THIS IS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL
Cutting-edge career preparation
Purpose-built for liberal arts students
Successful careers. Rewarding lives.
The Denison LAUNCH LAB is unlike any other career center in the nation.
The Denison Launch Lab is unlike any other career center in the nation. Our cutting-edge career preparation, exploration and launch programs align the career goals and aspiration of students and recent graduates with the talent needs of today’s most well-established companies, disruptive start-ups and transformative non-profits.
We partner with pioneering entrepreneurs, leading ed tech companies, and successful professionals from wide-ranging industries to deliver programs that give students insight and exposure to the work world, in-demand skills, hands-on experiences, and mentorship and connections that last a lifetime. The Launch Lab also provides space and support for Denison faculty to connect their students and coursework to resources, experiences, and opportunities in Columbus.
During the semesters, the Launch Lab’s sole focus is on preparing Denison students for lifetimes of success. Between semesters, the Launch Lab’s new-model career launch experience is open to all liberal arts students from any college around the world.
And, it all happens in downtown Columbus, Ohio, the fastest growing metropolitan area in the Midwest. Columbus leads the way — in job, population, and GDP growth — and is home to some of the world’s most recognizable brands, groundbreaking startups, and cutting-edge research facilities.Learn More
Preparing for LAUNCH
The Launch Lab’s innovative approach to career preparation recognizes that career success is a journey. It’s not about finding that perfect job and company right after college and staying there for 30 years. It’s about understanding your purpose and building an adaptable roadmap to help you lean into that purpose. It’s about developing agility and new skills over time to adapt to the changing career landscape or to follow an emerging career path. It’s recognizing that you’ll launch not just once, but many times throughout your career journey.
- Learn & Test
The power of launch lab extends beyond the undergrad-to-first-job transition. As part of the work world, professionals everywhere should anticipate change, acquiring new skills and insights so that they can continue to add value to businesses and organizations.
- • NETWORKING & MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- • PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
- • CAREER ASSESSMENT & ADJUSTMENT
Students start along the path from the classroom to the work world at the outset of their Denison experience
- • INDIVIDUAL GUIDANCE
- • FINDING YOUR 'WHY'
- • IDENTIFY PERSONAL THEMES/FOCUS
Students develop a 'career thesis,' and link academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences
- • MENTORSHIP (FACULTY/PEERS/ALUMNI)
- • GOALS & MILESTONES
- • CAREER JOURNEY/ROAD MAP
Students acquire insight and familiarity with the work world, career opportunities, and core work skills. As they learn, they adjust and adapt, refining their plans and goals based on how they start to experience their potential career paths.
- • MICRO INTERNSHIPS
- • ORGANIZATIONAL STUDIES
- • INTEGRATION OF EXISTING TOOLS
- • EXPERIENCE FROM OTHER DENISON PROGRAMS
With their roadmap to both motivate and manage their career preparation, students are equipped to augment their skills and experience so they're able to contribute as interns and new hires from the first day. Both proprietary and existing career tools help them to network, tell their story, and demonstrate that they're viable candidates in their chosen careers.
- • INDIVIDUAL GUIDANCE & COACHING
- • PREPARATION OF PERSONAL PORTFOLIO & RESUME
- • PROJECT & INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES
Students arrive at the end of their academic experience fully prepared to launch into meaningful work. They have the tools and skills to make a compelling presentation to prospective employers.
- • PROFESSIONAL JOB SEARCH & NETWORKING TOOLS
- • LAUNCH LAB EXPERIENCES & CONNECTIONS
- • ONGOING ABILITY TO NETWORK & LEARN THROUGH LAUNCH LAB
Boot camps, workshops, project-based sessions and internships help students envision and create a career journey map and gain the soft and hard skills to bring it to life.
Business partner testimonials
If I had paid a company $150,000 for [the result I got from my Denison student project team], I would have been happy."
I’ve heard so much about what makes Denison students special. We’re delighted with the experience of working with this team, and would be honored to have any one of them as a part of our organization in the future."
The work product [Denison students] delivered was above and beyond my expectations, and could easily have been the work of far more seasoned professionals."
I have strengthened my problem solving and communication skills and feel more prepared in entering the workforce."
I have a job working for a consultancy. I will be working with a woman who manages high profile clients and I will be working with the clients directly. [Denison] allowed me to test my skills in real world situations and gave me feedback on how effective my abilities and ideas were."
I found the confidence in me that I never knew I had."
Ready to LAUNCH?
If you’re a liberal arts student, the Denison Launch Lab can help accelerate your transition from academic to career success. Let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll send more information about our 2021 programing when it’s available.