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About the CCE

Purpose + Tools: Change

Integrating your passions and the tools for change are integral to everything at Earlham–in the classroom, off-campus study, internships, research, service, and beyond.

The Center for Career and Community Engagement is our hub for experiential education. It's your bridge to putting knowledge into action through vocational discernment, career planning, internships, jobs, community action, and much more. Click here to view our learning goals.

At Earlham, we cultivate a culture of discovery that helps students thrive as well-rounded, thoughtful, and compassionate leaders who are intent on improving the world. Integral to that culture of discovery is the concept of experiential education--education that moves outside the walls of the classroom and involves students in real-world experiences and problem-solving.

Whether studying birds in the Ecuadorian rain forest, investigating the treasures of Earlham’s art collection, or crafting a social media plan for a local government office, our students collaborate with professors on scholarly research, work in internships at top organizations, take action through community service, and become leaders through on-campus jobs and student organizations.

All incoming Earlham students will participate in at least one designated immersion experience (IE) during their college careers. The IE is focused on helping you test out future career directions and academic interests. Whether you are thinking about graduate school, a particular career, or just have general interests and ideas, the IE will allow you to explore possible leadings in a more purposeful manner.

Immersion Experiences are most often accomplished in the sophomore or junior year. This allows for reflection on your interests and career choices earlier in the undergraduate experience. 

Immersion Experiences can take the form of: 

  • Internships
  • Student-Faculty Collaborative Research
  • Community Service Projects
  • Off-Campus Study

A year out from graduation, 93% of our alumni report that they are either employed or attending graduate school, but our commitment to the success of our graduates goes beyond that first job or graduate program.

Our goal is prepare students to lead satisfying, meaningful lives and make significant societal contributions as previous alumni have done. Earlham graduates include a Nobel laureate; winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Golden Globe Award; leading scientific researchers; and executives at Fortune 500 companies. They also include diplomats, doctors, teachers and activists—and most credit Earlham for shaping their world views and preparing them for diverse and dynamic careers.

In fact, a survey of graduates led Forbes magazine to list Earlham among the top colleges in the U.S. for "return of investment," and Payscale.com ranks us as a leader in the percentage of our graduates who find their work “very meaningful.” 

Vocational discernment at Earlham starts in the first semester, when Earlham students begin exploring possible career paths, finding mentors, and mapping the steps they need to take to create positive change in the world.

Career Advising

Earlham’s approach to career education is to help students think about their professional and life goals long before senior year, and to make sure they are benefitting from the College’s diverse learning opportunities. The CCCE offers a variety of career education services, from personality assessments, to mock interviews, to advice on resume writing, to presentations by alumni about their career fields.

Our students find many opportunities to learn, serve, and lead both on and off Earlham's campus. We believe that we are part of an international community, and our students find opportunities to engage their communities both in Richmond and beyond.

Community-Based Research

One of the benefits of attending college in a small town is that our students have opportunities to apply their knowledge and make a difference in our community. Past students have partnered with city government and local non-profit organizations to conduct studies and propose solutions to real-world problems.

Service & Volunteering

To prepare students to be global citizens who are concerned with improving our world, Earlham has long emphasized volunteer service, both in Richmond and beyond. The humanitarian efforts of many Earlham students, faculty, and staff--such as efforts in the Gulf Region during the continuing aftermath of Hurricane Katrina--have earned the College a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since its creation.

Bonner Scholars

The College is among only 24 colleges in the nation that hosts a Bonner Scholars Program, which awards 15 first-year students with four-year scholarships for continued participation in community outreach.

Off-Campus Study Service

Off-campus study is a central part of an Earlham education, with most students participating in a semester or yearlong program. Students report that during an off-campus experience they learn new ways of living and thinking, new ways of understanding the world, and they learn more about themselves and their own culture. Earlham-sponsored off-campus programs are usually led by our faculty, and they offer opportunities for internships, service, and individual research.

Earlham students find challenging and meaningful internships in our local community, in other cities during the summer, and in far-flung places as part of off-campus study programs. These opportunities are available in every field imaginable, from science and health care, to education and social service, to the arts and humanities.

Earlham-Supported Internships

Currently, the CCCE coordinates over 50 Earlham-supported internships around the U.S. and the world. These CCCE Internships are funded through various grants and donors, and offer students support through a pre-internship orientation, built-in reflection exercises, and more. Check the website often to stay up-to-date on application deadlines and new opportunities.

Off-Campus Study Internships

Finally, students who participate in our off-campus study programs often participate in internships over the course of their program.

More Internship Opportunities

Many Earlham students also find internships through other means--whether through Earlham alumni, networking, and guided internship searches. Career Coaches in the CCCE can help with this process.

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