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Career Services

Career Services fosters relationships with employers to facilitate employment opportunities to students and alumni for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. We combine one-on-one career advising with the latest in career-related technology, including an internet-based system for professional, internship, and part-time openings and resume referrals.

Scheduling an Appointment:

If you are a student, you may schedule an appointment online by simply clicking here and selecting Career Services under Services. You will then see the available time slots on the calendar, and choose the day and time that works best for you.

Alumni, services are available to you for life. If you are thinking of switching careers or would like to opt to a higher-level position in your organization, we are here to help you design your job search strategy and ultimately land that position. Simply contact our office by phone (305-628-6577) or email (careerservices@stu.edu) to schedule an appointment.

Diversity Statement

Career Services serves as a comprehensive resource for ethnic minority students, women, and disabled clients as it relates to their career development. We support and offer an array of programs and services that provide employers with highly skilled and diverse candidates. We practice and promote the value and respect of diverse individuals and underrepresented groups such as race, nationality, gender, socioeconomic status, education, physical ability, age, faith, and geographic origin.

Good luck in your job search! We look forward to supporting you in your job search as STU continues “developing leaders for life.”

Sincerely,

Career Services
Tel: 305-628-6577
E-mail: careerservices@stu.edu

Services available to students and Alumni:

Student Self – Assessment
Focus 2 is a Career Assessment tool, which aligns student’s feedback and responses to the University’s programs of study, and provides students with career exploration options. Upon completion of the assessment, the student meets face-to-face with a Career Coach to go over the results and identify potential programs of study. You may find Focus 2 here. First-time users need to enter the self-access code bobcats to create an account.
What Can I do with this Major

Finally, a convenient website that helps you connect majors with careers. For each major that interests you, choose either the PDF or HTML version to find an outline of common career areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. Choose Links to find a list of websites that provide information about listed majors and related careers.Keep in mind that the information sheets and websites are representative of typical career paths associated with each major and not a comprehensive list. You may want to explore information and websites from multiple majors to help you learn about a wide range of career opportunities.

Disclaimer: Please note that the websites listed under Links are not maintained by the Career Center but are provided as a convenience to students.

Major Areas of Employment, Employers and Strategies Links
Job search assistance (On and off-campus)

On-Campus Students may be eligible to participate in the federal or STU work-study program, or work with one of the campus vendors. Schedule an appointment to learn more about these opportunities.

Off-Campus Students have access to job postings, internships, volunteer opportunities, and more through our career management tool – Handshake. Sign in at https://stu.joinhandshake.com.

Use your STU username and password to log into the system. If you experience technical issues, please contact Handshake’s support team at support@joinhandshake.com.

It is strongly recommended that a student have his/her résumé critiqued, before applying to jobs to ensure the résumé is professional. Students will find professional full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. Résumé referral services will be provided on a one-on-one basis based on the student/alumni interest and profile.

Alumni, whether you are looking for the next step in your career or interested in recruiting from your alma mater, we are here to help you through the process 24/7! Our career management tool, Handshake, makes it easy for you. Simply contact the Career Services Office at 305.628.6577 or email us at careerservices@stu.edu and we will open a Handshake account for you with your personal email address. If you are looking to recruit our talented students and alumni, then log into https://su.joinhandshake.com and click on Employers to create a profile and start recruiting fellow Bobcats. If you experience technical issues, please contact Handshake’s support team at support@joinhandshake.com.

Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat!
For a list of job search engines, click here.

Internships and Experiential Learning

Information for Students

What is an internship?

An internship should present students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned inside of the classroom to real work situations – the work assigned is directly related to the students’ course of study. Internships should provide practical “hands-on” training, enabling students to build on their skills and employers to train students in their operations and to recognize prospective hires.

Why do an internship?

