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How to Support Your Student

Carleton is committed to preparing students for fulfilling post-graduation lives and careers.  We believe that career development is an integral part of the Carleton experience, and are dedicated to providing resources, tools, and programs that allow students to progress in an individually-tailored, developmental arc that spans the four years students are on campus.

Parents and families can assist their student by encouraging them to meet regularly with a career coach, participate in Career Center programs, and read Career Center communications.

The Career Center works with all students, regardless of where they are in their career development journey.  If your student is hesitant to meet with a career coach because they don’t already have a clear career path in mind, please reassure them that we are happy to meet them wherever they are in their exploration and planning.

Ways to guide and encourage your student

Here are some ways in which we engage with students throughout their time at Carleton.  Encourage your student to participate in programs and activities that meet their particular needs and interests.

4 Year Chart

A few key points to remember:

Externships are a great way for students to start their career exploration process early.  Carleton’s growing externship program has put particular focus on creating opportunities for first-year and sophomore students.  While externships are open to students in every class year, we especially encourage first-year students to apply.

Internships are critically important experiences for students to learn in-depth about a career field of interest, and to build their network and resume.  Most employers expect students to have completed at least one internship during their college years.  Keep in mind that Carleton has funding available to support students undertaking unpaid and low-paying internships, so that students from all financial backgrounds can gain this experience.

Job interviews start early in the fall of senior year.  Students should return to campus senior fall with a polished resume and an interview suit.  

Career Center Communications

The Career Center communicates with students in many different ways.  All students receive a weekly Career Center email highlighting upcoming deadlines and programs.  Please encourage your student to read these messages!

If you’re interested in keeping up with Career Center events and opportunities, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  You can also check our events calendar regularly to keep up with what’s happening.


Career Center pages maintained by Andrea Kubinski
This page was last updated on 10 November 2020