One of the benefits of being a student at SIT is the incredible support we receive from the amazing staff at the Career Center.
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SIT’s Career and Practicum Services Center assists students and alumni in planning, preparing, and promoting their professional development — for internships and careers.
Located in both Vermont and Washington, DC, career center staff engage and network with local, national, and international organizations and employers to provide students with comprehensive, up-to-date practicum, internship, and job opportunities around the world.
Through the center’s customized online career tool — Career Connections — students and alumni have direct access to hundreds of professional postings and can easily manage their job and internship searches and apply for current vacancies.
Tap into a global network of professionals in your field.
SIT alumni and World Learning staff are working worldwide in the fields of sustainable development, international education, TESOL, conflict transformation, food security, and social justice, among many other areas. Through the social, academic, and professional connections this global network provides, SIT students have an easy and dynamic way to connect with like-minded individuals and learn about potential employers worldwide.
Services We Offer
- One-on-one career counseling and mentorship
- Career days focused on individual SIT degree areas
- Professional development workshops
- Career Connections’ comprehensive job and internship database
- Career Resources LibGuide
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment
- Mock interviews through InterviewStream
- Résumé and cover letter assistance
Sample Career Workshops
- Crafting Your Career Profile
- Boosting Your Brand and Creating a Plan
- Sustainable Solutions Forum
- Résumé Renovation
- Kick-Start Your Career “Black Belt Series”
- Career Entrepreneurship — What’s Your Mission?
- Tapping the Hidden Job Market
- Marketing YOU!
Vermont Career Days and Workshop Schedule
Vermont Career Days:
Sustainable Development & Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Career Day
International Education Career Day
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management Career Day
MA TESOL Career Day
Vermont Workshop Schedule:
|Crafting Your Career Profile — Limited to 25 people per session
Increase self-awareness of your skill sets and career values. Leave with a better understanding of what skills and characteristics you should be highlighting on your résumé and in cover letters and interviews. Assess what satisfaction factors you should be considering as you begin to identify what practicum or career path is the right fit. This workshop is fun, enlightening, and extremely useful to anyone’s career development. HIGHLY recommended if you haven’t yet attended.
|Boosting Your Brand and Creating a Plan
YOU know you’re the right person for the job, but how do you make employers know that? This workshop identifies different tools in social media that can build your personal brand. It has become essential for applicants to create an online presence for themselves during the job search process. What will employers find when they google you? Become skilled at branding yourself with purpose and initiative to impress. Build a personal mission statement to support your brand and start creating an action plan for your future job search!
|Knowing Your Networking
The majority of jobs (65–85% of them) are attained through networking efforts. Thus, most of your job search efforts should be focused on networking! This workshop will help you develop a strategy for attending conferences, job fairs, and networking events. Learn about connecting with alumni and employers to expand your network and fine-tune your informational interviewing skills. Are you on LinkedIn? Discover how this popular tool can help you with your networking efforts!
Transform your résumé into a tool that will increase your chances for interview selection, practicum placement, and ultimately job attainment. Discover the upcoming trend of writing a summary of qualifications for your résumé and participate in a résumé customization activity that will get you results! This workshop will conclude by introducing you to some great resources that will continue to assist you in enhancing your résumé! Please print off and bring in an example of a job description that fits the profile of a position you might be interested in applying for one day.
|Compelling Cover Letters
What are the different types of cover letters? Heighten your understanding of their purposes. You will develop strategies to ensure your application is being received and read by the right person. See examples of how you should format your cover letter. Get inspired to write about achievements that will catch the employer’s eye and highlight what makes you unique by showcasing your strengths and skills.
What are the top ten most commonly asked questions in interviews? Hear tips on how to answer those questions! This interactive workshop will teach you how to implement the “prove it” technique, preparing you to master your interviews. Take advantage of this opportunity to practice your interviewing skills with others. Discover InterviewStream — SIT’s premier resource to help students perfect their interviewing skills. Don’t miss this one!
