Koru selects 3 Earlhamites to work with leading digital media company
January 04, 2016
Three Earlhamites have been accepted into Koru’s selective two-week career immersion program that connects students with growing companies across the United States.
Business and Nonprofit Management majors Rebecca Marder ‘16, Leslie Ossete ‘16 and Ashley Trede ’16 will spend two weeks in San Francisco working with professionals from EssenceDigital, the world’s largest buyer of digital media.
“The Koru program is intended to give us hard and soft business skills and to give us extra preparation in addition to my business major,” Marder says. “I am excited that we get to work with an actual company and complete a project with professional guidance. I think it will have great networking and mentorship opportunities.”
For Marder, the opportunity means a leg-up in her pursuit of beginning a career in Chicago and the possibility of learning tips for promoting her own advocacy website. Ossete says it means discovering her strengths in the workplace.
“I just think Essence is an amazing company,” Ossete says. “They have worked with big names like Google. I like the fact that they have revolutionized digital marketing and made it more personalized for the customer.
“I will work in a business setting and we will be faced with a case challenge, a challenge Essence is facing right now,” she says. “I will have to answer questions like, ‘what is my role in the business? What are my qualities? What can I bring to the table?’ I think by discovering my strengths, I will have a better way of discovering what I can do later in life.”
Earlham is in its second year of its partnership with Koru and its network of more than 80 high-tech, high-growth companies. Last winter, Sokhna Vor ’15 completed Koru’s program in Boston and worked extensively with executives at Care.com, a company helping families secure childcare, senior care, special needs care, tutoring and housekeeping.
Earlham’s Strategic Plan emphasizes inking the power of a liberal arts education with a strong sense of planning to enhance the likelihood for post-graduate success. Based on a survey of graduates, Forbes magazine lists Earlham among the nation’s best for Return of Investment. Payscale.com ranks the College as a leader in the percentage of graduates who find their work “very meaningful.”
A major outgrowth of that plan is the Center for Integrated Learning, a hub for experiential learning that combines career advising, off-campus study, internships, opportunities for community-based service learning and mentored research from faculty.
“Koru is really more about connecting a student with a company that they like and connecting the skills of a student with a particular company,” Ossete says. “You don’t necessarily find that with other programs. I can’t wait to get started.”
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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."
Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and firstname.lastname@example.org.