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JMC Career Exposure: Understanding your Potential

“The good news is a Madison education prepares you to do almost anything you choose. The hard news is you have to choose how to make a difference.” - Dixie Platt JMC Director of Student Affairs Emeritus

There is not an important issue in our society that does not have a Madison grad working with it to make a difference. Madison has over 10,000 living alumni working, serving, and leading in very diverse and different careers. Our alumni are medical doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, foreign service officers, IT and technology workers, educators, elected officials, and more.

Students benefit greatly from meeting alumni, hearing their stories, and learning how different people are using their Madison education. This interaction adds value to our students’ education, impacts their career decisions, and helps students determine what path to pursue.

Your Support Helps Students Participate in Career Exposure programs!

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, gifts made after December 2nd will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $3,000 total. 

Career Exposure programs are designed for Madison students interested in exploring various professions, networking with employers and college alumni, touring company facilities, and discovering new cities. Organized as both short (1-3 day) and long (5-7 day) endeavors, we’ve traveled in recent years to:

  • Ann Arbor
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Grand Rapids
  • New York City
  • Washington, DC 

We are currently establishing relationships for a Spring 2022 Career Exposure Program to San Francisco and/or Los Angeles. Make your gift today to support these opportunities

The purpose of our travel is to offer Madison students the opportunity to visit a variety of employers that hire JMC interns and graduates, network with professionals in growing fields, attend social receptions (with a focus on connecting with Madison and Spartan alumni), and experience some of our location’s engaging offerings.

Our goal is for participants to leave with a variety of advanced career-related training and experience, build meaningful professional relationships, and have a new understanding of post-graduation job opportunities in different locations—some that they had no idea existed.

Your gifts help students with scholarships to participate!

JMC supports the planning process and subsidizes some travel expenses; however, there is a per student cost to participate in Career Exposure Programs. Your gifts will provide scholarships to students that otherwise could not afford to participate. Many students and families do not have the extra $500 or $1,000 to access this engaging career planning opportunity. Scholarships from alumni and friends like you make their participation possible. Make your donation today!

Who We Are

Karissa Chabot-Purchase and Max Olivero are the JMC Staff that organize and lead JMC Career Exposure Trips. They have over ten years of experience in advising and working with Madison’s undergraduate students from first-year orientation to two years after graduation.

Chabot-Purchase and Olivero offer an array of relevant expertise to Madison’s undergraduate students that directly correlates with Experiential Learning, Career Development, Study Abroad, and Internships/Co-Operative Education. A key to the programs’ success has been assessment, evaluation, and reflection directly from participants.

“We routinely communicate with our audience. Our program’s success has been built on carefully collected feedback (from both students and partners) and a willingness to regularly innovate and take some chances! This keeps our annual program fresh, relevant, and, above all, valuable for student participants,” - Max Olivero 

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 22OOPCF1JMCEXP” in the note section.