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

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
II. Focus on Strengths: Do More of What You Do Best, New York Room

12:00-1:00pm Lunch, Mary E. Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium
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
II. Authentic Networking, Chapin Auditorium

2:00-3:00pm Concurrent Sessions, Mary E. Woolley Hall
I. Finding an Internship, New York Room
II. Advising on Internships & Study Abroad and Search Tools, Chapin Auditorium

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

MHC Connections Class Mentors

Judy Leno Case '70
Linda Goodwin '70
Linda Graves '70

Being Human: Incorporating Identities and Values in Your Work

Latrina Denson, Assistant Dean of Students
Ju Young Kielb, Assistant Director, Career Advising, Career Development Center
MHC Alumnae Panel:

  • Nikki Roy '95, Senior Geologist at Golder Associates in Manchester, NH
  • Elliot Ruggles '06, Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources and Education (SHARE) Advocate at Brown University
  • Ariele Schwartz '07, Restaurant Coordinator at CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Four Seasons Downtown NYC
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?

Focus on Strengths: Do More of What You Do Best

Karen Miller, Senior Associate Director, External Relations, 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.

Networking 101: Building and Maintaining a Professional Network

Jonencia Wood, Senior Director of Programs, MHC 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.

Authentic Networking

Kimberly Jeffers, Teaching and Learning Program Associate, Weissman Center for Leadership
Janet Lansberry, Associate Director, Weissman Center for Leadership, Director, Leadership and Public Service

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. 

Finding an Internship

Jenny Watermill, Senior Associate Director, Experience & Exploration, Career Development Center

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.

Internship & Study Abroad Advising and Search Tools

Roshonda DeGraffenreid FP'10, Assistant Director & Pre-Law Advisor, Career Development Center
Ju Young Kielb, Associate Director, Career Exploration, Career Development Center
Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential Learning, McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives
Liz Lierman, Director, Career Development Center
Katie Lipp, Pre-Health Advisor, Pre-Health Office
Karen Miller, Senior Associate Director, External Relations, Career Development Center
Mikaela Murphy-Boyle, Assistant Director, Miller Worley Center for the Environment
Dyanne Rousseau FP'10, Assistant Director/Manager of Metrics & Assessment, Career Development Center
April Stroud, Director of Study Abroad, McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives
Kelly Uccello FP'03, Assistant Director, External Relations, Career Development Center
Kelly Woods, Associate Director, Advising, Career Development Center

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.