Center for Calling & Career Exploration

Career development and planning gets a special twist at Milligan, where it’s about vocational and career exploration. The emphasis is not just on making a living, but making a life. A comprehensive approach that spans the entire student experience, the Center for Calling and Career Exploration is a place where students can seek answers to questions of vocation and find opportunities to work and serve. Career services are available to all undergraduate and graduate students.

Drop-In Advising

Drop-In Advising is a brief consultation with a Career Services professional on any career-related concern such as:

  • Major/career decisions
  • Occupation information
  • Salary statistics
  • Networking
  • Job shadowing
  • Internship
  • Summer jobs

The Career Services professional may be able to answer your question(s) in the 10 to 15 minute session and/or refer you to our other services to address your concern.

Scheduled Appointments

One hour appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and need to be scheduled one day in advance. To schedule an appointment, please phone Beth Anderson at 423.461.8316 or email her.

Internships & Summer Jobs

Şazıye Gourley-Özhayta in Italy

Şazıye Gourley-Özhayta in Italy

Şazıye Gourley-Özhayta, from Sidney, Illinois, spent the summer before her senior year in Istanbul, Turkey, working for The Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia).

During her internship, Gourley-Özhayta spent time in the classroom learning foreign reporting, multimedia journalism, videography, photojournalism and the Turkish language.

She applied her classroom knowledge by spending the afternoons reporting and writing, along with shooting pictures and videos for her assigned publications.

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An internship is a monitored work or service program designed to provide practical experience in an occupation or profession. An internship offers a student the chance to learn and discover different elements within any field of interest. An internship can be the deciding factor that best predicts if this area is something you would be interested in pursuing as a future career choice.

Not all but some interns have the opportunity to be hired full-time at the end of their term. An internship will also strengthen your working skills, build your resume, increase your marketability and expand your network to gain professional references.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, internships are employers’ number one method of recruiting new hires. Employers take many things into consideration when hiring for jobs: academic background, professionalism, experience (including work, internship and volunteer) and demeanor during an interview. Most employers are looking for candidates who can express why they want to work at their company and how they can help their company. An experienced intern has an advantage in this hiring situation.

Read about the internship experiences of some Milligan students »

Characteristics of an internship:

  • Generally lasts three months and can be completed in the summer, fall or spring semester
  • May be full-time or part-time
  • May be paid or unpaid
  • Interns should be provided with an on-site supervisor or mentor
  • The internship has an intentional learning agenda in a structured environment
  • May receive academic credit (request approval from student’s academic area)
  • Promotes academic, career and personal development

Career Planning

Here are a few helpful resources for those of you still deciding:

  • Pray about it
    • Talk with people who know you. Talk to people in the community doing jobs you find interesting.
  • A complete list of academic programs at Milligan (including all the different emphases, tracks, and minors).
    • Each of these provides a link to Catalog information about the program.
    • Many programs also provide links to career information. Just click on the links that say, “What can I do with a career in … ?” to learn about potential careers and tips on how to succeed in each field.
  • Milligan College Catalog
    •  As you consider a major or even what courses to take next semester, look it up in the Catalog — this is your source for descriptions of each program, list of required courses, course descriptions, academic policies, etc. You can learn a lot from the Catalog if you use it.
  • Faculty
    • Our faculty members are an amazing resource for you. Go talk to those in the field you’re considering.
  • Center for Calling and Career Exploration
    • Visit the Center in on the lower floor of the Student Center.   Explore the resources available through printed books, Internet tools/resources, assessment surveys, and more.
  • O*Net Online
    • The O*Net system serves as the nation’s primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    • Nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.

Career Development Courses

Career Assessments

Individualized career assessments can greatly aid participants by giving them personal information as they consider potential careers. Students may make an appointment to complete specialized career assessments, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong’s Interest Inventory (SSI).

The MBTI will inform students about the correspondence between their personality types and particular careers. It also informs students of popular professions for their personality types. The SSI informs students of career choices that match their interests, as well.

To complete either or both of these assessments, contact Beth Anderson by email or by phone at 423.461.8316 for an appointment.

Job & Salary Outlook for Various Occupations

Visit CareerOneStop to view profiles about various occupations, including wages, skills, and job market information.


Grad School

Milligan College recognizes that more and more fields are calling for completion of a degree beyond the general undergraduate curriculum. To that end, we encourage our students to consider pursuing graduate degrees at the conclusion of their undergraduate course of study.

Graduate Programs at Milligan

Milligan offers four masters degrees, including the Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, the Master of Education, and the Master of Business Administration.

Milligan offers Master and Doctoral degrees in Business (MBA), Education (MEd, EdD, EdS), Health Sciences (Counseling, Occuptional Therapy, Physician Assistant), and Ministry (Seminary).

