The Emmanuel Effect

After earning their diplomas, Emmanuel graduates apply their talents at leading businesses, nonprofits and service organizations, as well as prestigious graduate programs.

What accounts for their success?

In the 21st century, ‘learning how to learn’ is more crucial than ever to career success.

Critical, Creative and Ethical Habits of Mind

“The thing that keeps CEOs up at night is talent,” said Bill Green, former chairman and chief executive officer of Accenture, in 2013. Traditional capabilities and skills are essential, he said, but in many ways are “just table stakes.” In recruiting employees, companies like Accenture seek candidates “who have learned how to learn... and who have a view that this is a very big world.”

In the 21st century, “learning how to learn” is more crucial than ever to career success. Organizations know that in an environment of constant disruption and change, it is vital to attract workers who are prepared to depart comfort zones, question assumptions and keep ahead of emerging trends.

The critical and creative habits of mind that, according to surveys, employers prize most have been at the core of Emmanuel’s educational mission for nearly 100 years. In dynamic discussions with faculty members and with one another, Emmanuel students continually sharpen their ability to distinguish facts from opinions and marshal persuasive, data-supported arguments—skills that are increasingly vital in what commentators have described as an emerging “post-factual” environment.

In addition to their intellectual versatility, Emmanuel graduates stand out for their values. At the College, ethical issues are not confined to a single class or department but examined in courses across the curriculum. These thought-provoking explorations, combined with direct service experiences throughout Boston and beyond, build students’ capacity for making informed and compassionate decisions in a complex world.

Boston: Global City of Opportunity

General Electric’s 2016 decision to move its world headquarters from Fairfield, CT, to Boston’s Seaport District underscored the City’s status as a powerhouse of innovation and opportunity. Boston’s success in attracting the eighth-largest firm in the Fortune 500 burnished the City’s reputation as “a worthy rival of Silicon Valley for overall leadership,” wrote Lou Shipley, a lecturer at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, at the time of GE’s announcement.

Of course, Boston’s strengths are many, from its premier institutions of higher learning to its financial sector to its thriving startup culture. And Emmanuel College is at the center of it all. With a short ride on the “T,” students can reach the doorstep of dozens of industry-leading organizations in finance, media, social services and many other fields. In addition, the College is part of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, placing students steps away from research and internship opportunities at some of the world’s most respected names in biomedicine, including Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Nearly 90 percent of Emmanuel students participate in at least one internship before graduating. Through these hands-on experiences, students learn to apply knowledge in real-world situations, work on teams, build their résumés and make professional connections—advantages that capture the attention of employers and graduate school admissions officers. 

“The job offers our students and graduates receive are often rooted in their internship experiences,” says Emmanuel College President Sister Janet Eisner, SND. “By engaging in the myriad opportunities that Boston offers, our students do more than prepare for their careers; they launch them.”

The Power of Proximity

Each year, Emmanuel students complement their coursework with internships and practicums throughout greater Boston, building valuable professional know-how. During the Spring 2017 semester, students gained experience at organizations including:

  • ActivMed Practices & Research
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Magazine
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston Municipal Court
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Editas Medicine
  • Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
  • enVerid Systems
  • Flywire
  • Harvard Education Publishing Group
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Irish International Immigrant Center
  • Jimmy Fund
  • Launch Byte
  • Longwood Neuropsychology
  • Massachusetts State House – Legislator Offices
  • Metter Media
  • Mission Grammar School
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Neurocare
  • NextGen Realty
  • Norfolk County Juvenile Court
  • Notre Dame Education Center
  • Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
  • Office of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
  • Partners HealthCare
  • School the World
  • Sociedad Latina
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • WGBH

Lauren is a shining example of the Emmanuel College student population—talented, smart, articulate and gracious. She has already completed a data analysis for our patient safety team and presented her findings to senior leadership. We are thrilled to have her with us.

—Christi Clark Barney, RN, MSN, CS, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, describing Emmanuel Biology Major Lauren Clark '17, who interned at the hospital in 2017-17.

