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» What is CELS?
» What is the e-Portfolio?
» Why should I use the e-Portfolio and not a different type of resumé software?
» Why should I do the CELS Funded Internship Program?
» How many workshops do I have to go to?
» What are the workshops I have to attend?
» What if I miss a workshop?
» If I apply and am accepted to a center certificate program (Ammerman, Goodwin-Niering, CISLA, Holleran) do I still have to do CELS?
» What are the CELS requirements if I am in a center program such as CISLA, Holleran, Goodwin-Niering or Ammerman Arts & Technology?
» Do you think we'll get out of the workshop early?
» What if I can't make it to the workshop that I signed up for and can I just show up for another one?
» If I missed a workshop, why can't I make it up with a counselor?
» Does everyone in the CELS internship program receive funding?
» Where is the best place to start searching for a job or internship? Should I focus on using the Internet job searches and apply electronically?
» Can I split my internship between two different places?
» How long does my internship need to be?
» Will academic probation or disciplinary action affect my eligibility for the CELS internship?
» I already have my internship so why do I need to attend the interview workshop?
» Where do I find my sponsor confirmation form?
» Will CELS help me get an internship after my freshman or sophomore years?
» My CELS counselor hasn't found me an internship yet, what should I do?
» Can I study away and do CELS?
» Can I study away the whole year and still do CELS?
» Other than job/internship stuff what else can CELS do for me?
» What should I do if I need my resume quickly and my counselor is booked?
» Is it OK to switch counselors?
» What if I don't want to do CELS?
» What if I drop out of CELS - will CELS still help me?
» Who are CELS Fellows and Peer Advisers?
» How do I become a CELS Peer Adviser (Fellow)?
» Where is CELS?
» What percentage of students participate in CELS Funded Internship program?
» Why all the emails from CELS?
» CELS has had many students go through their program. What has been the overall impression of the CELS program?
A. CELS is the Office of Career Enhancing Life Skills. On other campuses this might be the Career Services Office. Our philosophy is to help you begin planning for your future early in your college experience. CELS provides academic, internship, co-curricular and career advising through individual appointments, workshops and the e-Portfolio (on-line software).
A. The e-Portfolio is an online interactive tool that you will use to build your resumé, complete workshops, document experiences and accomplishments, create effective cover letters and resumés and search for and jobs.
A. The ePortfolio is easy to use and will automatically format your resumé into a Word document once you input information on your experiences and skills. This creates an easy format to customize and personalize your resumé. Many software programs create cumbersome formats that are difficult to edit and customize. However, you are always welcome to use alternate software and upload the resumé into your e-Portfolio for archiving purposes.
A. The CELS Funded Internship process will provide you with all the tools you will need for pursuing a Funded Internship and makes you eligible for a stipend of up to $3000. The process begins in your freshman and sophomore years with a set of required workshops, appointments and assignments. I know you are thinking, WOW this is a lot, a big commitment. Every workshop is between 60-90 minutes long, but you will walk out of there having accomplished something: an exploded resumé, targeted resumés, interview skills, professional communication, cover letters, etc. In your senior year, you are set to work with your CELS counselor on graduate school advising and post-baccalaureate plans, having built a strong foundation early on!
A. All of them! There are a total of 7 workshops from Freshman through Junior year (2 Freshman year, 2 Sophomore year and 3 Junior year). Senior year you hand in a reflection paper.
A. Ok, here we go!
CELS 1 - Intro to CELS and the ePortfolio
CELS 2 - Personality Type
CELS 3 - Skills to Resumé
CELS 4 - Professional Communication
CELS 5 - Create/Find Your Internship
CELS 6 - Interview Tips & Techniques
CELS 7 - Make the Most of Your Internship
A. The CELS office works hard to provide students with different days and times for workshops. You should try your best to attend the workshop you sign up for. If you miss a workshop, you need to contact Chris Terry at x2004 ASAP to explain why and to reschedule.
Q: If I apply and am accepted to a center certificate program (Ammerman, Goodwin-Niering, CISLA, Holleran) do I still have to do CELS?
A. YES! Any student wishing to complete any funded internship on campus through either CELS or any of the Centers must complete the CELS workshops and corresponding requirements without exception!
Q: What are the CELS requirements if I am in a center program such as CISLA, Holleran, Goodwin-Niering or Ammerman Arts & Technology?
A. Effectively the requirements are the same for all Center and CELS students. There are a few specific requirements depending on which Center you might be accepted to but those will be evident once you are in the Center.
A. Sometimes, but they aren't a huge commitment to begin with, so use the time wisely.
Q: What if I can't make it to the workshop that I signed up for and can I just show up for another one?
A. No. There is a limited number of seats available, particularly in the computer classrooms. In case of an emergency Call Chris Terry at x2004 ASAP PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP so she can remove you and discuss the possibility of attending another workshop.
A. While it would be nice to have the flexibility to offer workshops on a one-on-one basis, the number of students participating in the program prevents CELS from offering individual workshops.
