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All class years are welcome to attend any workshops, unless otherwise specified. Feel free to bring your lunch.


Prepping for Career Fairs
Thursday, September 20, noon-1 p.m.
Campus Center 103/104
Learn how to perfect your 30-second pitch, decide what to wear, conduct useful research and more. Get the most out of our Fall Career Fair on Thursday, October 4 in the ITT. S&P Global is excited to partner with the Lazarus Center to give you both an employer and career services perspective.

Health and STEM Professions Friday Lunchbag Series:
Avoiding Unforced Errors in Your Graduate & Professional School Applications, aka “Why Should I Care About the Honor Code?”

Friday, September 21, 12:15-1 p.m.
McConnell Hall 103
Are you familiar with the Honor Code? Do you know what constitutes cheating? What is the potential impact of an Honor Code violation on your future at Smith and beyond? The focus of this presentation will be on practical aspects of the Honor Code and the Honor Board from a student perspective including consequences of an Honor Code violation, potential sanctions and longer term ramifications. There will be plenty of time for student questions. Pizza will be served. Open to all majors.

How to Ask for Letters of Recommendation
Monday, September 24, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn how to effectively ask your teachers and mentors for the letters of recommendation that your applications require to be successful! Experienced advisors from career development, fellowships, and pre-health programs will share proactive strategies for helping you to help your teachers and mentors write letters that are tailored to you and the particular opportunities that you are pursuing.

Senior Meeting
Tuesday, September 25, 5-6 p.m.
Stoddard Auditorium
Meet the staff of The Lazarus Center for Career Development and learn how best to take advantage of the offerings of The Lazarus Center and manage your senior year.

Applying to Grad School
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Discover how to best position yourself for admission into a masters or PhD program.

Applying to Law School
Thursday, September 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
An overview of law school basics: when to apply, the LSAT, selecting schools and more.

Finance Mock Interview Day
Friday, September 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Space is limited; Apply in Handshake by Sunday, September 23.
Finance is a fast-paced, challenging, and rewarding global field in which students of any major will find their analytical, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills highly valued. The interview process for summer internships and full-time jobs is highly competitive and requires diligent practice and preparation. Smith alums and other professionals from the finance industry will hold one-on-one mock interviews and offer feedback to students interested in honing their interview skills. During a 45-minute time block, your mock interviewer will ask you a variety of questions (general, behavior-based, finance-specific) and offer tips to help improve your technique. Students of all class years are eligible to apply.

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter
Friday, September 28, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Well-organized, error-free resumes and cover letters are essential for internship and job seekers. Learn the basics of resume and cover letter style, organization, and length, what information to (and not to) include, and how resumes and cover letters work together to make persuasive applications.

Health and STEM Professions Friday Lunchbag Series:
Presentation by Deborah Davis, MD (Smith ’76)

Friday, September 28, 12:15-1 p.m.
McConnell Hall 103
Dr. Davis is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, and is also an Anesthesiologist/Intensivist at the Nemours Cardiac Center at the A.I, duPont Hospital in Wilmington, DE. She will discuss her path to medical school, career trajectory, and her extensive clinical and research experiences in cardiac anesthesiology. Q&A will follow and pizza will be served. Open to all majors.


Consulting Case Interview Prep and Practice Session*
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Campus Center 103/104
Understanding and managing case interviews will be essential to your success as a candidate. Shikha Jain '07, Senior Director at Simon-Kucher & Partners will be on campus to facilitate a half-day training session on consulting case interviewing. This will be an interactive, working program with opportunities to practice case interviews, gain feedback, and ask questions. 
*Pre-work is required. RSVP in Handshake by Thursday September 20.

Why Should I Hire You?
Monday, October 1, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
A great application can get you an interview; it takes a great interview to get hired. Learn what interviewers seek in candidates, plan how to market yourself in interviews, and practice your approach to common questions and behavioral interviews.

Resume Lab
Tuesday, October 2, noon-1 p.m.
Campus Center 204
Collaborate with peers on creating your resume! Share advice and ask for feedback in a supportive environment. Drop-in at any time during the hour and bring your lunch.

Networking Made Easy*
Tuesday, October 2, 4:45-6 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room & Library
By some estimates, nearly 80% of jobs and internships are found through networking. Learn the basics of networking and practice these skills with friendly, local Smith alumnae over light refreshments. *RSVP in Handshake by Thursday, September 27, at 4:30 p.m.

Cover Letters Made Easy
Wednesday, October 3, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn to write cover letters employers will actually want to read. This workshop will help you tailor cover letters to specific jobs or internships!

Personal Statements for Graduate & Professional School
Thursday, October 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Does the thought of writing a personal statement for graduate or professional school make you panic? Relax and attend this session on crafting a winning personal statement.

Introduction to Fellowships for Pre-Health Students and STEM Professions Students
Friday, October 12, 12:15-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Discussion of competitive fellowships available to undergraduates in STEM majors (including Goldwater, Hollings, and Udall) and for graduate study (including NSF GRF, at US universities, and Churchill, Gates-Cambridge, and Marshall, in the UK). Selection criteria will be discussed, as well as ways that students can make themselves stronger candidates for competitive opportunities. Open to ALL students who are looking for funding and want to understand the requirements of competitive fellowships.

