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University Career Services is open to St. John’s University matriculated degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. We encourage you to begin utilizing University Career Services early and often in your college career. 

Resources & Tools

In partnership with the University Career Services, Handshake (St. John's Recruiting Platform) provides full-time, part-time, temporary and internship opportunities targeted by employers to St. John's University degree-seeking matriculated students and alumni. Log on to Signon St. John's to access the Handshake resource. If you are not sure how to use Handshake take a look at the 2 minute training videos here.


Internships are a wonderful way to gain career-related experience while in college. An internship is an on-site work experience either directly related to your major or your career interest. In today's highly competitive job market, a degree alone often is not enough to secure desired employment. Many employers are interested in graduates who possess hands-on, applicable work experience.

Internships at St. John's: Academic Credit or Paid?
Many different types of internships are available, including paid, solely academic and unpaid (with or without credit). All of them offer a wonderful learning experience.

Academic Internships (Credit)
Internships offered for academic credit require the approval of your school or college's academic department. Please view the academic internship contacts for more information for your college.

Paid Internships (Non-credit)
This type of internship is an opportunity for students (first year - senior) to integrate career-related experiences directly to their major field of study or career interest. Students gain valuable on-the-job work experience, develop new skills, apply knowledge gained from coursework, clarify career choices, and establish contacts and networks within an industry. The internships must emphasize intentional learning and be well-planned and structured by an on-site supervisor. The internship experience must contribute to the student's personal and professional development through challenging work assignments.

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Academic Internships

Academic internships are done under the guidance and supervision of an appointed faculty member assigned within each particular major. Students participate in academic internships while they carry a full- or part-time student course load. Academic departments have specific guidelines and requirements that vary by major. The designated faculty member for the major determines if the internship opportunity meets the department's requirements with regard to the terms and conditions concerning hours required to work, compensation, academic-based assignments and grading system.

Academic Internship Contact Information
Please visit the links below for each of the respective colleges:

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Christine Yang
The School of Education
Linda Miller
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Michael Fahid 
718-990 3245
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Joseph Brocavich
Collins College of Professional Studies
Craig Baron
Institute for Biotechnology
Dr. Somnath Pal

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Recruit RED

The On-Campus Recruiting Program is designed to bring employers and students together for internship and full-time job opportunities. It offers graduating students the opportunity to interview on and off campus with employers looking to hire St. John's graduates. Representatives from many organizations come from a variety of fields such as business, non-profit, government and education. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students can take part in this program beginning in their junior year.

How to Get Involved

  • Attend a mandatory workshop.
  • Have your resume approved and uploaded on Handshake (St. John's Recruiting Platform)
  • Sign the release form and return to University Career Services.

How to Use the Program

  • Access Handshake daily to submit resumes to companies recruiting on campus (pre-select) as well as for interviews off campus (resume drops) and to see if you've been selected for any on-campus interviews.
  • Check your e-mail daily to hear from employers and learn important program updates from the University Career Services.

How to Get the Most from the Program

  • Research each company you are interested in by clicking on the blue hyperlink/company name from the job description.
  • Attend open and closed information sessions when offered.
  • Schedule a mock interview
  • Arrive for your interview early (in-person or virtually) and in proper interview attire.
  • Send a thank-you letter.

The organizations that participate are quite selective and the competition for positions is keen. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to make use of University Career Service's job search programs and other services.

On-Campus Recruiting Cancellation Policy
It is expected that any student who schedules an interview with a company will honor that scheduled appointment. If a circumstance does arise that will prevent you from attending a scheduled interview, you should remove your name from the schedule before the sign-up deadline has passed.

If you must cancel a scheduled interview after the sign-up deadline has passed, you must call University Career Services. At that time, you must send a letter of apology to the employer with a copy to University Career Services. After two such cancellations, you will be suspended from the program.

No Shows
Failure to appear for a scheduled interview will result in a suspension from the program.

In order to be reinstated into the program, you must make an appointment with University Career Services and bring with you a letter of apology to the employer you were scheduled to interview with indicating the reason for your missed interview.

If you should have a second no-show, you will be permanently removed from the program.

Unexcused absences and last-minute cancellations do not enhance your image with potential employers; neither do they reflect a positive image of St. John's University and the campus recruiting program. Your actions can jeopardize the entire recruiting program for future students. Thus, a strict policy regarding "no shows" and "cancellations" will be enforced for the protection of St. John's University students.

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Tips for Successful Internships

Preparation for General Internship

  • Begin your search for an internship several months in advance of the time you would like to start the internship. Application deadlines for many organizations are typically 3 to 6 months prior to the start date. Beginning early also puts you ahead of the majority of students who wait longer.
  • Internship opportunities are available for the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer and occasionally may last longer than one semester. Some organizations offer compensation competitive with most part-time jobs.
  • Research your field of interest to learn which companies/opportunities would be best for you to pursue. This research helps you write more targeted cover letters and better focus your resume toward your career goal. University Career Services can help you learn how to conduct this research, write an effective resume and compose cover letters that get noticed.
  • Practice your interviewing skills by attending a workshop, reviewing interviewing tips and participating in a mock interview.
  • After the internship, write a thank you note to your supervisor. Ask for a letter of recommendation from one or more people with whom you worked closely.
  • Don't underestimate the importance of, or lose contact with, the people you met during your internship. They can be of great help to you during your job search.

