Gaining experience while being a student can be a daunting task, but with help from Career Services, you will see it's possible and necessary for you to be competitive in the global marketplace. There are several ways you can gain valuable experience to market yourself, determine your career path and potentially earn some financial rewards.
An internship is a supervised work experience that provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom-based learning while gaining practical work experience.
- Internship Scholarship Program - program designed to provide scholarship assistance to students applying for an unpaid or low-paying (<$1,000/semester) internship in their field of interest. The pilot program was launched in Summer 2013 with 153 students awarded almost $300,000 in scholarships. Applications will be accepted for the Summer 2014 term beginning January 1. The application deadline is March 21. Downloads: Internship Scholarship Flyer, Scholarship Application Guide.
- The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Interns - If you’re among this year’s ranks of interns, how can you stand out from the crowd and turn your summer experience into a full-time offer? This guide will give you some tips on how LinkedIn can help.
Work or Study Abroad
If possible, every student should study or work abroad. A survey by the International Education of Students showed that studying abroad positively influences the career path, world-view and self-confidence of students. Key resources include:
- TCU Center for International Studies has programs ranging from 3 weeks to a full semester or year; courses offered cover a number of academic disciplines. Destinations include Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.
- Career Services' Resource Center located in Jarvis Hall has print resources that will help guide you to find opportunities and make the most of your international experiences.
- H1B Visa Employers Database - This site has a series of online databases that contain information on thousands of American firms, all over the United States, in all disciplines that have actually offered H-1B jobs to international professionals. All information is gathered using the federal government’s statistics. To enter the online H-1B Databases of American Employers for International Professionals at h1visajobs.com, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a username and password.
- Going Global - The Going Global database contains country-specific career and employment resources for more than 80 locations researched by in-country career experts and updated annually. Students and alumni may create a personal account from a computer on campus and afterward use that account to log in to Going Global from any computer off campus through the same link listed above.
On-Campus Employment and Part-Time Jobs
On-campus employment is a great way for students to gain valuable résumé building experience while staying in the familiar setting of TCU. The best time to find an on-campus position is at the beginning of the school year. However, there are a limited number of positions available throughout the year or at the beginning of the spring semester.
Many on-campus jobs are listed on FrogJobs. These on-campus jobs include both work-study and non work-study positions. Students should also inquire in various departments and offices on campus about openings.
Employers want to see students take initiative by having internships or working part-time in addition to academics. Career Services can assist you with this through FrogJobs and our Online Resources.
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