Career Guide

Career development occurs as a process over time, rather than as a single event, and involves continual self-assessment, career exploration and experience, and decision making.  The Career Development Center (CDC) at Saint Joseph’s University offers resources to assist you with every facet of your career planning during each of your four years on campus. Review our Career Guide for help.

Career Development Center's Services:


Individual Career Consultations: Our staff of experienced counselors is happy to meet with you to discuss individual career-related needs. Students may call our office at 610.660.3100 to schedule an appointment.  For quick questions or for assistance with resumes and cover letters, please visit our Walk-In Centers, located on the third floor of Campion (Monday through Friday from 1-4 p.m.) and in Mandeville 206-A (Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m.)

Self-assessment: We offer two online assessments to help you evaluate your personality and interests in terms of majors, internship settings and careers.

Major selection: Whether you have entered Saint Joseph’s University without having declared a major or you are considering a change in major, the CDC is available to assist with the decision-making process. 

Mock Interviews: If you have never had a formal interview before, or if you would like to brush up on your interview skills, a mock interview is an excellent opportunity to prepare for the real thing.  Mock interviews are available through two formats: each semester, we hold Mock Interview Days, when professional recruiters visit campus to conduct mock interviews with students.  Additionally, you may call our office at 610.660.3100 to schedule a mock interview with a career counselor at any time.

Career fairs: The CDC hosts three on-campus career fairs each academic year.  Employers come to campus looking to hire for internships, part-time and full-time positions, so there is something for everyone!  Career fairs are a great way for you to meet with employers from a variety of industries to ask questions, gather information and to drop off a resume.  Visit Career Fairs on our website for upcoming dates and further information.

Job listings:  SJUcareers is a comprehensive online site that allows you access to hundreds of Full-time Jobs, Internships and Part-time Jobs - including job opportunities on campus.  The on-campus job opportunities posted on SJUcareers include both work-study and non-work-study positions. Through SJUcareers, users can post resumes and cover letters and apply to positions electronically.  To access your account (or to create a new SJUcareers account as an alumnus), please refer to the SJUcareers log-in window on our website: www.sju.edu/careers.

Internships: The CDC encourages all students of all majors and class years to complete at least two internships before graduation.  An internship is a great way to explore various career options, to “test drive” a career to learn more about it, to gain real-world experience, and to build up a resume.  Many internships provide a salary or the option to earn academic credit (with the approval of one’s academic department).

Career Workshops and Events: Throughout the academic year, the CDC facilitates a number of presentations on such topics as resume writing, interviewing, as well as a variety of career fields.  Check out Upcoming Events on our website for a complete listing.

Hawk Career Network: One of the best ways to explore various career options is to speak with someone who is currently in that profession.  Through a partnership with the Alumni Office, thousands of SJU alumni have volunteered to mentor current students.  Students are encouraged to visit Alumni Networking on our website for further details.

Graduate School Advising: Students considering graduate study are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss their goals and learn about helpful resources for the application process.  Students may call our office at 610.660.3100 to schedule an appointment.

On-Campus Interviewing Program:
Over 150 employers come to campus each year to interview graduating students.  Interviews are conducted right on campus in the Career Development Center in Moore Hall.  To register for on-campus recruiting, you must first attend a “Seniors…Get A Job!” workshop.  Visit Upcoming Events on our website for a listing of dates and times.  Once registered, you can peruse the list of employers and submit your resume electronically.