Welcome from the Director

Dear Faculty Member,

Welcome to the Career Development Center (CDC)!Our mission is to help students define and create their unique visions by connecting their passions to a meaningful profession. 

Our mission is to help students define and create their unique visions by connecting their passions to a meaningful profession.  I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for all for your support throughout the year.  By engaging faculty, employers, colleagues and the community, the career development team works to develop opportunities for professional preparation through inclusive and progressive career-related services, programs, and events.

We hope you will find the career programming and special events offered to students of value and will become an advocate of the CDC; many faculty members assist students in providing career support as well as encourage students to engage with us as they embark on their personal career journey.  With your help and partnership, we are more equipped to offer more discipline or career specific programs, services, resources, and connections to networks for students as they prepare for professional life.  As partners, we are happy to work with your Board of Study to create more discipline specific or tailored initiatives and classroom presentations.

Our staff is dedicated and trained in the provision of quality career counseling/coaching, career educational programming, and job and internship resources designed to assist undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni across academic disciplines.   We realize the critical importance of your classroom teaching to a student’s development and have found that our career educational support can complement their education, further enriching the experience for our students.

I invite you to browse our website; ponder our programs, services, and special events for students.  We welcome your feedback and partnership as we strive to offer exceptional services to our students.  Feel free to reach out to me with any comments or suggestions at (914) 251-6370 or wendy.morosoff@purchase.edu.

The Career Development Staff and my team and I look forward to working with you more closely in the future.

Sincerely,
Wendy Morosoff
Director

Overview of Services

Whether exploring college majors and career interests, gaining applied learning experiences through internships, locating on/off campus jobs or other employment, and preparing for graduate school admission, the CDC offers support for Purchase students throughout their Purchase College experience and beyond.

Career Counseling, Assessment, and Guidance

Career counseling helps to facilitate a students’ self-assessment as they explore their career interests, skills, abilities, and goals through one-on-one discussion. Career assessment and evaluation sessions may include follow up referral to further explore, identify and pursue potentially rewarding experiential opportunities. These supportive services are implemented in partnership with academic advisement; empowering students to connect careers interests as needed with to their academic interests with through exploration and experiential learning.

Career Programming and Resources

In addition to counseling, career programs, and events provide Purchase students and alumni with additional and opportunities to connect; further enriching and complementing their career interests and goals.  Through a wide range of offerings, multiple channels help students to learn about career options. Faculty are strongly encouraged to join us in bringing these programs and resources to their students!

Career Programming and Resources

FOCUS online Self-Assessment
Career Workshops, Programs, and Panels

Major and Career Resources

Majors and Career links
Mentor Network

Experiential Education

Academic Internship Program
Job and Internship Fair
Graduate School Expo
Interfolio.com (Credential Files)

Self Marketing Strategies and Job Search Preparation

The Career Development Center provides personal “branding” and self-marketing preparation combined with job search support to ensure that students have important employability skills and job search resources their disposal.  Through individualized guidance on resume and cover letters, developing one’s professional online presence, mock interview practice, internship and job opportunities via Purchase JobScore, we empower Purchase students and alumni to develop the tools necessary for success.

Resume & Cover Letter Development
Purchase JobScore
Interview Preparation
Developing your Online Presence

Alumni Services

Nearly all of the above services are available to recent graduates and other Purchase alumni.  Alumni are encouraged to make use of these resources as they begin their careers, as well as during times of career and job change and transition.

 Upcoming Events

Career related programming and events are scheduled throughout the academic year, including workshops, on-campus employer visits, and open-houses. Keep your students up-to-date on the great presentations and programs available to them monthly!
 Collaborations and Class Presentations
 Don’t Cancel Class! If you are considering canceling a class, (when possible, with a little notice) just contact the Career Development Center and we can conduct a specially tailored presentation for your class instead.  We can provide workshops on a variety of career development topics including:
  • Orientation to Services 
  • Career Connections: Introduction to Career Planning 
  • Making Major & Career Decisions
  • Resume Writing Basics
  • The Art of Interviewing
  • Job-Search Strategies
  • Networking: Social Media & Face-to-Face
  • Customized Sessions for Specific Majors and Boards of Study
  • Next Steps: Pursuing Your Graduate School Education

Presentations may take place in your classroom; however, we sometimes recommend that classes visit the CDC so that they can receive a tour of our resource center, major and career lounge, and library. We can help you out in a pinch!

To request a presentation, call (914) 251-6370 or email your request to us at career.development@purchase.edu. For custom tailored presentations, please allow us at least 2 weeks advance notice or, whenever possible, several days notice for a general presentation.

