Career and Professional Development

Career Success

The beauty of a liberal arts education is that it opens doors and encourages exploration. Our faculty advisers and career counselors are seasoned mentors who will work one-on-one with you to clarify your interests and help you take full advantage of your W&L education. 

The Career and Professional Development Office offers workshops and one-on-one support outlining steps to ensure professional success, including a Foundation Series that walks students through career exploration, résumé and cover letter writing, internship and job searches, networking and interviewing. Our alumni are also active advisors and mentors, returning to campus for career panels and networking events and hosting students for career exploration trips in cities like New York and Washington, D.C.

Services

Peer Advisors

Peer advisors partner with students to explore careers and application materials, including resumes and cover letters. They also help navigate the job and internship search. 

Career Exploration

Don't know what you want to do post-graduation? Most students don't. At Washington and Lee, career consultation is available to all students, whether they are a first-year or a senior and whether they are searching for an internship, externship, research position, volunteer experience, summer job or full-time work.

Help with Applications

When applying to jobs and internships, professional documents are a big part of the process. Our office has resources to help you draft your resume, CV and cover letter. In addition, staff offer interview prep as well as mock interviews so you're prepared from submission to handshake.

Help for Alumni

Your career exploration doesn't end after you've gotten your first job out of college. That's why our Career and Professional Development Office will help you navigate your path through your first job transition and beyond.

Career and Professional Development

  • Elrod Commons 301

    Lexington, VA 24450

Meet the Staff

Employees in the Office of Career and Professional Development are eager to help every student achieve his or her career goals.

Molly Steele
Molly

Molly Steele

Dean of Career and Professional Development

Molly, a 2004 graduate of W&L, assists students and alumni of all majors and career interests. She primarily works with first-year students to discover, navigate, and achieve their career and professional goals.

Lauren Vance
Lauren

Lauren Vance

Director of Career and Professional Development, Business Advising and Recruitment Lead

Lauren assists students and alumni of all majors and career interests. Her advising focus areas are finance; consulting; real estate; accounting; entrepreneurship; and business.

Lorri Olan
Lorri

Lorri Olan

Senior Associate Director of Career and Professional Development; Diversity Initiatives Lead and Pre-Law Advisor

Lorri assists students and alumni of all majors and career interests. Her advising focus areas are pre-law; government and politics; non-profit and public interest; arts and entertainment; and education.

Heather Scherschel, Ph.D.
Heather

Heather Scherschel, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Career and Professional Development, STEM Lead

Heather assists students and alumni of all majors and career interests. Her advising focus areas are healthcare; tech and data analytics; geoscience, environment and sustainability; engineering; and life sciences.

Brooke Peccie
Brooke

Brooke Peccie

Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development and Career Fellows Program Manager

A 2017 graduate of W&L, Brooke assists students and alumni of all majors and career interests. Her advising focus areas are consulting; marketing and advertising; communications and PR; journalism and publishing; and human resources and recruiting.

Brittany Carr
Brittany

Brittany Carr

Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, Pre-Health Professions

Carr works with students and alumni as they explore, prepare for, and apply to graduate health professions programs. She assists with personal statement evaluation, mock interviews, and manages the letters collection process.

Allegra Steck
Allegra

Allegra Steck

Career and Professional Development Operations Coordinator

Allegra joined the Career and Professional Development team in May of 2022 and is responsible for the CPD office’s operations and recruiting logistics.

Lauren Vance
Lorri Olan
Heather Scherschel, Ph.D.
Brooke Peccie
Brittany Carr
Allegra Steck
Molly Steele

William Dantini

Meet William Dantini ’24

A global politics and economics double major, Dantini found his ‘home’ on campus with the University Singers.

Continue Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Christian Addison ’17L

Following his service in the JAG Corps, Christian Addison opened ASE Representation, a full-service sports and entertainment agency.

Continue Reading

WLSC students at Blue Sky

W&L Student Consulting Group Makes Connections on Campus and in the Community

Students in the Williams School consulted on a number of projects including marketing, research and social media strategy for businesses and organizations.

Continue Reading

Six W&L Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students who are Pell Grant recipients.

Continue Reading

Katie Yurechko '24

W&L’s Katie Yurechko Among 2024 Class of Marshall Scholars

Yurechko ’24 is the university’s first Marshall Scholar.

Continue Reading

Washington and Lee University to Host Real Estate Forum

The event will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12-13.

Continue Reading

W&L Outcomes: Lauren Shelby ’23

Lauren Shelby ’23 will be pursuing her master’s degree at New York University.

Continue Reading

W&L Outcomes: Andrew Tartakovsky ’23

Andrew Tartakovsky ’23 received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Azerbaijan.

Continue Reading

2023 Entrepreneurship Summit

Washington and Lee University to Host Entrepreneurship Summit

The two-day event will be held on campus Sept. 29-30.

Continue Reading

W&L Outcomes: Charlotte Dross ’23

Charlotte Dross ’23 is working in public relations as a postgraduate intern at Jackson Spalding.

Continue Reading

Summer Experience: Tom Boss ’24L

Tom Boss worked as a summer associate with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.

Continue Reading

W&L Outcomes: Sadie Charles Calame ’23

Sadie Charles Calame ’23 is working as a construction lead for Teton Habitat for Humanity.

Continue Reading

Forbes, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Niche, Time/Money Magazine and U.S. News & World Report all consider W&L among the best college values in the nation.