The LEEP Center

Plan your path, then take your journey

The LEEP Center is where Clark’s Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP) comes to life – and where you will come for guidance, connection, and support. Through one-to-one support, group workshops, targeted outreach, and access to the Writing Center and Career Services, The LEEP Center helps you understand the options and opportunities that fit you interests and aspirations, and allow you to pursue a life and career on your own terms.

Advising Model

Our award-winning advising model complements the faculty-led academic advising you’ll receive, addressing your goals and answering your questions in alignment with each stage of the LEEP Learning Continuum. LEEP Center advisers take an approach that is inquiry-based, holistic, and developmental. You’ll meet with your LEEP Center adviser during new student orientation in week one, as well as during student-initiated appointments and in office-specific and group advising sessions.

Pre-professional Preparation

To ensure that you get the most out of your experiential learning opportunities, we offer “wrap” programming that prepares and supports you both before and after your experience. Examples include our annual summer boot camp and the “Know Before You Go” series, as well as a new course that supports LEEP Fellows who are completing LEEP Projects.

Experiential Education

The LEEP Center sponsors a wide range of learning experiences that allow you to put your knowledge into practice, gain practical work experience, begin building your professional network, and ensure that you graduate ready to hit the ground running. Experiential learning opportunities include community-based work-study, internships for academic credit, study abroad, LEEP Projects, and on-campus student employment.

Purpose-driven Programming

Clark offers a diverse breadth of student-centered, developmental, and substantively relevant programming that includes regularly scheduled workshops, information sessions, and events such as the Life After Clark Conference and our Summer 101 campaign. We complement these activities with a host of online resources such as LinkedIn groups for young alumni and LEEP Fellows. In AY 2015-2016, 882 students participated in LEEP Center programming.

Traditional Academic and Career Support Services

We cover all the bases for you, providing such essential services as résumé and cover letter review, mock interviews, job search coaching and “emergency” appointments, proposal writing, grant writing, project/experience presentation practice, personal branding and social media, presentation of self, elevator speeches, employer and opportunity connections, and career panels and networking opportunities.

Employer and Opportunity Relations

We help connect you to a range of opportunities, including internships, volunteer opportunities, jobs, LEEP Projects, community-based employment, and learning abroad. As your liaison, we offer on-campus recruiting events; information sessions; career, volunteer, and study abroad fairs; site visits; on-campus interviews; and outreach activities, such as the Reverse Career Fair. In AY 2015-2016, LEEP Center staff engaged with more than 250 employers, hosts, and community partners.