Center for Student Opportunity

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An internship in Chicago that connects you to your dream job. A semester in Europe that opens the world to you. A service project that changes lives in the local community. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, your starting place is here: the Alma College Center for Student Opportunity.

The CSO provides both support services and access to practical experiences that enhance your education. We’ll show you how to succeed in the classroom, but also assist you as you plan your personal Venture – an individual experience that could take you across the globe. We’ll teach you important financial skills that position you for personal success, while also giving you the chance to serve others. We’ll help you plan for life after Alma, but also aid you in becoming a responsible leader. Put simply: the CSO is where it all comes together for you.

We’ve got the practical tools you’ll need to turn your dreams into reality:
And we’ve got the opportunities you want (plus connections all across campus):

The CSO and the Alma Commitment

The CSO also coordinates all aspects of the Alma Commitment. We work closely with academic advisors to help you stay on track for four-year graduation; provide year-by-year guidance, which includes the First Year Guide program and the annual All-Class Conferences; help you plan your Venture and apply for up to $2,500 to support your experience; and prepare you for graduation with comprehensive career services. For more information, visit the CSO in person or call 989-463-7247.

Upcoming CSO Events

November 1, 2014

  • Image preview 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Dog Walking at Animal Shelter
    Join the Service House in support of Humane Animal Treatment Society. Volunteer dog walkers needed.  1 hour shifts starting @ 10 am. 1105 S. Isabella Rd. Mt. Pleasant.  Sponsor: Service House

November 3, 2014

  • Image preview 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.: MTU Peace Corps/VISTA Grad Program Info Session
    Meet a faculty member and a former grad student - who is also an Alma alumna - to learn about graduate programs at Michigan Tech that include service with Peace Corps and AmeriCorps*VISTA!

November 4, 2014

  • Image preview 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Resume Development Workshop

    A great intro to building a polished, professional resume! For personal resume critiques, see the peer consultants Mon-Thurs from 4-8pm in the CSO. 

  • Image preview 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Off-Campus Study Information Session

    Learn about opportunities to earn Alma credit toward your degree while studying off-campus, either internationally or at an internship-based program in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, or Washington DC.

    Summer and Semester options available.

November 6, 2014