The Career Center Vision is to send each student into the professional world, giving them the strength and confidence to succeed. Without forming opinions or making assumptions, we will treasure each student, listening to their stories, opening our hearts, and sharing our genuine compassion.

The Career Center Mission is to support the academic and professional growth of each student and alumnus by offering services that assist in forming career goals, pursuing those goals, attaining practical experience, and then finding suitable employment or acceptance into graduate and professional school programs. The Career Center helps students transform their liberal arts foundation into practical skills and successful careers, while serving as an internal resource to students and faculty and as an external partner to employers, post-secondary institutions and the Latrobe community.


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For Studentsfor-students

Services and Resources

Your success is important to us. Because success requires planning, the Career Center offers you quality services that will assist you throughout your journey at Saint Vincent College. The Career Center is an integral component of your education. We provide career and professional activities designed to support and challenge you through your career development success.

The Career Center is committed to helping you identify, analyze, assess, and manage career information. We invite you to engage in self-awareness, career exploration, and experiential education, including shadowing and internship opportunities. We also encourage and support all aspects of your internship search, full-time job search, and the graduate and professional school application process. Whether these programs are conducted on or off-campus, they extend learning beyond the classroom. We look forward to meeting you and helping you realize your career goals at all levels of your college career.

The following information highlights the services, programs and resources offered by the Career Center for all Saint Vincent College students. To learn more about each, please visit the Saint Vincent College portal and make an appointment with a Career Center professional.

One-One Appointments with a Career Center Professional working with you on a variety of topics including: 

  • Career Exploration, Planning & Assessment Tools
  • Work-Study Program & Payroll
  • Resumes & Cover Letters
  • Internship & Full-Time Job Search
  • Graduate & Professional School Application Process
  • Mock Interviews 
  • Negotiating a Job Offer or Salary 
  • Employer Contacts & Networking Opportunities
  • Employer Presentations & On-Campus Recruiting
  • On-Campus Workshops & Events
  • Off-Campus Workshops, Events & Job Fair
  • Career Related Internet Resources 

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  • Career and Professional School Guides

    Our Career Guide and Graduate and Professional School Guides are located on the portal or you can pick one up in the Career Center during office hours. The Career Guide provides resume, cover letter, and employment letter examples. We also have included interview questions and over 70 pages of tips that will assist you with your professional internship and job search. The Graduate and Professional School Guide also offers tips on gaining admission, financial aid, writing essays, taking standardized tests and much more information that will guide you through your journey to an advanced degree.

  • Bearcat Central Network

    Bearcat Central is a database directed toward Saint Vincent College students and alumnus. Here you can search for internships, full-time and part-time jobs, and work-study positions. You can also view your job search history; report offers and hires and receive emails directly to your inbox that may match your targeted career interest and skills. The network also provides an opportunity for national positions posted to the national database. All services are free to Saint Vincent students and alumnus. For a user ID and password please contact the Career Center.

  • Career Exploration and Career Planning

    From choosing a major, to selecting the appropriate career path, the Career Center is here to help. In order to make appropriate decisions and to define your goals, you must first understand your interests, skills and abilities. This is the most important aspect of the career planning process. You must also understand your values and interests and how these will have an impact on your future as a professional. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, from self-reflection to a computer-based career assessment (including the MBTI and STRONG Interest Inventory), and conversations with a Career Center professional. Each of these are offered by the Career Center so you can use this information as a basis to learn more about specific majors or career areas that are a good fit for you. Also, check out the Career Center portal where you will find the Four-Year Career Plan, a step-by-step checklist that will assist you throughout each year of your academic career and help prepare you for your career plan after college.

  • What Can I Do With This Major?

    Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, What Can I Do With This Major site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the websites provided. This link can be found on the Career Center website and the Career Center portal.

  • Internships

    An Internship is integrated into many academic programs which combine classroom theory with practical, on-the-job experience. Internships are completed by many students who are required by their department to receive credit for hands-on experience in their field of study or interest. Although not all students are required to receive academic credit, many are encouraged to do so. Students may complete internships in order to explore a specific career path, learn more about that particular industry and gain excellent experience in order to become more marketable for future employment or graduate and professional school acceptance. Students are encouraged to complete at least one internship throughout their college career. However, many participate in numerous internships during their time at Saint Vincent. Obtaining an internship can be very exciting, yet challenging in a competitive job market. The Career Center staff is dedicated to assist all students in the internship search process. From first-year through seniors, the student will work with a designated Career Consultant to complete a resume, prepare for interviews, locate internship openings, contact employers and much more. The Career Center also works with faculty and employers to ensure that the internship-for-credit paperwork process is completed properly.

