The University of Virginia Career Center provides a wide array of programs and services to empower students to take ownership of their continous career development process. Career programs are a great way to actively explore relevant career topics and develop skills to effectively and efficiently achieve your invidual career goals.
The Internship Center was made possible by a generous donation from the UVA Parents Fund Committee. The resources of the Internship Center are integrated throughout the website to best serve students' needs.
Virginia Alumni Mentoring is a program that connects motivated and career-focused students with alumni who have volunteered to provide insights about the process of choosing and starting a career in their specific field. Learn more at alumnimentoring.virginia.edu.
Career Programs can be scheduled for organizations, classes, or events. Program request forms must be received at least two weeks prior to the proposed program date. Programs typically last between 45 minutes to 1 hour and are often fulfilled by our highly trained Career Peer Educators. Explore the titles and summaries of the career programs offered below.
Shaping Your Professional Brand
- Resumes, References, & Cover Letters
- Health Professions Resume Writing: Paging Dr. Resume
- Are You LinkedIn?
- Acing the Interview
- Search Smart: Utilizing Internship/Job Resources
- How to Stand Out at a Career Fair
Unsure of the services and resources provided by the Career Center? This program highlights the resources available such as major advising, career/graduate school exploration, and internship/job search support. In this workshop you will develop a plan for how to utilize the Career Center throughout your time at UVA.
Pro tip: The earlier you visit the Career Center the easier it is to get that internship or job you want down the road!
Did you know that 67% of 2013 UVA graduates work in fields that are hardly related to their majors? If you don’t know what to major in you’re statistically in line with your peers. This workshop will cover resources which will assist students to make connections from their academic major to a wide variety of careers. Presenters will also introduce resources to help students explore these careers.
Did you know that employers spend an average of 15 - 30 seconds reviewing a resume? Make yours stand out! Cover letters and references are important aspects of your internship or job application and hard to get right. Learn what recruiters are looking for in professional documents and how you can improve yours through content and formatting to catch their interest. Additionally, Thank You notes and other professional correspondence etiquette will be covered in detail.
Health Professions Students: Are you wondering how to highlight your volunteer, shadowing, research and healthcare experience on your resume? This workshop will review the basics on how to tailor your resume for opportunities in the health professions.
Are potential employers paying attention to your online presence? Yes! Developing a LinkedIn Profile is one way you can begin creating your professional brand online. In this workshop you will learn how to make your LinkedIn profile a selling point rather than a stumbling block. Presenters will share information on how to establish and improve your profile, utilize search features to find and connect with alums and potential employers and draft professional messages to future contacts.
The greatest asset for interviewing is knowing how to prepare. This workshop will help you begin thinking about common interview questions and responses, what to take with you to the interview and who to send a Thank You note to afterwards. From a firm handshake to a strong closing statement, you’ll be well on your way to interview success.
So where can you find an internship or job? This workshop will actively show you how to use a variety of search tools including helpful resources in Handshake to maximize your internship or job search efforts. Bring your laptop to engage and explore the possibilities while learning how to make the process more focused and efficient.
Planning to attend an upcoming career fair? What do you say? Who do you talk to? What do you wear? This session will provide strategies for marketing yourself to recruiters and the opportunity to develop and practice your “elevator pitch.” With these tips you’ll be ready to walk into any career fair with confidence.