Work Experiences in the A_Lab at Oglethorpe University are coordinated by the Center for Experiential Learning. Please contact the staff members below for more information about work experiences.
The mission of the Office of Experiential Learning is to help students integrate their liberal arts education into their professional career identity. Specifically, we assist current students and alumni with enhancing their self awareness; exploring career options and how to obtain career-related experiences through internships. We educate students and alumni about career planning, a life-long process of self-evaluation and decision-making.
Our approach to career planning is developmental and strength based. Because careers develop over the entire life span, we help students prepare for the ever changing world of work at the same time addressing their individual needs. Our career development time line by year is the framework for the work we do with students. Additionally, it is our belief that all work is important and we respect all professions. We aim to help students find meaning in their careers by capitalizing on their special talents and strengths.
Our goal is to provide students the resources to help them manage their own development, enabling students answer three main questions: Who am I? What are my gifts? What is my place in the world?
Robin Brandt, Ph.D.
Director, Professional Development
Dr. Robin Brandt joined Oglethorpe in August, 2011. Her role is to increase the number of students who participate in Internships and to improve the quality and quantity of available relevant Internships for students. Prior to Oglethorpe, Robin was Vice President at Federal Job Results, Client Services Consultant at PDI Ninth House and Vice President of Sales at Right Management Consultants. She has also served in the Admissions’ offices at The American University, Washington, D.C. and Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Robin is a native of northern Virginia but has resided in Atlanta for the past 13 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Virginia Tech, her Master’s degree at The University of Maryland’s European Division and her doctorate at The American University.
Assistant Director, Professional Development
Amy Clemente joined Oglethorpe in September 2012 after completing a counseling internship with the University in the 2011-2012 school year. She is a National Certified Counselor and is currently working towards licensure in the state of Georgia. Amy has a B.A. in Psychology from N.C. State University and a M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Prior to Oglethorpe, Amy worked for Sprint /Nextel where she had a career in Human Resources, Training and Development, and Project Management for the company’s leadership curriculum. Amy’s interests include using strength-based approaches to help students identify and refine personal and professional identity. She is a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association) and the NCDA (National Career Development Association).