ORANGE CONNECTION

The Orange Connection is a career mentoring experience designed to allow you to connect and/or “shadow” with Wartburg alumni who have specific knowledge about an occupation or career in which you are interested in.  We call these career exploration mentors.

You will travel over Tour Week with approximately 14 other students to Des Moines or Chicago to observe responsibilities and tasks associated with your mentor’s position.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the knowledge, skills, talents, and level of education required for the job as well.  While the purpose of the Orange Connection is to gather career-related information and expand your network, it also allows you to build your interviewing skills, become aware of trends in the field, and see workforce technologies in action.

Program Dates:
April 16-19, 2016

Application Deadline: 
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, 4:30 p.m.

For More Information:
Alumni: alumni@wartburg.edu
Students: Torrence Warren

Why Participate?

It will help you discover information about potential majors and minors here at Wartburg, as well as gaining insight on certain careers.

It will allow you to experience working and living in a large metropolitan area.

It will provide you with tips to successfully balance your future career and family.

It will allow alumni to share their Wartburg experience with you and how instrumental it was in their life.

What will it cost to participate in the program?
If accepted into the program, you agree to pay the $50 Orange Connection program fee.  This fee helps offset some of the costs associated with this program.  As a member of the program, all lodging and most meals will be provided during the trip.  If the student participant withdraws from the program, the student will be charged a withdrawal fee of $100.  This information will be discussed in greater detail in pre-departure meetings.

Where will I stay during my Orange Connection?
In addition to learning from your job shadowing mentor, you will have the opportunity to learn how to live a balanced life.  During your home stay with an alumnus/a living in Des Moines or Chicago.  Often times these conversations will lead to discussions about how Wartburg helped shape their life experiences while gaining an understanding of what life will be like after graduating from Wartburg.

How to Apply

1. Create/review your resume – then email your resume to careers@wartburg.edu (Subject Line: Orange Connection Application)
2. Complete the application below.

CHICAGO PLACEMENTS

The following are examples of possible job shadowing sites for your “Orange” Connection. (this is not an exhaustive list) If you are interested in participating and have a different kind of opportunity in mind, we will work with you to find a willing alumnus whose job & employer match up with what you are looking for. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations facilitates the matching process of students and hosts based on career interests and/or desired organizations. However, due to confidential worksites or a sponsors’ work situation, it may be difficult to place students in certain settings

Job Shadowing Mentor Organization
Major Accts. Dist. Manager ADP Major Account Services
Communications Manager Allstate Corporate Relations
Physical Therapist AthletiCo
Elementary Education Teacher Chicago Public Schools
Music Educator Chicago Public Schools
Police Officer/Educator City of Chicago
HR Manager Clausen Miller P.C.
Staff Writer Daily Herald
Director Of Marketing ELCA Foundation & Development Series
Social Worker Fairview Ministries
Attorney Greenberg Traurig, Cp.
Account Manager Gyro: HSR
Financial Planner Hewitt & Associates
President & Pastor Holy Family Ministries
Professor & Optometrist Illinois College of Optometry
Senior VP/Creative Director Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc.
Sales Manager Lesco Corp
Asst. Account Executive Magnani Continuum Marketing
Operations Manager MED Alliance Group, Inc.
Product Manager MED Alliance Group, Inc.
Account Executive Ogilvy PR Worldwide
IT Development Mngr., VP PFG Forex
Executive Team Leader Target
Associate Dir., Statistics Webb Writes
Volunteerism Director YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Manger of Member & Donor Relations Shedd Aquarium
Folklorist Company of Folk
Warranty Analyst Navistar Inc.
President/CEO Chinese American Service League
Controller of Operations Pepper Construction Company

DES MOINES PLACEMENTS

The following are examples of possible job shadowing sites for your “Orange” Connection. (this is not an exhaustive list) If you are interested in participating and have a different kind of opportunity in mind, we will work with you to find a willing alumnus whose job & employer match up with what you are looking for. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations facilitates the matching process of students and hosts based on career interests and/or desired organizations. However, due to confidential worksites or a sponsors’ work situation, it may be difficult to place students in certain settings

Job Shadowing Mentor Organization
Magazine Editor  Meredith Corporation
Marketing Manager Downtown Community Alliance
State Senator State of Iowa
House of Representatives State of Iowa
Internal Medicine Broadlawns Medical Center
Hospital Administrator McFarland Clinic
Physical Therapist On With Life
District Conservationist Natural Resources Conservation Services
Software Developer INTL FCStone
Events and Marketing Coordinator Des Moines Art Center
Business Analyst Principal Financial Group
Research Associate New Link Genetics
Systems Analyst Guide One Insurance
Corporate Events Director American Heart Association
Audit Manager Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Occupational Therapist Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Recreation Coordinator City of West Des Moines