Career and Post-Graduate Study Planning

As an academic adviser, the CDO relies on you as the first connection in the career development of our students. Below they list many reasons you could send one of your students to see a staff member there. Other resources, such as the Office of Social Commitment and the Community Service Program, can be equally helpful in students' career decision-making and experiential learning. Career Development Office (1127 Park Street, x4940) assists students in their career development through a variety of ways:

  • Career Counseling - The CDO staff assists students with self-assessment and career exploration in addition to enhancing job/graduate school search techniques.
  • Assessment - Students may use FOCUS, an interactive computerized guidance system that helps students explore values, interests and abilities. To assist in the career advising process, the Career Development Office staff may incorporate a variety of other instruments including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Each of these can be helpful in matching individual interests in occupational choices.
  • Recruiting - Organizations, companies and graduate schools visit the Career Development Office each year to conduct preliminary interviews with prospective candidates. Additionally, students may apply to the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium (SLAC) interview events in Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. These interviews provide great opportunities for networking and developing interview skills.
  • Information Sessions - The Career Development Office offers sessions on a variety of topics including resume writing, networking, choosing a major, internships and more. Visit: for a complete schedule.
  • Mock Interviews - Practice interview appointments utilize video recording and individual feedback to enhance interviewing skills.
  • Network Opportunities - The Career Development Office works collaboratively with the Wilson Program, Rosenfield Program, and Alumni Relations to bring alumni and other guests to campus for informal networking receptions, Career Connections and recruitment opportunities.
  • Career Resource Library - The Career Library in the Career Development Office houses literature on career fields, information on companies as well as graduate and professional schools, and resources to enhance job and internship searches.
  • Communication and Connections - PioneerLink, the Career Development Office's online career management system provides access to local and national opportunity postings, resume and document tools, and direct application capabilities. The Career Development Office also provides connections to thousands of internships and job postings via subscription databases: (SLAC) Selective Liberal Arts Consortium, (LACN) Liberal Arts Career Network,, and In addition, a weekly electronic newsletter is distributed to all students. These newsletters highlight services, event details, internship opportunities, upcoming deadlines, and other resources.
  • Credential Service - The Career Development Office partners with to provide online credential services which may include letters of recommendation and other documents. Visit: for complete details.

Office Of Social Commitment (Doug Cutchins, x4408) directs students to post-graduate service opportunities and advises students in their applications to major scholarships and fellowships.

  • Post-graduation Service Programs - Peace Corps, Teach for America, Americorps, etc.
  • Grinnell Corps programs - Lesotho, Namibia, Grinnell, New Orleans, Nanjing, and Thailand
  • Scholarships and Fellowships - Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman, Watson, Goldwater, etc.
  • All-campus Merit Awards - President's Medal, Obermiller Scholarship, Wall Scholarship, etc.
  • Alternative Break - Fall and spring break service programs across the United States

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM (Center for Religion, Spirituality & Social Justice, x4827) provides a clearinghouse for students to connect with community needs.

  • Connect theory and practice through volunteer service
  • Student-led outreach project with kids, people with disabilities, people in poverty or the elderly
  • ESL or literacy tutoring
  • Tutor or classroom assistant in the local schools or Head Start preschool program
  • Buddy/mentor program for local youth
  • Prepare and serve a meal at the free Community Meal