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Career and Graduate Study Planning


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:http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/cdo/ 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, Internships.com, and Internships-usa.com. 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 Interfolio.com to provide online credential services which may include letters of recommendation and other documents. Visit:http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/cdo/ 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

Internship Guidelines


Internship Guidelines

Students at Grinnell College may participate in a range of internship opportunities both during the academic year and in the summer. Summer internships are available throughout the world with options for variable credit and funding for first-, second- and third-year students. Fourth-year students may only apply for academic year internships. Many summer internships receive Grinnell College funding through one of three categories:  GRINNELLLINK (internships arranged by Grinnell College Alumni) and Grant or Endowed Programs.

Internships funded by Grinnell College, supported by a Faculty Sponsor, and approved by the Curriculum Committee, may receive 2 or 4 credits. Tuition is waived for the first 2 credits if a student receives College internship funding by applying through the Career Develpment Office's Universal Internship Application. Students are billed for any additional credits beyond the original 2 credits. Students who do not receive College internship funding may receive 2 or 4 credits for an internship if approved by the Curriculum Committee.  However, tuition is not waived and students are billed for all credits received.

Students may earn 4 credits for a part-time, academic-year internship. A total of 8 credits for internships may be counted toward graduation requirements; students may not participate in more than two credit-bearing internships. Students may accumulate no more than a total of 16 credits for the combination of practicum and internships. Students may not count toward graduation more than a total of 36 credits earned on internships, personal leaves, special leaves, and off-campus study programs, including ACM Summer Programs.

For the purpose of distribution, internships will be ascribed divisional credit (work in humanities, science, or social studies) and will not be listed under the heading of particular departments. Because of the nature of the internship placement, which necessitates pre-planning and off-campus community involvement, students may not withdraw after registration and no incompletes are granted.

The preferred grading option by the Curriculum Committee is S/D/F. If the Faculty Sponsor believes there is a compelling reason why this internship should be considered for the letter grade option, he/she must submit specific reasons along with the Academic Expectations of the Faculty Sponsor formwith the rest of the Universal Internship Application that needs to be submitted to the Career Development Office by the prescribed deadline each semester.

For internship deadlines, program details and downloadable applications, please consulthttp://www.grinnell.edu/offices/cdo/internships/.

Off-Campus Study


Grinnell is affiliated with nearly 100 off-campus study programs worldwide, and we offer two of our own: Grinnell-in-London and Grinnell-in- Washington. By the time they graduate, 55-60% of all Grinnell students have studied in a semester-or year-long program, either domestic or overseas.

As an adviser, it's important to raise the topic of off-campus study (OCS) early with your advisees.  Although they will not be eligible to study off-campus until their fifth semester at Grinnell, planning should start sooner. Students typically learn about programs and apply during their second year, but this process can start sooner if you direct it. Although studying in a new environment is a valuable learning experience in and of itself, the College believes the opportunity will be even more enriching if closely integrated with a student's coursework on campus. During the application process, great emphasis is placed on selecting a program that is compatible with academic goals, thus close planning among the student, his/her/hir adviser, and the OCS Office is advised. Further information is available on the OCS webpage.

Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center

The Rosenfield Center is the central gathering place at Grinnell. In addition to space for a range of campus offices, it contains the central dining room and kitchens of the College, the Spencer Grill, the Crady Mail Room, recreational areas and lounges, a multipurpose room, smaller meeting rooms, classrooms, and a gallery. The Rosenfield Center is named after longtime Grinnell College trustee and benefactor Joe Rosenfield ’25.

Parking near the building includes some accessible parking to the east, limited spaces in a small lot across 8th Avenue, and a large lot off 10th Avenue to the north.