Purpose

Warriors At Work (W@W) is an institutional initiative intended to amplify the effect of career-related development activities across the campus to enrich and empower our graduates’ lives.

Through intentional and thoughtful coordination among faculty, academic advisors, the O’Brien Center for Career Development, Departments, and Schools, Warriors At Work aims to ensure that our undergraduate students have ample access to educational, experiential, and networking opportunities to develop the essential skills, competencies, and mindsets they will need to succeed in their chosen field of study and in their careers. The power and potential of W@W is based on the foundation of it being an integrated and collaborative effort between academic departments, the Office of the Provost, and the O’Brien Center for Career Development (OCCD). In the Fall of 2018, students pursuing majors in Accounting, Civil Engineering, Communication and Media, and Criminology and Criminal Justice were the first cohort of student to participate in the new program. The Fall of 2019 will include Accounting, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, all of Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering), and Graphic Design.

Warriors At Work benefits Departments and Schools by providing personnel, financial resources, and logistical support to expand the range of co-curricular and career-related experiential education opportunities for students. This effort will include supporting the existing partnerships and infrastructure within each Department and/or School as well as assisting in the development of new partnerships with employers in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. These partnerships are essential so that our students have access to high-quality, relevant interactions and experiences to support their move into the workforce, their careers, their communities, and their lives more fully prepared, confident, and ready to make contributions. These crafted partnerships also have enormous potential to enhance our academic programs, expand Merrimack’s reputation, and leverage other opportunities for Departments, Schools, and the College.

How to Apply

Faculty interested in applying for AY 2020-2021 should submit to the Office of the Provost a one-page letter of intent that includes the following:

  • Department/program level of interest, addressing why and how the department would participate in Warriors At Work.
  • Brief overview and methodology that summarizes your plan of action for full participation in the Warriors At Work program starting in Fall 2020, for the Class of 2024 cohort. Please identify what department/program staff or faculty who will work with Warriors at Work staff to maintain an active collaboration and partnership as well as your curricular integration plan.

Departments selected for the planning grant will have until July 15 to develop an implementation proposal for full participation in Warriors At Work to start in AY 2020-2021.

Funding Level

Based on letter of intent submissions, two departments will be selected to receive a $4400 planning grant to be used to research and build capacity to participate fully in the Warriors At Work program for AY 2020-2021.

Key Application Dates

Faculty interested in applying for the 2020-2021 year should submit to the Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs (officeoftheprovost@merrimack.edu) by March 1, 2019. For more information, please contact Stacey Phelps (phelpss@merrimack.edu).