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What is Launch?

Drew recognizes that personal networks, community engagement, transferable skills, and relevant experiences are just as essential to college as they are to career. Recent research backs us up: Networking leads to 85% of jobs. Transferable skills—like critical thinking and interpersonal communication—are among the competencies most valued by employers and graduate school. And candidates with meaningful experiences are the preferred hires of 94% of employers and are more successful graduate and professional school applicants. Launch ensures that every Drew student graduates connected, cultivated and capable for today’s workplace. Your world is diverse, so your community connections are diverse.

Essential Elements of Launch

Career Communities

This is the go-to hub for networking with others and connecting with events, resources and opportunities in 10 broad career areas. Who will you meet here? A career-focused crew of students, alumnx, faculty and more.

Identity / Affinity Communities

Our curated online spaces bring together people with a shared life path, helping them to create diverse, supportive networks of empathy and opportunity. And everyone—students, alumnx, faculty and more—is welcome.

Network of Mentors

About 85% of jobs today are filled via networking. Launch gives students a competitive edge, guiding them in the development of a diverse network of mentors while still in college. (Build it at Drew; take it with you.)

Immersive Experiences

At least two career-building immersions—we’re talking internships, research, study abroad and more—are guaranteed in Launch. Our students leave Drew with the meaningful experience preferred by 94% of employers hiring new college grads.

Transferable Skills

Our students learn a set of sought-after workplace skills that flex across life and career. That’s key for today’s generation, who can expect to change jobs (and even industries) about 12 times in their working careers.

Launch Plan

This exclusive online space allows Drew students to create (and refine) an action plan connecting their purpose with life and career paths to achieve it. Guided, along the way, by a network of advisers,instructors, and mentors.


Student Spotlight: Katarina Star Navarra C’21

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Katarina Star Navarra C’21
Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Russian
Launch Career Communities: Science, Technology, Engineering & Sustainability and Arts, Communications & Languages
Launch Identity/Affinity Community: First-Generation
 Civic Scholar (2 years)
Student Assistant at Student Accounts
Student Assistant in Davie’s House

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Student Spotlight: Kara Dobias C’21

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Kara Dobias  C’21                                    
Major: Theatre Arts
Minor: Dance
Baldwin Honors Scholar
Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Honor Society)
Campus Ambassador for Admissions events
Usher in the Concert Hall
Subject Tutor in Photography and History.

What attracted you to Drew?

The Theatre …

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Student Spotlight: Kristen A. Oakley C’21

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Kristen A. Oakley C’21 

Major: Media & Communications
Minor: Pan-African Studies
Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society (National Communication Association)
Launch Career Community: Arts, Communications & Languages
Senior Advisor for Black Student Union
Board Member of WMNJ The Forest Radio Club

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Student Spotlight: Renata Primmer C’22


Renata Primmer C’22                      
Major: Business
ODE- Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honors Society in Economics)
Launch Career Community: Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Captain of Drew’s Softball team
Social Media Coordinator for the Drew NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Council
Member of “Win …

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Making the Most of Drew Internship Awards

Making the Most of Drew Internship Awards

What are Drew Internship Awards?

Internship awards are a form of financial assistance provided by Drew University endowed funds with the goal of supporting students as they complete their internship experience. These awards vary in size and may be used …

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Student Spotlight: Alexa deBinder C’23

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Alexa deBinder C’23                                
Majors: Theatre Arts and French
Minor: Music
Launch Career Community: Arts, Communications & Languages
Launch Identity/Affinity Communities: Ethnic / Racial Heritage, Faith, Religion & Spirituality, and Visible/Invisible Disabilities
Member of Goof Troop

Where were you born and raised?

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