Graduate Programs

In recent years, Emmanuel graduates have continued their studies at prestigious institutions across the country and abroad. Here is a sampling:

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Columbia University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York Film Academy, Los Angeles
  • Purdue University
  • Regent’s Business School London
  • Tufts University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Villanova University

Faculty-Student Collaborations

Emmanuel’s address in the heart of Boston is a compelling draw for prospective students and faculty. Yet 400 The Fenway is unique for another reason: it lies at the intersection of liberal arts colleges and large research universities.

Here, students can interact directly with professors in small classes and take advantage of research and scholarship opportunities often reserved for graduate students at other institutions. “That intersection sets us apart,” says Josef Kurtz, Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Biology.

Each year, students work side-by-side with faculty members to create knowledge in an array of disciplines. During the summer, many of these students receive grants and remain on campus to assist faculty full time. This summer, the College is supporting faculty-student research in eight different departments: art, biology, chemistry/physics, education, history, mathematics, psychology and sociology. Projects frequently culminate in students’ co-authoring articles for respected academic journals and presenting at national and international conferences.

Along the way, students benefit from the mentorship of faculty members who are highly accomplished in their fields. In 2015-16, Emmanuel produced more Fulbright scholars than any other bachelor’s institution in New England. In addition, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to date have awarded Emmanuel faculty $1.1 million in grants to fund faculty-led scientific research.

A number of Emmanuel faculty members are engaged in ongoing collaborations with peers at neighboring institutions. Often they take student assistants with them on working visits to labs and offices throughout Boston, giving them valuable exposure to leading scholars and their research. “It’s one more way that faculty members demonstrate their commitment to their students and open doors of academic and professional opportunity,” says Dr. Kurtz.

The opportunity to perform research as an undergraduate was crucial in my application to and success in graduate school.

Ph.D. Student in Chemistry,
Purdue University

The Emmanuel Network

When Lindsay Cathcart ’17 learned of an internship at Editas Medicine in Cambridge, MA, she was intrigued. Although bound for dental school—she later would be admitted to Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine—she knew that an experience at Editas would hone relevant skills: problem-solving, fine hand work and collaboration with other professionals.

As Cathcart would soon find out, the internship opportunity arose because Chris Borges ’10, a scientist in the T-cell group at Editas and a trustee of the College, hoped to attract Emmanuel students to the company in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, one of the world’s top biotech innovation centers. Cathcart landed the internship, and throughout her senior year worked in Borges’s T-cell group, investigating clinical applications of CRISPR/Cas9, a revolutionary gene-editing technology.

When students enroll at Emmanuel, they join more than a campus community. They become part of a worldwide network of alumni who are ready to provide internships, mentoring, informational interviews and job leads. The power of Emmanuel connections is especially evident on Career Networking Nights, when alumni from a range of industries and backgrounds gather on campus to connect with students, provide suggestions for career advancement and offer insight into their own professional paths.

Students aren’t the only ones who benefit. Alumni can support their organizations’ recruiting goals by posting job, internship and volunteer opportunities on HireSaints, the College’s online career resource ( And whether seeking a new job or career, graduates can always contact the College’s Career Center for assistance.

Lindsay Cathcart

As an intern at Editas Medicine in Cambridge, I work directly with Chris Borges '10. As part of the Editas T-cell group, we investigate how gene-editing technologies can be applied to develop next-generation therapeutics.

Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in the fall

Bring talented Emmanuel students and graduates to your organization.

HireSaints is a free online recruiting tool for Emmanuel’s employer partners. Organizations can post jobs and internships, request résumé packets and manage applicants. To set up an account, please contact the Career Center at



The Career Center develops thoughtful and targeted programming that helps students explore career options, expand connections and make informed decisions.

