During your time at GCU you build a strong academic foundation. Career Services is here to help you apply that foundation to the world of work or graduate school.
Career Services has a wide array of tools and resources to help you identify your future goals, identify and market your skill set, network, compile a résumé, prepare for interviews, and find jobs and internships. Services are available to all GCU students and alumni. Your future is bright—if you reach out for it by taking advantage of these services.
GCU CareerLink: Powered by the College Central Network GCU CareerLink is the official career planning and job search resource system of Georgian Court University. Students, alumni, and employers easily create an account at collegecentral.com/georgian. This system includes:
- lists of full-time professional jobs, part-time opportunities, seasonal work, internships, and service learning opportunities for students and alumni;
- an extensive array of “how-to” videos and documents to assist with self-assessment, drafting résumés and cover letters, and interviewing;
- a calendar of Career Services events and important announcements;
- experiential/service learning electronic forms required to satisfy GCU service learning requirements.
The most effective career planning begins as you start your college career and continues throughout your life. Meet with a career counselor today to chart your path to your future! Resources are available to assist you.
Scheduling Information: Schedule an appointment to develop a career action plan, work on job hunting skills, or ask any career- or graduate school-related question.
- Click here to schedule with Ceil O’Callaghan, Director of Career Services
- Click here to schedule with Jane Dougherty, Career Services Specialist
Students and alumni are also encouraged to take advantage of:
- What Can I Do with This Major?: Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
- TruTalent Personality: Utilize this instrument to gain valuable information about your personality as well as your strengths and how to apply them for your greatest fulfillment. Please use key: JTXJ248
Learning Through Service
Putting the Mercy core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service into action is a goal of every member of the Georgian Court community. One of the ways this occurs is through the university’s commitment to service learning. Every student participates in at least one faculty-led course that engages students in service and provides structured reflection and learning from the experience. Through these courses, students focus on personal responsibility—specifically in the areas of ethical reasoning, global awareness and respect for diverse cultural perspectives, knowledge of the university’s mission and Mercy charism, and civic knowledge—both locally and globally. Additionally, students focus on making connections among courses in multiple disciplines, as well as between their experiences inside and outside the classroom. Every Georgian Court undergraduate student is required to complete a minimum of one service learning experience—as a part of their two experiential learning commitments.
Service learning is an important component of experiential learning. As such, students can fulfill their experiential learning requirement by participating in a service learning project in a course other than GEN400, an internship/practicum/field placement, or an approved education abroad experience. Career Services documents service learning participation by students. To document your service learning participation:
- Log into GCU CareerLink with your university username.
- First time users, activate your account.
- Returning users, utilize your existing account.
- Select the “Experiential Learning” tab from the menu on the left side of the screen.
- Select and complete the “Submit a New Service Learning REGISTRATION Agreement.”
- Select and complete the “Submit a New Service Learning TIMESHEET Agreement.”
Experiential learning allows you to gain knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values through direct experience and focused reflection. By exploring your interests and abilities, you will be able to make a more informed choice about your career options. These experiences will allow you to observe and apply concepts that you are learning in the classroom to real-life settings and also make you more competitive in today’s job market.
At GCU, we require undergraduates to have two experiential learning experiences to graduate. This can include service learning (click above), internships (click above), or a travel or study abroad program. One must be through a service learning project within GEN400. The other can be an internship, practicum or field study, study abroad experience, or a second service learning experience within a course other than GEN400.
All undergraduate students must complete one service learning opportunity by taking GEN400 Visioning a Future: Justice, Compassion, and Service. The elements include:
- Service in connection to a class
- 10 hours of service
- Reflection paper
**Please note: Service learning completed outside of GEN400 is documented through GCU CareerLink.
All undergraduate students must participate in a second service learning project connected to a course or by participating in an Internship/practicum/field study or by participating in an education abroad program.
- Credit-bearing internships are developed and approved through your academic department.
- Noncredit-bearing internships are approved and managed through Career Services (GCU CareerLink)
- Education abroad opportunities will be obtained through the Office of Global Education Programs and documented in GCU CareerLink.
- A reflection paper (either credit- or noncredit-bearing) must be submitted to the appropriate party.
*Please note that each department has different requirements (and paperwork) regarding credit-bearing internships. (A minimum of 35 hours per credit is required; 105 hours equates to 3 credits.)
Internships provide structured learning through an employment setting. Though they offer meaningful functionality like part-time and summer jobs do for employers, the focus of an internship is on the professional development of the intern.
