Sophomore Institute

Every sophomore should attend this professional conference!

Our award-winning Sophomore Institute focuses on important skills that you, as a sophomore, 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. Register in LyonNet.

Schedule of events:

Check-In, Gamble Lobby

Keynote, Gamble Auditorium
Angela Wu ’09, Assistant Director, Davis Multicultural Center, Williams College

Lunch, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Morrison Room

Building and Maintaining a Professional Network
Jo Martin, Director of Employer Relations, MHC Career Development Center

Concurrent Sessions
, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

I. Being Human: Incorporating Identities and Values in Your Work, Morrison Room
Career Development Center & MHC Alumnae
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?
(Offered at 1:00 & 2:00)

II. Networking with Authenticity and Confidence, Wiese-Merriwether Room
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.
(Offered at 1:00 & 2:00)

III. Internship Advising and Search Tools, Smith Dining Room
MHC Faculty and Advising Staff
Meet individually with an MHC Internship Advisor, have your LinkedIn photo taken, explore MHConnect Internship & Research opportunities and begin an internship search or Lynk UAF summer funding application with help from Peer Career Advisors. 
(Offered at 1:00 & 2:00)

, Willits Living Room
Faculty, Alumnae, Staff, and Students

Angela Wu

Keynote Speaker

Picture of Angela Wu

Angela Wu is an Asian American, a first-generation low-income college graduate, and the daughter of an immigrant single mother. Her academic and professional interests include critical race theory, Asian American studies, gender and sexuality studies, student activism and organizing, student leadership development, and institutional change.

Angela developed her passion for student affairs as an undergraduate student leader at Mount Holyoke College (Class of 2009). She received her M.A. in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies with a focus on higher education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where she was a graduate assistant in the Diversity and First-Gen Office. She is currently Assistant Director at the Davis Center at Williams College, the College's center focusing on diversity and social justice.