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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!

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 incredible...

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October 28, 2014

Myell is a Senior member of the CDC's Student Marketing Board. He shares his perspective on how the CDC furthered his career goals.

Hey there everyone! My name is Myell and I am currently a senior here at Oxy. I am also a new member to the Student Marketing Board this year.

When I came to college I had no Idea what I really wanted to do. For a good 8 months I was studying to be become a lawyer. Then, 3 months later, decided law was not the route for me. For a while, I thought I wanted to create change as an environmental policy maker. But turns out that’s not my forte either. So I gave up on finding a career in college. I figured I could major in something and hope all my experiences would lead to a career down the road. Then, this past summer I received an internship through the InternLA program out of the Career Development Center and I finally found the direction I wanted to go.

Internships are something I have...

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October 21, 2014

Are these enriching gap-year experiences for you? Getting to the Corps is this Thursday at 6:30 in Dumke Commons


For many students, going straight into graduate school or the work force isn’t the right choice. At the 2nd annual Getting to the Corps event this Thursday, nine organizations will be on campus to tell you all about another post-grad option – the gap year.

The guest list at this year’s Getting to the Corps is revamped and doubled in size. In addition to bringing back representatives from City Year, Americorps, Teach for America, and the Lutheran Volunteer Corps; the CDC is excited to welcome the Peace Corps, Reading Partners, Playworks, and Hope for the Homeless for the first time. Staff members and former participants from these organizations will be in attendance to speak to students about exciting opportunities in service, education, and activism. First, the...

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September 30, 2014

This month, InternLA/PDX showed off at the Reverse Career Fair and Google invaded campus for a day.

The CDC has had a terrific start to the new school year. With new programs like extended drop-in hours and Google Day, and the return of great programs like the Reverse Career Fair, we started the year with a bang.

At the Reverse Career Fair on September 4th, over 80 students turned out to hear about their peers’ experiences in the InternLA/InternPDX program. The interns presented about their summers at over 30 different job sites, in areas ranging from cancer research to museum curation. Attendees were treated to engaging posters, dioramas, and great stories. The CDC recognized the interns for their outstanding efforts, awarding  “Best Display” to Sara Samaha, “Best Audience Engagement” to Emiko Schwab, “Best Presentation to Daniel...

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September 23, 2014

Wondering what the CDC is all about? Check out this handy video!


September 12, 2014

Ananda Dillon is the CDC Coordinator and responsible for all those clever CDC posters you see everywhere. Unless you saw one you don't love, in which case she had nothing to do with it. 

Ananda Dillon

Career Center Coordinator & Marketing Manager

Seattle/Sioux Falls, SD

In 6 words or less, what exactly do you do at the CDC?
Fix details and grab students' attention.

What was your favorite subject in school?
English and History in equal parts.

What's your favorite place in LA?
A tie between The Last Bookstore downtown, or the Queen Mary in Long Beach (the most haunted place in America!)

Favorite place on campus?
Top of the AGC steps as the sun goes down.

What did you study in your undergrad and where?
I studied Cinema & Broadcast Arts...

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