Faculty Recommendations

Accounting Majors

Dr. Bob Mahan recommends:

  1. University of Texas at Austin
  2. University of Illinois at Urbana
  3. University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  4. Virginia Tech
  5. University of Georgia

Bible/Ministry Majors

Dr. John Jackson recommends:

  1. Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan
  2. Abilene Christian University
  3. Duke Divinity School
  4. Fuller Theological Seminary
  5. Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, VA)
  6. Candler School of Theology (Emory University)
  7. Princeton Theological Seminary
  8. Notre Dame University

Business Majors:

Mark Peacock recommends:

  1. Duke University
  2. University of Tennessee
  3. Emory University
  4. Indiana University
  5. University of Kentucky

Chemistry Majors

Dr. Dick Lura recommends:

  1. Harvard University
  2. MIT
  3. Cal Tech
  4. Princeton University
  5. Yale University
  6. University of Wisconsin
  7. University of California (Los Angeles)
  8. Penn State
  9. Stanford University
  10. Florida State University

Dr. Junker recommends:

  1. University of Illinois (Urbana)
  2. University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
  3. University of Pittsburgh
  4. University of Texas
  5. Indiana University
  6. Texas A&M
  7. University of Virginia
  8. Ohio State University
  9. Purdue University
  10. Emory University

Communications Majors (Journalism)

Jim Dahlman recommends:

  1. Northwestern University
  2. Syracuse University
  3. Columbia University
  4. Indiana University
  5. New York University

English Majors

Dr. Pat Magness recommends:

  1. University of Tennessee
  2. East Tennessee State University
  3. Duke University
  4. University of South Carolina
  5. Emory University
  6. Vanderbilt University
  7. Dartmouth University
  8. Florida State University
  9. University of Kentucky
  10. Emmanuel School of Religion
  11. Princeton University
  12. University of Chicago

Dr. Jack Knowles recommends:

  1. University of Chicago
  2. Duke University
  3. University of Virginia
  4. University of Tennessee
  5. Indiana University

Dr. Ruth McDowell Lavender recommends:

  1. University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
  2. University of South Carolina
  3. Miami University of Ohio
  4. University of Chicago
  5. University of Illinois
  6. William and Mary College

Fine Arts (Theatre) Majors

Dick Major recommends:

  1. Tisch School of Arts of New York University
  2. Yale School of Drama
  3. Institute of Advanced Theater Training of Harvard University
  4. Northwestern University
  5. University of California (Los Angeles)

History Majors

Dr. Ted Thomas recommends:

  1. University of Wisconsin
  2. University of Maryland
  3. Columbia University
  4. Florida Atlantic University

Humanities Majors (Religious Studies)

Humanities Majors (Religious Studies)

Dr. Craig Farmer recommends:

  1. Florida State University
  2. Duke University
  3. University of Chicago Divinity School
  4. Yale University
  5. University of Iowa

Humanities Majors (Church History)

Dr. Craig Farmer recommends:

  1. Duke University
  2. University of Chicago Divinity School
  3. Yale University
  4. Florida State University
  5. Notre Dame University

Exercise Science Majors

Dr. Linda Doan recommends:

  1. University of West Florida
  2. University of Houston
  3. Emporia State University
  4. University of Southern Mississippi
  5. Oregon State University

Exercise Science Majors (PT/OT)

Dr. John Simonsen recommends:

  1. East Tennessee State University
  2. University of Tennessee (Chattanooga)
  3. Milligan College
  4. Belmont College
  5. Tennessee State University

Exercise Science Majors (Exercise Physiology)

Dr. John Simonsen recommends:

  1. Ohio State University
  2. University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
  3. University of South Carolina
  4. University of Georgia
  5. Florida State University

Music Majors

Dr. Kellie Brown recommends:

  1. University of North Carolina (Greensboro)
  2. Appalachian State University
  3. University of South Carolina (Columbia)
  4. Florida State University

Nursing Majors

Dr. Melinda Collins recommends:

  1. Vanderbilt University
  2. University of Tennessee
  3. Carson Newman College
  4. University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
  5. Duke University
  6. Case Western Reserve
  7. East Tennessee State University

Psychology Majors:

Dr. JP Abner recommends:

  1. University of Florida
  2. University of South Florida
  3. University of Oklahoma
  4. Heath Sciences Center
  5. University of Memphis
  6. Vanderbilt University

Psychology Majors (Clinical Psychology):

Dr. Lori Mills recommends:

  1. Stanford University
  2. University of California (Berkley)
  3. University of California (Los Angeles)
  4. University of North Carolina
  5. Indiana University

Psychology Majors (School Psychology)

Dr. Bert Allen recommends:

  1. University of Pennsylvania
  2. Lehigh University
  3. University of Maryland
  4. University of Georgia
  5. Minnesota University

Sociology Majors

Dr. Beck and Dr. Higgins give recommendations on a case by case basis. Dr. Beck also recommends consulting the Guide to Graduate Programs in Sociology put out by the American Sociological Association. The CCCE in the SUB has a copy available for your use.

Graduate Examinations

Many graduate schools require completion of graduate entrance exams. We recommend that you review the exam website to determine what kind of preparation they recommend for the exam, then prepare!

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