Center for Career & Professional Development

The Center for Career & Professional Development provides resources and connections for students to achieve life-long success.

Visit with Us:

Global Heritage Hall - First Floor
One Old Ferry Road Bristol, RI 02809

(401) 254-3224
fax: (401) 254-3497
CCPD@rwu.edu

Career Peer Mentor Resume Drop-In Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Friday

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What We Can Help Students And Alumni With:

Self/Career/Industry Exploration

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Not sure where to start, what your next move is, or how to get where you want to be? CCPD can help you explore yourself, careers, and industries through:

  • Appointments with your Career Advisor. Call the CCPD main office at 401-254-3224 or visit us in-person in Global Heritage Hall, First Floor. We can assess your values, interests, strengths, and skills to help you find the perfect career fit.   
     
  • Resources such as our Major Handouts, career databases, and the Guidebook to Career & Professional Development in Handshake to enhance your exploration and provide some answers.   
     
  • Career Advisor Drop-In Hours for quick questions.   
     
  • CCPD events to investigate different professional fields and opportunities. Learn directly from alumni and employers. View and register for upcoming events in Handshake.   
     
  • The Career Planning Seminar/Career Management Seminar. This comprehensive program helps you define your goals, prepare for next steps, and qualify for for-credit internships. Register for a section on Hawks Hunt. 

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Experiential Learning (Internships and Practicum)

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Internship Program:

The internship program at Roger Williams University provides students pursuing a credit-bearing internship with a hands-on learning experience related to their area of academic study or field of interest. For information on required pre-requisites, registration instructions, assignments, list of majors with required internships, video tutorials and more, please click on the Student Internship Guide below.

Student Internship Guide (PDF)

For a video tutorial on how to enter your internship/practicum into Handshake, please click below.

Handshake Internship Video Tutorial

Practicum Program:

Majors in Educational Studies, Public Health and School of Justice Studies must follow the practicum model. 

For an overview of the Educational Studies, Public Health, Justice Studies program, please click below.

Practicum Program Overview/Registration Information (PDF)

For a list of internship/practicum registration and internship paper deadline dates, please click below.  

Internship Deadlines (PDF)

Specialized Internships: 

Washington Institute (PDF)

The Washington Center

Disney Internship Program (PDF)

Application Process

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Be ready for both the internship and job search process by:

  1. Search for Opportunities. CCPD manages a multitude of internship and job search databases to help you find opportunities of interest. You can also explore networking opportunities on and off campus with employers and alumni. Talk to your Career Advisor about preparing yourself and ways to initiate networking opportunities. 
     
  2. Prepare Your Application Materials. Perfect your resumes, cover letters, references, LinkedIn profile, and other digital identity sources. Create or review your first resume with our Career Peer Mentors and schedule an appointment with your Career Advisor for more in-depth preparation.

  3. Ace the Interview. Your Career Advisor can help you understand and prepare for interview processes, expectations, and etiquette. 
    • Some employers prefer to interview you for opportunities right here on campus. You can view the schedule of recruiting employers and their position openings in Handshake.
       
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  4. Review and Negotiate Offers. Your Career Advisor can help you learn what to expect, what can and can’t be negotiated, and how to finesse the conversation to reach an agreement that works for both you and the employer.
     
  5. Accept the Position. Make it official—sign the dotted line and get ready for your next chapter. Make an appointment with your Career Advisor to review any and all parts of the application process.

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Job Preparation & Search

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The CCPD offers comprehensive support to both students and alumni in advancing their career needs.

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Handshake is your first stop to find opportunities and resources targeted specifically to RWU Students and Alumni. This is where we post internships, full-time jobs, part-time jobs, event information, Career Planning Seminar registration, tutorials, and more. 

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*Disclaimer: The RWU CCPD offers Handshake in order to provide easier access to position postings. The presence of these links does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation from RWU CCPD.

Career Shift

Search, select and store job listings from all public job boards and company job postings. 

