What is it? The Summer Career Accelerator, sponsored by the Boerigter Center and the Van Wylen Library, is a program to help you jump start career preparation activities you may have been putting off. It will include hands-on learning activities, such as:

  • Researching career tracks and top employers in your field
  • Networking with alumni and others
  • Crafting a well-polished résumé, cover letter, and online profile
  • Earning micro-credentials in TableauSalesforce, and/or Intercultural Fluency (click on links for more info)
  • Completing early interviews with recruiters at key organizations

Who is it for? This program is geared toward current juniors, sophomores, and freshmen that have declared a major (in any discipline) and are ready to actively pursue internships and jobs next year. If you haven’t yet picked a major and are still undecided, no sweat. Plan on applying next summer.


When is it? The program starts May 9 and runs through August 11. Most activities will be self-paced on your own time, so you will be able to work around your job, studies, or research commitments. We will want you to hold the days of August 9, 10, and 11 for live online events involving events with Hope staff, alumni, and employers who want to meet you.


Where will it be held? This will be 100% virtual, so you can do it from wherever you are this summer. 


How does it work? Applications are due by 5:00pm on Monday, April 25, 2022. We will notify you shortly afterwards if you have been accepted. You will be charged $250 to your Hope student account as your way to commit to follow through on the program. The good news is that you get a FULL refund when you finish! In addition, if you complete all of the assignments by the end of June, you will get a $30 gift from the Hope Bookstore. You will not pay extra for the micro-credentials (Hope is covering those costs).


Why should I apply? Top organizations recruit for summer interns and new grads right away in the fall. We want you to stand out and be a prime candidate for those positions! This program will get you ready and give you a jump start for great opportunities for your future.

TL:DR Check Out a Brief Video About the Program

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