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Meredith College – Office of Career Planning

Graduate Student Practicum/Internship

This internship is a great opportunity for graduate students interested in careers in counseling and higher education. You will assist current students and alumnae of Meredith College with career development in individual appointments and group settings. You will explore the connection between strengths and career planning, while promoting the holistic development of each student/alumna.  All career counselors and coaches must be committed to providing a welcoming environment where all identities, perspectives and experiences are heard, respected, and valued in conversations about career and professional development. Please review our website at

Due to COVID-19, as of January 2021 all career counseling services are being provided remotely (subject to change).


  • Develop, implement, coordinate and assess workshops, events, and activities dedicated to student career development. Workshops and events could include topics relating to resume and cover letter development, job search, professional presentation and branding, networking, graduate school, etc.
  • Facilitate self-assessments such as Clifton Strengths, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory.
  • Review electronic resume submissions in Handshake providing feedback for improvement.
  • Provide career exploration, counseling and planning for individuals and in small groups; such as major selection, internship and job search and graduate school preparation. 
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly OCP staff meetings and site supervision. 

Additional responsibilities may vary based on the current needs of the Office of Career Planning. Sample Projects:

  • Lead orientation or enrollment presentations focused on career exploration and developing strengths.
  • Lead career and professional development workshops for visiting community groups.
  • Create and revise online career development resources including websites, e-learning modules and handouts.
  • Co-facilitate the Career Planning or First Year Experience Seminar. 
  • Coordinate and lead weekly Drop-in Clinics.


  • Must be enrolled in a Master's program in a related field (i.e. Higher Education Administration, College Counseling, Counselor Education, Student Development, Student Affairs) 
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presentation and editing skills 
  • Interest in helping others and sensitivity to student needs 
  • Ability to work well on a team, but also autonomously
  • An in-depth understanding and application of college student development theories, career development theories, and/or counseling theories
  • Ease and interest in collaborating with faculty and staff and building strong working relationships
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; proven record of multicultural competence
  • Possess computer skills and knowledge of electronic databases or learning platforms

Time Expectations:

  • Availability during regularly scheduled staff meetings
  • At least 12 hours weekly for practicum and 20-40 hours a week for internship
  • Priority is given to candidates with a 2(+) semester commitment

This is an unpaid internship opportunity. 

To apply, email a completed resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Dana Sumner, Director, Career Planning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please include which semester(s) you are available and indicate how many hours you plan to be available. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Priority deadline: February 26, 2021.

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