  • Get up-to-date contact information, including e-mail addresses, for millions of companies. 
  • Access in-depth information about contacts and companies posting jobs. 
  • Record, save and store your correspondence history records automatically. 
  • Create personal marketing campaigns, including unlimited resumes and cover letters easily, and save them to access, print or e-mail.   
  • This web service is for authorized users at Roger Williams University using their rwu.edu email address. For more information contact us at CCPD@rwu.edu, 401-254-3224.   

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On-Campus Jobs:

Work Study Jobs: Federal work-study is managed at RWU by the Financial Aid Office.  

Payroll Jobs: Payroll jobs are offered by individual departments on campus. These departments can be contacted directly for position information and openings.   

Graduate School & Service Year Programs

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Whether you are exploring going to graduate school or a service year program post-RWU, the CCPD should be a stop on your quest for information and guidance. To get started: 

  • Make an appointment with your Career Advisor to discuss if graduate school or a service year program is right for you and to develop a search strategy. Learn about program exploration, selection, application preparation, funding, etc.

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  • Register for targeted events and review additional resources covering various opportunities, the application timeline, advice on personal statements, and graduate school entrance exams in Handshake.

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Presentations & Seminars

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The CCPD offers required seminars at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters for students and consistently hosts presentations for faculty, staff, and students across campus.    

Required Student Seminars:

Career Planning Seminar (CPS)
All students planning to complete a credit bearing internship or practicum must first complete CPS. This should be done at least one semester prior to your credit bearing internship. Please register for these seminars via Handshake (Gabelli School of Business students see CPM below).

Career Planning Seminar Handout (PDF)

Gabelli School of Business Career Management Seminar (CMS)
All students in the Gabelli School of Business are required to take CMS during their sophmore year, in lieu of the CPS. Please register for these seminars via myrwu.

Career Management Seminar Handout (PDF)

Presentations
Career Advisors host presentations on a variety of career and employment topics. Please fill out the below form to get us connected to your organization, class, or group. 

Presentation Request

Connect With Alumni

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Today’s job market is competitive. This is why the CCPD encourages RWU students to network and leverage their connections to learn more about careers and companies of interest.    

Below are a few ways of how the CCPD connects students with RWU alumni:    

Externship Program:

Shadow a professional in the field, many of whom are RWU alumni. In the field, externs will engage in meetings, presentations, brainstorming sessions, site visits and any other activity that may demonstrate an actual work day.    

This program will enable students to do the following: 

  • Gain an understanding of a field, career or industry  
  • Experience the transition from college to work 
  • Build their professional network 
  • Expand knowledge of employment trends, salaries and career ladders 
  • Be exposed to company culture and organizational structure   

Please contact Rena Piller-Thurston at rpiller-thurston@rwu.edu if you are interested in participating in the Externship Program.

The Roger Connection:

The Roger Connection is an online portal that allows students exclusive access to RWU alumni, family members and other students. This RWU database enables students to:

  • Connect with a mentor who will share expert industry knowledge and assist in the transition from student to professional 
  • Partake in a job shadow/externship at a member of The Roger Connection’s workplace. Job shadows allow students to gain in-depth insight into job and life demands of a career through observation of a business meeting, a company tour, or a session with co-workers 
  • Participate in an industry site visit with a group of peers to learn about a specific company, career opportunities, and gain job preparation advice  
  • Network with employers prior to their arrival to campus for recruiting events such as Career Fairs and Events.   

The Roger Connection (PDF)

LinkedIn:

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members. LinkedIn allows students to tap into the vast network of RWU Alumni to explore where they work and in what region, what they do, and what major they had during their time at RWU. It is a proven tool for employers to vet and recruit candidates.

For more information about how to build your LinkedIn profile and leverage the RWU Alumni network, make an appointment with your advisor.

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Events

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The CCPD hosts the following events: 

  • Fall & Spring Career Fairs 
  • Career Week programming 
  • Panels & Speakers 
  • Industry Networking Events   

See Handshake to view and register for upcoming CCPD career related events.

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Co-Sponsor an Event with the CCPD

Interested in co-sponsoring an event with your club or organization? Fill out the below form to get started.

Co-Sponsor an Event with CCPD (Student)