Updates From the Center for Career and Professional Development




Learn About Future Careers Through Job Shadowing, LACE

Job shadowing is a short-term experience that provides a close, detailed look at a future career. Shadowing a professional in the workplace is one of the best ways to learn what a job is really like--from the inside. It can help you in the career decision-making process by giving you a first-hand look at an occupation and determine if the career is the right fit for you.

Liberal Arts to Careers Externship Program for Harpur Students

The Liberal Arts to Careers Externship program provides students in Harpur College an opportunity to shadow Harpur alumni in the workplace. Selected students are matched with a professional for a shadowing experience at the sponsor’s workplace. Students are matched with sponsors based on interests and availability, as well as geographic locations. Preference is given to sophomores. More information about the program including how to apply is available at www.binghamton.edu/lace. The deadline to apply for a summer externship is Friday, March 9.

 Setting-up Your Own Job Shadowing Experience

You could job shadow anyone in a career of interest to you. Depending on who you know, you might want to start with a relative, friend of a parent, or one of your friends' parents who works in an occupation you'd like to learn more about. You might also utilize the Alumni Career Network to identify Binghamton alumni who are willing to assist you in attaining your career goals. Whomever you hope to shadow, explain to the individual that you are interested in learning more about his/her occupation and would like to spend a day with him/her at work to get a feel for the tasks and atmosphere of the job. Your goal is to get a sense of a typical day in the field and determine whether or not you could see yourself in a similar role.

Job shadowing, besides helping you evaluate your choice of an academic major and career preference, also encourages you to hone your networking skills and meet with alumni. 

Mock Interview Program Available through the CCPD

 For students who want to improve their interviewing skills, the Center for Career and Professional Development is offering a mock interview program. A practice mock interview is one of the very best ways to prepare for an actual employment interview by helping you to learn what is expected and how you can improve the way you present yourself.

 The CCPD's Mock Interview Program will runs now through Friday, May 4 and will be held within the Center for Career and Professional Development. Each interview will be approximately 30 minutes in length, with 15-20 minutes for the interview and 10 minutes for the feedback process. Students can apply to the Mock Interview Program through eRecruiting.  Search the “employers” field for “practice interview” and follow the instructions included in the position description. Space is limited so apply early!  
Job & Internship Opportunities with the Federal Government

Have you considered working for the Federal Government? The good news is the federal government is hiring! There are more than 200 federal agencies from NASA to the U.S. Post office, and positions are available in fields from business to architecture, or even art and design. To learn more about internship and employment opportunities in the Federal Government, participate in the following webinars being hosted by the Partnership for Public Service and offered through the Center for Career and Professional Development:

  • Opportunities for Public Service in the Federal Government (Friday, February 17, 1:10 PM to 2:10 PM, LNG 307 -- CCPD Workshop Room); and
  • Go Government: Landing Your Federal Dream Job (Tuesday, February 28, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, PSPC LN1324C)

Working in the federal government can help build your career, and offers opportunities for quick advancement and development. Opportunities include internships for academic credit, volunteering, scholarships, part-time jobs, fellowships, and grants. Job benefits with the federal government not only include health insurance and vacation, but also the chance to make a difference on a local, national, or international level. Plus, federal agencies can pay back your student loans, and they may even pay for grad school! The federal government is an expansive network seeking diversity, encouraging students of all fields of interest and backgrounds to apply. For more information about opportunities with the government, visitwww.usajobs.gov.

Upcoming CCPD Programs 

Upcoming CCPD Career Development Programs and Workshops

Interviewing Skills

Mock Interview Sign-Ups

Monday, February 13-May 4

Online through eRecruiting

Throughout the spring semester, the Center for Career and Professional Development offers you the opportunity to practice your interviewing skills through the Mock Interview Program. Apply by submitting your resume through eRecruiting.  Search the “employers” field for “practice interview” and follow the instructions included in the position description.

Interviewing Skills

Thursday, March 8
4:30 PM-6:00 PM
UUW 325

From beginning to end, an interview will run more smoothly when you are PREPARED! Learn what it means to prepare for an interview, how to act, what to wear, how to answer challenging questions, and how to make a great impression that will land you an offer!

Interview 101: 
Tell Me a Time When . . .

Wednesday, February 15
4:00 PM-4:30 PM
LNG 307 - CCPD Workshop Room

One strategy for preparing for behavioral interview questions is to use the STAR Technique. Learn how to use this approach to articulate YOUR experiences where you demonstrated the skills necessary for future job performance.

Interview 101: 
Tell Me About Yourself

Wednesday, February 22
4:00 PM-4:30 PM
LNG 307 - CCPD Workshop Room

This is a common interview question that many candidates struggle to answer! Learn strategies for formulating an effective response!

Interview 101: 
What are your Strengths? 
Your Weaknesses?

Monday, February 27
4:00 PM-4:30 PM
UUW 325

Many candidates struggle with the best way to answer the strengths and weaknesses questions. Learn how to sell your strengths and even make the most of your weaknesses!

Writing Resumes and Curriculum Vitae

Your First Resume

Thursday, February 23
4:40 PM-5:40 PM
Collegiate Center, C4, E&F

Never created a resume before? New to the US job search? This is a great introduction to writing a resume, covering the basics of content, formatting, and purpose.

How to Write an Effective Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Co-sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development and Graduate Community of Scholars

Friday, February 24
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Location TBA

Any graduate student embarking on a career in academia or research needs a current CV. If you are preparing your first CV or would like ideas for improving your current one, attend this session to gain a better understanding of general standards and how to effectively present yourself.

