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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

April 17, 2015

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm: A Day in the Life: Liberty Mutual
    Experience “A Day in the Life” at Liberty Mutual in Boston! Learn about careers in Business Analytics, Marketing, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, IT and Underwriting. Transportation will be provided. Space is limited so sign up now with

April 21, 2015

  • 4:00pm: MCPHS Information Session
    Admissions Representative from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be visiting Merrimack for an information session to discuss their Graduate and Post-Bacc programs. Programs include MPAS, DPT, Nursing, Medical Imaging and many more. All students are welcome. Juniors and seniors planning application to graduate programs in these areas are strongly encouraged to attend. 

April 23, 2015

  • 9:00am - 2:00pm: MERC Educational Career Fair
    The MERC Education Career Fair is an annual premier recruiting event dedicated to facilitating the hiring process in education and related fields. This partnership between higher education and school personnel from across the country produces one of the finest annual recruiting events of its kind. 
    The O’Brien Center will be transporting interested students to the Fair. If interested in this opportunity, e-mail Sarah Mackler at

April 29, 2015

  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Health Science Internship Symposium
    The Health Sciences Internship Symposium is an opportunity for Health Science and Sports Medicine students to present their work to the Merrimack Community. The symposium consists of a poster session followed by select presentations by students who will provide an in depth look at their internship experience. This event provides an opportunity for senior interns to present their work to faculty, staff, students, and site supervisors.

May 12, 2015

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Beers & Careers
    Seniors, join the O’Brien Center during Senior Week in Augie’s Pub from 2-4 for a cold beer and a final resume check in preparation for your post-graduation plans. We will assist in putting the finishing touches on your resume and chat about next steps in your career development.