Career Closet – professional clothing for students FOR FREE.  This clothing might be needed for presentations, interviews, attire for work or internship, etc. including shoes, accessories, and jewelry!)

Where else could a student potentially pick out a two-piece suit and a pair of shoes 100% free?

No appointments required! Students may stop by at any time during our open office hours (Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm), and may take up to three items for FREE!

For those interested in donating to the Career Closet, we ask for all items to be in good condition and are current classic styles. Items can be dropped off during Albright business hours or by appointment. All proceeds go back into the Career Closet to purchase items we do not receive through donations.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should students visit the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center?
Students can utilize the Center at any time during their academic career and as alumni of Albright. Students are encouraged to begin working with us in their first year.
According to the National Association of College and Employers 2010 Student Survey, “the likelihood of a student getting a job offer increased with the frequency of career center use.  Students who used the career center four or more times a semester were more likely to have job offers than those who used it once a semester.”  It all begins with choosing/confirming a choice of major, developing a plan for experiential learning opportunities and being able to articulate your skills and experience both on a resume and in person.

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Why should a student who has decided on a major need to use the Center?
Many students begin college confident in their choice of a major. In any major, there are a number of career paths that a student can take depending on their interests and abilities. Shadowing, networking, gaining “hands-on” experience through an internship, study abroad, and/or undergraduate research project can help students to develop skills that are valued by employers and to gain real world experience that can clarify or solidify the direction of their career. The Center is a valuable resource for finding such “experiential education” opportunities, and for providing access to alumni and employers. Also, as noted in the answer to question 2, research shows that “the likelihood of a student getting a job offer increased with the frequency of career center use.  Students who used the career center four or more times a semester were more likely to have job offers than those who used it once a semester.”

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How does the Center help students who are undecided about their major?
As an incoming Alpha (undecided) first year student or a sophomore who is re-exploring their initial major  direction, we can help. The Center offers several self-assessments in consultation with a career counselor who will help the student to define their interests, values, skills, personal characteristics and what concentration and career options may be a good match.

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Is it common for students to start out knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives but then become uncertain or consider a completely different direction?
Many college students struggle with the decision about their college major and are unsure of their choice, even if they have selected a college major. Approximately eighty percent of all entering students change their concentration (major) at least once during their college career. Albright wants to emphasize that it’s fine for students to enter college without a clear idea of which academic program they wish to pursue and what their ultimate career will be. Being “undeclared” or “undecided” isn’t a cause for panic!  The opportunity for academic exploration is a unique life opportunity, and it is central to the educational experience at a liberal arts college like Albright.

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What majors, co-majors and special programs are offered at Albright College?
Go to the Albright Undergraduate Programs page for more information.

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What is the Honors Program and who is eligible?
For more information about the Honors Program at Albright, please visit this page

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Who Can Study Abroad/Off Campus?
No matter what your major, you CAN study abroad/off campus. Our staff will work with you to find the best location and program for you.  It is possible to take courses in English through a program provider in a non-English speaking country. There are also many domestic programs available right here in the United States, including the Washington Center, the Philadelphia Center, and the National Theatre Institute. Students interested in studying abroad must be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 / 4.0, in good financial standing and in good social standing. For more information on planning a study abroad experience visit this page.

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Will I be able to afford to study abroad/off campus?
When you study off-campus, you only pay the price of that particular abroad program. There are no extra fees from Albright. Occasionally, students end up paying less than they do at Albright! Albright scholarships, such as the Presidential, Founders and talent scholarships, cannot be used for off-campus study. However, Stafford loans, Perkins loans, State grants and most privately funded scholarships may be used. Many Albright affiliates offer additional scholarships for which Albright students can apply, and there are other opportunities, including the Gilman Scholarship (for students receiving a Pell Grant) which we can discuss with you when you make an appointment to talk with our staff. For information about additional scholarships and paying for your study abroad experiences visit this page.

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When can I study abroad/off campus?
Students wishing to study abroad or off-campus in a domestic program may do so upon completion of two full-time semesters at Albright. This means students may study abroad as early as the summer between the first and second year at Albright. Most Albright College students study abroad during their sophomore or junior year. Seniors may study abroad during their fall semester only with permission from the Registrar’s Office.

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How can I find on-campus employment opportunities?
All on-campus employment is handled by Albright College Human Resources. Student employment opportunities can be found on this page or by contacting the department directly.

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How can I find off-campus part-time employment, internships or full time job opportunities?
The Center offers students and alumni various online resources in addition to individual career counseling to discuss specific strategies based on your needs. Please contact us to schedule an individual appointment.  In addition to job/internship postings, we are committed to facilitating on-campus recruitment (held October/November and March/April), job/internship fairs (February/March) and preparing students for the best job search possible through workshops, online/resource library information and individual appointments.

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What assistance does the Center provide for applying to graduate school?
Our career counselors can assist you in finding the right graduate/professional school, defining criteria to assess programs, developing your personal statement as well as provide information about various admission exams such as the LSAT or GRE. We also host a graduate/professional school fair each fall where students will have an opportunity to meet with admission counselors from graduate/professional schools in various disciplines.

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What is an ACRE?
The Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) is an interdisciplinary program that enables students to conduct research or creative activity in partnership with nurturing faculty mentors during the summer or over the interim session in January. All students are invited to submit an ACRE application. A committee of faculty members reviews the proposals and recommends awards. Participants receive a stipend and free room and board during the summer or January interim. Students and faculty from all disciplines meet each week to share their experiences and learn from each other. Many collaborative teams of students and faculty present their research at academic conferences and publish their results in professional journals.

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What is Handshake?
Handshake is an online system that allows you to post your resume, view and apply to part and full-time job and internship listings, and connect with professionals.  Be sure to complete and keep your Profile and Documents sections updated. Before posting your resume on Handshake, students are encouraged to receive resume feedback from a career counselor. This one-stop, web-based system will help you to manage your job search throughout your time at Albright. A comprehensive calendar of ELCDC events is also accessible through Handshake.

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