Center for Career and Professional Development Mission
The mission of the Center for Career and Professional Development is to assist students with making informed career decisions using its diverse and comprehensive services. The use of these services and interactions with the staff could lead to successful internships and/or employment. The Center for Career and Professional Development also reinforces the soft skills of interpersonal communications, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity which are vital to be successful in any career.
The Center for Career and Professional Development helps with career portfolio building, resume writing, interview skill development, grooming, networking skills, and effective job search training. This is accomplished through one-on-one meetings, group sessions, and in-class workshops and presentations, and is facilitated using handouts, audio and/or visual teaching aids, and online tools.
Online career tools by AWATO include career planning, resume building, and a job board. Other tools are located on the Center for Career and Professional Development website at www.post.edu/ccpd. Career workshops as well as job/internship fairs provide students with additional opportunities to interact with prospective employers.
The Center for Career and Professional Development provides students with the capability to explore websites specifically related to their majors. Information on these sites include related career titles, job research resources, salary information links, job search engines specific to each major, and links to professional associations in their major. While the objective and goal of the Center for Career and Professional Development is to assist students with securing employment, the services provided are not to be construed to mean Post University guarantees employment. It is the responsibility of graduates to seek and gain employment.
The Center for Career and Professional Development is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), National Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA), Connecticut Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CCEIA), and Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE). All memberships provide the Center for Career and Professional Development's staff with updated resources that help deliver comprehensive career coaching services to students.
Internships are a vital opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience before graduation. Internships are part-time positions that average 10-20 hours per week and occur during a semester or during the summer. Students gain valuable experience and build their resumes while still enrolled in a degree program.
Requirements for Student Internships
The internship must be completed in the student's major. To participate in student internships, a student must be at least junior status and have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
Academic Internship Process
The process of finding an approved internship site will take place one semester or two terms before a student can register for the internship course and start work. In addition to speaking with the Program Chair and the Center for Career and Professional Development, students should meet with an Academic Advisor or speak with an Academic Success Counselor to confirm the internship course fits into the academic schedule. Specifics to discuss during the preparation for an internship procures must include the following: (1) preparing a resume and cover letter to apply for an internship, (2) securing an internship site (3) meeting with the Program Chair to get site approval and a copy of the syllabus, and (4) completing the Internship Eligibility Form and secure all authorized signatures by the Add/Drop deadline.
Contact Center for Career and Professional Development with any questions at 203.828.2989 or [email protected].