The Citadel Career Center – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Sat, 19 Nov 2022 21:35:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.6 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png The Citadel Career Center – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 The Citadel Career Center takes off with grant from Boeing to improve internship experiences https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-career-center-takes-off-with-grant-from-boeing-to-improve-internship-experiences/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 21:07:18 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=33756 Erika HernandezErika HernandezFor the first time ever, The Citadel Career Center was awarded a grant to help more cadets and students achieve their professional goals. The $30,000 grant – provided by Boeing – went a long way for eight cadets and students who interned at various organizations in Charleston over the summer and fall. Grant money also went to several faculty and student projects, such as the Supply Chain Management and Port Club and Citadel STEM project. ]]> Erika HernandezErika Hernandez

The Citadel produces special students, and we’re grateful to the Career Center and Boeing for providing this opportunity for students.

For the first time ever, The Citadel Career Center was awarded a grant to help more cadets and students achieve their professional goals. The $30,000 grant – provided by Boeing – went a long way for eight cadets and students who interned at various organizations in Charleston over the summer and fall. Grant money also went to several faculty partners to support student projects, such as the Supply Chain Management and Port Club and Citadel STEM project. The Career Center held a Boeing Grant Award Recognition Appreciation luncheon to show their gratitude for Boeing’s investment as well as to highlight results from each internship.

At the event, each individual discussed their internship and shared what they learned, what skills they developed and the overall experience they had. A representative from each site also spoke about how their intern preformed, what they contributed, the assigned projects and the difference between an intern from The Citadel versus past interns from other colleges.

Based on the grant’s stipulations, students were to benefit from learning transferable skills which apply in business and engineering. Internship sites varied from national political offices, local engineering companies, local financial investment companies, police departments and more.

Read about each student’s experience below:

Summer 2022 awardees

Cadet Thomas Pipkins is a Political Science major. His internship was with the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, specifically working with the offices of Rep. Nancy Mace, Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Tom Rice. These internships are typically unpaid, so this grant helped Pipkins with the cost of transportation, room and board.

“This experience was a life-changing opportunity,” said Pipkins. “I am truly grateful to Boeing for helping me take part in this amazing milestone and allowing me to be able to do something I’ve only dreamed about.”

Cadet Tiziana Ortega is a Supply Chain Management major. This summer, Ortega interned at Gnosis Freight to further her knowledge in this field, as well as gain valuable insights and certifications. She also serves as the president for The Citadel’s Supply Chain Management and Port Club, which also received part of the grant money.

Cadet Mason Bailey is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Fine Arts. This summer, he interned at Integrity Express Logistics and was responsible for over $100,000 in revenue through a broker’s account. Bailey credits his time at The Citadel for his preparedness on the job site and plans to return after graduation to work full-time.

Dani Kinzer, Sales Engagement Manager at Integrity Express Logistics, said, “Citadel cadets are built differently. They are always professional, organized and overall have a completely different mindset than other young people.”

John Clayton is a veteran student majoring in Business Administration who interned with Coastal Financial Planning Group. Through this internship, he learned more about investing and financial planning. He plans to work full time with CFPG after his graduation in December 2022.

Fall 2022 awardees

A veteran undergraduate student majoring in Electrical Engineering, Erika Hernandez always kept education as a top priority. She enlisted knowing the end goal would always be higher education, which she found through The Citadel. Her internship was with a familiar place, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering here on campus, but it still pushed Hernandez out of her comfort zone through new learning experiences and networking.

Tromaine Cobbs is a Civil Engineering major with a minor in Construction Engineering. His goal is to eventually take the necessary exams to become a professional land surveyor — his internship at HLA Inc. helped him prepare for that goal. At his internship, Cobbs assisted and took on his own projects, as week as delivered plats to different local government buildings.  

Cadet Khang Hoang, an Intelligence and Security Studies major, interned with the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Through this internship, he increased his skills in thinking and analytics and coordinated special projects within the police department.

“This experience was rewarding because it gave me the opportunity to better myself in the skills I need to be successful in this field,” said Hoang. “Coming from an immigrant family, this grant took a lot of financial weight off my parents.”

As an evening graduate student and parent, Hollie Lacey knew she needed the perfect fit for her internship. She eventually did find the “one” through MUSC Children’s/Women’s Health Marketing and Communications office. At her internship, Lacey created social media content and newsletters, conducted research and data analytics and executed marketing plans. She was grateful for the real-world experience she gained, and her site preceptor was equally grateful to have her there.

“Hollie expressed eagerness to learn and had a drive that set her up for success,” said Molly Leff, Senior Campaign Manager at MUSC Children’s and Women’s Health. “The Citadel produces special students, and we’re grateful to the Career Center and Boeing for providing this opportunity for students.”

