Center for Career Development
The College of Business and Economics Center for Career Development (CCD) provides employers with innovative recruitment strategies and campus branding opportunities to fill your talent pipeline.
Career Fairs and Events
Through resume workshops, career fairs, networking opportunities, and campus interviews, the CCD strive to instill professionalism in B&E students, create experiential learning opportunities, and shape the business leaders of the future. View Fall 2018 Schedule of Events.
MountaineerTRAK allows employers to post internships, co-ops, and full-time employment opportunities for all majors, schedule on-campus interviews, search student resumes, and register for career fairs and events. All WVU students and alumni have access to the system. Create a free profile today and take advantage of all that it offers, including a simple and free way to promote career opportunities to prospective employees.
The CCD, in collaboration with the WVU Career Services Center, uses the online career management and recruiting tool MountaineerTRAK. Undergraduate and graduate students from all academic departments in the College of Business & Economics who will be graduating in May, August or December of the current academic year are eligible to interview. Each employer determines the specific qualifications and application process. Occasionally, some interviewing opportunities may exist for recent alumni. The Center for Career Development welcomes the opportunity to host employers recruiting for both full-time and internship opportunities.
On-campus interviews will be advertised to qualified students through several avenues,
MountaineerTRAK, social media, e-mails, and faculty endorsements. Organizations
are encouraged to provide detailed information, including marketing fliers,
social media posts, etc. to enhance student marketing efforts.
Types of Interview Schedules
- Open schedules are first-come, first-served. Eligible students who meet the employer's requirements submit an online resume and sign up for a specific time slot.
- Pre-select schedules allow all students that meet the employer's requirements to submit an on-line resume. The employer will review the submitted resumes and "preselect" those students who will be invited for an interview.
Other schedules allow employers to fill their own schedules from
career fairs or
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The purpose of the Internship Program in the WVU College of Business & Economics is to facilitate student learning opportunities outside the classroom. These experiences provide the opportunity to apply classroom theory to "real world" situations thus enhancing our students' academic and career goals. The Internship program is a valuable source for completing special or temporary projects and potentially filling permanent positions. Our students are dedicated, bright and highly motivated. Many employers tell us that our students bring new ideas and fresh insights to the workplace while displaying a work ethic that is beyond compare.
Benefits to Employers
- Interns are a great resource for one-time projects.
- Interns provide completion of special projects and fill the gap during peak workloads.
- Interns perform fundamental tasks freeing permanent employees to do more advanced or higher-priority work.
- Interns are great public relations agents; students can have a positive effect on future recruiting and hiring efforts.
- Interns can complement the organizational or corporate goals that focus on community involvement.
- Interns are often recruited to career positions reducing recruitment costs and lowering training costs.
Advice for Starting an Internship Program
Planning for an effective internship or co-op from the very beginning is a good way to insure a successful experience. A few guidelines are offered below to assist you in your early planning.
Ask Yourself Some Realistic Questions:
- Can you provide meaningful work assignments?
- Is there a professional staff person to supervise interns?
- Can you provide financial support (salary, gas money, supplies, etc.)?
- Do you have sufficient office space?
Create Effective Job Descriptions
The quality of students attracted to your listed positions sometimes depends upon the quality of your announcement. In addition to the position title, hours, salary, and location, describe the duties, qualifications and application instructions in terms that will attract students. Provide enough detail to identify specific academic disciplines and learning objectives and reference descriptive material such as your website.
At the College of Business & Economics students have the choice of applying for academic credit or doing the internship simply for professional development. Internships for academic credit require a faculty sponsor. If a student is seeking academic credit they will work with the Associate Director of the Center for Career Development and a faculty member from the appropriate academic department for approvals and academic assignments.
Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
There has been much attention given to the issue of paid and unpaid internships. Employers need to be aware of the legal issues governing internships and co-op programs to ensure that these programs do not unwittingly subject them to potential liability. The College of Business & Economics recognizes the value of experiential education opportunities. Internships, paid or unpaid, offer our students first-hand career related experience and the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in the workplace. The WVU College of Business and Economics supports the position of NACE - the National Association of Colleges and Employers and encourages employers to familiarize themselves with the guidelines set forth by the federal government.
The company/organization will assume liability for interns working on their premises. This holds true for both paid and unpaid (volunteer) interns. West Virginia University does not accept responsibility for student liability during an internship. If this is a major concern for a site, it would be advisable to contact the Associate Director of the Center for Career Development to discuss risk management concerns. No employee of the University or any WVU student is authorized to sign a "hold harmless and indemnification" agreement. Internship sites must be equal-opportunity employers and cannot practice "unlawful discrimination."
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