Employer connections are vital to the success of our students in their professional journeys. There are many ways for you to get involved, from posting your opportunities in Handshake to joining a recruiting fair to sponsoring an event. If you are interested in customizing an opportunity, please contact the Center for Career & Professional Development at email@example.com or 240-895-4203. We look forward to connecting you with great talent from our College!
When you hire St. Mary’s College of Maryland students and alumni, you are hiring individuals who have learned to think critically, carefully, and thoroughly. Beyond acquiring job-specific skills, our Seahawks have learned how to be adaptable, lifelong learners—which is perhaps the most valuable skill in today’s rapidly changing world.
There are two main ways two hire Seahawks:
- Post your opportunities for jobs, internships, or volunteer service.
- Join recruiting events.
1. Post Your Opportunities
To connect with great candidates from our school, you or your recruiting team can post your job and internship opportunities in Handshake—the #1 way college students get hired.
- If you already have a Handshake account, please add St. Mary’s College of Maryland to your connected schools.
- If you’re not on Handshake yet, click here to create your account. Signing up is easy and takes less than 5 minutes. See here for detailed steps.
- Post your jobs using the steps listed here. On the “Schools” step, be sure you add St. Mary’s College of Maryland!
If you have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help.
Hire for jobs
The process to hire for paid employment is the most straightforward—just post your opportunities in Handshake, and let us know if you need any assistance.
Internships are an excellent way for you to support students’ growth and development while you train a future talent pool. We welcome you to hire interns at any time, and ask you to please post your opportunities in Handshake—and please report all internships to our team so that we can offer additional support to interns.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland supports standards from the National Association of College and Employers (NACE), which states that an internship should include:
- A learning experience with a real-world opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or replace the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- Learned skills and knowledge that are transferable to other employment settings.
- A defined beginning and end that is mutually agreed upon and consistent with institutional sponsor guidelines and schedules.
- A position description with clear responsibilities and required/desired qualifications.
- Clearly defined learning objectives/goals supportive of the student’s academic program goals and institutional requirements.
- Direct supervision by a professional(s) with relevant expertise and educational and/or professional experience who provides productive feedback, guidance, and the resources and equipment necessary to successfully complete the assignment.
Students are eligible to earn credit for any internship experience, as long as it meets all 6 of these NACE guidelines.
Funding for internships
St. Mary’s College of Maryland aligns with the NACE position that all internships should be paid.
If you are a nonprofit or community-based organization, our Signature Honors Internship Program (SHIP) provides opportunities for funding in a stipend format for enriching hands-on work experience that helps students prepare for the future. Requests are taken on a rolling basis, so feel free to submit any requests using the linked form at any time.
To apply for SHIP funding, please complete the following four steps:
Step 1: Request. Complete the Signature Honors Internship Program (SHIP): Internship Request Form.
- Hiring multiple interns for the same position? Fill out the form 1 time.
- Hiring for different positions? Fill out the form once for each position.
Step 2: Post. If approved by CCPD, post your opportunities in Handshake.
- Create an employer user account and join your organization, then post the position.
- Interview and select your candidates.
Step 3: Hire. Notify us at email@example.com which students you hire.
- We notify interns to complete required paperwork.
- Confirm that your hired interns complete all required paperwork before logging any paid hours. This is a legal requirement and will not be waived.
Step 4: Work & Learn. Students complete internships with your mentoring and feedback.
- Our team supports the students throughout their internship with professional development questions.
- We administer the stipends.
Provide volunteer opportunities
We are happy to share opportunities for our students to connect with nonprofit and community-based organizations for volunteer service involvement. Please post these opportunities in Handshake, and reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-895-4203 if you need assistance.
2. Join Career Events
We have a variety of events to help employers connect with students for internships and employment, from our signature Career & Internship Fair to customized events such as info sessions and employer info booths.
Please see our school profile in Handshake for a full list of upcoming events.
Each fall and spring semester, we hold an event-filled Career Week culminating in the Career & Internship Fair. This event is an excellent opportunity to not only hire interns, graduating seniors, and current students, but also to help steer exploring students to your industry by showcasing the amazing work you do.
To raise the profile of internships and celebrate the great work that interns and employers do, we are launching our first-ever Internship Film Festival during Career Week in March 2024!
- Time & date: Friday, March 22 7:00–8:30 p.m.
- Location: Nancy R. & Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
The event will have a live audience and will feature prizes for the top video submissions. There are three ways employers can get involved to help make this a highly successful event:
- Encourage video submissions. First, we would like to ask you to encourage your interns to submit engaging videos for the chance to be featured at the festival. While the content should be their own, you can help and support them through the process.
- Video Short: A 40–60 second video highlighting the intern’s growth, learning and experience during their internship.
- Feature Video: A 3–5 minute video highlighting the intern’s growth, learning and experience during their internship.
- Sponsor awards. Second, we have opportunities for employers to sponsor our 10 prizes. Please sign up and make a payment here in Handshake if you would like to sponsor this exciting event.
- Be a booster. Finally, you can sign up as a Community Booster in increments of $25. These funds will be used to help make the Internship Film Festival a success, and to provide other great career and professional development opportunities and programming for students.
Info sessions provide the opportunity for employers and students to connect either in person, virtually, or in a hybrid format to learn about an organization and its employment opportunities. Info sessions are offered every fall and spring semester and are based on the schedule of the employer hosting the info session. If you are interested in hosting an info session please contact us at email@example.com or 240-895-4203.
Employer info booths
Setting up an employer info booth is another great way for you to connect with students. Join us on campus to be stationed outside of our cafeteria during lunchtime for maximum walk-through traffic. Info booths are offered every fall and spring semester based on availability. To set up an info booth, please contact Melissa Golowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-895-4203.
SHARE YOUR WISDOM
In addition to recruiting students for excellent opportunities, you can also get involved by sharing your wisdom as a mentor, adjunct instructor, or panelist.
The Mentor-a-Seahawk Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is designed to help students prepare for life beyond college by connecting them with SMCM alumni for advice.
This program is a key component of CORE-P 102, “Career & Network Navigation II,” a required course for all students to learn about career and professional development.
For details, please visit the Mentor-a-Seahawk page sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations.
The Professional Pathways (CORE-P) courses are a key component of the Learning through Experiential and Applied Discovery (LEAD) curriculum. CORE-P courses prepare students to successfully bridge from college to career, and are based on the career-readiness competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
If you are interested in becoming an on-campus adjunct instructor, please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Professional Pathways Panels
Each semester, our Career Week events include one or more panel discussions where professionals from a variety of fields volunteer to join us on campus to share their insights with students. If you would like to be considered as a volunteer panelist, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-895-4203.