Merrimack College

Career Focused


At Merrimack, we believe career preparation is not a one-time event. That's why Merrimack's O'Brien Center for Career Development offers four years of programs, resources, connections, and tools, all aimed at one thing: getting you career ready.

An integral part of your Merrimack experience, the O'Brien Center's offerings complement our career-focused academic programs and help you cultivate both soft and hard skills-enabling you to achieve sustained academic and professional success.

The results? Many of our graduates land well-paying jobs at sought-after companies and are admitted into competitive graduate programs at top-tier institutions.

95% career outcomes rate of 2016 graduates after nine months
20% of the class of 2016 enrolled in graduate school
67% higher salaries than the national average for Merrimack alumni 10 years after graduation

Everything You Need to Succeed

Career preparation tailored to your needs and goals. That's what you'll find at Merrimack. You'll benefit from "wraparound" services, from one-on-one career advice to alumni mentoring to "best fit" internships, co-ops, and jobs. You'll spend time with your career advisor who will get to know your strengths, values, and preferences. Together, you'll match your skills to jobs, companies, and careers.

Gain Real-World Experience

Pursue your passions while getting valuable, in-the-trenches experience with these opportunities:

  • Internships - Put your classroom knowledge into action by working for an organization in your field of interest.
  • Co-ops - Gain in-depth understanding of a particular industry over several months with these full-time paid opportunities.
  • Study abroad - Expand your worldview through life-changing semester-long, yearlong, or short-term global education programs.
  • Service learning - Translate Merrimack's Augustinian values into meaningful community service that builds practical life skills.
  • Undergraduate research - Collaborate with faculty members to gain hands-on research experience and insights in your field of study.
  • Field experiences - Student teaching practicums, clinical observations, and alumni networking trips augment and deepen your classroom knowledge.

Preparing for the Future

We know that real-world experience matters. That's why we encourage Merrimack students to put their knowledge into action at local businesses, nonprofits, and schools.

How the O'Brien Center for Career Development helps you become career ready.

Link college to career with milestones toward your chosen profession with a Career Action Plan

Meet with your career advisor to explore your strengths, values, and preferences

Get connected to internships, co-ops, or research projects

Leverage the Merrimack alumni/parent/ employer network to launch your job search

Draft your resume and cover letters

Participate in a Professional Development Retreat

Begin full-time job interviews and practice salary negotiations

Professional Development Retreat

Merrimack's Professional Development Retreat helps students develop and polish their communication and professional networking skills. The two-day retreat in Boston includes interactive workshops and activities facilitated by a distinguished group of industry experts, including members of the Merrimack College Leadership Council, alumni, and corporate partners.

Real-World Training

In addition to helping students identify their strengths and develop their own personal elevator pitch, the retreat's workshops, presentations, and smallgroup sessions focus on building essential personal and professional skills:

  • Presentation skills
  • Communication styles
  • Networking skills
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability

Throughout the course of two days, students also learn the importance of cultivating emotional intelligence and soft skills, such as problem solving, conflict resolution, and critical observation.

Turn Your Passion into a Profession

Data represents the Class of 2016 surveyed nine months after graduation