Careers

We give you a running start

At Roanoke, we think there's more to college than finding your passion-you need to prepare for a career you'll love. That means applying knowledge to solve real-world problems. Gaining practical skills in writing, public speaking and group leadership. Building a resume around research, travel, service programs and internships that will impress employers. Tapping our 15,000 person alumni network for advice and connections. Come here, and we'll do everything we can from day one to help you prepare for an amazing career.

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*Among 2013 graduates surveyed who provided information on how long it took them to find jobs or get into grad school.

Already making their mark

Paris Butler/Plastic Surgery Resident

Dr. Darwin Jorgensen planted the medical school seed in his head, and by the time Paris Butler '00 graduated from Roanoke, he had been accepted into more than a dozen schools, eventually choosing to attend the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He went on to complete a post-doctoral research fellowship at Stanford University, a master's degree in Public Health at UC-Berkeley, a general surgery residency at UVA. Butler is now completing plastic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Ashley MacFarlane/Reliability Engineer

Ashley MacFarlane '05 was a mathematics and statistics major. While at Roanoke, her professors set up an internship for her at NASA. She's now working as a reliability engineer for ManTech International Corporation, supporting the U.S. Army's Test and Evaluation Command. Ashley credits her Roanoke education as key to her job success. "I don't only need to analyze numbers; I need to present my findings. Because I have a liberal arts education, I'm known as the math person who can actually talk to other people."

Heather Duvall/Dolphin Trainer

"I've been passionate about marine life for as long as I can remember, but Roanoke has pushed me in the right direction to find a job doing what I love," biology major Heather Duvall '13 said. After graduation, Dr. Rachel Collins recommended Duvall for a very competitive internship with the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program. Duvall is now a dolphin trainer with the U.S. Navy marine mammal program.

Karim Rashad/Creative Director

As a communications major, Karim Rashad '08 worked as a designer in college's public relations department and then did a three-month internship at MTV Networks. His work experiences during college helped him get a job as a graphic designer right out of school. He's currently creative director at HM Branding, a Philadelphia-area marketing agency. 

Shelley Olds/Professional Cyclist

Shelley Olds '03 has always placed athletics near the top of her must-do list. At Roanoke, the health and human performance major was captain of the women's soccer team. Two years after graduation, she was introduced to cycling. Since then, she has soared, becoming one of the highest-ranked women's cyclists in the world. In 2012, she competed in the London Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. Women's road race team. Currently, she is a member of the Bigla Pro Cycling Team in L'Estartit, Spain.

Kayvon Sarmadi/Financial Advisor

Kayvon Sarmadi '10 majored in business administration, with a minor in marketing. During his four years at Roanoke, he was on the men's varsity soccer team and helped to run the Student Managed Fund, where he found his passion for finance. He was recruited by UBS Financial Services during his last semester at Roanoke and has worked as a financial advisor in their Washington DC office since graduation. 

Maggie Anderson/Legislative Correspondent

A Capitol Hill internship gave Maggie Anderson '13 a jump in her political career. Anderson now is a legislative correspondent for Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., working in the same office as her internship. As a Roanoke student, she volunteered for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign, and she was president of Roanoke College Democrats and the Public Affairs Society. For Warner's Washington, D.C., office, Anderson covers agriculture, the environment, animal welfare and other issues. "I have a deep passion for public service, especially in Virginia," she says.