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Career Forward

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.

    Our career communities offer you tailored support and programming if you’re interested in any of seven fields: business and finance; health professions; arts, media, and communications; education; government and social service; law; and STEM.

    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.

    Recent employers for the class of 2016:

    • Amazon (multiple locations)
    • Board of Directors of Federal Reserve (Washington, DC)
    • Center for Italian Modern Art (New York, NY)
    • Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, M.A.)
    • Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
    • Deutsche Bank (New York, NY)
    • Epic Systems (Madison, WI)
    • Facebook (Dublin, Ireland)
    • Goldman Sachs (New York, NY)
    • Google (Mountain View, CA)
    • IBM (Boston, M.A.)
    • National Alliance on Mental Health (Arlington, VA)
    • Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)
    • TIAA (New York, NY)
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Washington, DC)
    • University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN)
    • U.S. Geological Survey (Wall, SD)
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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.

    Here are a few examples of where Grinnellians have interned:

    • Amazon (multiple locations)
    • Aarogya Foundation (Kathmandu, Nepal)
    • Bloomberg (New York, NY)
    • Center for Constitutional Rights (Washington, DC)
    • Ernst & Young (Mumbai, India)
    • Facebook (multiple locations)
    • Foundation for Sustainable Development (Masaka, Uganda)
    • Goldman Sachs (Jersey City, NJ)
    • Google (multiple locations)
    • International Bridges to Justice (Geneva, Switzerland)
    • Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
    • New England Aquarium (Boston, MA)
    • Sierra Club (Seattle, WA)
    • Sonco Wasi (Cusco, Peru)
    • U.S. Senate (Washington, DC)
    • U.S. Department of State (Munich, Germany)
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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 schools attended by the class of 2016:

    • Brown University
    • Columbia University
    • Georgetown University
    • Iowa State University
    • George Washington Univ.
    • Universität Heidelberg
    • University of Chicago
    • University of Iowa
    • University of Michigan
    • Univ. of Northern Colorado
    • University of Notre Dame
    • University of Oregon
    • Univ. of Utah
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Washington University
    • Yale University

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