Preparing Scholars to excel in the workforce
One of the primary aims of The Posse Foundation is to train the leaders of tomorrow. The Career Program provides Posse Scholars with the tools and opportunities needed to secure the most competitive and career-enhancing internships and leadership-track jobs in a variety of industries. In order to achieve this, Posse partners with exceptional companies and organizations worldwide and establishes affiliations with top graduate and professional schools. The Career Program has five core components: 1) Internships, 2) Career Development Workshops, 3) Career Coaching, 4) Graduate + Fellowship Programs, and 5) The Alumni Network.
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Posse partners with exceptional companies and organizations that provide meaningful internship opportunities to Scholars. These internships, which typically include access to mentors and senior leadership, are essential to Scholars’ professional development. With more than 175 current partners, the Career Program is a powerful way for industry-leading companies and organizations to make a significant contribution to the development of tomorrow’s leaders.
Career Development Workshops
The Career Program features workshops to educate Scholars about potential careers and provide them with critical professional development. Often run in collaboration with Career Program partners, these workshops may feature panels with professionals from various industries or they may focus on skill-building such as resume writing and interviewing. Workshops are offered during the Pre-Collegiate Training program, summer and winter breaks, and the campus visit each fall.
Career coaching provides Scholars and alumni the opportunity to receive personalized career guidance from accomplished professionals. Carefully selected and trained, career coaches offer critical support to Scholars and alumni as they transition from being leaders on campus to being leaders in the workforce. This support is tailored to the needs and interests of the Scholar or alum, and can include career exploration, resume writing, interview preparation, networking and other assistance.
Graduate + Fellowship Programs
Posse identifies and supports Scholars and alumni interested in applying for competitive national awards and graduate and professional degrees from top-tier institutions. The programs connect Scholars and alumni with industry leaders and fellowship recipients to provide comprehensive advising and assistance. The Posse graduate and fellowship programs connect Scholars and alumni to institutions that match their considerable potential.
Posse alumni remain connected to each other and actively engaged with The Posse Foundation as they become leaders in the workforce. They are doctors, teachers, engineers, graduate students, lawyers, social workers and bankers. To best serve its alumni, Posse engages graduates in the following ways: 1) The Posse National Alumni Advisory Council (PNAAC), whose members represent alumni nationwide and serve on Posse advisory boards; 2) Volunteer opportunities and special alumni events including the National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference 3) The Posse Portal is a connector for alumni and resource for career development; and 4) Career coaching involves alumni both as career coaches and recipients of coaching.
Download Fulfilling the Promise, which details the perspectives, interests and successes of Posse alumni over the last two decades.
Latest NewsWinter 2017
Dr. Shirley Collado has been named the next president of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. A member of the inaugural Posse that matriculated at Vanderbilt University in 1989, Shirley is the first Posse alumna to become president of an institution of higher education.Winter 2016
Alumni can use the directory to reach out to their network for support with post-graduate prospects, professional development opportunities, and guidance when relocating.Winter 2016
Three Posse alumnae are clearing hurdles in the pursuit of making science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields more inclusive environments.Winter 2016
The Posse Foundation’s goal is to inspire 100 percent alumni participation to raise $100,000. Alumni can exponentially multiply their investments of time and treasure by tapping into their networks.Winter 2016
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 3, 2017.