Why Intern With The Center For Career Development?

Participating in a paid internship at the Center for Career Development is a great way to grow your résumé, enhance your personal and professional development skills, and build relationships that can open doors to future career paths and job opportunities. Whether you have already started mapping out your future career path or are still exploring options, the Center for Career Development has a variety of internship opportunities that can help bridge the connection between your academic and career interests. Throughout the year-long internship, Career Center interns will participate in a variety of structured professional development activities and workshops and receive performance feedback, career coaching, and mentoring from individual supervisors and Center for Career Development staff.

The Center for Career Development is committed to creating an inclusive environment that encourages innovation and supports the communities and individuals it serves. We strongly encourage the participation of individuals from all social identities such as race, color, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, age, national origin, ancestry, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, and gender identity or expression, as well as various life experiences and perspectives, military service, and past and current employment.

Who Can Apply for an Internship?

Current undergraduate students at the Storrs campus who have completed at least 24 credit hours by the end of the Spring 2021 semester and meet a minimum 2.75 GPA requirement are encouraged to apply. In addition, all applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications and requirements for consideration.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to interact and build relationships with a variety of populations including students, employers, university partners, faculty, staff, alumni, and more
  • A commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for students from all identities, experiences, and backgrounds
  • Excellent oral, written, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Exhibit self-confidence and take independent initiative when required
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team of peers and professionals
  • Be adaptable and flexible to shift priorities and projects as business needs arise
  • Demonstrate attributes of a positive role model and serve as a brand ambassador for the Center for Career Development
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism and adhere to all the policies and regulations of the Center for Career Development and the University of Connecticut

Requirements:

  • Be able to commit to at least 10 hours per week for the full 2021-2022 academic year with flexibility to work additional hours as needed. Work will primarily occur during standard business hours of 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM however some evening and/or weekend hours may be required
  • Work schedules will be determined by the project area supervisor based on class schedule and the needs and expectations of the Center for Career Development
  • Be fully available for mandatory training occurring the last two weeks in August prior to the start of classes. Inability to commit to the training timeframe will result in disqualification from internship consideration
  • Must commit to two full semesters of employment and cannot be participating in a simultaneous internship, applying for study abroad, or plan to hold a campus leadership position that would prevent the applicant from fully committing to the mandatory two-week training or perform the full duties of a Center for Career Development intern
  • Responsive to occasional email/phone communication during non-working hours, including semester breaks
  • Starting hourly pay rate for new interns for the Fall 2021 semester will be $14.40

Internship Opportunities

Each academic year, the Center for Career Development employs over 20 talented interns to fulfill various roles that support the daily operations of the office as well as the programming and career coaching services offered to UConn students. During the application process, applicants will be asked to select one or two project areas of interest that correlate with their desired internship. These project areas are meant to complement individual career interests as well as the overall internship experience with the Career Center. To view the list of internship and project area opportunities currently available at the Center for Career Development, please refer to the application process section below.

  • Career Consulting and Services Internship

    Career Consulting and Services interns serve as paraprofessionals who fulfill various roles to support the student and guest operations of the Center for Career Development as well as facilitate career coaching services like résumé critiques and practice interviews.

    Front End Operations
    In this project area, you will play an integral role in the day-to-day front-end operations of the Center for Career Development and ensure a friendly first and last impression for all guests. You will help direct in-person foot traffic and respond to phone inquiries by answering questions about the career center or making referrals as needed. You will assist with opening and closing procedures, help facilitate the appointment scheduling process, and contribute to team initiatives by completing career-related projects and assignments.

    Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:

      • Convey an outgoing, positive attitude
      • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills toward a wide array of guests
      • Ability to multitask and work under pressure
      • Be reliable, punctual, personable, and people-oriented
      • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
      • Knowledge of Handshake is a plus

     

    Career Resource Support
    In this project area, you will support the Center for Career Development intern program and peer-to-peer consulting services program (i.e. undergraduate résumé critiques and practice interviews) by providing administrative support on a variety of projects. In addition, you may be asked to conduct internet research, create and update career development documents and resources, and assist in gathering and analyzing data regarding the peer-to-peer consulting services to make recommendations based on trends and appointment usage.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Proactive work ethic and excellent organizational and research skills
        • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
        • Knowledge of Handshake is a plus

     

    Practice Interviews
    In this project area, you will conduct practice interviews with current students and recent alumni. You will undergo specific training on best practices for interviewing, including how to successfully prepare, communicate, and answer common interview questions. In addition, you may also be asked to complete projects as needed to support the development of the Practice Interview Program and facilitate presentations to classes and student groups on interview-related topics and techniques.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Demonstrated experience providing constructive feedback
        • Ability to summarize and synthesize information
        • Proficiency with virtual meeting software (Google Meet, WebEx, Zoom, etc.)
        • Excellent customer service skills toward a wide array of guests
  • Operations, Technology, and Data Internship

    Operations, Technology, and Data interns provide hands-on support to the daily business operations and performance assessment of the Center for Career Development and its web-based resources.

    Business Operations
    In this project area, you will directly support the Center for Career Development’s Administrative Services Specialist and Fiscal Officer in the creation and maintenance of documented department procedures. You will help support administrative duties in database management and assist with budgetary reviews, analysis, reconciliations, and forecasting. In addition, you will support processes of inventory control and asset management, records compliance, organization and maintenance of confidential files and records, facilities-related issues, and troubleshoot IT-related projects as needed.

    Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:

      • Prior administrative, data entry, and analysis experience
      • Able to understand financial statements and assess/evaluate data via use of computer reporting
      • Proficient in Microsoft Windows Operating Systems including Outlook, Word, and Excel and knowledge of spreadsheets
      • Exhibit professional judgement in assessing levels of confidentiality and dissemination of information
      • Ability to multitask and shift priorities as needed

     

    Assessment and Technology
    In this project area, you will directly contribute to the assessment and growth of the Center for Career Development’s various technology platforms including Handshake, Husky Mentor Network, Focus2, and more. You will provide assistance in managing administrative tasks within these platforms, as well as analyze usage trends and engagement rates of online resources. You will have a hands-on role in helping to analyze data, compile reports and presentation materials, and make recommendations regarding Center for Career Development services based on internal trends and results.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Convey an outgoing, positive attitude
        • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills toward a wide array of guests
        • Ability to multitask and work under pressure
        • Be reliable, punctual, personable, and people-oriented
        • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
        • Experience manipulating and interpreting data in Excel
        • Knowledge of Handshake is a plus

     

    Web Development
    In this project area, you will support the Associate Director of Operations in the development and implementation of Center for Career Development digital campaigns and strategies. You will help to build and maintain the career center’s website as well as evaluate code and web-based content to ensure compatibility with all browsers, devices, and operating systems. In addition, you will help test software performance and create electronic backups for easy information recovery in the event of unexpected problems or loss of data.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Strong analytical skills
        • Ability to proactively identify problems, evaluate options, and recommend solutions
        • Proficiency with various operating systems and web development/programming software
  • Outreach and Engagement Internship

    Outreach and Engagement interns directly contribute to the strategic vision of the Center for Career Development by cultivating and maintaining important relationships with on- and off-campus partners, have a direct impact in fostering an inclusive and positive career-development experience, and establishing a community-wide culture of “Career Everywhere”.

    Careers for the Common Good
    In this project area, you will work closely with the Center for Career Development, Human Rights Institute and Community Outreach to coordinate events and resources for Careers for the Common Good (CCG) programming. You will be responsible for developing relationships and conducting outreach with CCG-related organizations on and off-campus, identifying new opportunities and resources for students, updating the CCG website with applicable information and more. You will also aid in the planning, preparation, and day-of activities for the annual Non-Profit & Public Service Career Fair, promote CCG events and related offerings through marketing and social media outlets, and deliver CCG-related presentations to classes, student groups, and during faculty/staff meetings when requested.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Proactive work ethic and ability to summarize and synthesize information
        • Excellent social media skills (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
        • Experience with Microsoft Excel is a plus

