Students with children or who may be responsible for family and/or elder care may experience unique considerations during career development and searching and preparing for the next step (e.g. job, continued education, volunteering, etc.).  To determine the best steps for you, please schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor.

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Career Resources

The Career Center can support you in many aspects of your career development, including writing professional documents, career exploration, and the job/internship search. Check out our resources and create an appointment through your Handshake account.

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Trying to balance school with extra responsibilities can make getting to the Career Center challenging.  Please let us know if you need any accommodations in order to seek the career assistance you need.  

Job Search and Networking Tools

Your Handshake account contains all of the following resources:

  • LinkedIn: A professional social networking site. Create an account and fill out a profile, then connect with UVA alumni through the University of Virginia Alumni, Students and Friends group or search for alumni by major, city, or other filters through the "Find Alumni" option under the Connections tab. 
  • What Can I Do With This Major?: Connect majors to careers and learn about relevant employers and industries. Scroll to the bottom of each major page to see a collection of helpful links to professional associations, industry specific job search websites, and other networking tools.
  • Hoos Online Alumni Directory: Connect with UVA alumni through a directory designed by the Alumni Association. Create an account, then access the database by clicking on "Alumni Directory."
  • AngelJobs: Free resource that containts over 15,000 start-up jobs from a variety of industries. 
  • Going Global: Country-specific career and employment database (including cities in the US and Canada!) with information on work permit/visas, resume writing tips, cultural advice, and corporate profiles.
  • Human Rights Jobs: The latest human rights jobs from around the world.
  • Policy Jobs: The latest research and policymaking jobs from around the world.
  • Devex: The job database for the global development community.
  • CareerShift: Database of employers and jobs/internships for students and recent grads.
  • CEI Internships: Formerly Internships USA. Covers various fields, including international affairs, women‘s rights, media, sports, environment, seasonal state parks, law and policy, resorts, congressional, human rights, and history.
  • Current Jobs for Graduates: Internships and jobs for Liberal Arts Graduates and entry level positions in Writing, Editing, Communications, Management, Business, Education, and Performing Arts.
  • FindInternships.com: One of the largest databases for internships nationwide.
  • Internships.com: Free online resource for students looking for summer and year-round internships. New opportunities posted daily from major corporations, non-profit organizations, and local and federal government agencies.
  • Buzzfile Employer Database: Database of employers who hire certain majors within each state. Remember, your career path does not always have to match your major - come talk to a career counselor with questions. 
  • Art Search: Jobs and internships in arts, museums, administration, symphony.

*This is not a definitive list of all the resources available to you in Handshake, so be sure to explore the Resources tab to find even more tools.

UVA Student Groups and Resources

Looking to get involved at UVA? Check out the list of student organizations at the following two links:

Professional Associations

You can find out about a number of professional associations based by major or industry interest through resources available to you in your Handshake account. 
Go to the Resources tab and search for the following resources, “What Can I Do With This Major?” and Career Insider by VAULT.

Financial Aid

If you are a full time student (12 credit minimum) or enrolled in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, you are eligible to apply for financial aid. Learn more about the financial aid process at Student Financial Services. There are also opportunities for reduced tuition for veterans and active personnel, as well as UVA employees. Learn more about these opportunities here.

Additionally, there are a number of scholarships and payment plans available to degree seeking students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. See them here.

Lastly check out the following lists of scholarships for nontraditional students and students with children:

Child Care

The University operates two Child Development Centers that run from 6:30am - 6pm, Monday through Friday: http://www.virginia.edu/childdevelopmentcenter/about.html

A comprehensive list of local childcare centers developed by the Dean of Students Office: http://www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/swc/daycare.pdf