Professional development is the most important outcome of any internship; therefore, the experience gained through any internship is valuable, regardless of payment or credit status. Though experience in your career field of interest is always helpful, some fields (e.g., communications, fashion, music, entertainment) are extremely difficult to break into without relevant experience. However, many of these fields offer little or no pay. In these fields, the experience IS the compensation!
As a student, you should use an internship to determine if a field is right for you and to gain that relevant experience that may give you an edge in the job market. Employers use internships to “try out” future employees for permanent jobs—if an intern performs well, many employers hire the intern into a permanent job!
Internships can be paid, for academic credit, for both pay and academic credit, or for experience only. Either a noncredit internship requiring a minimum of 35 documented hours OR a credit-bearing internship (ranging from 90 to 120 hours, depending on number of credits awarded) in a class that offers a pass/fail grading system as well as credits toward graduation can be used to fulfill the second GCU experiential learning requirement.
GCU Verified Noncredit Internships
Verification of noncredit internships for the experiential learning requirement or co-curricular transcripts is coordinated through Career Services. Students are required to:
- Meet with a career services professional.
- Complete an “Non-Credit Bearing Internship Agreement” on GCU CareerLink.
- Complete the “Non-Credit Bearing Internship TIMESHEET” to document hours.
- Submit a three – to five-page reflection paper to firstname.lastname@example.org regarding their internship experience.
A credit-bearing internship with a pass/fail grading system, in addition to credits awarded, also satisfies the experiential learning requirement. Credit bearing internships are coordinated directly with a faculty member.
Credit-bearing internships are coordinated by faculty. Check with your academic department for internship courses and policies.
How do you find an internship?
Most students begin interning the summer between their sophomore and junior years; however, it is never too early (or too late) to secure an internship. The search process mirrors the job search, and can be time consuming, lengthy, and frustrating! Competitive and national internships often have deadlines in early fall for summer opportunities, while some employers consider applications throughout the year.
Start your search at least a semester prior to your targeted start date by
- searching GCU CareerLink, which offers GCU-specific internship postings as well as regional, state, or national internships;
- building your network by participating in campus organizations and events as well as talking to faculty, staff, and personal friends and family; and
- using additional online resources such as Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, and others.
Information for Employers
Career Services seeks to work with employers from a multitude of settings to advance the career goals of our students. If you are an employer seeking graduating students and alumni for professional positions or current students for internships or part-time or seasonal work, we’d like to work with you. GCU CareerLink, powered by College Central Network, is our official job resource and résumé system. Positions are posted through this site for students seeking internships or employment. If you are an employer in good standing and would like to reach out students, GCU CareerLink is your best resource.
Currently there are no career/job fairs scheduled for the Georgian Court Campus, but opportunities may exist for you to participate in networking events or to present to students. For more information contact us at email@example.com.*
* Third-party employers may post positions through GCU CareerLink, but are not eligible for other events.
* GCU cannot approve home-based position postings.
Please contact us if you have additional questions.
On-Campus Student Jobs
GCU offers a wide array of part-time on-campus employment opportunities for students. Positions are posted on collegecentral.com/georgian and can be found by selecting “My School’s Jobs” and searching by keyword GCU. Apply directly to the office(s) in which you have an interest as per their instructions. If selected for the position, the office supervisor will provide you with a signed intent to hire form. Please bring that form, along with the necessary ID, to the career services office to complete the necessary paperwork to begin your employment.
Interested in Being a Student Worker
Working on campus is a wonderful opportunity to earn money towards your living expenses while going to school and to build valuable work skills that will aid you in the post-graduation job market. Positions exist in numerous departments. Though most positions are reserved for students who receive Federal Work-Study in their financial aid award, a limited number of positions are open to all students.
Upon deciding you would like to obtain employment on campus, complete the following steps:
- Verify/identify your work-study status by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-987-2253, or consulting your award letter.
- Secure your GCU e-mail account (username and password).
- To search for positions, posted throughout the year, go to GCU CareerLink.
- New GCU CareerLink Users
- Activate your account using your GCU username
- Select “Activate Account.” The system will guide you through password setup and account activation.
- Returning GCU CareerLink Users
- Log in using your established username and password.
- Once logged in, select “Search – My School Jobs” then “View Jobs by Type.” Obtain a complete list of on-campus jobs by selecting “Student Employment.”
- Follow the on-screen instructions on how to apply to positions in which you are interested and to set up interviews. Apply to as many positions for which you have an interest as specific roles can be competitive.