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:

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

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

Valeria Martinez, Career Development Coordinator, CALS Career Center: vmartinez@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:

The Dean's Leadership 50 (DL50) is an organization dedicated to the development of exceptional Leadership, Management, and Essential Business 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 ini 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.  Past project presentations can be seen here.

The Dean's Leadership 50 (DL50) is currently accepting new members for Fall 2020. To be considered you must:

-Be enrolled in a CALS Major 

-Have a GPA of 3.0 or above

- Exceptional Freshmen will be considered.          

If this is you apply here: https://forms.gle/H5mP38NkrheSD9CD7     ​

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.

 

 

 


Valeria Martinez, CALS Career Center Career Development Coordinator

Valeria is a native Tucsonan and a two-time alumnus of the University of Arizona. Valeria received her Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Latin American Studies in 2011. After graduation, Valeria worked as a full-time professional with Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Advancement with the University of Arizona planning recruitment events for donors, prospective incoming students, and high school counselors from around the nation. While working full-time, Valeria attended graduate school earning a Master of Arts in Library Information Sciences in 2015. Soon after, she took a position with the Institute of the Environment managing room reservations at ENR2, creating space management analysis reports, and giving building tours on the sustainable features of the building to the UA and Tucson community. Valeria's passion for public higher education brought her to the CALS Career Center to help guide students on the journey to become successful young professionals.