Introduction to Fellowships
Monday, October 15, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop room
Familiarize yourself with the wonderful opportunities offered by prestigious fellowships. The educational and experiential opportunities associated with fellowships can be life changing. Begin early to identify the opportunities that best suit you. Learn how to enhance your chances of success in fellowship applications. Open to students of all class years and nationalities. Open to students with GPAs of 3.4+.

Tell Me About Yourself
Tuesday, October 16, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
"Tell me about yourself" is the most typical first question you will get in an interview.  And, because it's the first one you will get, it's the most important one to know how to answer.  This workshop will walk you through how to best answer it, and get your interview off to a good start.

Women in Energy and Environment: Discover Your Career – Negotiate your Salary! 
Tuesday, October 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Women are leading the way in energy and environmental fields. Come learn about the many exciting career choices available at this panel, sponsored by New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE). Hear from women with careers in public policy, law, business, engineering and science. We will also be discussing an issue that affects women across all professions – the wage gap. Come discuss salary negotiation techniques, hear a hiring manager's perspective, and find out how to talk about bridging the gap. Learn about careers in energy and environment ( business, technical, research, legal, and policy) and salary negotiation for women. Refreshments will be provided.  

Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience
Wednesday, October 17, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Employers value skills gained while living and studying abroad. Identify and articulate those skills, and how to effectively communicate them to employers when applying for jobs and internships.

Job Search for International Students
Thursday, October 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Find out who's hiring - for what and where! View over 400,000 corporate profiles. Maximize study abroad and internship success. Search H1B Visa petitions from US employer. Review country and city guides.

Using J-Term to Launch Your Career
Friday, October 19, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Find out what steps students of any class year can take during J-term to move ahead in planning for the future. Create a timetable of goals that works best for your needs!

Health and STEM Professions Friday Lunchbag Series:
Focus on Medicine with Smith Alumnae

Friday, October 19, 12:15-1 p.m.
McConnell Hall 103
A virtual panel of Smith alumnae will discuss their paths to medical school, the triumphs and challenges they’ve faced, and what lies ahead for their future practices. Q&A will follow and pizza will be served. Open to all majors

Fellowships and Study Abroad
Tuesday, October 23, noon-1 p.m.
Lewis Global Studies Center Lounge
Brief overview of study abroad options - semester, academic year, J term, summer - and sources of Smith funding. Discussion of fellowships to help fund study abroad (esp. for summer), including Critical Language Scholarship, Boren, Gilman; special programs including Fulbright Summer Institutes, Humanity in Action, DAAD Summer; STEM programs - Amgen Scholars, DAAD Rise.

Job Search for Seniors
Wednesday, October 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn to create and follow a search plan that works for you. We’ll cover job search strategies and resources, how to stay motivated during the search, application processes and timelines, and attributes to look for in your first professional role. Networking basics will be covered.

EmployABILITY Lunch and Learn
Thursday, October 25, 12:15-1 p.m.
Dewey Common Room
Please join us for an informal lunch and conversation about disability and career exploration. Learn what resources the Lazarus Center has to offer and network with students from the Disability Student Alliance. Bring your lunch.

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter
Friday, October 26, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Well-organized, error-free resumes and cover letters are essential for internship and job seekers. Learn the basics of resume and cover letter style, organization, and length, what information to (and not to) include, and how resumes and cover letters work together to make persuasive applications.

Health & STEM Professions Friday Lunchbag Series
Presentation by Lucine Petit Francis, PhD  (Smith ’04): Addressing Cardiometabolic Risk in Overweight/Obese Children as a Nurse Scientist

October 26, 2018. 12-1 p.m. 
McConnell 103
Dr. Francis is the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellow in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  She is a community health nurse, health promotion educator, and a community-based health researcher.   Dr. Francis’ commitment to a career in research stems from her deep passion for identifying ways young children from vulnerable communities are provided with the best environment that would ensure their physical, social, emotional, mental, and cognitive health. Her research expertise is in early childhood health at the intersection of childhood obesity prevention, food insecurity issues, nutrition policy, and health disparities. Her goal as a junior scientist is to develop a program of research that involves using a multi-level and multi-method approach to preventing obesity in children, with an emphasis on building collective self-efficacy among parents and thereby improving children's cardio-metabolic health. Dr. Francis received her BA in Neuroscience at Smith College (’04) and her BS (accelerated) and Ph.D. in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University.  She looks forward to discussing how she got from Smith to becoming a nurse researcher at Johns Hopkins. Open to all majors.

Lazarus Center Open House
Friday, October 26, 2-4 p.m.
Lazarus Center
Meet Lazarus Center career staff and find out how we can help you during your time at Smith and after. All class years and family members are welcome.

LinkedIn To Success
Monday, October 29, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Are you LinkedIn? Bring your laptop and build your profile on LinkedIn during this interactive workshop. Learn the basics of how to set up your LinkedIn profile as well as how to use LinkedIn for job research, networking, and finding a job or internship.

