McDaniel College students explore and secure experiential learning opportunities through the College’s Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO). While encouraging all students to engage in multiple and varied learning experiences, the CEO offers support and resources for career development, study abroad, internships, entrepreneurship, targeted course advising, and scholarships and fellowships.
The CEO’s website, http://CEO.mcdaniel.edu, gives students access to all of its programming and resources. Here students find the CEO Connect database of more than 380 active job and internship opportunities and 2,700 employers. The CEO connects students with 10,000 alumni via LinkedIn.
From service to the local community to learning while immersing in global cultures, the CEO links students to experiences that enrich their learning and cultivate the skills they need for success in the 21st century. Students interested in studying abroad meet with advisors who introduce them to hundreds of programs around the globe, as well as McDaniel Europe in Budapest, Hungary, and January Term study tours abroad. Among many community service and service learning activities, the CEO sponsors a community plunge during freshman orientation for first-year students to join in with alumni on projects at the Westminster Boys and Girls Club, clean-up on Main Street in Westminster, and conservation work at the College’s Singleton-Matthews Farm.
The CEO supports the curriculum-based The Encompass Distinction, as well as students’ pursuit of scholarships and fellowships. In conjunction with The Encompass Distinction, the CEO helps students hone innovative- and entrepreneurial-thinking skills while encouraging their participation in competitions, such as the College’s Innovation Challenge and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s Carroll Biz Challenge. Anchored in the CEO, McDaniel’s scholarship and fellowship pipeline has generated six Gilman scholarship winners and 10 Fulbright awardees.