Vision and Mission


The College of Natural Sciences Career Services Office empowers all students to engage in early career exploration to create and implement meaningful career goals by:

  • Promoting the discovery of student skills, strengths and values
  • Providing guidance and resources
  • Partnering with university constituents, alumni and prospective employers
  • Leveraging our knowledge of emerging industry trends
  • Encouraging experiential learning and networking participation

CNS Career Services is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We approach our training, coaching, and programming cognizant of barriers faced by a variety of student populations, including those who are DACA/undocumented, disabled, first generation, gender minorities, international students, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, students of color and veterans. As a team, we hold ourselves accountable and frequently assess how best to support our mission to create an office where CNS students feel they belong. We are committed to offering personalized career coaching and resources that address and mitigate systematic barriers students may face in the job and internship search.

CNS Career Services has made an action plan to establish and maintain inclusive programming and an equitable approach to career development and professionalism. The following represents our current and future commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion:  

Career Coach Team Trainings & Education:

  • Understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and beyond
  • Learn how to best assist international students with their internship and job search
  • Maintain knowledge on how gender minorities, people of color, LGBTQIA2S+ people and additional marginalized communities have been historically discriminated against in STEM fields 
  • Discover the common challenges for students in the job search and workplace
  • Build awareness and take action to be strong allies for LGBTQIA2S+ students 
  • Acquire knowledge on supportive practices for neurodivergent and disabled students
  • Grow understanding on how to best support DACA and undocumented students 

Student Resources and Commitments:

  • Engage in active allyship for diverse and marginalized populations 
  • Keep identity-based resource guides for students on our website 
  • Identify employers that value diversity and inclusion
  • Create programming that targets the needs of diverse student populations 

Employer Relations:

  • Maintain a Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for employers 
  • Define the importance of recruiting and retaining diverse student talent 
  • Educate employers on areas of weakness in common recruiting strategies for diverse applicants 
  • Outline how to create a workplace that prioritizes inclusion and belonging for all employees