Washington, DC Workshop Schedule:
|Career: Entrepreneurship — What’s Your Mission?
|Career: Entrepreneurship — What’s Your Mission?
|Career: Résumé Redesigns & Renovations (webinar)
|Marketing YOU! (webinar)
|P-A-R Storytelling (webinar)
|Mock Interview Practice (group workshop with coach)
|Tapping the Hidden Job Market (webinar)
|Pre-Practicum Field Trip: Chesapeake Bay Projects (optional)
|Networking Practice: Next Gen Leaders Forum & WNG Happy Hour
|Job Search Strategy (webinar)
|Sustainable Solutions Forum (optional)
|DC/AAAS, NCSE, ESA Professionals Across Sectors
Professionalism and Performance (webinar)
|Networking: NGL Meet-up / Lunch or Brown Bag (optional)
I had a great experience with Career Connections. I posted my résumé and cover letter and within one week had several responses. My current internship with CISabroad was obtained through Career Connections.
—Sara (Sam) McCormick, International Education
Gain access to hundreds of internship and job postings.
Career Connections is an online career tool that enables current SIT students and alumni to easily manage their job and internship searches and to apply for current vacancies all in one account. We have added many new features to our Career Connections site to provide enhanced professional development resources for students and alumni.
- Watch a Career Connections tutorial on how to set up your account to have the results of your specific job search criteria emailed to you directly.
- Résumé Builder: Explore different templates and styles to help create or improve your résumé.
- InterviewStream: Practice your interviewing skills by recording and reviewing your own mock interview. Select from a list of often-asked questions and listen to interviewing tips from experts in the field.
- Employer Directory: Discover hundreds of employers working in the disciplines of the master’s degree programs offered by SIT Graduate Institute and using social justice to make a difference.
- Job and Internship Postings: Search for job and internship opportunities from employers who are hiring now.
- Career Resource LibGuide: This resource places free career development information at your fingertips. This includes eBooks for current students.
Additional Practicum/Internship/Job Resources
- Commongood Careers
- DC Internships
- Global Corps/USAID
- Global Volunteers
- The NonProfit Times
- Policy Jobs
- Simply Hired
- Skillshare International
- UN Volunteers
Recruiting top professionals has never been easier.
SIT/World Learning offers employers a number of resources.
Review job candidates.
Using the online career tool, Career Connections, employers can view résumés and a pool of SIT job candidates and can correspond with students directly.
To create an account:
Post job, practicum, and internship positions.
Career Connections can help you recruit high quality candidates for your practicum/internship position needs.
To create an account:
- The practicum/internship must be a professional position directly related to the student’s academic degree and area of concentration.
- The position must be the equivalent of full-time employment (approximately 40 hours a week) for six months or part-time employment (20 hours a week) for one year. It is also possible for student to complete two three-month, full-time experiences in two different organizations or venues.
- The position may be paid (either a professional salary or a stipend) or voluntary (unpaid). The organization may provide room and board (in lieu of or in addition to a salary).
- The position must include an on-site supervisor who oversees the student according to the standards of the organization in which the student is working. SIT will ask for two specific documents from the on-site supervisor:
- A letter confirming the appointment of the student as an employee or intern in the organization. The letter should provide a general description of the student's tasks and responsibilities, the dates of the expected contract, and identification of the on-site supervisor.
- A written evaluation of the student’s performance in the organization to be submitted to SIT at the end of the practicum.
Federal Work-Study Program
Local businesses and organizations may offer part-time positions to current SIT Graduate Institute students who are participating in the Federal Work-Study program. Students with a work-study position generally work between 8 and 12 hours each week. Please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802 258-3111 if you are interested in participating in the program.
