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

Bridging their 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.


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 that they can apply the skills they’ve learned to internships, jobs and further education.

Key Memberships & Associations

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

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 48 states and 35 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 Brian Sabean, General Manager of the San Francisco Giants, to Dennis Lehane, award-winning author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone.
  • 65% of Eckerd students study abroad 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 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.

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

Susan Slaugenhaupt ’85, Ph.D. (pictured above center), member of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees and scientific director at the Center for Human Genetic Research in the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute, has brought Eckerd students to Boston to complete a 10-week research internship every year since 2010.

Meet the Staff

Ronald Porter

Ronald Porter ’05
Director of Service-Learning
Brown Hall

Learn More About Ron

A native of Washington D.C., Ronald serves as the Director of Service-Learning. Ronald earned his BA in Political Science from Eckerd College and his Master’s in Education and PhD from the Social and Cultural Studies in Education program at the University of California at Berkley. Ronald’s 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. Ronald’s 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. Ronald 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 and Director of Career Services
Lindsey Hall

Learn More About Grant

A native of St. Petersburg, Grant serves as the Director of Career Services. Grant earned his BA 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, Grant 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

Learn More About Melena

A native of Colorado, Melena serves as the Director of Internships and Employer Relations. Melena earned her BA in Psychology and MA 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. Melena 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 has also provided presentations to FloridaACE, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, ACPA, the Hillsborough Association for Volunteer Administrators and the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce.