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Services for Students

As you think about your future, our office is here to support you every stop of the way. Through a variety of resources and personalized guidance, we aim to provide meaningful assistance that helps you connect Hillsdale’s unique education with a fulfilling, purposeful future.

In-Office Services


Meet 1-on-1 with our staff or Career Coaches to talk about your future or seek help with questions or needs.


Job Search

Utilize events, databases, and personalized assistance to help you find the opportunity that’s right for you.


Graduate School Prep

Find support through test preparation, application assistance, and advising.



Find the perfect interning opportunity through networking, database resources, and guidance from our staff.


Career Coaches

Career Coaches are trained to peer coaches. The Career Coaches work every afternoon in the office and four nights a week in AJ’s Café. Meet the team!


Resume & Cover Letter Critiques

Get help crafting or editing your job or graduate school materials.


Mock Interviews

Discuss interview tips and engage in practice interviews with alumni and staff.


Personality Assessments

Develop a better understanding of your strengths and skills through free personality assessments.


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The Career Services Office offers a wide-range of resources to help you conduct a successful internship / job search and prepare for graduate school / careers. We have everything from resume guides, to using LinkedIn, to pursuing medical school, and mock interviewing. Check out our resources on Handshake or stop by the office to pick up a paper copy.

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Hillsdale College Career Network

Over the years, our office has worked to develop an organized compilation of our alumni, parent, and friend connections dedicated to the personal and professional development of students and graduates. The Hub is where you can view and communicate with these advocates directly. Users are organized by location, major, or field of work and each member is tagged with how they are willing to assist you, such as informational interviews or offering a job shadow. Log in to The Hub with your Hillsdale credentials and begin networking today!

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On-Campus Employment

Are you interested in making some extra pocket change and contributing to Hillsdale behind the scenes? Working on campus is a great way to build your resume and become more involved as a student. In addition, local businesses and outside companies offer a wide variety of employment opportunities and remote work. On Handshake, you can search and apply for jobs directly through the platform. Explore on-campus job postings here. For help with a specific application, stop by Career Services.

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Programs and Events

Career Services provides many student events throughout the academic year. These range from large career fairs, such as our Classical School Jobs Fair in the Spring, to Mock Interview Day over Parents’ Weekend. Smaller events include talks by business professionals, financial planning workshops, and resume reviews.

Whether you’re confident in your professional pathway or just starting to explore your options, we strive to meet you where you are. Check out our blog to read up on the events that have already taken place. We look forward to seeing you at our next program!

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Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Hillsdale offers extensive options for off-campus study. Each program is designed to enrich your learning with experience in a foreign country. While abroad, you remain enrolled with Hillsdale, receiving college credit for your participation, and continuing your study of the liberal arts.

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Work in D.C.

The Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP) provides Hillsdale College undergraduates the opportunity to participate in academically intensive, semester-long internships or teaching apprenticeships in Washington, D.C., while continuing your Hillsdale education. WHIP students intern for various organizations, ranging from the White House to the SEC to the Smithsonian. Those interested in teaching are able to apprentice at select charter and private schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area thanks to a special partnership with the College’s education department. Hillsdale’s Kirby Center serves as a base for the program, while the Hillsdale House (a renovated townhouse on Capitol Hill) provides a living space for most participants. View the online brochure for working in D.C. here.

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Online Resources


Handshake is our on-campus career/academic services platform for you. On Handshake, you will find access to:
• On-campus employment opportunities
• Resume, cover letter, grad school, and interviewing resources
• Outside job and internship opportunities
• Sign-ups for events hosted by Career Services
• Viewing of other students’ public profiles
• Sign-ups for appointments with Career and Academic Services
• A personal, customized profile for employers to view and recruit from
• And more!

As a student, you have a free account with Handshake ready to use.
Begin building your Handshake profile here.
Learn more about Handshake’s functions here.


Be bold and network. CareerShift is the pro-active piece to your search. Search, store, and organize: jobs, contacts in companies, school alumni, targeted alerts, create targeted company lists, store documents, and email targeted contacts. Tutorials are inside your account – you just need to login!

Login or create a free account on Hillsdale’s CareerShift page.

For additional assistance on using CareerShift, feel free to schedule an appointment with a Career Coach or a Career Services Staff Member.


Focus2 is a reliable, intuitive career & education software that helps you decide your major, explore occupations & make informed career decisions. With this resource, you will take surveys on your Work Interests, Personality, Leisure Interests, Values, and Skills. Focus2 allows you to view careers corresponding with each category, and to identify themes among your interests.

This resource is free for students. Contact Career Services to receive the student access code.

CliftonStrengths 34

CliftonStrengths 34 is a nationally recognized assessment that provides you a personalized Strengths Insight Report, an Action-Planning Guide, and a web-based community of support. This tool requires a survey that provides you with your top five personal skills. The Strengths Insight Report and Action-Planning Guide detail how your skills are best utilized for you in completely personalized documents.

This resource is free for students. Contact Career Services to receive your personal account code.

Contact Info

(517) 607-2457   [email protected]
Lower Level, Old Knorr Student Center

Appointments available

In Career Services Office: 10am-5pm, Monday thru Friday
In AJ’s Café: 5pm-7pm, Monday thru Thursday

Student groups wishing to host a career services presentation, panel, or event, please contact [email protected]