Education is one of the largest fields of employment for Williams graduates. Many of our students choose to share their love of learning with others and reap the personal and professional rewards of education-related careers. Whether you’re considering teaching, school administration, research, working at a college or university, or graduate school/certification we will help you gain the tools needed to succeed.
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Getting Started in Education & Campus Resources on Education
- Create your profile in Handshake and make sure to check off “Education” in the Career Interests section of your profile. Checking off Education and any other industries of interest will ensure that you get emails from ’68 Center and relevant employers about events and opportunities in your areas of interest.
- Keep an eye out for alumni and employer Education-related events in Handshake. The ’68 Center has alumni speakers each semester and employers hold information sessions. There is an Education-specific Career Fair each year, which is a great place to meet with employers looking for Williams students for internships and jobs.
- Create your profile on EphLink and join the Education group. You can use the “Search the Community” menu item to select “K-12 Education” as an industry to see lots of alumni working in the education field. EphLink is full of alumni who have raised their hand to say they want to be an active mentor for current students, so don’t hesitate to reach out to alumni and ask about their careers and how they chose education as their field.
- The ’68 Center has two internship programs. Spec 21 is a winter study course that is an internship. There will be information sessions about Spec 21 throughout the fall (sign up in Handshake), and you’ll see communication about applying for internships directly with alumni working in Education. The Alumni Sponsored Internship Program (ASIP) is a summer internship funding program that funds many students in education-related internships at schools, nonprofits, arts education, ed policy, and ed tech. For example, students in summer 2021 were funded to work on education policy in New York with Christina Coughlin ’91 and at a language learning startup called LIT Learning with Mati Amin ’14.
- Interested in education entrepreneurship? The ’68 Center has an entrepreneurship program led by Tonio Palmer that teaches students how to develop ideas. There are funding opportunities throughout the year for things like Pitch Competitions. In the past, students have worked on ideas such as creating more diverse library collections in schools.
- What about after Williams? Education is one of the top 5 most popular fields for students to enter after Williams! For example, recent graduates teach in private or charter k-12 schools, bring their advocacy/communication skills to education nonprofits, join colleges and universities at admission counselors and college access professionals, and attend graduate school to earn their masters in education.
- EphLink (Join the Education Group and search for alums working in Education fields!)
- Williams K-12 Academic Resources
- Williams Program in Teaching
- Local Education Outreach as part of CLiA
- Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) homepage
- Education-related Reading and Film list
- The Williams Alumni Database
- ’68 Center DEI Resources
Meet With Your Advisor
Let’s talk! To discuss career options, resume and cover letter, job applications, or interview skills, you can use Handshake to set up a half-hour appointment.
You can ask me about different roles in education, from education policy to teaching to curriculum designer; what to include on a resume for a teaching job; when are recruiting timelines; what graduate schools do Williams alums go to for education; how to ask an alum about their career path; trends in the field; and more!
Emma Cutrufello, PhD