  • Build your skills
  • Enhance your resume

Experience greatly increases your opportunity for employment. Employers look for entry-level candidates to have some relevant experience. Internships (for-credit or non-credit), summer jobs, or volunteer service opportunities allow you to acquire this critical experience. Employers often offer full-time entry-level positions to their past/current interns. Some companies hire 80-90% of their interns after they graduate! Your resume may be one of a pile you should prepare yourself to stand out from the crowd!

Explore a Career

Not only does relevant work experience augment your resume (and hence, your marketability), any opportunity that gives you an inside look into a particular profession also serves to give you necessary information about whether to follow it as a career. It’s one thing to read about a field, another to shadow someone else doing it, and yet another to do it yourself! Some fields are easier to explore than others. Obviously, you can’t perform surgery to “test it out” before studying to be a surgeon, but you may be allowed to observe a surgery and experience other aspects of a profession, working environment, or lifestyle.

Networking

Your experience working at the side of other professionals in your field of interest may be stepping stones to your future. Knowing the right people can help you get to the next step. This is especially true for some of the toughest career fields to enter, such as broadcasting.

Students are encouraged to complete an internship during their program of study. For some majors (business), it is a requirement. Students may be exposed to other experiential learning opportunities, such as shadowing experiences, mentoring, volunteering, etc.

Steps to Follow:

  1. Contact the designated Academic Advisor to register for the internship course;
  2. Meet with Ms. Cristina C. López, Director of Career Services (305.628.6577, cclopez@stu.edu), to start the process of searching for the internship and preparing the application materials (résumé, cover letter, etc.);
  3. Complete applications to several internships;
  4. Interview with company representatives;
  5. Once the internship has been secured, the student will notify both the designated Academic Advisor and Ms. López of the internship placement, including contact information of internship supervisor and internship duties.
  6. International students cannot engage in an internship / CPT (Curricular Practical Training), without first meeting with the International Student Advisor for immigration approval. Please contact Mr. Jerry Debe, Assistant Director of International Student & Scholar Services, 305.474.6008, jdebe@stu.edu.

The student is required to start the process of finding an internship one semester prior to the desired start date. Download and complete the Internship Application.

Access internships on a couple of platforms:

Handshake: Handshake is a career management tool for students and alumni seeking internship and job opportunities. Students may log in using their STU email and password. Alumni should call or email us (305-628-6577, careerservices@stu.edu) with your personal email to request to get an account created. If you experience technical issues while logging into Handshake, please contact Handshake’s support team at support@joinhandshake.com.

Talent Development Network (TDN): Linking students with industry, The Talent Development Network is an innovative economic and career development program that matches Miami-Dade students with paid internship positions in local companies. To view a list of current positions, click on: http://home.tdnmiami.com/students/

Career Expos

Career Expos are hosted on-campus bringing a variety of employers twice a year, in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Wednesday, September 26th, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Goldbloom Convocation Hall (University Library, 1st floor)

STU Students & Alumni:

  • Bring plenty of résumés;
  • Research the companies that will be at the Career Expo;
  • Dress to impress (business attire is a MUST, especially for juniors and seniors, graduate students, and alumni);
  • FREE business cards for the first 100 students to RSVP for the event by 11:55 PM Sept. 18th at https://stu.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/7226/student_preview;
  • FREE headshots for students to use for their LinkedIn profiles (between 12:15pm and 1:30pm);
  • Mobile unit by CareerSource South Florida located by the 32nd Ave entrance – get a final review of your résumé before going into the Career Expo!

