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Graduate Career Advising Internship

Graduate interns on the Career Advising Team within the Career Center will gain insight into applied career development theory. Through training, observation, and practice, interns will have the opportunity to build the skills and experience necessary for a career in career counseling. They will work one-on-one and in group settings with clients throughout their experience while receiving individual supervision and mentorship from an experienced career counselor. Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Counsel students in identifying interests, values, strengths and goals through individual career advising sessions, assessment tools, and presentations
  • Be trained and gain experience in the use and interpretation of formal career assessments, including the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory
  • Educate students about and coach them in applying successful job search, networking, and interviewing strategies
  • Review and critique resumes, cover letters, philosophy statements, and graduate school essays
  • Facilitate presentations to first year students to assist with career and major exploration
  • Collaborate with Career Center staff members within college-specific teams and initiatives
  • Contribute a new resource or workshop topic through a special project to support college-specific or specialized student populations
  • Receive individual, weekly supervision and professional mentorship from an experienced career counselor
  • Participate in group internship meetings by sharing case studies, offering feedback to fellow intern colleagues, and reviewing ongoing resources shared by internship supervisor

Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level counseling program (College Student Development or Similar Track) and have completed relevant graduate-level counseling coursework prior to beginning internship experience
  • Knowledge of college student development theory and higher education culture
  • Strong interest in working with a range of undergraduate and graduate students at all stages in their career development in a career center setting
  • Ability to advise students in individual advising sessions as well as remotely via email/Skype
  • Excellent active listening skills and strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Good organizational, planning, and presentation skills
  • Ability to synthesize and conceptualize student information to support growth
  • Interest in and ability to present to students during workshops and classroom presentations
  • Interest in collaborating with full-time career advisors, fellow graduate interns, and other career center staff on various special projects and initiatives when appropriate

Internship Timeline

Interns must commit to a three quarter (Fall through Spring) experience, as well as a week-long training experience prior to the start of fall. Participants will begin their experience with thorough training and shadowing and receive supervision, feedback, and professional development throughout the internship.​​​