Ball State’s Career Center, located in Lucina Hall, is full of a variety of resources for all students to take advantage of from when they first come to campus through when they graduate. According to the Career Center’s website, students who use its programs gain exposure to more jobs and land more jobs than competitors from similar universities.
The website states faculty, staff, alumni and employers who use the Career Center as a resource see the impacts on their classrooms, organizations and businesses where words like real-world learning, career-ready employees and return on investment are exemplified.
Some programs include:
Every student has a trained career coach who interacts with employers.
These coaches have grown strong connections with alumni, employers and partners who wish to work alongside Ball State students. They help align students’ long-term goals with their everyday choices.
Additionally, career coaches connect students with professionals who tell them exactly what they need from Ball State graduates. They support students all throughout the job application process — from helping them develop a strong portfolio to reviewing their resume and cover letter.
Key Careers is the first program students will be introduced to through orientation and throughout their first semester. The online program helps raise students’ career clarity and helps them engage in internships sooner than their peers by helping them identify a path for their passion and future career.
Career Ready is a guided program designed to help students earn and be successful in both their internships and jobs. It involves activities such as having a resume and cover letter reviewed, professional etiquette training and workshop attendance.
The Career Ready program has further electives including career fair attendance, workshops and job shadow experiences.
On-campus student employment
To apply for an on-campus job, students can visit the Career Center for a referral slip and bring that slip to a person or department on campus where they’re applying. Job openings are regularly posted on the Cardinal Career Link website.
After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Career Center also allowed students to begin the job search process online with electronic referral form requests.
How to get an internship
If you want to get a head start on career experience, you’ll probably want to apply for internships. While getting this process started can be overwhelming, there are plenty of resources both on and off campus that can help.
The Career Center
In addition to helping place you in on-campus jobs, the Career Center also helps students find off-campus opportunities and internships.
People often overlook this aspect of the Career Center and get left in the dust when it comes to finding the perfect summer internship. To avoid making this mistake, look early and often at the Career Center listings throughout the school year.
If you’re looking for an internship, chances are there’s someone in your college or department who can help. Professors and academic advisers have a wealth of knowledge and usually plenty of contacts that can hook you up with an internship. More often than not, these advisers are waiting to help you find a job because of the floods of emails they receive from professionals looking to hire students, particularly from Ball State.
In addition to on-campus resources, a simple online search can go a long way. You can search
for job opportunities from your dorm with websites like internships.com and WayUp.com. Also, depending on the type of internship, you can begin searching and filling out internship applications straight from the website. Be sure to give the company a phone call to not only ensure it received your materials, but to let current employees know you’re interested.
When you know what internship you want, you’ll have to submit a resume and cover letter. You can find free templates for both online. All you have to do is pop your information in and make sure it looks professional. There are also design classes and LinkedIn Learning tutorials to help you create your own. If that’s not your style, you can always befriend an on-campus designer.