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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, alumni panels 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 are an invaluable component of career development. According to the New England Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Class of 2015 Student Survey Report65% 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.

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

Paul Dunn

Paul Dunn

Integrative Career Development Coordinator

Kristina Smith

Kristina Smith

Administrative Assistant






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A few words on fit.


"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.


If you are looking for a college that: 


  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • 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

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities




…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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