Summer Skills Accelerator
No need to leave a gap in your resume for Summer 2020! Expand your current skill set and gain valuable experience this summer through the free, non-credit bearing, seminars and workshops that Haverford alumni, staff, and friends of the College have built just for you.
As a result of the ever-evolving pandemic and the toll it has taken on hiring and recruitment, many students are struggling to find jobs and internships or have had their offers rescinded, leaving them in search of ways to gain skills and make the most of this time. In response, the Center for Career & Professional Advising (CCPA) has rallied alumni, staff, and friends of the College who are eager to help, and organized the first-ever Summer Skills Accelerator. This curated list of free, non-credit bearing seminars, workshops, and self-guided learning opportunities will allow students to continue to develop and expand their skills and can be listed on resumes as an experience or education item for Summer 2020.
Current Students & The Class of 2020: Any current Haverford student is eligible to register for these opportunities, including the Class of 2020.
Tri-Co Students: Certain seminars may be shared with Tri-Co students. See the respective Career Centers for more information.
Haverford Classes of 2018 & 2019: Haverford alumni from the Classes of 2019 and 2018 were invited to request seats in a limited number of seminars. Alumni registration has now closed.
- Haverford students may register for as many courses as they wish. Register via the links below or directly through Haverford Handshake.
- Registration will close approximately one week before the seminar's start date. Register ASAP to guarantee your seat.
Please Note: By registering, you are making a commitment to complete all aspects of the seminar or workshop. Please adhere to the Honor Code and only register if you are able to attend all sessions and have the time to complete a small project or assignment.
Waitlists: Waitlists will be automatically generated if the maximum enrollment is exceeded. We will use these to fill seats if other students cancel their registration.
To Cancel Your Registration: You MUST reach out to Amanda Dennis in the CCPA (email@example.com) and let her know as soon as possible so we can enroll a student on the waitlist in your place. Please send this email even if you have already removed yourself from the event in Handshake.
Scheduled Offerings - Space Available
Career Awareness Series: Science and Health Communications
Sunday-Friday, July 26-31, 5 p.m. EDT start on first two days, 7 p.m. EDT start on the final four days; Deadline to Register: July 20, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
What's it like to work in the fields of publications and communications relating specifically to science and health? Practical insights from Haverford alumni working in careers in these fields.
Advertising Educational Foundation MOOC: Advertising & Society
Our Massive Open Online Course, Advertising and Society is now available on demand. It examines the relation of advertising to society, culture, history, and the economy. Using contemporary theories about visual communications, you can learn to analyze the complex levels of meaning in both print advertisements and television commercials.
Search volunteer projects worldwide where you can contribute and gain substantial skills.
New: COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course
Purdue University Global’s COVID-19 contact tracing course provides the information you need to help public health agencies track and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The need for health care professionals and volunteers trained in effective contact tracing will be crucial in the coming months, as cities and states lift stay-at-home orders and loosen restrictions on businesses. Use your passion for public health to help your community fight the spread of COVID-19.
Creative Skills in the Workplace: Linkedin Learning Collection
Handcrafted by the CCPA, this collection of LinkedIn Learning courses includes the essential creative toolbox needed for the workplace. Complete this collection or use it as an entry point to explore other LinkedIn courses. Activate your account at http://hav.to/learn
Data Analysis for the Workplace: Linkedin Learning Collection
Handcrafted by the CCPA, this collection of LinkedIn Learning courses includes the essential data analysis skills needed for the workplace. Complete this collection or use it as an entry point to explore other LinkedIn courses. Activate your account at http://hav.to/learn
Free edX Courses
As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. Fulfilling the demand for people to learn on their own terms, edX is reimagining the possibilities of education, providing the highest-quality, stackable learning.
General Assembly Free Fridays
Every week through June
Every week through June, join peers from around the world to experience select General Assembly's workshops (ranging from $60 to $200 USD in value) — for free. From coding, to data and marketing, to UX design and career development, explore the tech skills that will keep you in demand and in the know.
