The Career Development Center (CDC) serves as the central coordinating point for the College’s career education and programs. The CDC serves as the instituional leaders and content experts in assisting students with self-discovery, career exploration reality testing through experiential opportunities and the implememtation of career strategies for future success. Through applied transsformative training, experiences and programs, the CDC prepares Saint Anselm College students to be professionally resilient leaders and global citizens. Through collaborations with faculty, alumni, community and business partners, the CDC provides a framework for the application of learning outcomes flowing from the liberal arts curriculum.
The Career Development Center strives to…
- serve as the professional resource that supports all aspects of experiential education;
- foster engaged learning opportunities for our students by strengthening partnerships with diverse organizations, businesses, agencies and alumni;
- showcase the College’s commitment to providing opportunities for acquiring practical experience leading to professionally engaged and enriched lives;
- enhance the professional development of our students through interconnected campus partnerships and dynamic employer and alumni relations
- ensure that Saint Anselm College graduates successfully reach their post-graduate goals.
A liberal arts college, Saint Anselm provides an educational foundation which allows its students to make informed judgments regarding career options, including graduate or professional school and employment opportunities. The Career Development Center offers assistance to students and recent graduates in planning careers and identifying experiential or professional opportunities.
The College enrolls all students in a secure career management system that features local, regional and national job and internship posting boards, as well as tutorials and special topics relating to career exploration, preparation and professionalism. Personalized information on career fields, potential employers, internship and job search strategies, professional preparation and expectations, and graduate or professional school decision making is supported through individual appointments and targeted outreach. In addition, workshops, alumni visits and special employer events regularly address topics such as resume writing, job search correspondence, interviewing, career exploration and decision making.
Individual counseling is offered to students in order to develop a specific career plan that best meets the student’s needs. Self-assessment tools, including occupational selection are available to students who require an in-depth exploration of career-related issues. Students are encouraged to utilize CDC services beginning in their freshman year in order to fully develop and understand their skills, interests and values in relation to employment and graduate school opportunities.
Saint Anselm maintains contact with a variety of external organizations and constituencies which offer on and off campus recruitment activities. The College career management system, Handshake, allows students to schedule one-on-one career advising appointments, register for career programs and events, gain access to career resources as well as access to thousands of internship and job postings.
The Career Development Center also serves as a support system to the businesses, organizations and agencies throughout local, national and international communities, who have interest in selecting our students for internships. Students learn about the nature of the workplace and how organizations and people function together to create a network of contacts and opportunities. Internships enable students to explore career options while assisting community partners and other College constituents in enhancing the productivity of their respective businesses.
Students are committed to a specified amount of hours at each site, while also attending a bi-weekly academic seminar. The course serves as the opportunity for in-depth career development and also as the reflective component of the internship.
Summer internships are also a very popular option for students. Upon approval of a summer internship proposal, students may participate in internships anywhere in the United State or abroad. Students often use this opportunity to intern full-time and gain invaluable experience in their respective field of choice. The academic component remains prevalent in the program. Distance learning technology is utilized for the review and submission of all assignments.
Although the CDC serves as the central advising point for all students interested in any internship, students participating in an internship for general elective credit in Economics and Business, in particular, are advised and taught by CDC staff members. Dependent upon the needs of the student and agency, students commit 84-560 hours each semester working at the internship site. Upon the successful completion of the internship and course, students are awarded academic credit. Generally counted as “electives,” credits garnered from the internship program may be used to fulfill graduation requirements.
Some areas of internship interest include:
- Graphic Design
- Health Care
- Criminal Justice
- Public Relations
- Financial Planning
- Human Services