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.

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.

I want you to know that I have found Career Mapping extremely beneficial in not only shaping my goals but my own sense of self and what I have to offer my field as I continue on this path. I want to thank you so much for providing us with this opportunity to explore ourselves and learn how to become professionals in the field. I will definitely start utilizing more the resources that the Career Center offers now that I have a clearer path to my goals. Thanks again for all of your help.

Preston Johnson
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management MA candidate

Career Mapping walks students through:

  1. an introduction to career development – focusing on self-assessment, career exploration, decision making, and personal marketing;
  2. the creation and implementation of a strategic career plan – focusing on goal setting, job search preparation, career exploration, networking, and a strategic career plan; and
  3. the recruitment and application process – focusing on recruitment and staffing from the employer’s perspective, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, the job market, and salary negotiation.

Other SIT career services include:

  • One-on-one career coaching, résumé and cover letter review, and interviewing assistance
  • Spring career fair week
  • Information sessions with funders and employers
  • Professional networking events
  • Career Connections’ comprehensive job, internship, and employer database
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment
  • InterviewStream tool for mock interview practice

For more information on any of these events, please contact Kaitlin Ford.

March Career Week – Brattleboro, Vermont

March 5 & 6, 2016 – Career Mapping Intensive – Rotch 205

This intensive two-day session will allow students to do the following:

  • Identify what makes them unique from a career development perspective (values, interests, personality traits, skills, etc.)
  • Create a personal branding statement
  • Collect detailed information about specific occupations (e.g., the nature of the work, working conditions, educational requirements, salaries)
  • Evaluate occupational options and make career decisions based on personal criteria
  • Create a personal Career Action Plan to guide job search
  • Create an effective résumé and cover letter
  • Learn how to customize application materials for positions
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and learn how to use features of networking tools
  • Learn basic technology requirements used to format résumés and cover letters
  • Acquire basic training in networking and interviewing techniques
  • Practice interviewing
  • Learn how to create a job search agent and increase awareness of job search engines

March 8, 2016 – Face-to-Face Career Fair – Lowey International Center Dining Hall

Confirmed employers attending include:

  • CISabroad & CIS Australia
  • CONTACT
  • WorldTeach
  • Athena Study Abroad
  • KSC Global Ed Office
  • Massachusetts International Academy (MAIA)
  • Worcester State University
  • Jerusalem Peacebuilders
  • Greater Falls Community Justice Center
  • International Honors Program
  • Johnson & Wales – International Student Services
  • RW – 3 CultureWizard
  • SIT Study Abroad – University Relations
  • SIT Language & Culture Department
  • Peace Corps
  • Student Cultural Exchange
  • Volunteers for Peace
  • Kroka Expeditions
  • Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center

March 10, 2016 – Virtual Career Fair – Locations to be determined

Confirmed employers attending include:

  • Tetra Tech ARD
  • Vital Voices Global Partnership
  • Saginaw Valley State University – OIS
  • World Affairs Council
  • Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter
  • University of Washington – FIUTS
  • Utica College – OIE
  • EF Education First
  • Women Thrive Worldwide
  • One to World
  • If I Could
  • Yale – OISS
  • NY Arts Program
  • Volunteers Colombia
  • Semester at Sea

March 11, 2016 – Alumni Networking Gathering – Rotch 205, 5:30–7:30 PM

We invite all alumni and current students to join us for some delicious wintry morsels while mingling and mixing with people you know and or wish to know more about.

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

TESOL/Teaching Resources

Recruiting top professionals has never been easier.

Review job candidates.

Using the online career tool, Career Connections, employers can post jobs, view résumés and target pools of SIT job candidates.

To create an account:

Practicum/Internship Guidelines

  • Must be a professional position related directly to the student’s academic degree and area of concentration
  • Can be either full time (approximately 40 hours a week) for a minimum of six months or part time (20 hours a week) for one year. It is also possible to complete two three-month full-time RPP experiences in two different organizations or venues.
  • 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 program asks for two specific documents from the on-site supervisor:

  1. A letter confirming the appointment of the student as an employee or practicum student in the organization, a general description of their tasks and responsibilities, the start and end dates of the expected contract, identification of the on-site supervisor and compensation (salary, stipend, volunteer).
  2. At the end of the RP practicum, an electronic evaluation of the student’s performance in the organization must be submitted. The RP student will send you a link during the last month of his/her practicum.

Ideally, the on-site supervisor will be fully involved in the student’s learning process during the RP. Students are responsible for developing a learning plan that describes their specific learning questions, the methods and sources they will use to answer them, and a timeline for doing so. Many students benefit from discussing their learning plan with their on-site supervisor and from receiving feedback from them throughout their time on the job, in addition to receiving guidance from their PIM faculty advisor, who also evaluates the quality of their learning as demonstrated in correspondence and written reports.

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 hr@worldlearning.org or 802 258-3111 if you are interested in participating in the program.

Squeak Stone

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.

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 – Kaitlin Ford

Katlin FordKaitlin 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 kaitlin.ford@sit.edu or by phone at 802 258-3106.