    For more information on locating an internship, please contact the Career Center at 724-805-2070. If you need more information on Internship Forms, please visit the Internship Forms section of the Career Center portal.

  • Work-Study Programs

    Federal Work-Study (FWS) is funded by the government and, therefore, must be counted as financial aid and placed on your award letter. FWS is based on financial need as determined by the results of your FAFSA. Being awarded FWS does not guarantee you a position. Students are required to secure their own employment and can work up to 15 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during breaks (including summer). Your earnings are paid directly to you.

    The Off-Campus Community Service Federal Work-Study Program is made available to eligible students through the cooperative efforts of PHEAA and Saint Vincent College. It provides students with the opportunity to perform community service work in federal, state and local government offices and other non-profit community organizations located within Pennsylvania. The position must be related to your major and will be considered an internship by the Career Center. To determine if you or your targeted employer qualifies or learn more about the program, please contact the Career Center.

    Institutional Work-Study is also available to students who do not qualify for the other two programs. Again, students may work up to 15 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during breaks. More information on the work-study programs, including forms and frequently asked questions, can be found on the Career Center’s portal page.

For Alumnifor-alumni

How You Can Help

Alumni of Saint Vincent College can assist in a variety of ways including:  

  • Assisting students who may want to learn more about your career by shadowing you on the job.
  • Agreeing to allow a student to conduct an information interview through email of by phone to learn more about your career field or company.
  • Hiring Saint Vincent College students through internships, part-time or full-time positions at your company or agency. Please visit the 'For Employers' section of the website to learn more about recruiting our students and posting company positions to our Bearcat Central System.

How We Can Help

The Career Center offers career counseling for Alumni of Saint Vincent College. We speak with Alumni on a variety of topics including:  

One-One Appointments with a Career Center Professional working with you on a variety of topics including:

  • Career Exploration or Career Changes
  • Assessment Instruments - Strong Interest Inventory or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (note: all assessments have a $20.00 fee for administration by a career professional).
  • Resumes, CVs & Cover letters
  • Full-Time Job Search
  • Graduate & Professional School Application Process
  • Mock Interviews
  • Negotiating a Job Offer or Salary
  • Employer Contacts & Networking Opportunities
  • Career Related Internet Resources

Please note that we are most readily available to Alumni during summer and Christmas breaks when our current students are not on campus. In addition to our services, if you have continued your education elsewhere, you should also take advantage of the career centers at those institutions, especially since they have provided your most recent instruction in the area in which you are likely seeking employment. Our first appointments begin with a phone conversation and appropriate follow-up as needed.

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Saint Vincent College takes pride in its talented pool of students with strong academic backgrounds, professionalism and outstanding practical experience in their field of study. The Career Center strives to provide you with candidates who meet your employment needs. Please click here for a list of all majors at Saint Vincent College. We will help you in making connections with our students and alumni.

Hiring our Students 

Join the ranks of more than 700 regional employers who are already enjoying the benefits of participating in Saint Vincent College's employment program. Thousands of Saint Vincent College students have interned or gained successful employment throughout our region, as well as nationally and internationally. We hope you will consider joining our team of employers who have helped our students and alumni to become outstanding, professional employees. 

Posting a Position & Recruiting On-Campus

To post a part-time, internship or full-time position visit:

If you have any questions about recruiting on-campus or posting a position, please contact Courtney Baum, Career Center Director, at 724-805-2253 or by email at
To Post a Position:
  1.  Visit to post an internship, part-time or full-time opportunity. 
  2. Advertise your current internship, part-time or full-time and internship opportunities on Bearcat Central in order to receive resumes of qualified applicants. Students can apply directly to your position through the Bearcat Central database. Be sure to provide contact information and instructions for the application process. 
To Recruit On-Campus:
  1. Register with Bearcat Central
  2. Select your candidates and create your own schedule through Bearcat Central Network.
  3. Interview undergraduates, seniors and/or graduates on campus at Saint Vincent College for you current or anticipated position. We will accommodate your schedule and provide a private, confidential environment in which you can conduct your interviews.
  4. For those employers who are not local, we encourage you to utilize our office to organize phone, Skype or face-time interviews.
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Tips for your Student's Career Success

  • Encourage Your Student to Visit the Career Center

    The Career Center offers the following services and resources:

