Career & Leadership Readiness Institute

Career & Leadership Readiness Institute

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CLRI is NOVA IET’s premier professional development program that provides students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills to become more competitive job candidates for internships, jobs, and career pursuits.

Each session is 5 weeks in length and includes a kickoff event, workshops, a fun team project, and a signature Executive Mentoring and Networking event that you do not want to miss!  During CLRI, students attend workshops twice a week for one hour. The workshops include topics like Building Your Personal Brand, Technical Resume and Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews, Networking, Effective Communication Skills, Government Vetting and Clearances, Accountability and Professionalism, Leadership Skills for Success,  and more! Workshops are led by industry leaders and subject matter experts in these areas. All students are welcome to attend any workshop.

Fall Session - 2024

Week 1 Kick-Off:

We will start the fall session on Thursday, September 19, at 4:00 p.m. For the following weeks, workshops will be held every Tuesday and Thursday.

Week 2 Workshops:

  • September 24 - 4:00 p.m.
  • September 26 - 4:00 p.m.

Week 3 Workshops:

  • October 1 - 4:00 p.m.
  • October 3 - 4:00 p.m.

Week 4 Workshops:

  • October 8 - 4:00 p.m.
  • October 10 - 4:00 p.m.

Fall Break: October 14-15

Week 5 Site Visits, Makeup work, and Project Presentations:

  • October 16-23

Executive Mentoring & Networking Event:

Meet with several industry partners who are engaged in networking with CLRI participants on Thursday, October 24.

Set Yourself Up for Career Readiness!

*CLRI may include hosting an Industry Panel to provide insights into career readiness. We offer multiple site visits to cutting-edge tech companies such as Micron, Stack Infrastructure, Lockheed Martin, Iron Mountain Data Centers, and Digital Realty.

The CLRI program is specifically designed to support students in Information and Engineering Technologies (IET) and Computer Science programs. It does, however, include professional development benefits for all NOVA students.

IET students who complete the CLRI program will receive priority consideration for our paid internships with industry partners. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get career-ready!

Feedback from Recent CLRI Graduates

CLRI helped me to get professional skills, to meet people, to make connections, to build my network. I really learned how to rebrand my resumé to attract hiring managers.

Kanyin NOVA IT Major

I want to get better, I want to be better, I want to do better, and I want an opportunity to come my way. This gave me the opportunity. It was a lot of fun and definitely built my confidence

Elizabeth NOVA IT Major

The nicest thing about CLRI is that you get to know a lot of people who are like-minded, and industry professionals who give you really good advice. It's definitely worth joining.

Hamid IST Major

Questions About CLRI?

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