     

    College to Career Transitions
    This project area is a good fit for a student who is in their last year of coursework/within one year of graduation. In this project area, you will support collaborations between the Center for Career Development and university partners (primarily student clubs and organizations) and promote career center programs through on-campus outreach and presentations, with a focus on essential career skills and the post-UConn transition. You will conduct research using LinkedIn and generate ideas through benchmarking with other institutions and contribute to additional responsibilities including survey development, data management, student-facing written communications (e.g., blog posts, emails), and career related resource development.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Advanced organizational and research skills
        • Demonstrated experience manipulating data in Excel
        • Familiarity using networking/social media platforms (e.g., YouTube, LinkedIn)
        • Demonstrated experience manipulating data in Excel
        • Experience in survey development software (i.e. Qualtrics) is a plus

     

    CLAS Career Ambassador Program
    In this project area, you will lead the CLAS Career Ambassador Program, a program designed to spread awareness of the Center to CLAS students, by overseeing 3-5 fellow student ambassadors. Specific leadership responsibilities will include designing and assigning projects for each ambassador, scheduling office hours and event coverage based on ambassador schedules, developing agendas for and leading bi-weekly team meetings, holding periodic one-on-one meetings with the ambassadors, and more. In addition, you will maintain regular communication with the CLAS team within the Center for Career Development to proactively identify events and projects for the ambassadors to become involved in as well as recruit and train new CLAS Career Ambassadors.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior pursuing a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Storrs campus
        • Excellent organizational and time management skills
        • Innovative and enthusiastic thought process to generate new ideas related to the needs of CLAS students
        • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
        • Prior experience as a CLAS Career Ambassador is strongly preferred

     

    CLAS Career Initiatives
    In this project area, you will develop and execute strategies to increase the engagement with College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) students in career initiatives. You will help create and deliver CLAS-specific events, programs, and other resources as well as promote existing career center programs through various forms of on-campus outreach to CLAS students, faculty, and staff. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to tracking and analyzing data, writing blog posts, and conduct research/benchmarking using LinkedIn, Handshake, and other online platforms.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Excellent organizational and research skills
        • Demonstrated experience manipulating and analyzing data in Microsoft Excel
        • Familiarity using LinkedIn and Handshake

     

    Corporate Partner Relations
    In this project area you will maintain collaborative relationships with top employers to ensure they are connected to talented UConn students for internship, co-op and full-time hiring needs. You will be responsible for researching and updating the Handshake database to generate employer leads and source various organizations and industries to find job postings for students. In addition, you will assist in the preparation of the fall, spring, and internship and Co-op career fairs and support coordination and scheduling of employer events like info sessions, tabling events, and on campus interviews.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Excellent time management and customer service skills
        • Strong problem solving and teamwork skills
        • Experience with Microsoft Excel functions and pivot tables as well as creating PowerPoint presentations

     

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    In this project area you will work closely with the Center for Career Development’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee chairperson to develop innovative and thoughtful methods of supporting the career development process for individuals of various identities, experiences, and backgrounds within the UConn community. You will help to implement and evaluate DE&I goals and initiatives though research/benchmarking, data analysis, and participation in DE&I Committee meetings and Town Halls.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Advanced organizational and research skills
        • Demonstrated experience manipulating data in Excel
        • Ability to navigate challenging situations and discussion topics and maintain confidential/sensitive information

     

    Career and Affinity Communities
    In this project area you will support the Center for Career Development’s Career and Affinity Communities initiatives to provide students with specialized industry- and identity-focused content. You will play a pivotal role in creating, writing, and sharing informative blogs related to each community as well as conduct timely research on relevant events and job opportunities. Additional project work may also include identifying commonly used keywords and trends for SEO purposes and conducting outreach to alumni and campus partners.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Advanced organizational and research skills
        • Demonstrated writing and proofreading skills with knowledge of how to properly site and credit sources
        • Familiarity with inclusive writing best practices and methods
        • Strong attention to detail
        • Ability to quickly learn and utilize new technology
        • Proactively identify content needs and gaps to recommend new topics

