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Departments

Smart move! You’ve decided to enrich your Holy Cross education by going beyond the classroom. So, look under the "Department" tab to find 13 opportunities for clarifying your career objectives, boosting your skills, proving yourself at the work site and expanding your professional network.

The “Programs” tab provides specific details about workshops, seminars, speaker’s series, networking opportunities and other activities offered during the school year and breaks. See something that interests you? Find out now what you need to do to get chosen or to get involved — and start building that stand-out portfolio to make your post-grad goal a reality.

Department Program
3-2 Engineering

3-2 Engineering

Congratulations! You’ve decided to combine a Holy Cross education with an engineering specialization at an Ivy League school. With three years here and two years at Columbia University, you’ll stand out as a leader who can see solutions that go beyond advanced technology. But you need to plan carefully to get into Columbia’s program. Here’s how: Meet with the 3-2 program advisor your freshman year to discuss your intent. As a sophomore, you’ll declare a major in physics or math. Connect often with the 3-2 advisor to review your progress and get an honest assessment of whether the program is a good fit. As a junior, you’ll apply to Columbia. You’ll need to have fulfilled rigorous course requirements and achieved a 3.0 GPA (classes of 2013 and '14) or a 3.3 GPA (class of '15 and beyond). A similar six-year program combines four years at Holy Cross with two years at Columbia. Challenging? Of course. Worthwhile? Definitely. With bachelor’s degrees from both Holy Cross and Columbia, you’ll be ready to meet complex challenges that require an ethical world view as well as technological expertise.

Contact:
Alisa DeStefano
3-2 Program Advisor
Haberlin 304
adestefa@holycross.edu
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Academic Services

Academic Services & Learning Resources

As a Crusader, you’re passionate about improving the world in which we all live. But you may not be sure about the best way to achieve your post-graduation dreams. So stop by Academic Services & Learning Resources. You’ll meet with someone who listens to your vision and then connects you with resources and people who can help. Whether you’re a peer educator, Presidential Scholar, or any other type of student, you’ll learn how to make the most of opportunities available to you at Holy Cross. Need an example? Say you want to study public policy as it relates to education. Your advisor may connect you to the chair of the education department, a public policy professor, and the director of the Washington Semester Program. Why get so many people involved? Because at Holy Cross, it’s everyone’s goal to help you find your calling. Let us help you figure out the right steps to take.

Contact:
Christina Bi Chen
Director
Smith Hall 214
cchen@holycross.edu
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Alumni Career Services

Alumni Career Services

Want to use some Purple to power your path to a career? Then get to know Alumni Career Services, to connect you with Holy Cross’ fiercely loyal alumni. These successful graduates are eager to advise you on careers and job-seeking strategies. From freshman year on, you can attend Student/Alumni Networking Career Night, where you’ll meet grads representing a multitude of professions. Make valuable contacts while discovering which careers best fit your passions. As a senior, register online to access the alumni career advisor database — more than 5,000 potential advisors who have volunteered to get involved. And you can contact Alumni Career Services at any time to find contacts to advise you about specific careers. Imagine how valuable breaks can be if you spend them meeting alumni in your home area! And keep in mind: Your first job is not necessarily the one you’ll be in forever. So count on Alumni Career Services — and its ever-expanding network of graduates — to help you manage career change as a Holy Cross graduate.

Programs:
Alumni Online Career Services Introduction, Alumni Career Advisor Network, Alumni Career Affinity Groups, Alumni Online Community
Alumni Career Services:
Robert S. Wally '68
Assistant Director,
Alumni Career Services

rwally@holycross.edu
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Career Planning

Career Planning

Begin by thinking of the end. The more you figure out about yourself, the better you can design the path to get you to your future. That’s why the Career Planning Center (CPC) is so valuable. Connect with CPC by your sophomore year, when you still have the gift of time. One-on-one counseling will help you clarify your interests values, and abilities—and understand how all these things intersect with the world of work. Narrow down your potential career options. Then begin a multi-year endeavor to develop a stand-out portfolio to show prospective employers, grad schools, or volunteer programs. Take full advantage of CPC’s workshops, events, special programming, and online resources. You’ll also learn about internship opportunities, conducting a successful job search, and the value of networking (especially with Holy Cross alumni). Follow your heart. Become a Crusader success story.
Career Planning:
Amy Murphy
Director
Hogan Campus Center, Room 203
amurphy@holycross.edu
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Chaplains' Office

Chaplain’s Office

Where your deepest desire is, God is present there. That’s why the Chaplains' Office stands ready to help you figure out your passions. How? By challenging you to think creatively while at Holy Cross. Maybe you’ll search your soul as part of a silent retreat. Or you’ll use Spring Break to rebuild homes and restore a community. Or you’ll simply talk to a chaplain about what you think, believe and question. These and other avenues of discovery will help you learn how to honor the gifts God gave you by using them to influence the world. Best scenario? Explore the Chaplain’s Office and its offerings your first year. Let the chaplains assist, challenge, and guide you in experiences that may change the direction of your life. But even if you’re a senior, it’s never too late to ask the really big questions. Depend upon the chaplains to help you find the answers.

