The Center for Experience & Opportunity

Sara French, Associate Director of Community Engagement, with a student. departments


The Center for Experience & Opportunity connects students with experiences and opportunities designed to enhance classroom learning, support career exploration and aspirations, and develop ties to communities.

We provide students with information about a variety of experiential learning opportunities including community outreach, service learning, internships, work/study, undergraduate research, post-graduate fellowships, pre-professional studies, and learning communities.

CEO staff and student mentors are cross-trained in the many experiences and opportunities available at the College and work with each student to develop an individualized Experience and Opportunity Plan that evolves as students move through their college experience.

The CEO also provides a full range of career services for all McDaniel graduate and undergraduate students and alumni. Career Counselors are available to help students to clarify their skills, interests, and work-related values; make career/life related decisions; research career options; plan for graduate school; and search for internships and employment opportunities. 
CEO assistance is available on a walk-in basis, by appointment, online, or by telephone.

Click here to access McDaniel's four-year plan for student success.

Lower Level Rouzer

Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Walk-in hours  Mon.-Fri. 1-3 p.m.
Phone: (410) 871-3305

Connie Sgarlata, Director of the Center for Experience & Opportunity
(410) 857-2280

Joanna Hamburg, CEO Program Assistant
(410) 871-3305

Julie Niblock, Associate Director of Career Development
(410) 857-2238

Kristen Maddock, Associate Director of Community Engagement
(410) 386-4628

Employer/Alumni Connections

For Alumni

The CEO is open to Alums—you can request appointments, participate in on-campus recruiting, attend job fairs and utilize our physical as well as online resources!

Register with our online job database and search for local, regional, and national jobs. You can also receive regular email alerts and announcements from our office informing you of employers coming to campus, new jobs that have been posted, and upcoming job fairs.

For Employers

Post a Job or Internship Online at McDaniel College

Employers can list entry-level, mid-level, and high-level positions for McDaniel College students and/or alumni, using our online job posting system, Green Terror Job Connection. Simply log on and create an account. Once your profile has been approved, you can post positions, search for resumes, and manage your own on-campus interview schedules.

Schedule an On-campus Information Session

Information Sessions are a great way for students to meet company representatives and learn about possible employment opportunities. To request a date to visit campus, please complete and submit our Employer Request Form.

Schedule an On-campus Information Table

Information Tables are a convenient way for your company to share information and career opportunities with students in an informal setting. Tables are usually set up in the Decker College Center, our highest student traffic area on campus. To request a date to visit campus, please complete and submit our Employer Request Form.

Schedule On-campus Interviews

Companies on Campus, our Campus Recruitment Program, allows you to meet individually with applicants in our interview rooms. Program dates are available in September, October, November, February, March and April. We take care of the details. To request a date to visit campus, please complete and submit our Employer Request Form.

Community Engagement

Westminster is home to many nonprofit organizations, whose missions range from health education, to improving literacy, to environmental activism, to child care. With so many diverse organizations, many within walking distance or just a shuttle ride away, students find they can contribute to a cause they are passionate about, while also gaining valuable professional experience. 

The Center for Experience and Opportunity helps connect McDaniel College students to these nonprofit organizations at all levels of commitment, from semester long internships with nonprofits, to campus-wide community clean-up days.  Whether students want to gain extensive behind-scenes experience of working for a nonprofit, or just want to get out into the community to volunteer for a day, we connect students to the community organizations or campus clubs with which they can find meaningful experiences.

Special Opportunities

For students who want to delve deeper into the community with original volunteer projects or extensive internships, the CEO sponsers several different grant awards. These include the Griswold-Zepp Award in Volunteerism, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Students of Service Grants through Maryland Campus Compact.

Griswold-Zepp in Student Volunteerism Award: A grant supporting student-developed community service projects. In past years, students who won the Griswold-Zepp Award have taught social media workshops to nonprofits, or sponsored a trip to West Virginia to study the water quality and engage in community clean-ups.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award: An inspirational and voluntary self-development program, equipping participants with life skills in the four areas of community service, skill, physical fitness, and an adventurous journey.  Students who complete the requirements at the end of six months receive the Bronze Award.

Students of Service Awards: Students who participate in a Students of Service Grant, sponsored by Maryland DC Campus Compact, commit to completing 300 hours of service in a year, after which they are awarded an education grant.

Stop by the CEO office to learn about how to get involved in these opportunities!

Service Learning

McDaniel offers a variety of service-learning classes, which include an internship component working with a local nonprofit. Service-learning classes taught by McDaniel professors include Writing for Nonprofit Organizations, Health Psychology, Marginalized Cultures & Macro Intervention, Beyond the 9 to 5: work in the 24/7 Global Economy, and more.

Service-learning is an opportunity for students to volunteer at nonprofit agencies while receiving college credit from their instructors. Service-learning is designed to be mutually beneficial to the agency and the students—the agency receives volunteer hours from students in the form of on-site volunteering and/or help with individual projects; the students, in turn, gain “real-world” experience and a sense of community engagement and civic responsibility.

The Center for Experience and Opportunity connects students to these classes. We also support faculty as they develop and implement service-learning classes.