The CMC Impact Program FAQ

(updated May 22, 2020)

CMC Impact Program – Overview

Q. What is the purpose of the Program?

A. The Program provides grant awards for eligible graduating Class of 2020 CMC seniors to advance their educational and professional development through internship, research or community-based projects intended to further their individual professional and career development goals.

Q. How is the Program structured?

A. The Program delivers up to a year of support, in three-month phases. Phase One will be offered in Summer 2020. It may encompass a complete 3-month project or represent the first phase for longer projects. It also includes a self-curated, skills-based seminar series. Participants pursuing six month projects will complete the first two phases, with participants pursuing nine and twelve month projects completing three or all four phases, respectively. For projects that continue beyond Phase One (more than 3 months), phases will act as funding gates, ensuring key benchmarks and thresholds are met for program continuation and additional funding. All phases of the Program include one on one career coaching. The Program includes three components: experiential project, skills-based seminars and career counseling. Funding for all phases is limited.

Q. Is participating in the Program a full-time commitment?

A. The combination of experiential project, skills-based seminars and career counseling equate to a full-time (40 hour/week) responsibility. 

CMC Impact Program – Grant Awards/Financial Support

Q. How does the Impact Program financially support participants?

A. All participants are eligible for up to a $5000 grant per grant phase. For participants with demonstrated financial need, due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, limited funding is available to support costs incurred in pursuit of the project. Program funding is limited and not guaranteed for projects longer than 3-months or graduates who apply to the Program after the April 24, 2020 deadline.

CMC Impact Program – Eligibility and Project Approval

Q. Who is eligible to apply?

A. The Program is available to all CMC Class of 2020 who graduate in May, June, August or December 2020.  There will be a subsequent application period for December graduates.

Q. Does the Program favor certain majors or industry interest?

A. The Program is designed to support you in pursuit of your educational and professional development interests, regardless of major, industry or location.

Q. Does the Program support international students?

A. Yes, you can participate from any location.

Q. What is the timeline for application and enrollment?

A:  The application period for Phase One opened April 16, 2020 and closed on April 24, 2020 (the “Initial Deadline”). Priority is given to those who applied by the Initial Deadline. Funding is limited for all projects longer than 3-months (Phase One), as well as any project proposal submitted after the Initial Deadline.

Phase Four is only open to participants who completed Phase Three or are completing a year- long project. 

Phase One will be offered in Summer 2020. It may encompass a complete 3-month project or represent the first phase for longer projects. It also includes a self-curated, skills-based seminar series. Participants pursuing six month projects will complete the first two phases, with participants pursuing nine and twelve month projects completing three or all four phases, respectively. For projects that continue beyond Phase One (more than 3 months), phases will act as funding gates, ensuring key benchmarks and thresholds are met for program continuation and additional funding. All phases of the Program include one on one career coaching.

Applicants are not accepted to the Program as participants until their project proposal is approved. Ideally, participants will enter phase one with an identified concept of their project, but will have the first three weeks to design their project and obtain approval. Proposals will document, in detail, the nature of the project, core experience being pursued, and connection to their educational, professional and career development plans. Additionally, proposals must outline key benchmarks and deliverables, including a final reflection paper. We anticipate funding a variety of proposals, spanning all career-related interests.

Q. What if my job offer, internship or other plans change after the submission deadline?

A. Applications may be submitted by emailing Beth Milev (bmilev@cmc.edu) for guidance on submissions after the Initial Deadline.

Q. Can I apply if I have a job or internship offer?

A. Applicants with full-time placement starting by mid-July will not be admitted into the Program, but will be offered access to the skills-based seminar series. Applicants with confirmed internships must receive approval of their project, utilizing the Project Propsosal Template to participate in the Program.

Q. What if I acquire an internship or full-time position that starts before Phase One is completed?

A. Your individual career counselor will work with you as placement circumstances evolve.

Phase One (Summer 2020) 

Q. How is the Phase One (summer) of the Program organized?

A.  Phase One will be offered in Summer 2020. It may encompass a complete 3-month project or represent the first phase for longer projects. It also includes a self-curated, skills-based seminar series. Participants pursuing six month projects will complete the first two phases, with participants pursuing nine and twelve month projects completing three or all four phases, respectively. For projects that continue beyond Phase One (more than 3 months), phases will act as funding gates, ensuring key benchmarks and thresholds are met for program continuation and additional funding. All phases of the Program include one on one career coaching.

Q. Can I participate if I have other skill building plans for the summer (i.e. language classes or certification program)?

