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The CAREER CENTER  

The Career Center staff is committed to partnering with UD faculty and staff to empower students to identify and achieve their professional aspirations. The Career Center staff members are assigned to academic departments and programs, advising offices and non-academic student services offices, and are available to consult with you on:

  • Classroom and Departmental Presentations or Programs
  • Employer and Alumni Engagement Opportunities
  • Student Referrals
  • Career Exploration and Preparation
  • “What Can I Do with This Major?” Questions
  • Experiential Learning (Internship) Opportunities
  • Post-Graduate Options

UD Career Center Strategic Plan 2018-2021 >

Upcoming Career events

PARTNER WITH THE CAREER CENTER  

Visit the Career Center staff directory to contact the following liaisons:

 

College/Program CC Staff
Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics 
Jill Pante
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Amber Ridgeway
College of Arts & Sciences, Arts Division Nichole Hitchner
College of Arts & Sciences, Humanities Division Nichole Hitchner
College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Division - Mathematical Sciences Rachel Stargatt
College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Division – All other departments Jen Laird
College of Arts & Sciences, Social Sciences Division –  Communication, Fashion
& Apparel Studies
Nichole Hitchner
College of Arts & Sciences, Social Sciences Division – All other departments Adam Helgeson
College of Earth, Ocean & Environment   Amber Ridgeway
College of Education & Human Development & Secondary Education Programs Cindy Holland
College of Engineering Rena'e Love
College of Health Sciences Jen Laird
Interdisciplinary Programs   Rachel Coppola
Non-Academic Student Service Office   Rachel Coppola
Associate in Arts Rachel Coppola
Honors Program Rachel Stargatt
University Studies Amber Ridgeway

 

The Career Center offers a variety of options to incorporate career planning and development into your First Year Seminar.
 

Click here to find out more.

The Career Center staff, employers and alumni are available to present on a wide variety of career preparation topics:

  • Overview of the Career Center
  • Resumes and Cover Letters
  • LinkedIn and Networking
  • Interview Preparation
  • Managing an Internship or Job Search
  • Managing the Graduate School Application Process
  • Industry and Job Overviews/Preparation (presented by employers or UD alumni)

Fill out the presentation request form to begin the process of organizing a presentation. A Career Center staff member will follow up with you within two business days. 

A number of courses and student programs on campus integrate graded, extra credit or professional development career related assignments.  


Some suggestions include:

  • Drafting resumes and having them reviewed by the Career Center staff
  • Attendance at a workshop, employer event or career fair and reporting on the experience
  • Industry Awareness Assignment - This assignment is designed to help students understand what it means to work in a particular industry, as well as think critically about why they are interested in working in that particular field
  • V-Mock Assignment – This assignment helps students create their first college resume and uses the V-Mock platform, which incorporates data analysis and artificial intelligence to provide resume feedback in three critical areas: impact, presentation and soft skills
  • UD CAN Assignment - This informational interviewing/career conversations assignment utilizes UD CAN and connects students with alumni willing to provide advice about majors and careers (one of many features available to students when they create their account)

We are happy to work with you to develop a unique career assignment for your students. 

Reach out to Associate Director Rachel Coppola for details at 302-831-8573.

UD faculty and staff are welcome to request an account on Handshake, the Career Center’s recruiting platform where all internships, jobs, programs and career resources are posted for students. Stay engaged with our office by clicking on “Your Career Interests” and signing up to receive Career Center emails and announcements based on career areas that are of interest to your students.  

Many offices and departments on campus organize career-related programming. We encourage you to open any events or programs to the entire UD population, which will help ensure strong attendance numbers for any speakers you may bring to campus.

The Career Center can promote your career programs and events through our email listservs and social media. Please forward details on a program or event to Associate Director Heather Tansley.

 

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FACULTY & STAFF CAREER INNOVATION GRANT


The University of Delaware Career Center Faculty & Staff Career Innovation Grant (FSCIG) provides funding for UD faculty and staff to create professional and career development activities for their students. Funding is provided to offset costs associated with infusing career-related materials and/or experiences into existing or new class curricula and/or departmental, program school, Division of Student Life and Department of Athletics-based initiatives.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $2,500 per semester, but applications will be reviewed equally regardless of the amount of requested funding. If you’ve received a grant in the past, you may apply again, but priority will be given to individuals or units submitting applications for the first time.

