Sophomore Institute wins NACE Award

Some of the Sophomore Institute staff (from left): Kelly Woods, Danielle Lund, Janice Kane, Janet Lansberry, Alan Bloomgarten, Jenny Watermill, Alison Hopkins, and Rene Davis.

By Sasha Nyary

The Sophomore Institute, a half-day professional conference offered every winter at Mount Holyoke College, has won the 2016 Career Services Excellence Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in the small college category.

The conference is designed to help second-year students kick off the internship search process by honing their career management skills. Sophomore Institute is part of the College’s Lynk experience, a customized approach that helps students connect their academic coursework to their career and life goals.

“We are delighted that Sophomore Institute and Mount Holyoke College were honored with this award,” said Jenny Watermill, associate director of internships and student employment at the Career Development Center. “Sophomore Institute is a great example of the innovation and excellence that campus collaborations and The Lynk provide to help students connect curriculum and careers. We are proud to receive this distinction.”

In addition to the CDC, Sophomore Institute is supported by the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Dean of the College, and the Weissman Center for Leadership.

NACE, an association that connects campus recruiting experts and career service professionals, presents this award to honor best practices in providing students with guidance, services, and resources.

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