Whatever the future may hold for our graduates, Knox is dedicated to supporting them throughout their four years on campus and beyond.
Ways that Knox helps students build their future:
- A center dedicated solely to career preparation. The Bastian Family Career Center helps students plan for their career, leverage the Knox alumni network, and make the most of their education, resources, and connections to secure internships and postgraduate opportunities. Plus: workshops and individual counseling for writing great resumes and preparing for great interviews; alumni panels on different career paths; and job fairs and on-campus interview sessions with businesses and organizations from around the country.
- Immersive programs dedicated to exploring career options. The Career Impact Summit, held every November, is an event for seniors designed to impact their careers with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. Students engage in career-related sessions targeted specifically to the liberal arts, hear dynamic alumni speakers, network with industry professionals, and gain a wealth of skills. And the four-day Business Intensive Seminar offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of business, focusing on leadership and innovation skills.
- Opportunities to prepare for life after Knox. Succeeding in life after Knox extends beyond the classroom, a resume writing workshop, or an internship. Learning how to navigate your first apartment search or setting a realistic personal budget can be important skills in that help students approach their future with confidence. The Knext Step Life Skills Series focuses on providing current students with advice from alumni on life after Knox, including financial planning, renters' rights, car maintenance, and how to be a good employee.
- Access to an alumni network 16,000 strong and growing. Working together with the Office of Alumni Relations, the Bastian Family Career Center brings dozens of alumni to campus each year to meet directly with students, whether that be through networking sessions with the Knox Alumni Council or or the newly created Professional-in-Residence Program. Students can also connect with alumni around the work through the KNect Alumni Mentoring Program (KAMP).
- Resources to support all of the above. Experiences like reserach or creative work, internships, community service, or study abroad help students gain the skills needed—to think critically and creatively, to communicate clearly, to adapt to new technologies, and to navigate today's interdependent and interconnected world—for success after Knox. That's why we created the Power of Experience Grant, which provides all incoming Knox students with up to $2,000 to support a qualifying hands-on learning opportunity during their junior or senior year. Just this past summer alone students received funding to help them participate in internships at the California Harmony Project, Chicago Field Museum, Merrill Lynch, Sitka (AK) Conservation Society, and Simon & Schuster.