CALS Career Center

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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:

Bridget Radcliff, Assistant Director, CALS Career Center:

Valeria Martinez, Career Development Coordinator, CALS Career Center:

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 positions 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:

Valeria Martinez, CALS Career Development Coordinator:


Dean’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Council:

The Dean's Entrepreneurial Leadership Council 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 council 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 council 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 Entrepreneurial Leadership Council 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.          

Spring applications will be announced in Spring 2020. 

For more information please contact Valeria Martinez at 

For more information, please contact Valeria Martinez at  

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


CALS Career Center Staff:

Dr. Matthew Mars, CALS Career Center Director

Matt has always had a distaste for complacency and the status quo, which is why he has made innovation and entrepreneurial leadership his career focus. His entrepreneurial fight against the "same,old, same old" has culminated in nearly 20 years of experience as an entrepreneurial leadership educator and scholar. As Associate Professor of Leadership and Innovation in the Department of Agriculture Education, Technology and Innovation, Matt teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that span social innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, and community development. His research agenda generally aims to better understand how entrepreneurial strategies influence organizational transformation, community development, and movements for change. Matt cherishes the opportunity to lead in the transformation of the CALS Career Center into a nationally recognized model of excellence in career and entrepreneurial leadership development. 





Bridget Radcliff, Assistant Director Bridget Radcliff, CALS Career Center Assistant Director

Bridget has worked in higher education advising, support services, and academic administration for over 20 years. She earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and MPA in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Arizona. Bridget took a short break from higher education and worked at the Udall Foundation in environmental conflict resolution, with a focus on projects in the Missouri River Basin and in Native America affairs. She returned to higher education to continue her passion for supporting students as they navigate their college careers and prepare for post-college life. 






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.