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Experiential Opportunities Infographic


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


Types of Experience

The Stony Brook University Career Center's experiential learning initiatives support undergraduate and graduate students seeking internships, cooperative education, volunteer, gap-year positions, fellowships, job shadowing, and other experiential learning opportunities. Students can search for these opportunities on  Handshake.



Please note: College students across the US continue to be targeted in a common   employment   scam. Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college   employment  websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. This " employment" results in a financial loss for participating students.

While the Career Center vets each and every employer and job posting in Handshake, some of these scammers have been very sophisticated in finding a way into the system with fake emails.

For this reason, we are asking that you contact us immediately if you are suspicious about any employers that may reach out to you, or jobs you have applied to on any site, not just Handshake.  


Finding Experience

The Career Center provides access to many different resources to connect to experiences. You can utilize multiple resources as early as freshman year to find experience!                                      



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


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!

Job & Internship Fairs

Information Sessions

Employer Events

On-Campus Interviews

Networking Opportunities 

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    

Benefits of Experience

There are many benefits to building experience! Whether you are just getting started or are an experienced professional, experience will help you navigate your career path. You can build experience both in and outside of the classroom. 

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.

Explore majors & careers

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!

Identify your skills

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!

Visit Career Communities




 Additional Resources

Additional resources are available as you build experience and search for new experiences. In this section you wil find additional resources related to Student Awards & Recognition as well as Professional Associations. 



Preparing for the Job and Internship Fair

It is important to make sure you are prepared before attending any job fair. Being prepared will ensure you have a positive experience at the event!

Business casual or business professional attire is required for SBU job fairs. For example, visit here. If you have any concerns, please contact us.



Weeks Leading Up To The Event

Researching Employers

A comprehensive, well-executed job search includes learning about potential employers. This learning should come  before you apply for positions. 

Why is it Important?

Researching employers is important because you want to find out which organizations have the types of positions that you are interested in. It’s also important to know what makes these organizations different from one another, which best align with your values, which are the most successful based on your criteria, how they operate internally and within their respective industries, how they treat their employees, and what these organizations are looking for in prospective employees—all this information enables you to tailor your resume to meet the organization’s needs. 

What are the Advantages?

You will have an informational advantage against other applicants. You will be able to ask targeted questions based on your research about each specific company or organization.

Also, you will learn which organizations you like and weigh them against the organizations that you don’t like as much, so you know where to focus your energy.


Researching employers requires planning. This section of the website is here to show you one way to organize your research:

After you have identified a list of potential organizations and investigated more deeply into their missions, values, products, services, locations, fiscal health, etc., you can narrow things down to a manageable list of your target employers. We suggest that you have at least 35 organizations to begin with, but that could increase fourfold if you are open to multiple industries and professions. Depending on the size of the industry you are looking into, the number of organizations per industry on your list could be larger or smaller than 35.

Research takes time – many hours, in fact – but your investment into learning more about your target industry and the companies within will benefit you a great deal as you apply and interview.

Once you feel that you have collected and analyzed enough information to decide which organizations you want to work in, you can begin looking at job postings, continue to network, and submit your applications. Good luck!

Sample 60-Second Commercial

How are you? My name is Jennifer Chang. [Handshake.] It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m a SBU student currently majoring in business management. I will be graduating in May 2016. I’ve heard wonderful things about your company, and I’m interested in applying for your internship program. May I give you a copy of my resume? As you can see, I already have experience at Target and Canon, and in those positions, I developed my leadership, communication, and organization skills more fully. I’m confident that I could apply those skills as an intern at your company, and I hope you’ll consider my application! Again, it was so nice to meet you, and I hope to talk with you again soon. By any chance, do you have a business card that I could take with me?

60-second commercials are brief introductions that help the employer get a sense of who you are. Things you could possibly include are your educational background, skills, strengths, and accomplishments, job focus, and career plans.

**This example is for reference only. Visit the Career Center to polish your own commercial!


Note: Digital guides are now available for all of our job & internship fairs! You can access them via the Stony Brook University's Career Fair plus app on any mobile device or tablet.

The Day Before


At the Event

 After the Event


 If you need any more advice, visit the Career Center to speak with a counselor or to attend a Preparing for the Job Fair workshop. Good luck!


Student Experiential Highlights

Stony Brook University students take part in all types of experiential opportunities both right here at SBU and around the world. Find out more about the great experiences students have taken part in through the featured student experiential highlights below, and check out archived Student Highlights!

robert experiential highlight

cheyenne experiential highlight

justin experiential highlight

hannah experiential highlight

natalie experiential highlight

sa adia experiential highlight

karteek experiential highlight

michaela experiential highlight



 Beyond The Classroom

Annual Non-Credit Experience Report

Ever wonder...

Where do students work? What do students do with X major? Do students work, or do they engage in research, service, study abroad or internships?


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!

Report Your Experience


Beyond the Classroom Experience Report




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