Parent and Family Handbook

Career Planning and Development

The Career Development Center (CDC) provides support and encouragement to Macalester students in developing, interpreting, and applying their educational experience to meet their goals. The CDC offers services to assist students in negotiating the challenges and opportunities of a liberal arts education.

First and second year students will benefit from programs and individual advising related to deciding on a major, developing strategies for skill building through activities and involvement, finding summer employment, and linking academic experiences with career goals. The exploration of career possibilities is developing and expanding by the junior year when students are completing internships and building off-campus experiences. As students approach their senior year and career interests begin to take shape, career counseling includes building job search skills, preparing graduate/professional school/fellowship applications and networking with alumni.

There is a complete resource library for assistance in the many stages of career planning and a comprehensive web page providing 24/7 access to resources and information. Job listings and on-campus recruiting activities assist students in accessing employment opportunities -- part-time, full-time and summer. Workshops and special programs throughout the year focus on a variety of topics to provide students with the skills to be successful in their career endeavors over a lifetime in a global environment. Parents can keep up-to-date with the activities of the CDC by checking the bi-weekly CDC Newsletter, “Career Streets,” accessible from the CDC home page.

Internships are an integral part of the liberal arts curriculum at Macalester, enabling students to participate in structured, supervised learning experiences that enhance knowledge gained in previous coursework, connecting the theoretical with real world applications. Students also benefit from having opportunities to explore fields of interest as they crystallize their passions into an academic course of action and career path. The Internship Program works with students, faculty, sponsors, and community partners to create intentional, academically relevant learning experiences. Students may engage in internships in a wide range of off-campus settings that match their academic goals, including non-profit organizations, government, business, and the arts.