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Prepare for Today's Competitive Job Market

Career planning is an ongoing process that begins early at SFC. The Center for Career Exploration provides tools, resources, guidance, training and programs to help you explore, select and pursue a meaningful career. Our services and programs are available to all SFC students and alumni.


Connect With Employers

CCE partners with faculty, alumni, employers and community partners to connect students with job, internship, research and volunteering opportunities. We also host career fairs, employer info sessions, recruiting and networking events and employer site visits. For updated listings of employer events and opportunities, visit Handshake.

Career Advisement Services

The Center for Career Exploration provides career development services for students and alumni from all majors and class years. Find the support you need to excel in your job search. From resume editing and interview prep to networking and career selection, our team is here to assist you. We offer:

  • One-on-one career advising
  • Industry-specific career advising and exploration opportunities
  • Expert guidance on how to apply for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, internships, volunteer positions and on-campus student employment
  • Resume and cover letter writing assistance (Check out our Career Planning Guide)
  • Job search strategy and support
  • Mock interviewing
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Job and graduate school interview preparation
  • LinkedIn profile assistance
  • Networking opportunities and resources
  • Insight on career transitions and workplace success strategies
  • Explore majors & career resources
  • Consider pursuing micro-internships through Parker Dewey
  • Gain experience through virtual projects through Forage - Sign up using the email address and select St. Francis College under College/University tab

Make an appointment

Online and in-person career advisement appointments are available throughout the year. Current students and recent graduates should schedule an appointment with an advisor on SFC's Navigate App.

SFC alumni may schedule an appointment with an advisor through SFC's Handshake portal or by contacting us at [email protected].

What happens in a one-on-one appointment?

We will ask questions to learn about what brought you into CCE at this time and what you are looking to accomplish. If there are many things you would like to work on, we will help you prioritize a focus area.

We will guide the conversation and listen throughout your appointment, providing ideas, support and resources and encouraging you to think critically. At the end of the meeting, we will help you set goals and next steps.

What is the cancellation policy?

We understand that emergencies happen, and you may miss a pre-scheduled appointment. However — if at all possible — we ask that you provide at least 24 hours' notice for cancellations. Please email us at [email protected] as soon as you know you cannot attend the appointment. If you don't show up to four (4) appointments in one semester, you will no longer have access to career appointments for the remainder of the semester. These policies help ensure we can meet with as many of our students and alumni who want to access our services.

Are appointments confidential?

Career appointments are private. If we are concerned about your well-being, we might be required to discuss or report a situation to another professional advisor or other administrators within the College.

Finding a job on campus

Qualified SFC students can apply for on-campus student employment positions on Handshake. There are mainly two types of positions related to on-campus student employment: Work-Study and Student Assistant. We encourage students to regularly check for on-campus student employment postings as many campus departments post these positions throughout the semester.


The United States Government provides Federal Work-Study funding for qualifying students based on students' financial aid eligibility. Upon enrolling at St. Francis College, the student's eligibility to apply for Work-Study positions is determined. International Students do not qualify for Work-Study jobs. Note that students are not guaranteed a position on campus. While students may receive Work-Study funding, students still need to apply for available on-campus student employment positions.

Student Assistants

These are positions whose salaries are funded totally by SFC. All students are eligible to apply for Student Assistant positions. Keep in mind students are not guaranteed to obtain a campus position during their time at St. Francis College.

Search for On Campus Jobs

Follow these steps to locate and apply for student employment jobs on-campus at St. Francis College.

Questions? Let us know at [email protected]!

1. Go to St. Francis College Website --> SFC.EDU

  • Student Life
  • Center for Career Exploration (CCE)
  • Handshake link for students
  • Single sign-on with SFC email address

You can also put in your browser, or download the Handshake Jobs & Careers app from the App Store or Google Play!

2. Once logged in to Handshake

  • Click on "Jobs" (Top-Left Corner on browser, Bottom of page on Mobile)
  • Click the “On-Campus” filter button

3. View Available Jobs & Apply

  • Left side will show the different jobs, to the right it will display the job that is highlighted
  • Read through the entire job description
  • Check if your interest and background align with position
  • If you have your documents uploaded within handshake you can just click “Apply”
  • Otherwise you can attach your reviewed resume after clicking “Apply”

4. After you apply

  • Check your inbox; you may hear back from the hiring manager and must reply promptly!
  • To practice interviewing, schedule an appointment with CCE in Navigate for a Mock Interview

5. After you Interview

  • Check your inbox; you may receive an offer and must reply promptly!
  • Work with supervisor to ensure you submit the appropriate documents provided before you begin working

FAQ/Tips to Search for On Campus Jobs

  • Apply within first 3 weeks that job is open for best opportunity
  • On-campus jobs are posted as they become available, so check Handshake often
  • How many hours per week can students work at on-campus jobs?
    • Students can work up to 15 hours per week. Read the job description as some roles may offer fewer hours
  • Can international students apply for on-campus jobs?
    • Yes, any student current student from St. Francis College can apply to on-campus jobs
  • The job posting says “work study” can I apply?
    • If you are eligible for work study based on your financial aid package, you can apply for the position; if you are unsure check with the office of Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the CCE provide?

We help students and alumni select majors and careers, search for jobs and internships and decide on graduate schools. We also provide important services such as vocational assessments, recruitment activities, career workshops and more.

Online and in-person career advisement appointments are available throughout the year. Current students and recent graduates should schedule an appointment with an advisor on SFC's Navigate App.

