Career and Professional Development

Career Success

The beauty of a liberal arts education is that it opens doors and encourages exploration. Our faculty advisers and career counselors are seasoned mentors who will work one-on-one with you to clarify your interests and help you take full advantage of your W&L education. 

The Career and Professional Development Office offers a four-year plan that outlines the steps that you can take each year to ensure professional success, including a Foundation Series that walks students through career exploration, résumé and cover letter writing, internship and job searches, networking and interviewing. Our alumni are also active advisers and mentors, returning to campus for career panels and alumni-in-residence programs and hosting students for career exploration trips in cities like New York, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, N.C.

Services

Peer Advisors

Peer advisors partner with students to explore careers and application materials, including resumes and cover letters. They also help navigate the job and internship search. 

Career Exploration

Don't know what you want to do post-graduation? Most students don't. At Washington and Lee, career consultation is available to all students, whether they are a first-year or a senior and whether they are searching for an internship, externship, research position, volunteer experience, summer job or full-time work.

Help with Applications

When applying to jobs and internships, professional documents are a big part of the process. Our office has resources to help you draft your resume, CV and cover letter. In addition, staff offer interview prep as well as mock interviews so you're prepared from submission to handshake.

Help for Alumni

Your career exploration doesn't end after you've gotten your first job out of college. That's why our Career and Professional Development Office will help you navigate your path through your first job transition and beyond. 

Meet the Staff

Employees in the Office of Career and Professional Development are eager to help every student achieve his or her career goals.

Forbes, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Niche, Time/Money Magazine and U.S. News & World Report all consider W&L among the best college values in the nation.