Conway Collegiate Leadership Institute

Unlock Your Potential and Launch Your Career

The Conway Collegiate Leadership Institute (CCLI) is an experiential learning program that equips fellows with the tools and knowledge to thrive in their careers. Our program focuses on personal and professional development, career education, and meaningful connections with area employers through our extensive network of local businesses. 

Your Path to Success

By participating in the CCLI, fellows will gain valuable skills and connections that will help them succeed in their careers and make a positive impact on the Conway community. This includes opportunities to:

Connect with Employers

As a CCLI fellow, you will have the unique opportunity to access exclusive internships and job opportunities with top employers in the Conway area. Through the program's networking events and connections with local businesses, you will gain exposure to potential employers, learn about their hiring practices, and receive guidance on how to stand out during the application process. This feature can be incredibly beneficial for jumpstarting your career and opening doors to exciting job opportunities.Please request these letters from your references well in advance to ensure receipt by the application deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request these letters. Letters should be addressed to the Conway Area Leadership Institute Selection Committee. Please list on your application who will be your references.

Develop Professionally

The CCLI program is designed to provide you with experiential learning opportunities that focus on personal and professional development. With the help of experienced mentors and industry experts, you will receive guidance on how to succeed in your chosen field. Through a series of sessions on topics such as career readiness, financial wellness, and Launch Conway, you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in your career. This feature can help you to build a strong foundation for success, whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to advance to the next level.

Build Your Network

One of the most valuable aspects of the CCLI program is the opportunity to connect with other like-minded fellows in a supportive community. Through group activities, networking events, and retreats, you will have the chance to build relationships with other students from all three of Conway's colleges and universities. These connections can be invaluable for your personal and professional growth, as they can lead to new friendships, mentorship opportunities, and potential collaborations in the future.

Elevate Your Skills

In addition to providing you with access to top employers and experienced mentors, the CCLI program is designed to help you develop crucial soft skills for success in your career and life. Through a focus on personal growth, you will learn how to communicate effectively, build relationships, and lead with confidence. These skills are essential for success in any field and can help you stand out as a strong candidate for internships and job opportunities. By participating in the CCLI program, you can elevate your skills and position yourself for long-term success.

Unlock Your Potential

Our program is designed to provide an immersive and engaging experience for all fellows. Each semester, you’ll attend five meetings, including a retreat, and participate in various sessions to develop your skills and knowledge. Our expert mentors and industry professionals will guide you throughout the program, providing support and guidance every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any current undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in one of the three colleges or universities in Conway, Arkansas (Hendrix College, University of Central Arkansas, and Central Baptist College) is eligible to apply.

The program consists of five sessions, including a retreat, held over the course of a semester. Fellows are also encouraged to participate in mentoring, internships, and other career development opportunities, but the time commitment for these activities is flexible and determined by each individual fellow.

The application process typically involves submitting an online application form, a resume, and a brief essay or personal statement. Selected applicants may be invited for an interview with CCLI staff.

CCLI fellows have the opportunity to participate in mentoring, internships, and other career development activities with local employers in the Conway area.

While the program is designed to encourage and develop a cohort of graduates interested in post-graduation employment in Conway, students who do not plan to stay in the area are still welcome to apply and participate in the program.

Ready to Launch Your Career with CCLI?

Apply now to join our upcoming cohort and unlock your potential. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your personal and professional growth in the thriving city of Conway!