In the centennial annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), President Carol Geary Schneider '67 called on colleges and universities to engage students in "signature work" that prepares them to integrate and apply their learning to real-world issues. A recent article in the AAC&U's Liberal Education highlights MHC's signature work with programs such as The Lynk, the College's curriculum-to-careers initiative. Students are required to participate in an applied learning experience outside of the classroom after their sophomore or junior year.
Mount Holyoke is unique in that "faculty and staff provide considerable scaffolding" of support. The Lynk provides every student with advising, networking opportunities, practical support, and the opportunity for financial subsidies for unpaid internships.