After Pitzer

350+
COMPANIES RECRUIT
ANNUALLY AT THE 5Cs
MOST
STUDENT FULBRIGHTS FROM AN UNDER-GRADUATE INSTITUTION for 6 straight years

The Chronicle of Higher Education

75%
OF FIRST YEAR STUDENTS ENGAGE
WITH THE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES

CAREER SERVICES

THE CAREER SERVICES OFFICE OFFERS A ROBUST SET OF PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES.

  • Job Shadowing Program
    Alumni and parent volunteers host students at their place of work for one- to five-day shadowing opportunities.
  • 5C Job Fairs
    Pitzer students are invited and encouraged to attend the six major career fairs hosted by the Claremont Colleges annually. Over 350 companies recruit on the Claremont College campuses each year.
  • Field Trip Fridays
    An ongoing series taking treks to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Laserfiche, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, Federal Reserve, Los Angeles, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and more.
  • Alumni-Student Career Intensive
    Alumni provide intensive career workshops on topics like job search strategy, networking, resume/cover letter writing, interviewing and salary/offer negotiation.
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CURRENT STUDENTS

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR YEARS AT PITZER.

Skills and Experience

“Provida Futuri” in Action: Pitzer Career Services empowers and equips students and alumni to define and achieve post-graduate success as engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world.

The Pitzer field groups can also point you to many careers well-prepared for your future. You can view some common jobs by our different majors here.

Alumni of Pitzer go on to many brilliant paths. See where they go here.

Internships

Our Office of Career Services are invaluable resources in preparing and securing internships. They have also collected several places to start your search here.

The Pitzer Internship Fund (PIF) is the result of generous gifts from Pitzer Alumni, Parents, and Friends to provide funding for unpaid or low-paid summer internships.

You can also read more about academic credit and the internship experience.

On-Campus Employment

On-campus student employment gives you the opportunity to gain experience and pursue your professional goals and interests while becoming more engaged with the Pitzer community. You will be able to find on-campus student employment on the Handshake employment platform.

Work-study also provides additional routes to obtain an on campus or approved off-campus job and earn income that you can use toward your educational expenses.

Learn more from the Student FAQ.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHT

SEE WHERE PITZER STUDENTS HAVE EXPLORED RECENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.

Student Highlight: Class of 2021

Jackson Patrick

Sales and Marketing Intern at Western Digital Corporation

“Through and through I am a people person, and I knew I wanted my career to be a social one. Someone recommended to me that I try out a career in sales, so I thought I would shoot my shot.

We helped sales and marketing reps with their work including creating leads, generating new marketing ideas, giving mock sales pitches, and researching our products and competitors.

Career services destroyed and rebuilt my resume and cover letter. They also were very helpful in preparing me for the interview with their interview prep and mock interview meetings. Organizational Studies Professor Jeff Lewis was also one of my recommendations in the application.

The company hasn’t really put much effort into climate change, so with the help of some other like minded individuals, we gave a presentation to numerous staff members describing the importance of environment sustainability. It was nice to flex my EA major like that.”

Past Internship Examples

In the summer of 2020, students received support through the Pitzer Internship Fund to pursue opportunities at the following organizations:

>  Camp4 Collective
>  Federal Public Defender
>  Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology
>  Kansas Geological Survey
>  Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)
>  L.A. Works
>  Maher Commercial Realty
>  National Hispanic Institute (NHI)
>  Northwestern Mutual
>  Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
>  Planned Parenthood
>  Sitka Conservation Society
>  Street Poets Inc.
>  Tilth Alliance – Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands
>  TransLatina Coalition
>  U.S. Department of the Interior
>  U.S.G.S. National Climate Adaptation Science Center

AFTER PITZER

LEARN ABOUT YOUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFTER PITZER.

Fellowships

Many students at Pitzer go on to Fellowship opportunities after graduation. Knowledgeable advisers at Pitzer College assist candidates through the selection and application process for scholarships, grants and fellowships.

