Cathy Rollman (left): "We want students to feel
comfortable coming to us for assistance."
R-MC students can find information about résumé-writing, career-related workshops,
internships, graduate school and more in the College’s Career Services Office,
located in the Career and Counseling Center, in the Birdsong Peaks of Excellence
Center in Thomas Branch Hall.
Career Services is dedicated to preparing students for success after graduation
by providing personalized programs and services designed to support self-identity
and interpersonal growth.
“We want students to feel comfortable coming to us for assistance,” says Director
of Career Services Cathy Rollman. “We help students define and fine-tune their career
goals and assist them as they prepare for life after college.”
The Career Services Office strives to offer a variety of programs in which students
can participate. One such example is the new Access CEO program.
Co-founded by Rollman and Robert Patterson, director of corporate and foundation
relations, Access CEO is a unique team-based mentoring program for juniors and seniors
that provides an opportunity for ambitious students to come together and learn from
seasoned top local executives and from one another.
“Access CEO connects students with senior leaders in the Greater Richmond area,”
says Rollman. “Linking students and successful business leaders together is a terrific
way to exchange information. Students gain a better understanding of business and
career opportunities, and professionals can see through fresh eyes the challenges
that young adults face as they identify and search for a ‘good fit’ in the corporate
The Career Services Web site includes an events calendar as well as other tools
to assist with the internship, employment and graduate-school process. New this
year, students will have access to an in-house job database, which contains job
postings from employers who have specifically expressed interest in recruiting at
Randolph-Macon. Students who utilize Career Services will have access to a wide
range of resources and employment opportunities.
Housed in the Career and Counseling Center, the Bassett Internship Program
is dedicated to providing a real-world backdrop for future academic learning, as
well as preparation for life after graduation. With a history of placements in over
1,100 sites in more than 20 states, Washington, D.C., and 11 foreign countries,
students get an opportunity to explore the world of work.
The Bassett Internship Program offers both academic and non-academic internships,
as described below:
Academic Internships: Allow a student to earn academic credit (3
hours) and a grade by conducting a non-paid internship through a Randolph-Macon
course. The program is open to juniors and seniors from all academic departments
who hold an overall GPA of 2.25 or higher. These placements are coordinated through
Paid Internships: Paid internships are open to the general student
population and will aid with obtaining entry-level employment opportunities. These
internships are coordinated through the Career Services Office.
• Public service/non-profit internships
• Volunteer internships
• A. Purnell Bailey pre-ministerial internships
• The Disney College Program
• Summer on-campus housing program
“Internships grant students the opportunity to learn about the world of work,” says
Professor Ed Showalter, Ph.D., the director of the Bassett Internship Program. “Students
can test the waters and also build a strong network within and outside of the Randolph-Macon
New this year is CAREER 15, a unique resource that connects students
and graduates of 15 respected Virginia liberal arts colleges with human resources
staff looking for potential interns and employees. It was created by the Virginia
Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) to expand the career opportunities of
students attending one of its member colleges.
CAREER 15's main feature is a gateway Web site accessed at
www.career15.com. This password-protected environment allows students and
graduates to file résumés, research top-tier companies and view job postings.
For more information on the Bassett Internship Program, visit
For more information about R-MC’s Career Services Office, visit