USA Career Services, located in Meisler Hall, Suite 2100, assists students and alumni in all phases of the career development process. As a comprehensive career services center, the office offers services to support career and academic major exploration, co-op and internship participation, identification and preparation for employment opportunities, and graduate and professional school preparation assistance.
Career Services guides students in determining career interests and selecting appropriate academic programs to reach career goals. The appropriate selection of a major can impact a student's desire to complete a college education and a student's success in college and the workplace. Career Advisors are trained to assist students in the various aspects of career and academic development. Among the many resources available to students are:
- One-on-one advising appointments with career advising staff.
- Career Resource Center containing information on career and major exploration, job search skills, resume preparation, interviewing, employer information, and more.
- Self-assessments and career inventories.
- Jaguar Job Link On-line job posting system.
- Resources on numerous career fields including entrance requirements and projected employment outlook.
- Graduate and professional school information.
Cooperative Education And Internship Program
The Cooperative Education (Co-op) and Internship Program enables students to combine classroom studies with paid work experience related to their major field of study. Co-op and Internships are designed to supplement classroom experience and to promote academic and professional development. Students generally complete one year of courses prior to beginning an assignment. Students receive academic recognition through a transcript notation for each term. Students do not earn academic credit hours. Employers and students appreciate this official recognition because it reflects a student's desire to obtain practical work experience while pursuing the degree.
Undergraduate students must meet general program requirements, including being classified as a full-time student upon participation in the program, completion of 12-24 credit hours depending upon the selected program option, an overall institutional GPA of 2.3 or higher for the Co-op options, and an overall institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher for the Internship option. Graduate students may participate after they are accepted into a graduate program. Program requirements may vary based upon the student's academic college. While the program is open to all academic majors, there are some majors/academic departments in which the curriculum may not support a particular work-schedule option. Students on study visas can participate in the program with prior approval from the Office of International Student Services.
The Alternating Co-op program option integrates multiple terms of work and academics. Students work in professional assignments directly related to their major. Students on the alternating plan rotate semesters of full-time work with semesters of full-time school. Students are required to meet and maintain an institutional GPA of2.3 or higher and remain in good standing with the university in order to be eligible. Engineering students must also complete MA 125 and MA 126 prior to participation. Students must meet with Career Services to receive program approval prior to accepting employment.
The Parallel Co-op program option allows nursing students to gain practical, relevant work experience at one of the participating area hospitals. Nursing students may apply to the Co-op program after completing the designated first semester foundation courses with at least a 2.5 GPA. Students must maintain above a 'C' in nursing courses, may not earn an 'F' in any course, and must be designated as full-time to remain eligible for participation. Students accepted into the Co-op program must meet with Career Services to complete the program orientation.
The Internship program option allows students to participate in either a part-time or full-time work experience to complement the student's major or field of study. Students are required to meet and maintain an institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher and remain in good standing with the university in order to be eligible. The student, employer, and the university work collaboratively to structure the work plan. Students should meet with Career Services to receive program approval prior to accepting employment.
Additionally, Career Services advertises internships that are non-paid and for academic-credit only. These non-paid, academic-credit internships do not qualify for a transcript notation through the Co-op and Internship Program. These internships are approved through the student's academic department and students should work closely with the department to determine eligibility for academic credit. Students may contact Career Services to be directed to the appropriate contact in the academic department.
The Cooperative Education and Internship Program provides valuable experience and flexibility for students and employers. For more information, please contact Career Services at (251) 460-6188 or visit http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/careerservices/coopintern.html.
Job Search And Graduate School Assistance
Career Services offers many services to students seeking career-related employment or those planning to pursue graduate or professional school. Jaguar Job Link, an on-line career management system, allows students to seek and apply for jobs, publish resumes, and participate in on-campus interviews. Career Services also offers advising appointments, seminars, job search and networking programs, and annual career and graduate and professional school fairs.