 

 Employers:

Wednesday, February 20th ,2019 11:00am – 2:00pm, Goldbloom Convocation Hall (University Library, 1st floor)

Career Resources
Numerous electronic and hard copy resources on a variety of career-related topics are available to students and alumni.
Career Workshops and Class Visits
Career Services staff present on a variety of topics designed to enhance students’ work readiness and employability skills. They conduct workshops and visit classrooms to do specific-topic presentations.
Mock Interviews
Students can do one-on-one mock interviews with a Career Coach. In addition, we utilize the InterviewStream software for online interviews.InterviewStream prepares job-seekers for entering the workforce by developing the soft skills they need to land their dream job. You may find InterviewStream here. Contact your Career Services team to request an online interview set-up based on the major or industry of your choice.
Interview Questions
The 109 Typical Job Interview Questions
Please visit Career Services to get the other 59 interview questions.
1.How would you describe yourself?
2. What specific goals, including those related to your occupation, have you established for your life?
3. How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?
4. Please describe the ideal job for you following graduation.
5. What influenced you to choose this career?
6. At what point did you choose this career?
7. What specific goals have you established for your career?
8. What will it take to attain your goals, and what steps have you taken toward attaining them?
9. What do you think it takes to be successful in this career?
10. How do you determine or evaluate success? Give me an example of one of your successful accomplishments.
11. Do you have the qualifications and personal characteristics necessary for success in your chosen career?
12. What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?
13. If you could do so, how would you plan your college career differently?
14. Are you more energized by working with data or by collaborating with other individuals?
15. How would you describe yourself in terms of your ability to work as a member of a team?
16. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
17. Given the investment our company will make in hiring and training you, can you give us a reason to hire you?
18. Would you describe yourself as goal-driven?
19. Describe what you’ve accomplished toward reaching a recent goal for yourself.
20. What short-term goals and objectives have you established for yourself?
21. Can you describe your long-range goals and objectives?
22. What do you expect to be doing in five years?
23. What do you see yourself doing in ten years?
24. How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict?
25. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor or instructor? How did you resolve the conflict?
26. Tell me about a major problem you recently handled. Were you successful in resolving it?
27. Would you say that you can easily deal with high-pressure situations?
28. What quality or attribute do you feel will most contribute to your career success?
29. What personal weakness has caused you the greatest difficulty in school or on the job? 30. What were your reasons for selecting your college or university?
31. If you could change or improve anything about your college, what would it be?
32. How will the academic program and coursework you’ve taken benefit your career?
33. Which college classes or subjects did you like best? Why?
34. Are you the type of student for whom conducting independent research has been a positive experience?
35. Describe the type of professor that has created the most beneficial learning experience for you.
36. Do you think that your grades are an indication of your academic achievement?
37. What plans do you have for continued study? An advanced degree?
38. Before you can make a productive contribution to the company, what degree of training do you feel you will require?
39. Describe the characteristics of a successful manager.
40. Why did you decide to seek a position in this field?
41. Tell me what you know about our company.
42. Why did you decide to seek a position in this company?
43. Do you have a geographic preference?
44. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
45. Would it be a problem for you to relocate?
46. To what extent would you be willing to travel for the job?
47. Which is more important to you, the job itself or your salary?
48. What level of compensation would it take to make you happy?
49. Tell me about the salary range you’re seeking.
50. Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way?Source:
Quintessential Careers – DeLand, FL 32720
Home Page: http://www.quintcareers.com
Email: randall@quintcareers.com
On-Campus Recruitment
Employers visit our campus to recruit talent for their organizations to fill internship and employment opportunities.
Graduate school guidance
We provide information on entrance exams, individual advising and assistance with students’ application materials.

Services available to employers:

Job and Internship Postings

We are excited to offer to you the opportunity to advertise your employment opportunities (full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary positions, etc.) as well as other experiential learning opportunities (internships, community service, volunteer positions) to the students and alumni of St. Thomas University – free of charge.

To do so, simply complete your profile and start posting your positions on our career management tool, Handshake, at https://stu.joinhandshake.com . If you experience technical issues, please contact Handshake’s support team at support@joinhandshake.com

Thank you for your valuable partnership with St. Thomas University!

Sincerely,
Your Career Services team
Telephone: 305-628-6577
E-mail: careerservices@stu.edu

Setting up an Internship Program

Information for Employers

What is an internship?
An internship should present students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned inside of the classroom to real work situations – the work assigned is directly related to the students’ course of study. Internships should provide practical “hands-on” training, enabling students to build on their skills and employers to train students in their operations and to recognize prospective hires.