Awarded funding must be used for the purposes described in your grant application and approved by the Career Center Grant Funding Committee. Any exception to this must be brought to the attention of the committee in advance and is subject to approval.

FSCIG funding has supported dozens of career-related events for students, including mini-career fairs, guest panel speakers, professional conference attendance and more. Below are quotes from students about their experiences:

“I enjoyed coming to the career and development event because I was able to meet and interact with professionals that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to, otherwise. I've learned a lot, gained a lot of insight and had a great time here. I can’t wait to come back next year!”

“The most important thing I learned was how important networking is to gathering information. I ascertained some good intelligence information from the Smithsonian.”

“I very much enjoyed hearing about all of the experience that the panelists had. They answered a lot of questions, and seemed to be very willing to help us. Any opportunity to speak with people who work in the field that I want to work in is a good time.”

“It was great to have the opportunity to eat dinner with the speakers and engage in authentic conversation!”

Grants typically fund the following types of activities:

  • Networking and recruiting events with employers and alumni ($25 per student limit)
  • Career treks to companies or organizations ($50 per student limit—click here for FAQs and the Career Trek Planning Sheet)
  • Guest speakers to classes, RSOs or departments
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Panel discussion
  • Networking events
  • Transportation to professional conferences via chartered bus or rental van for small to large groups (excludes all air, train and personal car rentals)

 

Grants cannot fund:

  • Personal/individual travel expenses or personal need expenses, except for specific presenters brought to campus for a specific activity/event
  • Existing programs as currently implemented
  • Conference registrations or wages/salaries (e.g., grants are not intended to pay for individual faculty, staff or students to attend conferences)
  • Entertainment expenses that do not have a clearly defined educational/career component
  • Scholarships, stipends or housing expenses
  • Gift cards (Visa, Bookstore, etc.)
  • Pay for alcoholic beverages
  • Honorariums or payments for full-time UD faculty and staff*
  • Registration or transportation to competitions

*Honorariums for part-time, contractual staff and adjunct faculty may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

WHO CAN APPLY:

  • UD faculty (includes faculty RSO advisors)
  • UD staff that work directly with students (instructors, program advisors, academic advisors, RSO advisors, etc.)


REQUIRED MATERIALS AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To apply for an award, you must complete the Grant Application.


All application submissions require:

  • The primary contact or project leader must be a faculty or staff member who does not work for the Career Center (Career Center staff can support projects, but cannot be project leaders)
  • A timeline for the project
  • A clear description of the purpose of the project and how it will enhance the professional and career development of UD students
  • A summary of expected outcomes and the expected number of students the project will impact
  • An explanation of how the information will be shared with students who are not able to attend the events/activities (e.g., video recordings, summary notes, list of additional resources, “how to” guides for other staff or faculty to replicate a similar project, etc.)
  • A description of how the project will be continued or sustained in the future after the initial funds have been used if the program or event is not a one time event (projects will be funded one time only)
  • An itemized budget


Project applications that exhibit one or more of the following will be given the highest consideration:

  • Connect or build upon other strategic priorities of the university
  • Involve collaboration, whether it is interdisciplinary by field or by the makeup of faculty, students and staff, particularly with the Career Center
  • Available to all students with the potential for a significant impact (e.g., sustainable and/or far-reaching, broad or deep)
  • Identify a model or strategy that can be successfully replicated
  • Include results and/or outcomes that are clearly measurable

Applications are reviewed and allocated by a Career Center Grant Fund Committee made up of Career Center professionals. Funding decisions are made within seven to 10 business days.  

  • To officially accept a grant, recipients must complete, sign and submit the UD Career Center Award Acceptance Agreement and the Budget Form.
  • Recipients are expected to assist in sharing their experience with the UD community. This may include written summaries for newsletters, annual reports or attending events.
  • Upon conclusion of a project or event, recipients are also required to submit a financial record to include all expenditures, income and receipts.
  • Awardees are also required to submit a one-page post-event summary outlining the outcomes achieved by utilizing the grant, as well as include the names and UD IDs of each student participant (a link to the form will be provided by grant committee). Photos should also be included in the grant summary along with a signed photo release from students that are in the photo(s). The photo release forms can be found here.
  • Please name the UD Career Center Faculty & Staff Career Innovation Grant through websites, annual reports, literature, newsletters or news releases, etc. Promotional materials should also be shared with Career Center for cross-marketing purposes. The award must be used for the activities outlined in the application.
  • Awardees will be reimbursed for the amount included in submitted receipts, even if they do not end up using the entire amount awarded.
  • Funds will not be awarded until post-event summary, photos and attendance information has been received.

