CLS Programs

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) team is eager to continue working with our incredibly talented students as we embark on another academic year together. All students—whether they are on- or off-campus—will have a similar experience with the CLS in 2020-21. As the new academic year commences, the CLS will be delivering its programs and services in a virtual/online format to all students. We will revisit and adapt our modes of delivery throughout the year in response to the latest public health guidance.


CLS advising appointments will continue to take place via video conference (Webex or Microsoft Teams) or over the phone. Students may continue to schedule appointments with CLS advisers via Handshake.

Common advising topics include:

  • Exploring Interests/Values/Strengths
  • Resume/Cover Letter Writing/Review
  • Job Searching/Internship Searching
  • Exploring Service/Volunteer Opportunities
  • Considering/Applying to Graduate and Professional School
  • Interview Prep (including Virtual Interviews)
  • Networking/Connecting with Alumni
  • Negotiating Offers
  • Exploring/Applying for Global Fellowships & Awards
  • Service or Social Innovation Project Mentoring

Workshops & Events

CLS will deliver its workshops and other programs in a webinar format and, when possible, record, edit, and post these events to the CLS YouTube channel. All CLS-sponsored events are posted in Handshake and featured in our weekly newsletter.

Job, Internship, and Post-Graduate Service Opportunities

The CLS will continue to cultivate, receive, and post internship, full-time employment, and post-graduate service opportunities in Handshake throughout the year. As the pandemic persists, we expect many of these to be “remote” opportunities. We have already received announcements for fall internships, several of which are virtual. Students actively on the market for an opportunity can setup their Handshake account to receive notifications when new positions are posted that match their interests/search criteria.

Service, Social Innovation, and Community-engaged Learning

Service and social innovation activities including workshops, Service Learning Work-Study, local volunteer activities, and Grinnell Prize events will take place virtually. Until further notice, course-based community engaged activities will also take place remotely.

Nationally Competitive Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards

At present, all nationally competitive nomination-based awards (and many other awards) are moving forward with their 2020-2021 endorsement and selection cycles, whether it is an award for international or domestic experiences including funding for research, teaching, exploration, graduate school, and even study abroad. All advising and the Grinnell nomination selection processes will be completed through virtual platforms.

Recruiting Events

Both on-campus and consortia recruiting events (i.e., interviews and career fairs) will be conducted virtually. This includes our Chicago Interview Day, all recruiting events coordinated by the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium, as well as employer information sessions. We are investigating the possibility of hosting a new series of virtual career fairs this year.

Industry Tours/Treks and Externships

The CLS has suspended its signature programs that involve student travel for the 2020-21 academic year, which includes AltBreak, Treks, and Externships. As a result, the CLS staff will continue exploring new virtual programs and offerings that will foster similar student development outcomes.

Communications to Students

When the school year commences, the CLS will resume publishing a weekly newsletter—featuring relevant content and new opportunities—as well as a weekly events update highlighting upcoming virtual events. Students are also encouraged to follow the CLS on Facebook and Instagram.

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