Skip to main content

Career Services

Office reception area of Career Services

The mission of the Swarthmore Career Services Office is to help students gain self-understanding and connect their interests, values, and skills with knowledge about careers and life beyond college. We encourage students to meet with us early and often throughout their time at Swarthmore College.

Career Counseling

Meet individually with a Career Counselor to identify, explore and evaluate your interests, skills, values, and experiences as they relate to your educational and career plans. We encourage you to start exploring how your major choice relates to potential careers. Once you arrive on campus, attend our Open House for First-Year Students in September to meet our Career Counselors and Career Peer Advisors.

Career Peer Advisors (CPAs)

When classes are in session, you can find your Career Peer Advisors in the Career Services office (Parrish 135) from 1:00-4:30 pm every weekday, and at special events.  CPAs can help you with your job or internship searches, edit your resumes and cover letters, and much more.  No appointment needed to work with a CPA, just stop by during drop in hours (M-F 1:00-4:30) and they will be happy to help.

Career Resources

Visit our Career Library in Parrish 135 to explore internship directories, books about various careers, and graduate school guides. Our website connects you to many online career resources, including job, internship, and career exploration tools.

Career Interest Inventories

We administer and interpret both the Campbell Interest & Skill Survey and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Both assessments are valuable ways to explore your personality preferences, interests, and skills as they relate to future options.

Extern Program

"Shadow" a Swarthmore alum at work for a few days or a week during winter break. Experience a new career field and gain an "insider's" perspective while developing a mentoring relationship with a Swarthmore alum.

Alumni/Student Mentoring Opportunities

Meet alumni through panels, dinners, and other programs throughout the year. All offer a great chance to gain advice and perspective on the world of work, as well as develop mentors to help you along your path.

Summer Jobs and Internships

Meet with a Career Counselor to learn about summer internships. Use our internship resources and our alumni network to discover internship opportunities. We will help you develop internship application materials and also provide information on funding and housing options.

Internship Databases

  • Handshake: Open to only the Swarthmore students/alumni. Access events and other online resources. Log in with your Swarthmore credentials. 
  • UCAN Intern: Internship database open to 17 select schools. Log in with your email address and use the "Forgot Password" link to generate one. 

Career Services Special Programs

Our programming includes annual events such as the ever popular Dapper Dining professional etiquette dinner, DC Government and Nonprofit EXPO, SwatTank innovation incubator, Social Impact Career Starter, and Wall Street reception. Additionally, the Career Seekers group meets weekly over lunch in spring semester for students to discuss career development topics, explore careers, prepare their resumes and apply for internship/employment opportunities.

Interview Preparation

Career Services offers interview workshops that teach you the basics, as well as more advanced interview workshops. Digitally-recorded mock interviews are available by appointment to help you practice for the real thing. You can even borrow a suit from our Career Closet to look and feel your best during your actual interviews!