Success after Sarah Lawrence

The Office of Career Services offers students and alumni a wide variety of career tools and services. These range from individual career counseling to workshops focusing on topics like resume writing and interviewing skills, and include internship opportunities and connections to employers, graduate schools, and other career-related resources to help you navigate the great mystery known as life after Sarah Lawrence.

Preparation Before Graduation

Critical Abilities for 21st Century Success

Sarah Lawrence College is committed to graduating students who are critical thinkers, with the ability to acquire new skills and adapt to a fast-changing landscape—and who can put their learning to work in the world immediately when they graduate, as well as 50 years from now, achieving a satisfying and meaningful life in whatever field and at whatever financial reward they choose.

To deliver on our commitment, we have identified six critical abilities required for our students’ personal and professional success, specifically the ability to:

  1. Think analytically
  2. Express ideas effectively through written communication
  3. Exchange ideas effectively through oral communication
  4. Bring innovation to their work
  5. Envisage and work independently on a project
  6. Accept and act on criticism

Sarah Lawrence is uniquely designed to deliver on this promise because our students take direct responsibility for themselves and their learning from the very beginning:

  • Our open curriculum teaches students to design their own course of study and map out the direction of their four years (under faculty guidance and supervision, of course)
  • Because every student conceives and executes an independent project based on their own interests in every class, students gain strong habits for working independently and for revising work and responding to critique. These projects further promote risk-taking, innovation, and cross-disciplinary thinking as students develop their own ideas within a structured framework.
  • And because even first-year students study predominately in small seminars, they learn early and quickly to present and defend their ideas, respond to challenge, and learn from the contributions of others.
Holding Ourselves Accountable

We believe in holding ourselves accountable for delivering on what we promise. Faculty use a web-based assessment platform designed to measure student performance against these critical abilities. This tool, coupled with the in-depth narrative evaluations of coursework that have always been at the heart of our approach, provides us—along with grades—with a comprehensive, personalized evaluation for every student in every course for every semester. Faculty members are able to look not only at a student’s performance, but also the factors and reasons behind a student’s performance.

In addition to demonstrating mastery over specific content, our students emerge with the confidence that they have the abilities to tackle the world and make it their own.

Internships

The Office of Career Services works closely with students to secure Internships throughout their years at Sarah Lawrence. Internships provide valuable on-site learning experience in a work setting related to personal, academic, or career interests.

Sarah Lawrence students have access to an online database that boasts more than 250 active listings, including internships, jobs, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities.

Internships by the Numbers

57 percent of the class of 2017 completed at least one internship during their four years at Sarah Lawrence.

Approximately 300 undergraduate students reported an internship during the 2016-2017 academic year.

New York City as a Resource

Sarah Lawrence College is located just north of New York City, giving students access to many prestigious internship opportunities. Recent internship placements in New York City include:

  • ACLU
  • Cadwalader
  • Code and Theory
  • Comedy Central
  • Consumer Reports
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • ELLE Magazine
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • HarperCollins
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign
  • Legal Aid Society
  • My Sister’s Place
  • NBCUniversal
  • New York Botanical Gardens
  • New York City Ballet
  • NY Presbyterian Hospital
  • The Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Simon & Schuster
  • The International Center of Photography
  • Warner Music Group

Learn more about internships»

Practice-based Experience in the Sciences

Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Science & Mathematics

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Science & Mathematics at Sarah Lawrence College gives students the opportunity to work with science and mathematics faculty members in their ongoing research projects and become immersed full-time in experimental and theoretical explorations into different areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. This is a paid internship, with on-campus housing available.

Examples of the most frequent careers in the sciences sought by recent Sarah Lawrence graduates in the last 10 years include Nursing, Clinical and Research Psychology, Medicine, Genetic Counseling, Health Advocacy, Research Scientist, Engineering, Ecology, and Pharmaceuticals.

Nonprofit, Community-based Experience

Summer-Leadership Action Program in Yonkers

The Summer-Leadership Action Program in Yonkers is a 10-week, community-based fieldwork opportunity for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors offered by the Office of Community Partnerships.