    • Career Exploration, Planning & Assessment Tools 
    • Work-Study Program & Payroll
    • Resumes & Cover Letters
    • Internship & Full-Time Job Search
    • Graduate & Professional School Application Process
    • Mock Interviews
    • Negotiating a Job Offer or Salary
    • Employer Contacts & Networking Opportunities
    • Employer Presentations & On-Campus Recruiting
    • On-Campus Workshops & Events
    • Off-Campus Workshops, Events & Job Fairs
    • Career Related Internet Resources
    • Full-Time, Internship, Part-Time, Volunteer and Seasonal Jobs Posted on Bearcat Central
  • Encourage Career Exploration

    Saint Vincent College Career Center professionals administer and interpret assessment tools to help your student identify his/her values, interests and skills. The Strong Interest Inventory allows students to explore major and career options by assessing his/her interests and helps your student understand how his/her interests may fit with specific major and career choices. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a tool used to identify a student’s personality type. Through ‘type’, a student can learn how best his/ her personality fits with specific majors, careers and future employing organizations.

  • Promote Internship Experiences

    Internships are valuable to your student’s overall college career. At Saint Vincent College students can receive credit for an internship, while gaining marketable skills for a future career in his/her field of interest. Internships can also be used to help students explore various career fields. Through an internship, a student may recognize his/her passion for a certain field or even learn that the intended area of interest may not be a good fit. Either way, practical experience will bring your student one step closer to meeting his/her career goals and landing that perfect job after graduation. Please remember to keep the following tips in mind when discussing internships with your student:

    • Anyone can gain internship experience.
    • All students can obtain credit if approved by his/her faculty advisors.
    • It is not required for all students to take an internship for credit, but credit is highly encouraged.
    • Internships usually take place during the summer break, but are also available during the fall and spring semesters.
    • Many companies and organizations hire students for internship opportunities.
    • Many students get paid to do internships.
    • Employers often times hire interns for full-time employment after graduation.
    • When hiring entry-level employees, employers seek excellent communication, decision-making, problem solving and analytical skills, along with leadership and teamwork experience. These skills can be acquired through internships.
  • Encourage Your Student to Research the Career/Field of Interest

    Research is the best way for a student to learn about a specific company, career or major area of study. Students can gather information from faculty, alumni, and current students already majoring in your student’s intended major. In addition to shadowing an employer or ‘network’, your student should take the time to read literature and organize an informational interview with someone in his/her network.

  • Encourage Campus Involvement

    Campus involvement can enrich your student’s college experience in a variety of ways. Campus activities are a perfect way for your student to meet new people, get involved, and have fun in a healthy and safe environment. Saint Vincent college has more than 60 campus organizations. Becoming involved on campus will also allow your student to develop leadership, organizational, administrative, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills.

  • Encourage Networking

    Introduce your student to people who have the career and are employed at places that may be of interest to him/her. Suggest your son or daughter contact those individuals in your personal or professional networks as well as his or her own positions. Encourage your student to “shadow” someone in the workplace to increase awareness in his/her intended career field. Students should remain in contact with ‘networks’ that have had an impact on his/her life, throughout the high school years, as well as during the four years at Saint Vincent College. These networks can provide your student with information about the company or available part-time or internship opportunities.

  • Help Your Student Identify Skills

    It is important to encourage and support each student by discussing your student’s strengths & skills. Often times, students are not aware of the strengths and skills they possess. Allowing your student to focus on his/her strengths and skills will encourage confidence and maturity and, most importantly, self-awareness. Each of these qualities will offer students the necessary skills to assure a smooth transition to college. These qualities also assist students in the internship and job search. Each employer requires a specific set of skills from each individual job-seeker. The good news is that most job-seekers possess these skills to some extent. The better news is that job-seekers with weaknesses in these areas can improve their skills through training, professional development, or mentoring from someone who understands these skills. The best news is that once your student understands the skills and characteristics that are necessary for the ‘real world’, he/she can tailor the major and career-decision-making process to showcase how well the strengths and skills align with each employer’s expectations and requirements.

  • Help Your Student Identify Values

     Values are a set of standards that determine choices, actions and attitudes. Understanding values will help students focus on career objectives that are important to them. Values are not right or wrong, but without them students will have a more difficult time reaching his/her goals. It is important to encourage your student to only choose values that define him / her and not someone else. Values will allow students to gain a better understanding of what academic major is most suitable. Also it will give your student the opportunity to begin exploring internships and careers that connect with the types of people and working environments that are most consistent with his/her values. 

