Dolan Career Development Center

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What We Do

The Dolan Career Development Center provides professional development services for undergraduate and graduate students that enrich their academic experiences and inspire tomorrow's business leaders. These opportunities allow students to learn about themselves, and about the business world, as well as to apply what they're learning in the classroom.

Individualized Career Coaching

The Dolan Career Development Center's team is available to meet with undergraduate and graduate students during drop in hours or by appointment. Common topics discussed include career exploration, internship search strategies, and salary negotiation.

Internship Stipends

The Fairfield Dolan Social Impact Summer Internship Program provided internship opportunities for students at local non-profit organization.

Interview Preparation

Mock Interviews are an invaluable opportunity to get instant feedback to improve interview skills. Throughout the academic year students receive several opportunities to meet with Center staff, recruiters, and alumni to hone their interview skills.

Employment Services

Hundreds of employers work with the Dolan Career Development Center and Fairfield University Career Center to offer on-campus interviews, collect resumes, and list positions through Stags4Hire.

Internships

Fairfield Dolan views practical experience as an important part of your academic program. An internship will give students the opportunity to apply classroom theories to real-world situations and use on-the-job experiences to enrich their academic program while giving them a competitive edge in the job market. Learn more about our students' internship success.

Leadership Coaching

A partnership with leadership development platform BetterManager enables students to fine-tune their leadership skills while developing their personal brand.

Networking

We offer many networking opportunities for students to meet with alumni, employers, and community partners. This is a mutually beneficial opportunity that allows students to learn about potential careers, internships, and job opportunities while employers look for potential talent.

Workshops & Events

Fairfield Dolan hosts signature workshops and events throughout the year as part of the Dolan Professional Development Series (PDS) program. These events allow students to network with professionals and alumni, as well as to hone in on specific skills and professional interests.

Center Hours

Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*Graduate student appointments available after 4:30 p.m. by request.

Schedule Appointment 

Schedule an appointment with a career coach or Professional in Residence (PIR) via dolancareer@fairfield.edu or call 203-254-4000, ext. 3987.

AACSB Accredited

AACSB accreditation means our College of Business has proven to be among the best in business education anywhere in the world. This quality is recognized across the globe by top employers, other universities, and recruiters.

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The Dolan Distinction

#9
Best Colleges for Business Majors
- 2019 Money Magazine
#14
Best Schools for Internship
- 2019 Princeton Review
97%
Undergraduates Employed or Accepted to Graduate School
(Class of 2021)
1.6
Average Number of Internships
Per Student
#28
Best Schools for Business Majors
- 2020 PayScale
89%
Graduating Seniors Completed At Least One Internship
100%
of Graduate Students Have a Job Within 90 Days of Graduation
(Class of 2021)

Programs & Events

The Dolan Professional Development Series is designed to provide a structured way in which students can gain the knowledge and skills that will complement their coursework to help them find success in the working world. This comprehensive program will give Fairfield Dolan students a competitive edge as they enter a challenging job market.

Undergraduate Professional Development Series

Graduate Professional Development Series

Professional-in-Residence

As part of the Dolan Professional Development Series, students will have additional opportunities to engage with professionals and gain real world insights about business leadership, career advancement strategies, and industry demands through the new Professional-in-Residence (PIR) program. This mentorship model will allow students to make an appointment with a PIR, meet in one of our many collaborative spaces, and build their capabilities and capacities in their business and professional pursuits.

Claire Carbonier MA '99

Former HR Professional at GE Capital, Cadbury Schweppes, & Bridgewater Associates

Anthony Donofrio

Former Managing Director
Hamilton Lane Advisors
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Tim Finnegan ’77, MBA

President of Aisling Executive Coaching, Ltd.

