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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Student discussing career options with career services advisor

We’re with you from day one.

In your first freshman courses, Career Services staff will engage you in a discussion of who you are, what you want to be, and how college can help you get there.  You'll complete an interest profile questionnaire, such as My Next Move, that will help you identify what you like and find personalized career suggestions.

During your sophomore and junior years, we'll enroll you in our Maroon Mentors program, where you'll find opportunities for informational interviews and job shadowing. If grad school is part of your plan, we'll make sure you take the necessary examinations, and help you identify the best schools for your interest and prepare for application.

As graduation approaches, we'll help you create an impressive resume, write winning job/grad school applications, and coach you through the art of the interview.

Want to learn more about how we'll help you with your plan? Check out the Four-Year Planning Guidelines.

Already making their mark

Class of 2000 alum Paris Butler is completing plastic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania

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 and a plastic surgery residency at The University of Pennsylvania. Butler is now an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the plastic surgery division at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Class of 2008 alum Karim Rashad is the creative director at HM Branding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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 has since worked for VMI and ESPN in production and multimedia. He's currently a freelance creative director in Atlanta. 

Class of 2013 alum Maggie Anderson works for the office of Virginia Senator Mark Warner as a legislative correspondent

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.

Higgins fashions a career at L.L. Bean

Mara Higgins ’02 is a corporate merchant manager for L.L. Bean’s women’s clothing line.

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Roanoke grad is living the World Series dream with Nationals role

Mike Pugh ’18 handles inside ticket sales for the Washington Nationals.

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Criminal Justice graduate Babb appointed to new role

Roanoke graduate William “Mac” Babb ’90 was named the new police chief at Virginia Tech. Babb is a graduate of Roanoke’s Honors Program and was a criminal justice major.

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Omicron Delta Kappa names Jillian Barnard '19 Leader of the Year for Athletics

ODK’s National Awards Committee received 37 applicants for the five awards this year. This is the first time ODK has selected a leader of the year in athletics from Roanoke College.

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