CALS Career Center

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Center’s Mission is to work with all academic units within CALS to produce the most employable graduates in the country for entry into agriculture, life sciences, commerce, and related careers. 

The CALS Career Center staff strive to provide personalized services to students, alumni, and employers who want to hire our outstanding students.

For Students: 

Services Include:

  • Resume Reviews
  • Cover Letter Coaching
  • Mock Interviews
  • Career Advice
  • State of the art on campus virtual interviewing facilities  
  • CALS Internship Library- Current Internships and Past Internships (** Please note: Some internships may have closed, check the organization's website for the most up-to-date information on their postings. **)
  • Job Opportunities (** Please note: Some jobs may have closed, check the organization's website for the most up-to-date information on their postings. **)
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Preparation for Professional Life
  • Resources related to graduate school planning

If you have any questions, please contact our exceptional staff via email:

Kyle Sharp, Assistant Director, CALS Career Center: ksharp@email.arizona.edu

Chanda Petersen, Career Development Coordinator, CALS Career Center: chandapetersen@email.arizona.edu

For Appointments:

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The CALS Career Center will have walk-in hours listed in the CALS Monday Message Newsletter every week. 


For Alumni:

The center offers opportunities to get involved in CALS Activities and often has positions for more experienced professionals shared through our LinkedIn Group: UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

                                                                                


For Employers:

To better serve employers seeking to hire CALS students for internships or full-time positons the Career Center can:

  • Share opportunities directly with target audiences of majors
  • Coordinate campus visits
  • Arrange information sessions as well as informational networking events
  • Schedule space for on campus interviewing
  • Provide feedback through membership on our industry advisory board (coming soon)
  • And serve as your liaisons to the many majors and departments within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment please contact our exceptional staff via email:

Kyle Sharp, CALS Career Center Coordinator: ksharp@email.arizona.edu

                                                      


Dean’s Leadership 50:

To promote the spirit of entrepreneurship and prepare the next generation of leaders, the Career Center is home to the Dean’s Leadership 50.  This group of extraordinary men and women develop the knowledge and apply the skills required to undertake their own startup venture or lead an existing organization.  Members are from all CALS majors and are selected through a stringent application and interview process every Fall semester.  Past project presentations can be seen here.

The Dean's Leadership 50 (DL50) is not currently accepting new applicants. The DL50 will continue recruitment next Fall, stay tuned!

 

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The Dean’s Leadership 50 (DL50) is an organization dedicated to the development of exceptional Leadership, Management, and Entrepreneurship skills among outstanding students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Members of the DL50 participate in weekly meetings to cultivate and perfect their ability to network, interview for internships and jobs, and essential business knowledge all leaders must understand regardless of industry.  As an interdisciplinary group, members get to know students in all CALS majors.  The diversity of membership brings exceptional new ideas, insights, and points of view to enlighten all members.  Beyond meetings, the DL50 visits a plethora of industry partners to gain first-hand knowledge and participate in team based projects.

For more information, please contact Kyle Sharp at ksharp@email.arizona.edu  


Career Center Facilities:

CALS Career Center Facilities include the Martori Board Room (Capacity 12) as well as our Dan Klingenberg or Tom & Mary Lou Edwards Interview Suites (Capacity 4).  All of which can be scheduled for one time meetings based upon availability and Career Center Facilities Policies.  For more information about reserving the space please email career-center@cals.arizona.edu

                                                    


CALS Career Center Staff: 

Kyle Sharp, CALS Career Center Assistant Director

Kyle grew up in Coolidge, Arizona and has always had a passion for helping those around him succeed.  He completed his BS in Agribusiness Management at UA and then worked as personal financial advisor before returning to graduate school.  As the first (and only) student to participate in and complete an experimental dual graduate degree program at UA.  Kyle completed his MS in Agricultural Education and MBA simultaneously.  In this time he served as the graduate teaching assistant for many large and small classes primarily focused on developing communication skills, and an understanding of diversity.  Upon completion of his graduate degrees Kyle spent time as an independent consultant helping   small businesses improve their marketing plans and strategic growth initiatives.  After answering the call to return to higher education and help students succeed he served as an academic advisor for CALS and soon took on the task of helping to develop programs that are combined to be the CALS Career Center.

 

 

 


Chanda Petersen, CALS Career Center Career Development Coordinator

Chanda was born and raised in Lakeside, AZ and has always had a passion for learning. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. As a student she worked for the SALT Center on campus and for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Since graduating she has gained invaluable experience working in several fields. As an intern at Walt Disney World, she learned customer service and how to exceed expectations. As a social worker, she learned how to handle multiple clients without losing attention to detail. While teaching, Chanda improved her presentation and multitasking skills. When she returned to UA as an Admissions Evaluator, she re-familiarized herself with campus and honed her talents in an office. She is passionate about creating meaningful, personal connections and helping students reach their potential.