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The Career Center

Putting the WE in Westminster

The Career Center at Westminster College is here to help you identify and work towards your career goals and post-graduation aspirations. We offer assessments, resume review, mock interviews and more. Whether you are looking for assistance with finding your major, searching for opportunities to network with alumni, preparing for graduate school or landing that perfect internship, the Career Center will help!

While some aspects of your future career plans are uncertain, we hope to help you make confident and informed decisions about your ability to showcase your experiences at Westminster College.

Plan for success. Take advantage of unexpected opportunities. Use our services as you experience different phases of the career preparation process.

  4-year Guideline

 

Testimonials

Thanks to the Career Center, I learned of the opportunity to attend a student leadership conference in downtown Pittsburgh sponsored by Grossman, Yanak, & Ford. While attending the conference, the accounting firm referenced possible internship opportunities for the summer of 2017. I was so excited to hear of the opportunity in the accounting firm and shortly had my interview scheduled. I am thrilled to announce that I was offered and I accepted the position as an intern for Grossman, Yanak, and Ford next summer. 

Joan Richardson '18

Throughout my college career I have constantly been told to utilize the resources that I have, and not to be afraid to ask for help. The career center has been one of the easiest of these tools to take advantage of, and is filled with some of the friendliest, most helpful, and dedicated individuals on our campus; who always impress by exceeding expectations. I know that, without the career center's guidance, I would not be nearly as prepared for my future as I am today.

Jarod Forsythe '18

I attribute a lot of my success during and after college to the guidance given to me through our Career Center at Westminster. They helped me to craft my cover letter, draft my resume, and provided me with direction to hone in on the skills that set me apart from my competition. The three internships I had during college, and the two positions I have held within my field after, go to show how wonderful they are at not only their job, but mentoring the students they serve.

Savanna Adams '16
Admissions Counselor
Westminster College

Perhaps my favorite part about Westminster's Career Center is simply how personal they take every students situation. Whether I was working on my resume, searching for jobs, networking, or finally accepting my job offer, I was always able to have a great conversation with anybody on their wonderful staff and walk away having learned something. If you are willing to put the work into being successful, they will be with you every step of the way.

Jacob Shodd '17

Working with the wonderful women in the career center was instrumental throughout all four years of my Westminster education. Starting with my freshman year, I began to work on keeping my resume up to date which made applications that much easier when senior year came around. Beyond resume help, I ran through practice interviews that definitely helped me in my medical school interview process! Spending time in the career center from freshman to senior was well worth it and the help I received from everyone there was invaluable.

Ashlyn Brown '17

The Career Center at Westminster is an invaluable resource for students. Its resources such as resume critiquing and networking events, not only benefitted me during, but after I graduated from Westminster. I can truly say that without its dedicated staff, I would not be where I am today.

Christopher Israel '17

 

 

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Explore Majors & Careers

Not all students know exactly what they want to major in and do after graduation! It’s ok not to know. Visit us early, and chat with us often – we’ll help you make sense of your interests and experiences and show you how they fit in to your path to success.

Here are some ways you begin to help sort things out:

  1. Self-Assessments

    Assessments: A self-assessment is a method used to help clarify relationships between your personal values, personality type, and professional interests. Assessments are a wonderful way to measure guiding principles that help define priorities in your life and career. We strongly encourage you to take assessments throughout your lifetime since values and interests may change over time in response to influential personal events. Listed below are several resources to use if interested in taking a self-assessment.

    Self-Directed Search: A career interest inventory that measures personal preferences that align with specific occupational fields or areas of study. To take the assessment, call the Career Center at 724-946-7338 to schedule an appointment to take the inventory.

    : helps students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about their education and careers. Whether you’re choosing a major, planning ahead for your first career, or thinking about making a career change, MyPlan can help you explore options and bring clarity and insight into figuring out what’s right for you.

  2. Shadow a Titan

  3. Attend the Majors Fair

  4. Come to Walk-In Wednesdays

  5. Make an Appointment with a Counselor

Internships

Why Do I Need to Do an Internship?

