We know that faculty and staff are often the first people a student will ask about career-related issues. Student Services is here to help support your students in their career development. We work with students individually as well as teach classes to help them explore career paths, develop internship/job search tools (résumé, cover letter, portfolio, and interview skills), and learn effective search strategies.
We've compiled a list of questions that you've told us you hear most frequently, and we've added basic answers to help you while you're talking with your student.
What is the difference between a job, internship, practicum, and volunteer work?
Please see the Student Resources page for definitions of each. You will also find information about compensation, earning academic credit, liability, insurance, searching for openings, etc.
An employer contacted me and is looking to advertise his internship (or job) opening to College of Design students. How can he do this?
Internship and job postings can be posted to DuckConnect, an online database of opportunities available exclusively to College of Design students and alumni. Students can search the database 24/7 for internship and job postings that match their skills and interests.
You are welcome to direct the employer to DuckConnect where the opportunity can be posted. If the employer has questions about the system or would like to connect with our office, please have them connect with staff in Student Services.
My office has a part-time on-campus job we would like to advertise to students.
Part-time on-campus jobs can be posted to the Student Jobs System, hosted by the UO Career Center. You can either post directly to the system or contact the Career Center for more information: 541-346-3235.
A student just asked that I supervise her for an internship she has secured. Is there a contract available for the student and internship supervisor?
Student Services has developed an Internship Learning Agreement that you can offer to your student that helps you, the student, and the site supervisor define roles, expectations, learning goals, and liability. Please encourage the student to use this agreement to navigate this experience.
What resources are available for a student who wants to find an internship or gain some sort of professional experience before she graduates?
When reviewing résumés to hire new graduates, employers highly value internship and leadership experience gained by students while earning their degree. Student Services works with students to show them resources and teach them strategies to help them locate opportunities. Students can schedule an appointment with an advisor. For students who would prefer learning about this information in a more structured environment, we offer an Internship Prep course.
What resources are available for a student who needs to find a job (part-time or full-time)?
Student Services works with students to show them resources and teach them strategies to help them locate employment opportunities. Students can schedule an appointment with an advisor or drop by our office for assistance. For students searching for full-time work who would prefer learning in a more structured environment, Student Services offers an online Job Search Strategies course every term.
Are there resources to help students develop résumés, cover letters, portfolios, and interviewing skills?
Student Services advisors are available to coach students in one-on-one meetings to help them develop internship/job search materials as well as practice interviewing. Students can schedule an appointment. Student Services maintains information on our website to help students get started with résumés, cover letters, portfolios, and interviewing skills. For students who would prefer learning about this information in a more structured environment, we offer an Internship Prep course and an Interview Skills course.
I'm working with a student who wants to explore options after graduation. What resources are available?
Students pursuing work related to their major can benefit from your expertise in this area of work. However, there are many students who choose to explore career paths that are somewhat related or totally different from the field that they studied.
In addition to the knowledge you share with the student, Student Services advisors are available to meet individually with students to help them assess their interests and skills, and link them to various career paths. We'll teach students various strategies for exploring the world of work and getting connected to professionals in the community to help them learn about and decide on their path forward after gradation.
Students can schedule an appointment. If the student would prefer a structured learning experience to explore career options, we offer a Career Exploration course each term.
I have a student struggling with which major to declare. What resources are available?
Students may be experiencing difficulty with this choice for a variety of reasons: fear of making the wrong decision, uncertain they will be able to secure employment after graduation, family expectations to choose a certain course of study.
Student Services advisors are available to meet with students individually to explore and develop a strategy to move them forward. Students are welcome to schedule an appointment to discuss their individual situation.
Other Ways Student Services Can Help
If you have a planned absence this term and need to cancel class for that week.
Student Services would like to invite you not to cancel your class. Instead, invite one of our advisors to present to your class on a career-related topic to help your students move toward their post-graduation goals. You can choose a topic that is most relevant to your class: exploring career paths within a particular discipline, résumé writing, interviewing, how to find an internship/job, etc. Please contact Student Services at 541-346-2621 or email@example.com to discuss details.
You would like a presentation for your class to help students in their career development.
The Student Services team is very interested in visiting classes to educate students on career-related topics. Many students are so focused on academics that they put off preparing their post-graduation plans until their last year. Presenting to a class increases our outreach to students to help them prepare for life after college. You can choose a topic that is most relevant to your class: exploring career paths within a particular discipline, résumé writing, interviewing, how to find an internship/job, etc. Please contact Student Services at 541-346-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details.
You know of an alum or another professional that has an interest in assisting students with their career.
Current students can benefit greatly from talking with professionals in their field of interest. Student Services coordinates an online database of professionals who are eager to assist students in a variety of ways. Contact Student Services at 541-346-2621 or email@example.com to learn more.