     

    Career Everywhere
    In this project area you will support collaborations between the Center for Career Development and university partners, primarily career champions, through the Career Everywhere program. You will play a pivotal role in helping to create, prepare for, and facilitate Career Everywhere-specific events, programs, and other resources as well as promote existing career center programs through various forms of on-campus outreach to Career Champions and students. In addition, you will also have an opportunity to develop and analyze surveys that will help track the progress and accomplishments of the Career Champion program.

    • Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:
        • Advanced organizational and research skills
        • Demonstrated experience manipulating data in Excel
        • Experience in survey development software (i.e. Qualtrics) is a plus
        • Familiarity with Handshake, Husky Mentor Network, and Spark is a plus
  • Program Development and Marketing Internship

    Program Development and Marketing interns will directly contribute to the development, design, and implementation of Center for Career Development programming and marketing initiatives.

    Programming
    In this project area you will have a hands-on role in the development, implementation, and evaluation of career-related programs, workshops, and events. You will support the programming team by assisting in the creation and facilitation of in-person and virtual presentations on career-related topics, writing content for newsletters and blogs, as well as aiding in the organization and assessment of presentation materials and program attendance.

    Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:

      • Experience with Excel
      • Excellent public speaking, organizational, and time-management skills
      • Computer programming and coding skills are not required for this project area

     

    Graphic Design
    In this project area, you will assist the marketing team in conceptualizing and designing marketing collateral for Center for Career Development programs, events, and initiatives. You will work on assignments that will include the creation of flyers, posters, large-scale banners, bus advertisements, social media imagery, and more.

    Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:

        • Ability to provide a portfolio of at least 3-5 design samples showcasing graphic design skills
        • Ability to demonstrate proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator
        • Photography, photo editing, and video skills are a plus

     

    Graphics/Illustration Specialist
    In this project area you will assist the digital marketing team in conceptualizing and creating various animations for the Center for Career Development. You will consult with the Publicity and Marketing Administrator as well as the Associate Director of Programming and Internal Relations to develop 2D motion graphics and record voice over audio for use in various explainer videos and other online resources.

    Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:

        • Ability to provide a portfolio of at least 3-5 design samples showcasing animation/design skills
        • Ability to demonstrate proficiency in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator
        • Videography, photography, and photo editing skills are a plus

     

    Marketing Content
    In this project area you will directly contribute to the social media marketing and brand awareness strategies of the Center for Career Development. You will write copy for weekly social posts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn as well as brainstorm content ideas based on current career development trends and Center for Career Development events, initiatives, and partnerships. You may also have the opportunity to design and participate in live social media “takeovers” and engagement activities to connect with the UConn community and promote awareness of the career center.

    Skills Desired- Minimum internship qualifications plus:

          • Ability to provide a portfolio of at least 3-5 writing samples showcasing content creation
          • Excellent storytelling and written communication skills
          • Ability to work on tight timelines and shift priorities as needed
          • Proficiency in Social Media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn

The Application Process

We strongly encourage interested applicants to have their resume critiqued at the Center for Career Development prior to applying.

Required application materials:

  1. Résumé
  2. Center for Career Development Application Form

Interested applicants must be fully available to attend mandatory training the last two weeks in August before the start of classes. In addition, applicants must commit to two full semesters of employment and cannot be participating in a simultaneous internship, applying for study abroad, or plan to hold a campus leadership position that would prevent the applicant from fully committing to the mandatory training or the duties of a Center for Career Development intern. Inability to commit to these requirements will result in disqualification from internship consideration.

All available openings will be posted to UConn’s Student Job Administration System and position descriptions and contact information can be found on our main recruiting system, Handshake. Internship applications will remain open until respective project areas have been filled. We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this fantastic experiential learning opportunity! Incomplete applications will not be accepted.