The K-Plan is how K distinguishes itself from most colleges and universities because it is a four-part, integrated approach to one’s education at Kalamazoo College. For a brief review, the four parts of the K-Plan consist of: Open Curriculum, Experiential Learning, Study Abroad, and the Senior Individualized Project. Although each part of the K Plan is unique and important to familiarize yourself with, I would like to focus on the second part of the K-Plan – Experiential Learning. This component has been crafted so students can connect classroom learning with real world experience, which can include completing career development programs, participating in civic engagement and service-learning projects, and getting involved in social justice leadership work. Although there are tons of ways that the K-Plan allows you to build your resume, we’re going to focus solely on internships.
I recently applied, and received, an internship through the College. The internship was one of the Community Building Internships (CBIs) offered through the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). The CCE is a great resource during the internship application process, as they offer workshops throughout the application cycle for students to work with CCE staff on their resumes and cover letters while also providing students with the opportunity to complete a mock interview. We are so fortunate to have a space that is as involved and invested in students as the Center for Civic Engagement and want to ensure our students have access to experiential learning opportunities.
I was fortunate enough to receive the position as the Executive Assistant Intern at the Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK) Program. The CCE was a vital assistant during my application process and made sure I was interview-ready. I am beyond ecstatic to start my work this summer at the RAWK Program and spend time doing what I love. The good news here is that this can be you too! If you come to K, you have the opportunity to find the summer internship you want, whether it be working at a non-profit with kids, the YWCA, or working for the city of Kalamazoo as an intern for the Parks and Recreation Department. That’s the great thing about the K-Plan, no two students’ K-Plan will look exactly the same. Yet, no matter what steps you take in your K-Plan, resources like the Center of Civic Engagement will be there to make sure you’re ready to get more in four so you can get more in your lifetime.
Karina Pantoja ’20