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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. To that end, we have created a Faculty Canvas Course to better enable integration of career and professional development curriculum into courses and programs. To request access to the Career Center Faculty Canvas Course, please reach out to your career center liaison or email udcareers@udel.edu.

PARTNER WITH THE CAREER CENTER  

The Career Center Faculty CANVAS page provides several module options for easy integration into a CANVAS course. Faculty are able to copy content directly from CANVAS and will find a wide variety of assignment options such as: 

  • A Career Center Overview

  • The Career Management Certificate 

  • Resume and Interview Preparation 

  • Informational Interviewing 

Most modules come with a video, instructions, and assignments which can be modified once they are copied into a course. 

Other options include requiring students to attend an employer event, career fair, or meetup and reporting on the experience.

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

Please reach out to your career center liaison or email udcareers@udel.edu.

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 email listservs and social media. Event or program details can be submitted for promotion through the Student Life Communications Project Request form.

Upcoming Career events

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JOIN THE CAREER INFLUENCER NETWORK


Through the completion of the online Career Influencer Program, Faculty and staff will become part of the Career Influencer Network, equipped with tools to support the career readiness of all UD students.

Become a career Influencer

A six-module training program designed to create a community of faculty and staff (aka Career Influencers) equipped with tools to support the career readiness of all UD students.

Get started by signing into your ConnectingU account to sign up for the Career Influencer Program under "Certificate List" to begin!

The Career Influencer online modules are self-paced and cover the following topics:

 

Module 1: Overview of the Career Influencer Program

Includes a synopsis of the structure and work of the Career Center, overview of each module, and discussion of the importance of your role as a Career Influencer.

 

Module 2: Career Exploration

Discusses the importance of encouraging a curious mindset while exploring major and career choice. Ways to explore and gather career information are addressed. 

 

Module 3: Alumni Engagement

Networking between students and alumni is a mutually beneficial process. Provides tools and methods for finding and connecting with UD alumni, both virtually and in person. 

 

Module 4: Experiential Learning

Types of experiential learning experiences are discussed as well as the concept of transferrable skills.

 

Module 5: Job Searching Skills

The best methods for job searching are covered, including networking and utilizing online tools such as Handshake. The basics of providing resume critiques are also presented.

 

Module 6 In-Person (Temporarily offered virtually via Zoom): Welcome to the Career Influencer Network!

The final module will be in-person (temporarily offered virtually via Zoom) and will celebrate the completion of the modules and your admission into the Career Influencer Network!

 

Program Completion

After completion, participants will attend a culminating session celebrating the completion of the modules and admission into the Career Influencer Network! You will have access to the CIN toolbox to help you navigate available resources and receive newsletters with continuing education opportunities.

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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. And to facilitate full participation for students who may not be able to attend/participate in critical career and professional development activities.

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.”

Grants typically fund the following types of activities

  • Career Education events
    • Virtual or in-person
    • Guest speakers to classes, RSOs or departments
    • Mentoring sessions
    • Panel discussion
    • Networking events
    • Up to $25 per student maximum
  • Career treks to companies or organizations ($50 per student limit—click here for FAQs and the Career Trek Planning Sheet)
    • Transportation to professional conferences via chartered bus or rental van for small to large groups (excludes all air, train and personal car rentals)
  • Non-Career Treks ($25 per student limit)
    • Guest speakers to classes, RSOs or departments
    • Mentoring sessions
    • Panel discussion
    • Networking events
    • Conference Registration for career and professional development or industry focused. The conference must be aligned with an academic discipline/major offered at the University of Delaware (does not include Greek, social, or other non-academic focused conferences). The maximum allotment is up to $50-$100 per student. One registration fee for the host faculty member can be included in the request. 
    • Registration or transportation to competitions (academic discipline/major only)

Grants cannot fund:

  • Existing programs that have been offered one or more times in the past
  • 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.

*Current UD COVID Guidelines will be used in conjunction with grant applications to determine eligibility.

WHO CAN APPLY:

  • UD faculty (includes faculty RSO advisors)
  • UD staff that work directly with students (instructors, program advisors, academic advisors, Greek Organizations, Academic and Honor Societies, 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 career related learning 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
  • A minimum of 15 business days advance notice


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
  • Identify a model or strategy that can be successfully replicated


Supports career and professional development of historically marginalized students as well as students with high financial need.

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 ten 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.
  • All students that participated in the event/session must complete the UD FSCIG Assessment Survey.
  • 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 be awarded when the completed student assessment surveys, 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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CAREER CENTER CANVAS WEBSITE FOR STUDENTS

Starting Fall 2023 all full-time undergraduate students will have access to a Career Center Canvas website. Please encourage your students to take advantage of the on-demand videos and resources available there to help them develop and achieve their professional aspirations. 

Students can also visit with a peer advisor during drop-ins or schedule an appointment for career counseling in Handshake.

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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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