The Career Development Center (CDC) is located on the first floor of Egan Hall. The CDC offers a variety of assistance with your career needs. Visit a career counselor for assistance with resume and cover letters, interviewing, graduate school and job searching, career exploration, and internships.

The CDC is now on Handshake. This resource is not only our online job board. It offers a variety of career related resources created by the CDC staff. This is also where students can register for CDC events, including our annual Graduate School Fair and Career Fair!

Our Mission

The Mercyhurst University Career Development Center’s mission is to serve students, alumni, and enrich learning opportunities by helping students and alumni integrate academic knowledge, leadership experiences, professional development and active citizenship. We help students to explore, investigate and participate in a variety of career related activities that encourage personal, professional and career development.


The Mercyhurst Career Development Center provides students with a variety of free services to assist them in finding their first job, career, and calling. A student can walk-in for an appointment, however it is encouraged that you set up an appointment to ensure career counselor availability. You can set up an appointment in person on the first floor of Egan Hall, by requesting one through your Handshake account, or by calling the office.

Graduate and Professional School Advising

Many Mercyhurst University students choose to attend graduate, law and medical school after graduation. The CDC offers guidance to current students and alumni who wish to do post-graduate study and has a variety of resources to help. Students and alumni can meet with graduate and professional school representatives at the annual Graduate & Professional School Fair.

Alumni Services

The CDC offers free services to all Mercyhurst alumni. Whether you are changing careers or looking for the next step up, CDC staff can assist you with the job search process, provide interview tips, and resume and cover letter review. Consider paying it forward by helping another Laker earn experience by hosting an intern! Stay connected to the CDC after graduation and keep your Handshake account active to provide job and internship opportunities, participate in mentorship programs and continue to work on your own career and professional goals.


Internships are the combination of classroom and on-the-job work experience. Not all majors require an internship for graduation, but internships are a great way to stand out to potential employers and to start building a professional network. Depending on your major, you can earn up to twelve credits with departmental permission. Current students should stop by the CDC or schedule an appointment with a career counselor to learn about the internship process.

Career Exploration

The Career Development Center offers students many tools to help explore potential career options. Make an appointment with a career counselor to get assistance and access to these resources.

CDC Resources

Information for current students can be found on Handshake. Log in to access a variety of resources to aid you in finding your career. Questions and additional resources are always available from our CDC staff. Request an appointment through Handshake, give us a call, or drop by First Floor Egan for assistance.