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O’Brien Center for Student Success

O’Brien Center for Student Success

Our mission at the O’Brien Center for Student Success is to teach, advise and equip all students to successfully navigate the path from college to career. At Merrimack College, we make this easier than usual—through personal planning services, real life work experience, and professional job search assistance.

Finding Your Career Path

Our Career Services staff offer a wealth of resources, including career fairs and panels, job search workshops, on-campus interviews, and extensive one-on-one counseling to help you identify your interests, explore your options, and pursue your employment or graduate study goals. 

Cooperative Education/Internships

A key element of what we offer is the chance to work in the real world while still attending classes, which is made possible through our Internship and Cooperative Education Programs. Merrimack’s co-op program, established in 1972, is one of the finest in the country. Co-op students experience the working world first hand through paid positions in the fields that interest them, including business, nonprofit, healthcare, government, and education. You can also gain work experience through the many internship and community service opportunities we have developed.

As you discover your own strengths and interests at Merrimack, let us help you also discover the various career options that could lead to even greater satisfaction and success after you graduate.

2013 Job Outlook

The 2013 Job Outlook provides an in depth perspective to the current employment environment. Click to learn more about degrees that are in high demand, advice from employers, the importance of internships and co-ops, and MORE!

Student Success Stories

Want to share your personal success story? Send an email to! Follow the O’Brien Center for Student Success on Twitter: @OBrienCenter4SS or stop in our office located on the second floor of the Sakowich Campus Center!

Student Success Stories

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    The O’Brien Center for Student Success is organizing off-campus visits for students to area businesses in January to show them some of the opportunities that await them in the working world.
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    Sabina Shakya, a senior studying Health Science and Environmental Studies and Sustainability can be seen all over Merrimack’s campus as both a Senior Resident Advisor and a peer tutor for the Writing Center. Her most recent accomplishment is being featured in Merrimack’s Student Success Story campaign.
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    Dario Leone, a senior with a Dual Major in International Business & Italian Studies and a Minor in Communication Studies, is engaged in a multitude of roles on Merrimack’s campus; he is the Italian Club President, Committee Head for Relay for Life, an RA, and a graduate of the Leadership Institute.


Upcoming Events

February 11, 2015

  • 2:00pm: Pfizer Pharma Day
    Join us on Feb. 11th, 2pm in Cascia Hall as Pfizer, a global pharmaceutical company will present a series of discussions concerning available summer internships and careers in biomedical science and pharmaceuticals. 

February 19, 2015

  • All Day: On Campus Interview: Kelmar Associates
    Kelmar Associates will be on campus February 19 to interview for their entry level Audit Associates position. They are seeking candidates who are team players, critical thinkers, and have advanced Excel skills. Resumes are due February 11. RSVP on Advantage.

February 25, 2015

  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Life & Health Sciences Fair
    An opportunity for employers to share their internship, co-op and full-time opportunities with students who are majoring in and interested in pursuing a career in Life and Health Sciences

February 26, 2015

  • All Day: On Campus Interview: Curriculum Associates
    Curriculum Associates will be on campus February 26 seeking talented individuals to join their Management Development Program—a full-time, salaried three-year rotational program designed to develop future education and business leaders. Resumes are due February 16, 2014. RSVP on Advantage.

March 25, 2015

  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm: Spring Career Fair
    The Spring Career Fair is Merrimack’s largest career event held on campus each year. This fair connects all undergraduate and graduate students with employers from various industries who are recruiting for internship, co-op, and full-time opportunities.