The individual attention and the access to opportunities afforded by Mount Holyoke College's small size extend beyond academic and cocurricular opportunities to career preparation. Frances Perkins students may pursue summer internships anywhere in the world, with social service agencies; with governmental or international agencies; or with large institutions such as banks, investment firms, museums, and hospitals. FPs can also pursue topics in their majors through independent study and research.
Mount Holyoke's Career Development Center helps Frances Perkins students put their liberal arts education to work. Throughout the year, workshops provide tips on job-hunting and interview techniques. Recruiters often come to campus to interview students for a variety of employment opportunities.
Panels featuring alumnae speakers are also popular. A worldwide network of alumnae career advisers (including an informal on-line pen pal system sponsored by the Alumnae Office) stands ready to provide contacts and information about job markets. The Career Development Office also advises students applying to graduate or professional school.
More than half of all women's college graduates continue their education after earning a Bachelor of Arts or sciences. Many choose careers in fields, such as computer science or finance, which were traditionally dominated by men. According to the New York Times, graduates of women's colleges earn higher salaries than female graduates of coed institutions.
Like other Mount Holyoke College graduates, Frances Perkins alumnae have gone to preeminent graduate or professional schools; they are also working in a spectrum of careers-law, medicine, education, public relations, social services, college administration, and art.