General GRE Prep Course
This Moodle site is a self-paced course (suggested time- 25 days) that lets you prepare for the General GRE via a series of homework exercises, readings and practice exams. The materials were created and selected by Walter Smith and Suzanne Amador Kane (Haverford Physics).
Available between May 1 and August 31, 2020
Management Consulted's platform provides recruiting, interview prep, and skill-building help with interactive courses on topics like developing an effective resume and cover letter (with templates), Networking - including how to write an effective cold networking email that will get opened, Interviewing - with example videos, Excel and PowerPoint training, Specific case interview help (drills and 500 practice cases)
Marketing your Message: Linkedin Learning Collection
Handcrafted by the CCPA, this collection of LinkedIn Learning courses includes the essential tools for marketing your content. Complete this collection or use it as an entry point to explore other LinkedIn courses. Activate your account at http://hav.to/learn
This collection features free lessons and practice materials in 48 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian, ASL, and more. Stream or download audio lessons and you're good to go.
Explore multiple paid short assignments, ranging from 5-40 hours of work, with organizations across a variety of industries. You decide which opportunities seem most interesting based on assignment details, deadlines and pay. Start looking by creating a free account!
Join the world's leading case interview community and get access to 234,000+ case partners, 140+ cases, 80+ video tutorials, 50+ framework articles, CV templates, mental math tools and much more.
Science Careers' myIDP
Though designed for PhD candidates, this self-guided assessment of one's interests, values, and skills is applicable to undergraduate science students. It combines the self-assessment with recommended pathways in science (i.e. Government Affairs, Science Policy, etc.) and provides opportunities to learn more.
Student Physics Society Careers Toolbox
The Careers Toolbox focuses on undergraduate physics students entering the workforce after graduation. But even students who choose to go to graduate school will eventually be looking for a job! Many of these tools can be applied to finding internships, research positions, or even entrance into graduate programs.
Discover free, curated video series on topics such as “Cyber-Influence and Power,” “You Graduated...Now What?,” “Math in Real Life,” “Writer’s Workshop,” “Visualising Data,” and so much more!
The Way We Work
The Way We Work is an original video series where leaders and thinkers offer practical wisdom and insight into how we can adapt and thrive amid changing workplace conventions.
Wall Street Prep Student Passport
Wall Street Prep’s Student Passport picks up where the academic textbook leaves off to teach students the real-world Excel, financial analysis and Powerpoint skills bankers use most before taking them step-by-step through the financial and valuation model-building process. Register for unlimited access. Space limited- first come first served.
Scheduled Seminars - Waitlist or Closed
Virtual Excel Training, hosted by Public Financial Management
Fridays, May 15 & 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
The first session will cover Excel navigation, keyboard shortcuts and some of the more basic Excel functions. The second session will focus on some of the essential Excel functions for financial modeling.
Coding for Non-Coding Majors - Section 1
Wednesdays, May 20 - June 3, 8:00-9:30 p.m. EDT
Working on a Magazine
Tuesday-Friday, May 26-29, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
A four-day workshop for one hour each day with hands-on, skill-building components to learn about working on a publication, in this case, a monthly magazine covering K-12 education topics. Topics will include evaluating story ideas, editing and rewriting.
Critical Skills Series: Data Analysis, Presentations, & Tableau, hosted by Aesop Academy
Saturday, May 30, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:30 p.m. EDT
Sunday, May 31, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 2:30-5:30 p.m. EDT
Thursday, June 4, 7:00-9:30 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 6, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m & 2:00-4:30 p.m. EDT
Sunday, June 7, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT
Through a series of live virtual lectures, real-world mock client scenarios, and a group project case, this multi-disciplinary program will cover the in-demand technical skills and essential soft skills to exceed expectations from day 1 in your future careers. Limited to students who have not previously participated in another AESOP Academy program. Formerly titled Professional Readiness.
