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Find Opportunities

Whether you would like to apply for an internship or a job, having effective search strategies will bring better results. The resources below can advance your employment search.

Know the Opportunities Available for College Students

Organizations provide opportunities to help you explore career paths, build your career skills and gain the discipline-specific experience needed to launch your career upon graduation. The experiences below can be included in your résumé.
 
  • Volunteerism – Giving your time to an organization is a helpful way to demonstrate your work qualities. If you volunteer in your academic discipline of interest, you can also gain experience to determine if the work environment is best for you. The Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good provides volunteer opportunities.
  • Externships & Job Shadowing - These experiences provide an opportunity to observe a workplace, sit in on meetings and have career conversations with employees. Schedule an appointment with career advisors to find an externship or job shadowing opportunity. 
  • Student Jobs on Campus – These experiences allow you to gain professional skills and may provide experience in your discipline. Explore the opportunities on Cal State LA Handshake.
  • Internships – These experiences allow you to directly apply what you are learning in the classroom to a work environment. Explore the opportunities on Cal State LA Handshake.
  • Part-time & Full-time Jobs – Employers are eager to hire Golden Eagles and they provide opportunities that usually do not require any experience. Explore the opportunities on Cal State LA Handshake.

Find Opportunities that Align with Your Goals

Little success comes to those who send the same application to hundreds of employment postings. Yet, if you focus your efforts on a specific type of work, you can increase your success. Career advisors provide these resources to help you get started.

Avoid Job Scams

The employment search process can be challenging and tiring. When you are feeling tired or down about your search you may be more vulnerable to job scams. Career advisors are available to help you review an opportunity before you click on the links or hit the apply button. This resource can help you to improve your awareness of scam opportunities.

Job Scams Consumer Advice by the Federal Trade Commission (website)

Meet Professionals for Support

People who are working in organizations or positions that interest you are often willing to support students and recent graduates. They provide valuable advice about how to prepare and succeed in the employment search.
 
We understand that connecting with new people who are older or have been in their career longer can be intimidating. Career advisors and coordinators can help you grow your career community with ease. These resources can help you get started.
 

Career Communities to Join

  • Handshake – This Cal State LA job platform allows you to build career connections with your peers, students around the country, and employers seeking to connect with Golden Eagles.
  • Alumni Mentoring Program – The Cal State LA Alumni Association provides one-time and traditional mentoring for students and recent graduates.
  • LinkedIn Career Center Group – Group memberships on LinkedIn provide a place for professionals with similar interests to share their insights and experiences, ask for guidance and build professional connections. Join the Career Center group to get started.

Additional Tips

Connect with Employers

Our experiential learning coordinators work to make connecting with employers easy and impactful. Here are some of the ways that you can connect with employers seeking to hire Golden Eagles.
 
Cal State LA Handshake – With Handshake, you can apply for internships and jobs, register for our employer events and connect with over 20,000 employers who seek to hire Golden Eagles. Watch this video on how to search for jobs on Handshake.
 
Employer Events – The Career Center develops meaningful and collaborative partnerships with employers to provide experiential learning opportunities and employment pathways for students and recent graduates. Below are the types of events we coordinate. Upcoming events are listed on Cal State LA Handshake.
 
  • Information Sessions – Attend these employer presentations for career exploration and decision-making. Learn about the organization’s mission, values and work culture; what it’s like to work there; which career pathways are available within the organization; how to have career conversations with staff; and how to successfully apply.
  • On-Campus Interviews – Apply to positions and be invited to interview for the opportunity.
  • Career Fairs – Campus-wide career fairs are offered twice a year, typically in September and March. 
 

Additional Support

Job Search on Handshake

Handshake is a career-services site where college students and alumni can search for jobs and internships, connect with employers, and sign up for career events.

Career Advising

Career advisors and coordinators can help with self and career exploration, career planning, internships, career networking, résumé and interview skills, and employment searches. We offer group and individual appointments.

Connect with Career Advisors

Career Workshops

We offer workshops each semester to help you effectively search for professional opportunities. 

View: Career Center Calendar

Employer Events

Employers host events to hire university students for internships and careers. 

View on Cal State LA Handshake