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!

Hood College is Here for You

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

Handshake Homepage

Hood College Platform for Internship and Job Seekers

In the interest of public health, Hood College has suspended large public events. Virtual information sessions, chats with employers, and online workshops on jobs search, resume, and interviewing are being scheduled weekly. Find a complete list of these activities in Handshake.Search hundreds of internship and job postings across disciplines and industries in the Frederick area and across the nation. Get started with Handshake today! Login at

Use your hood email address and regular email password to access this system.  Alumni can request special access to the system through the login page. For additional support, email


Weekly Service Trips

Blazers For Good!

Please note that service trips have been temporarily suspended for public health considerations.

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!  Regular trips are to Blessings in a Backpack, Daybreak Adult Services, and the Frederick Rescue Mission. Make new friends while having a positive impact on the lives of others.

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.

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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