Online Workshops

The Lighthouse offers short online tutorials for students. These workshops have been created by VWU faculty and staff, so they are tailored to the Virginia Wesleyan curriculum. The workshops focus on career development, study away, and undergraduate research. To access each tutorial, click on the link.

Hosted by The Lighthouse's Career Development Program (CDP).
For more information, contact the CDP director, Jessica Harrington.


Real World Playbook
Realworld is a personalized, community-driven platform helping 20-somethings navigate life after college. Free for all members of the Virginia Wesleyan Community, their step-by-step playbooks offer logic-based, in-the-moment guidance for decisions like enrolling in health insurance, completing tax forms, repaying student loans, and more. Use the code: VWESLEYAN20 for a free one-year membership!

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Building the Perfect Resume
Details resume-writing best practices, what to be sure to include, and what to avoid. It also discusses ATS tips and notes on references.


Cover Letter Best Practices
Details cover letter writing, from formatting to style, and content.


Translating Internships into a Career
Tips on how to make the most of your internship and utilize it as a catalyst for your career.


Creating a Professional LinkedIn Profile
How to build your LinkedIn profile to aid in your career search, network, and highlight your achievements.


The Perfect Interview: Virtual and In-Person
Details what to expect in an interview, ways to prepare, and how to follow up.

Hosted by The Lighthouse's Study Away Program (SAP).
For more information, contact the Director of Global Engagement, Mandy Reinig.


Global Scholars Application Guide


It's Too Expensive...And 7 Other Study Away Lies
This workshop debunks eight common study away lies. A panel of Virginia Wesleyan University study away students discuss how they overcame these lies or how they just are not true, especially with prior planning!


How to Apply for a Passport and a REAL ID
This workshop discusses the steps necessary to obtain a passport and a REAL ID. Topics discussed include the required documents needed to apply for the two important documents.


Being a Woman Abroad
This workshop features a discussion of the realities of being a woman studying abroad. The panel consists of Ashley Whipple ‘18, who studied in Tanzania, Audrey Bally ‘21, who studied in Japan, and Brianna Sandy ‘21, who studied in Morocco. In addition, the guest moderator is Dr. Lydia Kennedy, Associate Professor of Mathematics, who spent a semester studying abroad in Hungary.


Learning Abroad Center: Summer International Internship Opportunities
This workshop is the third in the four-part series on opportunities available for summer international internships. In this session, staff from the University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center discuss virtual internship opportunities. Topics discussed include the application process, available job fields, and support services provided. The session also includes student testimonials and example placements.


International Studies Abroad (ISA): Summer International Internship Opportunities
This workshop is the final in the four-part series on opportunities available for summer international internships. In this session, staff from ISA discuss virtual internship opportunities. Topics discussed include the application process, available job fields, and support services provided. The session also includes student testimonials and example placements.    


Critical Language Scholarship
This workshop provides information about the Critical Language Scholarship, a United States government funded summer language program. Examples of languages available include: Indonesian, Turkish, Arabic, and Japanese. A representative from CLS and two student ambassadors discuss the program, provide application tips, and answer questions.


Council on International Educational Exchange: Summer International Internship Opportunities
This workshop is the second of the four-part series on opportunities available for summer international internships. In this session, staff from CIEE discuss virtual internships for summer 2021. Student testimonials, example placements, and the application process are discussed


Why I Studied Away: Voices from Virginia Wesleyan University
Contemplating a study away experience? Hear from VWU alumni and current students about why they participated in a study away program. Get motivated to share your own "why!"


Global Experiences: Summer International Internship Opportunities
This workshop is the first of a four-part series on opportunities available for summer international internships. In this session, staff from Global Experiences discuss virtual internships for summer 2021. Topics include the application process, services provided, costs, and occupational fields available.

Hosted by The Lighthouse's Undergraduate Research Program (URP)
For more information, contact the URP Director, Dr. Soraya Bartol, by emailing sbartol@vwu.edu.


Institutional Review Board (IRB): Writing and Submitting the Application
Students who are conducting research with human subjects should watch this online workshop, which reviews the process of writing and submitting the required application to Virginia Wesleyan University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The workshop explains the basics of the IRB application form and common shortfalls of applications.


Going Pro: Taking Your Library Research Skills to the Next Level
This online workshop prepares students to conduct advanced library research. Students are empowered to maximize Virginia Wesleyan’s research assistance and resources. It is taught by members of the library research faculty.


Citations: Understanding the Philosophy of Academic Documentation
This online workshop offers instruction on citing sources. It focuses on the rationale for academic citations, explains when citations are necessary, and reviews tools that help with citations. It also provides an introduction to formatting citations using various academic conventions. Students are introduced to a free online reference management tool, Mendeley.


Creating an Oral Presentation
This online workshop explains how to create an oral presentation that effectively represents an internship or undergraduate research experience. It focuses on the technical elements of presentation design as well as oral communication strategies.


Creating a Poster Presentation for Undergraduate Research and Internships
This online workshop explains how to create a poster that effectively represents an internship or undergraduate research experience. The information focuses on the technical elements of poster design, content, and discusses strategies for effective poster presentations.