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Lucy Rose Center For Global Leadership & Career Innovation

The Lucy Rose Center for Global Leadership & Career Innovation prepares students for success after Salem by encouraging the transformation of knowledge into action. We take a holistic approach to uncover each student’s unique potential, cultivate leadership, and foster self-sufficiency in preparation for global citizenship and life-long professional development. Students will be able to develop a professional career plan through activities that include internships, networking events, graduate and professional school sessions, social media education, and professional development workshops. 

Lucy Rose Center at Salem College

Student Experiences

Salem College student studying away


Internships allow students to supplement classroom theory with practical knowledge gained from a carefully monitored, field-based learning experience in a professional setting. Internships for academic credit provide either a general career exploratory experience, or a pre-professional level experience related to the student’s academic objectives.

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National Competitive Scholarship Support

With a strong emphasis on global discovery and personal academic growth, the Lucy Rose Center supports students interested in applying for National Competitive Scholarships (including the Fulbright Award, the Marshall Scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship, and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, amongst others). Through scholarship exploration, individualized writing support, and interview coaching, the Lucy Rose Center works with students to create strong application packages for these highly competitive global postgraduate awards.

Salem College students at Google offices

Career Development

Salem College believes in intentional, personal career development support from the very start of our student’s academic careers. Through academic-credit-based career development courses, ongoing skill development workshops, on campus career fairs, and visits with alumnae and employers, students have the opportunity to explore their individual career interests and build the skills necessary for a successful post-college career launch. These services and resources are delivered in ways designed to reinforce the personal, social, and intellectual development fostered by a liberal arts education.

Salem College students in class

Graduate School Preparation

For Salem College students interested in exploring graduate school at the masters or doctoral level, the Lucy Rose Center offers diverse programming and individualized application support. Through graduate school exploration trips, visits with graduate school admissions counselors, and personalized writing and interviewing workshops, students explore the vast possibilities available to them for graduate education, and present competitive applications to their chosen institutions. 

For students specifically interested in graduate and professional schools in the health sciences, the Lucy Rose Center provides focused pre-health advising starting in the very first year of our students’ Salem experience.

In recent years, students have been accepted to graduate schools and professional schools including UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, The Ohio State University, The University of London, and many others.

Salem College student in Sydney, Austrailia

Study Away

Studying away helps our students develop confidence, responsibility, and problem solving. They gain a global mindset, become aware of other cultures, and gain new perspectives. Simply, students learn best by doing and thrive when they are active participants in shaping their educational experiences. Salem’s Study Away program brings these core beliefs into action. Within this program, Salem faculty and staff offer individualized support to students who wish to receive academic course credit for study outside the Salem campus, and outside the United States. 

Salem partners with AIFS Study Abroad, CIS Abroad, Harlaxton College, Meredith College, and Oxford University to provide students with a wide variety of pre-approved study abroad opportunities around the globe. Recently students have studied away in France, Spain, Australia, Costa Rica, and Greece. Upcoming faculty-led trips are planned to Austria, London, and Venice.

Summer McGee presenting at the Health Leadership forum in April 2023

Health Leadership Highlights

  • Healthcare Career Dinner series with alumnae and community panelists in Social Work, Counseling, Medical Doctor, Hospice Care, and Public Health
  • Built and teach Healthcare Career Explorations academic course to provide all pre-health students with focused space/time to strengthen Graduate/Professional School application experience
  • Partner with Wake Forest Medical School for preclinical students to have cadaver lab experiences
  • Created Pre-Health Bookclub (most recent read: Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
  • Grad School Boot Camp to include “Pre-Health Specific” session to discuss HPAC, CAS process, Testing
  • Graduate school visits focused specifically on HL academic programs
  • NC State Vet School
  • Wake Forest Medical/PA school
  • High Point University Health Sciences programs
  • Pfeiffer University Health Sciences programs
  • Elon University PA program
  • App State Nursing, Public Health, Healthcare Management programs
student with microscope

Recent internships include:

  • Summer REU experiences (East Carolina University, Wake Forest University, University of Arizona)
  • Novant Cancer and Genetics Center
  • Wake Forest BioTech Place
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • WS Forsyth County Public Health Department
  • Piedmont Environmental Alliance
  • Senior Services
  • Shalom Project
  • Arbor Acres
  • Center for Creative Economy
  • Camel City Counseling
  • Reynolda House
  • Applied Family Services
  • Chermak and Hanson Dental Offices
  • Arts Council

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