Career Exploration

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Our four well-resourced centers focus on professional development and ensure that all students are supported as they plan for their futures.

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Downtown Columbus
Upskill & Connect in Columbus
Red Frame Lab
Develop an entrepreneurial mindset
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Knowlton Center for Career Exploration

The Knowlton Center for Career Exploration starts working with students from their first semester on campus and sticks by them long after graduation. From building a resume to landing an internship to getting into graduate school or finding a great first job out of college, the 16 career coaches at the Knowlton Center are there for students every step of the way.

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96% of recent graduates are working in their desired field or position
$600,000+ for internship stipends
300+ on-campus career programs
Recruiters from Business, Technology, Healthcare, Finance, Consulting, Nonprofit, Government, and more.
16 career coaches and over 3,700+ personal coaching sessions per year

Denison Edge

Denison Edge connects you with big-city career assets, ed-tech firms, and entrepreneurs right in our city next door. You’ll explore your strengths, bridge your major and career options, and amplify your network with meaningful connections while building relevant skills.

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Downtown Columbus
Cutting-edge programs: data analytics, finance, management, marketing, sales, human resources, business analysis & more
Programs and certifications that enhance your Denison education
Taught by business and industry leaders
Network with professionals, alumni, and peers from multiple universities

Red Frame Lab

Calling all entrepreneurs and problem solvers. In the Red Frame Lab, you can workshop your ideas or partner with companies across a broad range of industries to solve real-world problems (and boost your career network). Simply put, the Red Frame Lab offers opportunities to flex your entrepreneur and consulting skills.

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Entrepreneurs-in-Residence advise, coach, and mentor students
RED Corps students solve real-world challenges through design-thinking
Remix entrepreneurship conference connects alumni and students
Innovative Programs: Design Thinking Test Drives, RED Start Up, UX Design Workshop, Brand Lab

Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement

Denison’s Lisska Center is your go-to place for funded research and scholarship opportunities. You can be a paid summer scholar conducting one-on-one research with a faculty mentor, conduct international research, and launch into a post-graduate fellowship. The possibilities are diverse and exciting.

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Top producing Fulbright University
International research opportunities
Paid summer research and travel grants for international research
58% of students have worked one-on-one with a faculty member on a research project

The Denison Advantage


You will build an understanding of the professional world and career opportunities. With our 16 career coaches, you will develop, test, and refine your career ambitions.


You will acquire a range of real-world experiences—from internships and research to one-on-one workshops with industry experts to hands-on consulting projects—that will build your resume before you even graduate.


For every field of study, your academic curriculum will complement the knowledge and skills employers seek. Our programs offer knowledge and in-demand skills that are critical to jobs now — and in the future.


You will be part of a network — peers, faculty, mentors, partner organizations, and alumni — that advances the next generation of Denisonians.

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Workshops, Events,
& Accelerators

Aug. 25 - Dec. 12 9:00am - 4:00pm

Peer Career Coaching Drop Ins Every Week Day

Do you have a quick question and want to talk to the Knowlton Center? Have a resume for us to review? Not sure where to get started and want to see what resources we offer? Peer Coaches are available to work

Nov. 29 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Life After Denison: A Conversation with Alumni of Color

This program aims to address the experiences of Denison alumni of color, aligning with the principles of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism). The event's focus is to enhance equity among curren

Nov. 30 11:30am - 12:30pm

Global Internship Experience: ArtBound Initiative Information Session

Join us to hear from fellow students and Summer 2023 ArtBound interns about the opportunities and locations you can use to launch your career with personalized internship placements in creative companies aroun

Nov. 30 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Global Commerce Alumni Panel

Join Global Commerce for an alumni panel featuring Wills Hutras '20 and Oliver Reinecke '19 on *Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 PM. Wills Hutras '20 / Associate, A&M Capital Partners (New York) Oliver Reinecke '19 /

Dec. 5 11:30am - 12:20pm

Fair Chance Hiring: Shackling Generational Cycles of Poverty & Incarceration

The Knowlton Center for Career Exploration is pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion with Rayshun Holt, who will be visiting Campus to share his story and speak with students about the concept of fair

Dec. 6 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Denison Exclusive: Ford Motor Company - Treasury Capital Markets - Coffee Chat!

