Career Development Center

Career Development
What We Do

We assist undergraduate students in determining choice of major and career and work with both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates in developing the professional skills that will lead to their success.

Contact Information
We facilitate undergraduate and post-graduate career exploration.  

Students: We'll Help You Make a Plan

Connect to Opportunity! The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services, resources, and programming to empower all students to select career pathways and develop professional skills. Use our 4 stage career action plan to maximize your college experience to Connect to Success!

  • Explore: Research career fields and make informed choices
  • Decide: Assess your options and develop your plan
  • Prepare: Identify next steps to position yourself competitively
  • Launch: Take action to make your goals a reality

Start Your Career Exploration

Student Employment

If you're look to secure student employment, while you're pursuing your degree, we can help with that too.

Learn More about Student Employment

Employers: Connect With Us!

Looking to offer an internship opportunity? Looking to hire? We invite employers to develop a relationship with the Career Development Center so that we may help you learn more about,

  • Learn more about RIC-educated students and the skills they offer
  • Connect with students and alumni job seekers
  • Find interns
  • Establish an on-campus presence to increase your organization's visibility

Connect with us to learn more about our Career Coffee Chats, Information Sessions, opportunities to offer your expertise regarding résumés, interviewing and more. To explore these options, contact our team at

Next Steps for Employers

Alumni: We're Here to Support You

The Career Development Center is here to support all Rhode Island College graduates. Alumni are encouraged to connect with the Center to explore their options and/or for help in transitioning to new career opportunities, accessing job postings or for consultation on resume development or honing interviewing skills.

Handshake accounts are free to Rhode Island College students and alumni. Alumni can request access by completing a Handshake Request Account Form with their personal email account.

Handshake - for Seeking and Posting Jobs

Handshake is our official online portal where students, alumni and employers can both seek and post job, internship, and fellowship opportunities. Handshake also provides access to Vault, a 24/7 career library that allows you to research career fields, download complete industry guides, and search for internships. You can also engage in conversations with those in your shared career interests, review sample job search documents (resumes, cover letters, etc.), get job search advice and more!

View Jobs on Handshake

Discuss Your Career

Do you need to talk to a career counselor? Schedule a virtual or in-person appointment today with any one of our career counselors through Handshake or Starfish.

Schedule Appointment on Handshake Schedule Appointment on Starfish

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Career Development Center Staff

The opportunities we provide

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Career Assessments

The Career Development Center offers free access to TypeFocus, a computerized assessment of occupational interests, values, and skills correlated to the job search. Understand your career assessment results with one of our counselors by booking a virtual or in-person appointment. 

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Student Employment

Student Employment allows students to work on campus or off campus at a non-profit organization. Long-term, short-term, flexible hours, weekend hours. There are opportunities to work supporting special events that run on campus such as Student Acceptance Day, Open House, Commencement among others.

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Liquid Compass

A resource for anyone interested in finding jobs in healthcare!

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Rhode Island College Impact

These students are building their experience, their networks and their résumés. From left, RIC students Ben Cash, Ariel Dorsey and Vincent DelPonte.