Career Development Center


Check here often for the latest from Oxy students, parents, alumni, and Oxy employers, and to learn about all of the exciting happenings in the Career Development Center!

March 18, 2015

A student interested in public health lands an amazing opportunity with help from the CDC

Hello everyone! My name is Denzel Tongue. I am a sophomore sociology major and public health minor. I’m a member of the CDC’s Student Marketing Board and the Diversity Initiative Intern in Admissions Office. I am also involved with a variety of activities on campus including: Lacrosse, the Black Student Alliance, and the Dean’s Advisory Council. (Quite a bit, am I right?)

This year has been incredibly busy for me, and I’m loving every minute of it. I feel that one of the main reasons I have had the opportunity to access so many resources and opportunities has been my connection to the Career Development Center. When I was a freshman I took an early draft of my resume into CDC drop in hours not knowing what to expect. In the end I came out with a resume marked up so heavily...

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March 4, 2015

No plans to head Cabo or Miami this week? Put your free time to good use!

Pro tip: Use your break to set up an informational interview with a professional in a field you’re interested in. Informational interviewing is a non-threatening process of gathering information about possible career paths that you might not know a lot about. You can also use the interview to build your personal network and increase your chances of getting a job in the future.

Step  1: Finding and Contacting Your Interviewee

  • Ask people in your personal network (family, friends, roommates, neighbors, relatives, past employers, professors, etc) to connect you with people in the field you’re interested in. You can also check out Oxy’s online alumni directory or ask the CDC for recruiter...
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February 25, 2015

Distinguished Alumni share their advice for current students

Founded in 1894, the Board of Governors oversees the work of the Alumni Association to serve Oxy graduates. The CDC asked these Oxy grads to share a few words of wisdom with the student body. Flip through the slideshow below to see what they had to say.
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February 18, 2015

A first-year, first-generation student discusses how the CDC helped her focus her goals and find belonging at Oxy.

Ya’ll probably do not know me because I am a first-year here at Oxy.

My name is Veronica Hernandez and I am currently pursuing a career in Public Health. I am planning on majoring in UEP and minoring in Public Health. But, I have always had an interest in marketing and planning. Kinda all over the place.

I am also very, very lucky to be part of the CDC’s Student Marketing Board.

Because I’m only a first-year, I have not taken full advantage of what the CDC has to offer, but I will tell you about why I am not scared to move forward through my career at Oxy.

I found out about the Career Development Center during my stay at Oxy during the Multicultural Summer Institute (MSI). Dom, who was the Assistant Director at the ICC at the time, got to know me a...

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January 28, 2015

Lookout for the first InternLA/PDX info sessions this week

It’s that time of year again! We’re gearing up for InternLA/PDX, the CDC’s donor-funded summer internship program that places dozens of students at sites in LA and Portland every summer.

Attend an info session:

Thursday, 2/5 at 12pm in Fowler 302

Tuesday 2/10 at 4:30pm in Fowler 302

Wednesday 2/11 at 5:30pm in Fowler 302

We will also offer application training days and a “Resumania” resume-building day later in the semester.

This year, over 35 sites will host student interns. There are opportunities in six focus areas: Business & Entrepreneurship, Media & Entertainment, Visual & Performing Arts, Law & Policy, Social Services & Advocacy...

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January 21, 2015

There’s a lot to look forward to in 2015!

Happy New Year, Tigers! We hope you had a fun and relaxing break. As you get back into the swing of things on campus, don’t forget to stop by the CDC and check out what we have planned for 2015.

Construction begins this semester on an all-new space called the Center for Graduate Success, which will bring together the CDC, the Pre-Health Advising Center, and the Center for National Awards. Until the grand opening, you can find all the familiar, friendly faces of the CDC in South Trailer A.

There are a variety of opportunities coming this semester that a savvy student should keep on their radar. Check out our calendar for a full list of all the amazing things happening with the CDC. As usual, many corporations, non-profits, and grad schools are coming to campus to...

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November 25, 2014

Natalie tells us how the CDC helped her find direction throughout her college career

Hello all! My name is Natalie Thomas and I am a member of the Student Marketing Board and a student worker in the Career Development Center (my official title is the Employer Relations Assistant - kind of a big deal). I am a senior Economics major with minors in Spanish and CTSJ. Growing up, I had a dream of one day becoming an artist, a firewoman, a Nickelodeon star, or Piglet from Winnie the Pooh.  By the time I got to fifth grade, I figured I should put my extreme talking skills to use and become the next Elle Woods. By eighth grade I wanted to go to Capitol Hill, or work at the UN and end genocide. Throughout high school, I had the UN in my thoughts, but also had a lot of interest in business, English, going to the Peace Corps, the entertainment industry, and acting. Clearly I wasn...

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November 18, 2014

Allegria Berg ’15, Senior CDC Assistant, says that the CDC connected her to meaningful internships and professional connections

I’ve worked for the CDC since the middle of my sophomore year; however, I was very familiar with their services before I was lucky enough to be hired as a member of the student worker team. I reached out to them in my first year, at which point I had a personal counseling appointment and attended numerous drop-in sessions. Thanks to these preparations, I was able to secure an internship with Warner Music Group for the summer after my sophomore year. This experience led into the incredible series of internships that I’ve completed during my time at Oxy.

I came to Oxy knowing I wanted to work in the music industry, but with no real focus on the exact kind of career I wanted. Thanks to the CDC, I have been able to pursue internships in licensing, management, and radio promotions with a...

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November 11, 2014

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Get pumped for the CDC’s first ever Education Night!

For students interested in education, an exciting opportunity is coming up on Tuesday, November 18th. From 6:30-8:30pm in Dumke Commons, students will be able to hear from top education programs, including fellowships, gap years, and graduate schools. The CDC will welcome recruiters from Aspire Public Schools, City Year, LA Urban Teacher Residency, Urban Teacher Center, the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching program, and the Whittier College Teaching Credential and Masters in Education program. In addition, alums from Oxy’s own education department will be available to discuss their career paths.

Much like previous industry nights put on by the CDC, the evening will begin with a panel discussion – the representatives will discuss their organizations’...

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October 30, 2014

Koby provides another student perspective from the CDC Student Marketing Board.

Disclaimer: Koby was not paid to write this blog post, as glowing as it is.

Wassup everybody, my name is Koby Deitz but you can call me No one actually calls me that, but that’s one of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s nicknames and he’s a pretty awesome dude, so I guess that’s really just kind of wishful thinking on my part. Anyway, I’m a Junior Economics major, UEP minor, and I’m a member of the CDC’s Student Marketing Board.

Now, you might be thinking that the only reason I’m writing a blog post about the CDC is because I’m on said board and therefore required to do so and you know what, you wouldn’t be wrong. That being said, I’m so glad to have been provided this outlet to talk up the...

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