Career Center to roll out new initiatives

July 19, 2017

Kathleen O’Keefe, director of the Career Center (left) and Ellen Bourhis Nolan, associate director (right), will roll out new initiatives this academic year to further assist Mount Saint Mary College students in obtaining internships, networking with local employers, and more. They are seen here hosting last year’s Senior Professional Development Conference.


As Mount Saint Mary College students look forward to the start of a new semester in August, the college’s Career Center is gearing up to provide them with enhanced internship options, new networking opportunities, and more.

The upcoming academic year brings updated programs and initiatives to the Career Center, which prepares students for varied career opportunities in the Hudson Valley, New York City, the Capital Region, and beyond.

“Our main focus will be employer relations – continuing to work with our established connections and building new relationships throughout the tristate region,” explained Kathleen O’Keefe, director of the Career Center.

O’Keefe and her team are also developing a new Career Center Advisory Committee. The committee will bring Career Center staff, faculty, and employers together to discuss workplace readiness, industry and hiring trends, and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and alumni.

The Career Center will continue to offer a variety of programs that have proven popular and effective. Mount seniors can look forward to the Real World Connections networking series and the annual Senior Professional Development Conference. Juniors will have the opportunity to connect with successful Mount alumni through Knight Shadow. And as always, all students can explore careers and industries through internships and workshops with local employers.

O’Keefe recently became the director of the Career Center upon the retirement of Janet Zeman, who laid the groundwork for the center more than 25 years ago.

O’Keefe has a long history with the Career Center: After working with the Mount’s Cooperative Education Program in the 1990s and taking some time to care for her newborn son, O’Keefe returned in 2005. She was promoted to associate director in 2012. All three of her children are Mount graduates.

In addition, longtime Mount employee Ellen Bourhis Nolan has assumed the role of associate director of the Career Center, and Heather Fitzsimmons and Robin Rosenberg have earned the title of Career Counselor. Regina Eisenbacher will continue to provide administrative support for the center.