Daily Operation FAQs
Is the Career Center open?
Yes – the Career Center is open for services – virtually – just like your classes.
During extended spring break, office phones will be answered between 10 am to 4 pm.
Can I still schedule an appointment with a Career Coach?
Yes! We have two options. Career Coaches will be offering
(more availability than individual appointments) each week. You can find them by:
and clicking on
on the top menu bar
on the top menu bar
Search by Keyword:
Connection instructions will be provided in the event description box
Virtual appointments can be scheduled via Handshake. Select phone or Google Hangout.
and click on
in the top right corner
Click on the
Select what type of appointment you would like
(including career advice for all career communities, experiential learning, student
employment, diversity programs)
Resume or Cover Letter Review --
you must upload the current version of your resume to Handshake
you meet with your career coach.
Will the Career Center still host “drop-in” hours?
Yes – also virtual! You can chat with coaches via Zoom. Career Coaches are available
by appointment on
Handshake or during their
What are “Peer to Peer” Career Coaching Virtual Hours?
A virtual chat with our trained Career Coaching interns to discuss common topics like
how to use Handshake, preparing for interviews and more! Ready to connect? Here’s
Step 1:Go to our Peer to Peer Virtual Hours site and
the intern you would like to speak with. Select "Connect with
to begin your conversation with a Peer Career Coach.
Step 2: Select "Send a Message" and ask our interns about resume and interview advice, job
search tips, and other career related topics.
You may send a message whenever you would like, but interns will only respond during
their virtual hours.
Will the Career Center still offer workshops?
Yes – virtually! Close to 60 internal and external sessions are on Handshake now.
Log into your Handshake account and click
on the top menu bar
A list of upcoming events will populate the page. To search for specific events,
and utilize filters, select
in the top right corner of the page.
Each event will have instructions for virtually connecting in the description box.
How can I connect online with employers?
Log into Handshake and then click on
on the top menu bar
on the second top menu bar
You can search employers by several filters (including location, size, and industry).
When you click on an employer record you will find:
Basic facts and employer description (including reviews and interview questions if
any have been submitted)
Contact Information: Link to website, phone and email if the company has provided
Current job postings
Students across the Handshake network who have worked at the organization (you may
Stony Brook University only).
Message students to ask questions, learn about their experiences, and build your network!
Don't forgot to check the
regularly for pre-scheduled virtual employer events.
Are you still connecting alumni and students through the micro-mentoring program?
Yes! If you would like to have a
career conversation (micro-mentoring) with an SBU Mentor, this is the program for
you. An SBU Mentor is a professional who volunteers their time to speak with you,
share advice, and provide career insight for students and recent alumni.
This program is about helping you to make a professional connection with a SBU alumni
and teaching you how to network -
about asking for jobs/internships. If you are interested,
Internship and Student Employment FAQs
What should I do if I am currently enrolled in a credit bearing internship?
All students enrolled in EXT 288 and 488 have been emailed instructions. To summarize:
Speak with your internship site supervisor to understand what, if any, COVID-19 plans
are in place that might affect your internship.
If you feel concerned about health and safety, speak to your site supervisor about
completing your internship remotely (internship supervisors are being notified of
the University status and encouraged to assist you in finishing your internship remotely).
If you’re unable to complete your internship, please complete
so we can assist you.
Communicate with your faculty sponsor about the situation and develop a plan, if needed,
as to how you will fulfill your obligations to earn your internship credit.
Supplemental online assignments may be provided to students unable to continue their
The Career Center and your faculty are fully committed to ensuring that you have the
opportunity to complete your obligations and earn the credits, no differently than
earning credits for another class that has shifted to an alternative format. If you
need assistance with how to manage the conversation with your internship supervisor,
please contact us and we’ll be happy to guide you.
For students enrolled in another credit-bearing internship course,
[i.e. BUS 488, PSY 488], contact your department for specific guidelines.
What should I do if I am currently enrolled in a non-credit internship off campus?
This is a personal decision to be discussed directly between you and the employer.
After Spring Break, can I continue my on-campus job?
Most likely. Supervisors have been encouraged to maintain the employment arrangement
as many of our students rely on paid employment for financial security, and to provide
alternatives to on-site work, such as remote, virtual, and independent projects, or
a mix, as well as alternative responsibilities, such as projects that are better fit
for remote work.
You should speak with your supervisor to create a plan.
I have secured a summer internship; should I contact the employer to discuss?
Because this situation changes from day to day, we suggest you keep continuous communication
with the employer. The employer will likely have an answer for you about the status
of your internship closer to the end of the semester.
Student Employment supervisors can find additional information on our
Student Employment website.
Additional Online Resources
Here is just a sample of some of the online resources we have on our website to help
you with your career development and job search.
CAREER RESEARCH & EXPLORATION
Career Research, Industry Research, Employer Research, Career Advice and more!
What Can I Do With my Major?
Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your
chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers
CareerExplorer by Sokanu
A comprehensive interest, personality, and preference assessment that measures you
against over 140 traits and uses that data to accurately find your top matches with
our 800+ career encyclopedia.
16Personalities MBTI Test
Personality inventories and assessments offer insight into how your personality compares
to others and how you prefer to work.
Learn more on our
Majors & Careers website.
- Postings for jobs and internships by employers who have selected Stony Brook University.
- An excellent resource for students looking for jobs abroad in other countries.
Explore our website for many more great resources!