Champlain College Redefines Its Career Services For a 21st Century Workplace With Focus on Collaboration

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Champlain College has redesigned its career services office into a "Career Collaborative" that reflects the changing needs of students, alumni and employers.

Champlain College Director Tanja Hinterstoisser, Ph.D., said her department's new name, "Career Collaborative," better reflects the work its career directors perform when preparing students and graduates for careers through internships, job interviews, networking skills and life-skills training.

"We are challenging our students to be professionally and globally focused with an eye not just on their first job after they graduate, but on their lifelong careers," Hinterstoisser said. "Strengthening the integration of our curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and community network to align with the needs of our employer partners across the country and world is our mission."

The new Career Collaborative was created in response to Champlain's Futures Initiative, which builds interdivisional connections and drives operational changes to the ways the College works that fosters innovation, collaboration, and shared ownership for Champlain's future. As such, the Career Collaborative is focused on deepening its partnership with key College partners, including Advancement, Alumni and Parent Relations, Corporate Development, Academic Affairs, and Enrollment Management.

"Our graduates get jobs. We can proudly report amazing career outcomes for our graduates as they enter the world of work or pursue more education. It is important to effectively tell that story to our prospective students, whether they are traditional undergraduates who come to campus or to our diverse population of working adults finishing their degrees online," she said.

Career Collaborative's career coaches begin supporting the professional success of students from day one, she said. They help identify career-relevant, experiential learning and employment opportunities, as well as make meaningful connections with Champlain's employer networks. They also conduct career education SMARTalks, host industry speaker presentations on campus, conduct on-campus interviewing and recruiting, and coordinate employer site and recruitment visits for students within and outside of Vermont.

Career Collaborative's bi-annual Career Fairs are considered one of the best in the state. With more than 75 for profit and not for profit companies participating in each of the fairs, it gives Champlain students, alumni and employer partners the chance to network and discuss goals and opportunities within their organizations. This year, the Career Fair will be held on March 28 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Argosy Gym in the IDX Student Life Center. Get more details and resources.

Internships Key to Success
Champlain students benefit from multiple, often well-paid internships, which are known to lead to job offers well ahead of graduation or position them to gain admission to graduate school. Completing multiple internships give students a depth and breadth of professional experience, and ultimately, a tremendous competitive advantage when starting out in the job market or applying to top-tier graduate schools. "Thanks to our ‘Upside-Down Curriculum' and our immensely dedicated and well-connected, industry-focused faculty, Champlain students get accepted to internships as early as their first year," Hinterstoisser said. "As a matter of fact, our reports consistently show that a full 95 percent of our students complete one or more internships by the time they graduate from Champlain.

"I interned at ManTech International, a technology solutions company based in Fairfax, Virginia," noted Olivia Hatalsky, who is studying computer and digital forensics in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences and plans to graduate this May. "My internship was an amazing experience. If you had asked me as a senior in high school, I never would've said that I would already have a paid position in my major."

"I found the career support here extremely helpful," said Paige Schmittlein, '16, a Management of Creative Media major in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business. "The career team is such a great resource to have on campus-whether you need a résumé looked over, help searching for an internship or want someone to help you do a mock interview. I will feel extremely confident entering the job market upon graduation."

Career Collaborative is committed to continuing to establish and solidify its close-knit network with businesses and organizations. Said Hinterstoisser: "Alongside our College partners, we are working diligently at connecting and deepening our relationships with existing companies and building new ones. We are known for our human touch approach, and we are committed to letting our external partners know that we are here for them. Ultimately, our focus is on the expanding of opportunities for our students. Today, we can confidently say that our students are getting hired at many highly recognized companies locally, nationally and even internationally at companies like Burton Snowboards, myWebGrocer,, FBI, Google, Sony Pictures, Activision, Conde Nast and many others.

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Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit