As a Starfleet officer, Rand started her career as a yeoman for Captain James T. Kirk, while serving aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in 2266. Her Starfleet career covered many roles, including transporter chief for the refit Enterprise in 2271. She later served at Starfleet Command, in San Francisco, before joining Captain Sulu and crew aboard the U.S.S. Excelsior, where Rand served as communications officer.

Rand also served as team leader for the Excelsior's Gamma shift.