Don't miss an opportunity to meet with Matt Stovcsik, Director of Treasury at Ford, and Andrew Rushing, Treasury Executive, as they visit campus to discuss internship and full time opportunities with Ford. Al

Jan. 10 - 12, 2024 8:30am - 8:00pm

Senior Career Ready Boot Camp - Class of 2024

Head back from winter break a few days early to join for the Class of 2024 Senior Career Ready Boot Camp - January 10-12, 2024. Don’t worry; there won’t be any push-ups or sprints, but you will spend 3 days wo

Jan. 11 - 12, 2024 8:30am - 5:00pm

The Journey Program: Winter Break Early Arrival

Are you unclear about what career path(s) might interest you? Not sure how to even start figuring it out? Do you know exactly what you want to do but need to create a plan to get there? Then “The Journey Prog

Alumni Share
Their Denison Experience

Bobby Craig

Bobby Craig '18

Class of 2018
Computer Science

Today I’m working for an innovative company on exciting projects with direct impact on the lives of real people. On a daily basis I’m interacting with a wide variety of people and am pushing myself to learn as much as possible in an unmistakably fast-paced and competitive field. While I’d love to take all of the credit for where I am today, my education and interactions at Denison have undoubtedly played a large part in my growth and have equipped me with the tools to be as successful as I can work to be.

Denison has given me incredible friends and connections all over the world. It’s reinforced the value of humility, gratitude, and empathy in my life and has stressed the importance of curiosity, creativity, and an ethical mindset when approaching problems in the real world. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Denison has encouraged me to explore a love for entrepreneurship and has primed me to act in America’s crucible of innovation. These skills will be invaluable as I continue on in my life… no matter which direction the wind might take me.

Liz Melfi

Liz Melfi '18

Class of 2018

I am so thankful for the education I received both in and out of the classroom at Denison. In the classroom, I learned to be more comfortable with the process of learning. Studying new subjects can be intimidating, but the professors I had at Denison fostered supportive learning environments that gave me the confidence to explore and discuss unfamiliar topics with my peers. Now at my first job, I have much more to learn, but I am prepared to do so because of my Denison education.

Out of the classroom, my experiences were just as positive, especially when it came to mentorship and opportunities for community engagement. Denison professors make helping their students a priority, and the guidance I received from mine shaped my college experience and beyond. Similarly, the opportunities I had to work in local schools and hospitals throughout my time at Denison were not only enjoyable but also critical in helping me discover my professional interests and develop a sense of social responsibility. Now I am a research assistant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital investigating how children with serious or chronic illnesses function socially and academically. Because of my Denison education, I now have the skills necessary to work in a field I love.

Kelsey Schwimmer

Kelsey Schwimmer '18

Class of 2018
Educational Studies & Psychology

My time at Denison was a transformative experience. I came into college quiet and reserved, unsure of what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. I found friends and mentors who propelled me to work hard, try new things, and take risks. Not only did Denison provide a platform of support, it also offered invaluable opportunities through academics and extracurriculars, pushing me to grow and affect change within my community. Everyone at Denison is passionate and excited about something; every student, professor, and staff member wants to see one other succeed.

Through my involvements across campus, I came to understand my own values and priorities. This led me to the University of Pennsylvania where I’m now enrolled in the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program, a Master’s and teaching certification program serving students in the Philadelphia school system. My Denison classes and internships helped me discover the career I want to pursue in elementary education. My mentors at Denison helped shape who I am as a teacher and leader, and how I approach education as a means of empowerment.

Running student organizations, gaining experience in the field, and making deep connections across difference gave me confidence in my ability to listen to, work with, support, and uplift others. These skills have proven vital in working with children, parents, other teachers, and administrators. Most importantly, because of my experiences at Denison, I’ve grown into a caring, empathetic, and engaged citizen, not content to sit back and wait for things to happen but instead ready to use my own voice to create positive change. Teaching is my way of making this difference. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Denison.

Caila Hendrickson

Caila Hendrickson '18

Class of 2018
Sociology and Anthropology

Choosing to attend Denison was singlehandedly the most fruitful and most important decision I’ve made thus far in my life. It dramatically changed the trajectory of my personal, educational, and professional development. I have not only four years of intense training, real world challenges, and exciting successes but a lifetime of friends, mentors, and a true community I can always come home to. First you experience it, then you go into the real world and you are it. You can feel it. It truly is the Denison difference.

Vanessa Gibson '17

Vanessa Gibson '17

Class of 2017

My Denison experience helped me become a more efficient communicator which is essential to my job in admissions at Purdue University. From presentations on research and constant engagement in the classroom, to assisting as a panelist and host in the Denison Admission Office, I learned how to effectively communicate with others. I am able to connect with students daily on a personal level about the college experience because I am able to reflect on the many opportunities Denison had to offer. Denison challenged me to think outside of the box and step outside of my comfort zone and I am so happy to have had the experiences that I did during my 4 years on the hill, because they helped shape me into the professional I am today.

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