For more than 150 years, we've been educating leaders to make positive changes in the world. That includes helping you build the career — or careers — that let you do so. 

Will you choose to go on to start a business? Enter graduate school? Volunteer for a program such as Peace Corp or Teach for America? Win a prestigious award such as a Watson or Fulbright? Find a position in government, non-profit, or business? Or will you follow in the footsteps of many of our graduates and craft a completely new career, one that can’t even be imagined yet?

We can help you build a solid foundation for whatever you may choose to pursue. 

Our educational approach gets you working on original research, writing, and art from your first year. Our academic support services help you address your weaknesses and build on your strength.  Strong mentorship in coursework and on-campus jobs give you ongoing experience you can take with you. 

Our alumni show what you can do with a Grinnell education. They’ve won many awards like the Nobel Prize, Emmys, Oscars, and Guggenheims. They transformed the digital age, from the silicon chip to big data. 

Collaborate with your professors and our Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) to get ready for your post-graduate career. We'll help you in career assessment, exploration, and decision-making. We work closely with our students and alumni to provide pre-professional development experiences, internships, on-campus visits by professionals in a variety of fields, and off-campus interviewing events.


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Gift establishes fund to help students prepare for careers around the world.
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