Page Tisdale, Director of The Citadel Career Center stated, “We were excited to apply for and receive this investment from Boeing. We value their commitment to life-long learning. The impact of $30,000 was significant. It reached our cadets, evening undergraduate and veteran students. Relieving some of the students’ financial burdens allowed them to focus on the goal — gaining real, transferrable skills. This supports strong graduation outcomes for The Citadel and it has significant and real implications for us retaining a strong workforce in Charleston and the state.”

Part of the grant also went towards The Citadel STEM Project, ran by English professor Alyson Eggleston, Ph.D.. This project is a hands-on technical communication project for STEM majors, in partnership with iFixit, a repair guide website for consumer electronics. Focused on user experience, students created component replacement technical guides for an international audience. Two student teams were evaluated by iFixit for meeting standards. The Citadel’s Supply Chain Management and Port Club received part of the grant money as well and used the funds to improve the overall experience for cadets and allowed a few of the members to attend networking events like The State of The Port Luncheon and World Affairs Council Luncheon.

“I have tremendous gratitude to Boeing for their interest and committed investment as a community partner in our Citadel student talent,” said Susan Pope, internship coordinator for the Career Center. “This initiative demonstrates effectiveness through the return on their investment in our local workforce and beyond. Our students will be better prepared with the readiness skills necessary to enter, contribute and be successful in their fields through professional development opportunities.”

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Career fair brings employment opportunities to cadets and students https://today.citadel.edu/career-fair-brings-employment-opportunities-to-cadets-and-students/ Mon, 21 Mar 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31250 As The Citadel prepares cadets and students for success in the workforce, the Career Center gives them the tools needed to find the right job.]]>

By Alaina Rink, CGC ’22

As The Citadel prepares cadets and students for success in the workforce, the Career Center gives them the tools needed to find the right job. One of the Career Center’s initiatives is to bring employers from many different industries to campus throughout the year.

Over 50 employers attended the Career Center’s spring job fair, ranging from Volvo and Santee Cooper to MUSC and the Secret Service.

Cadet Hannah Collee, ’23, was one of the 400 participants. A Computer Science and Cyber Operations double major, Collee wants to use her studies to make a difference after graduation, so she spoke with representatives from the FBI and CIA. “The Citadel’s leadership opportunities prepare you to make the first move and expand your network,” she said.

Cadet Hannah Collee speaking with recruiters at The Citadel Career Center’s job fair

Likewise, Cadet Cameron Crouse, ’24, said the classes he took as a Criminal Justice major – like Criminology, as well as Police Systems and Practices – will prepare him for the career he wants with law enforcement. The City of North Charleston Police Department, Gwinnett County Police Department and South Carolina Department of Public Safety all sent representatives to the job fair.

Representatives from South Carolina Highway Patrol speaking with cadets during The Citadel Career Center’s job fair

Cadet Keefe White, ’22, pulled double duty at the fair; he is a Mechanical Engineering major as well as an intern for Nucor, one of the company attendees looking to recruit more from the Corps of Cadets. “The Citadel prepared me for resume presentation,” he said at the Nucor table. “The Technical Writing and Communication class prepared me for being interviewed by a panel of five.” Citadel professor Alyson Eggleston, Ph.D., specifically designed this course to prepare Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science majors for professional communication in the workforce.

Professors attended too and championed their pupils. “I am so excited to see former students return to the career fair. It’s so valuable,” said Lauren Rule Maxwell, Ph.D. She encourages her Communications 216 students to be knowledgeable about the companies they apply for and to never underestimate the importance of having conversations and following up.

As the career fair’s positive energy transforms into job offers, members of the Career Center will continue helping cadets and students shine on their way to successful careers.

Jordan Yarborough, Page Tisdale, Stephanie Fye, Diana Hermann and Susan Pope from The Citadel Career Center

For more information on joining the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, click here.


Alaina Rink is a graduate assistant in the Office of Communications and Marketing while pursuing a master’s degree in English. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education English and taught in the Charleston area for four years.

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The Citadel Career Center prepares cadets and students to impress potential employers https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-career-center-prepares-cadets-and-students-to-impress-potential-employers/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 22:24:32 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30783 More than 120 cadets and students are another step closer to their dream jobs after stopping by Daniel Library for the Career Center’s job fair prep event, “Ready, Set, Hire!”]]>

Photo: Cadets and students at various workstations during The Citadel Career Center’s “Ready, Set, Hire!” event in Daniel Library.

By Alaina Rink, CGC ’22

More than 120 cadets and students are another step closer to their dream jobs after stopping by Daniel Library for the Career Center’s job fair prep event, “Ready, Set, Hire!”

The participants received personalized guidance on building LinkedIn profiles, delivering elevator pitches, conducting real-life professional interactions and, of course, writing resumes.

Cadet Sam Zeron is majoring in Business Administration with the Baker School of Business. He said, “I came to here to get the type of verbage needed for resumes. I think I have good, hirable qualities, but want to convey them better.”

