During the longer-than-usual break between fall and spring semesters, Denison is proud to offer a suite of virtual programs that will give students the skills, experiences, and connections to accelerate their academic and career-launch success.

Knowlton Career Center

The Knowlton Center is preparing students to obtain internships and post-graduate jobs and thrive in the work world via their award-winning Career Boot Camp experiences and self-guided skill-buildings opportunities.

Business Skills Certification (Marketing, Sales, Project Management)

Dates: December 8 - January 27
Time: Self-directed, approx. 20hrs/week
Open to: Seniors and highly motivated juniors
Application Deadline: November 17

Learn critical marketing, social media advertising, project management, and sales skills that will give you an advantage when applying to jobs and internships! Business Skills Certification courses are built in partnership with leading companies so you know you are acquiring current, in-demand skills using the most career-relevant digital tools. Through Pathstream’s easy-to-use online platform, you’ll navigate lessons, materials, labs, and projects in one place and be able to complete the program at your own pace.



Senior Year Virtual Boot Camp

Dates: December 15-17
Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
Open to: Current seniors
Application Deadline: November 29

Spend three days getting your career prospects in shape! Senior Virtual Boot Camp offers workshops to set you up for success AND structured time you can spend refining your resume & cover letter, finding opportunities, or preparing and sending out applications. A team of coaches will support and guide you along the way.



Junior Year Virtual Boot Camp

Dates: December 8-10
Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
Open to: Current juniors
Application Deadline: November 29

Our new Junior Year Boot Camp will help support you in pursuing a great experience for summer 2021. The Boot Camp will include workshops to set you up for success AND structured time you can spend refining your resume & cover letter, finding opportunities, or preparing and sending out applications. A team of coaches will support and guide you along the way!



Skill Building Through LinkedIn Learning

Dates: Self-guided experience
Open to: All students

All Denison students now have free access to LinkedIn Learning and its more than 16,000 courses in multiple languages. Learn directly from industry leaders and experts in topics spanning multiple areas, including business, creative, technical personal and professional development. To learn more about LinkedIn Learning and browse the Knowlton Center recommendations, please visit Handshake.



Career Workshops For Your Student Organization

Dates: Ongoing Availability
Open To: All students

Stay connected to your organization, team or club during this break AND collectively advance your career knowledge and skills by hosting a career workshop. The staff of the Knowlton Center looks forward to partnering with your club or organization to deliver meaningful and impactful programming by tailoring presentations to meet the needs of students. Sessions can be as short as 30 minutes or up to an hour and can be adapted for specific student groups.



Launch Lab

Denison is pleased to announce the first suite of innovative programs offered by the Launch Lab focused on helping students gain the skills and experiences to meet the talent needs, challenges, and opportunities of today’s business world.

The Journey Program

Dates: January 11-14
Morning Option: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Evening Option: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET
Open to: Designed for sophomores but juniors and seniors are welcome to participate

This engaging and interactive course guides you through a process to design your individualized Journey Roadmap. You will spend time reflecting on what fulfills you, determining what success in life and career means to you, then crafting a detailed roadmap for achieving that success. The roadmap will help you be more intentional about your college experience and ensure you are using your time at Denison — in classes, co-curriculars, and career preparation efforts — to create an outcome that is both successful and fulfilling.




Leading at All Times: Toolbox

Dates: January 13, 15, 20, 22
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET
Open to: Juniors and Seniors

A national leadership expert will coach you as you learn and hone valuable leadership skills and prepare for the future beyond Denison. Each day you’ll focus on a specific topic and learn useful, transferable leadership skills that are valued by employers and academic institutions alike. Learn to thrive and lead in every environment!



Careers in Creativity: Practical Guide to Marketing Principles and Tools

Dates: January 14, 15, 21, 22
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET
Open to: Current sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Great ideas and products can be tanked by poor marketing efforts, and the very term itself can be confused with other disciplines like sales and advertising. Marketing is so incredibly valuable yet often misunderstood. At its core, marketing is an over-arching set of dynamic and highly strategic activities that advance the image of a brand. This course will unpack the practical definitions, day-to-day practices, guerrilla tactics, and analog and digital tools that define the fascinating field of marketing today.



Selling: The Art of Persuasion

Dates: January 11, 14, 18, 21
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET
Open to: Current Juniors and Seniors

In this program you will learn a four-step consultative process that will help you succeed not just in sales but any career where customer insight and engagement are key (think marketing, consulting, fundraising). You will learn how to put the needs of your client first, assess how those needs translate into success, and build relationships that last long after the deal has closed. Modules cover prospecting in the digital world economy, needs assessment, persuasive presentation techniques, and more.



Essentials of Finance

Dates: January 6, 8, 13, 15, 19, 22
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
Open to: Current sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Designed as an introduction to key topics in finance, this program will teach you basic vocabulary and concepts to build your financial acumen as well your confidence for interviewing, interning and working in the business world. You’ll learn to create and analyze balance sheets and income statements, communicate financial accounting information, apply time value of money concepts to a variety of common accounting situations and more.



Navigating the Workplace

Dates: January 12 & 14
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (both days)
Open to: Current juniors and seniors

Your career success is only partly shaped by your intelligence, hard work, and subject matter expertise. In any organization, making things happen involves dealing with people whose interests are often incompatible. To have a successful career and to achieve great things you need to be effective at influencing others. In this course you’ll learn how to navigate workplace dynamics and influence for success from international organization behavior expert and London Business School professor Richard Jolly.



