Connections Program

The Connections Program brings students into alumni workplaces to explore careers and broaden their perspective on what they can do with a liberal arts education. The program aims to connect students with St. Olaf’s vast network of alumni nationwide giving them a firsthand look at how Oles are succeeding in all sorts of endeavors.

application information



Fall Break 2018
Career Focus Areas: Finance, Consulting, Marketing and Advertising, Social Impact

San Francisco

Interim Break 2019 (Application Deadline: October, 29th 2018) 
Career Focus Areas: Technology, Innovation

Los Angeles

Interim Break 2019 (Application Deadline: October, 29th 2018) 
Career Focus Areas: Media & Film


Spring Break 2019 (Application Deadline: December, 5th 2018) 
Career Focus Areas: Environment

Washington, DC

Spring Break 2019 (Application Deadline: December, 5th 2018) 
Career Focus Areas: Government and Public Policy, International Organizations, NGOs and Nonprofits, Think Tanks


New York

Fall Break 2019 (Application Deadline: April 25, 2019) 
Career Focus Areas: Finance, Journalism/Publishing, Performing Arts


Fall Break 2019 (Application Deadline: September 20,2019)   Student Fee for this trip: $30
Career Focus Areas: Law & Policy

Seattle & Portland

Interim Break 2020  (Application Deadline: October 28, 2019) 
Career Focus Areas: Technology & Social Impact


Spring Break 2020 (Application Deadline: December 6, 2019) 
Career Focus Areas: Music, Healthcare & Data Science


Students contribute $300– $350 towards the program. Costs vary by city. Scholarships are available based on high financial need.

Application Information

Sophomore, juniors and seniors who are interested in exploring a specific career field aligned with a Connections trip and have a strong desire to network within a particular area are eligible to apply. To begin the application process for a Connections Program trip, students are required to attend a 20-minute information session with Kris Estenson (can be in groups of up to 5 students). Students can register for an information session with Kris through Handshake. During the appointment, students will receive more detailed information about the application process.

Preparing for Connections

Student Feedback

“This trip taught me so much more than I ever imagined. I made connections with people I can talk to about working in the New York City area. I also feel more comfortable about moving there knowing that I have a supportive network of people.”

“Not only did the program give me knowledge about career paths I was exploring, it also showed me new fields where my skills could be utilized.”

“I learned a lot about myself and met a group of current students who are interested in working in similar fields.”

“The trip was very motivational, inspirational, and reassuring.”

Past Trips


New York

Fall Break 2017
Career Focus Areas: Finance, Journalism/Publishing, Fine Arts

twin cities

Fall Break 2017
Career Focus Areas: Law and Policy


Interim Break 2018
Career Focus Areas: Technology, Social Services, Environment
Deadline: October 26, 2017


Spring Break 2018
Career Focus Areas: Music, Health Care/Medical Devices, Data Analytics
Deadline: December 6, 2017


Mayo, Washington DC, San Francisco, Madison, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, New York City & Houston