Integrative Career Development

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The Office of Integrative Career Development partners with leading Southeastern Connecticut organizations to enhance its academic programs and increase pathways to professional employment for students. By collaborating with dynamic, successful organizations, Mitchell College provides its students with real-world, regionally-relevant experience and prepares its graduates for engaged citizenship in Southeastern Connecticut.

These community-based, hands-on experiences are part of every academic program, are guided by faculty members, and are provided all four academic years at Mitchell College. The Office of Integrative Career Development coordinates these experiences and prepares students to engage fully in each opportunity.

Preparation includes:

  • Sophomore Seminar with assigned professional mentor
  • Individualized career counseling
  • Resume and Cover Letter writing instruction and revision
  • Assistance with job, internship, and graduate school search
  • Interview skill development through Big Interview
  • Work Values and Strong Interest Inventory assessments
  • Local job fairs and professional speakers
  • Career Development special library collection

The Office of Integrative Career Development is located in the Duqués Academic Success Center, (860) 629-6115.

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Internships

Internships are an invaluable component of career development. According to the New England Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Class of 2015 Student Survey Report, 65% of graduating seniors had some kind of internship or co-op experience. And, according to their Job Outlook 2015 Survey Report, 75% of employers prefer relevant work experience and 60% prefer experience through an internship or co-op. Additionally, Maguire Associates share employer survey results that highlight the importance of internship experience.

At Mitchell College, we go well beyond the internship or co-op experience to create “pathways to employment” that begin in the very first semester and become progressively more complex and engaging every academic year! We work with successful businesses and organizations in Southeastern Connecticut to create these pathways, which include tours, job shadows, professional mentoring, rotational internships, and valuable professional projects to build students’ resumes and expand their professional network.

At Mitchell, both faculty members and Integrative Career Development staff help students connect to the opportunities that are right for them. From résumé writing and interview practice in Sophomore seminar, to participation in the Workforce Recruitment Program, to one-on-one support matching students to our dynamic partner sites, the process is guided, allowing students to explore the professional world confidently.

Study Abroad

International experiences expand your global perspective, strengthen your interpersonal and independent living skills and enhance your résumé. An international experience might be right for you! Consider your unique goals, your abilities and your limitations when exploring international opportunities. What do you hope to gain from the experience? How much support will you need to live, study or work abroad?

Some international opportunities are available through Mitchell College. For example, the Field Studies in Ecology class has traveled to the Bermuda Institute of Oceanographic Research and the Hospitality and Tourism Department has sent a student to Les Roches in Switzerland. Stay connected and watch for opportunities as you journey through your academic program at Mitchell College.

At Mitchell, we support your individual interests in every way we can. Whether you want to study, volunteer, work or intern abroad, we can introduce you to organizations that can make your dream a reality. Most international programs and organizations have associated fees, but they coordinate the challenging part for you: travel, housing, language, excursions and more. Contact the Office of Integrative Career Development to learn more or plan your semester abroad!

Workforce Recruitment Program

The Office of Integrative Career Development coordinates programs designed specifically for students with disabilities.

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is an excellent opportunity for college students with disabilities to interview with a federal recruiter for federal internships and jobs. Mitchell College participates in this program each fall semester, and the Office of Integrative Career Development and the Bentsen Learning Center jointly coordinate the process and support students in completing the application and preparing for the interview.

Meet the Staff

Amanda Ljubicic, M.S., C.P.R.W.

Amanda Ljubicic, M.S., C.P.R.W.

Director of Integrative Career Development

ljubicic_a@mitchell.edu
860-629-6115

Kristina Smith

Kristina Smith

Administrative Assistant

smith_kr@mitchell.edu
860-629-6206

Exposure to the professional world earlier and more often enables students to begin their careers with stronger networks, clearer goals, and a higher degree of confidence.

Amanda Ljubicic
Director of Integrative Learning

 

 

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