Career Development for First Years
Tuesday, October 30, 12:15-1 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Get simple, practical steps to help you start exploring career options now, and a timeline for building career planning into your four years at Smith. In addition, you’ll be introduced to the Lazarus Center for Career Development’s many programs, events, and services.

“Tell Me About a Time When...”
Strategies for Behavior-Based Interview Questions

Wednesday, October 31, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
For job and internship employers, past performance is the best indicator of future success. Learn - and practice - strategies for answering the behavior-based interview questions common in many phone and in-person interviews at this interactive workshop.

Summer Jobs and Internships for STEM Students
Friday, November 2, 12:15-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
An overview of specific resources and techniques for securing a summer position in the STEM field. Students of all class years are welcome to attend. Pizza will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Designing Your Life
Friday, November 2, 2-4 p.m.
Friday, November 9, 2-4 p.m.
Location TBA
Career Advisor Patty Woods and Fellowships Advisor Margaret Lamb will facilitate this workshop, based on the book Designing Your Life by Stanford University Design Educators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. This initiative is designed to give students the chance to participate in a transformative process, one in which you are empowered to begin to solve the "problem" of what your future will be. Understanding how you want to outline your personal "what next" will also help you start to think about the requirements of job applications, graduate school proposals, and fellowship personal statements. The workshop will be a fun and engaging way to stimulate your planning imagination and design a future after Smith that authentically reflects what you love and want to accomplish. Class size is limited. *See Handshake for details and registration information. Must commit to both dates (November 2 and November 9). Deadline to register: October 12.

Finding Summer Jobs and Internships
Monday, November 5, 12:15-1 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Learn about the many resources for finding opportunities, including the Lazarus Center’s Handshake database and other search tools. We’ll also cover typical application steps, share tips for preparing your applications, and discuss the Praxis funding program for unpaid internships.

Personality, Majors and Careers: MBTI Workshop*
Wednesday, November 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Explore your personality preferences using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Find out how your type relates to academic and career satisfaction and learn how to explore careers and fields of study that might be a good fit. *RSVP in Handshake AND return a completed MBTI answer sheet by Thursday, November 1, at 4 p.m. MBTI packets are available at the Lazarus Center reception desk.

Political Consulting Virtual Panel
Wednesday, November 7, 4:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
The panel will introduce participants to the work of a political and public affairs consultant, from government relations and policy analysis to media campaign management and rapid crisis response. Students of all majors with an interest in politics, international relations, or communications are encouraged to attend. Panelists include: Anthony Nelson, Director of the East Asia and Pacific practice, Albright-Stonebridge Group (ASG); Carrie Matthews, Director of People Operations, Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS).  Bring at least one question to ask Smith Alumnae at this virtual panel. This event is hosted by the Smith College Consulting Club.

Working Abroad
Tuesday, November 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
An overview of tools and resources for working, interning, and volunteering abroad.

Young Alumnae in Consulting Virtual Panel
Wednesday, November 28, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Ever wondered what the field of consulting really is? Did you know it's a perfect fit for a liberal arts major with good critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills? Prepare at least one question to ask the panelists.

Fellowships for Juniors Studying Abroad in Spring 2019
Thursday, November 29, 2-3 p.m.
Webinar (link TBA)
We’ll talk about some of the opportunities you may apply for in the fall of your senior year and the preparation that is essential during the spring semester of your junior year. Target audience: juniors on or planning study abroad, any nationality, GPA 3.4+.

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter
Friday, November 30, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Well-organized, error-free resumes and cover letters are essential for internship and job seekers. Learn the basics of resume and cover letter style, organization, and length, what information to (and not to) include, and how resumes and cover letters work together to make persuasive applications.

Finding Summer Jobs and Internships
Wednesday, December 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Learn about the many resources for finding opportunities, including the Lazarus Center’s Handshake database and other search tools. We’ll also cover typical application steps, share tips for preparing your applications, and discuss the Praxis funding program for unpaid internships.

Senior Job Search for STEM Students
Friday, December 7, 12:15-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
An overview of resources and strategies for job hunting in the STEM fields. Although geared to graduating seniors, students of all class years are welcome. Pizza will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Disability Accommodation

Please note that some facilities may not meet accessibility needs of some individuals. To request disability accommodation, please call 413-585-2582. Two weeks advance notice is appreciated.

To request a sign language interpreter, please call 413-585-2071 (voice or TTY) or email ods@smith.edu at least 10 days before the event.

The Lazarus Center has developed a number of online mini-workshops to provide basic information as you get started. You are strongly encouraged to attend a more in-depth workshop during the semester.

Videos will be available soon. Stay tuned!

Making Time for Your Job Search (6:15)

Cover Letters (4:57)

Letters of Recommendation (6:09)

Design Panel (1:29:26)

Panelists describe their career paths and offer advice on getting started in the art and design industry. Alumnae panelists include an exhibit designer, custom clothing designer, design & marketing strategist, landscape designer, land use planner and a multimedia designer/artist.

The Office of Alumnae Relations invites students to attend one of their webinars, where you can learn from alumnae and career experts on a variety of professional development topics. Listen to past webinars in the Webinar Archive.