Career Services

Career Services

Welcome to Menlo College Career Services. Please take a few moments to look through the variety of services and offerings that we provide.

Location and Hours

The Career Center is located in the Academic Success Center, and is open Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

To make an appointment, please call 650.543.4097, or drop by the office and sign up for an appointment.

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For Current Students

Part-time Jobs

Looking for a part-time job while attending school? Students may work on-campus up to 20 hours per week. However, due to the limited availability of on-campus jobs, students often look for off-campus jobs in the local community.

Working On or Off-campus

On and off-campus jobs are listed on Menlo’s CareerLink, while off-campus jobs can be found on resources such as Snag-a-job.

Transition and Explore

First year students are encouraged to take time to transition into college life by being active in, and outside, the classroom. Students should also explore career options and confirm their major.

Career Counseling

Career Services provides individual counseling, including career assessments, for students who want to explore their academic and career options. To make an appointment, contact Career Services.

Career Assessments

Career Services offers a variety of career self-assessments helping you clarify your interests, skills, values and strengths. To make an appointment, contact Career Services.

Learn about Majors and Careers

Not sure about your major? Meet with the Director of Career Services to discuss your academic options, and see where those options might lead. Career information for each of Menlo’s majors can be seen on “What Can I Do W​ith This Major?”

Research and Prepare

Students should begin conducting research on careers and organizations in their sophomore year so that they will be prepared to apply for internships in the fall of their junior year.

Career, Organization and Industry Research

Information on both general and specific careers, organizations and industries is available through many sources. We have listed a few of them here.

The Bowman Library also provides journal, magazine and newspaper articles and online resources about careers, organizations and industry.

Networking

Students are encouraged to attend events throughout the year, and join the Menlo College Alumni LinkedIn Group in their sophomore year.

Resume, Cover Letters and Thank You Notes

Students are encouraged to prepare a resume prior to networking, internship or job search. Make an appointment in Career Services to have your resume reviewed.

Internship

All business students must complete 6 units of internship credit as a graduation requirement. It is strongly recommended that psychology students also complete an internship. Internships are usually completed during the summer of the junior year. All students should be prepared to apply for internships beginning the fall semester of their junior year. Preparation includes research, approved resume and cover letter.

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Employers

Internship Job Search

Students should begin their internship job search in the fall of their junior year. Many organizations post their openings and interview for summer positions early during the fall semester.

Exit Strategy and Launching Your Career

Whether a student is planning on full-time employment or going to graduate school, preparation and job search should begin in the fall semester of the senior year.

Job Search

Preparation – Mock Interview

Students may practice their interview skills online 24/7 from any computer, and then make an appointment with Career Services for an in-person mock interview. Students come to the mock interview dressed in an appropriate interview outfit. The mock interview includes a series of questions and feedback.

Graduate School Resources

Students pursuing graduate degrees should visit their targeted schools to understand the deadlines and application process. The majority of graduate schools require a graduate school exam as part of the admission process.

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For Alumni

Career Counseling and Coaching

Alumni may use the resources of the Career Services at no charge. Depending upon the needs of the individual, services may include one-on-one sessions and the appropriate career assessments.

Job Search Resources

Alumni may register and access the Menlo College CareerLink, our online job posting system, whether looking for their first job after graduation or a job change later in their career.

Job Search

Resume Writing and Cover Letters

Periodically throughout a career, and before beginning a job search, individuals should update their resume and collect measurable evidence of success. Alumni may make an appointment to have a resume and cover letter reviewed, or have their resume reviewed by phone or email.

Interviewing

Alumni may learn about and practice interview skills online 24/7 from any computer. To access the program, please contact Career Services.

Networking

Alumni are encouraged to create and maintain a LinkedIn profile, and to join the Menlo College Alumni Council. Alumni are welcome to attend events throughout the year both on and off campus. “Like” Menlo College and Menlo College Career Services Facebook pages to stay in the loop.

Graduate School

Alumni pursuing graduate degrees should research their targeted schools to understand the deadlines and application process. The majority of graduate schools require a graduate school exam as part of the admission process.

Hire a Menlo Student

Post an internship or job on Menlo CareerLink, our online job posting system used by our students and alumni. Contact Career Services to learn more about our “Just-in-Time” Recruiting Program, and how you can connect with students through clubs and faculty.


For Employers

Post Jobs and Internships

If you have an immediate need to fill internships, part-time jobs or full-time positions, the best way to promote your job opportunity to Menlo College students is by posting the position with Menlo CareerLink, powered by NACELink/Symplicity.

For questions or assistance with the posting process, please contact Career Services.

Recruiting Guidelines

Employers who recruit, post jobs, participate in on-campus recruiting or information sessions at Menlo College must adhere to Fair Labor Standards (FLSA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) guidelines and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Conduct.

Employers should be sure that the information submitted is accurate. By submitting information, the employer voluntarily agrees to make it available to students and alumni for their review. Career Services reserves the right to deny any job posting or employer registration at any time and for any reason, including, but not limited to, employer misuse of the system, posting inaccurate or misleading information, potential risks to the health and safety of students or any other practice which is inconsistent with the mission and values of Menlo College.

Career Services acts as a referral service only and is not liable for any damages incurred as a result of such referrals. Our staff reviews complaints by users of our services about job postings, employers or work assignments, as appropriate.

By participating in the recruitment at Menlo College, the employer agrees to abide by the terms and conditions discussed above.

Internship Definition

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths, and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Internship Guidelines

Internships usually are 10-12 weeks in length, but can be longer or shorter as long as approximate hours per units for the student are met. Students entering Menlo as of Fall 2011 are required to complete 6 units of internship as a graduation requirement, and may complete their internship either as two 3 unit internships (approximately 240 hours per semester) or one 6 unit internship (480 hours per semester). Fewer hours per unit are allowed for students entering Menlo prior to Fall 2011.

