UD Odyssey seeks to assist and guide students as you discern your deep purpose and calling through vocational exploration, mentoring and community service. By partnering with campus and community partners, students are given ample access to explore and discover what your purpose and calling in life.
Vocation is more than just your job. It's an internal push toward a particular kind of work and an external pull toward the needs of your community. It is your purpose, meaning, career, and everything in between.
Finding your vocation is a journey - it’s your very own UD Odyssey! And like Odysseus, you’ll face obstacles along the way. You’ll solve problems, explore strange environments, and make discoveries that will eventually lead you to a life of purpose and meaning, no matter what path you choose.
|UD Odyssey Workshops
|UD Odyssey Exploration Resources
|UD Odyssey Finding Your Vocation Student Guide
For many UD students, engaging with and serving your community is integrated into your sense of self and of your personal calling. Through the UD Odyssey program, students can find opportunities to serve, build community, and explore your vocation in the process.
Service Project Funding
Learning about your community enables you to reflect on how you may want to use your gifts to meet the world's needs. Through UD Odyssey, you can request funding to support a service project (up to $200).
Vocations & Volunteer Fair
This fair brings nonprofit organizations and religious orders to the UD campus to recruit student candidates for volunteer, internship, and full-time service opportunities.
Summer Nonprofit Stipend Program
Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to receive funding for unpaid internships with nonprofit or charity organizations each summer. Stipends are paid after the completion of the internship and a reflection activity.
Application opens March 18, 2024
First Year Summer Experience Award
The summer after your first year of college is a great time for you to begin exploring your vocation in earnest. UD Odyssey provides stipends for rising sophomores to complete 50-hour summer experiences, including faculty-led research or independent study, or nonprofit work.
Application opens March 18, 2024
Mentoring is an opportunity for students to gain insight from experienced UD alumni to guide you as you begin to explore different professions and opportunities. Through one-on-one alumni mentoring and job shadowing, UD Odyssey provides support for more practical career and vocational exploration. Mentoring also serves to form character as students receive guidance from experienced alumni.
The University of Dallas Mentoring Program matches experienced UD alumni with students seeking guidance and wisdom as they navigate UD and prepare for the next steps in their lives. The UD Mentoring Program is facilitated by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Personal Career Development. The program includes:
If you are interested in participating, please email Christina Nguyen.
Five to seven undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in a half or full day of job shadowing with organizations and corporations in the community. Through this program, we hope that students will gain more insight into different organizations and be able to explore how they may belong.
This program will launch Spring 2024. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UD Odyssey Program is funded by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges and Lilly Endowment Inc.
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