Career & Applied Learning (CAL) Center

The CAL Center assists students in gaining hands-on experience to complement their academic studies as well as employment services to assist students in preparing to market themselves to potential employers and transfer schools.

Semester 1: Explore Your Options

Community Service & Service-Learning
  • Volunteer at an agency to test out a career & gain soft skills
  • Add a service-learning experience to any course to apply academic concepts to a real world situation.
Job Shadowing
  • Spend time with a professional in a career field that interests you.
  • Get your questions answered
  • See first hand if the career would be a good fit for you

Semester 2-3: Discover & Gain Experience

  • Gain hands-on experience
  • Develop your soft skills
  • Take a peek into the career field
  • Earn college credit
  • Put classroom knowledge to work
  • Network with industry professionals
Part Time Employment
  • Secure a part time job on campus or in the community
  • Develop your soft skills
  • Gain experience - become more marketable & stand out to future employers

Semester 4: Transform into a Professional

Start Prepping
  • Update your resume
  • Build your network - in person & online (LinkedIn)
  • Research organizations
  • Practice your answers to typical interview questions
  • Complete a mock interview
Life Beyond Onondaga
  • Begin your job search
  • Search for open positions - online & through your network contacts
  • Attend recruiting & networking events
  • Apply to positions
  • Attend interviews & send thank you notes


Come to the CAL Center to connect to these opportunities & resources.

Ferrante 262, 315-498-2585
Purple Briefcase

Applied learning experiences include volunteer opportunities, service-learning placements, job shadowing, and internships. 

Employment services for students and alumni include information and assistance with resumes, cover letters, job searching and interview techniques.  

The CAL Center maintains an on-line career information system, Purple Briefcase, which allows students and alumni to upload their resume and other job search documents and receive feedback, search for local jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities, Browse online career resources, research local employers, check out upcoming CAL Center events and more! 

The CAL Center also sponsors a variety of career related events each semester including job & internship fairs, volunteer fairs, workshops, employer campus visitations, employer panels, etc. 

Mission Statement 

Office Goals  

If you are an employer wishing to post a job opportunity or would like more information on CAL Center Services for employers? Please visit the employer information  section.