It’s that time of the year again. Summer is fast approaching and students will be returning home and most have already made plans for vacations with their families and friends.
Others, however, are planning on working an internship for experience in their fields of interest. As such, now marks a valuable window for students to meet with their career adviser at the Career Center to try and find an internship.
“Do not wait a minute longer,” said Reesa Greenwald, the director of the Career Center, as advice for students wanting to get an internship for the summer.
Greenwald stressed the importance of applying now.
“Every student has a Navigator account, if they’re registered for classes this semester, they’re in there,” she said. “They may or may not know that and they may or may not be using it in the best way. The recommendation we have is this is the time.”
Greenwald added that many employers are looking for interns for both the summer and fall. This opportunity extends to graduating students searching for jobs.
Gina Hernandez, a career center advisor, explained what students should know about the Career Center. She said that she and her fellow advisers will work with students to make sure their resumes are up to date, work on interview skills and help with questions regarding Navigator to search for opportunities.
“We’re available to sit down with you to get that process started or continued, hopefully,” she said. “We have site called CareerShift which is also wonderful and we have an end of the year Career fair on April 5.”
CareerShift is like Navigator, with job and internship listings as well as contact information of the employers posting on there.
Another resource the Career Center offers is Big Interview. This website allows the user to record themselves answering interview questions as a way to practice their interview abilities.
The Career Center created a live chat that can be accessed through Navigator that is available every weekday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and is for students who have quick questions.
Greenwald and Hernandez highlighted that students should use the Career Center resources first, as the listings are from employers that specifically are looking for Seton Hall students or graduates.
They also urged students to attend the last Career Fair of the school year on April 5. The fair will feature organizations hiring in public relations, journalism, graphic design, marketing and media fields.
Stacey P. Huggins, a junior psychology major, visited the Career Center and met with her adviser, Justin Krass, to better prepare herself for an internship. She was offered a one-and-a-half year internship with CASA, an organization dedicated on child advocacy in the court system.
She said Krass helped her every step of the way whenever she went to the Career Center for advisement, so she contacted Krass to let him know about the opportunity.
“I felt like I needed him to know that CASA reached out to me and that I had this big interview coming up and what did I need to do in order to be able to be successful at the interview,” Huggins said. “And he gave me some really great pointers as to how to keep my composure because I can get nervous when I get excited about things.”
The Career Center is open during the summer and appointments with a Career Adviser can be made by calling the Career Center at 973-761-9355. Walk-in times are also available for resume or interview help.
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