Office of Career Readiness and Innovative Leadership


Welcome to The Office of Career Readiness and Innovative Leadership

The Office of Career Readiness and Innovative Leadership aims to prepare scholars for life after college, by offering opportunities for advancement by becoming knowledgeable of current Career Opportunities, Experiential Learning opportunities, and offering professional support in areas such as: Resume Editing, Mock Interviews, Professional Development. 

Contact Us


Melissa McCoy, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Career Readiness and Innovative Leadership


Ms. Patrice Sims
Coordinator of Experiential Learning and Leadership Development

Location: Zenobia Coleman Library

Planning with an End in Mind

The Office of Career Services’ (OCS) mission is to provide opportunities for students concerning the selection of career objectives, employment opportunities, graduate and professional school selection and other career related activities. In order to carry out this mission effectively, the OCS provides students with opportunities to engage in meaningful activities related to career development and employment. All students, from freshman year to graduation and beyond, are encouraged to take full advantage of these valuable services.  

Experiential Learning

What is Experiential Learning and why is it important?

  • Experiential learning is an approach to education that emphasizes engaged student learning through direct experience and intense reflection to increase knowledge, acquire lifelong learning and problem-solving skills, and elucidate values. Research has shown experiential learning increases the quality and depth of academic study and makes learning more enjoyable and fulfilling for both students and teachers. Experiential learning can come in many different forms at Tougaloo College and can occur both in and outside the classroom. All scholars matriculating through Tougaloo College are required to complete a form of experiential learning. Types of experiential learning that students may be exposed to through Experiential Learning include:  

Experiential Learning Documents:   

Students are required to begin the process of completing the placement packet prior to beginning their placement. Upon completion of assignments, students are responsible for ensuring that all sections of the placement packet are complete with signatures prior to submission to the Office of Career Services. If there are questions, please email

Career Counseling

Roadmap to your College Success……

Career counseling is available to all students. Individual counseling helps address the following questions:

  • Who am I and what are my talents, skills and interest?
  • Where do I want to go?
  • How do I get there?

Use the following Acrobat icon  From College to Career Guide to aid you in your successful matriculation at the College.

Career Assessment

Students! Get FOCUSed On Your Future!

FOCUS2 is an online, self-guided, interactive program designed to help you select the right college major and plan your career based on your personal interests, values, skills, personality, and aspirations.

Searching for a Career and Experiential Learning Opportunities  

UNICEF Partnership Opportunities: Thursday July 21, 2022  

The UNICEF Internship Programme 

HBCU Tech 22 Conference – Future of Work Academy: Registration opens August 8, 2022 

Career Accelerator 

Brown University’s Alpert Medical School: August 5, 2022 

Diversity in Medicine Virtual Residency Recruitment Fair 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: deadline July 22, 2022 

Communications Internship Program 

The Borgen Project: open until filled 

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities 

Fountain Construction Co Inc: open until filled 

Part-time Administrative Assistant at our Regional Office 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A): closes August 31, 2022 

I&A Internship Program 

Franklin Covey Education: Rethink Leadership in 2022 

Thursday July 21, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST 

Wednesday August 10, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST 

Platinum Agency: open until filled 

Internship Opportunities 

Auburn University (Black Graduate and Professional Student Association) 

Diversity Campus Experience (DiCE) 

United State Department of Labor  

Internship and Part-time Opportunities  

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): open until filled 

Equal Opportunity Investigator in Jackson, Mississippi 

The Philadelphia Center  


Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality at the Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity: open until filled 

Youth Engagement Associate and Program Coordinator, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality – Georgetown University Law Center 

Career Services Survey

Career Services Survey

Career Development Resource Center (Canvas) - Career Development is a “continuous lifelong process of developmental experiences that
focuses on seeking, obtaining and processing information about self, occupational and educational alternatives, lifestyles and role options”.

Handshake is our free online job database for students and alumni. Search for part-time jobs, internships, and full-time jobs.

Current Career Opportunities 

  • United State Department of Labor 
  • Internship 
  • City Year New Orleans 
  • Team Member 
  • Reaves Law Firm 
  • Pre-Litigation Attorney 
  • Intake Representative 
  • Litigation Paralegal 
  • Pre-Lit and Client Care Paralegal 
  • Negotiator 
  • Cato Institute 
  • Internship 
  • United States Office of the President – Cyber Security 
  • Internship 
  • Platinum Agency 
  • Brand Marketing Intern  
  • Game Play Software Engineer Intern 
  • Live Content Engineer Intern 
  • UX Design Intern 
  • Unted States Equal Opportunity Commission 
  • Equal Opportunity Investigator 
  • The Philadelphia Center 
  • Internship 
  • Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality at the Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunities 
  • Youth Engagement Associate  
  • Program Coordinator