Past Awardees Include:

 

Department

Point of Contact

Project/Event

Biden School of Public Policy

 

Senator Bryan Townsend

Career Trek to Washington DC for College Democrats

Department of
Behavioral Health & Nutrition

Sandra Baker

Pediatric Feeding Disorders Seminar – STAR Campus

University Student Centers – RSO Harrington Theatre Arts Company (HTAC)

Susan Luchey

“I Can Do That” Professional Development Fair – Perkins Student Center

Anthropology

Carla Guerron Montero

 

Career Trek to American Anthropological Association in Virginia in Washington DC

Student Wellness & Health Promotion

Logan Penna

Wellness Speaker Series – Kirkbride Hall

CANR/Plant & Soil Sciences

Mark Isaacs

Undergraduate Career Planning & Professional Development Fair – Townsend Hall

University Student Centers – RSO Student Government

Alex Keen

Career Clothing Closet – Perkins Student Center

University Studies Program & 7 RSO’s

Kathryn Goldman

Annual Health Professions Fair – Trabant University Center

Art History

Monica Dominguez Torres

Career Trek to Washington DC for Alumni Event at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Political Science & International Relations

David Redlawsk

Public Service Speed Networking Event – UD Career Center

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REFERRING STUDENTS FOR CAREER COUNSELING & COACHING


The Career Center’s professionally trained career counselors meet one-on-one with students from all colleges and majors to help them develop and achieve their professional aspirations.

Students can schedule an appointment by logging into Handshake and choosing "Schedule a New Appointment."

If you would like to discuss a student in confidence, please reach out to your designated Career Center contact.

Visit the Career Center staff directory to contact the following liaisons:

 

College/Program CC Staff
Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics 
Jill Pante
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Amber Ridgeway
College of Arts & Sciences, Arts Division Nichole Hitchner
College of Arts & Sciences, Humanities Division Nichole Hitchner
College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Division - Mathematical Sciences Rachel Stargatt
College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Division – All other departments Jen Laird
College of Arts & Sciences, Social Sciences Division –  Communication, Fashion
& Apparel Studies
Nichole Hitchner
College of Arts & Sciences, Social Sciences Division – All other departments Adam Helgeson
College of Earth, Ocean & Environment   Amber Ridgeway
College of Education & Human Development & Secondary Education Programs Cindy Holland
College of Engineering Rena'e Love
College of Health Sciences Jen Laird
Interdisciplinary Programs   Rachel Coppola
Non-Academic Student Service Office   Rachel Coppola
Associate in Arts Rachel Coppola
Honors Program Rachel Stargatt
University Studies Amber Ridgeway

 

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HIRE A UD STUDENT TO WORK IN YOUR DEPARTMENT

 

The Career Center is happy to assist you with finding talented UD students to work in your department. A variety of on-campus positions, including work study, are posted to Handshake for students to apply. Faculty or staff desiring to post positions in Handshake must register themselves and their department under the "Employer" section of Handshake.

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EMPLOYERS & ALUMNI

The Career Center is happy to work with any employers or alumni seeking your students for internships or jobs, and will make sure they have a positive recruiting experience. 

Do not hesitate to forward any email or voicemail you receive to Lynn Sydnor-Epps, Associate Director for Employer Relations (lynnepps@udel.edu, 302-831-3159).

If you would like to forward positions to your students that were sent by employers or alumni, please first review the following short articles to protect yourself legally, and to ensure all students have an opportunity to consider the positions:

Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Student Hiring Practices

Legal Q&A: Can a Faculty Member Prescreen Candidates for an Employer?

The Career Center offers a number of opportunities for students to support their career development and preparation. Please share this information with alumni and we will ensure they have a positive engagement experience. The contact point for each engagement opportunity is listed on the alumni page linked above.

One effective way to connect alumni with students for valuable career engagement opportunities is through the UD Career Acceleration Network, which allows alumni advisers to offer career conversations, job/internship search preparation, graduate school resources and job shadowing opportunities, among others.

Your Career Center staff contact and UD’s Alumni Relations Office can consult with you on additional ways to engage your alumni. 

Here is a sample faculty reference letter for when a student is applying to a position.

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Contact us:

E-mail: udcareers@udel.edu
Phone: (302) 831-2392
401 Academy Street • Newark, DE 19716

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