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Integrative Career Development

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Office Hours, Spring 2022

All services will continue considering current health and safety precautions.  Students must schedule all appointments with ICD through Symplicity during Office Hours. 

Office Hours: MondayFriday: 8:30am-12pm; 1-5pm. Duques Center, 2nd Floor

Through Symplicity at

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:

Paul Dunn, ICD Coordinator
Duques Center 213

The relationship between career & Mitchell College in one word?


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.

Career, Mitchell College

Explore our 4-Year Plan for Career Success that takes students from developing a job search strategy to growing their network of professional contacts to gaining critical experience through internships — and beyond.

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

Third Year

Third year students are selecting their Core area of academic study and beginning to explore possible majors. 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 majors. 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 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 to learn how Mitchell students are applying knowledge to internships, projects and research.

Summer Internships

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Contact ICD

Office Hours: MondayFriday: 8:30am-12pm; 1-5pm. Duques Center, 2nd Floor

Through CSM Symplicity at

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 interested in posting an internship or job opportunity may register for an employer account through or can contact:  Paul Dunn, ICD Coordinator Duques Center 213

Student Stories
Visit 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!

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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


Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut
Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Fellowship House Ministries
Flock Theatre
G’s Fitness and Nutrition
Garde Arts Center
Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
Harbor Elementary School
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Mohegan Sun
Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
Mystic Seaport
Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School
New London Recreation Department
Norwich Sea Unicorns
Norwich Youth & Family Services
Regional Multicultural Magnet School
Safe Futures
St. Edmund’s Retreat on Enders Island
The Arc Eastern Connecticut
The Day
The Friendship School
The Spa at Norwich Inn
United States Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association
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:

Paul Dunn, ICD Coordinator
Duques Center 213

The Robert Andrew Cohen Internship Fund

Robert “Robbie” Cohen ’15, who passed away in 2020, was known to many as the “Mayor of Mitchell College,” an individual with a deep commitment to service and a supporter and friend to countless peers. He achieved his dream of a Walt Disney World internship and, after graduation, went on to his career in hospitality at Disney in Orlando, Florida, where he received numerous customer service awards. Thanks to generous anonymous donors, Mitchell College is honored to offer students the support and freedom to pursue internships to write their own story, as Robbie did.

The Robert Andrew Cohen Internship Fund provides financial support for current students or recent graduates, immediately after their senior year, who pursue non-paid and/or low paying internships. Funds give students the opportunity to develop industry-specific skills and professional experience, while defraying the costs associated with completing an internship opportunity.

Internship students can submit a request for funds for:

  • Housing
  • Travel
  • Wages
  • Other expenses associated with the internship opportunity

The application period begins on Thursday, Feb. 22 and will end on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 12pm.

Meet the ICD Staff

Career, Mitchell College

Paul Dunn

Integrative Career Development Coordinator


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