Integrative Career Development

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Contact ICD

Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm; 1pm-5pm
Duques Center, 2nd Floor

Students may schedule individual appointments by contacting:

Kristina Smith, ICD Administrative Assistant
Duques Center 212
860-701-3528
smith_k@mitchell.edu

Paul Dunn, ICD Coordinator
Duques Center 213
860-701-7739
dunn_p@mitchell.edu

Through Starfish at mitchell.edu/students

Employers may inquire about posting an internship or job opportunity by contacting:

Kristina Smith, ICD Administrative Assistant
Duques Center 212
860-701-3528
smith_k@mitchell.edu

Paul Dunn, ICD Coordinator
Duques Center 213
860-701-7739
dunn_p@mitchell.edu

Connect on LinkedIn

The relationship between career & Mitchell College in one word?

Solid.

Career is solidly embedded in the Mitchell College experience. It’s a career immersion model that relies on strong community partnerships and it goes well beyond the typical career office you find at most colleges.

With our distinctive Mitchell Ability Model and Integrative Career Development (ICD) program, learning – and networking – extends beyond the classroom from your first semester on campus. By partnering with leading Southeastern Connecticut organizations through ICD, students get…

  • behind the scenes observation
  • first-year through last-year networking opportunities
  • hands-on career experience throughout their time on campus

It’s real-world. It’s relevant. It’s immersive. And we will prepare you well for engaged citizenship in Southeastern Connecticut.

Applying abilities to career

Through the Mitchell Ability Model, students are continuously applying what they are learning in the classroom to career opportunities on campus and in the field. Integrative Career Development coordinates numerous experiences over all 4 years and prepares students to engage fully in each opportunity:

First Year

First Year students embark on self discovery and build academic skills while exploring career through:

  • learning their individual strengths and interests

  • connecting with our regional partners and developing an understanding of career opportunities

Second Year

Second year learning focuses on the 7 Essential Abilities and transferable skills. Career exploration this year includes:

  • resume writing

  • interviewing & business etiquette

  • networking and partner mentors

  • field trips and job shadowing

  • aligning career path with personal strengths and interests

Third Year

Third year students are selecting their Core area of academic study and beginning to explore possible concentrations. In preparation for career, students are applying Abilities they are mastering to:

  • on-campus career labs such as the Children’s Learning Center

  • internships

  • projects and volunteering

  • enrichment activities or specialized courses in high-interest areas

Fourth Year

Fourth year students continue their Core study and develop specialized skills in any chosen concentrations. Students continue skills-building and further refine career goals by:

  • applying abilities to on-campus career labs and internships

  • networking with regional ICD partners

  • taking advantage of local job fairs, alumni panels and professional speakers

  • setting professional or grad school goals

First Year

First Year students embark on self discovery and build academic skills while exploring career through:

  • learning their individual strengths and interests

  • connecting with our regional partners and developing an understanding of career opportunities

Third Year

Third year students are selecting their Core area of academic study and beginning to explore possible concentrations. In preparation for career, students are applying Abilities they are mastering to:

  • on-campus career labs such as the Children’s Learning Center

  • internships

  • projects and volunteering

  • enrichment activities or specialized courses in high-interest areas

Second Year

Second year learning focuses on the 7 Essential Abilities and transferable skills. Career exploration this year includes:

  • resume writing

  • interviewing & business etiquette

  • networking and partner mentors

  • field trips and job shadowing

  • aligning career path with personal strengths and interests

Fourth Year

Fourth year students continue their Core study and develop specialized skills in any chosen concentrations. Students continue skills-building and further refine career goals by:

  • applying abilities to on-campus career labs and internships

  • networking with regional ICD partners

  • taking advantage of local job fairs, alumni panels and professional speakers

  • setting professional or grad school goals

Internships

Internships are an invaluable component of career development.

According to the New England Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Class of 2017 Student Survey Report, “each graduating class from 2013-2017 has had at least 60% of students participate in an internship and/or co-op at some point in their college career.” And according to their Job Outlook 2017 Survey Report, 65% of employers prefer their candidates to have relevant work experience and 56% prefer the experience comes from an internship or co-op.

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.

Faculty members and Integrative Career Development staff help students connect to the opportunities that are right for them. From résumé writing and interview practice to one-on-one support matching students to our dynamic partner sites, the process is guided, allowing students to explore the professional world confidently.

Visit mitchell.edu/stories to learn how Mitchell students are applying knowledge to internships, projects and research.

Partners

Mitchell College ICD partners with leading Southeastern Connecticut organizations to enhance its academic programs and increase pathways to professional employment. By collaborating with dynamic, successful organizations, the College can benefit the community and best prepare its graduates for engaged citizenship in Southeastern Connecticut.

Current Partners

ARC of New London County
Atlantic Broadband
Brown & Brown Insurance
Chelsea Groton Bank
Community Solutions, Inc.
Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Connecticut Tigers
Daversa Partners
David McIlhenney Fitness Studio
Eugene O’Neill Theater
Fellowship House Ministries
Flock Theatre
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Garde Arts Center
G’s Fitness & Nutrition
Harbor Elementary School
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Masonicare at Mystic
Miranda Creative
Mohegan Sports
Mohegan Sun
Montville Youth Service Bureau
Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
Mystic Seaport
Nathan Hale Arts Magnet Elementary School
New London Recreation Department
New London Youth Affairs
Norwich Youth & Family Services
Ocean Community YMCA
Riverfront Children’s Center
Safe Futures
SARAH Inc.
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut
The Friendship School
The Spa at Norwich Inn
Vista Life Innovations
Waterford Youth & Family Services

Partner With Us!

Employers may inquire about partnering with ICD or posting an internship or job opportunity by contacting:

Kristina Smith, ICD Administrative Assistant
Duques Center 212
860-701-3528
smith_kr@mitchell.edu

Paul Dunn, ICD Coordinator
Duques Center 213
860-701-7739
dunn_p@mitchell.edu

Contact ICD

Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm; 1pm-5pm
Duques Center, 2nd Floor

Students may schedule individual appointments by contacting:

Kristina Smith, ICD Administrative Assistant
Duques Center 212
860-701-3528
smith_kr@mitchell.edu

Paul Dunn, ICD Coordinator
Duques Center 213
860-701-7739
dunn_p@mitchell.edu

Through Starfish at mitchell.edu/students

Please take a moment to complete a quick survey if you have had a recent appointment with the ICD office.  We appreciate your participation!

Employers may inquire about posting an internship or job opportunity by contacting:

Kristina Smith, ICD Administrative Assistant
Duques Center 212
860-701-3528
smith_kr@mitchell.edu

Paul Dunn, ICD Coordinator
Duques Center 213
860-701-7739
dunn_p@mitchell.edu

Student Stories
Visit mitchell.edu/stories to learn how Mitchell students are engaged in our region through internships and research experiences.

 

Alumni Career Services
Career services don’t end when you earn your Mitchell degree. ICD offers continuing services to Mitchell alumni, including:

+ resume and cover letter review
+ job search
+ networking strategies
+ interview preparation and more!

Connect on LinkedIn

Meet the ICD Staff

Paul Dunn

Paul Dunn

Integrative Career Development Coordinator

dunn_p@mitchell.edu
860-701-7739
Kristina Smith

Kristina Smith

Integrative Career Development Administrative Assistant

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  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

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…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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