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What is CELS?

It's more than a career services office. Career Enhancing Life Skills is a four-year program through which students explore career options, assess interests and skills, learn to consider lifetime goals when planning coursework and activities, look for a career-related junior-year internship, and get help with a job search as seniors.

Media coverage about the Connecticut College internship program

Connecticut College's prominence in international education was highlighted in a USA Today article on April 24, 2007 about the growing numbers of students seeking to do internships abroad.

The College's funded internship program was also highlighted in a Wall Street Journal story published March 6, 2008. Read the news release.

More news stories

02-20-2014 - College partners with Koru to provide new immersive career development opportunities
Connecticut College, a leader among liberal arts colleges in preparing students for meaningful careers, today announced a new partnership that will give students another opportunity to develop career skills in a real-world environment.

10/10/2013 - Get a job! Career office kicks off expanded senior-year program 
Hors-d’oeuvres, encouragement and new LinkedIn photos were all on the menu for a start-of-school reception for seniors.

09/05/2013 - Orientation workshop teaches students to build skills through the liberal arts
At Connecticut College, career preparation doesn’t start in the spring of senior year. It begins students’ first week on campus.

08/2/2013 - Connecticut College is a leader in international internships 
From a writer taking the pulse of life in Beijing to a future doctor recording vitals in rural India, 52 rising seniors are doing Connecticut College-funded internships outside the United States. Their experiences reflect the College’s academic emphasis on global perspectives — and a focus on career and professional development that is unusual among liberal arts colleges.

07/23/2013 - Nearly 80 percent of rising seniors are doing funded internships 
They are at zoos and in hospitals, in high-rise office buildings in New York City and in dirt-floor huts in developing countries. This summer, 334 rising seniors – 76 percent of the class – are completing paid internships in nearly every sector and around the world. 

11/16/2011 - Class of 1981 raises $540,000 to support funded internship program 
The class raised $540,000 in commitments through the Annual Fund as a gift to the College in honor of its 30th reunion in 2011. The support is designated for funded internships which have been coordinated through the College's career office, better known as CELS, an acronym for Career Enhancing Life Skills.

08/12/2011 - Alumni judge lets student interns into N.J. legal world 
Thanks to an alumni connection and Connecticut College's funded internship program, rising senior Aditi Juneja is getting an insider's view of the legal world.

07/15/2010 - An alumna gives John Waterman ´11 a ´cheesy´ idea 
As John Waterman ´11 flipped through the pages of CC: Magazine last fall, an article featuring an alumna who co-founded Vermont Butter & Cheese Company inspired him to intern at the Shy Brothers Farm, a dairy farm and artisan cheese maker in Westport, Mass., this summer.

08/18/2009 - Casey Corn '10 producing a radio show during her summer internship 
Lands internship with travel editor extraordinaire Peter Greenberg.

Class of 1981 raises $540,000 to support funded internship program