Employers and Alumni

Info for Employers

Saint Michael’s students and alumni are highly sought after in the job market. As a liberal arts college, we not only teach the essentials in a particular discipline, we provide students with the skills they need to succeed: critical thinking, writing, creativity, public speaking and more. Experiential learning is a significant component of a St. Mike’s education. From a rich study abroad program to volunteer opportunities with the Fire + Rescue squad, our students and alumni understand the value of collaboration and making connections to those around them.

If you are looking for tomorrow’s leaders, you have come to the right place.


Internships offer an invaluable opportunity for our students to extend their education in a real-world setting, explore career options, apply knowledge, expand their professional network, and gain transferable skills.

If a student is using an internship to earn credits through Saint Michael’s College then they’ll be required to complete a minimum of 130 internship hours during the semester at an approved internship site.  The internship can be paid or unpaid, and the main goal in either case is for the student to contribute to the organization in a manner that will allow them to enhance their professional skills and apply their learning.

If your organization would like to recruit a student intern from St. Mike’s, here is the basic information that we’ll need to effectively advertise your opportunity to students:

  • Company information (address, phone, website)
  • Supervisor’s contact information (name, job title, email, phone)
  • Internship details
  • Title (this will appear as the headline of the posting in our Handshake system)
  • Timeframe (fall, spring, summer)
  • Duties/responsibilities/projects/tasks
  • Learning outcomes/opportunities
  • QualificationsPay level (paid/unpaid)
  • Application instructions
  • Additional information you would like students to know before applying

Once your internship description is ready you can now get it advertised with us:

  1. Post opportunities yourself in Handshake by registering for a new employer account.

In general, students are seeking fall/spring internship opportunities in the greater Burlington, VT area, and summer opportunities nationwide.  Please feel free to contact the Career Education Center if you have any questions or would like to talk further about our internship program or the needs of your organization. We look forward to collaborating with you!

Additional Information for Employers:

On-Campus Recruiting:  If you would like to visit campus to recruit in-person simply email careereducation@smcvt.edu to have a visit scheduled.

List of Saint Michael’s College Majors and Curriculum:  https://www.smcvt.edu/majors-minors-and-curriculum/

15 Best Practices for Internship Programs  http://www.naceweb.org/internships/15-best-practices.aspx

Developing Interns’ Skills Strengthens Their Bond to the Organization:  http://www.naceweb.org/talent-acquisition/internships/developing-interns-skills-strengthens-their-bond-to-the-organization/

Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act:  https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm

Handshake Employer URL:  https://app.joinhandshake.com/employer_registrations/new

How to Post a Job or Internship on Handshake

To join Handshake as an employer and begin sharing job opportunities, register at: https://app.joinhandshake.com/

To use Handshake most effectively, make sure your employer profile is complete and accurate. The Handshake employer support articles are also helpful when learning to use the platform. Select “Jobs” on the support articles dashboard to access a more in-depth guide on posting jobs.

To Post a Job on Handshake:

Log in to your Handshake account.

Click on “Post a Job” in the left column of the home dashboard. You can also click “Jobs” in the left navigation bar then select “Create a Job” in the top right corner of the screen.

When posting a job, you will be asked to complete four steps: Job Basics, Job Details, Job Preferences, and Schools. Complete the fields with as much detail as possible to find students who are qualified and interested in the position. Required fields are marked with an asterisk.

Your job posting can be seen by one or more schools depending on where you want to recruit. Click the “Schools” tab and then search for schools on the left side of the screen. You will be able to select from any of the schools that have approved your company to post jobs.

Select Saint Michael’s and any other schools you want to see your job posting. You can also select “Add All Schools” to post your job at every school you are connected with.

Once you select the school(s) you would like to see the job posting, click “Create” at the bottom of the page to review and create your posting.

Your job will be seen by students and alumni at Saint Michael’s College once it is approved by Career Education.

Having trouble getting set up? Visit the Handshake support center.

Here we would provide tips about what makes a good internship, how to make the experience valuable for both student and employer. This site has good information to use as reference to create our own content: http://www.naceweb.org/internships/15-best-practices.aspx 

Alumni Resources

We support our alumni no matter what stage of the career development process they are in. We do everything from helping with the job search to career change planning. Alumni are also critical in helping our students plan for life after college through mentoring, job shadowing, and attending networking events.

Click the buttons below for resources for networking and job opportunities or to connect with our Alumni office.

Handshake   Alumni Connections   Alumni Engagement Center


Host a Job Shadow

The Job Shadow Program is offered through the Career Education and Alumni Engagement Center to provide students the opportunity to discover different career paths by shadowing alumni in their workplace.

We invite alumni who are out of college three years or more, employed full-time and have the ability to host a student at their place of employment to reach out to Stephanie Snell, Director for Alumni and Family Engagement.

Please note: For the safety and welfare of our students, alumni who work from home may not offer a job shadow experience.


Looking for a way to advance your career? Here are some tips to get started:

Attend one of the many regional career networking events hosted by the Alumni Engagement Office.

Handshake: create an account linked to your employer profile to share job opportunities with SMC students. You can also view jobs if you create an account as an alumnus with a separate email address. With this account, you can also make an appointment with a career coach.

"I find it very easy giving the St. Michael's internship program high marks. The whole program is very well organized and user friendly. We continue to be impressed with the consistent quality and enthusiasm of the students."