Career Coaching & Advising


We want to help you figure out what you want to do and how to get there!

Peer Advisors

Team of 20+ juniors and seniors who welcome students to the Piper Center, answer questions and provide initial assistance.

Drop in anytime between 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-F

Meet the Peer Advisors

Assistance provided by Peer Advisors
  • Initial resume and cover letter reviews
  • Getting started with an internship or job search
  • Using Handshake
  • Navigating the Piper Center website
  • Questions about events and programs
  • Scheduling appointments with career coaches

How do I schedule a LinkedIn Headshot?

A good professional headshot is one of the most important parts of your LinkedIn profile.
Using an amateur photo or cropping a personal photo will rarely provide a good headshot. Instead, you can get a free headshot from the Piper Center!

Appointment schedule coming fall 2023.

Follow these steps
  • Request an appointment: drop by the Piper Center or schedule your own appointment using the link above.
  • Dress appropriately for your photo: appropriate dress is clothing that your field considers to be professional (i.e., the dress for careers in the fine arts careers may be different from that in business). The Piper Center can help you choose appropriate clothing for your photo.
  • Be on time: be ready to have your photo taken when you arrive at the Piper Center.

Career Coaches

Team of 11 who help students with all aspects of career exploration and planning. Each coach has expertise in one or more career fields.

Schedule an appointment or drop in 3 – 5 p.m., M-F


Assistance provided by Career Coaches
  • Career and major exploration
  • Job and internship search strategy
  • Feedback on resumes and cover letters (typically after a Peer Advisor review)
  • Alumni networking strategy
  • Employer communication and negotiation
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Review applications and personal statements
  • Prepare for graduate school
  • Anything else related to career exploration and planning!

Which coach should I meet with?

First Meeting with the Piper Center (First Years and Sophomores):  Trent Davis, Zoe Davis and Paul Edwards

Undecided/Exploring: Zoe Davis and Leslie Moore
Bryan Shealer, Trent Davis and Kirsten Cahoon
Education: Zoe Davis
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Ole Cup: Meghan McMillan
Environment and Sustainability: Nate Jacobi
Fine Arts: Meghan McMillan
Gap Year/Service Programs: Zoe Davis
Government: Zoe Davis
Media/Communications: Kirsten Cahoon
Ministry and Religion: Zoe Davis
Nonprofits & Social Impact: Zoe Davis
Pre-Health: Dana Rechtzigel
Pre-Law: Leslie Moore
Science, Research, Data Science, and Technology: Paul Edwards (primary) or Nate Jacobi (secondary)

Personal Statements/Application Essays: Leslie Moore
Graduate and Professional School: Paul Edwards (STEM), Dana Rechtzigel (health professions), Bryan Shealer (business), Leslie Moore (law and non-STEM graduate programs)
Alumni Career Coaching: Jenele Grassle

Academic Internship Registration Process: See here for more information. Email Marietta Ruppe <ruppe2> and Nate Jacobi <jacobi> if you have additional questions. 

Funding Questions: See here for more information. Students are welcome to talk about options with any of the coaches.

How do I schedule an appointment?
  1. Open Appointments in Handshake
  2. Choose the appropriate Appointment Category
  3. Choose the appropriate Appointment Type
  4. Select the coach you would like to meet with in Staff Member (or select “no preference” if you are flexible)
  5. Choose a time that works for your schedule
  6. Select if you would like to meet in-person or virtually
  7. Add a short note about what you would like to talk about

*If you cannot find a time that works for your schedule feel free to email the coach directly and share some blocks of time that you are available.


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