University Career Services is open to St. John’s University matriculated undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. We encourage you to begin utilizing University Career Services early and often in your college career.
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 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:
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
How to Use the Program
How to Get the Most from the Program
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 ShowsFailure 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.
Whether an internship is paid, academic or unpaid, with or without credit, it offers you a wonderful learning experience.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 students and alumni. Log on to MySJU and visit the 'Career Services' tab to access this resource. If you are not sure how to use Handshake take a look at the 2 minute training videos here.
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 the 'Career Services' tab on MySJU.
St. John's Career Service on LinkedInSt. 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 Joni O’Hagan, Director, at (718) 990-6376.
We recommend that you make an appointment with your Career Advisor, to assist you with your career development needs.