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Signature Programs

The Center for Career and Professional Development has developed and coordinates several signature programs.  Please click on the name of each program below to learn more.

Capitol Hill Internship Program

The Capitol Hill Internship Program is a collaboration between the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success, the Center for Career and Professional Development, and the Political Science Department at Western Carolina University.  This program is designed to help students find and complete internships on Capitol Hill by providing a stipend to assist with living costs, as well as support in finding and applying to internship opportunities.

Learn more about the Capitol Hill Internship Program. You may also contact Dean Paulk at dspaulk@wcu.edu.

Guaranteed Experiential Learning Program (GELP)

The Guaranteed Experiential Learning Program at Western Carolina University is a program that allows first generation, low income, and/or rural students to receive a guaranteed semester-long experiential learning opportunity or opportunities.  The opportunities include internships, service learning, undergraduate research, shadowing, and mentorship opportunities.  

For more information including program requirements and FAQs, please click here or contact Dean Paulk at dspaulk@wcu.edu.

Whee Explore

Western Carolina University understands that selecting a major can be a complex, exciting, and sometimes challenging decision. Instead of pushing students to pick a program, we encourage our undeclared students to explore major and career options and see the many opportunities that lie ahead. WCU’s Advising Center, Center for Career and Professional Development, and Office of Student Transitions are working together to launch a new program that provides targeted resources and support to incoming students as they engage in their interests and options. Students selected for this program participate in courses designed to help them identify their interests and skills, research majors and career options, and connect with campus events and programs. They also receive emails every other week from the WheeExplore team with information and activities to help them explore their interests and learn to be successful college students. Emails include upcoming campus events, how to guides, and links to articles to provide different perspectives on how to make the most of your college experience, things to consider when choosing a major, and general ‘good to know’ content. Finally, students have the opportunity to receive a coaching session to review the results of a self-assessment designed to reflect on personal interests, skills, values, and personality, and to see how those connect to possible majors and careers.

For more information, contact Courtney Gauthier at cgauthier@wcu.edu.

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