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Important Dates for 2016–2017

Career Development Center Signature Events
October 4, 2016 Graduate and Professional School Expo, 5–7 p.m., Murray Aikins, second floor

Over 55 graduate and professional school programs will be represented at the fifth annual Skidmore Graduate and Professional School Expo. Pre-Register on MyCDC Account for a chance to win one of 10 Skidmore sweatshirts! (Registration encouraged, not required.) For a list of participating programs and to prepare for the fair, check our website.

October 14, 2016 Career Jam, 3–5 p.m., Murray Aikins Dining Hall, second floor
Parents and alumni volunteers will be on campus to talk to you about their careers. Don’t miss our largest on-campus networking event of the year! Business casual to business formal attire highly recommended.


First Years/Sophomores
September 26–30, 2016 Health Professions Week (virtual, non-Skidmore–sponsored event)
Health Professions Week (HPW) is an exciting weeklong event for students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. HPW will offer the opportunity to explore 19 health professions during two virtual fairs. Visit us here to register early
November 1, 7, 16, 18, 2016 Pre-Health Power Hour Session, Ladd 206 and 207, times vary
Attention Sophomores! Come join this working group and get ready to check some things off your to do list! Hear from your peers about how they landed their internships and found job shadowing opportunities. Next, they will overview career related resources and how to get started.  

Tuesday, November 1, 7:45–8:45 p.m.,  Ladd 207          Monday, November 7, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Ladd 207
Wednesday, November 16, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Ladd 207    Friday, November 18, 2:30–3:30 p.m., Ladd 206


September 22, 2016 Simmons College: School of Nursing and Health Sciences Information Session, 5:15–6 p.m., Ladd 206
Coeducational graduate school offering post-bachelor’s and post-master’s certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees in health professions education, nursing, nutrition and physical therapy. Questions? Contact Brett DiMarzo, Director of Graduate Admissions, School of Nursing and Health Sciences Office of Admissions, Simmons College,; Sponsored by the Skidmore Career Development Center
October 27, 2016 Part 1:  Preparing for Medical School Interviews (workshop), 5:30–7 p.m., Ladd 307
with Sylvia Robertson, former Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at a top medical school. Macaroni and cheese will be served at the beginning of the program. Alternative menu available for those with dietary restrictions. Please inform Shannon Rodriguez at no later than Thursday, October 20 so arrangements can be made.
October 28, 2016 Part 2: Mock Medical School Interviews (individual/small group), 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Location TBD
Pre-Register on MyCDC Account to reserve your 30-minute spot. Co-sponsored by the Skidmore Career Development Center and Health Professions Advising Committee.


Virtual Grad School Fairs

Peer Advising: Virtual Grad School Fairs
Interested in attending a virtual graduate school fair, but looking for some guidance?

Wednesday, September 14, 5:30–6:30, Ladd 207: public health (SOPHAS)
Wednesday, October 5, 5:30–6:30, Ladd 207: biomed, pharmacy, and psychology
Thursday, October 13, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Case Intercultural Center (ICC): graduate programs offered at schools and colleges of pharmacy

Registration is required. Please visit us here to register. Sponsored by the Skidmore Career Development Center.
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On-Campus Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Pre-Health Club fosters community among Skidmore students who are pursuing majors and careers in the health professions which facilitates the exposure of the entire college community to healthcare.  

Skidmore College Emergency Medical Services (SCEMS) is a New York State basic life support-first response agency that provides high-quality and confidential emergency medical care to the Skidmore community. SCEMS is staffed and operated entirely by Skidmore students, who are trained and state certified at the EMT level or higher.

The Peer Health Education program promotes healthy choices and lifestyles through educating and empowering the campus community on a variety of health related topics. Peer Health Educators serve as a resource, referral agent, and role model for their peers. They are responsible for providing positive, interactive fun and non-judgmental programming and education aimed at providing their peers with information to make healthy, informed decisions regarding their health and wellbeing. In order to work as a PHE at Skidmore, students need to first complete an in-depth training course (HF 215). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the course is offered every semester. More information can be found here.

Civic Engagement at Skidmore provides a wealth of opportunities to get involved in your community. For more information, check us out here.

American Red Cross Club of Skidmore College, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Facebook page here.

Benef-Action is the community service club on campus, we hope to make students aware of the opportunities available on and off-campus to help community members, help with new initiatives, and have general awareness campaigns. We have worked with groups such as Saratoga Mentoring, Special Olympics Swimming, Shelters of Saratoga, B.E.S.T, and the Saratoga Senior Center. Facebook page here.

The Skidmore Animal Alliance provides a community for students interested in spending time with animals. Facebook page here.

Active Minds is a national organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Active Minds chapters throughout the country are changing the culture on campuses and in their communities by providing information, leadership opportunities, and advocacy training to the next generation. Through campuswide events and awareness campaigns, our Active Minds chapter at Skidmore aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on our campus. Facebook page here.

AIDS Benefit provides the Saratoga community with assistance in funding HIV/AIDS awareness and program(s) through a major student-run fundraising event every semester for the Saratoga HIV/AIDS coalition. AIDS Benefit also actively promotes the truth about HIV/AIDS in the world and engages the community in critical discussions about our roles in this global crisis.

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