Who is eligible for an internship or Experiential Learning experience?
Internships are open to all full-time registered undergraduate students who are in good academic standing (GPA of 2.25/2.5 for Sports Administration) and have been at the University for at least two semesters; transfer students, one semester. International students must meet with Mrs. Adriana Menke for eligibility determination before participating in an internship experience. Eligibility requirements vary depending on degree program. Please see your Program Coordinator or Academic Advisor to verify your academic status and internship requirements.

When can I participate in an internship?
Most students accept an internship project during an academic year or term, working approximately 20 hours/week while attending classes, 8-15 weeks during an academic semester. Some employers also offer internships during the summer months, usually full-time. Typically, internships are a 3 or 6 month commitment. Some programs of study may have their own duration and prerequisite requirements. Please see your Faculty Advisor or Program Coordinator for more details.

Is an intern considered an employee?
Employment laws do not necessarily use the term “intern,” nor do they offer a detailed definition of the term “employee.” The courts consider several factors when determining if an intern is, in fact, an employee. The greatest emphasis is placed upon the extent to which the employer reins the manner and means by which interns complete their assigned tasks. It is highly unlikely that most interns would not be considered to be employees; therefore, the employer is responsible for paying payroll taxes on the intern’s salary as well as providing the intern with the same legal protections as other employees, such as eligibility for workers’ compensation.

Must I pay an intern?
This depends on whether the intern is considered a “learner/trainee” under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has developed criteria to aid employers in differentiating between an intern entitled to minimum wage and a learner/trainee who, although an employee, may be unpaid. Some key points:

  • Learner/trainees cannot displace regular employees
  • Learner/trainees are not guaranteed employment at the end of their assignment
  • Learner/trainees are aware that they are not entitled to regular wages during the internship*
  • Learner/trainees must obtain hands-on training that primarily benefits the student – not the company
    Note:  stipends and tuition assistance are not considered payment of wages for the purpose of determining whether a student is an employee.

For more information, please review the fact sheet by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division at: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf.

When is the intern considered an unpaid volunteer?
The DOL regulations define “volunteer” as someone providing services to a public agency for civic, humanitarian or charitable reasons without the anticipation of being paid for services rendered. An intern at a for-profit company does not fit this definition.

Is an intern entitled to workers’ compensation?
Some state statues exclude interns from coverage, while others do not necessarily specify whether an intern is entitled to coverage or not. For those states, typically, an intern’s donation to a company is sufficient to establish employee status with the participating company for workers’ compensation purposes, regardless of whether the intern is unpaid, paid or receives a stipend.

If you do not currently have an internship program and need guidance on setting one up, we can help you! We designed this brochure to help you.

Feel free to call us at 305-625-6577 to get started on setting up an internship program at your organization today!

Recruiting at St. Thomas University
We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus and offer a variety of recruiting platforms to fit your needs: class presentations, company workshops, tabling opportunities, Career Expos (Fall and Spring semesters), etc. Let us know what works best for you!
Career Workshops
Interested in developing the workforce of tomorrow? Let us know your area of expertise and we can coordinate your visit to campus. Topics include, but are not limited to, creating a winning résumé, cover letters, LinkedIn, interview preparation, soft skills, bridging the skills gap, dress for success, office etiquette, and more.

 

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Meet the staff

Francois

Marsha Francois
CareerSource South Florida Center Manager
(305)474-6880
MFrancois5@STU.EDU

Christina Lopez

Karina Cabrera, MSIO
Career Services Coordinator
(305)474-6928 ·
karina@stu.edu

Location
Student Success Center
(Dooner Hall 105 & 107 )
Hours
Mon.-Fri. 9:00am – 5:00pm
 
 
Contact Info
Phone (305) 628-6577
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