SFC alumni may schedule an appointment with an advisor through SFC's Handshake portal or by contacting us at [email protected].

When is the CCE open?

Center hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office remains open during the winter, spring and summer breaks. However, the Center for Career Exploration is closed several Fridays during the summer (June, July and early August), so please call before coming to campus.

How do I make an appointment with a counselor?

Online and in-person career advisement appointments are available throughout the year. Current students and recent graduates should schedule an appointment with an advisor on SFC's Navigate App.

SFC alumni may schedule an appointment with an advisor through SFC's Handshake portal or by contacting us at [email protected].

How long are appointments?

Appointments are usually scheduled for 30 minutes depending on the type of assistance you need. We also have counselors available on a walk-in basis for "quick questions" on Thursdays.

What are Career Fairs and On-Campus Recruiting?

To connect students and alumni, CCE hosts many career fairs, employer information sessions, recruiting and networking events and employer site visits throughout the year. Many of these events are a great way for you to connect with our employer partners for jobs and internships. For the most up-to-date listing of employer events and opportunities, visit Handshake.

Where can I learn about tests like the GRE?

Stop by the CCE to receive information about computer based testing services like Kaplan and Peterson's. We have information and materials for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, TOEFL, CLEP and more.

How do I sign up for a practice interview?

To make an appointment, please log onto SFC’s Navigate App for an appointment. We offer both in-person and virtual appointments. We ask that you dress professionally and send your counselor a copy of your resume and the job description before your appointment. We will practice commonly asked questions and review answers with you.

Where can I take an interest test?

CCE offers a variety of vocational assessments to help you articulate your personality, skills, interests and values. Students can access Focus2 Career Assessment 24/7 through Handshake. Additional assessments such as MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory are available. You should make an appointment with a counselor to take one of these assessments.

When should I start visiting the CCE?

The CCE welcomes students from their very first day on campus. Counselors are happy to discuss potential majors and careers with you at any time while you are enrolled and even after you graduate and already have a job. We also offer many workshops and activities geared to students at all levels.

What do employers look for in a candidate?

Employers look for students who are highly motivated, able to communicate their ideas clearly and concisely and can demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills. Employers also consider a candidate's academic background, appearance, comfort level with the interview process, and initiative. The skills that students need to demonstrate to employers make up the cornerstone of a SFC liberal arts education. You are encouraged to work with a career counselor to create a job search strategy, as well as practice the skills that will help you succeed in the process.

How can I find or apply for an internship?

SFC’s Handshake portal allows you to search for hundreds of internship opportunities. We encourage you to schedule an appointment through Navigate with one of our counselors to create your own internship plan.

Is it ever too late to find an internship?

Our office receives internship listings from every field throughout the year. It is important to start your internship search several months in advance to increase your chances of finding the perfect opportunity. We stress being flexible in your internship search and ask you to consider a variety of opportunities both related and unrelated to your major.

The ability to receive academic credit for an internship is determined by each college and/or academic department at SFC. Arrangements must be made before beginning the internship.

Internship and job opportunities for F-1 students?

Whether or not employers can hire students with F-1 Visas will vary depending on the employer and their specific hiring policy. Many employers do not want to hire F-1 students for internships because they are looking to identify potential full-time hires, and they cannot hire an F-1 Visa candidate for full-time employment, based on their hiring guidelines.

Schedule an appointment to discuss how to market your unique situation in more detail. This will give you an opportunity to identify additional resources or avenues to pursue your internship search. Finally, to increase your chances, you may want to consider looking for an internship at a company that has international offices.

How can I watch out for job scams?

The Center for Career Exploration team utilizes a comprehensive vetting process to review all job postings in SFC's Handshake system. We encourage you to use SFC's Handshake portal to apply for jobs and internships.

Look out for warning signs and better protect yourself against hoaxes and scams.


Look out for the following warning signs in any job posting you encounter:

  • The hiring manager promises a large salary with minimal work required.
  • The hiring manager offers you a position without any interviewing process being conducted.
  • The hiring manager uses a personal email or an address that doesn't match the company name.
  • The position expects you to transfer wire funds between accounts or asks you to pre-pay any expense.
  • The company sends you a large check and requires you to cash it using your personal account.
  • The company/hiring manager asks for personal information like social security number or bank account.
  • The company asks for your personal information before sharing the job description.


  • Do not deposit any checks before you start working at a new job
  • Do not lend any money or pay fees to prospective employers
  • Do not share any personal information unless it is submitted to a trusted source
  • Do not purchase any gift card or items on behalf of a company
  • Be aware of any free checks or calls that look questionable and ask for personal information
  • Apply for jobs directly to the company website, Handshake, and any other trusted source

For more information, visit The Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information on Job Scams.

Report suspicious employers and fraudulent jobs?

Are you the victim of a fraudulent job posting? Please see the following resources available for you to get help.

  • Call your financial company immediately and put a hold on your cards and account.
  • Place a freeze on your credit report. You can do so by contacting the three major credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian, Trans Union.
  • Save all correspondence with the potential scammer and any other proof like receipts, bank account information, etc.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Unit accepts reports of job scams and provides instructions for filing a complaint.
  • Report the scam to the FTC
  • U.S. Department of Justice accepts reports of job scam incidents over the Internet.

Remember to trust your instincts. If communication with an employer or company feels suspicious, end the communication immediately. Report fraudulent activity to us immediately. Please get in touch with us at [email protected].

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