Career and Employment Services (CES) is here for you!

Career and Employment Services (CES) supports students as they align themselves with opportunities leading to creative, productive, and satisfying professional lives.

Get to know CES!

Puget Sound considers students to be on their career path from the day they arrive on campus. We support their career development with a unique career engagement center that delivers timely, comprehensive, accessible resources for students wherever they are in their career development process.

A unique career engagement center:

  • Career support is simple, accessible, individualized. We help students perfect resumes, practice interviewing skills, and devise personalized strategies for career development or a job search. Our three-step career planning outline supports students at every stage in their career development, from assessing their interests and exploring options to deciding on a plan of action, whether that be for a summer internship or a full-time career position.
  • Typically, students begin college focused on part-time employment rather than career-related pursuits. CES bridges that gap in a single office, integrating all internship, job (part-time, full-time, on-campus, off-campus, summer, work-study), and career planning resources. Students benefit from this alignment of part-time and post-graduation job resources in a variety of ways:
    • Students gain early exposure to career resources. By the time students are considering career decisions, they've already engaged with the people and resources available to help them make a plan. They are more comfortable reaching out for assistance and taking advantage of career information and services.
    • CES supports supervisors to mentor and develop their student staff members.
    • This emphasis on the value of campus jobs and early work makes those experiences more meaningful and marketable for students, helping them prepare to position themselves as employees of choice after graduation.

Programming is targeted at helping students explore potential career paths, connect with employers and alumni, prepare for professional situations, and more. Distinctive resources, partnerships, and opportunities available to students through CES include: 

Continuous outreach, ensuring that students have timely, easy access to events and resources uniquely tailored for them. We meet students where they are, whether online, in the diner, or across campus:

Puget Sound's long-standing tradition of alumni-student career mentoring.
Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) is a robust network of alumni who have volunteered to share information with students about career and education options beyond Puget Sound.

  • ASK celebrated 25 years of alumni-to-student connections in 2010.
  • There are over 2700 alumni profiles in the online, searchable ASK database.
  • CES actively engages alumni in career events and activities, providing students with exposure to career professionals from a variety of fields.

Internship opportunities

40% of Puget Sound students participate in at least one internship.
Over 15,000 regional and national opportunities are listed annually in Puget Sound's internship database, InternshipLink. CES career advisors can help students identify and compete for opportunties, regardless of the student's interest.

Where students interned recently:
US Navy Marine Mammal Program
Ledbetter Entertainment
GREEC Memory Wellness Program
U.S. Dept of State, Embassy Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)
RadioPlanet.TV
Tacoma Rainiers
Coalition Humane Spay and Neuter Clinic
MultiCare Health Systems
Tacoma News Tribune
Seattle Architecture Foundation
Rescue Mission Youth Program

First jobs and entrepreneurial pursuits

With a deep commitment to service and sustainability and a penchant for starting their own businesses, Puget Sound graduates are poised to make a difference. Selected organizations recent grads have been offered employment:

Aerotek
AmeriCorps
Boeing Company
Forest Service
Hitachi Consulting
Peace Corps

Tacoma General Hospital
Target, Inc.
Teach for America

U.S. House of Representatives
United Way of King County
Wells Fargo Financial

Puget Sound alumni-owned/founded businesses:
Design Sophisticate
Bellysock LLC
Dande Company
Cocoa Velvet chocolates
21 Cellars Winery
The Green Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast
Heather's Tummy Care
Mathie Pottery
Stemlit Growers