USA Career Services, located at 6420
Old Shell Road, assists students and alumni in all phases of career exploration,
development, and job search strategies. Using total career technology, USA Career Services
is a comprehensive career education and career service center. The division of Career and
Education Information Services provides self-directed activities to assist in career
exploration, the selection of appropriate academic programs, and identification of career
related strengths and preferences in determining careers. The specialized Career Library
is the core resource for these and other self-directed career and education research
activities. The Career Experience Opportunities program helps students confirm career
choices through pre-professional internships and work experiences through Alternating and
Parallel Cooperative Education. Students approaching graduation and alumni are eligible
for Career Employment Assistance. This service links qualified candidates with prospective
employers. Interview techniques, resume writing, managing an effective job campaign, and
strategies for changing careers are part of this program. Career Employment Assistance
includes the on-campus recruitment program and resume referral service.
Career and Education Information Service
The Center's Career and Education Information Service guides students in self-directed
activities to determine career interests and selection of appropriate academic programs to
reach their career goals. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are urged to take advantage of
The appropriate selection of a major can impact a student's desire to complete a college
education and a student's success in college and the workplace. The Career Library serves
as the central location for these activities and is staffed by professional graduate level
Career Advisors are trained to assist students in the various aspects of career and
related academic development. Among the many resources available to students are:
Career Library containing the recruiting literature of more than 1,500 local and
Computer assisted career guidance programs.
On-Line access to national, local, state, and federal job openings.
Books and videos on career development, job search skills, resume preparation,
interviewing techniques, letter writing, and employer information.
Occupational literature on numerous career fields including entrance requirements and
projected employment outlook.
Graduate and professional school information including: directories, catalogs, admissions,
and financial aid information.
These and many other Career and Education Information services housed in the Career
Library are available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.
Career Experience Opportunities
The Career Experience Opportunities Program enables students to combine classroom studies
with paid work experience related to their major field of study. Practical experience is
available in industrial, business, governmental, or service organizations. Undergraduate
students may apply at the Career Services Center to enter the Cooperative Education
Program when they have completed 24 credit hours, attained a cumulative grade-point
average of 2.3 or above, and are classified as a full-time student upon commencement of
participation in the program. The internship option requires a 2.0 GPA or above and
sufficient time remaining before graduation to complete the internship. Graduate students
may apply to enter the Career Experience Opportunities Program after they are accepted
into a graduate program.
Option 1. Parallel Cooperative Education: Students work part-time, usually 15 to 20
hours per week, while attending classes for a minimum of 12 academic credit hours per
semester for the Fall and Spring semesters. The Summer semester may be taken as a
Students must have at least two semesters remaining before graduation to enter this
Option 2. Alternating Cooperative Education: Students work full-time one semester and
attend classes full-time the following semester on a rotating schedule until graduation.
The work assignment is usually shared by a pair of students on an alternating basis.
Students must have at least three semesters remaining before graduation to enter this
Option 3. Internship: Students work between two and fifteen hours per week for various
lengths of time depending upon the unique needs of the organization providing the
experience. Some internships are not paid; experience is the reward. The option of
receiving academic credit for this experience is approved through the academic
Option 4. Engineering Cooperative Education - The Five Year Plan: This program allows
students to gain one year of valuable engineering experience as they pursue their degree.
The freshman year is spent as a full time student at the university. During the sophomore
and junior years the student alternates working full time for one semester and taking full
time course work the next semester. Students are paid an excellent pre-professional salary
during the work semester. The student returns to campus full time for the senior year.
This program offers many advantages for the student. Interested students should consult
with either Career Services or the College of Engineering. Application should be made for
admission to the program when entering the university or no later than the end of the
second semester of the freshman year.
Prerequisites for participation
Prerequisites for participation in the Career Experience Opportunities Program include
attending the Employability Skills Seminar, offered continuously by Career Services, and
payment of the materials fee in effect at the time of application for the program. To
remain in the program, students must maintain good academic standing; a cumulative
grade-point average of 2.3 or above for the parallel and alternating programs, a
grade-point average of 2.0 for the internship program, and comply with the policies and
procedures of the employer and the Career Experience Opportunities Program.
Career Employment Assistance
All students are urged to register for Career Employment Assistance at Career Services
three semesters before graduation to begin preparation for the employment search process.
Seniors and Juniors are advised to take advantage of the career and employability skills
training and the career advising functions of Career Services. Alumni may initiate service
The Career Services staff facilitates the match between employer needs and candidates
launching or continuing careers. Some of the services provided include:
Electronic Applicant Book of candidate resumes for specific employment opportunities
Employment announcements posted on USA Career Services telecommunication system
On campus interviews
Five major Career Expositions annually: The USA Career Expo, all majors (September);
Allied Health and Nursing Expo (November); Federal Career Expo, all majors (February);
Education Career Expo (April); Spring Expo, all majors (April)
Several specialized career conferences in areas such as: Banking and Finance; Marketing;
Insurance; Communication; and others as developed in cooperation with the academic
Prerequisites to registration for on campus interviewing and resume referral include
attending the Employability Skills Seminar designed to enhance candidates' approach to
employers, and payment of the materials fee in effect at the time of application for the
program. Topics covered in the training seminars broaden the student's understanding of:
Student responsibilities in the job search
Cover letter development
Interview techniques and preparation
Career Expo and conference participation
Knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the workplace
Job campaign strategies for a career lifetime