A. No. Students must qualify for the funded internship program by attending all the workshops and by completing the necessary appointments and assignments. There are also a number of eligibility rules that state that students must be in good academic and social standing and that the internship must for a minimum of 300 hours and be under the direction of one supervisor. Students who fail to meet the mandatory requirements will lose their funding eligibility. The program guarantees up to $3,000 for your internship. Qualified students who are paid less than $3000 by their employers will receive the difference, and those that are paid more than $3000 will not receive additional funds. If you have questions, please contact your counselor. This is to optimize the internship funds available and include those students who would not otherwise be able to have this experience.
Q: Where is the best place to start searching for a job or internship? Should I focus on using the Internet job searches and apply electronically?
A. The e-Portfolio and the CELS website are great places to start your search. You may also search independently by doing a Google/Dogpile/Craigslist search of companies and organizations you are interested in. Applying electronically is widely accepted, but make sure you read their instructions completely. However, networking is the recommended way to begin the search. A high percentage of all internships and jobs at all levels are found through networking. The bottom line is to meet with your counselor to strategize about your search process!
A. No. All 300 hours must be done with one employer. Many times, the first few weeks of an internship you're becoming familiar with the organization, structure, and your responsibilities. Most often the greatest learning, networking and contributing happens in the second half of the internship. Don't believe us - ask some seniors!!
A. The funded internship must be a minimum of 300 hours and must be completed in the summer following your junior year.
A. Yes. You should notify your CELS counselor immediately to discuss your probation. You need to be a student in good standing to be eligible for the funding.
A. The interview workshop teaches important interview skills and will be useful for future interviews during your job search. It is a requirement for the funding as well.
A. It is in the CELS Handout Folder on the right side of the e-portfolio. Also, it is in CamelWeb under Academic Resources, then CELS Resources.
A. Yes! CELS will assist you in the internship search process after your freshman or sophomore year including developing a resume, etc. We have had both freshman and sophomore students find and successfully complete many internships, however these are often part time and unpaid.
A. The counselors and student staff teach students the process of finding your own internship. This prepares you for your future job search. Counselors will assist in your search but are not responsible for finding internships. CELS is not a placement service.
A. Yes! Just be in contact with your counselor and make sure to do your required workshops and assignments before you leave.
A. Yes! You should be sure to meet and discuss all junior year requirements with your counselor during your sophomore year. Also, be sure to connect regularly with your CELS advisor if you are studying away!
A. We work with students to help them think about their course schedule, evaluate major and minor choices, and direct them to leadership and co-curricular involvements that can help them explore their interests. In addition, we do introduction and follow-up on personality/preference type (MBTI), Graduate, Law, Health, business school advising, to help you with the process and direct you to the experts (your faculty).
A. Students should contact and make an appointment with our trained CELS Fellows. CELS encourages all students to have a resume created early in their college career so it is available when needed.
A. Yes. Contact Chris at ext. 2004 to schedule an appointment with another counselor.
A. Note that CELS will still assist you with your resumé, cover letter, job search, graduate school advice, etc.
A. CELS Fellow and Peer Advisers are students who have been trained in the CELS program and provide assistance to the CELS counselors at workshops, resumé, cover letter and search assistance.
A. So glad you asked. The Selection process for CELS student staff is spring of sophomore year. You will start seeing information right as your return from Winter Break. Also, ask your counselor or a student staff for more information if you are interested.
A. CELS is located at Vinal Cottage across the street from the main entrance to the college on Route 32.
A. Approximately 80% of Connecticut College students complete the CELS Funded Internship program.
A. We know that Conn students are busy students! We email you to remind you of an upcoming workshop, to tell you about recruiters on campus, new internships and employment opportunities. We try hard to limit what we send. However, it is important to us that you get updates that may be an employment or internship opportunity for you.
Q: CELS has had many students go through their program. What has been the overall impression of the CELS program?
A. So pleased that you asked! Each year the CELS office surveys the students about our program so that we may continue to provide excellent services to our students. We do listen to your comments and suggestions and work hard to provide the tools and services you will need throughout your four years at Connecticut College. Listed below are some of the comments we have received:
- The e-Portfolio and the one-on-one meetings with my CELS adviser were great!
- Unique, rewarding opportunity, all my friends at other schools are jealous.
- Overall I better understand the process of finding and obtaining a job. I feel I am more prepared for after college.
- It was a great way to learn how to interview and make resumes.
- It;s very helpful in guiding us through the process of finding out what you are interested in and how to choose what area to pursue.
- It's such an amazing opportunity, it really puts you on the path.
- Great! I think it makes our college really standout above the rest.
Remember, we have never had anyone come to CELS and say they were happy they either dropped out or didn't do CELS!! Don't miss out, talk to upperclassmen, the CELS counselors, and the student staff if you have questions. Our aim is to help support your interests, academic and career, in any way we can!
Need we say more?
Office of Career Enhancing Life Skills - CELS
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196