Parent Resources

Here in Career Services, it is our top priority to give your student the tools and resources to find meaningful internships, graduate school experiences, and successful employment after graduation from MCLA.  Below, you will find general information about our internship program, our approach to graduate school preparation, and on-campus post-graduate recruitment.  Contact us at any time for questions.

First Year Curriculum

During the first year, students will be introduced to a comprehensive career planning curriculum.  Students engage in self-discovery via the O*NET Interest Profiler. O*Net provides students with a blueprint for the future.  It matches students with a three letter code.  This code facilitates a better understanding of themselves, their career preferences, and what career paths might be best for them.

Students are advised to put what they learned from O*Net, and their own priorities, to work by establishing S.M.A.R.T. GoalsS.M.A.R.T:

  • Specific;
  • Measurable;
  • Achievable;
  • Realistic;
  • Time-Bound.

It is our goal to empower students to create a path by which they can engage in personal and career exploration through leadership opportunities and engagement with the MCLA Career Services Office.  Effective goal setting and follow through are critical to success in early and on going professional development. 

Career Services engages with students during their first year through a series of workshops, individual coaching appointments, and more!


Our internship process engages a comprehensive approach.  Students are supported in: identifying meaningful internship opportunities, the application process, and navigating relationships with employers and faculty sponsors. The faculty sponsor oversees the internship experience and encourages and evaluates effective learning outcomes from the internship experience.

Our students have recently found great success at:

Graduate School

MCLA places great emphasis in the value a graduate school experience.  Many of our students are interested in pursuing advanced degrees in law, medicine, business, and other fields. 

The Career Services Resource Room includes a graduate school preparatory resource library.  There, we house the latest practice materials from Kaplan Inc. for the:

  • GMAT;
  • GRE;
  • LSAT;
  • MCAT. 

Students can access these materials to prepare for their exams right in the Bowman Hall Career Services Resource Room.  A career services professional is available to assist with personal statements, mock interviews, and other related topics.

On-campus Employer Recruitment

Each year, MCLA hosts a variety of programs to connect our students directly with employers.  Most notably, we host a fall career and internship fair, and a spring "Career Kick Start" program.  Annually, MCLA welcomes over 100 employers to campus to connect MCLA students to employment and internship opportunities.  Visiting employers include:

Please call MCLA Career Services at 413-662-5332 to learn more about our programs and services.