Programs:
Retreats, Student Programs for Urban Development, Immersion Programs, Post-Grad Volunteer Fair
Contact:
Marybeth Kearns-Barrett
Director
Campion House
mkearns@holycross.edu
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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS)

CIS, Washington Semester, Academic Internships


Center for Interdisciplinary Studies - Open yourself up to a multi-dimensional future through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies — a catalyst for curriculum innovation. CIS prepares you for the world you’re entering after graduation. How? By providing a way for you to pursue your passion with exceptional creativity. And by grooming you to meld the perspectives of multiple disciplines when addressing important issues, which is a powerful way of thinking. How does CIS programming work? Three ways. With the help of faculty mentors, you can choose — or design — a multidisciplinary major or minor that lets you focus on issues you’re passionate about. You can do independent research through the College Honors Program or the Fenwick Scholar Program. And most vital of all, CIS offers educational opportunities that are experiential, analytical, and off-campus via the Washington Semester and Academic Internship Programs. Want to learn more? Watch for CIS informational sessions that will inspire and help you find your future. Target specific informational sessions to guide your preparation for the Washington Semester and Academic Internships.

Programs:

Washington Semester Program, Academic Internship Program, Fenwick Scholar Program, College Honors Program


Contact:
Loren Cass
Director
Fenwick 309
lcass@holycross.edu
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Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies (COES)

Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies

Get a jump-start on bringing your liberal arts education into the business marketplace through the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies. As a Holy Cross graduate, you’ll already be a great job candidate because of your work ethic, leadership ability, and critical-thinking skills. But you’ll become an even better one by understanding how businesses and organizations function. That’s where COES and the prebusiness program come in. Through COES, you’ll attend extracurricular workshops taught by successful alumni who are proven leaders in finance, management, marketing and other fields. As loyal Crusaders, they’re eager to return and inspire the next generation of business leaders who can connect new ideas to the marketplace. This exposure to authentic, real-world knowledge builds your entrepreneurial spirit and prepares you to compete as an ethically responsible leader in today’s global economies.

Programs:
Ciocca Entrepreneurial Seminar Series, Executive Leadership Workshop, Summer Business Program, Women in Business, Finance Boot Camp
Contact:
David Chu
Director
Stein 129E
dchu@holycross.edu
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Community-Based Learning (CBL)

Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning

You already know Holy Cross prepares you for a lifetime of learning and service to society. How does the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning get involved? By building bridges between classrooms and the Worcester community. That means learning takes place through service or research — and the reflection that follows. For students and Worcester residents, it’s a mutually beneficial process. You may be stunned by the deeper learning that occurs when you integrate theory with practice. Communities benefit from the resources and expertise channeled toward meeting their needs. Intrigued? Talk to an advisor in the office to see which community-based learning class fits best. Then you’ll be matched with a community partner and assisted with transportation on a weekly basis. You’ll learn what kind of changes you want to enact in the world. And you’ll understand there are multiple paths to prepare you for life after graduation.

Programs:
Non-Profit Careers Conference, Community-Based Learning Scholars Program
Contact:
Michelle Sterk Barrett
Director
Fenwick 322
msbarret@holycross.edu
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Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies

Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies

What’s your dream? To immerse yourself in another culture? Create your own peace project? These and other goals become realities when you win a top scholarship or fellowship while at Holy Cross. Increase your chances by working with the director of the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies. He can help you achieve your dream by guiding you through the application process. But first understand that to win a Fulbright Scholarship or any other prestigious award takes more than high grades and glowing recommendations. You need to set yourself apart from other talented applicants through your talent, experience, and initiative. And you need to show a genuine passion for the opportunity—both orally and in writing. There’s no single formula for winning. So visit the director by the beginning of your second year. Together you’ll figure out which awards make the most sense to target. Develop an application that glows in its portrayal of you and your potential for success.

Contact:
Anthony B. Cashman, III, Ph.D.
Director
Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies
Smith 333
acashman@holycross.edu
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Health Professions (Premed)

Health Professions Advisory Committee

So you want to be a doctor. Or a physical therapist. Or any health-related profession for which you need to get accepted into a graduate program. How does Holy Cross — and a liberal arts education — get you there? Through an intimate, nurturing, yet utterly honest relationship with the Health Professions Advisory Committee. From the moment you decide on a health care career, the committee assigns a faculty member as your advisor. Your advisor helps you knit together all the aspects of your life to become a whole person skilled at writing, critical thinking and problem solving — as well as science and math. Your advisor helps you get desirable real-world seasoning through internships and/or research projects. And your advisor — along with other committee members — helps you prepare the strongest application package possible for your target schools. Curious about Holy Cross applicants’ acceptance rate to medical school? At 84 percent, it’s among the highest in the country.

