All under one roof, the Career Center and Study Abroad at Mount Saint Mary College work together to prepare students for an exciting life after college. By combining the two departments, we offer our students even more opportunities to capitalize on these experiences.
The Mount knows that job success and studying abroad go hand-in-hand: After all, Fortune 500 executives have said that they were “much more likely” to hire someone with international experience over a student who had only studied domestically.
The Career Center
Ask Mount alumni to name their mentors, and many will include a staff member from the Career Center. Mount students benefit from a number of free resources the office provides, including:
- Numerous programs throughout the year, including networking opportunities and speakers on career readiness and job growth
- Resume and cover letter proofreading
- Professional development opportunities
- Career exploration and interest assessments
- Internship coordination
- Job search assistance
Most importantly, however, students of every major find the Career Center to be a haven of support, coaching and cheering them on throughout their entire college career and beyond.
Junior Psychology major Jennefer Ferdous encourages freshman students to reach out to the Career Center from the very beginning of their college careers. “One of the great things about the Mount is its career services in the Career Center. Many students go to the Career Center to find jobs, internships, tips for success, and more,” she explains, but they often end up finding another advocate for their success as well. “If you don’t have a support system already, reach out to the Career Center!”
Right: Kathleen O'Keefe, director of the Career Center, with graduates at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony.
Blake Keenan ’18, who will be completing his MBA at the Mount in December, certainly followed that advice, and can now attribute his recent hire at the accounting firm Ernst & Young to preparation from the center. “The Career Center was the absolute number one reason I was able to get and accept my offer with Ernst & Young, one of the Big 4 accounting firms,” he noted. “Without the Career Center, and Mrs. O'Keefe (the Career Center’s director) specifically, I truly do not know where I would be. I know I would certainly not be accepting a job with one of the best accounting firms in the world, that's for sure.”
Studying abroad offers students a number of opportunities and skills that enhance their college experience, including a broadened perspective of your subject area, more cultural competency, increased marketability as a prospective employee, and more
Best of all, it is the opportunity of a lifetime for Mount students.
Students like Caleb Oliver, who enjoyed his study abroad experience in Spain so much that he traveled there twice during his time at the Mount.
“It was an amazing opportunity to gain class credit while experiencing an amazing foreign culture,” said the graduate, who noted that being able to travel with fellow Mount students and beloved professors made the experience that much better. “I highly recommend studying abroad to any college student who has the chance because it is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Through the Mount’s Study Abroad office, students can choose weeklong, month-long, and semester-long programs, including summer sessions with other Mount students and faculty members, who teach elective courses related to the country in which they are studying. For example, this past summer, Mount students and faculty traveled to Italy and Australia, where they engaged in studies like Renaissance math and science, and management of Australian sports teams with supplemental trips to the very places about which they were learning.
“It was an adventure every day,” explained Alexander Perlak, a senior Mathematics major who traveled with the group to Italy. “Most of our sessions met outside of the classroom exploring the city, museums, and buildings.”
Assistant Professor of Business Law and Pre-Law advisor Michael Fox, who accompanied students to Australia, echoed Perlak’s sentiments. “As a professor, I had a front-row seat to watch the students expand their minds and horizons through first-hand activities, and learning opportunities that would not be available in a classroom. One comes away with a respect for both the similarities and differences between nations and peoples – something very much needed in our world.”
The best of both worlds – Interning abroad
The collaboration between the Mount’s Career Center and Study Abroad office has led to an even more in-depth combination for Mount students – interning abroad.
Students who intern abroad have the opportunity to experience not just traveling and studying in another country, but also working in there – a distinction that makes the experience that much more marketable, explains Clare O’Keefe ’17. “Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to discover the world. Interning abroad gives you the opportunity to discover a new home.”
The 2017 graduate gained so much more than she had hoped from her internship abroad in Ireland, including the confidence that she can accomplish her dreams. “The difference between studying and interning abroad is that while I interned, I truly learned about Ireland and the culture…I didn’t just work in Ireland; Ireland really became my home.”
Fellow 2017 graduate Jake Gaydos agrees. He too interned abroad in Dublin, and reflected that the preparation from the Career Center and Study Abroad office prepared him for the experience. “The Mount gave me a strong sense of community,” he noted, “which allowed me to build warm and friendly acquaintances while abroad. The combination of exceptional classes and welcoming environment gave me the confidence I needed to succeed overseas.”
Make your mark on the world
Whether you’re looking to discover your perfect career, begin an internship, or explore another country, the Career Center and the Study Abroad office can help you make your mark on the world. You can find their offices in Aquinas 151.