Red Frame Lab

Red Frame Lab presents two incredible opportunities this January for students to gain real-world consulting experience and/or learn the basics of how to take great ideas from concept to launch.

Red Frame Consulting

Dates: January 11-15 or January 18-22 (participate in one or both sessions)
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET (plus 1-2 hours/day)
Open to: All students

Red Frame Consulting [RFC] Sprint is a one-week, hands-on consulting experience in January. [RFC] Sprint will match teams of Denisonians with successful businesses and organizations for an extraordinary career-building opportunity: a chance to research, create and pitch real-world solutions to actual business challenges while learning directly from each company’s executives. Participants will gain real-world experience while being supported, coached and mentored at every turn by Red Frame Staff and faculty. You can participate from anywhere in the world and potentially work on topics like data analytics, marketing research and strategy, branding, user experience design, COVID-19 response and more.


Red StartUp

Dates & Time:
January 25: 5:00 - 9:00 pm ET
January 26: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm ET
January 27: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Open to: All students

Do you have an idea that might turn into something big? Would you like to collaborate on a team that might start the next TikTok? Then Red StartUp is for you! You’ll go through the start-up process with other students and Red Frame Lab coaches. You will drive ideation, customer discovery, rapid prototyping, and pitching. And, Red StartUp January will open the door for you to participate in the 10- week spring program. During the spring semester, we’ll go deep. You will learn and apply a range of entrepreneurial skills from brainstorming how to grow your idea, gathering market feedback, developing a business model, understanding financial needs, and pitching your business.


International Student Programs

International students are welcome to participate in all of the Knowlton Center, Launch Lab, Red Frame Lab and Lisska Center programs detailed on this site. In addition, the Center for Global Programs is pleased to offer the following workshops designed specifically to advance the academic and career goals of international students.

Career Exploration and Action Planning

Date: January 25
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Open to: First-year students

Join Rosa Lee, International Student Liaison for Global Programs & Knowlton Center to Learn about the Knowlton Career Exploration Center and why it’s important to think about your professional career as a first year international student. This information session will answer questions about the roles of career coaches and what they can do to help you throughout your journey at Denison.


Launch Lab Career Journey for Sophomores

Date: January 11- 14
Session 1: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Session 2: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET
Open to: Sophomores

Take part in a unique journey program that will guide international students through a process to design individualized career roadmaps. Referencing their personal maps, students will learn to integrate the three dimensions of their higher education experience: academics, co-curriculars, and career readiness.



Networking 101

Date: January 21
Open to: All international students are welcome but geared towards juniors and seniors

Learn from Jane Palmer, Associate Director for the Global Commerce Program, about how to build your network, use networking tools like LinkedIn and Wisr, practice reaching out to potential connections and more. This intro session will cover the following topics: the importance of networking, considerations, networking scenarios, follow-up/staying connected, do’s and don’ts of professional networking.


Personal Finance 101

Date: January 20 (afternoon)
Open to: All international students

Let’s talk about ways you can save and budget as an international student. We will discuss banking, credit, and costs of college beyond tuition to help you be better prepared and more successful with your finances while at Denison and after graduation!


Strengthening Your Intercultural Competence

Date: January 26 (afternoon)
Audience: Any class year

In this panel we will hear from off-campus study returnees as well as students from abroad studying here at Denison. Topics will include: adjusting to life in a new space, lessons learned while away from home, and how these experiences fundamentally change us for the better.


The 4-Year Denison Tour (English for Academic Purposes)

Dates: January 25-29
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Open to: All international students

This English for Academic Purposes program (EAP) will guide students of all years through their time at Denison, with each day of the week corresponding to one of their four college years. The focus of each day will introduce students to different language skills they will use throughout their Denison career, from learning the structure of academic writing in their W101 to interviewing for internships and potential careers. First-year students will have the opportunity to see what awaits them in their next few years at Denison, second- and third-year students will have the chance to reinforce their skills as they work toward mastery, and fourth-year students will be able to reflect on their experiences and share with others as they begin the transition to life beyond the hill.


Why You Should Consider Off-Campus Study

Date: January 26 (afternoon)
Open to: First-year & sophomore students who have not yet started the OCS application process

This session will provide you with information about how to pursue off-campus study at Denison. We will talk about programs available to you, how the application process works, and hear from students from abroad who have studied off campus while at Denison.


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Lisska Winter Mini-Courses

The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement is pleased to present a selection of mini-courses designed to introduce you to topics of interest in a fun, casual way during the month of January. Engage in intellectual inquiry and discourse with fellow students as you explore topics including women in American journalism, quantum computing, graphic novels, cubist art, the philosophy of Bob Dylan and more. Courses are taught by students, staff and alumni. Register for as many as you like!

Behind the Buzz of Quantum Computers

Conspiracy Theories and Antisemitism

Dogma 95: Limitations Create Opportunities [CANCELED]

Exploring Immigration: DREAM & DACA

Fashion in Renaissance Europe

Graphic Novels: What Superheroes Tell Us About Our Culture, Our History, and Ourselves

History of the Premier League: The Top Level of English Football

Identifying Structures of Injustice

Introduction to Anarchist Thought

Introduction to Contact Improvisation [CANCELED]

Introduction to Texas Hold’Em

Learning French Culture Through Cuisine

Managing in the Arts

Remember the Ladies: Forgotten Women of American Journalism

The History and Influence of The Beatles

The History of Gun Control Laws in the United States

The Literature of Horror

The Philosophy of Bob Dylan

Thinking Through the Box: Cubist History, Theory and Technique … A Drawing Class

Queer Cinema