Internships at St. John's: Academic Credit or Paid?

Whether an internship is paid, academic or unpaid, with or without credit, it offers you a wonderful learning experience.

Academic Internships (Credit)

Internships offered for academic credit require the approval of your school or college's academic department. Please view the academic internship contacts for more information for your college.

Paid Internships (Non-credit)

A non-credit bearing internship, this type of internship is an opportunity for students (first year - senior) to integrate career-related experiences directly to their major field of study or career interest. Students gain valuable on-the-job work experience, develop new skills, apply knowledge gained from coursework, clarify career choices, and establish contacts and networks within an industry. The internships must emphasize intentional learning and are well planned and structured by an on-site supervisor. The primary role of the supervision provided by an employer of paid internships focuses on the interns’ learning and development versus just getting the job done. The internship experience contributes to the student's personal and professional development through challenging work assignments.

During the Internship

Basic Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do be punctual. Constant tardiness could be held against you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Do keep a daily journal or unofficial record of your assignments (for your eyes only), how you accomplished them, and what you learned. This will be useful in assessing what you have learned from your experience.
  • Don’t play on the computer or make personal phone calls. Be sure that your cell phone is off.
  • Do try to engross yourself in company material or information pertinent to current projects. Be alert and aware of new things that the company is trying to achieve and see if there is a way that you can be of assistance.
  • Do understand the company culture, and dress and behave appropriately.
  • Do steer clear from giving your opinion on politics and other sensitive issues. Office politics can be sticky!
  • Don’t complain or slack off your assignments. You might feel like you are doing unimportant tasks, but if you work with a good attitude, you might eventually get bigger opportunities.
  • Do take responsibility for your work, even if you make a mistake. Learn from your mistakes and demonstrate that to the person who will be evaluating you.
  • Don’t take things personally. Assess the situation objectively. Furthermore, if you receive criticism, don’t get defensive. Know when to speak and when to listen.
  • Do NETWORK. Professionals in a field of your interest surround you. Take initiative and try to learn as much about them as possible by asking or joining them for lunch. Talk to them about your interests and aspirations. Find someone within the organization with whom you may want to conduct your Informational Interview - you may find yourself a valuable mentor!
  • Do get feedback and take interest in projects around you. This will help you understand how you are doing, and your interest might help you attain similar jobs.
  • Do remember that University Career Services is here to help. Contact us at (718) 990-6375 on the Queens campus or (718) 390-4438 on the Staten Island campus if you have any questions.

After the Internship

  • Talk to your supervisor about what you have achieved, and if possible, make a portfolio of the work you did so that you have concrete examples.
  • Send a thank-you letter to your sponsor and to other people at the organization who made a difference in your overall experience, and try to stay in touch with them on a regular basis. This will ensure your name will stay in their mind for other job or networking opportunities.


Career Assessment Tools can assist you in learning more about yourself - your values, interests and skills - and help you make important decisions about your major and career.

Strong Interest Inventory and MBTI 

The Strong Interest Inventory assesses your interests and helps match those interests with satisfying careers.
The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) assesses your personality traits to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and how you interact with others and the world around you. If your Career Advisor recommends either of these tools, you will be provided with a password to access them.

Click here to begin using the Strong Interest Inventory or the MBTI once you are given your password.

Exploring Majors and Careers

Choosing a major can be a confusing and overwhelming process.  University Career Services supports undecided students by providing resources, programs and individual career counseling.  Our focus is to help you with the important process of self-assessment and exploration. 

How do I choose a major? What interests you?
Whether you see your major as the means to a particular career or simply as an interesting plan of coursework, you will benefit most if both your major and career are satisfying. Very few careers have a single, set path that you must follow, and, conversely, any degree can lead to a variety of careers.

When should I think about declaring a major? 
Ideally, you should be considering majors from the time you enroll at SJU. At the latest, choose a major in your sophomore year and pursue internships and other experiential opportunities in order to test your long-term career options. To learn more about what you can do with your major, visit St. John's Signon, click on Resources, then Career Services and Career Assessment Tools (Explore your major: What can I do with this major?).

St. John's Career Service on LinkedIn
St. John's Career Service under 'Company' is the office group open to to St. John’s University students and alumni. It offers students and alumni the opportunity to receive advice and gain career insight from alumni who love St. John’s University as much as you do.

For more information contact Jocelyn Coalter, Senior Director, at (718) 390-4439.

Career Advisors

We recommend that you make an appointment with your Career Advisor, to assist you with your career development needs.

Queens CampusStaten Island CampusManhattan Campus
8000 Utopia Parkway
Chiang Ching Kuo (CCK) Hall
Queens, NY 11439
300 Howard Avenue
Flynn Hall, Room 115
Staten Island, NY 10301
101 Astor Place
New York, NY 10003
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