For 19 of the Washington and Lee undergraduates who are spending their summer in the University’s science laboratories, the road trip that the Career Services Office organized last week was an opportunity to peer into their future.
At 6:30 a.m., the students left in vans for Bethesda, Md., where they joined students from Washington-area colleges at the National Institutes of Health Graduate and Professional School Fair. There, they participated in workshops on interviewing, getting into graduate and professional school, M.D./Ph.D. programs, and careers in public health, psychology and pharmacy. In addition, almost 120 colleges and universities from across the U.S. sent representatives of their graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health and other biomedical programs, permitting the W&L students to learn more about these areas.
Not only did the road trip give the participating students a preview of what might await them once they leave W&L, but it was also a valuable experience for the Career Services office, according to Beverly Lorig, its director. “I came away with ideas for building career-related programs linked to the existing W&L summer programs,” she said.