Career Services Programs for Students




Sarah Lawrence students can access a variety of programs and services through the Office of Career Services, including individual career counseling, internships, networking events, and alumni connections.

Career Services engages students in their professional development as early as the first year.   Career Advisers partner with FYS dons and are assigned to each first year student.  Career Advisers offer support over the course of students’ undergraduate career and connect students with the many professional development resources available through our office.  

Four Year Action Plans

Career Action Plans are available to be used as a guide to support students’ career development during the four years. Career Advisers highlight specific actions to take to best prepare for life after Sarah Lawrence.

First Years

  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss your personal career action plan
  • Create a resume and have a career adviser review it
  • Fill out your Career Interests Profile on our online database, Handshake
  • Build your teamwork and leadership skills—get involved in student clubs, organizations, and activities
  • Gain experience through campus jobs and volunteer work
  • If you have a specific career goal in mind, research early which classes you should take and how to complement your interests with an internship


  • Meet with a career adviser to plan your year, explore career options, and update your resume
  • Tag your interests on your Handshake Career Interests Profile to keep you up-to-date on the latest internships and events
  • Target extracurricular and leadership activities, internships, and other opportunities that will develop the skills, knowledge, and experience you’ll need to reach your goals
  • Attend employer site visits, alumni panels, and networking events
  • Consider studying abroad in your junior year
  • Create a LinkedIn profile to market your skills and network online
  • Explore summer internship opportunities


  • Work with a career adviser to hone in on your field(s) of interest, plan for the year, and tailor your resume
  • Apply for internships! Explore our online database, Handshake, for opportunities
  • If you’re considering attending graduate and/or professional school, start researching and speak with your don and professors for advice
  • Continue building your network by attending events, connecting with professionals through LinkedIn, and setting up informational interviews
  • Explore summer funded internship opportunities provided by Career Services


  • Meet with a career adviser early in the fall semester to discuss your job search and post-graduation plans
  • Update your resume with recently acquired skills and experiences
  • Do an internship! Explore our online database, Handshake, for opportunities
  • Refine your professional image—update your LinkedIn profile
  • Network, Network, Network! Continue building your network; this can include faculty, alumni, past employers, internship supervisors, colleagues, and friends. Attend networking events and connect with professionals on LinkedIn
  • Apply to graduate school and/or fellowship opportunities if applicable
  • Apply for entry-level jobs via our online database and sites like and
  • Upon graduation, join the Alumni chapter in your area and the Alumni LinkedIn group

Career Exploration and Networking

Employer Site Visit Program

Employer site visits include workplace tours and networking opportunities, typically hosted by Sarah Lawrence College alumni.

This program is co-sponsored with the Office of Alumni Relations.

Past site visits include:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Bloomberg
  • eBay
  • New York Botanical Garden

Annual Internship and Volunteer Fair

Employers from various industries attend the Internship and Volunteer Fair each fall and share information about their spring and summer internships.

This event is co-sponsored with the Anita L. Stafford Community Partnerships & Service Learning Program.

Resume Review Day

During this event, industry professionals come to campus to personally review students' resumes and cover letters. Past participating employers include Viacom, Simon & Schuster, and JPMorgan.

Mock Interview Day

During this event, students have the opportunity to practice their interview skills with industry professionals and receive constructive feedback and advice. Past participating employers include New Victory Theater, HarperCollins, and My Sisters' Place.

Programs for First Years and Sophomores

Chat with Career Services

During orientation week, learn how Career Services can help you make the most of your time at Sarah Lawrence, including a four year plan of action for internships and networking.

Get the Scoop: Ice Cream Social for First Years

Meet peers who share similar academic and career interests during this ice cream social.  Seasoned student hosts will be on hand to share tips on navigating internships, making connections and  taking advantage of all that SLC & NYC has to offer.

The Internship Initiative Program

This program allows first year and sophomore students to start exploring their career interests and consider participating in internships. A panel of current student interns, employers and alumni discuss the value of internships and how it may lead to a successful career. The panel is followed by an informal networking event so students can learn about various industries and possible internship opportunities. 

Programs for Juniors and Seniors

Tapping into Your NYC Alumni Connections

This one-day program consists of employer site visits to alumni in various fields and ends with a networking reception.  Participating alumni represent career fields and interests ranging from Arts, Media & Entertainment to Law, Government & Activism.  

Your Liberal Arts Connections Program

Liberal Arts ConnectionsAs a segment of Sarah Lawrence College’s senior transitions program, Career Services offers this one-day, pre-professional conference for upperclassmen. The program consists of a keynote speaker, alumni panels, industry expert roundtables, and networking reception.

This program is co-sponsored with the Alumni Board and the Office of Alumni Relations.

Cocktails+Conversations=Connections: Practice Your Pitch

Building connections is valuable, and networking is an important skill to practice in advance of joining the workforce. Students mingle with Sarah Lawrence alumni from various industries at an intimate reception on campus and practice their pitch with alumni professionals.

SLC Connect Orientations

A series of mandatory orientations held for Juniors and Seniors to gain access to SLC Connect, the college's alumni database where students can join career communities, network with alumni and faculty for career advice, post questions to the discussion board, and access career resources.

Graduate School Information

Graduate School Advisement

For students who wish to pursue their education beyond Sarah Lawrence College, the Office of Career Services works in collaboration with the faculty to help provide support to determine the right path and the right school and reduce some of the stress of applying to graduate or law school.

Pre-Professional Programs

Sarah Lawrence offers pre-professional programs and advisers for pre-law, pre-journalism, pre-health, and pre-education students. For more information, visit the Pre-Professional Programs page.