As a Central College sophomore, you’re invited to participate in Career Kickstarter — a free, one-week program offered during winter break that offers guaranteed micro-internship opportunities, plus the opportunity to explore potential career paths.
You’ll be paired with an alumni mentor or other local professional and engage with a local organization.
In addition, workshop experiences help you explore various career interests and equip you with the knowledge you need to pursue longer-term internships as you advance through your time at Central. It’s a great way for you to make connections off campus and gain professional experience early in your time at Central.
Central students worked with the following Pella-area alumni:
Career Kickstarter draws on Central’s partnership with more than 100 organizations, including:
Central offers this unique opportunity because employers are engaging with students earlier and earlier in their college career and want to see workplace experience on their résumé. Central has a large number of enthusiastic local alumni eager to provide such experiences.
Central sophomores gained a jump on career readiness with the fourth annual Career Kickstarter program.
“It was awesome and very informative. I learned about kinds of engineering I didn’t know existed. We got to play with robots, handle components, get close looks at machinery and find out how everyone fits in the puzzle of the company.”
— Abigail Lowry ’22
“As a psych major with plans to continue my education beyond Central, I was pleased that Kickstarter included a session on applying to grad schools. That was unexpected and very helpful.”
— Abby Malecha ’22
“My experience was fantastic! I learned a lot about the banking system and connected with people who can help me in my future. We talked with employees from all parts of the bank all three days. They showed us examples of things they use and do and answered any questions we had. My supervisor was amazing and did everything possible to make sure our experience was nothing but the best.”
— Wyatt Crosby ’21
Want to know more about Career Kickstarter? Contact:
Associate Dean for Career Development & Civic Engagement