Career Resources & Support
The DeSales Career Development Center is your one-stop shop for guidance, tools, resources and more. No matter where you’re at in college or where you want to take your professional career, we’re here to help you forge your path and find your calling.
Your career goals are all your own. We'll help you craft a career plan that's as individual as you are.
- One-on-one career coaching
- Resume and cover letter development
- Interview guidance and practice
- Career Development and Planning Class (3 credit Elective)
- Internships and job shadow program
- Personality, interests, skills, and work values assessments
Networking is an important skill when it comes to uncovering opportunities. As you look to develop your career, you’ll want to know lots of people in your field and how to interact with potential employers and co-workers. The Career Development Center offers:
- Career and Internship Fairs
- Etiquette Dinners
- Company Site Visits
- On-Campus Information Sessions
- Alumni Networking Events
Job and Graduate School Preparation
There are endless career paths you can take after graduating from DeSales, including graduate school or full-time employment. The Career Development Center is here to help guide you along the way:
- On-campus interviews
- Graduate school application assistance
- Personal statement development
- Access to job postings and employer contacts
- Job search assistance
- Salary negotiation and job acceptance
Externships are a short-term shadowing experience. Starting your first year, you can explore a career path of interest by spending a day at work with a DSU Alumni. Externships allow you to learn more about a career field or work environment. If you make a good impression, it could open the door to future opportunities (internship, summer job, etc.).
Field study is typically done through your academic department, for academic credit, and is sometimes required for certain majors. Consult your academic department to see if field studies are offered or required.
InternshipsInternships are hands-on experiences which can help you learn more about different careers, build your resume and develop connections. So many DSU students have had successful internships that have led to full-time positions. Whether paid, un-paid, full-time, part-time for credit or not; internships are essential before graduation
Leadership & Involvement
Leadership and involvement in student and community organizations is viewed very favorably by employers, and is sometimes considered an essential qualification for certain types of work and career paths. You don't have to be president to be a leader. You could be the volunteer recruiter, the fundraising chair, or an event planner. The important things are what you accomplish and the skills you use and develop.
Part-Time & Summer Jobs
Part-time and summer jobs can be important ways to get experience; a job does not have to be labeled as an internship to be valuable. What's important are the job's relevance to your career field or industry, the skills you develop, and the level of responsibility you earn.
Undergraduate research is usually a one-on-one arrangement between you and a faculty member and typically is done for academic credit. However, some organizations, such as research centers, also offer these programs, and students apply just as you might apply for an internship. Professors may advertise undergraduate research opportunities, but don't wait for this to happen. If you're interested, approach professors whose research topics interest you. Undergraduate research is strongly recommended for students who are thinking about applying to graduate school.
Volunteering can be a great way to get a foot in the door of an organization or career field. Volunteer work can be something you do as an individual, or something you do as part of a club or organization. You can develop skills and experience for your resume and thus it can be a stepping stone to help you get other kinds of experience.