The Russell Sage College Office of Career Planning engages students and alumni in their personal career development process as they seek local, national and global internship and employment opportunities. Through collaborative and innovative programs and services, our office empowers students and alumni to become knowledgeable about themselves, explore their industries of interest, create a career plan to achieve their goals and understand and gain career-ready skills.

The Office of Career Planning offers the tools and insight to shape meaningful internship and employment experiences and serves as a critical resource, assisting students in engaging their passions and achieving their personal mission.

Carleen Pallante, Director of Career Planning, Russell Sage College

Originally from Levittown, Pennsylvania, Carleen obtained her B.A. in Professional Writing from Elizabethtown College, and M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Since 2008, Carleen has worked professionally in Career Services in Higher Education. She was previously employed at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, and St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Carleen brings vast experience coaching a diverse population of students and alumni and collaborating with alumni, parents, employers and university partners to increase career education and opportunities for students. She is also a current committee member with NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) and is the local chair of the Capital Region Career Consortium, serving with other career center leaders and recruiting professionals. Carleen is passionate about creating exploration and networking opportunities for students with alumni.

Amanda Shaw, Associate Director of Career Planning, Russell Sage College, Troy Campus

Amanda Shaw

Originally from Connecticut, Amanda completed her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science and French and Francophone Studies at William Smith College, part of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, New York. After graduating and working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for two years, Amanda moved to Albany, New York to pursue her master’s degree in College Student Services Administration at The College of Saint Rose. While in graduate school, Amanda worked in the Career Center, the Office of Parent and Family Relations, and volunteered with Transfer Orientation. Amanda also interned at the University at Albany in the Office of Student Life, working with both assessment and student involvement and success. Amanda came to Russell Sage College in 2015 and is primarily located on the Troy campus.