Welcome back! Now that the fall semester has begun, it is time to start thinking about how you will boost your resume this semester. It is a common misconception that only internships and full- or part-time jobs can appear on your resume, and that is simply not true! Not only can you include your academic information, such as your GPA and major, but employers are also interested in experiences you have had outside of the classroom. The best place to start with looking for those experiences is right here at St. Mary’s! All of the experiences included below are ones that can, and should, appear on your resume in addition to full and part time work.
On Campus Jobs: All campus jobs are advertised through HireSMCM, the Career Development Center’s online job and internship board. On campus positions come in many forms including Professional Fellowship Program (PFP) positions, Federal Work Study (FWS) positions, as well as others.
Undergraduate Research: One of the benefits of attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland is the breadth of research opportunities that students have. Students have the option of conducting research through St. Mary’s Projects (SMP), the St. Mary’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, and field research both locally and abroad.
MicroInternships: This is the Career Development Center’s job shadow program. Through the MicroInternship program, students are able to spend 1 – 2 days shadowing an SMCM alumnus over winter break. This is an easy to way grow your network, explore various career paths, and refine your career goals. To participate, students are required to attend the Resume and Professionalism Clinics, as well as the MicroInternship Information Sessions.
Study Abroad: Students who study abroad develop essential professional skills flexibility, adaptability, responsibility, and independence. There are a wide variety of programs students can participate in that vary in length and can relate to various majors and career goals.
Internships: Internships are the best way to gain experience and explore prospective careers. We encourage all students to participate in at least one internships during their time as a student. Students can use internships to earn credit and/or satisfy graduate requirements in a variety of ways.
Volunteering: St. Mary’s College Cares operates in response to the high degree of student interest in volunteerism, service, and social and environmental activism. We connect with student organizations, classes and interested students to get involved in a variety of service-learning activities. Students of St. Mary’s College Cares will walk away from St. Mary’s with a memorable experience, whether it was building a new home with habitat for humanity, or raising money for a cause.
Student Organizations: Consider joining campus organizations that fit with your career interests. Employers often look for skills that are developed through actively participating in these organizations including leadership and collaboration.
How will you boost your resume this semester? Tell us by updating your Co-Curricular Portfolio!