  • An internship is the best way to gain real world experience in a career field of your interest.
  • With an internship, you can determine if a career field is a good fit for you. You’ll learn things about the industry and job functions that that cannot be taught.
  • Some internships lead to a full-time position within the same organization.
  • An internship looks amazing on a résume and will give you material to reference during an interview for a full-time position.

When Should I Get an Internship?

  • It’s never too early to do an internship!
  • Internships aren’t just during the summer. Plenty of them are during the school year.
  • The summer after your junior year is a crucial time and you should have an internship lined up for this period.
  • Ideally, try to have two internships before you graduate.

How Do I Find Internship Opportunities?

  • Networking – talking to people to gather information and advice – is the best way to find an opportunity. Most internships that students get are found through networking.
  • Informational interviewing! This step is critical and often overlooked. These are simply conversations with people – often people you already know or alumni- who work in your field of interest to gather information.
  • Using LinkedIn – a great way to find contacts that it is easier than you think. Use our guide to help you make the right connections.
  • Searching internship Websites.

Internship Funding Opportunities

Class of '64 Intern Sponsorship Fund


Class of 1964 Golden Anniversary Celebration Class Project

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1964 as a gift to the College in honor of their Golden Anniversary Celebration in October of 2014.

Recognizing the value of experiential internship opportunities as a way for students to enhance their classroom study through the exploration of career options and acquisition of professional skills, and recognizing that in today’s working environment significant expense can be associated with high-quality internship experiences, the Class of 1964 has chosen to endow The Class of 1964 Intern Sponsorship Fund.

Income from this fund will be used annually to provide competitive funding for students who accept eligible, credit-worthy unpaid internships. The sponsorship is administered through the Westminster College Career Center where an application process requiring a personal statement, resume and unofficial transcript is in place together with an established timeline for application submission.

Applications are reviewed by a committee of Career Center counselors, Westminster College faculty and College administrators. Final selection is at the discretion of the Internship Coordinator.

Applications can be picked up in the Career Center. Deadline for application is the 3rd Monday in April.

 

Fetters Intern Sponsorship Fund


Recognizing the value of experiential internship opportunities as a way for students to enhance their classroom study through the exploration of career options and acquisition of professional skills, and recognizing that in today's working environment significant expense can be associated with high-quality internship experiences, Mr. and Mrs. N. Craig Fetters, II have endowed The N. Craig Fetters, II '64 and Linda Wood Fetters '65 Intern Sponsorship Fund.

The sponsorship is administered through the Westminster College Career Center where an application process requiring a personal statement, resume, and unofficial transcript is provided, along with a completed application.

Applications are reviewed by a committee of Career Center counselors, Westminster faculty and administrators. Final selection is at the discretion of the Internship Coordinator.

One sponsorship will be awarded each year and the deadline is the 3rd Monday in April.

Please stop in the Career Center for more information or email Katy DeMedal at demedakk@westminster.edu.

 

Suzanne Lilly Internship for Intellectual Disability Fund


Westminster College, in cooperation with the IM4Q grant coordinator, Dr. Gary Lilly, has endowed funds to support internships that benefit the mental health/intellectual disabilities population.

Income from this fund will be used annually to provide competitive funding for 1 student who accepts an eligible, credit worthy, unpaid internship in the mental health/intellectual disabilities area, with preference given to internships located in Western PA. The sponsorship is administered through the Westminster College Career Center where an application process requiring a personal statement, resume, and unofficial transcript is in place together with an established timeline for application submission. The deadline is the 3rd Monday in April.

For more information, please contact Katy DeMedal at 724-946-6338 or demedakk@westminster.edu.

 

PennAce Award


JoAnne Day Student of the Year Awards

PennACE would like to recognize the achievements and contributions made by undergraduate students enrolled at member institutions who have completed an internship or co-op assignment. The JoAnne Day Student of the Year Awards were created for this purpose in honor of a career development professional. There are four categories, each awarding $500.

