Career Discovery Tour

Ripon College is excited to announce the Career Discovery Tour, a program committed to further expand student-alumni career networking opportunities. President Messitte and the Alumni Board of Directors are passionate about offering new and exciting opportunities for current students to gain first-hand knowledge of a variety of careers and cities directly from Ripon alumni.

With special funding from the Alumni Board and others, during Spring Break 2015, the Career Discovery Tour will take students to Washington, D.C. to visit the workplaces of alumni and friends of the college.


The cost to attend the trip is $400. Thanks to funding from the Alumni Board and the President’s Fund for Career Development, the cost to participating students for transportation, hotels, and most meals is significantly defrayed. Additional support for students with demonstrated financial need may also be available. Students will need to provide their own spending money for souvenirs, snacks, and other assorted items.


There are 12 spots available for the trip. The application period for the Spring 2015 tour is now closed and applications are under review.

Travel to the General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee will be provided in College vans.

Further Information or Questions:
Contact: Amy Gerretsen ’04
Director of Career Services and Constituent Engagement
(920) 748-8353
or stop by the Office of Career Services on the first floor of Smith Hall


Discovery Tour Schedule

Spring Break Sunday, March 15-Friday, March 20, 2015

Kathryn Schultz ’89, Senior Advisor, Bureau of International Security & Nonproliferation, US Department of State
Pam Russell ’77, Legislative Counsel, Library of Congress
Lacy Rourke ’07, Subject Matter Expert/Consultant with 50 anniversary of Vietnam War; Former National Coordinator of League of MIA/POW Families
Trustee Susan Meier ’79, Non-profit Consultant
Susan Bundock ’82, Executive Director, CSPAN
Suzanne Katz, Ed.D., Director of Strategic Partnerships, Center for Inspired Teaching
District Judge Peter J. Messitte, United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Melanie Batenchuk, President of Washington Automotive Press Association, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of BeCarChic.com, Chief of Operations and Brand Management of SCOPE Group
Lani Makholm ’72, Program Officer, Office of International Visitors Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State
Pamela Roe Durham ’82, Director of the Office of Missile, Biological, and Chemical Nonproliferation Bureau of International Security & Nonproliferation, U.S. Dept. of State
Trustee Bill MacLeod ’73, Partner, Kelley Drye


Spring 2014 Tour to Twin Cities

Photos from the Spring 2014 Tour

Previous Tours to D.C. and Chicago