Beyond Albion: Resources For Founding Futures

The Director of Public Engagement and Strategy for Growing Together Michigan, Julia Rapport, hands a student a t-shirt. According to its website, Growing Together Michigan, “was established by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in June 2023 (and) will develop a long-term vision that addresses current and future challenges and sets Michigan up for success in the 21st Century” (Photo by Bella Bakeman).

On Tuesday, in Upper Baldwin, the Career and Internship Center held their annual event Beyond Albion. The goal of the event was to help students prepare for internship opportunities and their plans after college by providing  information regarding graduate school and entry-level careers.  Originally, Beyond Albion was separated into three different events: Gerstacker Recruitment Night, Ford Service Organizations/Graduate School Fair and the Career and Internship Centers Off-Campus Domestic Program Fair. 

The event had opportunities for students seeking full-time employment, internships during the school year and summer, post-graduation service projects, information on graduate school programs and domestic off-campus studies. 

Organizations at the event included S.A.F.E Place in Jackson, The Chicago Center for Urban Life, the Philadelphia Center, Matrix Human Services, Mercy Volunteer Corps, MSU School of Human Resource and Labor, State of Michigan Department of Corrections, AWARE Inc., Western Michigan Cooley Law School, the Michigan State Police and several other career and internship opportunities. 

Dawn Hernandez, the associate director of the Career and Internship Center says that they are “committed to assisting students and alumni as they plan to move into their future.”

“We combined all three of these events to get some more participation,” Hernandez said. “It makes the event more of a one-stop shop for students because we know you guys have a lot going on. Because of this, we have roughly 35 organizations here today.”

Director of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Eddie Visco, summed up the event’s purpose in a sentence. 

“Beyond Albion is to make students aware of all the types of opportunities they have post-grad. No matter the year the student is, it is always good to think ahead and realize what they have to do for their next steps,” Visco said.

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, one of the many guest law schools at the event, gives a student information about the private, independent graduate program in Lansing (Photo by Bella Bakeman).
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, one of the many guest law schools at the event, gives a student information about the private, independent graduate program in Lansing (Photo by Bella Bakeman).
Two students engage in a conversation with a Michigan State Police officer. The Michigan State Police attended the event to share insights about career opportunities within the department, including roles such as Motor Carrier Officer, Trooper, and Civilian roles (Photo by Bella Bakeman).
Eddie Visco, executive director of the Ford Institute, poses with the Pathfinder table at the entrance of the event. Visco was ready to kick off the Ford Institute recruitment event and help students know their internship and post-grad options (Photo illustration by Bella Bakeman).

Phoebe Holm contributed reporting to this story.

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Bella Bakeman is a junior from Berkley, Michigan. She is majoring in English with a Secondary Education Concentration and minoring in Political Science. Bella seeks to bring both joy and justice to her readers. She can be found with a camera around her neck, notebook in hand and pen in her pocket. Contact Bella via email at INB10@albion.edu.

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