Career Awareness Series: Working in Communications
Sunday-Thursday, May 31-June 4, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT
This is a series of one-hour virtual sessions that will introduce students to different facets of working professionally in the communications field. Each session will be hosted by a Haverford alumnus/a with experience in a particular aspect of the field—including magazine journalism, public relations and digital publications. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
The Basics of Persuasive Legal Writing
Mondays & Thursdays, June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 8:00-9:00 a.m. EDT
Get a headstart on law school. Learn how to identify a legal issue, interpret court opinions, and construct a persuasive legal argument on behalf of your client.
Library Research Series: Advanced Research Strategies
Monday, June 1, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT
Do you want to build up your research skills? Come learn about ways to find the newest scholarship, the research that has generated the most interest, and the specialized resources used in different fields of study. All subject interests are welcome. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Library Research Series: Organize It!
Tuesday, June 2, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT
Could you be more efficiently and effectively saving and organizing your research material? Are you tired of those extra hours at the end of each paper trying to throw together a bibliography? Join Organize It! to learn how to organize your research and manage your citations. Open to all levels and types of research. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Library Research Series: Visual Studies
Wednesday, June 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
Interested in learning about how to find and use visual materials for your research project? Join us for a workshop about visual resources: where to find them, how to use them, and how to cite them. This workshop is open to anyone--advanced research skills are not necessary. All subject areas are welcome as well (including sciences, humanities, arts, etc.). Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Library Research Series: Online Identity Management
Thursday, June 4, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT
Much of who we are is reflected online and can affect our personal and professional reputations. In this workshop you will learn how to manage your online identity, including privacy considerations and leveraging social media as a networking opportunity. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Library Research Series: Project Management
Friday, June 5, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: June 3, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
Large scale or long-term projects can seem daunting at first and come with lots of questions. How do I get started on a thesis? How do we make sure everyone knows their role in a group project? How do we make sure we're moving in the same direction? How do we avoid duplicating work? We'll explore tools and methods for managing large projects in this workshop. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Crash Course in Project Management
Friday, June 5, 2:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
Get a hands-on introduction to popular project management tools and techniques used by top consulting firms, tech startups, and nonprofits. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Library Research Series: Primary Resources
Monday, June 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: June 5, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
How can working with primary sources help your research? What is different about working with these sources? How do you find primary sources (whether physical or digital) on a topic of interest? What should you expect when you visit a special collections library? Join us to talk about these questions and experiment with your own questions. Open to those with any level of experience with primary sources. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Advocacy Communications: Moving Hearts & Minds
Monday-Friday, June 8-12, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
Whether you're promoting ideas, policies or principles, advocacy communications is all about winning over your audience. This series of five webinars will introduce you to different kinds of advocacy communications careers; explore how they differ from other communications careers; cover some of the core elements of communications strategy.
Careers in Consulting
Monday & Wednesday, June 8 & 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT
Learn about the different facets of consulting, different specialization of firms, why liberal arts grads make great consultants, and gain case interview tips in this two-part series. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Library Research Series: Research in Ancestry.com
Tuesday, June 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: June 7, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
Did you know there are more than 16 billion records in Ancestry.com? Join the Curator of Quaker Collections to learn about using Ancestry.com to conduct basic genealogy work, basic research, as well as how to access the database's more than 6.5 million Quaker records including Meeting minutes from 1681-1929, select Quaker journals, and published family histories. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
The Business of Video: How Media Companies Create and Monetize Intellectual Property
Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23 & 30, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT
Learn about how both branded and editorial video function within the media industry, how they are monetized and measured, and the creative that makes successful videos "good". Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Library Research Series: Statistical Evidence
Thursday, June 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: June 9, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
Is coffee good or bad for your health? It is important to think critically about the statistical evidence in scientific claims. Learn how the burgeoning field of open science contributes to validating scientific findings, and how to practice research transparency in your own statistical work.
Coding for Non-Coding Majors - Section 2
Thursdays, June 11, 18, 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT
Capitalism Survival Guide: Money, Housing, Jobs, and other Real World Skills
Fridays, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, 2:00- 3:30 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: June 5, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
Learn tips and tricks for surviving in the real world from friendly HC alums. Get candid answers to your questions about money, housing, job interviews, and more... so you don’t have to learn the hard way! Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Map Your Coronavirus Story with GIS - Section 2
Wednesdays, June 16 & 23, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: June 9, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
We added an additional section of this class due to the high demand. Learn GIS mapping basics and use those skills to great a data enriched map telling your Coronavirus quarantine story.
