Connecting students and community professionals
All CCPA undergraduate and master’s students are required to do at least one internship in the community. This instills our students with valuable professional skills before they graduate, and allows the college to strengthen its relationships with employers and alumni, both locally and across the state and country. Ongoing events at the University Downtown Center in Binghamton connect agencies and businesses with students from across the University.
Local organizations are encouraged to contact Career and Intercultural Services about hosting an intern on site or about participating in one of our programs, described below. Area professionals are also invited to review our academic offerings to find a student in an area of study that best meets their needs.
CISC in the Community is an event where students cultivate their networking skills by connecting with representatives from local agencies and businesses, as they learn about employment, internship and volunteer opportunities.
Alumni Spotlight allows students to establish student-alumni networks. Students receive direct information and advice from community members and alumni about career paths that align with the mission of the college.
CCPA recommends that all students seek professional career guidance early. These tips can help get the process started:
- Schedule an appointment to talk with a career counselor
- Check your career center's website, and social media, for dates and times of career development and job-search workshops and seminars, career and job fairs, and company information sessions
- Update your résumé, then let us work with you to proofread and enhance
- Join professional associations and become an active member—this builds a network of colleagues in your field
- Find a student version of your professional association and take leadership roles
- Subscribe to, and read, professional journals in your discipline/area of interest