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Students prepare a resume,  an elevator pitch, and explore and network with companies and organizations from a wide range of industries. Over 150 employer partners visit campus in the fall and 80+ partners visit campus in the spring to meet 1800+ Lehigh students.


Outcomes: Gives students a chance to develop networking and interview skills vital to life after Lehigh. Some students even find post-graduate employment, giving them a good foundation to start their career.


Contact: Center for Career & Professional Development

Students will travel as a group to key locations to interact with industry professionals in order to gain a behind the scenes perspective and increase their knowledge regarding various career opportunities.


Outcomes: Build and leverage networks with people of varying backgrounds, roles, and perspectives to achieve professional and/or personal goals.  Critically and systematically analyze pertinent information to make decisions and/or solve problems.  Continually reflect on learning and experience, seek feedback and take actions to achieve professional and/or personal goals.


Contact: Center for Career & Professional Development

Lehigh's Coop program is a learning model that integrates classroom learning with real work experience. Students complete two work rotations: one rotation during fall of junior year and one during summer of junior year.  Students graduate with 8 months of work experience while graduating in 4 years. Sample employers include: Air Products, Amtrak, Crayola, ExxonMobil, Sanofi, Ingersoll Rand, Intel, Lutron, General Electric, Mack Trucks and B. Braun.


Outcomes: 8 months of paid career-related experience that encourages development of communication skills, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and much more.


Contact: Nick Praedin

EWB is an international, non-profit, humanitarian organization that works together with communities in need to provide basic necessities in a responsible manner. Lehigh's chapter works toward the same goal: to make clean water, education, sanitation, and renewable energy available by focusing on low cost, high impact projects. TWe work closely with host communities during design and implementation so that each community can manage their complete system autonomously.


Outcomes: Direct impact on the Nicaraguan community in which the EWB projects occur. Students who travel are able to learn by doing and see the impacts in a local community. They are able to network with professional engineers around the Lehigh Valley and hone their professional skills and competencies for a global context.


Contact: Rick Wiseman

Students customize their career journey and shadow an alumn or professional in a field of interest. Externships range in length from 1- 3 days.


Outcomes: Build and leverage networks with people of varying backgrounds, roles, and perspectives to achieve professional and/or personal goals.  Critically and systematically analyze pertinent information to make decisions and/or solve problems.  Continually reflect on learning and experience, seek feedback and take actions to achieve professional and/or personal goals.


Contact: Center for Career & Professional Development

Internships integrate classroom learning with real world experience.  Students complete 10-12 weeks of direct experience in a work setting and gain the benefit of supervision and coaching from professionals in the field. CCPD facilitates over 3,000 internship opportunities each year representing diverse industries.


Outcomes: 10-12 weeks of career-related work experience that encourages development of communication skills, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and much more.


Contact: Center for Career & Professional Development

Interns in the Center for Gender Equity engage in feminist praxis: evidence-based, sustained, planned, and continued work toward gender equity. Merging an independent study to further theory and research with hands-on projects, students gain valuable and transferable skills in creating socially-just communities. Students can earn variable credits.


Outcomes: Merge theory and practice toward a praxis approach, develop and hone communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills, and conduct original research.


Contact: Rita Jones

Internship opportunities range from experiences combining academic and formal work components; international research; or teams of Lehigh students working on faculty-led projects, sometimes with peers from another country, to address a common problem in an organization. Students gain practical, career-related experience and an enhanced global perspective.


Outcomes: Provides career coaching and cultural training before students leave and opportunities for reflection and mentorship during the internship. Interns learn how to navigate a new environment, meet professional expectations and communicate with people from varied backgrounds.


Contact: Iacocca International Internship Program

The Office of Fellowship Advising helps Lehigh students and recent graduates apply for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships. Our office supports students and recent graduates through all phases of the application process through one-on-one appointments, informational sessions and workshops.


Outcomes: Our ultimate goal is to help Lehigh’s most accomplished students receive awards that will take them toward the future they desire. Students must also commit to a journey of personal and intellectual self-reflection and analysis that results in a refined understanding of who they are as a student and who they aspire to be in the future.


Contact: Bill Hunter

Our office is responsible for many functions that relate to current students and the support of our teacher education programs. For example: we are the liaison to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE); we collect Clearances for all programs in which students go out to schools for experience; we place our students in field experiences including student/intern teaching experiences; and, we support the Student Teacher Orientations and host the Capstone Program.

Outcomes: Students are able to navigate the necessary systems to receive their teacher certification, and to receive career advice and direction along the way.

Contact: Lisa Collins

Students who engage in an internship in the Pride Center take on a special project on which they work for the entirety of the semester.  This project challenges students to reflect critically on their own identities and experiences.  All projects have a collaborative component and connect to students' career aspirations. 


Outcomes: Students will be able to describe the characteristics of an inclusive community, articulate their own experience of gender and sexuality, and examine their experiences of gender and sexuality within the broader context of power and privilege. Students will also evaluate whether their communities are welcoming and inclusive of all identities, create spaces where all feel included and celebrated, and build collaborative partnerships that foster positive change.


Contact: Pride Center

Students participate in a 10-week internship with a startup in San Francisco. Each individual student is matched with a mentor for the duration of the program and participates in a 1-credit entrepreneurial course at the Lehigh@Nasdaq Center.


Outcomes: Students will advance their practical knowledge, while encouraging personal and professional growth. This program empasizes an entrepreneurial approach and design thinking to help students in developing critical thinking, creativity, and other 21st century mindsets for their careers.


Contact: Samantha Dewalt

13. WGSS 373 Internship on Campus: Gender Violence Education and Support

This internship provides you with hands-on experience associated with operating and working in a Gender Violence Education and Support Office on a campus at a private university. Your experiences will be supplemented by scholarly research both that you have conducted in previous or current courses and that you conduct on your own and discuss with your instructor, allowing you the opportunity to understand how to merge practice with theory..

Outcomes: Through your experiences in WS 373 you will: develop an understanding of gender violence related issues facing contemporary university students at a selective, private university in America today; develop skills in considering theory and practice; develop skills for planning and achieving goals of work-related experiences; develop skills in balancing interdependent relationships among co-workers with independent initiatives; understand scholarly research in fields connected with gender violence; fine tune skills through accountability to supervisors.

Contact: Office of Gender Violence, Education, and Support