Career Communities

The Career Center has launched a new initiative to further educate, empower and equip students for professional success. Career Communities help students to connect their major(s) to an industry, learn about industry events and allow the Career Center to easily share targeted internships and job postings. In addition, employer partners can leverage Career Communities to recruit students who have the skills their organizations are seeking. The ve communities are:

  • Business and Economics
  • Creative Arts, Design and Media
  • Government, Law and International Relations
  • Social Services and Education
  • STEM and Health Sciences
  • Recruiter Series
Recruiter Series

The College regularly welcomes recruiters to campus to educate students on hiring trends, share job and internship opportunities, and provide insider perspectives on their organizations and industries. Recent participating companies include State Street, the F.B.I., the U.S. Department of Commerce, Biogen Idec, Bay Cove Human Services, Beacon ABA Therapy, the Peace Corps and Citizen Schools.

Emmanuel Connects

Through the College’s partnership with the College Career Centers of Boston, Emmanuel offers students access to large, off-campus career fairs and networking opportunities. Students recently attended recruitment events offered through Idealist, Boston Red Sox, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Office of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Green Careers, Harvard Business School and the YMCA of Greater Boston.

Career Center Connections

For years, Megan Costa ’19 aspired to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This summer, she plans to do exactly that as part of the F.B.I.’s Honors Summer Internship Program. She credits the team at Emmanuel’s Career Center for helping her gain admission to the highly competitive program. “This is a dream come true for me,” Costa wrote to the staff after receiving news of her acceptance (conditional on a top-secret security clearance). “I really didn’t think I had a chance in the pool of 15,000 applicants, but thanks to all of your help with my résumé and interview preparation, it looks like I was able to make a good impression.”

Costa is one of countless students who have discovered the potent role the Career Center can play in helping them envision and achieve their career goals. “Whether students are deciding on a major, learning about careers, or seeking an internship or job, we are here to share valuable resources and provide them with the tools to navigate their professional paths,” says Maureen Ashburn, executive director of the Career Center.

Ashburn and her team promote a four-year career plan and partner with students from the day they arrive on campus. Beginning with an assessment of interests and a broad exploration of career options, students move into goal setting and increasing involvement in student activities, internships, part-time jobs and networking. Throughout the process, they work closely with knowledgeable career advisors who have decades of experience across a broad range of industries and functional areas. Advisors keep informed about employment trends and offer students an inside perspective on what hiring managers and recruiters are seeking.

“The Career Center has been an integral component of my career development,” says Nicholas Fucci ’17, an economics major who interned this year as an analyst at Investment Consulting Associates, a global management advisory firm. “If you get in touch with them early and often, there is no doubt that they will give you the tools you need to be successful.” –Sam O’Neill

Tony Cibelli

The offer from KPMG changed my life. A number of experiences led to it—an on- campus job in the controller’s office, an internship at SHYFT Analytics, and professors who encouraged me to set my sights high.

—TONY CIBELLI ’17, who will begin a full-time job at KPMG following his graduation from Emmanuel in May 2016-17.



Emmanuel College graduates go on to make their mark in a broad range of professions and endeavors.

Top Career Paths For Recent Graduates

Business Services
Finance & Accounting
Marketing & Journalism
Nonprofit Management
Scientific Research

90% of Emmanuel students participate in at least one internship, practicum or student teaching experience before graduating.
10 Emmanuel students have won prestigious Fulbright grants each of the past six years to work abroad as English teaching assistants, researchers and cultural ambassadors.


Recent Emmanuel graduates have translated their education into purposeful work at leading companies in Boston and beyond. Here is a sampling:

  • Ameriprise Financial Services
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Ballet
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Globe Media
  • Boston Police Department
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Brown Brothers Harriman
  • Brown University
  • Catholic Charities–Archdiocese of Boston
  • Cheshire Academy
  • CloudHealth Technologies
  • Commonwealth Financial Group
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Deloitte
  • Easter Seals
  • EF Educational Tours
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Massachusetts Department of Health
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • New England Biolabs
  • Nickerson PR
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Reebok
  • Rue La La
  • State Street
  • Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
  • TJX Companies
  • TripAdvisor
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Wayfair
  • WGBH

Recent graduates also committed to service through Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

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