Mark Smith

Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Career Center

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Smith leads the Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He advises students and employers on hiring trends, the job search and career options. He has taught a number of courses on law and related subjects. He also has run for Congress and served in governmental roles.

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Internship ‘slam’ brings together students and employers ​

WUSTL students gathered at the Women’s Building Formal Lounge on Friday, Feb. 22, for an internship slam, where employers participated in an “open mic” pitch to students looking for summer internships. Alumnus Alan Paradise, center, of Mercy, makes his pitch.

Mark Smith promoted to associate vice chancellor for students

Mark W. Smith, JD, assistant vice chancellor and director of the Career Center, has been promoted to associate vice chancellor for students and will continue as director of the Career Center, announced Sharon Stahl, vice chancellor for students. In his new role, he will also oversee the Office for International Students and Scholars.

Career Center offers Etiquette Dinner for students

All students at Washington University in St. Louis are invited to the Etiquette Dinner Program, an opportunity to enjoy a three-course meal while learning the basics of fine dining. The dinner is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Danforth University Center Orchid Room. The program simulates a lunch/dinner interview and offers tips on fine dining etiquette, professional dress and business protocol.

Students ‘test drive’ jobs with internships

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, more than 115 organizations, representing 30-plus industries, will be recruiting WUSTL students and alumni at the annual Fall Internship & Job Career Fair. Senior Kelsey Brod spent the summer in Johannesburg, South Africa, working with a master printer.

Fall career fair brings diverse employers to campus

The Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis will host local and national organizations on Wednesday, Sept. 19, for the Fall Internship & Job Career Fair. The event is sponsored by the university’s Career Center. The fair will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Recreational Gym of the Athletic Complex.

Nixon appoints Smith to higher education commission

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Mark W. Smith, JD, assistant vice chancellor and director of the Career Center at Washington University of St. Louis, to serve on the Midwestern Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The commission advances higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing.

Finding a job is like dating, career center director says

Though some people have luck with online job boards and company websites, it’s best to use a nontraditional approach in employment searches, says Mark W. Smith, JD, director of the Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Networking is the way most people learn about opportunities and it often gives them an upper hand.

Danforth Campus welcomes recruiters

A diverse array of employers will be on campus Wednesday, Feb. 1, for the Spring Internship & Career Fair. All WUSTL students and alumni are invited to participate in the event. For those who are interested, mock interviews begin this Friday, Jan. 27, followed by “prepping” workshops Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30 and 31.

Making the most of winter break

Sleep may be priority No. 1 for many college students who are finishing finals and returning home for winter break. Advisers from the Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis suggest students use the time, not only to recharge, but to reflect and self-evaluate. The extended break is an ideal time to think about options, update resumes, network and put career plans into action.

Graduates: Don’t despair, says WUSTL careers expert

Students celebrate at Commencement.The graduation pictures have been e-mailed to friends, posted on Facebook and framed alongside family photos perched on bookcases and fireplace mantels. But behind the toothy grin of many college grads lies a worrisome question that flies in the face of this celebrated educational milestone: Where’s my job? Finding one requires the right actions, says a careers expert at Washington University in St. Louis.

Web video contest reaches college students on their level

WUSTL undergraduate students created YouTube video advertisements to help promote The Career Center’s programs.Reaching college students on their level can be a challenge. They are overwhelmed with information from e-mail, instant messaging and Web sites like Facebook and YouTube. The challenge becomes even more difficult when you are talking about something as “uncool” as career planning. But officials at The Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis have found a way. With a competition to design a Career Center video advertisement available on the popular Web site, the center’s staff members discovered they could draw students into the process of connecting with good career advice. More…

Student online posts can negatively affect job searches, says career expert

David Kilper/WUSTL PhotoIn the fast-paced world of today’s college student, communication is key. Cell phones, iPods and laptop computers are now the norm, not the exception. Many students have even taken to creating their own Web pages on social networking sites like and While being in touch and keeping friends and family informed are certainly important, students need to be careful of what they post on the Internet. It could have a very negative impact on finding a job after graduation, says a career expert at Washington University in St. Louis. More…

Jobs for new college grads on the rise

File Photo – David KilperThe class of 2005 has good reason to be happy — overall hiring of college graduates is on the rise.Well, you’ve graduated from college. Congratulations! Now what? Unless you’re off to graduate school, it’s time to get a job. And according to a career expert at Washington University in St. Louis, you’ll probably have a much easier time finding one than students did in the past few years.