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The Center for Career Development (CCD) offers programs, services and resources to guide your Rice Owl in pursuing his or her career goals. We equip your student with the skills and confidence needed to discover their interests and navigate their career journey from college to graduation, and throughout their life.

The CCD is here to help you support your student on his or her career journey by keeping you informed of the programs, services and resources available to Rice Owls. We hope you will join us in helping your Owl succeed through the challenges of career planning and achieve his or her full potential. Please feel free to familiarize yourself with the resources for parents, and if you have discovered a great resource not listed here, feel free to share it with us.


Be an OWL Career Mentor 

OWL Career Mentors serve as a resource to educate Rice students on career related topics, connect with students to expand their network, and empower students to confidently negotiate the professional world.

OWL Career Mentors may be a resource for students by:

  • Participating in helpful, career-related discussions on our LinkedIn group page
  • Providing one-on-one career mentoring to students when they message you on LinkedIn
  • Writing articles about what it's like to work in a certain job or field, or offer insight on general career topics
  • Offering relocation tips or insight about living in certain geographical areas
  • Participating in career panels and other events on campus

Find how how you can get more involved.

Host an Owl Edge Externship

Rice is excited to offer the Owl Edge Externship, a job-shadowing program over Winter Break (January 4-8, 2016) and Spring Break (February 29 - March 4, 2016).  

During the university's Winter Recess January 4-8, 2016, and Spring Break February 29-March 4, 2016 students will spend one or more days with their externship host at his or her place of employment.  We invite you to help Rice students gain a professional advantage - i.e. build their "Owl Edge" - by serving as a career mentor!

Host a student (or group of students) for 1-5 days and help them explore career options and gain a realistic perspective of your industry.  Don't have time to commit to a 1-5 day externship?  Volunteer for an informational interview (in person or via phone/Skype) or lunch meeting.  

Learn more about hosting an Owl Edge Externship here


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