Timing

Internships for academic credit usually take place during a semester. However, some internships may start or end outside the official semester dates.

Internship Criteria

In order for the experience to meet educational and federal labor laws, Menlo College is using the criteria developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Internships should meet all the following criteria:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer, or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives and goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives and goals.

The internship definition and criteria were developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in July 2011, and are current as of June 2012.

Employer Responsibility

The organization must provide a reasonably detailed job description to Menlo College prior to the start of the internship that includes the tasks and/or projects the intern will perform. The job description will be used by the Faculty Sponsor to create individualized learning objectives for the student that combine performance goals with past and present academic coursework.

Employers are also required to sign the Employer Internship Agreement within the first two weeks of the student starting the internship. The agreement will provide the name and contact information for the workplace supervisor. The supervisor must agree to meet early in the internship with the faculty sponsor to confirm details, and provide progress reports for the student throughout the internship. A final evaluation must be completed by the supervisor and returned to Menlo College.

The employer must provide a safe working environment and meet all federal and state requirements and fair labor laws governing student interns.

Student Responsibility and Expectation

Students will be required to complete academic work concurrently with their field experience. The academic work will be in the form of written papers and discussion with other students. The topics are general in nature and refer back to their classroom learning. At no time will they be asked to share any confidential or proprietary information.

Students will be held accountable for the work hours set, and for completing the projects assigned to them. Student interns must dress and behave professionally and ethically, as you would expect of any of your staff.

Menlo College’s Responsibility

Menlo College will assign a faculty member to work with the student and provide the academic component of the internship experience. The faculty member may contact you to arrange a site visit or phone meeting to obtain feedback about the student.

All records and agreements will be maintained by Menlo College.

Recruiting Interns

There are many ways for employers to find qualified candidates for their internship positions.

1. Online Job Posting: Menlo College encourages all employers to use our free online job posting system, developed by the NACE and Symplicity, called Menlo CareerLink. This system allows you to manage your postings and receive resumes directly from interested students. The link is: https://menlo-csm.symplicity.com/employers.

2. Faculty Involvement: Internship and job postings on Menlo’s CareerLink are shared with faculty who will share your opportunity with students. Occasionally, professors seek out employers who are able to host a class for an on-site visit or to make a classroom presentation.

3. On-campus Tabling: Employers may request a recruiting table on campus at any time during the school year. A recruiting table provides the employer an opportunity to reach a larger group of students. The table is located in a central location on campus and employers will have exclusivity.

Attracting the Most Qualified Students

Providing details about job duties and responsibilities, learning objectives and outcomes and the benefits of working for your organization will maximize your efforts in recruiting the ideal intern.

The following elements comprise best practices for an internship:

Students evaluate internship offerings based on important criteria:


For Faculty and Staff

The primary focus of Menlo College’s Career Services is to help students identify their skills and strengths. We encourage students to learn about different types of work and to pursue a career that will allow them to grow and become an important contributor in their community throughout their life.

Career Services for Students and Alumni

Career Services offers a variety of services for current students and alumni, including help with choosing a major, career advising and coaching, networking opportunities, internship and job search resources and graduate school information.

Students are encouraged to introduce themselves to Career Services staff in their freshman year, and follow up frequently during their years at Menlo College.

Resources for the classroom

Career Services staff is available for classroom presentations on career-related topics, including resume writing, creating a LinkedIn profile, graduate school planning and job search. Information on both general and specific careers, organizations and industries is available through many sources. We have listed a few of them here.

The Bowman Library also provides journal, magazine and newspaper articles and online resources about careers, organizations and industry.

Contact Career Services regarding using Big Interview as part of your class assignments on interviewing skills.

Career Class and Events

Sophomores are encouraged to take the one-unit course, Career Management in the Workplace (MGT 120). Coursework includes career development model, career assessments, job search resources and action plan. Career Management in the Workplace is offered fall and spring semesters.

Throughout the year, Career Services provides special events for all students. We appreciate support from faculty and staff in encouraging student participation. Past events include Annual Etiquette Dinner, Major’s Fair (co-sponsored by the Academic Advising Office and Faculty), Accounting Scavenger Hunt (co-sponsored by the Accounting Advisory Board) and Tax Workshop. Check Menlo’s calendar for upcoming events.


Career Development Expectations

The mission of Menlo College is to educate and prepare our students to become business and community leaders. Here’s a brief overview of recommended involvement for your student over the course of their experience at Menlo College.

First Year: Transition and Explore

Second and Third Year: Research and Prepare

Fourth Year: Exit Strategy and Launching Your Career

Tips for Helping Your Student

Working Part-time On or Off Campus

Students may work on-campus up to 20 hours per week. However, due to the limited availability of on-campus jobs, students often look for off-campus jobs in the local community. Students should take into consideration their classes, homework, athletic commitments and leadership responsibilities prior to applying for a job. Both on-campus and off-campus jobs are listed on Menlo’s CareerLink. Due to the limited number of jobs available on-campus, priority is often given to students who have accepted Federal Work Study funds.

Off-campus jobs can be found on Menlo’s CareerLink and resources such as Snag-a-job.

Internship and Job Search Resources

All business students must complete 6 units of internship credit as a graduation requirement. It is strongly recommended that psychology students also complete an internship. Internships are usually completed during the summer of the junior year. All students should be prepared to apply for internships beginning the fall semester of the junior year. Preparation includes research, approved resume and cover letter.

Career Services works with faculty to identify internship opportunities and provide help with resumes, cover letters, thank you notes, and interviewing skills.

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