Your Junior Year
During their junior year, students become eligible for a large number of internships. The process to gaining an internship or co-op opportunity can be very lengthy. Thus, persistence, research and refining job search documents are of the utmost importance.
Winter Break and Second Semester
Winter Break and Second Semester
- Meet with your Academic Advisor. By doing so, you can be sure that you are on the fast track to graduation. Meeting with your advisor periodically can prevent you from taking unneeded classes, and help you monitor your grade point average.
- Prepare for on-campus interviews. In order to interview with any company that comes on campus to recruit students for full-time positions, students must meet a basic level of preparedness. This can be completed in one of four ways. (1) Complete the in-class portion of the H-E-B CAP. Any student who has participated in the Career Action Program through Dr. Wilson’s MGT 3003 meets the basic level of preparedness. (2) Attend the on-campus certification offered by the Career Center. Check Rowdy Jobs for workshop schedule. (3) Complete a mock interview with a career counselor in the CSPD. (4) Complete an online training module (Interviewing 101) relating to interview techniques. This final option is only available to students who learn about interviewing opportunities at the last minute. Further details on how to complete this requirement are available at the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD).
- Understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement. Make a list of professional skills and how you can acquire or further develop these skills. Practice articulating your strengths and limitations so that in an interview you are able to feel comfortable with talking about yourself.
- Update your résumé and cover letter. Update and review your résumé and cover letter making sure to use the COB templates. If you have specific questions, schedule an appointment to see a College of Business Career Counselor to review your drafts and prepare your job search documents for a variety of positions.
- Explore internship and co-op options early. Deadlines for summer internships with large employers can be as early as November of the preceding year. Look for internship possibilities in the COB Recruiter, Rowdy Jobs or via employers’ Web sites to learn about the requirements and deadlines.
- Use Rowdy Jobs and the Recruiter to find internship and co-op opportunities. Understand how to use the online Rowdy Jobs system and the COB Recruiter, which is available weekly or at the Center for Student Professional Development or on our website, or via e-mail. Any questions about use of these resources can be directed to the CSPD (BB 2.01.08).
- Meet employers at Career Fairs, On-Campus Recruiting Tables, and through employer events like information sessions and receptions. Do research on your targeted companies, industries, and opportunities.
- Expand your professional networkthrough clubs, professional organizations, family, friends, other students, faculty, and staff. Tell your friends and colleagues about the kinds of positions you seek.
- Enroll in the H-E-B Career Action Program (CAP). The H-E-B CAP is a certification program in professional development. Students have the option of enrolling in CAP when they enroll in MGT 3003 with Dr. Bennie Wilson. This program helps students prepare their résumé and elevator speech. Students also work on interviewing and networking skills with area employers. Details about how to participate in this program can be found in the CSPD.
- Consider an International Experience. If you haven’t completed an immersion program or semester-long study abroad but would like to, the fall is the best time to gather all of the necessary information and approvals. Meet with the COB Office of International Business Programs. Then meet with your academic advisor to see how the experience will fit in your degree plans. If you’re unsure where to start come talk to us in the Center for Student Professional Development.
- Read the COB Recruiter. Many positions are posted during winter break. Stay informed and apply to those opportunities that interest you. Follow up on applications.
- Stay positive. Maintain a positive attitude and be flexible and realistic. The internship/co-op search can take time. Have at least one focus area, but pursue alternatives.
- Revisit career resources. Use search engines, websites, publications, trade journals, professional associations, and directories. Many of these are available on campus through the John Peace Library, and the Center for Student Professional Development.
- Refine interview skills through individual coaching and practice interviews with College of Business Career Counselors.
- Network with College of Business seniorsto learn about possible internships/co-ops and contacts. Remember that people you meet at UTSA may help you get a job in the future.
- Apply to participate in the Leadership Challenge. This year-long leadership program is open to juniors and seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA. Participants meet with business leaders and engage in unique service projects while exploring the challenges of leadership. Contact the Center for Professional Excellence at (210) 458-4874 for more information.