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Making it Work

Eight fabulous on-campus jobs

After college, many graduates experience a catch-22 while on the job hunt. You need entry-level experience to get the jobs you are passionate about, but the entry-level jobs also require experience. So how exactly do you get it? There are many jobs right here at Carthage with people who will help you grow and learn. Take a look at some on-campus jobs students love:

1. Intern in the Office of Student Life

“I work in the Office of Student Life, and getting to know the staff is the best part of my job. Everyone in the office is super nice and funny. I help with answering phones, getting files, making IDs, and helping the office staff with their projects. It helps you to see how an office works, and that an office can be a fun place to work.” — Edward Pribyl ’17, business management major

 

2. Caller at the Call Center

“I work at the Call Center calling alumni and friends of Carthage College. I get to learn about their experiences at Carthage and see them give back to the community they love. Through this position, I have gained so much in my communication skills and feel way more connected to campus.” — Madeline Gronset ’17, communication major

 

3. Campus Photographer

“As a photographer, I get to go to different events on and off campus and photograph them for the Office of Communication. I’ve met new people, grown as a photographer through feedback from my boss, and have had a chance to see my work around campus, which is super rewarding. After college, I really hope I can go into photography and expand my business I currently have.” — Brittney DeMik ’17, graphic design major

 

4. Athletic Communications Undergraduate Assistant

“I am the secondary contact for multiple athletic teams. I write game stories, update schedules and rosters, create content for the Carthage Athletics website, work as an official statistician for multiple sports, create social media content for the Carthage Athletics social media accounts, and assist in the coordination of special events including College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and NCAA tournaments.

“I’ve met so many people and made connections that I know will help me throughout my career. I also feel like I am more involved in the camaraderie that is Carthage College and Carthage Athletics. If you love sports, and you’re looking for a job that requires you to do greater things each and every day, this is definitely a position for you.” — Matt Thome ’17, public relations and sports management and marketing major

 

5. Writing Center Fellow

“My job as a Writing Fellow focuses on working with students to improve their writing. I have one-on-one sessions with fellow students to work on anything from Western Heritage papers to senior theses. I love seeing a student’s confidence in their writing grow. One session can’t turn someone into an award-winning author, but almost every student walks out of the Writing Center a better, more confident writer. Also, my boss Jean Preston is the best, and I get to work with some really awesome people.” — Brett Grimes ’17, mathematics major

 

6. Events Intern in the Office of Advancement 

“I am the on-campus intern for Lauren Hansen in the Office of Institutional Advancement. I am responsible for planning on-campus events for alumni such as Homecoming, the Beacon Awards, and various reunions. This position has helped me grow so much as a person. I have learned an abundance of skills that will help me all throughout my life. By planning events and working with alumni and faculty, I have really matured and grown to be the person that I am now.” — Natasha Urbanowitz ’17, social work major

 

7. Staff Reporter for The Current

The Current is an awesome organization. If you want a good, entry-level paid position, there is no better place, or larger employer than The Current student newspaper. Being a staff reporter involves a weekly schedule that starts on Sunday or Monday with a brainstorming meeting with every staff member. We discuss ideas and find out our article assignments from the editorial staff. We can pick what we want to write, so there is a lot of freedom there for creativity. Then, you have until Friday to contact your sources, conduct an interview, and form your story. I’ve found out more obscure and fun facts about professors across campus by having simple conversations. I’ve learned about confidence, public speaking, professionalism, and better writing all in my time with The Current.” — Tyler Strohl ’16, English major

 

8. Videographer

“As a videographer in the Office of Communication, I get to film and produce videos that are uploaded to Carthage’s website and YouTube channel. I interview students, attend Carthage events, and use any additional footage and other media to make videos through Adobe Premiere. The best part of my job has to be the creative input I get to put into the projects I work on. I decide the way I shoot interviews, b-roll, events, etc. Then during the editing process, I have a lot of control over the look of the final video.” — Fred McCann ’17, marketing major

For more information about on-campus jobs, watch The Bridge for networking events and opportunities.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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