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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.


Career Guide for Students with Disabilities


Check out these helpful career guides that can help you find a career, know your rights, request accommodations and so much more!

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A Student Guide to Going Zen


Student life can be stressful, but by incorporating mindfulness and meditation into daily routines, students can relieve stress and improve focus. Check out this guide which explains what meditation and mindfulness are and how students can begin practicing them.

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Hannah Faustmann Assistant Director, Center for Global Education Hannah Faustmann
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Advice for the Non-Traditional Student: Your Education/Experience is Always Valuable


“In our fast-paced society, it’s so easy to believe that we are too old to go back to school—that we have to achieve certain things by a specific age—or that we are not allowed to make a drastic change once …

Posted by Hannah Faustmann
Hannah Faustmann Assistant Director, Center for Global Education Hannah Faustmann
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Looking for a Meaningful Summer Internship or Job? or LinkedIn can Help


Right now, many students are looking for summer internships and jobs in the non-profit or social impact sectors that will build their skills and resumes, and advance their personal and professional goals. Right here in all career communities on Launchpad, …

Posted by Amy Sugerman
Amy Sugerman Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement Amy Sugerman
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47 of the Best Work Abroad Programs Around the World


Gain transferable skills, engage cross culturally and see the world all while earning an income. Check out 47 ways to work abroad HERE.

Posted by Hannah Faustmann
Hannah Faustmann Assistant Director, Center for Global Education Hannah Faustmann
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How to Get Involved with Virtual Volunteering

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Want to make a difference from the comfort of your own couch? Whether you’re passionate about environmental conservation, reproductive rights, or alleviating worldwide hunger, there’s probably a virtual volunteer opportunity out there for you.

Many of us are a year …

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Idealist Careers | Helping you land, love, and grow in your social-impact career. And visit explore thousands of great jobs and social-impact organizations near you.
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