The Career Center’s internship coordinator, Susan Pope, shared some of her top resume tips:

  • Start LinkedIn and resume building during your first year at The Citadel. Update these regularly.
  • Identify which of your skills employers are looking for and articulate how you have developed them.
  • Tailor each application to each specific job; have multiple versions of your resume. Get another person to proofread.
  • As undergraduates, your resume should only be one side of one page. PDFs keep formatting intact.

As director of the Career Center, Page Tisdale has seen students reluctantly attend resume workshops, decide they might as well attend the job fair and then land the job they didn’t know they were looking for. “Even if you think there is no company you want to work for in the future, just practice interviewing,” she said.

The Career Center is there for every step. Thanks to the generosity of donors, they have a closet of men’s and women’s suits available to be borrowed by cadets attending events that require professional attire. Photography professor Kevin Free encouraged students to take advantage of this resource as he took their headshots for LinkedIn profiles.

Page Tisdale, director of The Citadel Career Center, helping cadets prepare for job applications during “Ready, Set, Hire!” in Daniel Library.

“We worked collaboratively with the Career Center, Citadel Student Success Center’s Writing Lab and Speaking Lab to help prepare students to engage professionally with employer partners and practice their professionalism,” said Tisdale.

It’s efforts like these that aid The Citadel’s strategic initiative to infuse career readiness as a leading part of the college’s culture.

For more information on joining the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, click here.


Alaina Rink is a graduate assistant in the Office of Communications and Marketing while pursuing a master’s degree in English. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education English and taught in the Charleston area for four years.

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What do I do now? Job search help for college seniors https://today.citadel.edu/what-do-i-do-now-job-search-help-for-college-seniors/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:45:22 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15068 "The Career Center staff is fully engaged, working for as many hours as it takes to help our students with their next steps."]]>

Schedule your virtual career assistance session by emailing Careercenter@citadel.edu

Update April 2

The Citadel Career Center director provides advice to college seniors on WCSC-TV Live 5 below.

March 27, 2020

For graduating seniors, the steps leading from college student to working professional bring excitement and, often, anxiety. Now in the COVID-19 spring, those next steps may feel like they are leading into an abyss.

Every year, almost 70% of Citadel seniors have jobs by graduation. But some in the Class of 2020 are concerned that the jobs they proudly earned could become tentative when the pandemic slows and the economy begins working its way back to the old normal.

For those who have not yet found the right position, or for college students needing the rich experience of an internship, the search can be frustrating.

Page Tisdale, director of the Citadel Career Center

“Job searches during uncertain times require support. The Citadel’s cadets and students are not alone,” said Page Tisdale, director of The Citadel Career Center. “The Career Center staff is fully engaged, working for as many hours as it takes to help our students with their next steps.”

Tisdale emphasizes that each college student needs a fully developed career strategy — and for seniors who don’t have that, it’s not too late.

“We’ll coach you, but you need to be patient, consistent and work on your job search daily — almost as if you were preparing for a competitive sport,” Tisdale said.

The Career Center Staff is here to support cadets and students with all matters career related. Click here to view resources, email careercenter@citadel.edu or contact staff members directly to set up a meeting.

Job security and job search tips from The Citadel Career Center:

A) If you have an offer, reach out to your future employer to ensure you still have the offer. If the organization is uncertain about this, or if the offer is no longer viable, ask if you can keep the offer and agree to negotiate on a later start date. A later start date is better than no start date.

B) If you do not have an offer, start networking and following up with everyone to ask for advice. Keep a very open mind regarding what options you will consider; do not limit your conversations and applications to only areas within your major or areas which require a degree.

C) Be appreciative and humble, and do not turn down any opportunity to communicate with someone who has a lead. Remember, you cannot turn down a job offer you do not have. All hiring happens through conversation. Conversation increases access to opportunities.

D) Look for areas of high demand, especially those related to healthcare and the retail supply chain. Companies like Amazon, Target, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens are currently hiring volumes of hourly and professional workers. A foot in the door now will open opportunities into their management training programs.

E) Research local, state and federal law enforcement and military opportunities. While training and onboarding will slow down, many will be looking for creative hiring opportunities, like Charleston County Police Department. A delayed start date is still a start date.

F) Consider applying for internships and remote opportunities, or seek jobs with staffing agencies for temporary opportunities until the economy finds itself in a more stable place.

G) If you were considering a graduate program, but decided against it, evaluate a shorter, certificate program which will help you build your skillset in a high-demand area.

H) Use your alumni network! The Citadel alumni network is amazing, especially when it comes to supporting and mentoring students. Use The Citadel Alumni Network to connect and ask advice. Seek direction from those who have had to navigate a down economy. For help on how to conduct Informational Interviews, contact The Citadel Career Center.

The Citadel Career Center can also help you:

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