Undergraduate Bulletin

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Career Center

The Career Center assists students with all types of career planning and decision-making concerns--from choosing a major and selecting career options to developing the research, writing, and communication skills necessary to attain career goals and successfully make the transition from college to the world of work. Employment services and resources for information on credit-bearing, paid, and volunteer internships, part-time jobs, and full-time career-related employment are also available. Students are encouraged to undertake periodic self-examination beginning in the freshman year, to relate their academic expertise to their future aspirations, and select related experiences (work, service, leadership) to complement their academic program. Individual and group consultation is available.

Two credit-bearing courses are offered to educate students about the career development process:
CAR 110 Career Development and Major Decision Making is designed for second-semester freshmen and sophomores, and introduces students to theories of career development and the relationship between choice of major, academic planning, and career options. Examines steps in the career decision-making process: self-assessment (skills, interests, values, and personality preferences) and career exploration.  At the end of the course, students develop written goals for further career exploration.

CAR 210 Career Planning is designed with junior- and senior-year students in mind and focuses on a systematic approach to the career planning process, including goal setting, professional communication, job market trends, and career research strategies. Analyzes the value of extracurricular service and leadership experiences, and how to convey this value through written and oral presentation. Examines components of successful transition to the workplace.  At the end of the course, students develop their written assignments into a portfolio useful for job and internship applications. 

Career Communities 

Career Communities connect students, employers, faculty, and staff through common career interests and industries, and offer access to customized programming, job/internship listings, and coaching. Students are welcome to join as many as they wish!  Joining a Community provides access to:

  •    Streamlined emails with handpicked jobs and internships
  •    Programs tailored to the student’s interests
  •    Group career coaching and office hours with a specialist, offered weekly
  •    Individual appointments with the community career counselor(s) 

Career Communities can be joined via Handshake.


Handshake is the Career Center's comprehensive online database for ALL types of opportunities: campus jobs, other part- and full-time jobs, service projects, volunteer service positions, and paid, for-credit, and volunteer internships.  In Handshake, students can post their resumes, access thousands of employers, sign up to attend Career Center events, meet hundreds of Stony Brook alumni and friends through the Career Advisors Network, view sample resumes and cover letters, and more!

Students can log in with NetID and password at stonybrook.joinhandshake.com.

Internships and Co-ops

Internships allow students to test career intentions, to improve intellectual skills in writing, quantitative analysis, research, and administration; to increase understanding of social, political, and economic forces; and to acquire work experience and industry knowledge useful for seeking employment or entrance into professional schools.  Students may participate in internships with or without academic credit; under the University’s Internship Program, a student may spend a semester or summer working for academic credit under the supervision of both University faculty and professional staff at the cooperating agency or organization. Internship credit courses are available in most academic departments, and  EXT 288  and  EXT 488  are available through the Career Center.  Students can receive up to 12 internship credits from any course or courses, with the exception of EXT 288 from which students may earn up to 3 credits.  In addition, co-ops, highly structured experiences that integrate classroom studies with work in a field related to a student’s academic or career goals, are also available. 

Community Service

The Career Center has developed partnerships with hundreds of nonprofit agencies, which offer you volunteer opportunities on and off campus, no matter how much or how little time you have to devote. Opportunities are available on Handshake and on our dedicated Community Service & Service Learning website.

Job Search Preparation

The Career Center’s services include individual and group advisement (by appointment or drop-in), workshops, and special events, all designed to assist students in identifying job leads, writing targeted resumes and cover letters, networking with alumni and employers, and interviewing effectively. Staff members also routinely visit classrooms, student organizations, and academic departments when requested.

Access to Employers

In addition to online postings on Handshake, every semester the Career Center offers multiple Job & Internship Fairs where students can meet company representatives, gather information and submit resumes. The On-Campus Recruiting program brings employers to Stony Brook to conduct interviews for full-time, part-time, and internship positions. Information sessions are held on campus by organizations who want students to get to know them and the opportunities they offer, and employer site visits and job shadowing allow students into the organizations’ spaces. Other events bring alumni and other professionals to campus to share their experiences and provide advice to job seekers. The Career Advisors Network (CAN), accessible through Handshake, offers connections with alumni and friends who have volunteered to make themselves available for mentoring, advice, and/or informational interviews.  Lastly, the Career Center often has information about career events held off campus that are open to our students.

Graduate and Professional Programs

For students seeking admission to graduate or professional programs, the Career Center offers individual advisement and group seminars on relevant topics, such as "Applying to Graduate School" and "Writing a Personal Statement."

Career Information Resources

The Career Center subscribes to several online tools that provide the most up-to-date career, industry, and company information available.  These, and other recommended resources, are available on the Center’s website. 

To take advantage of these and many other resources, students are encouraged to visit the Career Center on the web at http://stonybrook.edu/career and in person. Located in W-0550 Melville Library, at the foot of the Zebra Path, the office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the fall and spring and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during winter and summer sessions.  Phone: (631) 632-6810