A. The centerpiece of the Program is the project.  There is flexibility in incorporating outside programming into the skills-based seminar series of the Program 

Q. What is the content of the Skills-based Seminar Series?

A. All participants in Phase One of the Program will be required to complete at least 80 hours of online seminar courses (i.e. the equivalent of eight seminar courses). Two of the seminars will consist of core curriculum, which apply to every field, with the other six seminars as electives, chosen by the participant in conversation with their career counselor. With prior approval, participants may complete the 80-hour skills requirement through seminars outside of the Program. The seminars will be delivered asynchronous so that participants from any global location can participate in the program and will include assessments.

Q. How is career advising conducted during Phase One?

A. All participants in all phases of the Program will be required to meet regularly (telephonically or electronically) with an assigned CMC Career Coach to support the participant’s post-graduate career transition.

Q. How does an approved project feature in Phase One?

A. All participants must complete an approved internship (paid or unpaid), community service, or research project (or a combination of such projects) that furthers the individual’s educational, professional and career development goals, skills and capabilities. There must be a clear connection between the proposed activity and the participant’s career goals. The following are some examples of the types of experiences that would be acceptable to fulfill the Program requirements:

  • Internship – participants may pursue an internship with an organization that offers a substantive, meaningful experience that is relevant to the participant’s chosen career or profession. Confirmation of the internship is required before any grant payment will be paid under the Program and a point of contact must be identified to provide feedback on the participant’s performance. Internships can be paid or unpaid.
     
  • Research – participants may pursue a robust research project that will broaden the participant’s skills or knowledge in his or her chosen field or profession. All research must have a faculty/ instructor advisor, outlined plan and final deliverable. Stipends are also available to support faculty in their oversight.
     
  • Community Project – participants may pursue a self-designed community-focused project that will enhance the participant’s skills or knowledge in his or her chosen career or profession. All projects must be approved and include an outlined plan and final deliverable. Projects must be overseen by a program advisor and/or a CMC alum working in the field.

Participants in Phase One will have until June 21, 2020, to have their project proposal approved. The proposal deadlines for subsequent phases will be timely communicated to participants prior to the start of the applicable phase. The participant’s proposal must document, in detail, (1) the nature of the project (including whether the participant will be receiving payment, and the amount of any such payment), (2) core experience being pursued, (3) overall goal of the project, including the connection to the participant’s educational, professional and career development goals, (4) desired duration of the project, and (5) the project’s advisor or supervisor.

The participant will work with their advisors and Career Coach to set clear benchmarks and deliverables for the project, including a reflection paper, to document the participant’s development of skills and capabilities that are relevant to the participant’s chosen career path. Benchmarks will be different for each project and may include (1) regular journal entries, (2) examples of skills-based seminar applications to the project, (3) reflection papers, and (4) feedback from career coach or fellowship advisor. All proposals must also include a final deliverable(s). Deliverable(s) will be customized to each project and connect the project to the participant’s educational, career and professional goals. Expected examples of reflection papers include:

  • An Economics major researches and drafts a paper on the financial implications of emergency relief provided to small businesses, which illuminates the participant’s interest in pursuing a career in economic policy.
  • A participant writes about how his or her internship at an online learning non-profit expanded his or her understanding of the psychological responses to virtual learning, building upon theories the participant learned as a Psychology major. This experience confirmed that the participant wants to pursue a career in educational technology.
  • A student of any major is interested in starting his own organization. The participant organizes a six-month job shadow or interviewing experience with two start-ups, a venture capital firm, and a shared workspace. The student writes a paper summarizing his experience and connecting his observations with his future plans for his own business.
CMC Impact Program – Subsequent Phases

Q. How does the Program transition from Phase One (summer) to Phase Two (Fall)?

A. Participants initially accepted into Phase One of the Program will be considered for future phases based on the duration of their project and their satisfactory completion of prior phases of the Program.  All phases of the Program include one-on-one career coaching. 

Q. How does transition from Phase Two (Fall) to subsequent phases occur?

A. Funding is limited for all projects of 6-month duration or longer, as well as any project proposal submitted after the Initial Deadline. Subsequent application windows for August and December graduates, as well as May and June graduates who experience broken plans or changed circumstances, are the following:

  • August 3-10, 2020
  • November 29-December 6, 2020

Phase Four is only open to participants who completed Phase Three or are completing a year-long project. 

The Program will conclude at the end of Phase Four on June 18, 2021.

CMC Impact Program – How Do I Apply?

Q: How do I apply?

A: Applications for Phase One closed on April 24th.  To discuss future applications please email Beth Milev (bmilev@cmc.edu.

CMC Impact Program – More Information

Q. Where can I get more information?

A. More information on the Impact Program is available at https://www.cmc.edu/career-services/program-description or by contacting Beth Milev (bmilev@cmc.edu).