Jim Halliday

CMO
TickPick

Kathleen Merrigan

Principal, Residential Real Estate, Private Clients Group
Cummings & Lockwood LLC
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Jim Petty

Former CEO of holding company for Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports
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William Schloth ’85, CPA, MBA

Co-Founder and CEO of USA Business Strong
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Roxanne Todisco

Consultant - Client Solutions, Spruceview Capital Partners

Excel Workshop Series

This three level workshop series provides students with the technical skills needed to hit the ground running in their next internship or job. The series includes: Introduction to Excel, Intermediate Excel, and Advanced Excel.

Money TALKS: Financial Planning for College Students and New Graduates

This two part seminar teaches students and newly minted graduates financial skills that are not taught in the classroom. Participants will be challenged to think how they can hit the ground running once they receive their degree and place themselves on sound financial footing. Additional information about these programs can be found at Life@Fairfield.

Dolan Signature Workshops and Events

The Dolan Career Development Center hosts several signature events that are offered every year, including the Dolan Career Night, Etiquette Diner, Company-In-Focus, Internship Reception, Business Analytics Showcase, AAUW Smart Start Salary Negotiation, and the Undercover Alumni program.

Career Night

An evening for students to meet with top business executives and receive informal advice from professionals with experience in a variety of career paths.

Etiquette Dinner

A professional etiquette consultant guides students as they participate in a mock business dinner with alumni and professionals.

Employer-In-Focus

Fairfield Dolan hosts top employers to campus to promote potential career paths, provide industry specific knowledge, and share job and internship opportunities.

To register for a Dolan event, visit Life@Fairfield.

Alumni Engagement

There are many ways our alumni can engage with the Dolan Career Development Center.

Employer Participation

Learn more about how employers can participate in Dolan Career Development Center events and engage with Fairfield University students.

Corporate Sponsors

Learn more about mentorship and event and workshop sponsorship opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please refer to our FAQ page for any other needs you may have.

Our Team

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Sarah Bollinger

Director of the Dolan Career Development Center
Get to Know Sarah

Sarah Bollinger MEd
Director, Career Development

EDUCATION

MEd Higher Education Administration - Student Affairs
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

BA Media Communication Studies
Ursinus College

CERTIFICATES & TRAINING

Educational Technology: Learning Design & Technology
Fairfield University

Management Leadership Institute
National Association of Colleges and Employers

Smart Start Salary Negotiation Facilitator
AAUW

Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner
Center for Applications of Psychology Type

PROGRAMMING SPECIALTIES

Accounting, Business Analytics, Business Undecided, Marketing

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John Hottinger

Associate Director of Career Services
Get to Know John

Strengths:
Learner, Input, Responsibility, Intellection, Relator

Education:
Fordham University, Bachelor of Science, Economics
Master of Arts, Higher Education and Student Affairs at Seton Hall University

Hometown:
Allendale, NJ

Graduate Assistants

Andrew Conlan, MBA '22

Leadership
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Michael Cottam '21, MSA '22

Undergraduate Professional Development Series

Kallan Hook '21, MSA '22

Graduate Professional Development Series
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Russell Mazzaro '21, MSA '22

Career Mentoring
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Thomas Mazzaro '21, MSA '22

Career Mentoring
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Sophia Nelson '21, MBA '22

Internships
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Nicholas Reich '21, MSA '22

Career Mentoring

Chelsea Reichard '21, MSA '22

Career Mentoring

Fairfield University is a proud member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and adheres to all NACE recruiting standards and practices. The Dolan Career Development Center is committed to maintaining professional standards in recruiting and career development as set forth by NACE. These standards are the benchmark of the profession. For more information, please see NACE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS.

Fairfield University also abides by NACE’s Principles for Ethical Professional Practice. Employers requesting access to students through the services of the Dolan Career Development Center are expected to abide by these principles, which may be reviewed at “principles for employment professionals.“ Fairfield Dolan does not discriminate against students on the basis of sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, or disability or handicap in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, and scholarship programs. The School expects corporate partners to maintain the same practices.

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