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!

April 23, 2014

Tell us about your summer job, internship, or travel experiences with the hastag #oxyatwork

We know that Oxy students' great work doesn't end on the last day of classes, and the CDC wants to hear about your summer experiences! No matter what you're doing to further your career this summer - interning at a nonprofit, volunteering abroad, landing your first full time job, anything! - tell us on social media.

Use the hashtag #OxyAtWork on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pintrest to fill us in about your summer. If you're not on social media, email us at We want pictures, videos, stories - anything about your summer plans!

Everyone who uses the hashtag will be entered to win a prize at the beginning of the fall semester!

Please note that if you have a...

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April 11, 2014

Still wondering what you'll be doing this summer? Check out some of these last-minute options.

1. E-Summer 

E-Summer is a dual-focused program that combines academic training and experiential leadership through two weeks of on-campus preparation and debriefing, sandwiching part-time unpaid summer internships with entrepreneurial organizations. Through E-Summer, you'll be given the chance to delve into the entrepreneurial community and form lasting relationships, as well as glean the sort of lessons that can only be learned on the job. Housing and meals are provided for on-campus components. Apply online via TigerLink.

2. The LA County Arts Internship Program

The Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program provides 10-week paid...

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March 19, 2014

Hoping to get ahead in your job search? Eager to impress potential employers? Looking for the perfect interview outfit? Then this may be your favorite week of the year.

Dress for Success Week is upon us, March 24-31, and the CDC's Courtney Stricklin is here to tell you all that you can get out of this week of great events!

During Dress for Success Week you’ll be able to:

  • Practice for the perfect interview
  • Create an effective LinkedIn profile
  • Get FREE professional clothes*
  • Have a professional picture taken
  • Get insider knowledge on upcoming recruiters
  • Network and impress potential employers

*Remember, the more DFSW programs you take advantage of, the more clothes you earn at the boutique so don’t miss anything!

Interview with a Tiger: Tuesday, March 25th

Dress for Success Week kicks off with our great mock interview program....

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March 7, 2014

Spring Break is for fun, definitely. But you’re bound to have some downtime.


  1. Research summer internships

The deadline for InternLA may have passed, but it’s not too late lock down your plans for the summer. Now is the time to research opportunities in your field of interest. The CDC has many resources to help you find and land an internship. Also, check out the many internship listings on TIGERlink. Generate a list of your top five choices, and start applying!

  1. Polish your resume

Take some time to make your resume pop. Spring Break is a great opportunity to add your experiences and accomplishments from this past year, and clean out any old...

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March 4, 2014

There's more to be gotten from the Oscars than just gold statues. Career advice abounds.

The red carpet has been rolled up, the year’s most glamorous night is over and it’s back to every day life. But there’s more to be gathered from this yearly ritual that all of us working folk can use in our own careers. CDC Coordinator and Marketing Manager, Ananda Dillon, gleaned some great career wisdom from Sunday night to share with all of you.

Mentorship & Support Is Invaluable
The Oscars kicked off, as they always do, with the first award being given for Best Supporting Actor. This year Jared Leto took home the honors for his work in Dallas Buyers Club and he began his...

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February 26, 2014

With graduation just around the corner for the Class of 2014, Rita Soultanian, Assistant Director of Career Counseling, tells students how to craft a killer resume for the real world.

This article was originally posted on The Choice Blog.

A lot of students who are preparing to enter the job market soon have had the same resume for years, maybe since high school, and have only made additions to it based on internships or volunteer experiences.  When you start applying for jobs, though, you may find that some of the information on it needs to be rebooted.  After-school jobs from your high school days may no longer be relevant, where you went to high school doesn’t matter much after college and you may need to sift...

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February 19, 2014

In honor of our annual speed networking event, Rita Soultanian, Assistant Director of Career Counseling, answers some common about networking and offers advice about building a network of your own.

This article was originally posted on The Choice Blog.

What exactly does “networking” mean? 

Networking means building and cultivating relationships. Often, it’s easy to forget that it’s about adding value to a relationship that counts, whether it be asking a question and receiving advice, or giving information that could be useful to the other party. You, like many students, may feel you don’t have much to contribute,a especially in the budding stages of a professional relationship, but it’s important to remember that down the line, you...

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February 14, 2014

The CDC hosts many amazing guest speakers every semester that provide students with wider perspectives on career options and advice for the world after Oxy.

This month, we were delighted to host two dynamite speakers. 

On February 3rd, entrepreneur and philanthropist Erin Michelson spoke to 20 students on her experience traveling to over 60 countries and helping individuals all over the world. Erin is creating a movement of likeminded people who are forming a global community of “Adventure Philanthropists.” She promotes her philosophy through her blog,, and her book, Adventure Philanthropist: Great Adventures Volunteering Abroad, which chronicles her adventures volunteering with organizations on all 7 continents. She inspires and motivates everyone she meets to make philanthropy a part of their lives.

Less than a week later on...

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February 7, 2014

A job shadowing experience sparks newfound motivation

This past winter break, Occidental students participated in the Walk In My Shoes (Away) program, shadowing professionals at 29 sites in 6 states. Hosts provided participants with 2-3 days of career exposure to learn what they do, how they do it, and why. Students got a behind-the-scenes view of a profession and the opportunity to begin building a network within the field.

Read more about WIMS Away here.

We’re showcasing a few students’ experiences with WIMS Away over the next few weeks. Summer Peet ’16 tells us how her time at a public health department inspired her to pursue her career goals.

My time spent at the Seattle and King County Public...

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February 7, 2014

2 cites. Over 35 internship sites. 1 amazing summer experience.

The Intern LA and Intern PDX programs are back! Last summer, paid student interns worked full-time at sites in Los Angeles and Portland ranging from publishing companies, to activist groups, to art galleries. With the successful launch of the program and with the continued support of the College, we are thrilled to continue to expand, bringing on additional sites of interest to Occidental students. This year, summer internships will be available at over 30 companies and organizations in the areas of arts & entertainment, business & entrepreneurship, law & policy, science & research, social services & advocacy, and media & technology. Detailed information about all the internship sites can be found on TigerLink.

To learn...

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