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Career Forward

Preparation for careers that matter.

Where can you go from the middle of Iowa? Anywhere. And Grinnellians prove it, time and time again. We know you’re looking ahead: the next semester, the next year, the next chapter of your life. That’s why every course and experience at Grinnell is designed to inspire what’s next for you, as you move toward a life and a career full of purpose and growth.

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    Center for Careers, Life, and Service

    Turning your interests into action.

    In your first semester, you’ll be paired with one of the 22 staff members from the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS), who will serve as your career adviser at Grinnell. They’ll help you with résumés, cover letters, head shots, etiquette dinners, mock interviews, grad school applications, alumni connections, and more.

    Through specialized advising and connections to peers, recruiters, and alumni, you’ll dive into a specific industry and find opportunities as an undergraduate. Through experiential learning and a range of accessible services, you’ll feel more prepared for post-college life in your particular field. It’s part of the reason more than 95 percent of our recent graduates say they feel satisfied about their career so far.

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    Internships and Externships

    Gain a greater understanding of what’s out there.

    Use your summers for internships. The CLS will help you locate one that’s a good fit and, if it’s unpaid or doesn’t pay quite enough, you can apply for funding. In 2017, the CLS provided over $450,000 to help cover students’ housing, food, and transportation expenses. We want to make sure you never have to say no to a great opportunity in New York or Beijing because of finances.

    During spring break in your first or second year, you can choose to obtain a fully funded job-shadowing opportunity with a Grinnell alum. These “externships” let you get a taste of a career to see if it’s something you want to explore further. And you don’t even have to have declared a major yet.

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    Graduate School Opportunities

    Go forth from Grinnell. And take your education further.

    Grinnell College has a rich tradition of preparing its students for graduate study in a wide range of disciplines and degree programs. Inquiry-based learning, individualized advising, and the rigorous curriculum provide students with an exceptional academic foundation on which to build in graduate or professional school. Among Grinnell alumni, 51 percent hold an advanced degree within 10 years of graduation.

Graduate Outcomes - All Majors Career Outcomes

First Destinations

  • 57% Employment
  • 20% Graduate School
  • 11% Post-Graduate Service
  • 6% Fellowships
  • 3% Continuing Education
  • 3% Other

Employment

94%
Positions related to Career Goals

Employer

  • Amazon
  • Artsy
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Epic Systems
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • McKinsey & Company
  • NYC Department of Education
  • RAND Corporation
  • SPRING/BREAK Art Show
  • Teach for America
  • The Brookings Institution
  • Urban Institute

Graduate Schools

89%
89% Accepted to 1st- or 2nd- choice programs

Institutions

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Columbia University
  • Emory University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University in St. Louis

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