The Student Engagement Center offers a variety of services to the Whitman community. From personal career advising to small-group workshops, the Student Engagement Center can help students develop skills that will be beneficial before and after graduation. We invite you to explore what our Center has to offer by clicking on one of the links below. The descriptions give a good idea of our services, but we encourage you to visit the Student Engagement Center in person and take advantage of all of our services and programs.
The Student Engagement Center offers comprehensive career advising services to Whitman College students and alumni. Here is a brief list of topics that are frequently addressed during appointments:
Job Search Preparation--We can help you develop the necessary "tools" you need to conduct a successful job search including writing a resume, learning effective interview techniques and targeting employers in your field of interest. Introductory information can be obtained by attending one of our scheduled workshops or visit other pages of our website which will then make the time spent with a Career Advisor more productive.
Resumes--We encourage students to develop a resume and regularly update it as they gain more experience and progress in their academic career. A Career Advisor can help you learn the basics of writing an effective resume and then critique your resume after you have developed your first draft.
Mock Interviews - If you are not confident with your interviewing skills or just need a little more practice, schedule a mock interview in the Student Engagement Center. The interview can be targeted to the type of job or graduate program for which you will be interviewing. Just come in or call and sign up for this helpful service.
Graduate School Application Process--We can assist you in obtaining information about graduate school options that are available in various fields, as well as how to improve your candidacy and select the program that is right for you.
Library - The Student Engagement Center maintains an in-office library that includes many books and publications of interest to students. All of the books that are part of our Library are included on the Penrose Library database with the location listed as "Career Center" and a note to ask the reference librarian if you have any questions. To check out these books, come over to the Student Engagement Center.
MyPlan - We have a subscription to MyPlan.com a web-based program that can be accessed at your convenience for assistance in determining possible career fields and interests.
Career Consultant Network - Both students and alumni can utilize the Career Consultant Network, a database of Whitman alumni who have volunteered to provide career guidance, informational interviews and internship and job information. Call to make an appointment to speak with a Career Counselor and determine your areas of interest. The Career Consultant Network is available to alumni through the Student Engagement Center by contacting us by e-mail or phone. Simply provide us with information as to your geographic area and the fields of interest and our staff will do a search for you. We will e-mail information to you from the database.
History: Community Service was implemented on campus during the 1994-1995 academic year. It has been supported through generous alumni donations, the Privat family, as well as through a gift from the class of 2001.
How to Volunteer: Anyone interested in volunteering may browse the many opportunities on our website including our Guide to Volunteer Opportunities, Volunteer Map, and Community Service Calendar. You may also attend our Experience Expo or our Martin Luther King Day Volunteer Fair. Feel free to drop by the Student Engagement Center (RCC 219) 9-5 Monday-Friday or schedule a one-on-one volunteer consultation with Abby Juhasz, Community Service Coordinator. We are always excited to talk with you!