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Career Services

University Career Services welcomes you to the Fall 2020 semester.  Professional career advisors and engaging programs are fully available to guide our students as they develop their career readiness skills and explore their options in an increasingly virtual environment.  We connect talented St. John’s students to a vast network of local, regional and global employer partners and more than 190,000 alumni. Whether on campus or on-line, we are here so reach out to us today.  

Programs and Services

University Career Services provides programs and services that create opportunities for students, alumni, faculty and employers to engage in mutually beneficial partnerships that meet the needs of an evolving and global workforce.

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Handshake (St. John’s Platform for Recruiting Students) provides full-time, part-time, temporary and internship opportunities targeted by employers to St. John's University students and alumni.

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The Career Services Employer Relations Team embraces opportunities to collaborate with employers. Our goal is to develop creative and meaningful programs to engage our talented students.

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Alumni & Friends

St John’s alumni’s have full access to all services and resources, including access to Handshake, so you can receive e-mail about upcoming events and special opportunities.

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Faculty & Staff

The mutual goal of faculty and Career Services is student success; working together, we ensure that the transition from student to professional is as seamless as possible.

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Parents & Families

As a family member of a St. John’s University student, you play an important role in helping your student make effective decisions—including decisions related to his or her major and future career.

About Us

University Career Services serves as a resource to internal and external constituents offering career advising, job-readiness skill training, internships, employment services and leadership development programs, and professional development opportunities. Career Services offers students a wide range of career and leadership-related education and development, which includes, but is not limited to:

Queens Campus - Chiang Ching Kuo (CCK) Hall - 718-990-6375

Staten Island Campus - Flynn Hall, Room 115 - 718-390-4438

Support Staff

Prepare for Your Appointment: To receive the most benefit from your appointment with a career advisor, we ask that you:

  • Complete your Handshake profile and log on.
  • Do some career exploration on your own.
    This might include reviewing the Exploring Majors and Careers area of our Web site; preparing a draft of your resume or bringing along a copy of an internship or job listing of interest.

Cancellations: We request that you make every effort to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance.

No Show: Missing your scheduled appointment will be documented as a “No Show.”  If this happens twice within a semester, you will not be allowed to schedule further appointments for the semester.  However, you will be able to meet with a Career Advisor on a “Walk-in” basis only for the semester.

Lateness Policy for Appointments: Arriving more than 15 minutes late for a scheduled individual appointment will result in an automatic rescheduling of your appointment. 
Professional Dress:  Although it is not necessary to dress in a suit for your appointment with a career counselor, we recommend that you dress professionally for mock interviews, networking events, career/internship fairs and other employer events. 

Alumni Service Policy *
As of July 1, 2013, University Career Services will serve alumni in career counseling/advising appointments through their lifetime for a maximum total of three appointments.  Alumni will be limited to one-on-one advisement during the following periods: December 15 - January 15 and May 15 - July 31.

  • Alumni will continue to be welcome to participate in the events sponsored by University Career Services, with the following exceptions: employer site visits, shadowing and on-campus recruiting.
  • Alumni will be engaged in industry networking events hosted on campus and in the NYC area.
  • Programs specifically designed with an experienced professional in mind will be created as needed in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations.

Cancellations / No-Shows / Lateness
Alumni will be monitored under the same policies as recently set for students with regard to cancellations, no-shows and lateness.

Revocation of Alumni Services 
Alumni utilize University Career Services as a courtesy.  You may lose the privilege of receiving services if any of the following occur:

  • Repeatedly missing your appointments and/or consistently misusing session time;
  • Attending career advising sessions or events under the influence of alcohol or narcotics;
  • Sexually harassing, physically threatening or verbally abusing University Career Services professional or student staff;
  • Disruptive behavior.

*Recent graduates are considered alumni as of June 1st following the year after their graduation date.  This includes September, January and May graduates. Ex. May 2014 graduates are considered alums as of June 2015.

@GetHiredStJohns is the official group of Career Services at St. John's University on LinkedIn. The group compliments the ASPIRE Mentor and C3: Creating Career Connections programs providing a forum for building strong student-alumni relationships, as well as peer-to-peer connections.