  • Help Your Student Identify Interests

    It is especially important for students to know his/her interest in order to make appropriate academic and career-related decisions. No matter what an individual pursues he/she will want to incorporate passions and interests into some aspect of everyday life. Whether your student gets to use his/her interest in a career or as relaxation, it will be important to the overall quality and satisfaction of his/her life and the lives of family and friends.

  • Allow Your Student to Make the Decisions

    As a Parent or Guardian, you will want to be involved in your student’s major and career decision. Listen carefully. Be patient. Be understanding. Be respectful. There might be times you do not agree with your student’s decision. It is okay to provide suggestions about majors and career fields, but let your student be the ultimate judge of what is best. Remember making this decision can be very stressful for your student. He/she will be doing the work, and with the right attitude and proper training and guidance, your student can be successful in any major or career.


Courtney Baum, Director & Career Consultant
*MBTI Certified 
Courtney Baum
Courtney directs the overall operations of the Career Center including all services, programs, and support for undergraduate and graduate students and Alumni. Courtney works to implement programs that support the broader mission of the college while meeting institutional and departmental goals, objectives, and benchmarks. She meets with students on career related topics from a variety of majors, while collaborating internally with campus offices, and serving as the primary contact for employers and Alumni interested in hiring our students. Courtney, along with her staff, supports the institution by tracking data related to post-graduate plans of recent graduates. Courtney also works with all staff members to ensure that students are gaining knowledge in career exploration transitioning, internship and job search techniques, interviewing and the graduate and professional school application process. Additionally, she partners with several colleges and universities to plan annual job fairs within Western PA. Courtney holds a MA degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from IUP and BS degree in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh Greensburg. Courtney has 17 years of experience in the field including serving as the Assistant Director and Career Consultant of Career Services at Carnegie Mellon University and the Community Service Learning Coordinator at Indiana University of PA.

Dennis Gilbert, Associate Director & Career Consultant
*MBTI Certified
Dennis Gilbert
Dennis supports the overall operation of the Career Center by working with students to counsel individuals and assist in the career exploration process for those in the fields of science, law and students interested in pursuing work in the education and government sectors. Dennis also serves the institution by assisting with data collection of our graduates and inviting guests from a variety of industries to speak to our students body. In addition to collaborating with the staff through on-campus events, Dennis also serves as the external liaison and member of the executive planning committees for the WANT, WestPACS & Math Science Interview Day (MSIT). Dennis received his BS degree from Penn State, and MA degree in Counseling from IUP. He has been at Saint Vincent College for 33 years, and previously worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an employment counselor for 7 years.

Kim Woodley, Assistant Director & Career Consultant
*MBTI Certified
Kim Woodley
Kim serves students majoring in various disciplines at the college. In addition to her role as a consultant for the humanities and social science students, Kim operates the work-study program. Working with campus employers and students, Kim ensures the work-study program runs efficiently serving over 100 departments on campus with nearly 800 student employees. Kim also assists in maintain student and Alumni relationships ensuring our post-graduate outcomes are positive in all majors and disciplines. Kim received a MA degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a BA degree in Journalism, both from IUP. Kim has worked at Saint Vincent College since 2003. She has served in previous roles in Financial Aid at the college. Prior to Saint Vincent, she worked as the Financial Aid Manager for a financial aid consulting firm and as the Financial Aid Officer for Pennsylvania Highland Community College.

Jenna Churilla, Career Consultant
*MBTI Certified
Jenna works with the Career Center to ensure that our first-year students are able to successfully explore various career options related to their major. Jenna assists in the overall operation of the office by serving as a representative at events that take place off-campus. She also promotes our office through classroom presentations. Jenna serves the institution in a full-time capacity as the Assistant Director for Student Conduct. Jenna is an English Education graduate of Saint Vincent College and received her master of arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of PA. She also serves in another role on campus through the Office of Student Affairs.  

Dolly Cain, Office Coordinator & Data Specialist
Dolly Cain
Dolly monitors office activities to achieve maximum productivity for all visitors and guests. Dolly supports the Career Center staff in all administrative tasks including organizing of internship data using and tracking all internship opportunities completed by Saint Vincent College students. She also assists with organization of post-graduate data and creating reports for internship and outcomes information requested by faculty and the campus community. Additionally, she oversees the jobs entered into the Bearcat Central Network ensuring professional opportunities for students. Dolly’s education includes Unit Record /Computer Programming and Secretarial/Business. Prior to Saint Vincent, Dolly worked 11 years at the former Mesta Machine Company as a Division Engineer Secretary.