FOR NEARLY TWO CENTURIES, MaryvilleCollege has been helping students reach their career goals. With the launch of Maryville College Works in the Fall of 2014, the College is placing even greater emphasis on professional preparation by integrating career-related advising and experiences into its four-year, liberal arts curriculum.
What profession would I be good at?
At Maryville College, first-year students take a personalized assessment to learn what skills and interests they have and what career choices fit them best. In addition, first-year students have class with their advisor and see them three times a week to discuss their interests, their goals and what major is best suited for their future plans. After learning about major choices and career options, first-year students officially choose a major and begin meeting with faculty in their major.
What kinds of internships and experiences will help me land a job or be accepted into the graduate school I choose?
Because MC has developed partnerships with businesses, organizations, alumni and friends, MC students will have access to supportive mentors and opportunities for meaningful internships at a rate unprecedented in previous years.
Unlike other institutions that leave it up to the student to develop job-searching skills, MC now has a required curriculum that incorporates everything necessary for students to gain the employment or graduate-school placement they desire.
The goal of this program is to deliver a transformative educational experience for our students. The aim is to demonstrate the vibrancy and value of the liberal arts for the 21st century. While reaffirming our traditional emphasis on critical thinking skills and disciplinary expertise, the Maryville College Works program pairs core academic values with significant practical experiences.
This carefully-designed, integrated program builds bridges between the classroom and the work place. Through significant practical experiences, our students will understand how applicable and marketable their disciplinary and core skills are in the workforce.
Equally important, their employers will realize the value of a liberal arts education, one that trains students to think critically and independently, to apply research skills to problem solving, and to communicate clearly and effectively. Building bridges between the classroom and the workplace has the very real potential of transforming what it means to be a student and a professor at a liberal arts college.
Year to Year Goals
- Discover personal strengths
- Explore career paths and choose a major
- Develop 4-year graduation plan
- Discuss career options in major
- Learn about grad school choices
- Create specific career goals
- Complete an internship or grad school preparation
- Build job search competencies
- Articulate the connections between college & career
Three Learning Outcomes
- STUDENTS will acquire the knowledge to complete a personal vocation, career preparation and implementation plan.
- STUDENTS will participate in a significant, practical experience
- STUDENTS will articulate how 1) their educational experience and 2) their significant, practical experience applies to their professional opportunities.
Getting an Internship
How do I go about getting an internship?
Students work one-on-one with a faculty member in their division to identify their professional goals and obtain their chosen internship. Because of the College’s location in Blount County and proximity to Knoxville, Tenn., and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, students have been able to intern or work with employers such as Blount Memorial Hospital, Clayton Homes, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the National Park Service, Newell Rubbermaid and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Employers value the College’s academic rigor and often seek out MC students for placements. In some cases, working in a research lab, studying abroad or creating original works of art may be the best exposure students have to a future profession.
INTERNSHIP LEADS TO JOB
As an intern with Clayton Homes, psychology major Kelly Stephens '14 researched methods
by which the home manufacturing company’s leadership program could be evaluated and then developed ways to implement them. Her experience influenced her Senior Study topic, and it also confirmed for her a career path in industrial psychology. At graduation, she was offered a position as Clayton’s organizational development specialist.
Coulter Grove Intermediate
CHEREE SELF ’13
First Presbyterian Knoxville
EXPERIENCES NOTICED BY GRAD SCHOOLS
Before graduating in 2013, religion major
Jordan Tarwater completed internships with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program in Louisville, Ky., and at First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. The experiences strengthened both his theological exploration and his applications to graduate schools. He received a full-tuition scholarship to Union Theological Seminary in New York City and is now pursuing a master of divinity (M.Div.) degree.
Delena Gray ’13
Intern, Human Resources
ROBERT ADAMS ’14
Oak Ridge National Labratory
Hannah Fry '14
AUTUMN BROWN ’15
PYXL Digital Marketing
GARRETT PAINTER ’14
Ruby Tuesday Lodge
EMILY PICKETT ’14 &
BRITTANY MILLER ’16
Jose Perez ’15 &
Owen Shelnut ’15