Sophomore Institute

Sunday, January 28, 2018
Chapin Auditorium

Every sophomore should attend this award-winning professional conference!

Sophomore Institute focuses on important skills that you need to build early for long-term success. Learn how to move forward with confidence. Equip yourself to pursue competitive summer internships. Include your various identities in your professional self. Begin or enhance your application for summer internship or research funding.

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Schedule of 2018 Sophomore Institute Events

10:00-10:30am Check-In, Mary E. Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

10:30-12:00pm Concurrent Sessions, Mary E. Woolley Hall

I. Being human: Incorporating identities and values in your work, Chapin Auditorium
Presented by: Career Development Center & Dean of Students Office
Work with advisors and alumnae to answer the following questions for yourself: What are your identities and values? What are the strengths inherent in your unique identity and how do you articulate them? How do you find a company with the same values? How do you support your values beyond your work?

II. Focus on Strengths: Do More of What You Do Best, New York Room
Presented by: Career Development Center
The Clifton StrengthsFinder measures the presence of talents. Talents are ways in which we naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals, and they serve as the foundation of strengths development. This session will help you to understand your strengths and how to build on them.

12:00-1:00pm Lunch, Mary E. Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium
Keynote
Raquel Silva '14, MA Candidate in Global Affairs, Yale University

1:00-2:00pm Concurrent Sessions, Mary E. Woolley Hall

I. Networking 101: Building and Maintaining a Network, New York Room
Presented by: Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association
Whether you're figuring out what to do with your life, looking for an internship or job, or trying to make a positive impact on the world, strong networking skills are crucial for success. You don't need to have an amazing network to begin with; you just have to start with who you know and keep building from there. This session will teach you how to begin building a professional network and how to maintain and grow it over time.

II. Authentic Networking, Chapin Auditorium
Presented by: Weissman Center for Leadership
We have all heard that networking is important, but that does not mean that we are comfortable doing it! This session will teach you about how to talk to alumnae, employers, faculty and other professionals in ways that feel authentic to you and communicate confidence to others, even at a large networking event like a career fair or networking reception. 

2:00-3:00pm Concurrent Sessions, Mary E. Woolley Hall

I. Finding an Internship, New York Room
This workshop will focus on the basics of how to prepare and begin your internship search process. You will also get an orientation to the special resources available through MHC to support your search process.

II. Advising on Internships & Study Abroad and Search Tools, Chapin Auditorium
MHC Professional and Peer Advisors
Meet individually with an MHC Internship Advisor; have your LinkedIn photo taken; learn about Study Abroad; and begin an internship search or Lynk UAF summer funding application with help from Peer Career Advisors. 

3:00-4:00pm Networking Reception with Refreshments, Mary E. Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium
Alumnae, Advisors, and Students