Students who put the most time and attention into our programs get the most out of them. Read beyond the required materials, talk about the issues with your peers, and keep up to date on the latest news and developments. The Eisenhower Institute also hosts a variety of public events every year that can complement your program experience.
Build your network
Networking is about relationship-building, not just shaking hands and exchanging business cards. Consider sending a professional thank you note to program leaders and guest speakers, or connect with them on LinkedIn. If you need help getting in touch with someone, the EI staff can assist.
When you reach out, don’t immediately ask about internships. Professionals have a lot to offer other than internship opportunities, and if you start with a big request before demonstrating what you have to offer their organization, they might be more reluctant to help you in other ways, including by answering follow-up questions or getting together for an informational interview.
Stay in touch with the Eisenhower Institute after graduation! If we are able to speak directly to your experience and skill set, our program leaders and staff are happy to provide references or letters of recommendation to students who have demonstrated exceptional work. We encourage you to ask for references from people who can speak in depth about your qualifications (participating in a program does not guarantee a substantive recommendation).
Keep an eye out for alumni events in Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. If you move to Washington, make sure to get involved with our friends at Gettysburg College's D.C. Alumni Club.
Communicate your experience
Consider including Eisenhower Institute program experiences under the co-curricular section of your resume and LinkedIn profile. You could also list them with coursework if that seems more appropriate, but make sure to signal how your involvement with the Eisenhower Institute differs from your classes. Focus on what you accomplished through the program rather than what the program itself covered.
During a job interview, be prepared to share 2-3 specific takeaways from your time with the Eisenhower Institute and if possible connect them to the job for which you are applying.
How could I describe the Eisenhower Institute to a potential employer?
The Eisenhower Institute promotes the undergraduate study and analysis of critical public issues and develops engaged citizens guided by President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s example of principled leadership.
How should I describe my program experience on a resume?
This depends on how your resume is set up, but here is one possible model:
Environmental Leadership Program Participant, Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, 2019-20
—Investigated disparities in minority beach access in South Florida as part of a year-long program and presented findings to the mayor of Palm Beach Shores.
Students in our fellowship programs can also use Undergraduate Fellow or Fielding Fellow as their title.
Contact the Center for Career Engagement for more information on how to leverage your Eisenhower Institute experience to pursue your professional goals.