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Providing the Tools for Success
Wherever you find yourself after graduation, you’ll be able to apply your education and skills to build a career, improve your workplace, and strengthen your community.
With an impressive roster of highly respected innovative thinkers and doers among SCU’s more than 70,000 alumni—and a career center that will guide you solidly along the way—you begin to get the picture of where your education here can take you. Santa Clara gives you the tools, opens the doors, and inspires you to aim high—you do the rest.
Denise Melone: Marketing Degree Leads to Advertising Career
"One of the things I love about advertising is that you have to jump in. You have to immerse yourself to learn the craft and create a process for yourself and your team that works. I have had the opportunity to live and work globally in Berlin and travel to over 10 different countries for business and now am leading two of the largest global businesses at our agency. I have no doubt that my successes thus far are a direct result of the lessons and skills I learned from a great Jesuit education at SCU."
—Denise Melone '06, B.S.C. Marketing, from La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.; Global Account Director on Amgen and LifeScan at the advertising agency DDB in San Francisco.
We measure success by the lives our alumni lead. From professional athletes to members of President Obama’s cabinet, SCU graduates have gone on to be leaders in their respective fields. You can learn more about our notable alumni on the Alumni Association website.
Every year, we survey our most recent graduates to find out how they’ve fared six months after leaving Santa Clara. The numbers consistently show that our graduates perform well whether they accept a full-time job, attend a graduate school program, or decide to participate in a service program such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. You can read the survey of recent graduates to learn more.
Santa Clara’s Career Center assists students and alumni at every stage of their working life. Whether it’s deciding on a major, finding an internship, or learning how to interview for a job, the Career Center has resources to help. The center is also constantly developing connections with employers, so it should be no surprise that our alumni do so well after graduation. Visit the Career Center website or watch this career video to learn how SCU can help you discover your vocation.
Sara Vakulskas: Undergrad Internship Leads to Law School Success“During my internship with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, I had the opportunity to learn about difficult international issues, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from numerous perspectives. Today, I actively apply the lessons learned at my internship to my experiences as a law student. Taking the time to sincerely understand conflicts from various viewpoints allows me not only to better understand issues but also to more confidently argue my own perspectives.”
—Sara Vakulskas ’11, B.S. political science, from Chaska, Minn.; attending the University of Minnesota Law School on a full scholarship.