Employers consistently rank "on-the-job experience" as a top qualification that new college graduates should possess. Several types of opportunities can provide practical experience, and many of them take place in a professional environment. They include internships, cooperative education, summer jobs, part-time work, volunteerism, service learning, and work-study programs.
Listed below are some resources for Clarion University students interested in getting experience.
- Getting Experience Narrated Video
- Getting Experience (.pdf)
Learn about the importance of experience in helping you to make a major/career decision and in developing the qualifications that employers require.
- Why People Volunteer (.pdf)
How to Gain Experience
- Recognized Student Organizations
Participating in student organizations is a great way to link your personal involvement on campus with your professional goals. Serving on a committee, planning an event, or holding a leadership position are only a few of the kinds of experiences you can add to your resume as clear evidence of skills that employers require.
- Community Service/Volunteerism
Learn what steps you need to take to 1) register your interest in volunteering; 2) access a list of agencies, civic groups, service organizations, businesses, and special programs that currently seek individual and group volunteers; and 3) report your service hours.
- Community Service Work-Study Positions with Area Agencies
Learn about the a limited number of off-campus work-study positions that provide students with work-learning opportunities related to education or career goals.
- Part-Time Jobs
Establish an account at www.collegecentral.com/clarion to access a database of part-time jobs currently available on campus and in the Clarion region.
Access internship information.
- Summer/Seasonal Jobs
Access summer and seasonal job information.