Career Services for Parents & Families


Welcome to Career Services @ the Center for Student Opportunity! Our mission is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and resources to find meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth, both while at CMC and after graduation. We strive to do this through individual counseling, customized programming, networking and opportunities for experiential learning.

Career Services is available to all CMC students! We are organized by "interest clusters" and students are welcome to make appointments with multiple counselors to assist in their exploration activities. Additionally, we have a robust first-year and transfer program that reconvenes WOA Groups each October to discuss, plan and strategize purposeful engagement over the four year experience. It is never too early for students to take the initiative in preparing themselves for life after graduation.

Partner with Career Services

Alumni, parents and families are a tremendous resource for our office, and we thank you for your support and involvement. As a parent or family member, you can partner with us to continue to help our current students! Here are ways in which you can partner with our office:

Post a Job or Internship for Students and Alumni

Job postings from parents and families are a wonderful resource for both students and alumni. If you or your organization would like to post a position on Handshake, simply email it to Charlene Kile. Please include as much information as you can, including a job description, a description of the organization (at least a website), a contact person (required), and application procedures as needed.

Provide/Fund A Sponsored Internship

CMC has amazing sponsored internship opportunities. We have a myriad of programs, which typically fund domestic opportunities in non-profits and government organizations, and international opportunities in nearly any endeavor. .

Share your Career Insights - Experts-in-Residence

Each interest cluster is always looking for professionals to provide information on their particular expertise. Additionally, we host a number of panels and workshops that include speakers from a wide variety of professions. Students greatly appreciate hearing from practicing professionals and we invite you to come to campus and share your expertise. Typical discussions include information about first jobs, good decisions (or bad ones), favorite elements of your work, who and what prepared you the most for your profession, and what you know now that you wish you knew then! If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to the career counselor assigned to your preferred interest cluster.

Host a CMC Student in the Office - Job Shadowing and Networking Trip Visit Opportunities

Each year, we organize student networking trips to Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Each trip has a particular industry focus, so if you would like to host a visit, please reach out to Beth Saliba. Also, we plan to debut a new job shadowing opportunity. Organized by interest cluster, we are seeking individuals who would be willing to host students for a 6-8 hour office visit over winter and summer breaks. The goals is to provide CMC students with more information about career options and to personally experience a day in the life in various professions. If you are interested, please reach out to the career counselor assigned to your preferred interest cluster.

Perform Mock Interviews

Career Services invites alumni, family members, and employers to spend a half or full day performing mock interviews with students. Interviewers typically spend about 20 minutes interviewing and then 10 minutes providing feedback in this most useful career development activity.

Assisting Your Student

We encourage you to have your student make an appointment with our office. Additionally, please see the links below links to help your student make the most of their experience:


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Career Services @ the Student Opportunity Center

Claremont McKenna College
390 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 607-7038
Fax: (909) 607-7385

Campus Location

390 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711