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Experiential learning encompasses a wide variety of enriching opportunities for students, including service-learning, volunteering, student organization leadership and campus involvement, faculty-led research and projects, experiential study abroad, student employment/work-study, cooperative education, and internships*.
Source: “A Definition and Criteria to Assess Opportunities And Determine the Implications for Compensation,” National Association of Colleges and Employers
The Stony Brook University Career Center offers more than 2,000 internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students every year. This section of our website contains information and resources to assist you in identifying and securing this important aspect of your university experience.
- Types of Internships (Coming soon!)
- Internship Eligibility (Coming soon!)
- Credit vs Non-credit Internships (Coming soon!)
- EXP+ requirements (Coming soon!)
- EXT 288/488 Internship Program
Handshake is the Stony Brook University employer database, containing thousands of employer records. Handshake is the first resource you should use to identify employers and apply for internships. Hundreds of opportunities are posted every semester.
In fact, Handshake is used for ALL employment – part-time jobs, work-study, on-campus employment, community service positions, gap-year opportunities, and full-time post-graduation positions. For help using Handshake, stop by the Career Center during business hours.
The mission of the Stony Brook University Career Center Cooperative Education Program, in partnership with employers and faculty, is to provide students with paid, degree-enhancing, professional work experience.
Benefits of co-ops:
- Encourage student growth by providing opportunities that link classroom theory with world-of-work practice in various industries
- Empower students to make informed career decisions and move toward achieving an advantage in a competitive job market, while earning academic credit
- Provide the practical foundation needed to gain admission to the top graduate schools
How does a Co-op Position Differ from an Internship?
While an internship may be paid or unpaid, a co-op position is always a paid position and students are required to enroll in an academic course for variable credit. Co-ops are high-level positions that allow students to directly apply what they have learned in their coursework and gain industry experience. “Co-op vs Internship” (Coming soon!).
Co-op Structures & Registration (Coming soon!)
Student/Employer/Faculty Responsibilities (Coming soon!)
Timeline to Apply (Coming soon!)
Handshake is the first resource you should use to identify employers and apply for co-ops.
For help using Handshake, stop by the Career Center during business hours.
- Hundreds of student employment positions on campus: student assistant, graduate assistant, federal work-study, research assistant, and more
- Collaborations with more than 360 academic and administrative hiring departments
- Handshake: application and recruiting database where students search and apply for on-campus positions: <Jobs & Internships<Job Type<On Campus Student Employment
- Training and professional development workshops
- Meaningful learning and development opportunities
- Enhanced student employment practices across the campus
For more information, see the On-Campus Student Employment website. With additional questions, please email@example.com.
Service-learning integrates classroom instruction and reflection with meaningful community service to enrich the learning experience and strengthen communities. The Career Center connects employers with academic and administrative departments to work with students on projects that benefit the agencies and community. Some exemplary SBU service-learning projects are coordinated with several community agencies and students from the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, College of Business, Campus Residences and others.
Student groups are a great place to build skills. You do not have to be the President of a student organization to build leadership skills. There are over 400+ student organizations to meet a variety of interests, ranging from cultural to professional and everything in between.
Handshake is Stony Brook’s job database for students and alumni. It is innovative, intuitive, and mobile!
- Search for all types of jobs, including part-time and full-time employment, gap year, student employment positions, internships on/off campus and volunteer opportunities
- Become eligible for campus interviews and resume referral
- Track your job search, including job listings for which you have applied
- Send your resume to employers
- Receive e-mails about upcoming career events
A demo video is available within Handshake - you can login to view it and learn more.
If you need help, of course, you're always welcome at the Career Center! You can also call us at (631) 632-6810, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with employers from various industries to uncover the information you want and make a good impression on those with the power to give you a job!
Take advantage of the many networking opportunities the Career Center offers each year!
Alumni Networking Mixer (Annual Spring Semester Event)
Career Advisors Networking (CAN) Program
Use multiple resources
- We strongly encourage all students and alumni to use Handshake to search for experience. Over 24,000 positions were posted in Handshake during the 2016-2017 academic year. You’ll also want to take advantage of additional resources to help maximize your search efforts. You can view additional resources below under Employer Search Resources and Additional Resources.
- It’s never too early to begin searching! If you find something you are not yet qualified for, you can work towards developing the necessary skills and apply in the future. Make sure to save the information for future reference.
- How long a position is posted for can depend on a few different factors including the deadline the recruiter has to meet, the length of the recruitment process, and how many applications are received.
Save job descriptions
- Internet links can change or expire. Saving or printing job descriptions not only helps with preparing your written materials but also with interview preparation and organization of your search process.
- You can create a spreadsheet or any other method that you prefer to track your applications. Staying organized during your job search helps you to see where you have applied and prioritize deadlines that are approaching first.
Sharpen your resume & cover letter
- Your written materials are the first thing a recruiter sees. Find out more about resume and cover letter preparation and review here.
Save your documents with appropriate titles
- The last thing a recruiter needs is a file titled ‘resume.’ All documents submitted should have clear and concise titles. Ex. Resume of John Doe - Company - Position; Cover Letter of John Doe - Company - Position
Manage your internet presence
- Recognize how you represent yourself via social media and the internet. Design your presence to reflect how you want to be perceived by a recruiter. You can find out more about building your brand here.
- Understand and know the industry and field you are applying to.
The following databases, are accessible with your NetID and password through the Stony Brook University Libraries:
Exploration Through Experience
Experience can help you to learn more about who you are, what you like and what you do not like. Whether or not you have a specific career path in mind, experience will help you to try new things, build skills and learn about yourself. From entry-level employee to experienced professional, there is always an opportunity to learn and grow.
Build Transferable Skills
Transferable skills are skills and abilities that can be applied in various settings and throughout different experiences. These skills will continue to develop as you progress in your career. They are useful across industries and professions, meaning they will never go to waste!
Have What Employers Look For
Increase the competitiveness of your application by building experience! Understanding industry expectations and needs can help you identify experiential opportunities to pursue. Find out what employers are looking for through on-campus employer events and through career communities!
Professional associations exist across industries and help to connect professionals to others in their fields, as well as to help support the progression of the field. Professional associations offer a variety of resources including networking opportunities, industry requirements and recent publications. Many professional associations offer discounted memberships to students.
Some examples of professional associations include:
We have some good answers to these questions, but we only have part of the story, and we need your feedback. Help us tell the story of the amazing experiences our students gain. Please take a moment to fill out a brief questionnaire about your experiences!
Beyond the Classroom Experience Report