Select the category that best represents the nature of your internship/co-op; not the employer's industry.

Undergraduate students in a baccalaureate degree program may select one of the following three categories:

  • Technical Award: Students must have completed an internship or co-op assignment that is related to (or similar to): engineering, computer science/information technology, sciences or research.
  • Liberal Arts Award: Students must have completed an internship or co-op assignment that is related to: educational services, social science/service, humanities or human services, government, communication, arts, entertainment.
  • Business Award: Students must have completed an internship or co-op assignment that is related to: business, marketing, management, accounting, business development or strategy, finance.

Undergraduate students in an associate degree program who have completed an internship or co-op assignment in any category (Technical, Liberal Arts, or Business) are eligible for the Associates Degree Award.

If you are unsure of which category best fits your experience, contact the Committee Chairperson.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be currently enrolled or a current year graduate of a post-secondary institution in Pennsylvania that has a current PennACE membership.
  • Each student may only be nominated for one category. However, multiple submissions may be made by employers or schools (i.e.: ABC University may nominate multiple students for any category; XYZ company may nominate more than one of their interns).
  • Students must have completed their internship/co-op during the academic year (including the summer semester/term) in which the award is given. For the awards, nominees must have completed their assignment during the previous fall, spring or summer. Nominees must have worked at their assignment a minimum of 120 hours.
  • Students do not need to have obtained credit for their internship/co-op to be eligible for nomination.
  • Students doing an internship on their own campus are eligible to apply; however, there must be an employer support letter and a university support letter from two different persons. Each statement must follow the instructions below; it should be clearly stated which is the employer support letter and which is the university support letter.

Selection Process:

All nomination packets will be reviewed and evaluated by the selection committee. The cr=urrent year award recipients will be announced in December and officially recognized at the Spring PennACE Conference.

Application Process:

Application and packets can be found at http://www.pennace.info/joanne-day-award.

Nomination packets must be submitted in full, or postmarked NO LATER THAN, October 29, 2017 to the Student of the Year Award Committee Chairperson:

Audrey Bare
Chair, PennACE Student of the Year Committee Career Counselor Central Penn College
1905 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
AudreyBare@CentralPenn.edu or PennaceSOTY@gmail.com
717-728-2431

* Please Note: Emailed applications are preferred.

 

Finnegan Foundation Internship Award


"Experiencing State Government"

Students are assigned positions in state government executive offices under the governor's jurisdiction and attend seminars with leading elected officials or appointed public officials and media figures. In order to receive the monetary awards, applicants MUST be available to secure an internship during the summer for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks.

Annually the number of students selected varies from 4-8 depending on resources ($1,500 for the James Finnegan Award and additional $1,000 awards.)

Applications can be found at www.finneganfoundation.org.

Applications much be received by February 6th, 2016 on the webpage or by mail to:

The James Finnegan Fellowship Foundation
3332 Ridgeway Street, Reading, PA 19605.

Resources

Online Career Speakers and Webinar Series

The Career Community webinar series includes live and taped webinars aimed at helping students gain career success. The live webinars are held every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

Webinars will cover topics to help students learn how to enhance soft skills, provide job search tips, build an on-line brand, improve networking skills, plus more.

Begin creating a career plan and manage your career today.

Create an on-line profile, upload your resume and get matched to employers that actually fit your skills and needs. This application enables students to impress future employers by knowing their company inside and out.

LinkedIn logo

LinkedIn is your chance to make a strong first impression with networking contacts online. Your LinkedIn profile provides a snapshot of your qualifications to potential employers and networking contacts. Your profile is also often one of the first things that appears in a Google search for your name.

Classroom to Career

"Classroom to Career" in an all inclusive career guide to assist you from the first day you step on campus throughout your alumni days.

Feel free to access or download the guide anytime you wish to learn:

  • How to pick your major and/or career
  • How to create a resume and cover letter
  • How to conduct your job search
  • What to expect during an interview
  • How to dress for an interview
  • How to prepare for Graduate School
  • and much more.