We live in an age of disruption.
Old ways of working and building your career are—well, old. In an age of Skype, outsourcing, and telecommuting, what’s the best way to find the work you love? And to find it, why come to a small liberal-arts college that’s been around since way back in 1782?
Because the liberal arts never get old. They’re self-renewing. The things you learn to do here—to ask questions with insatiable curiosity, to reflect and try out your ideas, to communicate with precision and clarity, to connect and collaborate—are what keep the disruptions coming, and keep you out in front of them.
The questions you’ll ask—about your life, your work, your values—might be old, but your answers will be new and authentic, and will help you blaze your own trail in this complex, disruptive world.
Internships put you in working businesses, and let you make connections between the classroom and the workplace. Most of our majors do at least one internship during their undergraduate days, to explore careers, make connections, and enrich a résumé.
The Center for Career Development is where to start your search for internship opportunities. (If you’re looking for the proper forms to make your internship official and get academic credit for it, you’ll find them here.)
In Business Management students receive credit for internships by taking BUS 390, our internship course. We offer it throughout the year (in the summer, it’s an online course).
Externships are short-duration work experiences, especially for first- and second-year students Check out the College’s externship program.
One smart way to build your career is to get a mentor. Washington College’s Student/Alumni Mentoring Program matches students with alumni mentors. Students and mentors will meet face-to-face as well as talk regularly via telephone, e-mail, and texts about career-related topics. The competitive program, administered by the Center for Career Development and the Office of Alumni Relations, accepts a limited number of students. Contact the Center for Career Development for more information on mentoring.
The idea of starting and owning a business is exciting. But often would-be entrepreneurs miss the chance to experience the thrill of the startup because they don’t know where to begin. BUS 320 Entrepreneurship will teach you how to develop a comprehensive business plan, covering everything from customers to financing to organization, that can be the launching point for a successful business.