Experience Offers Students and Graduates Exclusive Experience for Life Environmental Expedition with Earthwatch
College Students and Grads Invited to Enter Photo Challenge by September 7 to Participate in an All-Expense-Paid Earthwatch Expedition
BOSTON, MASS, June 6, 2007 – Recent Experience survey results conclude, today’s college students believe making a difference in the world is more important than achieving professional success, with nearly one in five students naming “environment” and “climate control” as the most pressing issues our world faces today. Experience has partnered with Earthwatch to offer students and alumni the chance to do both by applying to participate in an expedition with Earthwatch, the world’s leading environmental volunteer organization. Entrants must submit an original photo and caption that best represents to them why it’s crucial to save the environment. Entries must be received September 7, 2007 on Experience.com.
Experience for Life is an all-expense paid opportunity for college students and grads who are interested in careers in biology, geology, archeology, veterinary medicine, social sciences and social enterprise, to name a few, to trek alongside seasoned scientists as they work to preserve the environment and interact in extraordinary habitats rarely seen by humans. In addition to this expedition, the chosen student will also receive a $200 gift card to Patagonia to help prepare for the trip.
As Earthwatch’s Director of Volunteer Outreach, James Fry, said “We are depending on tomorrow’s leaders to save the world’s endangered animals and habitats, but to do that, they have to know them first. By getting them out there to really get their hands wet, to track jaguars or lions, to capture enormous Nile crocodiles, or to follow the migrations of grey whales, students who have spent the last four years in lecture halls get to apply what they’ve learned, and learn even more. We regularly hear from people that Earthwatch expeditions change their lives and open new doors in ways they never expected.”
What is an Exclusive Experience? Experience.com offers more than 20 Exclusive Experiences in various industries each year to help students gain professional experience and skills, while simultaneously networking with industry professionals. The Exclusive Experience program provides students with the opportunity to job shadow, perform a video interview with a high level executive or participate in a unique event, offering a behind-the-scenes look at interesting careers in a wide variety of fields.
“We teamed with Earthwatch to have a well-respected industry leader contribute to our online Non-Profit and Social Enterprise career content, and the Experience for Life expedition is just one in a series of our “Exclusive Experience” opportunities available to our growing member base,” says Jennifer Floren, founder and CEO, Experience, Inc. “Through these exclusive opportunities, Experience is providing college students and alumni the tools needed to gain unique experience and skills, while simultaneously networking with industry professionals.”
How to Apply: Those interested can apply online by submitting an application at exclusive.experience.com/earthwatch. To be considered, applicants must submit an original photo, taken by them, that best represents why it’s crucial to save the environment. Applicants should include a short caption (no more than 40 words) to better describe their photo. Only one photo per applicant. Ten photos will be selected to be voted on by our online audience and members (September 12-September 26). The applicant with the highest number of votes will be selected. The application period for Experience for Life ends September 7, 2007. The Earthwatch expedition will be scheduled in coordination with the winner during 2007/2008 (some restrictions/requirements apply). The winner will be required to journal, blog about and photograph the expedition, which will be published on Experience.com.
Founded in 1996, Experience is the only career site specifically for college students & alumni that provides extraordinary opportunities, real-world insights, and a network of inspirational role-models to help them explore and launch careers they love. Experience’s web-based platform spans more than 3,800 universities, 3 million registered candidates, 100,000 employers, and 800,000 job and internship opportunities. For more information, visit www.experience.com.