Responding to the needs of a 21st-century education and economy

Bridging students’ transition from college to graduate study or employment

The Center for Career Planning and Applied Learning connects all of the off-campus and experiential learning opportunities aimed at enhancing students’ academic and personal development.

Service-Learning

The Center acts as a bridge connecting Eckerd students and faculty as academic achievers to direct service aimed at helping students critically reflect on what service means to them and their community, grow in self-awareness, and discover where their deepest passions meet the world’s greatest needs.

Career Services

The Center connects students to employers, alumni and graduate schools, so they can apply the skills they’ve learned to internships, jobs and further education.

Key Memberships & Associations

To provide our students and alumni with the best possible experiential learning and professional opportunities, Eckerd College holds membership in the following organizations:

Tampa Bay Business Journal
National Association of Environmental Professionals
National Association of Colleges and Employers
Tampa Bay Technology Forum
Colleges of Central Florida Career Consortium

Employer Relations

Hire an Eckerd College student

Are you an employer who recognizes the value of collaborative leadership, innovation, analysis and critical thinking, problem-solving, strong research, oral and written communication skills, and a commitment to service? Then look no further—hire a Triton!

To post internships or part-time or full-time jobs, visit TritonTrack, our online internships and jobs database accessible to students and alumni.

Not sure if you’re looking for an intern or a part-time employee? Check out the national guidelines and best practices for internships.

Quick Facts

  • As a premier liberal arts “College That Changes Lives,” Eckerd College boasts 39 majors and 48 minors. Pre-professional programs include engineering, law, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.
  • Our students come from 47 states and 41 countries, and our alumni span the globe.
  • Every Eckerd student must complete at least 40 hours of service to graduate.
Dennis Lehane
Brian Sabean
  • Notable alums range from Dennis Lehane ’88—award-winning author of Mystic RiverShutter IslandSince We Fell and more—to Brian Sabean ’78, general manager of the San Francisco Giants.
  • Sixty-five percent of Eckerd students study abroad at least once during their time here, giving them cross-cultural experience and allowing them to work in a diverse array of settings.

Professional Internships

Students need practical experiential education, and you could use talent

Our students engage in a wide variety of internships ranging from interning in the U.S. Congress to working with professional sports organizations to gaining experience in the nation’s leading marine science centers and aquariums to doing research at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

How internships help our students

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average offer rate to interns is 72.7%, the highest it has been since the peak of the pre-recession market. In addition to facilitating full-time job offers, internships allow students to explore career possibilities: 81.1% of graduates report that internships helped them shift their career direction by changing the focus of classes or majors.

Student interns at Center for Human Genetic Research in the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Susan Slaugenhaupt ’85 (P ’20, above, center), Board of Trustees member and director at the Center for Human Genetic Research, has brought Eckerd students to Boston for 10-week internships since 2010.

Meet the Staff

Ronald Porter

Dr. Ronald Porter ’05
Director of Service-Learning
Brown Hall
porterrk@eckerd.edu
727.864.7512

Learn More About Ron

A native of Washington, D.C., Ronald serves as the director of service-learning. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Eckerd College and his Master of Education and Ph.D. from the Social and Cultural Studies in Education program at the University of California at Berkeley. His dissertation traced the intellectual history of African-American educational thought, looking specifically at the works of W.E.B. DuBois, Alain Locke and James Baldwin. Ronald has served as a visiting lecturer at San Francisco State University and a graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley. His commitment to service-learning has been shown through his work with Amnesty International, The Studio@620, the Stop AIDS project in San Francisco as well as his environmental research for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He has spearheaded an ongoing collaborative effort with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joining Eckerd students with local high school students in joint service-learning projects. Through Ronald’s leadership, the Office of Service-Learning secured an environmental grant to fund “Plastics and Microplastics in Tampa Bay: Education and Action.”

Grant Bailey

Grant Bailey
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Career Services
Lindsey Hall
baileygj@eckerd.edu
727.864.8865

Learn More About Grant

A native of St. Petersburg, Grant serves as the assistant dean of students and director of career services. He earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University and his Master’s degree in College Student Development from Appalachian State University. With a proven commitment to higher education and a passion for working with students, he has served Eckerd College in a number of functional areas of student affairs including residence life, housing, service-learning and conduct.

Melanie Postolowski

Melena Postolowski
Director of Internships and Employer Relations
Brown Hall
postolmn@eckerd.edu
727.864.8148

Learn More About Melena

A native of Colorado, Melena serves as the director of internships and employer relations. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado. She served as chair of the Educational Initiatives Sub-Committee for the SoACE Diversity and Inclusion Team and the chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Colleges of Central Florida Career Consortium. She has held multiple faculty positions teaching strategic career management, job-search strategies and self-discovery courses. She has acted as a guest speaker on numerous occasions, including being interviewed by an Emmy Award–winning broadcast journalist on “Colorado State of Mind” regarding the employment outlook for new graduates. Melena also has provided presentations to FloridaACE, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, ACPA, the Hillsborough Association for Volunteer Administrators and the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce.