Career & Personal Development

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COVID 19 Information

Registering for an Internship for the Fall of 2020

To register for a Fall 2020 internship, use the Fillable Internship Contract. As each party completes their section, the contract should be saved. The last 2 signatures required are from the Director of Career and Personal Development and the Dean of Faculty. The completed contract with all relevant internship and academic components and signatures should be sent to the Director at caryn.atwater@greensboro.edu, who will then digitally sign and forward to the Dean of Faculty for his digital signature. The completed contract will then be sent to the Registrar’s Office and the student will be registered for his/her internship.

The usual method in non-COVID 19 times:

  • The intern completes their student information section and the site section information
  • The learning goals and academic components are completed in consultation with your faculty supervisor
  • Several signatures are required from the department chair, school dean, faculty advisor, departmental advisor– my signature and the Dean of Faculty’s signatures will be the last 2 as we need to review the academic portion to ensure there is enough academic rigor
  • Your site supervisor should sign in the site supervisor section. I will also accept an email from your site supervisor if for some reason you cannot secure their signature in person
  • If the Director of Career Development and/or the Dean of Faculty (Dr Rich Mayes) are not available to sign your contract, please leave it with the Registrar’s Office- they will get us to sign it for you
  • The Registrar’s Office will register you for your internship course for the appropriate number of credit hours

​Options For an Internship May Include:

  1. Virtual Internship: The internship host assigns remote projects for a virtual internship. Students should arrange supervision/feedback meetings with their internship host site supervisor prior to beginning the internship, along with project guidelines for their summer experience. Students should communicate these arrangements with their faculty internship course instructor.
  2. In-Person Internship: If #1 is not feasible, the student can choose not to proceed with the internship or continue with the in-person internship. Though not advised, should a student choose to report in-person to their internship site, they must adhere to state COVID-19 directives and CDC guidelines. Also, should such a student elect to pursue a summer 2020 in-person internship, the student does so at their own risk. The student has assumed full responsibility for their well-being.

Site Supervisor Evaluation form

Use this Fillable Evaluation of Student Intern by Site Supervisor to complete your internship evaluation if doing virtually

 

*Due to Covid-19, the Greensboro Police Department will not be hosting any interns for the Fall of 2020. Keep checking their intern page for the Spring of 2021. The deadline to apply is October 1st if they decide to host interns.

 

Job Searching in the Age of Corona Virus Resources

Graduating in the Age of Covid-19 Student Guidebook

COVID-19: Job Market Insights & Job Search Strategies From Experts

How to Handle a Job Search During a Pandemic

How to Find and Get Hired for a Remote Job

What You Can Do Now

1. Pick up a new skill set on Lynda (technical, lab & other soft skills)

2. Learn a second (or third) language

3. Create a website or online portfolio

4. Ask professors if you can help with their research

5. Create a related project for yourself

6. Volunteer (virtually) in the community

  • Manage a website or social media for a local organization
  • Create sample communications/marketing

7. Conduct virtual informational interviews with professionals and GC alums to start building relationships (connect with GC alumni by searching Greensboro College and then selecting Alumni on the left side)

8. Create and/or update your LinkedIn profile and Resume

9. Practice your Interviewing Skills by using StandOut’s virtual interviewing platform. Email caryn.atwater@greensboro.edu for instructions on how to join

10. Assess your Career Competencies

11. Research companies you’re interested in; review mission, vision, core values, and corporate responsibility/philanthropy.

12. Reach out to past employers/professors and seek out professional references

 

Interviewing remotely

Harvard Business Review- How to Nail a Job Interview Remotely

 

Templates for Communicating with Employers

(from the University of Virginia)

Inquiring about status of job/internship:

To Whom It May Concern: (Address to an individual if you have a contact)

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I am writing to inquire on the status of my position with {name of organization}. Has {name of organization} made any changes to the normal operating schedule? Will this affect my status and/or start date? I am excited to start as an {intern/full-time employee} and want to follow any guidelines put in place.

Thank you for any information you can provide; I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

{your name}

Inquiring about status of interview:

To Whom It May Concern: (Address to an individual if you have a contact)

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I am writing to inquire on the status of my interview with {name of organization}. Will this take place as scheduled in-person, or is there an option for a virtual interview? I am excited for the opportunity to speak with you, but want to follow any organizational guidelines put in place.

Thank you for any information you can provide; I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

{your name}

Requesting alternative options:

To Whom It May Concern:(Address to an individual if you have a contact)

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I am writing to inquire on options for remote work for my {internship/full-time position} beginning on {date}. In my personal situation, I have health concerns (for myself/for family members) and need to follow more strict guidelines when exposing myself to potential risks. I am very excited at the opportunity to work for {name of organization} and hope we can mutually agree on a plan of action.

Thank you for any information you can provide; I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

{your name}

 

graduate and professional school placement testing

It looks like the MCAT is currently canceled

Career Services for Students

Email is the best way to contact me if you have questions. I can do Zoom meetings if you would like for me to do a screen share, which can be helpful if you have questions like how to search for an internship or use LinkedIn or even going over your resume virtually.

Career Services for Employers

Email is the best way to contact me if you have questions. Please email me at caryn.atwater@greensboro.edu with any requests you may have.

 

 


Where Are You Going?

In keeping with the mission of Greensboro College, the Office of Career and Personal Development views career development as encompassing personal, educational, professional and spiritual dimensions. We help students and alumni develop life skills that can be used to make positive contributions wherever they live and work. We challenge students and alumni to develop self-awareness by identifying their interests, abilities, skills, gifts, values, preferences, strengths, weaknesses, life’s purpose, and to have a personal vision for the future. We emphasize employability and adaptability throughout a lifetime. Career and Personal Development assists students and alumni with:

  • Recognizing that developing self-awareness is a lifelong process, that a career evolves over time and can be composed of many different jobs, and that a person’s career is a part of their life journey
  • Investigating career and educational options while gaining hands-on experience through career shadowing, internships, and relevant work experience
    Securing appropriate full-time employment or admission into graduate school and transitioning into the next phase of life after college
  • Learning life-long networking, job search, and interpersonal skills that will enable them to remain employable in the changing 21st century workplace

The Career Services Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year Get to Know Yourself and Your Purpose!

You have known yourself all your life. But now is the time to achieve greater self-awareness, to clarify your purpose for being in college and to connect that purpose to the bigger picture of your life, your calling in life. The Career Services staff will guide you as you clarify and make these connections. At this point, you can:

  • Schedule a one-on-one career counseling session
  • Join clubs and organizations and volunteer to develop interests and skills that employers seek
  • Investigate and explore areas of study, including majors, minors, and certificates offered at Greensboro College
  • Gather information about additional helpful campus resources and staff

Sophomore Year Explore Major & Career Options!

Now that you have a better sense of purpose and self-awareness, it’s time to find out how your strengths and preferences can be utilized in the job market and in the big picture of your life. Career Services offers many guidelines and support systems.

  • Enroll in CLD 2100: Define Your Path where you will identify your interests, skills, life and work values, personality and temperament, strengths and weaknesses, explore the connection between majors and career paths, research careers using online resources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net online, and begin developing a resume
  • Investigate internships for your junior year
  • Develop skills through student organizations, part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities
  • Introduce yourself to faculty in departments to learn more about careers related to particular majors
  • Join an organization or club related to your career interests
  • Engage in informational interviews and/or job shadows to begin learning more about various career options and to begin growing your network of professionals
  • Attend local area Career Fairs and career related events on campus
  • Speak to upperclassmen about their coursework and experiences
  • Review Pride Job and Internship Leads sent to all students

Junior Year Try It On For Size!

By now you are ready to take action. Experience will be a great help in making informed choices and preliminary decisions. This year, be sure to:

  • Set short and long term goals
  • Continue refining the resume you will have developed in CLD 2100
  • Develop a Personal Contact List for the purpose of networking and exploring job options
  • Begin seeking out internship opportunities to develop professional skills.  Speak with faculty; utilize online resources including your school’s career development website, network at Career Fairs and campus related career events.
  • Secure a part-time job and/or a summer job related to your future career
  • Volunteer and engage in clubs and organizations related to your career interests.  Take on leadership roles.
  • Keep a journal of your experiences, paying particular attention to what you like and disliked, the skills you learned, used or would like to develop
  • Consider enrolling in CLD 3100: Experiencing Career and Life Directions
  • Participate in a career shadowing experience and/or conduct informational interviews
  • Take career-related elective courses
  • Attend local conferences related to your major or career interests and seek out opportunities to present
  • Conduct graduate or professional school research; begin preparations for graduate studies.  Check deadlines for financial aid and tests such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc…

Senior Year Make Informed Decisions!

As a senior, you have the self knowledge, academic knowledge, skills and related work or volunteer experience to pinpoint the next step after college graduation. But there is still much to do! Make plans to:

  • Develop your LinkedIn profile
  • Develop your own Personal Contact List if you have not already done so
  • Secure another internship
  • Research and gather information on employers of interest to you
  • Attend career fairs and career related events on campus
  • Identify your transferable skills
  • Continue polishing your resume
  • Explore Internet career and job search resources, including the Pride Job and Internship leads
  • Consider enrolling in CLD 3100: Experiencing Career and Life Directions
  • Work with Career Services to develop a resume and cover letters and to enhance interviewing, networking and job search skills
  • Solidify graduate/professional school plans; prepare for and take entrance exams in a timely manner
  • Determine if your immediate plans after graduation fit onto the bigger picture of your life’s purpose

Caryn J Atwater, M.A.
Director, Office of Career and Personal Development
Greensboro College, Room 321
815 W. Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 272–7102 xtn 5370
caryn.atwater@greensboro.edu

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