Q: What is professional experience and how do you report one? What is the difference between a co-op and an internship?
A: Professional experience is a requirement for all majors. Students usually fulfill this requirement by research, internships, and co-ops. An internship is a summer experience when a student works for an organization. A co-op is when the student works full-time for an organization during the semester. The student is still considered a full-time Clarkson student, but does not take classes and the billing process is put on hold. To report a professional experience, the student needs to do so throughout career services platform, Handshake.
Q: What services does the Career Center offer and for whom?
A: We offer targeted services for undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni, We assist with the following services: resume build and critique, cover letter critique, Handshake navigation help, internship and co-op information, interview prep and mock interviews, job search assistance, offers and negotiations, and personal statement help. Students can schedule an appointment by visiting the Career Center or scheduling through their Handshake account.
Q: What is Handshake and how is it useful?
A: Handshake is our career services platform. Students can create a profile (similar to LinkedIn) and upload their resume for employers to view. They can also search for, and apply to, internships, co-ops, and full-time positions. Handshake is also used for reporting purposes such as full-time employment and their professional experience information. Any events, career fairs, workshops, etc. are also all listed in Handshake for students to view. If they need help with anything and would like to schedule an appointment, they can do so through this system. For further information regarding the Career Center, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org