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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
  • 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

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.

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.

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