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How Can Career Services Help You?

The Career Services Office provides Career Counseling, including help in choosing a major and career, full-time, part-time, co-op and internship job postings, resume critiques, mock interviews, mentor program, employment and life skills assistance, and on-campus job fairs.

In addition, as career counselors, we provide the Myers Briggs Personality Assessment and Strong Interest Inventory for assistance in assessing and clarifying the best options for career achievement, focusing on your strengths in order to obtain a career/life balance. 

In short, our staff can help you discover your unique personal strengths and how you can use them to determine the best career suited to your personality and interests.

Need Resume Assistance?

We are happy to provide resume building and editing assistance to all students on a one-on-one basis, through classroom presentations, or through resume workshops held throughout the year.  If you would like to schedule an appointment for a resume edit, please email us for an appointment!   Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors, email Lola Johnston at lmjohnston@jsu.edu.  Seniors and Alumni, please email Becca Turner at bturner@jsu.edu.

Want a Mentor?

Career Services and the Alumni Association have partnered up to create a mentor program for our students. The Mentor Program was set to create relationships between students, alumni and friends who are willing to share their professional insights.

This program is designed to serve as an opportunity for students to ask community and business leaders questions about degree programs and careers, or simply to receive first hand knowledge of what to expect after receiving a degree in a particular discipline.

Sign up here!

The following information was adapted from the NACE website:

Internships, Co-ops, Practicums, and Externships: What's the Difference?

Student work and observation experiences go by a number of different names including internships, co-ops, practicums, and externships. Sometimes it's hard to tell what an experience should be called—definitions can vary among schools and employers. Following are some general definitions:


Internships

Internships are typically one-time work or service experiences related to a student's major or career goal. The internship plan generally involves a student working in a professional setting under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals.

Internships can be paid or unpaid, and the student may or may not receive academic credit for performing the internship.


Cooperative Education

Cooperative education provides students with multiple periods of work in which the work is related to the student's major or career goal.  It may be parallel or alternating.  Parallel co-ops are similar to regular, part-time jobs where the student works 20-25 hours / week while taking classes.  Alternating co-op involves a student working full time a semester and then going to school the next semester.  Therefore, it alternates terms of full-time classroom study with terms of full-time, discipline-related employment. Since program participation involves multiple work terms, the typical participant will work three or four work terms, thus gaining a year or more of career-related work experience before graduation.

Virtually all co-op positions are paid.  If the student is in a curriculum that requires an Internship for course credit in order to graduate, the place of co-op employment can also become the place for the Internship, with the academic advisor's approval.


Practicums

A practicum is generally a one-time work or service experience done by a student as part of an academic class. Some practicums offer pay, but many don't. Almost all are done for academic credit.

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