Catherine Filene Shouse Center for Career Development & Experiential Education

We're here to help! Use the tools of the Career Center to explore possible majors and the world of work. Discover civic engagement, internships, and employment opportunities. Begin preparing for your future today!

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Handshake is here!

Use this state-of-the-art career management platform to view and register for Career Center events, schedule an appointment with a career counselor, or search for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. It's easy! Just use your Hood College email address to login to the system.  Don't have a Hood email? No problem, you can create a new account. For additional information about Handshake or other services offered by the Career Center, call our office at (301) 696-3583 or email

Volpe Scholar Applications Open

Become a Volpe Scholar

Applications are now being accepted for Volpe Scholar awards!  Click here to download a copy of the application.

The Volpe Scholars Award is one of Hood College’s most prestigious awards for undergraduate students.  The goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with learning experiences of major significance that might not otherwise be possible, experiences that offer students the possibility of continuing a current educational topic of great importance or the potential to chart a significant future career direction.

Volpe Scholars earn an award between $5,000 and $10,000 to be used year-round, locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally. Preference is given to those students pursing organized internships, focused study abroad opportunities, research opportunities, and distinguished programs at other academic institutions, governmental agencies, or not-for-profit organizations. Experiences should be well beyond the scope of a usual internship or independent study. Projects should be unique and have a significant impact on a field of study, body of research, societal problem, or special population.

Upon completion of the project, Volpe Scholars are required to present the outcomes of their completed work to the college community in a public forum.

Practice Interview Night

Upcoming Career Center Events

Participate in a wide range of events designed to help you pick a major, explore internships and job opportunities, and learn about exciting study abroad trips.

  • February 18 - Practice Interview Night, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Whitaker Campus Commons
  • February 25 - Lunch & Learn – U.S. Army, Noon – 2:00 p.m., Coblentz Dining Hall
  • February 28 - Etiquette Dinner with Mike True - 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Coblentz Hall, Dreiling Seminar Room
Daybreak Adult Services Volunteer Engagement Trip

Blazers For Good!

Join your fellow Blazers each week during the Fall and Spring semesters as we participate in service activities to benefit our community and learn about careers that make a difference. Prior to each outing, groups gather in the Career Center and transportation is provided!

  • Daybreak Adult Services - Wed., Feb. 19, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Meet in Career Center at 12:30 p.m.
  • Blessings in a Backpack - Fri., Feb. 21, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

For more information and to participate, contact Bre Hardwood at (301) 696-3751 or

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Graduate Students - Just for You

The Career Center is open to meet your needs Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Other times available by appointment. 

The Career Center has resources to help graduate students with job transitions and job searches. Whether you need help with your resume, finding positions, or preparing for an interview, call (301) 696-3583 or visit Handshake to make an appointment. Click here to get started.

Graduate Student Events:

  • February 18 - Practice Interview Night, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Whitaker Campus Commons
  • March 2 - Resume and Job Search Workshop, 5 - 7 p.m., Career Center, 2nd Floor Apple Building

Looking for information on companies that work with OPT and H1B Visas click here to access our Tips For International Job Seekers handout. 

What Can I Do With My Major?

What Kind of Careers Can I Have With My Major?

Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, What Can I Do With This Major? is a website that will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research through the websites provided.


Kick-Start Your Job Search

The Career Center recommends a variety of job search strategies and tools. CareerShift seeks out hard to find postings and offers organizational features to help you keep track of your applications and searches that provide the best results. This resource is available to both currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students as well as Hood College alumni.  Setting up an account only takes a few minutes and tutorials are offered as part of the product.  Be sure to use your Hood College email address to gain access to CareerShift.

The Career Center is open all summer long! Summer hours are 8:30 a.m. till 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. on Fridays. Need help with your job search? Give us a call at (301) 696-3583 or email



of graduating seniors engaged in experiential education last year.


students sought out individual career counseling during the academic year

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100+ Frederick County businesses hosted interns in 2017.

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Field Trip to Mount Olivet Cemetery

Field Trip to Mount Olivet Cemetery Undergraduate Student

A Spanish class field trip to Mount Olivet Cemetery explored how Frederick deals with memory and history compared to Spain.

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