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November 23, 2010 7:57 PM

how to make use of winter break

Hi Everyone,
I hope everyone is well and doing something relaxing if not necessarily fun for thanksgiving :) I just wanted to share a few resources with you on how to best utilize your winter break. Last week CNR hosted a workshop titled "Involvement opportunities for winter and spring break" and I found it really useful. I know from personal experience that many students want to engage in activities during breaks but don't necessarily know where to look for opportunities. Well, this is a great post to check out if you are one of those students :) I want to specially thank Elodie right here since she was kind enough to compile a lot of the talking points in writing. Much thanks Elodie :)

Career Center Resources:

* what to do during the Breaks: Researching grad schools, find internships or externships.
* Externships: Externships are experiential learning opportunities offered by educational institutions to give students short practical experiences in their field of study. Deadline is usually mid-November applications become available in October. Deadline for this semester already passed but this is something to keep an eye out for, for continuing students.
* Informational Interview: Great way to secure a future position. Engage in conversation w/a professional about their career, training, responsibilities, what they like about their jobs, etc. The idea is that you are not asking them about job prospects but rather getting an idea of their
* Career Center website: alumni database @cal career network is a great way to connect with cal alumni who might be involved in a sector you are interested in.
* Alternative methods of Informational Interviews: talk to neighbors, high school teachers, friends, and see if you can hooked up with connections. Another way is to simply cold call people.
* Seasonal Employment: Experience is experience. Maximize your sources, get a job or volunteer during breaks. (i.e. check CALCORPS or VOLUNTEER MATCH) Some cities may have their own Volunteering websites (i.e. SF Volunteer Association,
* if you need any additional guidance or coaching, individual appointments are available.

Global Brigades

* Medical brigades to Honduras
* International nonprofit organization for global health and sustainable developments
* Raise quality of life.
* Numerous brigades: Business, Medical, Water, Environmental, Law, etc. You can always make your own!
o Business, law, and environmental brigades are still in process, contact if interested
o Every brigade is different. Initial village assessment @ new villages, work with old village in ongoing project, educate children
* Water Brigades: Spring break
o Honduras: $750+airfare
o 7 days, 6 nights
o accomodations & meals, in-country transportation, Spanish translator/coordinator, Water project materials, project sustainability are all included in $750
o Fundraising will be done
* Vision: Create the world's largest student-led movement for international development.
* Decal-Spring 2011-share knowledge, learn background, collaborative work
* Water bridade contact:

Alternative Breaks (CalCorps) (505 Eshleman)

* program addressing social justice issues
* 10 trips (including 1 winter to New Orleans)
* Required: Decal during Spring 2011 (12 participants per trip + 2 student break leaders)
* Applications open early October. Too late for this fall. Need to be ready ahead of time


* Magnolia Project (still accepting apps)
* Cal in the Capital
* Cal in the Local Gov't
* Bonner Leaders (people who lead above programs)
* Navigation: students->volunteers->all organizations
* Navigation: look @ "currently accepting applications"
* Cal2Action-> another resource
* You can also use Cal Corps to support new organizations.

I hope this proves useful to some of you as you venture upon internship hunts over winter break. Have a great thanksgiving you all :)

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