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Program Overview

We get it. Figuring out what you want to do with your life is hard. Everyone is asking you questions like, "Why did you choose your major?" and "What do you want to end up doing with that?" Maybe you're already completely confident in your education and career choice? Maybe you have doubts about whether you're doing the right thing to have a career that makes you happy? Maybe you're just trying to have fun with the time you've got in college and you're scared to think about these bigger questions and what lies beyond these 4 years. Whatever your situation might be, when it comes to decifering what kind of career you want, iScholars is here to help you discover it. We're here to show you the path to landing a job you'll be happy with upon graduation.

Courses

Workplace Tech and Communication

During your first semester of sophomore year, this class will teach you how to effectively use common workplace tech to colaborate on projects and communicate in ways that are consistent with what professionals in the workplace expect. You'll learn how to use tools to manage group work, how to schedule, facilitate, and follow up on teleconfernecing meetings, as well as gain an understanding of the common elements that make up the organizational technology stack.

iScholars Mini-Capstone

During the second semester of your sophomore and second semester of your junior year, this class will have you complete a real work project for an iScholars partner company located in the DC area. You'll rank projects you're interested in and then be placed on a team for 4 or 5 other sophomores and juniors with different majors to complete the project over the semester.  You'll lead weekly teleconferencing meetings with a point of contact from your partner company to keep them informed of your progress and get feedback on how you're doing. A teaching assistant will be assigned to your group to sit in on your meetings and help give you advice about how to complete the project along the way. At the end of the semester, the class will travel to DC to present their projects to their points of contact in person at the iScholars Showcase. You'll have an opportunity to showcase your abilities to all the employers attending as well as networking with them over snacks and drinks. 

The Intrapreneurial Process

Taken in the first semester of your junior year, this course will teach you a process for creating value wherever you work upon graduation that will accelerate your career. Becoming proficient in your primary role, creating relationship capital with coworkers, analyzing the organization for gaps, develop ideas for solutions, socialize your ideas with others, developing an interdisciplinary support team, developing a minimum viable solution, test your MVP to gather data, and pitching to decision makers on your solution are all covered to make you a powerhouse of innovative change that gets you recognized at work.

Showcase

Each spring semester students in the Mini-Capstone course travel to the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, Va to network with employer partners over lunch and present their final projects. It's your time to shine and show the iScholars partners what you're capable of and why you deserve a chance to work at their organizations. Much better than a typical campus career fair, employers get to see you in action and you'll meet contacts beyond campus recruiters. It's your audition and you'll be prepared to nail it.

Professional Development Bootcamp

The the beginning of each school year we host a professional development bootcamp to make sure your resume is polished, your LinkedIn profile looks stellar, and your Handshake profile is on point. We'll make sure you know all the tips and tricks for how to make yourself standout in a positive way.

Virtual Career Fairs

The the beginning of each school year we host a professional development bootcamp to make sure your resume is polished, your LinkedIn profile looks stellar, and your Handshake profile is on point. We'll make sure you know all the tips and tricks for how to make yourself standout in a positive way.

Past iScholars Partners