April 24, 2014 Sudha Kamath
It’s the newest effort by George Mason University to help students make the crucial connection between college and 21st-century careers.
University Career Services and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are teaming up to launch a pilot program with the nonprofit Enstitute that would place George Mason students in academically rich apprenticeships in some of the top companies in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. These include tech start-ups and digital media advertisers, as well as nonprofits dealing with conservation, education, policy, social enterprise, social justice and sustainability.
“New Century College, an integrative college housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is ideally positioned to pilot Enstitute,” says Lisa Gring-Pemble, NCC dean and associate professor. “Our experiential, competency-based curriculum prepares students to address pressing social questions and complex global challenges through innovative and sustainable means.
“By offering students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in real-world situations, Mason’s partnership with Enstitute provides a means of furthering NCC’s mission to ‘Connect the Classroom to the World. Students in this program will gain invaluable academic and professional experiences, and cultivate lifelong learning skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and group collaboration.”
“We believe in experiential learning and we believe in connecting all our stakeholders,” says Christine Cruzvergara, director, University Career Services. “This new partnership with Enstitute and the college allows University Career Services to activate a critical network in supporting our students in their career exploration and success.”