CMC Donor Funds Job-Placement Fellowships For Graduating Seniors

To ease concerns about the current job market amid the coronavirus pandemic, in a first among the Claremont Colleges, Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is starting a new fellowship for graduating seniors. The Impact Fellowship provides up to a year of paid support with employer partners across all sectors. CMC seniors will also have access to one-on-one career placement support throughout the fellowship.

The fellowship will be divided up into four phases, each with a $5,000 stipend that can be increased to $10,000 with additional need to cover housing and other essential expenses. The fellowship is funded by an anonymous donor, according to an email sent to CMC students this evening. 

None of the other Claremont Colleges—Pomona, Harvey Mudd, Scripps, and Pitzer Colleges—have a similar program. Graduating seniors at Pomona College are not eligible for Pomona’s RAISE program—a funded, remote summer fellowship. Pomona College seniors will be “assigned a career adviser in the Career Development Office to support them with their post-graduate plans,” according to an email sent to seniors at the college.

The fellowship will be divided into four phases; students may elect to participate in one to all four. The fellowship will last from June 1, 2020, to May 28, 2021:

  1. Phase One (Impact Accelerator Project): June 1 – August 21, 2020

  2. Phase Two: September 1 – December 11, 2020

  3. Phase Three: January 11 – March 26, 2021

  4. Phase Four: April 5 – May 28, 2021

“An innovative post-graduate program, the Fellowship provides up to a year of support, in three month phases, providing the ultimate flexibility to our graduates. In consultation with employer partners across sectors, the first phase of the Fellowship will launch in June, providing CMC graduates with a highly tailored, skills-based curriculum and structured experiential opportunity,” according to the fellowship’s website

Crucially, participants will be able to gain support in career placement:

“For Impact Fellows continuing to seek post-graduate opportunities, the Fellowship will continue throughout the fall and spring, broadening and deepening the internship or community impact experience. During all phases of the program, Fellows will receive intense, one-on-one career placement support.”

Students may use the funding to work with employers otherwise not hiring during this pandemic: 

“This funding will enable you to work for an employer who may not be able initially to hire you. You may work for a state or local government. You may intern with a start-up, a small business, or a local NGO. You may even be able to develop your own venture in response to the COVID-19 crisis or start a new business. We believe that this post-graduate fellowship program will help you bridge any potential gap between graduation and full-time employment, graduate school, or other competitive fellowships.”

Claremont McKenna College, an elite liberal arts college in Southern California, is one of the highest ranked colleges in terms of student career opportunities. The Princeton Review ranked Claremont McKenna’s career placement office among the top 10 for any college or university in the country. Business Insider magazine ranked the Claremont McKenna alumni network the fourth strongest for colleges in the United States. 

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