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Career Center, Santa Clara University


From the Director:

“As a society we are experiencing the biggest disruption in the workforce in over 100 years, since the transition from an agricultural society to an industrial society and now from an industrial society to a digital age.” (Zoë Baird, CEO, Markle Foundation) The modern 21st century world of work has emerged. It is global, data-driven, with fast paced communication, and innovation emerging from collaborative environments with a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. The ever-evolving world of work, significant technological and generational shifts, and changing dynamics and expectations around the role of education have spurred the need for major paradigm shifts in the delivery of career services in higher education. “It's estimated that 65% of Generation Z (born between 1995-2015) will end up doing work that does not yet exist.” (Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade, New York Times)


As educators, how we respond to these changes is at the forefront of our minds. It is essential for us to be forward thinking in our understanding of students’ emerging learning needs and innovative educational and employer engagement models to facilitate and accelerate our students’ personal and professional development. The heart of our work at Santa Clara University’s Career Center involves a passion for helping students find their fit, to discover the intersection between their talents, what brings them joy, and what the world needs. We encourage students to engage with us early and often in their exploration of Silicon Valley’s vibrant employment marketplace with opportunities ranging from fellowships, internships, research opportunities, and full-time jobs.

-Rose Nakamoto, Director of the Santa Clara University Career Center


Your SCU Career Center Team


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Rose Nakamoto


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Rose brings over 10 years of experience ranging from overseeing the recruitment and talent acquisition process within HR, coordinating employment and workforce development initiatives, and managing a global executive education program for rising senior leaders within Silicon Valley tech and fortune 500 companies. Additionally, she has significant global work, study, and service-learning experience in Southern Africa, South America, and Europe. Rose brings her passion for developing people to the Career Center where she enjoys helping students discover and then transform their unique talents and interests into a career they will love. Her inspiration in work comes from developing innovative career and professional education initiatives to help SCU students launch into the dynamic and ever-changing 21st century world of work. Rose has her BA degree in Modern Literary Studies and a MA in Counseling Education, Career Development.

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Jennifer Ferrari

Associate Director

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Jennifer has over 14 years of experience in higher education and has worked in the Career Center since 2012 - first as a career counselor for Arts & Sciences students and more recently as the Associate Director for Career Education.  Santa Clara is a big part of Jennifer’s history, as she is an alum and has worked on campus since 2005, previously serving as the Business Manager in Auxiliary Services before taking on her first role in the Career Center.  Her work is inspired by her own Santa Clara experience and she loves developing systems and coordinating networks to support SCU students as they navigate the career discernment and development process. Jennifer has a BS degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Italian and an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development from Santa Clara University.

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Moira Kolasinski

Associate Director - Employer Connections

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Moira brings to the Career Center over 12 years of experience working in career development and employer relations in higher education, providing consultation to Silicon Valley employers on topics including on-campus recruitment, branding and internship development, as well as creating and overseeing a wide variety of programs to facilitate connections between students and employers. In addition to her experience in employer relations, Moira is an experienced career counselor and coach, and has provided career development support to students of all majors. Prior to her work in career development, Moira held a variety of human resources roles in both corporate and educational settings. Moira is passionate about preparing students for the world of work and creating innovative and meaningful opportunities for student and employer connection. Her inspiration comes from a desire to support students' access to a wide variety of opportunities in impactful, transformational ways. Moira has her BA degree in Psychology and an MA in Counseling Psychology with a Career Development Emphasis.

Shellie Barber

Shellie Barber

Operations & Event Manager

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Shellie has over twenty years of experience working and volunteering in the Santa Clara community, including bootstrapping and running a successful small business for 20 years. As the Operations Associate and part of the Employer Connections team for the Career Center, Shellie works closely with students, staff, and employers at the Career Center to coordinate large scale recruitment events and help students navigate their way through the Career Center at SCU. She’s excited to be working on the SCU campus and helping to guide students to meeting their career goals in whatever way that she can. She brings a unique and supportive perspective to the Center and is inspired by seeing students reach their full potential. Shellie has her BA degree in Art from San Jose State University. 

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Kristina Kwan

Assistant Director - Career Development Specialist, Creative, Public/Human Sectors & Identity

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Kristina has nearly a decade of public/non-profit experience in state, employment and career services throughout Silicon Valley. She has been dedicated to supporting the diverse needs of the community from economically disadvantaged youth, to university students, to mature workers. As the Assistant Director for the College of Arts and Sciences, Kristina enjoys guiding students as they cultivate their career vision and the foundational skills that will serve them throughout their professional development. In addition to her work in direct services, Kristina has been a design practitioner in various industries, developing products, services, and strategy. She is inspired by bringing a creative perspective into her collaboration with students and building fresh programming. Kristina has a BA in Environmental Design, BS in Industrial Design and MA in Education Counseling.

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Amy Peterson

Assistant Director - Career Development Specialist, STEM & Innovation

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Amy moved to Silicon Valley over 20 years ago from the Midwest. Initially working in human resources as the recruiter and coordinator of an internship program of over 300 students for a large semiconductor company, she received invaluable insight into high tech and hiring practices. However, her desire to work with students more directly and assist them in their career development drove her back to the university setting. Now, after a few years off to raise her children, Amy is excited and thankful to be back at SCU. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Development from Purdue University.

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Katie Rocheleau

Assistant Director - Employer Connections, Business, Entrepreneurship, Public & Social Sectors

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Katie is joining the Employer Relations team after spending 5 years in university recruiting and leadership development at a top financial services firm in Chicago. In her previous role, Katie led the on-campus recruiting strategy for undergraduate and MBA talent across the Midwest and managed multiple internship and leadership development programs for her organization. As a former recruiter herself, Katie brings a unique perspective to the Employer Relations team and is passionate about deepening employer engagement with Santa Clara students. Katie received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Notre Dame with an emphasis in marketing.

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Melissa Thiriez

Assistant Director - Employer Connections, STEM & Innovation

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Melissa comes to the Career Center from working in non-profits and secondary education for nearly 5 years. Her most recent experience was teaching a College Readiness class to high school juniors which focused on discerning values, strengths, and passions and turning them into blueprints for their future education and careers. She is most excited about connecting students with employers to advance their educational and professional development. Melissa will focus on bringing innovative events and creative methods of engagement to campus to make the most of employer connections.  Melissa holds a BA in Psychology and minor in Hispanic Studies from Scripps College and a MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

Contact & Directions

To Contact the Career Center:

Phone: (408) 554-4421


Summer Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8am-4:30pm; Fri: 8am-4pm

Academic Year Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8am – 5pm; Fri: 8am – 4:30pm


Map of SCU Campus.

The Career Center is in the west wing on the first floor of Benson Memorial Center.