As alumni, employers and friends, we are asking you to volunteer to assist St. John’s students and fellow grads through the career exploration and job search processes. @GetHiredStJohns is not a job placement service. Rather, it’s an opportunity to for students to build a network of connections, to gather information about employment trends, job functions, salary expectations, effective job/internship searches, and the career paths of St. John’s alumni. 

Joining @GetHiredStJohns on LinkedIn is simple:

  • Create or login into your LinkedIn Profile
  • Search ‘Groups’ for @GetHiredStJohns
  • Request to Join

Your gateway to University Career Services, Handshake includes access to job, internship and campus recruiting listings; registration for Career Services programs; workshops, information sessions, career fairs and other event information; and additional career development and employment resources. To access Handshake, log in to MySJU - Click on the Career Services tab at the top and then the Handshake icon on the left side of your screen.

A Career Advisor will assist you in developing your career path; including choosing your major, resume writing/cover letters, internship/job search strategies, networking and evaluating job offers/salary negotiations. University Career Services offers you one-on-one support from freshman year through graduation.

Job Shadowing is an opportunity for you to connect or "shadow" a professional who has specific knowledge about an occupation or career in which you are interested. While the purpose of job shadowing is to gather career related information and expand your networking contacts, it also allows you to build interviewing skills, become aware of trends in the field and often leads to internship opportunities.

Are you looking for internships or job opportunities? If your answer is yes, visit the University Career Services to access resources and listings to assist you with identifying, researching and obtaining meaningful internships, part- and full-time employment.

Each year employers representing various fields visit St. John’s University with hopes of meeting qualified candidates to fill their full-time and internship hiring needs. University Career Services facilitates one-on-one meetings between candidates and employers through on-campus interviews. Interested students may meet with a career advisor to discuss the requirements for participation.

Employers from various fields come to campus several times each year offering advice about careers in their organizations and seeking to meet qualified candidates to fill internships, part-time and full-time positions. See a list of our Career and Internship Fairs.

The goal of this series is to provide you with the professional tools necessary to succeed in your career.  Not only will you have the knowledge needed, but by the end of the series you will know what it takes to stand out among your peers.  And in today’s competitive job market being polished and professional is essential!  Programs include business networking strategies; dining etiquette; creating a personal brand; mock interviewing; and more.

As a team of dedicated career educators, we serve as a resource to internal and external constituents, offering career advising, job-readiness skill training, internship information, and employment services. University Career Services provides programs and services that create opportunities for students, alumni, faculty and employers to engage in mutually beneficial partnerships which meet the needs of an evolving and global workforce.

As University Career Services we will be known for leadership through our ability to anticipate and respond to changing student needs and the job market. We will be a target school of choice for New York City and regional employers seeking diverse and highly qualified interns and employees.

As University Career Services we will be known for our proactive ability to show leadership in our field by continuing to anticipate and respond to changing student needs and the economic climate.

Learning Outcomes
Students and alumni who utilize University Career Services will be provided with opportunities for academic enrichment and personal and professional development. They will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate awareness of the connection between knowledge, skills and abilities developed through academic experiences and the world of work;
  • Identify the academic preparation needed to attain the careers they are considering;
  • Market their education, skills and experience to achieve lifelong career success;
  • Articulate realistic self-appraisal based on assessments of values, skills and abilities;
  • Articulate personal, work and lifestyle values and apply identified values in career decisions.

Success at St. John's

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Katie Honan '07CPS

It was Katie Honan ’07CPS who broke the story for The Wall Street Journal that the biggest Internet retailer in the world was coming to Long Island City in Queens, NY.

Katie Honan '07CPS The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
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Rick Jefferson '83SVC

Sitting in his well-appointed midtown Manhattan office at CBS News, Rick Jefferson ’83SVC is surrounded by a treasure trove of historic memorabilia from virtually every major news event spanning the last 30 years, including Republican and Democratic National Conventions, presidential inaugurations, Super Bowls, and Space Shuttle launches. “Not bad for an inner-city kid from the Bronx,” Mr. Jefferson noted.

Rick Jefferson '83SVC The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies


University Career Services coordinates several on-site employer visits each semester to help students network with alumni and employers, learn more about specific career fields and get experience interacting with professionals.  Develop a relationship with St. John’s and get to know our talented students, who are eager to explore career opportunities. For more information contact Jennifer Grauso, Director of Career Development Programs at [email protected].