Programs:
Health Professions Autobiography Writing Workshop, MCAT Prep Course
Contact:
Andrew Futterman
Director
Fenwick 322
afutterm@holycross.edu
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Prebusiness

Prebusiness program

Major in anything. Succeed in business. That’s the mantra of the prebusiness program, whose goal is to help you leverage your undergraduate education into a successful business career. As a Holy Cross graduate, you’ll be an excellent job candidate because of your work ethic, leadership ability, and critical-thinking skills. But you’ll become an even more marketable when you understand how businesses and organizations function. That’s where the prebusiness advisor comes in. Not only does he help you figure out which classes and internships will take you where you want to go, he helps you connect theory with practice by working in conjunction with the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies. Through COES, you’ll attend extracurricular workshops taught by successful alumni who come back to inspire the next generation of business people. This exposure to authentic, real-world knowledge is the key to building your entrepreneurial spirit and preparing you to compete as an ethically responsible leader in today’s global economies.

Programs:
Ciocca Entrepreneurial Seminar Series, Executive Leadership Workshop, Summer Business Program, Women in Business, Finance Boot Camp, Career Panels
Contact:
David Chu
Advisor
Stein 129E
dchu@holycross.edu
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Prelaw

Prelaw Program

You’ve got strong analytical skills. You’re really good at persuading others. So you’re thinking about a legal career. What do you need to do to get into law school? Start with hands-on counseling from a prelaw advisor who will guide your action plan, including your eventual applications to law schools. Your first priority: excelling at classes that help you understand the human experience and get better at reasoning and communicating. Priority number two: doing the things lawyers do. Take a law class that shows students how attorneys prepare for trials — from the first day they get a case to the day the verdict is announced. Work on a student-published law journal. Join a mock trial team. Take part in moot court. These activities help your application package stand out from the others. Your prelaw advisor will work with you to prepare a compelling personal statement and choose the right reference writers. And Holy Cross’ LSAT review course can help you get a higher exam score. You have only one chance to build an academic record worthy of admission to law school. Let the prelaw program show you the way.

Programs:
Law School Visits, Prelaw Speaker Series, Mock Trial Team, Moot Court, Journal of Law and Public Policy, LSAT Prep Course
Contact:
Scott Sandstrom
Advisor
Stein 129C
ssandstr@holycross.edu
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Summer Internship Program (SIP)

Summer Internship Program

You’ve been concentrating on classwork. Now spend the summer gaining meaningful work experience through the Summer Internship Program. These competitive internships are earmarked for Holy Cross students. So your supervisor will also be your mentor, making sure you learn the industry in addition to the job. You’ll spearhead at least one project all the way through — a noteworthy accomplishment to show prospective employers. And you’ll benefit from the supervisor’s mid-point and final evaluations of your performance, as well as an on-campus exit interview to talk about your conclusions and next steps. Start the process by visiting SIP early in the fall of your sophomore or junior year. Discover what you need to do to stand out as an applicant. Put serious time and energy into your application for the program. About 75 percent of students admitted to SIP are juniors, but exceptional sophomores make the cut too. Being accepted is only the first step, however. You must then secure the actual internship. Finally, use your internship to explore an intriguing career, make valuable contacts and kick-start your professional future.


Programs:
Alumni Mock Interviews – Practice with the Pros, Articulating your Study Abroad Experience, SIP Orientation, SIP Send-Off, SIP Internship Expo, Networking Receptions
Contact:
Pamela Ahearn
Director
Hogan 203
pahearn@holycross.edu
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Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Teacher Education Program

When you get accepted into the Teacher Education Program, you are committing to more than just getting up in front of a classroom of students. You’re committing to transforming the world by using education as a vehicle for social justice. That’s why you’ll take classes such as Urban Education and Educational Psychology in addition to getting a solid grounding in liberal arts and your chosen subject matter. And that’s why TEP requires 80 hours of field-based experience in an urban setting. Twenty of those hours will be spent with the instructor chosen to supervise your student-teaching semester. Embedded in coursework, these practicum experiences will clarify what you believe while immersing you in the day-to-day realities of top teachers. It all starts your freshman or sophomore year when you apply to the program and meet with your TEP advisor. It culminates after student teaching when TEP endorses you for a teaching license.

Programs:
Teacher Education Program Information Session, Noyce Scholars Program, Teacher Education Speaker Series, Massachusetts Education Resource Consortium’s Education Career Fair
Contact:
Heather Johnson
Director
Stein 434 A
hjohnson@holycross.edu
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