Students selected for the program receive a living stipend, funding for transportation to community organizations, and the ability to stay in summer housing on campus. The program consists of four main components:

  • An orientation to the city of Yonkers
  • Thirty hours per week of work in a community-based agency
  • A required weekly leadership seminar
  • A closing/wrap-up session

Learn more about the Summer-Leadership Action Program»

Graduate School Advisement

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

Graduate Study by the Numbers

70 percent of Sarah Lawrence graduates go on to graduate or professional school to attain an advanced degree or certificate. Alumni attend prestigious schools and universities across the country and around the globe, including:

  • Columbia University
  • New York University
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • UC Berkeley
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • George Washington University
  • Brown University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Miami University
  • Cornell University
  • California College of the Arts
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • St. Johns University
  • Oxford University

Alumni pursue and earn a wide range of advanced degrees, including:

  • PhD
  • Juris Doctor
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of International Affairs

Alumni pursue professional degrees (51 percent) and degrees in the humanities (27 percent), creative and performing arts (13 percent), the social sciences (4 percent), and natural sciences and mathematics (3 percent).

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Pre-Professional Advisement

Pre-Health

Students interested in health professions meet regularly with a pre-health advisor to help structure their academic program accordingly.

Pre-Law

Students interested in attending law school receive individual counseling from one of our two pre-law advisors, as well as access to programming that focuses on the law school admission process and the field of law in general.

Graduates of Sarah Lawrence College have gone on to matriculate at law schools including:

  • Benjamin Cardozo School of Law
  • Brooklyn School of Law
  • City University of New York School of Law
  • Columbia University School of Law
  • Cornell Law School
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • George Washington University School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard Law School
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • Lewis and Clark Law School
  • Loyola Law School-Loyola Marymount University
  • Michigan State University
  • New York Law School
  • New York University Law School (NYU)
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Pace University School of Law
  • Phoenix School of Law
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • St. Johns University School of Law
  • Suffolk University School of Law
  • Temple University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Texas School of Law
  • Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • Tulane University Law School
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of California- Berkeley
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • University of Michigan School of Law
  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Vermont Law School
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Widener University School of Law
  • Yale Law School

Career Services for Students

Sarah Lawrence students have access to a variety of programs and services through the Office of Career Services. Offerings include:

  • One-on-one counseling appointments
  • Access to internship and job databases
  • Career exploration and planning programs
  • Resume, job search, and interview preparation services
  • Networking opportunities
  • Job and internship programs, events, and opportunities

Learn more about Career Services for students»

SLCeeds: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Immersion

SLCeeds is a year-round program that offers unique opportunities for students through a series of lectures, skills workshops, and a five-day intensive designed to mold ideas into plans of action. 

The program complements the creative and entrepreneurial nature of a Sarah Lawrence education by providing visionary and enterprising students with the skills and tools they need to turn their passion into a plan, and an idea into a sustainable solution.

Learn more about SLCeeds»

Resources After Graduation

Services Available for Alumni

Sarah Lawrence College alumni are encouraged to take advantage of the services available through Career Services and Alumni Relations. Recent graduates, one year out or less, should contact our office for their career development needs. All other alumni, please contact Rosalind Ferstenberg, Manager of Alumni Networking and Affinity Programs within the Office of Alumni Relations for assistance with job search, career change, and alumni networking.

In addition, the Office of Career Services actively encourages alumni to hire Sarah Lawrence students for internships as well as for jobs post-college. A number of student recruitment opportunities are in place to facilitate this mutually beneficial experience.

Alumni Network

Sarah Lawrence’s alumni form a global network of more than 15,000. You’ll find Sarah Lawrence alumni in every industry and on every continent, using the skills and confidence they gained at Sarah Lawrence to address problems in any field, articulate and enact change in any industry, and see projects through to successful completion. Take a look at a few examples:

  • Dr. W. Ian Lipkin '74 used his Sarah Lawrence education to work in medical research, ultimately discovering the West Nile Virus. He now runs the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University.
  • Rahm Emanuel '81 was a Congressman before he became Chief of Staff to the President of the United States. Currently, he is the Mayor of Chicago.
  • Author Ann Patchett '85 not only won a PEN/Faulkner Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, but her bestselling novel Bel Canto was turned into an opera.
  • Barbara Walters was the first female news broadcaster to break out beyond simple human interest pieces, and she is known for her insightful interviews with some of the most important figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. In her own words: “Sarah Lawrence College taught me how to ask questions.”

Recent Sarah Lawrence alumni have been hired at companies as diverse as Disney, Doctors Without Borders, Morgan Stanley, MTV, The New York Times, RocketScienceLab, the US Department of State, and Warner Brothers, among others. From law to health services, media and entertainment, business, and community activism, Sarah Lawrence alumni are making a difference everywhere.

See how more Sarah Lawrence alumni are impacting the world»