The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development: Discern, Discover, Pursue

Author: Geoffrey Young


How does your major impact your professional career path? Not sure what you want to do after you graduate from Notre Dame? Don’t know where to start?

The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development on the campus of Notre Dame will help you begin your journey. The center is the place to connect what you are learning and what you enjoy and to prepare you for success after graduation.

The center is staffed by a group of professional career advisors who will help guide you all the way from your first year to your first job.

Utilizing a holistic approach, career services helps students find their calling. It starts with discerning your interests and passions, then exploring industries that fit those interests and passions. Staff will help you design a plan for success, including researching potential fields of employment, job interview training, creating a professional online brand, developing resumes and cover letters, and connecting you with potential employers and organizations around the world.

Located on the fifth floor of the Duncan Student Center, the 32,000 square-foot center is one of the nation’s largest university career services facilities. It features 40 interview rooms, various meeting spaces, and video and conferencing capabilities, and it is composed of Undergraduate Career Services, Graduate Career Services, Employer Engagement, Regional Engagement, and an Operations and Event Services team.

Eighty-six percent of undergraduates participate in internships or research projects prior to graduation and the center assists in finding summer internship opportunities with employers. It also hosts Notre Dame's centralized career fair, which traditionally brings more than 200 employers from a large variety of industries to meet with more than 3,000 students each fall. 

Notre Dame is committed to preparing students for lifelong careers in their chosen fields and the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development supports that mission by empowering students to discern, discover, and pursue meaningful careers that lead them to become a force for good in the world. The center's tailored programs, services, and partnerships make that possible. As our graduates will tell you, the results speak for themselves. Nintey-eight percent of Notre Dame students are successful in finding career opportunities—jobs, graduate school, or volunteer work—within six months of graduation. 

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