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Student Academic and Career Development

Action Item: Increase access to career resources for diverse student populations


The Action Item has been fully implemented.

The Action Item has been fully implemented.

The Career Connections Center will offer more career resources for diverse student populations and provide easy access to such resources on its website.


Updates as of June 8, 2021

  • To date, 13 Clark students have received internship offers for summer 2021 as part of Clark University’s partnership with Project Onramp, a workforce development organization developed by leading Massachusetts life sciences organizations to bridge the opportunity gap for students from historically marginalized populations and to help students gain access to paid opportunities within a highly competitive industry that is known for significant barriers to entry, especially for students from underrepresented groups. Clark students have been offered the opportunity to apply internship positions in STEM and non-STEM related roles with leading life sciences organizations in the Worcester to Boston corridor, including first access to positions in Worcester, as negotiated between the Clark Career Connections and Project Onramp. Worcester internships included positions with AbbVie, Charles River Laboratories, LakePharma, Enable Life Sciences, and MustangBio. To date, 13 Clark students have received internship offers for summer 2021.

Updates as of April 29, 2021

  • The Career Connections Center added identity-conscious resources to its website to help students integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into their career development journeys. The resources provide students with access to campus resources, job search tools, networking and professional organizations, advocacy groups, legal info, and other supports to help them understand how their unique identities tie into the career development process.

Updates as of Feb. 12, 2021

  • The Career Connections Center is partnering with Project Onramp, a Massachusetts initiative to connect students from low-income backgrounds to 10- to 12-week paid internships in the life sciences. Examples of internships for summer 2021 include laboratory work, science, computer science, and business with employers such as AbbVie, LakePharma, and Mustang Bio. Students who receive federal Pell grants, or who come from low-income backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. In addition, the Career Connections Center is planning to add these website resources this spring:

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Student Employment
    • LGBTQIA+ Resources
    • Vetting Company Culture
    • Information for Trans Job Seekers
    • DACA and Undocumented Student Career Guide
    • Resources for Students with Disabilities
    • Resources for International Students

Updates as of Feb. 6, 2021

  • In in early February, the Career Connections Center held its weeklong Life After Clark virtual conference for juniors and seniors, which included 10 workshops and panels and four guest speakers focusing on, or including, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics: Dan Beaudry, “Job Search Strategies for International Students”; Abby Locke ’89, “Personal Branding for the Digital Job Search”; Stephanie Oliveras, “Smart Finances After College”; and Alexis Griswold ’17, “Designing Confidence: Strategies to Manage Job Search Anxiety and Burnout.” Most workshops incorporated information geared toward specific student populations, including students from underrepresented groups.

Updates as of Feb. 4, 2021

  • The Career Connections Center’s Office of Employer Engagement is actively cultivating and recruiting opportunities with hiring organizations for students from diverse populations. Recruiting events from late fall and winter Intersession included:

    • Diversifying Court Service Centers: A Recruitment Session with the Massachusetts Trial Court
    • Diversity, Health, and Early Career Progression with CVS Health
    • Breaking Barriers: First Gens in Tech with HubSpot
    • LGBTQ+ Possibilities Summits, Black Possibilities Summit, Hispanic/LatinX Possibilities Summits, all with Goldman Sachs