The Applying The Liberal Arts, or ATLAS, program is designed to advance the professional development of Cornell's upper-class students. ATLAS is a series of ninety-minute seminars designed to assist Cornell sophomore, junior, and senior students understand how to obtain positions in the world of work. The ATLAS seminars include panel discussions, working exercises to identify skills, job-seeking resources as well as development of a portfolio to support the students in their career development activities.  ATLAS also connects Cornell graduates with current students to deepen alumni support of the college.


  • Provide an opportunity for upper-class Cornell students to explore how their liberal arts education may be applied to the world of work
  • Provide students an opportunity to develop professional competencies necessary for success as a young professional
  • Connect students to learning experiences that enable them to be confident in their career decision-making process
  • Connect students to resources that reinforce how their Cornell education helps them be capable employees in the world of work
  • Connect alumni with students interested in enhancing their professional networks and career development


Approximately 15 students will be selected to participate in the fall 2012 pilot of the ATLAS program--five sophomores, five juniors, and five seniors. Students who are selected for ATLAS should commit to attending all five ATLAS sessions and to completing the assignments in between sessions. There is a $5 program fee to participate in ATLAS, and the fee is due the first seminar.


  • Information Session I: Wednesday, September 12, 4:30 pm, CEC
  • Information Session II: Friday, September 14, 11:30 am, CEC
  • Applications Due: Wednesday,September 26 in JOIN
  • Candidates Notified: Monday, October 1
  • Seminar 1—"Liberal Arts Foundations", Thursday, October 18, 6 to 7:30 pm, CEC
  • Seminar 2—"Liberal Arts Skills", Thursday, November 1, 6 to 7:30 pm, CEC
  • Seminar 3—"Marketing the Liberal Arts Experience", Thursday, November 15, 6 to 7:30 pm, Law 211
  • Seminar 4—"Liberal Arts in Action", Thursday, December 6, 6 to 7:30 pm, CEC
  • Seminar 5—"Applying the Liberal Arts", Thursday, December 15, 6 to 7:30 pm, CEC

Technology Components

  • E-Portfolio (video profile, resume, social media)
  • Moodle reflections
  • Cornell Action Plan
  • Strong Interest Inventory


Each ATLAS applicant should submit a resume and personal statement via JIVE by Wednesday, September 26, 2012. The personal statement should be no more than one page, double-spaced, and the document should clearly articulate why you are interested in ATLAS and what you are hoping to gain from the experience. To submit an application for the ATLAS program, search for "ATLAS 2012" in JIVE.


RJ Holmes-Leopold, Director of the Career Engagement Center