Girls’ Career Institute (GCI) , founded in 1947 is a program offered by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC (NJSFWC) for girls who will complete their junior year in high school.
Delegates are sponsored and the cost is underwritten by a local NJSFWC club. Delegates are selected on the basis of interest, community service and participation in school activities. The Club may be involved in the selection of the Delegate and the Alternate; if the high school should submit the names of students for consideration. The Club may interview and select the Delegate and the Alternate, if they choose.
GCI offers a “mini college experience.” Delegates will experience a sample of college life by living in a dorm, eating in a cafeteria, attending lectures and workshops. They will learn about career choices and how to network with other delegates from all over the state of New Jersey. Many establish lasting friendships with one another.
Clubwomen volunteer their time to act as housemothers for each wing. A nurse is on duty at all times. Delegates must be in their wing by 11:00 pm with lights out at 12:00 midnight.
Each NJSFWC District holds a GCI Reception prior to the June 10-13th event. The candidates and their families are invited to attend this orientation.
Many clubs invite the delegates back to their clubs after the GCI experience to share their experiences.