Career Services for Students

The Office of Career Services is committed to helping students engage with the career planning process. We emphasize the development of lifetime tools and skills as the way to career growth and satisfaction. To learn more about the aims and goals of the Office, read our Mission statement.

Career Counseling

Counselors are available to meet with students seeking assistance in defining and planning their career goals, and learning internship and employment search strategies. Appointments and walk-in hours are available.

Career Assessments

Typically, the first step in the career counseling process is taking online assessments, which encourage students to explore their personalities, interests, values, and skills. After taking these assessments, students should set-up an appointment with a career counselor to discuss the results. Students are then encouraged to explore and research various career options and career fields.

Resume, Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter Guidance

Counselors are available to help draft and critique resumes, CV's, and cover letters intended for internships, job opportunities, and graduate school applications.

CareerLink

Career Link is Sarah Lawrence's online internship and job database. You can access CareerLink from your MySLC page. Once you have completed a short registration, you will have access to over a thousand listings, including internships, jobs, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities. If you need assistance with logging into or navigating within CareerLink, or need a password to register, please call the Office for assistance at (914) 395-2566.

Internships

An internship is an on-site learning experience in a work setting related to your personal, academic, or career interests. Placements exist in every job field from art to zoology. The benefits of interning are widely recognized, and approximately one-third of all Sarah Lawrence students participate in this popular career program during their four years. To explore internships, visit CareerLink or flip through a sample of CareerLink highlights in the Internship Directory available at the beginning of each semester. Please notify Internship Coordinator, Anne Marie Damiani, if you've attained an internship by filling out an Internship Placement Form.

At the conclusion of your internship, please fill out an Internship Evaluation Form.

Career and Internship Connections (CIC)

CIC blends the best of a career fair and a pre-screened interview event, offering students from 16 colleges and universities the unique opportunity to network and interview with companies over the winter break in the following cities: Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, New York, and Los Angeles.

Funded Internships in Visual Culture

The Annette McGuire Cravens Summer Internship Fund provides financial support to two undergraduate students interested in exploring careers in the visual arts and gain valuable experience in museums, galleries, exhibition spaces, community centers, and similar cultural venues. The deadline to apply is March 15. Download eligibility info and application»

Funded Internships in Photography

The Beth Block Foundation provides financial support to one undergraduate student partaking in a summer internship in fine art and/or documentary photography. The deadline to apply is April 15. Download eligibility info and application»

Jobs

Career counselors are here to help you create a great resume and cover letter, search for jobs, prepare for interviews, and launch your career.

Fall Recruiting Consortium (FRC)

In the fall, students are invited to this one-day recruiting event in NYC where they have the opportunity to apply for and interview with employers for full-time positions.

Mock Interviews

Mock interviews, which are performed by career counselors, allow students to practice interview skills and become more comfortable before the actual interview. Counselors provide valuable feedback on your interviewing strengths and weaknesses, as well as general recommendations for a successful first impression. If the student chooses, the interview can be videotaped. Mock interviews with a career counselor require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call (914) 395-2566, or email the Office.

Graduate/Professional School Advisement

Counselors can provide information about graduate and professional schools and guidance and support throughout the application process.

Credential File Service

The Office of Career Services offers a credential file service. A credential file contains letters of recommendation. Copies of these letters are mailed, at the credential holder’s request, to potential employers and graduate schools.

Start a Credential File

  • Fill out an Authorization Form, complete with your signature.
  • Return the form by mail or in person to the Office of Career Services.
  • Ask professors and employers to mail their letters of recommendation to the office (Bates 2S) on school or professional letterhead.
  • Note: If you plan on using the letter for a variety of applications, request a generic letter of recommendation.

Request a mailing

  • Email the Office of Career Services with a list of the letters you would like us to send.
  • Include a complete address for each mailing.
  • If your letters of recommendation need to be sent as part of a packet of application materials, we will seal your letters for each program in an envelope marked "confidential" and bulk mail the letters to your current address.
  • Note: Confidentiality rules prohibit us from allowing students to read their credential file. Once a letter of recommendation is on file, it is the office’s right to protect the privacy of the professor or professional who authored the letter.

Explore our Career Library

Visit the Office and peruse our Career Library. Our collection includes book such as: The Nonprofit Career Guide, The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People, Green Jobs, Making a Living While Making a Difference, Acing the Interview, Job Search Book for College Graduates, and Working Abroad. Books are not available to be checked-out, but students are welcome to sit and read in the Office and photocopy pages of interest.

Programs

Workshops

Workshops are round-table discussions on career-related topics offered on campus throughout the year.

Internship Fair

Hosted in the fall is SLC's own annual internship fair. Employers from various industries will be on campus to share information about their spring internships.

Information Sessions

Employers, nonprofits, governmental organizations, and representatives from graduate and professional schools visit campus to provide students with information regarding jobs, internships, and degree programs.

Employer Site Visits

Typically hosted by SLC alumane/i, employer site visits allow students a glance into a career field of interest. The schedule for each visit includes the employer’s overview of the organization, information about career and internship opportunities, a tour of the workplace, and a chance for students to network onsite with professionals. Co-sponsored by the Office of Alumnae/i Relations.

Career Symposium Program

Each year, authors and guest speakers are invited to talk on campus about career-related topics.

Alumnae/i Networking Panels

In collaboration with the Office of Alumnae/i Relations, the Office of Career Services offers networking panels. At these panels, Sarah Lawrence alumnae/i talk about their time at SLC, their transition to the workplace, and their current professional life.

Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fairs

Attend off-campus career, internship, and graduate school fairs.

Mentoring Program

This one-year program pairs rising seniors (mentees) with successful and seasoned professionals (mentors) who can provide advice, support, resources, and motivation in regards to career exploration. Mentors/Mentees are encouraged to communicate via email, phone calls, and at least two personal meetings throughout the year. While students are encouraged to participate in this valuable program, due to space limitations, interested students must submit an application. Co-sponsored by the Office of Alumnae/i Relations.

Thoughts on the Matter

Jeamme Chia

What was your favorite OCC program?

“I felt that it was a fantastic event because, as an international student, I had initially no idea about how personal finances worked here, and managed to leave the room at the end of the seminar with knowledge about credit reports, credit cards and personal management of finances.” –Jeamme Chia ‘13 on the "My Future, My Finances" event

Anthony Carter"It was really interesting to see the day-to-day work that goes into producing broadcast news. Most people only understand the industry from what they see on TV, and it was completely different to be behind the scenes. I also appreciated that the site visit was led by an SLC alum because he was someone who I could relate to that was also successful in his workplace." –Anthony Carter ’10 on the employer site visit to NY1: New York City's 24-Hour News Station

Why did you pursue an internship?

Zeph Colombatto“You can get something out of class, but a real world experience in the workforce of Manhattan is completely different. I have found that interning, first at GQ Magazine and then with fashion designer Simon Spurr, has given me a perspective on how the fashion industry works in a way that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. It’s getting an insider’s perspective.” –Zeph Colombatto’12, Internships at GQ Magazine, Simon Spurr