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Career Services

Career Services

“ One of the benefits of being a student at SIT is the incredible support we receive from the amazing staff at the Career Center.”

–Rachel Vaughn
MA in International Education
Program Officer, Alliance for Global Education (India)

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 that this global network provides, SIT students have an easy and dynamic way to connect with like-minded individuals and learn about potential employers worldwide.

Vermont Career Days and Workshop Schedule

Vermont Career Days:

Sustainable Development & Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Career Day
Dates TBD

International Education Career Day
Dates TBD

Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management Career Day
Dates TBD

MA TESOL Career Day
Dates TBD

Vermont Workshop Schedule:

Crafting Your Career Profile — Limited to 25 people per session
Dates TBD
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 résumés and cover letters and talking about in 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
Dates TBD
YOU know that 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
Dates TBD
65–85% of jobs are attained through networking efforts. 80% of your job search 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!
Résumé Renovation
Dates TBD
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 assisting 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
Dates TBD
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.
Inspiring Interviewing
Dates TBD
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?
Dates TBD
Career: Entrepreneurship — What’s Your Mission?
Dates TBD
Career: Résumé Redesigns & Renovations (Webinar)
Dates TBD
Marketing YOU! (Webinar)
Dates TBD
P-A-R Storytelling (Webinar)
Dates TBD
Mock Interview Practice (Group Workshop w/Coach)
Dates TBD
Tapping the Hidden Job Market (Webinar)
Dates TBD
Pre-Practicum Field Trip: Chesapeake Bay Projects (optional)
Dates TBD
Networking Practice: Next Gen Leaders Forum & WNG Happy Hour
Dates TBD
Job Search Strategy (Webinar)
Dates TBD
Sustainable Solutions Forum (optional)
Dates TBD
DC/AAAS, NCSE, ESA Professionals Across Sectors
Professionalism & Performance (Webinar)
Dates TBD
Networking: NGL Meet-up/Lunch or Brown Bag (optional)
Dates TBD
"I had a great experience with Career Connections. I posted my resume 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 as well as 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.
  • Resume Builder: Explore different templates and styles to help create or improve your resume.
  • 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

TESOL/Teaching Resources

Squeak Stone

Director, Career and Practicum Service Center (CPSC) – Squeak Stone

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.

View Squeak's profile on LinkedIn.


Brattleboro, Vermont, Career Coach – Carlyn Saltman

Carlyn SaltmanCarlyn 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 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.  

View Phyllis’s profile on LinkedIn.


Vermont Intern – Timothy Booker

Tim BookerTim is the outreach coordinator for Career and Practicum Services. In this role, Tim contacts and recruits employers to present internship opportunities to students. He also helps in planning special events, like the Career-a-Palooza. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Tim recently graduated with a master’s degree in international education from SIT Graduate Institute, where he was able to explore his passion for cross-cultural understanding. He aspires to become a coach or a trainer and to share with students the things he's learned. In his free time, Tim enjoys playing the guitar. 

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