Maryville College Works logoAt Maryville College, the way you’ll prepare for a career is unlike anywhere else. Not only do we have an entire office dedicated to career readiness, it’s also integrated seamlessly into your curriculum through a program called Maryville College Works. While you’re developing critical thinking, problem solving, and communications skills in all your classes, you’ll also be putting those skills to work defining specific career goals and gaining the type of experience you can put on a resume. 

First, you’ll assess what you’re good at and what you’re interested in, and use that to explore a career path and develop your own career plan. Then, you’ll plan and participate in a Significant Practical Experience like an internship, volunteer opportunity, or research project, at one of our local partner organizations. Finally, you’ll work with faculty to understand exactly how your experience connects with your future career, and how to communicate that in a job or grad school interview.

And because your Maryville College Works experience is self-directed, you’ll not only have the background employers and grad schools are looking for, you’ll have the independence and expertise to navigate the job market — and your career — long after graduation.


Goals & Outcomesclick or touch to open

The goal of this program is to deliver a transformative educational experience for our students. The aim is to demonstrate the vibrancy and value of the liberal arts for the 21st century.  While reaffirming our traditional emphasis on critical thinking skills and disciplinary expertise, the Maryville College Works program pairs core academic values with significant practical experiences.

This carefully-designed, integrated program builds bridges between the classroom and the work place. Through significant practical experiences, our students will understand how applicable and marketable their disciplinary and core skills are in the workforce.

Equally important, their employers will realize the value of a liberal arts education,  one that trains students to think critically and  independently, to apply research skills to problem solving, and to communicate clearly and effectively.  Building bridges between the classroom and the workplace has the very real potential of transforming what it means to be a student and a professor at a liberal arts college.

Learning Outcomes
  1. STUDENTS will acquire the knowledge to complete a personal vocation, career preparation and implementation plan.
  2. STUDENTS will participate in a significant, practical experience
  3. STUDENTS will articulate how 1) their educational experience and 2) their significant, practical experience applies to their professional opportunities.


Important Resourcesclick or touch to open

  • A Career Center that keeps students up to date with new professional trends and that offers individual advising, resume critiques, and workshops on vocational topics

  • Regular, one-on-one meetings with an advisor who is a faculty member in the student’s major or in a related field.

  • Center for International Education offering opportunities and scholarships for international study and work that last from three weeks to an entire semester.
  • Multiple online resources providing experiences and information such as: interview practice, personalized assessments, career descriptions and statistics, and job searches.

  • A vibrant athletics program, including varsity and intramural sports that help build skills desired by employers.

  • Multiple leadership positions available through 50 clubs and organizations on campus.

Getting an Internshipclick or touch to open

How do I go about getting an internship?

Students work one-on-one with a faculty member in their division to identify their professional goals and obtain their chosen internship. Because of the College’s location in Blount County and proximity to Knoxville, Tenn., and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, students have been able to intern or work with employers such as Blount Memorial Hospital, Clayton Homes, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the National Park Service, Newell Rubbermaid and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Employers value the College’s academic rigor and often seek out MC students for placements. In some cases, working in a research lab, studying abroad or creating original works of art may be the best exposure students have to a future profession. 


Real Students, Real Experiences

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Clayton Homes


 As an intern with Clayton Homes, psychology major Kelly Stephens '14 researched methods by which the home manufacturing company’s leadership program could be evaluated and then developed ways to implement them. Her experience influenced her Senior Study topic, and it also confirmed for her a career path in industrial psychology. At graduation, she was offered a position as Clayton’s organizational development specialist. 

Coulter Grove Intermediate School


Cheree Self Purdy ‘13 completed her student teaching requirement at Coulter Grove Elementary School in Maryville, where she was able to apply new instructional and management theories to the classroom under the guidance of top-notch public school teachers. Having the skills and confidence to go out and apply for jobs after graduation, she landed one as a second grade teacher at Eaton Elementary School in Loudon County.

First Presbyterian Knoxville


Before graduating in 2013, religion major Jordan Tarwater completed internships with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program in Louisville, Ky., and at First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. The experiences strengthened both his theological exploration and his applications to graduate schools. He received a full-tuition scholarship to Union Theological Seminary in New York City and is now pursuing a master of divinity (M.Div.) degree. 



Human resource management major Delena Gray ‘13 interned with the nearby Newell-Rubbermaid plant, which produces all Sharpie pens sold in the United States. While there, Delena worked on formatting job descriptions, logging corrective actions, updating I-9 files and distributing evaluations. She also helped organize fun employee appreciation events like a Back-to-School breakfast and “Muffins for Mother's Day.”



Robert Adams '14 had the opportunity to complete an internship with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) hosted by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In this highly competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Robert helped with researching protein translation. The research was focused on determining if researchers can extract information from genomic sequences.

Pennant Foods


Business major Autumn Brown ‘15 was the first MC student to benefit from a new partnership with Pennant Foods, which operates 90 Wendy’s restaurants in both Tennessee and California. An aspiring accountant, Autumn explored many facets of accounting and was able to experience what professionals in the field do on a day-to-day basis.

PYXL Digital Marketing


As a writing/communications major, Garrett Painter '14 had an internship with Pyxl, a digital marketing firm with offices in Knoxville; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Boulder, Colo. As a digital communications intern, Garrett blogged, managed social media accounts, created social media analytic reports and participated in demand generation campaigns for clients. Possessing a resume filled with relevant skills and experiences, he was able to land a job with Scripps Networks Interactive.

RT Lodge


International studies major Brittany Miller ‘15 enjoyed employment at RT Lodge, an upscale estate located in the College Woods. As a member of the lodge’s event staff, Brittany assisted with corporate retreats and “destination” weddings and learned to step up as a leader while also being a member of a team that was required to adapt to a new event each weekend. Most importantly, she said, her work helped her understand the importance of truly serving others and doing that service “with a smile and open heart.”

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship


Mathematics major Hannah Fry ‘14, spent a summer in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her research involved analyzing an electromagnetic band from a remote sensor to determine a reliable method for collecting data related to phenological responses (birds migrating, flowers blooming, and leaves changing colors). Hannah continued the research as a part of her Senior Study.

The United Way of Blount County


Jose Perez ‘15 and Owen Shelnutt ‘15 completed summer internships at the United Way of Blount County, where they provided valuable work for the non-profit. Jose translated the United Way's needs assessment survey into Spanish, and Owen conducted research on the Coast2Coast pharmacy discount card. Both MC students gained a better sense of the wider community through their internships.