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About the Center for Careers, Life, and Service

About Us

A career is more than just a series of jobs. Grinnell’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service, affectionately known as the “CLS” on campus, works with students to design a life that encompasses their personal, professional, and civic ambitions. We believe one’s impact, satisfaction, and sense of purpose are maximized when one is able to align their values, strengths, and curiosities. We encourage students to not only ask themselves what they want to do, but what problem they want to solve. 

Achieving this outcome is no small task. We begin working with students early—before they even attend their first class at Grinnell. Every incoming first-year student is assigned a CLS Exploratory Adviser. Students work with their Exploratory Adviser, along with a cadre of specialized CLS advisers, throughout their undergraduate years and into their life as an alum. Through proactive and consistent engagement, Grinnell students are poised to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose. 

Mission

To empower students and alumni to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose. 

Vision

All Grinnellians leading lives of meaning and purpose. 

Our Model

Advising & Exploration: The Advising & Exploration Team helps students explore, discern, and articulate their values, strengths, and interests through individualized advising, self-reflection activities, on- and off-campus experiences, alumni connections, and more. 

Career Communities: As students develop a greater sense of direction, they transition to one or more of the CLS’s seven distinct Career Communities, where they receive specialized advising and programming designed to focus and connect their values, strengths, and interests to particular post-graduate goals and ambitions.   

Global Fellowships & Awards: The Global Fellowships and Awards Team coaches and advises students and alumni through the reflection, application, and nomination processes for highly selective awards including the Watson, Truman, Fulbright, and other post-graduate awards and scholarships. 

Service & Social Innovation: The Service and Social Innovation Team offers advising for civic exploration as well as support for service and social innovation experiences such as volunteering, community-based learning courses, Service Learning Work-Study, Alternative Break service projects, and local social innovation projects and workshops.   

Employer Engagement: The Employer Engagement Team develops, coordinates, and manages outreach and engagement activities to increase the volume, caliber, and diversity of internships, full-time employment, and other post-graduate opportunities for Grinnell students. 

Technology

Handshake: Handshake is Grinnell’s online platform for finding jobs and internships, making appointments with advisers, and registering for CLS events. Students use their Grinnell username and password to log in. Once logged in, students can customize their experience by completing their profile and adding career interests. 

Grinnell Connect: Grinnell Connect is the online community where students and alumni connect, network with one another, provide/receive mentoring, and share opportunities. Students and alumni may log in using LinkedIn or Facebook. 

Staff

Contact Us

1127 Park Street 

Grinnell, IA  50112 

career@grinnell.edu 

641-269-4940