Director, Career and Practicum Service Center (CPSC) – Squeak Stone
Squeak has been with SIT Graduate Institute since 2003 in roles including program assistant for the Leadership for Social Justice program funded though the Ford Foundation, off-campus coordinator, field and practicum manager, and, most recently, director of the Career and Practicum Service Center. Squeak has been directly responsible for over 450 students in their off-campus phase and has managed the quarterly capstone seminars. In the past year, she has brought the Career Connections Job Database and InterviewStream mock interviewing tool to SIT Graduate Institute’s Career and Practicum Service Center. Squeak is an alumna of SIT Graduate Institute with an MA in management, serves on the board of directors for Meeting Waters YMCA, loves monitoring and evaluation, and has worked and/or traveled in over 50 countries.
You can reach Squeak at Squeak.Stone@sit.edu or by phone at 802 258-3333.
Brattleboro, Vermont, Career Coach – Carlyn Saltman
Carlyn Saltman has coached or counseled adults in every stage of their career development, including graduate students, to support their ability to make choices based on purpose, meaning, and values. As a career and communication coach since 2004 and an intercultural documentary filmmaker for over two decades before that, she has collaborated closely with professors, students, administrators, executives and managers, consultants in the field of international development, and entrepreneurs from numerous and diverse backgrounds.
Carlyn has produced documentaries in Cameroon, Togo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire), Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and France that have won awards and been purchased by scores of universities throughout the world. The first two were acquired by the Smithsonian. Later, as a program officer at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the mid-’90s, she managed health communication projects with partner NGOs and participated in social marketing campaigns in multiple sub-Saharan countries through JHU’s Center for Communication Programs.
A seasoned interviewer and documentarian, Carlyn evolved toward career and communication coaching when she studied psychosynthesis, an experiential approach to integrating the parts of our everyday personality into a more self-realized, sustainable whole self. In addition to being a certified psychosynthesis coach, Carlyn’s training includes restorative justice circles, nonviolent and conscious communication, mediation, group improvisation, and mindfulness. She is the founder of Video Mirror Feedback, the transformational method used by executives and social entrepreneurs who want to polish their presence fast, and a certified practitioner of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). After graduating from Mount Holyoke College as a history and African studies major, Carlyn trained at the UK's highly selective National Film and Television School in London where she collaborated with students from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. She is a lifetime member of the Relationship Coaching Institute.
Washington, DC, Career Coach – Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau
Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau has served as executive career consultant and associate director for MBA Career & Professional Development, supporting over 1,000 working professional students per year at Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. She brings over 25 years of experience in both corporate and higher education management, combining expertise in organizational systems, adult professional education, leadership and international program development. As director for study abroad programs at Cornell University (1987–2000), Phyllis worked with partners to develop an experiential education enterprise for architects, artists, and city planning students in Rome, Italy. During these years she also worked on various cross-functional organizational development and employee training projects and served as business process/finance systems analyst for University-wide change management. As director of career and cooperative education at UMUC, she served as adjunct faculty, teaching career management and experiential learning courses, while overseeing integrated workplace project partnerships for professionals in government, commercial, and nonprofit organizations both nationally and internationally.
Phyllis completed her BS in human resources development at SUNY and studied creative leadership at Cornell University. Through Universities of Maryland, she earned a Master of Distance Education and certifications in teaching, technology, and environmental education. Phyllis is a certified job and career transition coach with www.careernetwork.org, and holds a certified master coach designation with International Coach Federation.
Vermont Intern – Kaitlin Ford
Kaitlin is this year’s Career and Practicum Services outreach coordinator. In this role, Kaitlin contacts and recruits employers to present internship opportunities to students. She has been planning special events, such as The Night of Professional Networking. Kaitlin also assists in all facets of the Career and Practicum Services Center, including updating Moodle for the Career Mapping and Professional Development course.
Kaitlin earned a bachelor’s degree in professional studies with a concentration in communications and an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Champlain College. Kaitlin studied and traveled to the Tibetan Autonomous Region, which only furthered her interest in cross-cultural learning. She has an internationally recognized Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate from Boston Language Institute. She is passionate about intercultural communications and is very excited about her year at SIT!
You can contact Kaitlin at email@example.com or by phone at 802 258-3106.