Center for Pathway Experiences
Center for Pathway Experiences
The Center is here to help you work with undergraduate students as they pose questions about internships and other pathway experiences.
The modules are designed to guide undergraduate students through the pre-internship process, from exploring ways to get experience in their field, to building a resume and cover letter, to making the most of the opportunity. Students completing the modules earn a digital badge to add to resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Badges will be awarded at the end of each semester.
Pathways Summer Scholarship Program
To help offset the costs of pursuing an internship/pathway experience and to assist with student financial need, The University of Southern Mississippi awards competitive scholarships to undergraduate students who obtain internships or other approved off campus pathway experiences, such as fieldwork, research, etc; meet the eligibility and criteria guidelines of the program; and are selected for participation by the Pathway Scholarship Council.
The application will be evaluated based on the criteria below:
Confirmation of internship acceptance (Must have been offered and accepted a pathway experience before applying for scholarship)
Amounts awarded to the student will vary based upon the amount of funding provided by the sponsoring organization and the student's demonstration of financial need.
Log in to the GO System at www.usm.academicworks.com using your SOAR credentials.
The priority deadline is March 1, 2023 but will continue to take applications until either all funding is accounted for or by May 1, 2023.
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving: Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information
Oral/Written Communication: Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.
Teamwork/Collaboration: Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
Digital Technology: Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.
Leadership: Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.
Professionalism/Work Ethic: Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.
Career Management: Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.
Global/Intercultural Fluency: Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism
Pathway Graduation Cord:
Have you completed a pathway experience, such as an internship, fieldwork, research, or job related to your major? If so, complete the Pathway Reflection (approximately 15 minutes) to receive a FREE pathway cord to wear at graduation. To access the pathway reflection, click HERE.
Pathway Experience Preparation (P.E.P.) Module:
Need help preparing for an opportunity like an internship? Start the Pathway Experience Preparation (PEP) modules to help put some PEP in your next career step and earn an undergraduate professionalism badge!
NACE Career Readiness Competency Icons:
Career Competency Icons to embed in syllabi, presentations, workshop flyers, etc.
Click HERE for access.
Parker Dewey Micro-Internships
Students are encouraged to apply the teachings of this course to real-world experiences at their earliest ability. A recommended way to do so is with a Micro-Internship through Parker Dewey. These are short-term (typically 5-40 hours), often remote, flexible opportunities to gain real-world, project-based, paid experience in a wide range of industries and fields. Go to https://info.parkerdewey.com/usm to learn more and set up your account.
The Center for Pathway Experiences has a few types of presentations that we can present to your class.
For scheduling the Center for Pathway Experiences to present to your class, click HERE.