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Services We Offer

 

Individual Appointments with a Career Counselor
Contact the Career Services Office (202-319-5623/127 Pryzbyla Center) to set up your appointment.

Consulting Hours
M-Th 3:30-4:15 pm (Resume/Cover Letter Critique/Quick Questions) No Appointment Necessary!

Cardinal Connection Work-Study Jobs Part-Time and Summer Jobs Internships Full-Time Jobs
Job Searching Credential File Service Career Counseling Strong Interest Inventory
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Resume Critique Cover Letter Critique Interview Preparation Pre-Law Advising Graduate School Decision Making

 

Services Policy
The policy for access to services provided by the Career Services Office may be found here.


Cardinal Connection 

  • CUA's online system through which campus positions (work-study), part-time jobs, summer jobs, internships, and full-time employment opportunities are posted for students and alumni.
  • Registration takes place online. (One must be a currently enrolled CUA student or alumni.)
  • Students looking for a part-time job or internship should also check out Career Services' Fall Career Fair or the Spring Career Fair. Other internship programs and resources can be found on our Web site.

Work-Study Jobs

  • These on-campus jobs are for undergraduate and graduate students who have received a Federal Work-Study award as a part of their financial aid package. In addition to posting these positions to Cardinal Connection, Career Services maintains responsibility for distributing and processing Work-Study paperwork. New and returning Work-Study students pickup up their Work-Study Authorization Forms at the annual Campus Employment Fair (the first Wednesday of Fall Semester), or subsequently from the Career Services Office.
    Click here for detailed information about the Work-Study process.

Part-Time and Summer Jobs

  • These positions are from a wide range of employers, mostly in the Washington, D.C. area. These include government, business, non-profits (associations, lobbying groups, think tanks), the media, social service, entertainment, and education. In addition to the Cardinal Connection listings, Career Services holds annual Fall and Spring Fairs. Organizations with summer jobs also attend the annual Spring Career Fair. For additional information on how to search for part-time and summer jobs click here.

Internships

  • Career Services annually receives a wide range of internship opportunities in the D.C. area. These positions offer excellent experience in a wide range of organizations, including government, business, non-profits (associations, lobbying groups, think tanks), the media, social service, entertainment, and education. In addition to Cardinal Connection listings, Career Services holds annual Fall and Spring Career Fairs. The Spring Career Fair includes some paid summer internships. Career Services in-house resource library has excellent employer guides which may lead to non-posted internship opportunities. Our website also contains links to internships held by CUA students and other internship sources. For more information on how to search for internships click here.

Full-Time Employment Opportunities

Credential File Service -- Interfolio

  • Simplifies and speeds up process of getting references written and sent to graduate and professional schools or employers. The writer returns the completed letter to Interfolio, where it is stored in your personal file. Upon your request, the letters are photocopied and mailed to the places you designate. To set up a file, you need only to visit the Interfolio website.
  • Since reference letters can take upwards of 1-2 months to be completed, it is recommended that those intending to begin graduate studies in the fall establish a file during the previous fall (i.e., the fall of your senior year), preferably before Thanksgiving.
  • Faculty can open a free letter-writing account to assist in the letter of recommendation process.
  • For complete information contact the Career Services Office.

Career Counseling

  • Discussing or formulating career plans, exploring possible career interests. This entails an examination of your values, aspirations, experiences, strengths and needs. Often career counseling is combined with materials from the career resource library and discussions with alumni. This can include information regarding career outcomes of recently graduated undergraduate classes. Our counselors also assist alumni with career change decisions and procedures. Career Services provides further interesting reading about career exploration and decision-making. This can include information regarding career outcomes of recently graduated undergraduate classes. Our counselors also assist alumni with career change decisions and procedures. Career Services provides further interesting reading about career exploration and decision-making.

Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Appointments

  • Strong Interest Inventory (Strong) assessment measures career and leisure interests. The assessment is
    used to aid people in making educational and career decisions. 
  • The MBTI is a personality questionnaire. Based on one's answers, an individual is placed into one of 16 categories. This category helps narrow down & focus career options for the student.
    There is a charge for each of the above-mentioned assessments for students and alumni.

Job Searching

Resume Critique

  • Reviewing resume drafts for content, message, format, and appearance. Usually this entails a discussion of your career goals and qualifications, and how these are represented in the document. In times of quick need students may come to the office during Walk-In hours.
  • Career Services provides written guidance on resume writing.

Cover Letter Critique

  • Schedule an individual appointment to discuss strategies of effectively presenting your candidacy through letters. It includes a critique of letter drafts and discussions of how to improve the documents. It can also include application letters, thank-you's, acceptance or refusal of positions. In times of quick need, students may come to the office during Walk-In hours.
  • Career Services provides instructions on cover letters and other employer correspondence.

Interview Preparation / Mock Interviews

  • Practice interviews that simulate the real interview, followed by a critique by the counselor. To form the basis of the interview, you provide a resume and job description twenty-four hours before your scheduled appointment. We also will meet with you to discuss any specific concerns or questions you have about interviewing.
  • Written instructions on successful interviewing (general overview and behavioral interviewing) are also available.

Pre-Law Advising (non-Arts and Science students)

Graduate School Decision-Making