Kate Savage '09
“My career is based on networking and building lasting relationships,” says Randolph-Macon
College alumna Kate Savage ’09, a political fundraising consultant
at Benedetti & Farris, LLC. “At R-MC, I gained fundraising experience and learned
how to meet people and engage in meaningful conversations.”
Through her involvement with campus organizations, Savage also learned the fundamentals
of running a business, such as leading meetings, creating agendas, recruiting members,
and working with a budget. An international
studies major, she participated in three internships
as a Randolph-Macon student.
“My internships honed my fundraising skills and introduced me to politics,” she
says. “The door to my very first post-collegiate job was through an R-MC internship
and connections I have with fellow alumni.”
Savage says that her decision to attend R-MC was one of the best choices she’s ever
made. That sentiment is reflected in her advice to new students.
“Take advantage of the many opportunities that R-MC provides,” she says. “Be prepared
to enjoy four years of college, and plan on filling every day with as much as possible.”
Paving the Way for Success
Rather than prepare students for one career, Randolph-Macon College prepares students
for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. Exceptional faculty work with
students to cultivate their ability to think critically and analytically and to
find creative solutions for solving problems. R-MC graduates are well-prepared for
successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE, the
cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career
Development, helps Randolph-Macon students lead the pack when competing
for jobs and top graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career
coaches, alumni and staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.
Students may choose to pursue paid or volunteer internships in a wide variety of
settings. The Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in academic internships both in the U.S.
and around the globe for 30 years. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and
Career Development, the program helps students identify their interests and matches
them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s alumni provide
a strong network of support for students throughout their time at the college or
in assisting them after graduation with career direction and opportunities.
The college’s Four-Year Degree
Guarantee guarantees in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree
Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon
will waive tuition costs for courses needed to complete the degree. Currently, 95
percent of R-MC graduates complete their degree in four years or less—an important
value-added benefit for parents to consider when visiting colleges with their students.
Study Abroad programs offer students
a beyond-the-classroom global perspective and opportunities to immerse themselves
in other cultures. Students can choose from a host of travel courses during January
Term and semester-abroad programs.
The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
program gives students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of original research
under the guidance of faculty mentors. Many students present their findings at national
and international conferences.
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