Career planning at the undergraduate level is a multi-part process that students should begin thinking about early on at the college. Different disciplines will necessitate different approaches, but there are resources that most students can take advantage of.
Career Development and Internships
The Office of Career Development and Internships, located in Frese Hall 213 is open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm with additional evening hours from 5pm-7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Career Development has a staff of career counselors that can help you begin the path to your career. It’s a great place to get help choosing a major, to seek out career counseling, to look for internships, and to get advice on your résumé or cover letter.
The Office of Career Development also brings recruiters and employers to campus through their eRecruiting process which allows students to be interviewed for jobs right on campus. Employers and speakers also come to the college for Career Development sponsored events over the course of the year.
Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Experience
The Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Education (UR/ME) program at QC supports activities in which undergraduates and faculty collaborate on research or other scholarly or creative work. The program is funded by the Office of the Provost and managed by the Center for Teaching and Learning, in consultation with the UR/ME organizing committee.
Speaking with faculty
Faculty in the classroom and the department can be great sources of information to students who are beginning to explore a field. Departments house faculty advisers who can assist students with navigating the major, but also in beginning the process of planning for after graduation. Students can also attend office hours of their professors
Department linked internships and independent study
Some departments on campus offer course credit for off-campus internships that can be applied as credit within that major. Students should seek out departments they may be interested in pursuing internship credit with for more information.
Other departments also offer independent study courses for credit where students can work with a faculty member to design a semester-long course of study
Participate in student activities
Participating in activities, clubs, and organizations at the undergraduate level is a great way for students to develop skills that may come in handy after graduation. They also show initiative on the part of the student and employers will see applicants with multiple interests.
Students should consult the getting involved page for more information about activities on campus.