Career Pathways

Having a successful career after graduation requires experience and planning. The Lighthouse’s Pathway to See Change Program helps students to gain critical experiences necessary for professional success. Our Career Development and Internship Program (CDIP) is available to all Virginia Wesleyan students and alumni as they plan their careers.

The Lighthouse’s CDIP offers students a variety of services to help them to identify possible career paths and to develop professional profiles. Our services are available to all students and alumni.

We believe that the cornerstone of a rewarding career is a plan. We have developed a roadmap to take students from the classroom to professional success.

During your first year of college, you should take time to explore possible majors and careers. First-year students have considerable time to make career decisions; however, we recommend that you begin to research possible careers during your first year at Virginia Wesleyan. Our Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) can help you.

Some tips & services for first-year students:

  • Take courses that you enjoy. They will likely lead to a career that you will also enjoy.
  • Discuss possible career options with faculty who teach courses that you enjoy.
  • Take our FOCUS-2 online self-guided, interactive program. It is designed to help you to select a major and plan your career based on your personal interests, values, skills, personality, and aspirations. It’s free to all Virginia Wesleyan students.You might find 3 sections particularly helpful:
    • Self Assessment
    • Academic Strengths
    • Career Readiness
  • Shadow a professional in a potential career field.
  • Build a resume. Begin to acquire professional experiences that help you to develop essential professional skills.
  • Volunteer. Virginia Wesleyan’s Community Service Office can help identify volunteer opportunities.
  • Meet with a CDIP career counselor in The Lighthouse. To make an appointment, call 455-3337 or email us at careerdevelopment@vwu.edu.

In summer 2017, Virginia Wesleyan sponsored a pilot SHIPP for study away and undergraduate research. The following students were awarded SHIPP grants for their independent projects:

  • Amanda Albert ‘18 (Biology). “Expression of AGPs During Spermatogenesis in the Model Moss Physcomitrella Patens.” Research Mentor: Prof. Eric Johnson.
  • Destini Garrison ‘18 (Biology). “AGP Expression during Spermatogenesis in the Model moss Physcomitrella.” Ms. Garrison also received a Summer Undergraduate Research Science Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges for her project. Research Mentor: Prof. Eric Johnson.
  • Abigail Horgan ‘19 (Psychology). “The Examination of Eyewitness Accounts on Sexual Assault.” Research Mentor: Prof. Taryn Myers.
  • Caleb Mercer ‘19 (History and Religious Studies). “Complications with Interpreting Scripture: The Bible, Romans 1, and Human Sexuality.” Research Mentor: Prof. Craig Wansink.
  • Kellen Phillips ‘18 (Biology). Study Abroad Internship at the Radwick Equine Centre in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Phillips also received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and an Experiential Learning Scholarship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges for her project.
  • Kristin Rempas ‘18 (International Studies). Study Abroad at the American College in Athens, Greece. Ms. Rempas also received an Experiential Learning Scholarship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges for her project.
  • Tremain Torre ‘19 (International Studies). Study Abroad at Oriel College at the University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
SHIPP also sponsored a study away course in summer 2017. Students received grants to enroll in Environmental Studies 283: Seminar in Alaska: Sustainability with Profs. Larry Hultgren and Elizabeth Malcolm. Read about their experiences.

During your third year of college, you should focus on developing career expertise and a professional profile. Above all, this is the time to acquire professional experience that will give you the edge in your career search. This includes undertaking an internship.

As you consider possible careers and internship opportunities, our Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) can help you.

Some tips & services for third-year students:

  • Take courses that you enjoy. They will likely lead to a career that you will also enjoy.
  • Discuss possible career options with faculty who teach courses that you enjoy.
  • Take our FOCUS-2  online self-guided, interactive program. It is designed to help you to select a major and plan your career based on your personal interests, values, skills, personality, and aspirations. It’s free to all Virginia Wesleyan students.You might find 3 sections particularly helpful:
    • Your Career Planning Status in the Career Readiness
    • Explore the Possibilities
  • Undertake an internship in a potential career field.
  • Meet with a CDIP career counselor in The Lighthouse. To make an appointment, call 455-3337 or email us at careerdevelopment@vwu.edu.

In summer 2017, Virginia Wesleyan sponsored a pilot SHIPP for study away and undergraduate research. The following students were awarded SHIPP grants for their independent projects:

  • Amanda Albert ‘18 (Biology). “Expression of AGPs During Spermatogenesis in the Model Moss Physcomitrella Patens.” Research Mentor: Prof. Eric Johnson.
  • Destini Garrison ‘18 (Biology). “AGP Expression during Spermatogenesis in the Model moss Physcomitrella.” Ms. Garrison also received a Summer Undergraduate Research Science Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges for her project. Research Mentor: Prof. Eric Johnson.
  • Abigail Horgan ‘19 (Psychology). “The Examination of Eyewitness Accounts on Sexual Assault.” Research Mentor: Prof. Taryn Myers.
  • Caleb Mercer ‘19 (History and Religious Studies). “Complications with Interpreting Scripture: The Bible, Romans 1, and Human Sexuality.” Research Mentor: Prof. Craig Wansink.
  • Kellen Phillips ‘18 (Biology). Study Abroad Internship at the Radwick Equine Centre in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Phillips also received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and an Experiential Learning Scholarship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges for her project.
  • Kristin Rempas ‘18 (International Studies). Study Abroad at the American College in Athens, Greece. Ms. Rempas also received an Experiential Learning Scholarship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges for her project.
  • Tremain Torre ‘19 (International Studies). Study Abroad at Oriel College at the University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
SHIPP also sponsored a study away course in summer 2017. Students received grants to enroll in Environmental Studies 283: Seminar in Alaska: Sustainability with Profs. Larry Hultgren and Elizabeth Malcolm. Read about their experiences.