Writing Cover Letters

Writing Cover Letters

Wednesday, February 29
4:00 PM-4:30 PM
UUW 325

Cover letters are more than assembly-line style merge documents! They must demonstrate genuine interest in that specific employer as well as your fit with their specific needs! Learn how to do cover letters the right way!

Finding a Job or Internship

Following Up After the Job & Internship Fair

Thursday, February 16
4:30 PM-5:00 PM
LNG 307 - CCPD Workshop Room

Advance your job or internship search and make a lasting positive impression by following up with recruiters from the Job & Internship Fair in a professional manner.

Begin Your Summer Internship Search NOW!

Thursday, February 16
6:00 PM-7:00 PM
UU 202

It's time to think about gaining valuable career experience during the summer. Learn strategies that your peers are using to find internships and learn about CCPD and other resources that can help you with your search. Bring ideas about what you are interested in.

Opportunities for Public Service in the Federal Government

Friday, February 17
1:10 PM-2:10 PM
LNG 307 - CCPD Workshop Room

Guest presenter Cheryl A. Ndunguru, MSW, MSQSM

of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Training and Executive Development Group will share her insight and experiences on the advantages and opportunities working in the Federal Government.

Go Government: 
Landing Your Dream Job

Tuesday, February 28
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Graduation is rapidly approaching. This webinar is for students interested in finding and applying for full-time jobs within the federal government, as well as those advisors seeking to share current information about federal opportunities with their students. During this session, we will highlight a number of agencies and positions across government, and show students how to research, find, and apply for an opening that is right for them.

Finding a Teaching Job

Thursday, March 1
4:30 PM-6:00 PM
UUW 325

Learn strategies for how to get a teaching job, including an orientation to the Regional Recruitment Online Application System for the local job search, resources available online for credential management, and the power of networking in person and virtually.  Co-presented by Linda Harding of the Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES and Erin Jennings, Senior Counselor in the Center for Career and Professional Development.

CCPDI SUMMER 2012 Internship Information Sessions

Tuesday, March 6
4:30 PM-5:30 PM
UUW 324

Wednesday, March 7
4:40 PM-5:40 PM
UUW 324

Thursday, March 8
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
UUW 324

Friday, March 9
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
UUW 324

Learn how to apply and obtain credit for your SUMMER 2012 Internship! All sophomores and juniors are welcome to attend.

Google Me: Using Social Media for an Effective Job Search

Tuesday, March 13
7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Collegiate Center, C4, E&F

What will a future employer find if they Google you? Is the information professional? Does it portray you in a positive light? If not, it's time to clean up your digital footprint and start using social media to your job search advantage.


Recruiting Updates: Take a look at these exciting new job & internship postings!

The CCPD posts new internships and full-time positions on a daily basis! Visit eRecruiting today! Students may view and apply for positions through their eRecruiting account. All matriculated students have an account. Recent postings:


  • Assistant Planner, Garanimals
  • NYC Teaching Fellow, NYC Teaching Fellows
  • Energy Data Manager, International Energy Agency
  • Market Research Analyst, Energy Solutions Forum Inc
  • Sales Representative and Maintenance Billing Analyst, STCR Business Systems, Inc.Policy Communications Coordinator, Consumer Electronics Association
  • Credit Analyst, Cardinal Health
  • Financial Services Representative, First Investors
  • Executive Recruiter, Advice Personnel Inc
  • PwC Tax Associate (January 2013), PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • PwC Audit Associate (January 2013), PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Marketing Intern, Grantoo
  • Forensic Accountant Associate and Intern, Stroz Friedberg, LLC
  • Industrial Engineer, Kane is Able, Inc.
  • Software Engineer Professional Development Program, Northrop Grumman
  • Software Engineer Internship, Northrop Grumman
  • Developer, Silicon Alley Group
  • Electrical Design Engineer, Emerson Network Power Surge Protection, Inc.
  • Manufacturing Engineer 1, Amphenol Interconnect Products Corporation
  • Summer of Code and Android Camp, Google
  • Entry Level IT Developers, Multivision Inc

Access your eRecruiting account and check the calendar for times and locations for these and other upcoming sessions!

Hot Job -- Texas Instruments is Hiring for Packaging Engineers & Interns:

Texas Instruments is looking to hire Packaging Engineers for full-time and internship positions. In this role packaging engineers partner with businesses to design and develop state-of-the-art in high-density, 3D advanced semiconductor packaging technologies, resolve packaging issues, and document packaging requirements. TI packaging engineers participate in cross-functional teams, supporting product qualification and production, helping to meet reliability and yield requirements, design testability, and test coverage. Students with a background in or working towards a degree (BS or MS) in Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Material Sciences are encouraged to apply. For more information and or to apply, log into eRecruiting. The application deadline is Monday, February 20.

Hot Job -- Teach a Year in NYC through Blue Engine:

Blue Engine, a New York City education nonprofit, is recruiting college seniors and recent college graduates to dedicate a year of service on teams of high school teaching assistants in New York City public high schools. Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs) work in teams alongside certified lead teachers to personalize instruction and increase academic rigor. For more information and to apply, visit eRecruiting.    

Employer Information Sessions:
If you are conducting a job or internship search, Employer Information Sessions are a great way to learn about organizations, gather information about positions, and make all-important contacts in the world-of-work. Check the eRecruiting calendar regularly to learn more about future sessions. Upcoming on-campus information sessions include:

  • 02/21  Fresh Air Fund
  • 02/27  Goldman Sachs
  • 02/28  First Investors

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Last Updated: 3/24/14