Continuing Students

What can I do to start planning my career now?

Freshman Year

  • Take career interest tests at the Academic Counseling Center
  • Meet with an academic advisor to discuss your possible major
  • Get to know your school, professors, available opportunities and how to succeed in classes
  • Take classes to help you succeed, for example:
  • Get involved on campus (develop your leadership & interpersonal skills)
  • Take a part-time or summer job that will increase your understanding of careers
  • Experiment. Try classes in a few different areas of study
  • Ask other people in your life (e.g. family and friends) to help you identify your career-related traits

Sophomore Year

  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Learn more about your school's majors by reading the catalog and talking to faculty in programs that seem interesting
  • Get a part-time job or pursue a volunteer experience that relates to a field of interest to you
  • Strive to declare a major in your sophomore year. You can adjust your schedule as necessary if you need more time
  • Read about various majors and careers. Ask people in different careers about their experience, observations and any advice they might share with you. Read the job descriptions for jobs you might like and make certain you obtain the necessary experience
  • Develop fundamental skills related to career exploration, decision making and professional development. This includes verbal and written communication, human relations, and job search strategies
  • Explore internships, summer jobs and other opportunities in your field

Junior Year

  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Concentrate on coursework in your major
  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss your career planning. If you haven't already, register on Handshake
  • Explore internships, summer jobs and other opportunities in your field
  • Using your career center and other resources:
    • Develop a resume and learn how to tailor it to the needs of specific employers
    • Learn about cover and thank you letters
    • Prepare to interview (e.g. mock interviews, research companies)
    • Develop effective job search strategies
    • Attend career fairs
  • Participate as a student member in professional organizations and begin networking. Get to know faculty and administrators

Senior Year

  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Complete the requirements for you major
  • Evaluate your work history and acquire employment and internship opportunities that align with your career goals
  • Practice interviewing with a career counselor
  • Choose faculty, administrators and work contacts for your references
  • Research companies/organizations you'll be interviewing with, prepare thoroughly for interviews and land yourself a job
  • Attend career-related workshops. Stay in touch with your career counselor
  • Utilize handshake, on-campus recruiting, company information sessions, career fairs and other resources to find the work you want
  • If you are going on to graduate school, study for and take the appropriate tests and apply to the schools of your choice

Contact Career Development Center for more information.


Are internships available during my educational pursuits?

Internship opportunities are available to every student at UVU!

Internships provide beneficial pre-professional experience and allow students an opportunity to learn more about a career path they are interested in. Internships look great on resumes and help in developing important networking relationships. There are internships available in every major that can provide educational opportunities outside of required college courses.

Did you know:

  • Many internships are paid
  • Internship Services offers internship scholarships (pdf)
  • UVU offers affordable housing options in Washington, DC (pdf)
  • 42% of employers said they offer higher salaries to new college hires with internship experience*
  • 62.6% of college hires came to employers with internship experience*
  • 77.3% of employers say they use their internship program as a primary tool for recruiting entry-level employees*

* 2009 NAC Experiential Education Survey

Internships are generally geared toward students in their junior and senior year of college, and are also specific to a degree program. Many majors require an internship, so student should be in contact with their advisor or department coordinator (pdf). Students should consider an internship an investment. Just like your classes and books are part of the cost of an education, an internship is an important part of your college experience. An internship allows you to apply your coursework knowledge to real world work experience.

Internships are also available for freshman, sophomore, and undecided students in the form of Exploratory Internships. These internships are designed to give students an entry level look at different career fields that they may be interested in. Students who complete exploratory internships will receive general elective credit.

The handshake has many opportunities posted for all majors.

You should also meet with your Career Counselor and your Department Internship Coordinator (pdf) for your major.

Plan ahead and save for you dream internship. Career Development Center and Internship Services can help you review your options and set goals to accomplish an internship that fits your needs and interests.

Visit for more information on how to locate and prepare for internships.

UVU Students

What help is available if I need to find employment as a student?

Career Development Center assists UVU students in preparing for, locating, and applying for student employment opportunities. Career counselors can also assist students with resumes, interviews, cover letters, applications, networking, professionalism, and more.

The handshake offers the following on and off-campus part-time employment opportunities:

  • Work Study (on-campus employment): Financed through federal financial aid, dependent on financial need, students apply through their FAFSA. Qualifying students may work on-campus but are paid through the federal government. Apply early to avoid waiting lists. For more information about work study visit the Financial Aid website.
  • Student On-Campus Hourly Employment: Hourly student employment on-campus is paid by UVU departments. Apply early as these positions can be very competitive.
  • Off-Campus Part-Time Jobs: Part-time positions within the local community.

Also look for Student Employment Recruiting Events on-campus:

  • Part-Time Jobs Fairs
  • On-Campus Interviews
  • Recruiting Days (employer booths in the Hall of Flags and PE Concourse)
  • Information Sessions

What is work study?

Federal and state funds provide opportunities for students to work part-time for a fixed hourly wage. The total amount a student may earn is determined on the basis of need. The funds are LIMITED and are generally awarded on a first-come first-served basis to students who demonstrate need. Work study jobs are not to exceed 20 hours per week. Community service work study jobs are available. Students are encouraged to immediately contact a Financial Aid Counselor when their work study notification is received. If no contact is made by the deadline or before funds run out, the work study opportunity could be re-assigned to another student.

When the Financial Aid Counselor is contacted, the student is given a work study referral that must be completed and turned into the Financial Aid office. Once the referral is completed, the student then searches for a position through student employment. The hiring party or campus department will submit the required electronic forms to hire the student. All forms must be received and processed before paid work can begin. (*this paragraph is from the financial aid page)

UVU offers many work study positions on-campus. All work study positions are posted on the handshake. Students are not automatically applied for work study positions and must choose opportunities to apply for. Eligibility for work study funds does not guarantee a work study employment position.


Financial need is determined using a standard formula established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the FAFSA and to determine the expected family contribution (EFC). The fundamental elements in this standard formula are the student's income (and assets, if the student is independent), the parents' income and assets (if the student is dependent), the family's household size, and the number of family members (excluding parents) attending postsecondary institutions. The EFC is the sum of: (1) a percentage of net income (remaining income after subtracting allowances for basic living expenses) and (2) a percentage of net assets (assets remaining after subtracting an asset protection allowance). Different assessment rates and allowances are used for dependent students, independent students without dependents, and independent students with dependents. After filing a FAFSA, the student receives a Student Aid Report (SAR), or the institution receives an Institutional Student Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR), which provides the student's EFC.


Additional Services

Once you have chosen your major, CSSE career counselors can help you prepare, connect and engage in your future career. CSSE can help with the following:

  • Job Search Resources
  • Internships
  • Mentors
  • Networking
  • Career Events (e.g. Fairs, On Campus Interviews, Information Sessions)
  • Resumes, cover letters, applications
  • Practice Interviews
  • Career Advice
  • What Can I Do With My Major?