Student receiving her diploma

Student Resources

Welcome to Career Development at MCLA! We’re here to help you connect you with internships, graduate school opportunities, life-planning, and meaningful employment. 

Contact Dale Osef, Career Development Specialist, at for:

  • Resume Reviews
  • Cover Letter Reviews
  • LinkedIn/Networking Consultations
  • Mock Interviewing
  • Graduate School Planning

Contact Tony Napolitano, Internship/Employer Relations Coordinator, at for:

  • Internship Consultations
  • Job Shadowing Consultations
  • Career/Internship Fairs

    Student Employment

    Many MCLA students are awarded work study funds in their financial aid package.  There are also many jobs available for non-work study students.  A list of openings can be found here. Please see Human Resources for the necessary documentation to begin working at MCLA.
  • Student Employment

First Year Experience

MCLA Career Development recognizes how important it is to start your professional development journey early.  From orientation on forward, you will be engaged in a comprehensive career-planning curriculum. 

First, you will engage in self-discovery, via the O*NET Interest Profiler  O*Net provides you with a blueprint for the future.  It matches you with a three letter code that helps you learn more about yourself as an individual and what career paths might be best for you.

You will use what you learned from O*Net to understand your priorities and establish S.M.A.R.T. Goals.  S.M.A.R.T. stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound 

O*Net Info Sheet

It is our goal to empower you to create a path by which you can engage in personal and professional development. You can accomplish this by taking advantage of leadership opportunities and engagement with the Career Development Office at MCLA.  We believe that goal setting and follow-through are critical to success in early and on-going professional development. 

Career Development will continue to engage with you throughout your first year through a series of workshops, one on one coaching appointments, and more.

Check out our mock cover letter and resumes, tailored to the MCLA Experience.

Mock Cover Letter

Mock Resume One

Mock Resume Two

Sophomore Year

As a sophomore, you will likely have completed a job shadow.  While we encourage professional dress for shadowing experiences, it is a necessity for being successful in your next professional endeavor.  Please see our internships page for a complete guide to dressing for success.

Thinking about continuing your education?  Career Development has plenty of graduate school resources for you too.

It's never too early to start networking, but we believe you should start no later than Sophomore Year.  The easiest and most productive place to start is on LinkedIn.  Please see our guide below for all of the great resources LinkedIn can provide to you, as you progress through your professional journey.


Senior Year

As seniors and alumni, we encourage you to take advantage of a full range of resources, including: resume review; mock interviewing; drafting personal statement for graduate school; networking tips; and much more.

Things You Should Know

Resource Library

Please See our resource library below for excellent information on cover letters, resumes, interviewing, and the job search.

Cover LettersResumesInterviewingJob Search
3 Easy Steps to a Cover Letter Makeover3 Volunteer Opportunities That Will Seriously Boost Your Career10 Important Interview Prep Checklist StepsThe 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers
3 Good Reasons To Spend More Time on Your Cover Letter5 Skills Employers Want Their Employees to Have3 Sneaky Mind Tricks That Will Help You Ace The Interview6 Job Search Strategies for Graduates with Art Degrees
5 Easy Tips to Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out6 Reasons Why Internships Are a Must in College5 Keys to Acing Your Informational Interview7 Ways to Live Long and Prosper While Job Searching
Gearing Up for Grad School: Your CV or ResumeFinding -- And Quantifying -- Achievements for Your ResumeHow to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions8 Ways to Stand Out at a Career Fair
How to Organize a Cover Letter/EmailHow to Make Those "Silly Little Jobs" on Your Resume ShineSmart Job Interview Advice No One Ever Tells YouThe Definitive Social Media To-do List for Job Seekers
How to Write a Cover Letter That Will Get You HiredHow to Match Your Qualifications to a Job DescriptionThe Secret to Interviewing: It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say ItThe Top 100 Niche Job Boards on the Internet
From the Classroom to the Office: How to Write a Resume with no Job ExperienceThe Ultimate List of Tech Job Boards
Responsibilities vs. Accomplishments on Your ResumeJob Sites and Resources for Studio Artists
Top 100 Most Powerful Resume WordsWhat to Say When Connecting on LinkedIn
What to Put on Your Resume When You Have No Relevant Work Experience

Contact Us!

Eldridge Hall, Top Level

Phone: 413-662-5400


Fax: 413-662-5444


Dale OsefDale Osef
Career Development Specialist



Anthony NapolitanoAnthony Napolitano
Internship/Employer Relations Coordinator