Experiences in which students apply their intellectual interests through internships, other opportunities for working alongside professionals on site, or leadership in community life or professional settings.
Professional and Leadership Development
experiences that fall in this category may be distinctly professional or
leadership-focused; some experiences may well fall into both categories
simultaneously. Such experiences may be a stand-alone course (coded PL), may be
integrated into a standing course, or may be entirely independent of academic
coursework. Experiences that fulfill this category may be either financially
compensated or not.
Development experience gives the student an opportunity to
develop or refine skills related to a specific professional field or immerses
the student in a well-focused exploration of the student’s choice of profession
or vocation. A vocational exploration
can include the search for an appropriate career or field of study, but it can
also be a process for broader discernment about the values, enduring passions,
social roles, and forms of public service that will inform one’s professional
life. Vocational explorations meriting Professional Development credit
will have well-delineated objectives regarding the vocational aspirations to be
explored and clear articulation of how the activities performed advance that
exploration. Whether focused on a specific profession or an exploration of
career and vocational options, Professional Development experiences include an
evaluation of the student’s values, interests, strengths, and abilities as they
relate to the field or vocational options being explored. A minimum of
100 hours of engagement or a contractual commitment over a two-year period to a
Professional Development endeavor is required for the Odyssey credit.
Development experiences focus on the development of a student’s unique
leadership style as well as enhancing the student’s awareness of group dynamics
and the fulfillment of goals through engaging with a group. Odyssey credits for
such experiences require a minimum of 100 hours of engagement in up to four Leadership
Development commitments during the student’s time at the College.
addition, Odyssey credit in this category requires the incorporation of a
reflective, analytical component, including written analyses. When the
Professional and Leadership Development experience stands apart from a class,
this reflection should be submitted to the Hendrix faculty or administrative
staff member advising the student during his or her Odyssey experience.
of experiential learning activities that might fulfill this category:
COURSES. Those courses that include a major hands-on
component in professional or leadership development could be candidates for
fulfilling this Odyssey category.
Specific examples include practicum courses focused on the application
of theoretical principles examined within a discipline.
ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES. In addition to standing courses, a professor may wish to
add to an existing course a major experiential project (module) which would
qualify for Odyssey credit under this category. Also, if the professor so
chose, it might be feasible for a smaller number of hours of professional or
leadership development that are a component of a course to be supplemented by
non-course hours to complete the 100 hours necessary for the Odyssey credit in
this category. Similarly, completion of
leadership experiences in the ROTC program can fulfill this requirement as long
as a Hendrix faculty or administrative staff member is involved in overseeing
the reflective component that completes it as an Odyssey experience.
ACTIVITIES. This category includes any
activities not directly tied to the curriculum.
These include the extracurricular works of the formalized Leadership
Scholars program, the informal work of other leaders with significant
responsibilities in student organizations, serving as a key player in a
political or community advocacy event on- or off-campus, or engagement in
varsity athletics. Up to four such
leadership experiences may be combined to fulfill this requirement.
the Professional Development category, on-campus work experiences that are tied
to engagement in academic professional development (e.g. serving as a tutor in
academic departments on the campus) may also be Odyssey-worthy.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR PL PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
- Note that for
Professional Development projects, the required 100 hours of participation (120
for Career Services internships) must take place in a single activity. For Leadership Development they may be
divided between up to four separate activities.
Development experiences should contribute to the development or refinement of
your skills related to a particular professional field, be designed to aid you in your choice among several
potential professions, or immerse you in activities intentionally designed for
- Your proposal should state well-delineated objectives regarding the
careers or vocational aspirations to be explored and clear articulation of how
the activities performed advance that exploration.
- Your proposal should demonstrate a commitment to and plan for
examining and evaluating your values, interests, strengths, and abilities as
they relate to the professional fields or vocations to be explored.
Development experiences should contribute to your understanding of group
dynamics and promote the development of your own unique leadership style.
information on the distinction between internships and professional field
experiences, please see the appropriate section earlier in this guide.