Career Services

An Environment Built on Professional Development

Our goal is that every Candler student and graduate be prepared to answer their vocational calling, whatever that may be.

Our students become pastors, social advocates, leaders, policy makers, chaplains, and much more. With the breadth of opportunity available, one of the most exciting things about getting a Candler degree can be determining what to do with it! Our goal with professional development is to equip students to discern their calls, advocate for themselves as professionals, and purposefully direct their careers after Candler. This professional preparation goes far beyond a strong resume and cover letter, and we are here to partner with students and to support them on their unique vocational journeys, as they learn and grow at Candler and beyond.

What to Expect from Career Services as a Student

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We have vocational and professional development resources for students to use at any time, including:

  • Vocational discernment resources
  • Resume and cover letter tools
  • Interview preparation
  • Job search strategy
  • Denominational resources
  • Exploratory resources for vocations outside of traditional ministry
  • Preparing for a PhD

Candler’s job board includes paid part-time and full-time opportunities for Candler students, including on campus jobs at Candler and jobs in churches, nonprofits, educational organizations, and hospitals, as well as unpaid CPE opportunities and positions that meet the requirements for Contextual Education II sites.

In addition to postings, programming, and resources, one amazing resource available to our current students is our director of career services! Students can have a 1-on-1 meeting each semester and can find her at office hours every week in the Office of Student Life.

Resume and cover letter review are available to students throughout the school year! Students can submit their resumes, cover letters, and other application documents to be reviewed by our academic writing tutors who are trained to help tailor and polish these documents so that our students can be successful in their job searches.

Career Service Offerings For Alumni

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Candler’s job board includes paid part-time and full-time opportunities for Candler alumni. And as a Candler graduate, you have access to Emory’s main job board, Handshake, which hosts thousands of jobs for the Emory community.

To see just the jobs posted for our community, simply do a keyword search for “Candler.”

Candler alumni may also connect with Career Services for individual appointments with Director of Career Services Marielle Thomas.

In addition to the career services offered by Candler, alumni can also visit Emory Alumni Career Services to find professional development resources, online and event networking, affinity groups around the globe, job postings and more. We also encourage you to reach out to your undergraduate career office as well!

And don’t forget to set up your free, Google-powered Emory alumni email account.

Candler alumni are also encouraged to connect with the Emory Alumni Association, which offers a host of services, discounts, and Emory-exclusive resources, including Emory Connects, Emory’s exclusive online networking platform where you can connect with, and receive and provide career assistance to your fellow Emory alums.

For Employers

Why Hire a Candler Student?

Candler students are uniquely prepared to offer real value to the world and to your organization. At Candler, our students develop rare and important skills for navigating a complex world, including research, critical thinking, pastoral care, empathy, and persuasive writing.

Post a Position

Post your job on the Candler Job Board, or you can email

Candler partners with the Emory Career Center to host job listings using the online tool Handshake, so your job posting will be shared not only with Candler students and alumni but with others in the Emory community.

If you have questions or want to talk about marketing your jobs to our students or alumni, we’re here to help. Contact Director of Career Services Marielle Thomas for help or questions. You can reach her by phone at (404) 727-9992.

Learn more about Emory’s posting policies.

Connect with Candler Students

Host an event at Candler

Meet & greets, info sessions, coffee chats, or even joining us for Chapel are great ways to meet the students. Contact Director of Career Services Marielle Thomas to plan events at Candler.

Attend Contextual Education Open Houses

Contextual Education Open Houses in the fall and spring also provide an opportunity to connect with students as they are exploring their options for formation in clinical and ecclesial settings. Let us introduce you to our Contextual Education team to learn more about upcoming dates.

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