Spring Hill College Magazine
By Lindsay Mott ’07 | Photo By Seth Laubinger ‘02
With the arrival of Jeremy Moore two and a half years ago as Director of Career Development, Spring Hill College has greatly enhanced career opportunities for its students. In keeping with the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and the emphasis of enhancing learning through experience, Moore has opened many doors for Spring Hill students through internships that facilitate long-term relationships with employers. This, in turn, creates more job opportunities for Spring Hill College students.
“Our Pathways to Purpose program provides students the mental framework and campus resources to explore who they are in the context of academics, careers and service to one’s community,” said Moore. “Internships, part-time work and volunteer opportunities are all valuable in helping students develop a vision for their future.”
Moore provides resources for Spring Hill College students to discover internship opportunities and prepares them to apply for and succeed in these roles. According to Moore, a 2016 survey suggests that approximately 79 percent of Spring Hill students complete internships. According to a National Association of Colleges & Employers survey, nine out of 10 times, employers will hire an experienced candidate over one with a better degree and GPA.
Through alumni and other connections, Badgers are known to work at companies such as Hershey’s, Ford, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Disney and more. Most recently, Spring Hill students have benefited from connections with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Mobile Circuit Court, Enterprise Holdings and the University of South Alabama (USA) Children’s and Women’s Hospital. “Our relationship with USA is significant in that the healthcare sector is expected to grow and comprise nearly a quarter of the labor market by 2025,” Moore said.
Besides finding internships, Moore also brings recruiters to campus from a variety of companies. These networking events give students a chance to see available jobs and strengthen networking skills. Moore’s office has also developed a list of 65 companies that are known for diversity and inclusion; next he plans to determine if Spring Hill has any connections at these companies.
Since coming to Spring Hill College, Moore said his goal has been to make the Office of Career Development more accessible to students and help them assess their career readiness. Moving forward, he is focused on reaching more students.
“Ideally, all of our students will graduate with experience and a plan. We’re here to help them find freedom to live the lives they envision for themselves. There’s a lot of action required — reflecting upon experience, pursuing resources and in-depth conversations — that make up that process,” he said.