Since November 2008, CLA's Career and Community Learning Center (CCLC) and the CLA Alumni Society have partnered on an initiative for CLA students to learn more about networking and work places through company site visits.
Company site visits provide students a chance to see different work environments, to meet and network with CLA alumni, and to hear from hiring managers and recruiters within an organization.
In the past year, about 100 CLA students participated in company site visits. We have taken groups of CLA students to visit the Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, ShopNBC, and Target. The students met alumni, managers and executives within these organizations. All of these visits were a huge success and not only gave the students a valuable experience, but also connected employers with potential interns and future employees.
A Typical Site Visit
A typical company site visit usually consists of an office tour, a company overview, a panel discussion with employees, and additional time for networking. Employees might also talk about the value of a liberal arts degree and opportunities for liberal arts students and graduates within their organization.
Hosting a Site Visit for Your Company
We are looking for organizations that would like to hold a site visit for CLA students. If your organization would like to participate or if you would like to suggest an organization, contact Meaghan VanderSanden at 612-626-4482.
Learn more about how companies and organizations can connect with CLA students.
From our company partners
"Over the last several years C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. has built a strong partnership with the College of Liberal Arts that has included several student/staff visits to our corporate and sales offices in Eden Prairie. It appears we peak their interest based on CLA students' enthusiasm and attentiveness during these visits. Most recently, we hosted a freshman class visit and many of these CLA students interacted greatly by asking excellent questions regarding C.H. Robinson's business plan in this economy, our corporate culture and career opportunities--very impressive for first-year students!"
Cathy Anderson at C.H. Robinson
"The CLA Site Visit Program is a great opportunity to introduce liberal arts students to the Target Company. Students are able to gain knowledge not only about our opportunities, but also our company and culture by actually being on site for presentations, meetings, and tours."
Amy Capes, Target Stores