Innovation Scholars Leadership and Vocational Externship to Washington, DC
Ten students from the St Olaf Innovation Scholars Program traveled to Washington, DC for five days to engage directly with St Olaf alumni working and living in the area.
Kris Amundson ’11 - Economics & Management Studies
Ellie Anderson ’11 - History & Women's Studies
Rebecca Carlson ’11 - Biology & Environmental Studies
Leon Clark ’12 - Mathematics & Chemistry
Kai Hansen ’11 - Media: Conceptualization, Development & Commercialization
Nick Kang ’12 - Biology
Dan Murphy ’11 - Sociology and Anthropology
Gabe Rysdahl ’11 - Biology & Mathematics
Maria Ward ’12 - Asian Studies & Political Science
Frances Xin ’12 - Biology & Biomedical Studies
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In order to explore vocational pathways and strengthen the connections within the greater St Olaf community, the students attended seminars, networked with Ole alumni, met congressional leaders, participated in service projects, and shadowed alumni working in their field of study. The guiding purpose for the externship was to "explore how to lead sustainable lives in the global community in ethical and innovative ways."
In addition to the seminars and site visits, students spent one day visiting the work places of the alumni hosts, learning first-hand the issues and challenges in that specific field, and engaging in conversation about how liberal arts students can best prepare to meet those challenges upon graduation.
Experiential Learning to discuss their vocational goals and future opportunities available to them as leaders for social change as they "explore how to lead sustainable lives in the global commuity in ethical and innovative ways."