Working in the Admissions Office at St. Lawrence, I have come across some questions that are asked on almost every tour. Often, prospective students and their families ask me about how students get summer internships and jobs after college. Fortunately as St. Lawrence students, we have a very helpful Career Services office, an extremely enthusiastic alumni network, and a variety of opportunities to meet potential employers. Here are some simple steps I have taken to gain some “real world” experience prior to graduation.
1. Visit the Career Services Office
Conveniently located in the Student Center, this office offers a variety of services for students. I have visited Career Services to have my resume and cover letters cleaned up, as well as to talk to someone about potential internship opportunities. The staff also conducts mock interviews and even takes professional headshots for students’ LinkedIn profiles!
2. Take Advantage of On-Campus Events
Over the past couple of years, I’ve attended a couple of Alumni Council Mocktail Events in the Sykes Formal Lounge, where I was able to talk to alumni and learn how to give an elevator pitch. Each semester, there is also Laurentians in Residence, a career panel where alumni and parents of students give career advice and talk about the industries they work in. Additionally, we are invited to informational sessions such as “How to Best Prepare for an Interview” and Professional Etiquette Dinners. These events are open for all students, so get involved!
3. Look Out for Networking Opportunities Over Breaks
We often receive emails about programs, such as SLU Connect and Shadow-A-Saint, which allow us to spend breaks productively and build professional connections with fellow Laurentians. Other spontaneous SLU receptions take place over breaks in major cities like Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. I know a handful of people who have landed summer internships by attending one of these.
4. Explore Off-Campus Programs
A unique aspect of St. Lawrence’s off-campus programs is the internship component that is entwined into the academics component. Off-campus programs such as London, Thailand, Kenya, New York City, and Washington D.C. all have opportunities to get hands-on experience working in a field you are interested in.
5. Utilize Online Resources
Of course, checking your SLU email frequently and connecting with fellow Laurentians on LinkedIn are great ways to stay informed about upcoming events. However, SLU uses Handshake, another online tool that notifies users as soon as there are internship/job openings and career-related events. This helpful website keeps me up to date on the events and opportunities (specific to my interests) mentioned above.