While other colleges have traditional career services offices, Connecticut College’s Office of Career and Professional Development is different. Through this program, students explore self-assessment, practice professional skills, learn how to articulate what is being learned in and out of the classroom, and shape coursework and activities, all of which may culminate in a career-related, College-funded internship.
Assistance is available for all students and seniors embarking on job searches, fellowships and graduate school applications. If you are a transfer student, we will customize your program to maximize the time you have at Connecticut College.
Career and professional development from the start
As a student at Connecticut College, your introduction to career preparation begins through your First-Year Seminar (FYS). Career Advisers are part of the FYS team-advising model and are affiliated with each of these classes. Through these, Career Advisers deliver the first two career ‘contact sessions’, which set you on the path to eligibility for internship funding and establishing a working relationship with Career staff (professional staff, peer fellows and graduate student interns). You will begin to identify your interests, find the academic pursuits, campus organizations and leadership opportunities that will help develop skills matching those interests, and tailor your liberal arts experience to your goals.
Four years of comprehensive career programming
This focus on preparing for what comes next continues throughout your Connecticut College experience. The Office of Career and Professional Development offers four years of sessions/workshops, access to resources and personal advising — as well as a funded internship — to help you leverage the value of your liberal arts education.
These sessions are paired with one-on-one advising with your Career Adviser and opportunities for group advising. For most students — 88 percent since 2008 — this work culminates in a College-funded internship with a $3,000 educational award, conducted the summer between the junior and senior years.
In your senior year, your Career Adviser will continue to work with you to create a personalized action plan, provide you with job-search assistance, facilitate networking with alumni, guide you through on and off-campus recruiting opportunities, and advise on graduate and professional school applications.
"My experience at the Office of Career and Professional Development definitely prepared me for life after Conn. In each workshop, I learned valuable skills that prepared me to craft cover letters, enhance my resume, and interview throughout my job and internship search. Meeting individually with my Career Adviser not only helped me align my academic interests and professional goals, but also gave me the confidence to propose my own internship the summer after my sophomore year. Now that I've entered the workforce, I know that my four years in the career program will help me begin to build my professional career." - Leah Swinson '15
Elements of the career program
Starting with your First-Year Seminar (FYS) and continuing throughout your time at the College, you will participate in programming and workshops focused on self-assessment and the development of career-related skills. Sessions cover important information such as connecting what you are learning in and out of the classroom to the real world and career, and professional skills development (résumé and cover letter creation, professional communication, interviewing and more).
Have additional questions? Try our Office of Career and Professional Development FAQ.
Senior and junior fellows help with the internship and job search process. The Fellows program provides a selected and highly trained paraprofessional student staff to augment the services of the professional career advisers. Fellows lead workshops and are available for individual appointments. They also conduct all first-year intake appointments, as well as resumé and cover letter critiques.
Are you a current Connecticut College student interested in becoming a Fellow? Talk to your Career Adviser.