Career Development Professional Earns New Role at Susquehanna
Published on September 24, 2012
Sarah Bollinger has been named the new associate director of experiential education and employer relations at Susquehanna University. For the past year, Bollinger has served as assistant director of Susquehanna’s Career Development Center. Prior to that, she worked in career services at Cedar Crest College and Lehigh Carbon Community College.
In her new role, Bollinger will continue to prepare Susquehanna University students for internship and employment opportunities, further develop employer relations, and expand alumni and parent networks.
“The key to students’ success is beginning the career exploration process early. Internships, externships, job-shadowing programs and informational interviews are a critical component of a student’s career exploration,” Bollinger said. “Forming strong employer relations and increasing partnerships with alumni and parents create these opportunities for students, and I’m pleased to be spearheading that effort.”
Since joining Susquehanna’s career development staff, Bollinger has created relationships with organizations such as Community Services Group, Norfolk Southern, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), and Susquehanna Health. She implemented several successful programs including Résumé Doctor, Where to Look and How to Be Found, Women in the Sciences Panel, and So You Want to Be a Student Affairs Professional.
“Sarah has shown incredible initiative in her role as an assistant director in career development, and I am confident she will bring the same enthusiasm and ambition to her new role,” said Brenda Fabian, director of the Career Development Center.
In addition to her strong recruiting and career services background, Bollinger also has experience in Greek life, international student services, leadership, student activities, event planning and health promotion.
She earned her Master of Education in student affairs in higher education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Arts in media communication studies from Ursinus College. Bollinger is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, and the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE). As an active member of PennACE, she has served as a conference presenter and member of the Student of the Year Award, Conference, and Hospitality committees.
She has also presented at regional and national conferences on the topics of career decision-making outcomes, improving relationships between supervisors and graduate interns, and best practices for advising international students in their career development.
The Career Development Center at Susquehanna University provides individual coaching appointments; career workshops, and employment and internship fairs; résumé and cover letter reviews; mock interviews; graduate school guidance; networking programs with alumni and parents; and more.