Students are encouraged to investigate options early in their academic careers and may learn a foreign language, live abroad and complete an independent study project for credit as an undergraduate. Candidates select from a range of national and international undergraduate and graduate opportunities. Learn more about fellowships at Pitzer here.

Career Services

“Provida Futuri” in Action: Pitzer Career Services empowers and equips students and alumni to define and achieve post-graduate success as engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world.

With a robust and continual posting of positions on Handshake, collections of resources for alumniCareer Fairs on campus, winter break Job Shadowing, or even becoming staff at Pitzer College along with many other alumni, students go on to many brilliant career paths.

Explore

Pitzer students go on to a variety of careers in their fields.

You can view some common paths by our different majors here.

Students also have a collection of resources. Appointments with Career Services and Job Shadowing can also be invaluable in understanding the options you have.

WHAT PITZER GRADS DO

SNAPSHOT:
A GRADUATING CLASS

65%
FULL- OR PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT

10%
FELLOWSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, SERVICE PROGRAMS

19%
ATTENDING/PLANNING TO ATTEND GRADUATE SCHOOL
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EMPLOYMENT*

* 2019 Graduating Class. Based on 82% knowledge rate, which exceeds
national standards.

FELLOWSHIPS

Pitzer graduates have a distinguished history of earning prestigious fellowships.

  • Pitzer is a national leader among undergraduate institutions in the number of Fulbright Scholarships received. Ten Pitzer students traveled to Brazil, El Salvador, Jordan, Malaysia, Peru, Taiwana and Vietnam during the 2019-20 Fulbright year.

Other fellowships and awards Pitzer graduate win routinely include:

  • Napier Awards for Creative Leadership
  • Davis Projects for Peace
  • Donald M Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • Watson Fellowship

GRADUATE SCHOOLS

Some of the recent graduate schools attended by Pitzer graduates.

  • Columbia
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Oxford
  • UC Irvine
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt

A FORCE OF 11,000: MEET A FEW PITZER GRADS

Pitzer GradJenn Lois
Pitzer Grad Joshua Brown
Pitzer Grad Deborah Lieberman
Pitzer College Alum Noreen Barcena

Noreen Barcena ’09: Attorney
Pitzer Major: Psychology and Organizational Studies

  • Practices criminal defense, immigration and family law.
  • A frequent attorney contributor for Telemundo, ABC7, Univision and Hoy.
  • Founding member of Ferias Legales, a non-profit committed to bringing knowledge and justice to under-served populations.
Pitzer College Alum Brian Christiansen

Brian Christiansen ’93: Nike Executive
Pitzer Major: Economics

  • Serves as the Senior Director, Portfolio and Strategy, Global Community Impact for Nike. Previously served as chief administrative officer for the Nike Foundation.
  • Played for four years on the Sagehens Men’s Basketball team.
  • Earned a master’s in business administration from Duke University.
Pitzer College Alum Kimberly Bautista

Kimberly Bautista ’07: Voice for Domestic Violence Prevention
Pitzer Major: Media Studies and Spanish

  • Leads an international domestic violence prevention campaign, which evolved out of her 2012 award-winning documentary film, Justice for My Sister.
  • Won the 2012 HBO/National Association of Latino Independent Producers Documentary Filmmaker Award for Latino Filmmakers.
Pitzer College Alum Max Brooks

Max Brooks ’94: Author and Comedy Writer
Pitzer Major: History

  • A former member of the Saturday Night Live writing team.
  • Best-selling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, which was adapted into a feature film starring Brad Pitt.
Pitzer College Alum Jamilah King

Jamilah King ’07: Editor
Pitzer Major: English & World Literature and Black Studies

  • In 2013, Ebony magazine named her one of the most dynamic editors working in new media.
  • Writes illuminating, in-depth articles and essays about the intersection of race, class and gender.
Pitzer College Alum Kevin de Leon

Kevin de Leon ’03: Leading California Politician
Pitzer Major: Politics and Education

  • Served as Senate President pro Tempore and represented District 24 in the California Senate.
  • The first Latino leader in more than 130 years of the California Senate.