Orange Connection Program Timeline

Before Your "Orange Connection"

  • Meet with a Pathways Peer to create / revise your resume prior to completing the online application.
  • Complete and submit the “Orange Connection” online application by Oct. 28.
  • Attend a large group interview session on either Sunday, November 3rd (6 – 8 pm) or Tuesday, November 5th (8 – 10 pm) - St. Elizabeth Ballroom – Student Center
  • Applicants will be notified of their status no later than November 8th.

Planning Your “Orange Connection”

  • Attend the following Orange Connection planning meetings: (All meetings will be held in Library Classrooms)
    - Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11:30 am-12:30 p.m. Topic: Resume preparation, Student Bio Sheets…
    -Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6-7 p.m.  Topic: Trip logistics
    - January Group event (date TBD) Topic: Group bonding event
    - Tuesday, Feb. 4, 11:30 am-12:30 p.m. Topic:  Personal and professional host information
    -Tuesday, Feb. 25,11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Topic:  Personal and professional host information
    - Thursday, March 6, 6-7 p.m. Topic:  Final trip preparation & logistics

During Your "Orange Connection"

  • Be prepared, be professional and be courteous during your Orange Connection experiences
  • Expect to be asked about your interests, goals, or academic experiences.
  • Ask people you meet for their contact information or business card.  (Follow-up with thank you note)
  • Specific details about the program will be discussed during the planning meetings

After Your "Orange Connection"

  • Submit any photos to with a subject line titled either “Des Moines-OC” or “Chicago OC” that will be useful for future marketing of the program.  Photos taken during shadowing experiences are encouraged if possible.
  • Alumni job shadowing mentors and personal hosts make a very generous contribution of their time for this program so you are expected to mail them a hand-written thank-you note within one week of your experience.
  • Complete an online evaluation so the OC program can continue to evolve and improve.
  • Write up a reflection about your experience. If your project includes something specific you helped do, design, or make (i.e. a brochure, agenda to meetings, presentations, etc.), you may choose to provide a copy of this product with a brief write-up of your reflections on how it helped you explore your learning objectives. Your focus project will be available for review by Wartburg students, alumni, and future program participants. It can take many forms such as journals or blogging online.

Sharing Your “Orange Connection” Experience

  • You will be asked to share your experience with others in the Wartburg College community at either the Co-Curricular Showcase and/or at RICE Day.  These events are held annually at the end of March or early April.