A great education leads you somewhere and gets you there ready to succeed. Beginning early in your St. Olaf career, the Piper Center for Vocation and Career will help you identify your interests and abilities and shape your education around your career aspirations. Later, you’ll use the Piper Center and the St. Olaf alumni network to pursue internships or job shadowing, start a business or organization, or seek fellowships and experiences that will prepare you for graduate school, the job search, and the start of your career. The St. Olaf alumni network is an incredible resource. More than 35,000 Oles stand ready to open doors and help you make connections across the country and around the world.
One of the most powerful ways to learn is by working directly with faculty mentors. Student-faculty research is a collaboration that takes many forms in labs, studios, and libraries. Through St. Olaf’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program, students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences explore questions that make real contributions to their disciplines. The result: publications, conference presentations, and the kinds of hands-on experience that strengthens graduate school and job applications.
Beyond the classrooms and labs, you’ll work through the Piper Center to create internships or volunteer projects tied directly to your academic interests, gaining real-world experience and building your network. Internships can be part of your schedule at any time of the year — fall or spring semesters, Interim, or summer — and can be domestic or international. The Piper Center has funding to subsidize unpaid or underpaid internships, so you can take full advantage of the opportunities you create.
St. Olaf students have a stellar track record in the competitions for Fulbright, Goldwater, Beckman, and other prestigious fellowships. We’ve even had five Rhodes scholars over the past 15 years. The key element is active faculty involvement and support in the preparation of fellowship and scholarship applications. Promoting their students is something our faculty truly enjoys.