Share Your Ideas For Collaboration!  To successfully prepare our students for the world of work, we believe that active support and collaboration between faculty and staff is essential. We are continually seeking to connect with and support Purchase faculty in providing career information and opportunities for students.  If you would like the Career Development Center to co-sponsor a topic panel, an upcoming program or event with BOS, please contact us to share your ideas. Our experienced career counseling staff can meet with you to discuss your ideas and better understand your students’ career needs. We will also keep you informed of upcoming career events of interest to your students and invite you to co-sponsor and partner on programs with us.

We appreciate your support and look forward to future partnerships!

 Internship Program
 The Career Development Center administers all credit-bearing internships for Purchase College students. For detailed information on student internship eligibility, restrictions and guidelines, please visit our Internship Guidelines page or contact Tara Blackwell Malone our Assistant Director/Internship Coordinator.

The Academic Internship Learning contract is completed/approved on-line through Purchase JobScore.  Faculty Sponsors will receive the email “Academic Internship Learning Contract Approval Required” to access the online Learning Contract (without having to log into Purchase JobScore.)  The Faculty Sponsor will review the information provided by the Student and Internship Site Supervisor and select/describe the academic project type. 

We will stress to students that it is important to secure a Faculty Sponsor before submitting an Internship Learning Contract.

Faculty Sponsors are provided with account information and directions to log into Purchase JobScore at the end of the semester to view site evaluations of the students they are sponsoring.

Purchase JobScore Faculty Access

Faculty can access Purchase JobScore to review/approve Internship Learning Contracts, review Internship Evaluations of their students and to view/recommend internship and other relevant opportunities to assist in advising students.  As always, the Career Development team appreciates and counts on Faculty and Staff support to refer students to the Career Development Center for more in-depth career counseling/coaching, self- marketing strategies, job & internship search strategies, and professional networking/contact lead development. 

To Register/Log-in:
To obtain the Registration Password please email career.development@purchase.edu (from your @purchase email address)
to access this one time password.  Once you have the Registration Password, go to the Faculty Purchase JobScore to register for the first time.

If you have been a Faculty Sponsor for an internship you should already have an existing account. Please select “Forgot Password” to see if you have an existing account/set a new password.

For full details please view our Faculty User Guide for Purchase JobScore. 

Referring Students to Career Services

 As they begin to explore career options and look for guidance, students often seek out their professors
first. Whether they are undecided about majors and careers, unsure about how to market themselves and locate employment, or unclear about how to pursue graduate programs, Purchase College faculty and the CDC team will work together to help our students.  We realize that through their studies in the Arts, or Liberal Arts and Sciences, Purchase College students cultivate and develop their talents and learn many of their most marketable skills.  

We welcome faculty to refer students to our experienced career counselors at any point that a career-related question arises and where they may assess that additional support services might be useful. Our career counselors work closely with students to address their specific career goals, regardless of the stage of their career planning.  Frequently asked questions include those concerning changes of major, career choices, the internship, part-time job or full-time job search, and techniques for successful networking, marketing themselves as artists or creatives, and interviewing.  

If you find a student or advisee is in need of career help, feel free to call us directly and we’ll be happy to arrange for them to meet with one of our career counselors.  For referrals to specific staff members, contact ext.6370 and you will be connected directly. 

Credentials Management Online: Interfolio.com

Purchase Career Development Center recommends students utilize Interfolio for their credentials management.  Interfolio is well established as the nationally recognized online credentials management service for candidates applying for graduate and pre-professional study or academic positions.

Through its partnership with Interfolio, the Career Development Center provides the Purchase College community with a state-of-the-art online credentials service that securely streamlines, simplifies, and speeds up the credentials and portfolio process for everyone.  Those with credential files have either elected to transition to this service and have their files transferred or they have registered for Interfolio.com and may now request that faculty write and post their letters of recommendation via Interfolio.com.

For additional information on writing letters of recommendation, please refer to the following articles from the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE):

Referring Employers and Internship Sponsors

 The Career Development Center serves as the information “hub” for employment and internship opportunities. Faculty can support the educational advancement and or/future employment of students by referring eligible employers and internship sponsors to the Career Development Center, or by posting their own job opportunities to

 Purchase JobScore.

How to Post Your Own Job / Internship Position

Purchase JobScore is the free, on-line job posting site for Purchase College, developed in association with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) NACElink/ Symplicity.

To post a job or internship position, simply visit the Employers Purchase JobScore page. 

How to Refer an Employer

If you know of industry professionals who may be interested in sponsoring an internship opportunity for Purchase Students, you may refer them to Tara Blackwell Malone, Assistant Director/Internship Coordinator with the Career Development Center.

If you have an employer contact who wishes to post a job opportunity, or has an interest in meeting with Purchase College students, you can connect them with the Career Center by referring them to Jessica Mazzia, Assistant Director/Employer Services with the Career Development Center.  For additional  support, please reach out to Wendy Morosoff, Director of the Career Development Center.