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!

Getting Started With Handshake

Get Started With Handshake

From career and internship fairs to chats with employers, workshops on jobs search, resume, and interviewing, find a complete list of activities in Handshake. Search hundreds of internship and job postings across disciplines and industries in the Frederick area and around the nation. You can also book an appointment with a Career Center staff member in this system. 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

Click here to see a full calendar of fall events.


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 8:30 a.m. till 5 p.m., Monday, Thursday, and Friday and from 8:30 a.m. till 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Need help with your job search? Contact us at


Internships During COVID-19

Fall 2021 Internships

Employers are searching for Fall 2021 interns!  Many employers have converted traditional in-person internships to remote opportunities. If you are a student seeking an internship, career counselors are available to help you during Career Center hours of operation, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. till 5 p.m., evening hours by appointment. To make an appointment, visit Handshake or email 

Find answers to your internship related questions below:

Hire a Blazer!

Hire a Blazer!

Do you need exceptional people to fill jobs, internships, project-based micro internships, or volunteer opportunities? Let us connect you with talented undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni with the skills you need to move your business, government agency, or nonprofit organization forward!  

  • To recruit students or alumni, contact Maura Page, Employer Relations Manager, at 
  • To find an intern or to develop a micro internship, contact Amani Al-Dajane, Assistant Director, at
  • To meet students interested in volunteer opportunities, contact Bre Harwood, Career Programs Manager, at

The Career Center is excited to connect students with Blazer alumni!  If you are a Hood College graduate, who would like to recruit students for employment, internships, or volunteering, let us know!

Parker Dewey Micro-Internships

New For You - Paid Micro-Internship Opportunities

Innovative companies across industries are using Micro-Internships to identify, connect, engage, and hire high potential college students and recent graduates. These short-term, paid, experiences can help you:

  • explore careers and new ways to use your major
  • build your resume with meaningful work
  • grow your network as you get to know potential future employers
  • offer you income while you develop a portfolio that demonstrates your skills and abilities

Create a profile, search for opportunities, and apply all through Hood's Parker Dewey site.  Find projects in social media, data clean-up, competitor and product research, content creation, and more. Click here to get started! 

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.

Weekly Service Trips

Blazers For Good!

Please note that volunteer activities and service trips have been suspended for public health considerations through Fall 2021.  

If your organization has, or would like to develop, remote volunteer opportunities, contact Bre Hardwood, Career Programs Manager, at

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Graduate Students - Just for You

The Career Center is open to meet your needs Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. till 7 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, email, 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. 

News You Can Use!

News You Can Use!

Get the facts about marijuana use and how it is impacting hiring and employees. Whether for medical purposes or for recreational use, even if marijuana is legal in your state, the limitations of the law may surprise you! Check out this article from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Click here to learn more. 


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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