Map Your Coronavirus Story with GIS - Section 1
Wednesdays, June 17 & 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
Learn GIS mapping basics and use those skills to great a data enriched map telling your Coronavirus quarantine story.
Data Analytics Specialist, hosted by Aesop Academy
Saturday, June 20, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:30 p.m. EDT
Sunday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 2:30-5:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 27, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 2:30-5:30 p.m. EDT
Sunday, June 28, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT
Through a series of live virtual lectures, real-world mock client scenarios, and a group project case, this data-focused program will cover high demand technical skills in a data-driven world.
Haverford Community Documentary Series
Monday & Thursdays, June 22, June 25, July 2, & July 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
This is a series of four two-hour virtual sessions conducted via Zoom that will introduce students to basic principles of video production and editing with Adobe Premiere. Students will work with the instructors to choose a theme and develop short documentary segments for one cohesive video project.
The Closing Argument
Mondays, June 29, July 6, July 13, & July 20, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: June 22, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
This seminar will explore the idea that trial preparation should start with the closing argument. We will review all stages of the criminal trial, from arrest to verdict, through the lens of trial preparation and the development of a persuasive defense. We will consider how approaches that attorneys take to craft compelling arguments are applicable to the preparation of any oral presentation.
Coding for Non-Coding Majors - Section 3
Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT
In the Eye of the Storm: Navigating the Job Search in Uncertain Times
Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 7:00-8:15 p.m. EDT
Join us as we explore strategies in building your personal brand, leveraging LinkedIn, and finding jobs during this global pandemic.
Make Sense of Your Data with Microsoft Excel
Monday-Thursday, July 6-9, 12:30-2:00 p.m. EDT
This is a four-part series covering how to use Excel for quick, but powerful, ways to search and analyzed data.
Name it! Claim it! Aim it!: Developing Your Talents Into Strengths
Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 8:00-9:30 p.m. EDT
Join Dean Michelle Leao to learn about your Top 5 Clifton Strengths areas. We'll learn about your individual strengths and how you can apply them in all aspects of your life - personal, academic and professional.
Client Counseling and Representation in Family Defense Law
Tuesdays, July 7, 14, and 21, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: July 1, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
An introduction to the field of family defense, a growing field of civil rights law in which legal services lawyers represent parents of children who have been seized by the government and placed in foster care. There is ample evidence that foster care placements, which infringe on parents’ Constitutional rights, are marred by egregious racial disproportionality and class biases. Parents caught in the child welfare system are disproportionately poor people of color and, once in contact with the system, are often surveilled by the government for years.
Audio/Files: Music, Data, and Digital Scholarship
Monday-Friday, July 13-17, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: July 6, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
This is a week-long series of workshops designed to introduce Digital Scholarship tools and methods for interrogating large datasets. Using data about popular music, participants will learn new skills and create a small project of their own design.
Ethical Storytelling: A Conversation
Monday, July 13, 3:00-4:30 pm EDT (1 Session); Deadline to Register: July 6, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
Storytelling in advocacy communications can be genuinely moving - or downright manipulative. We'll talk about the difference, and invite reflections from students as well.
Starting Your Own Non-Profit (or Startup...or Anything Really!)
Tuesday, July 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: July 14, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
Want to be a social entrepreneur? Have a great idea? Want to make an impact with your own business or nonprofit? Here's how to get going! Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.
Money! Money! Money! The Joys & Lessons of Fundraising
Thursday, July 23, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT; Deadline to Register: July 16, 12:00 (Noon) EDT
Have an idea? A startup? A nonprofit? A business idea? You'll need $$$ for it! Learn about the process of fundraising & asking for money for your venture and get your idea funded. Open to the Classes of 2018 & 2019.