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Job and Internship Search

Searching for a job or internship can be very difficult. Students often have so many choices and places to look they struggle with where to start. Here are some resources to help you begin the search process. At the bottom of the page you can see the most recent positions posted through Hire A Bearcat.

Avoiding fraudulent job postings

Career Services makes every effort to check the validity and accuracy of employers and job/internship postings on Hire A Bearcat social media accounts, however, we cannot guarantee that every employer or posting is legitimate. Candidates are urged to thoroughly review postings and use caution and common sense when applying.

Things to watch for and avoid:

  • Do not disclose social security numbers, credit card information, passwords or bank account numbers to prospective employers.
  • Do not agree to have funds or paychecks direct deposited into any of your accounts by a new employer – you should know them first.
  • Do not agree to purchase items and mail them to an employer.
  • Do not agree to pay for training items, certification or placement expenses. Legitimate employers shouldn’t ask you to pay for the promise of a job.

Most employers give the option of direct deposit or a paycheck, and make these arrangements during your first day or week of actual employment, on-site – not before.

If something sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you have questions, please contact Career Services.

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Northwest Student Internship Opportunities

The following are internship opportunities that are specific for students at Northwest Missouri State University. You can learn more about them by clicking the links below or contacting the Career Services office.

On-Campus and Off-Campus Jobs from Northwest Human Resources

The Human Resources department at Northwest posts both on and off campus positions on their website. Click the buttons below to learn more.

Missouri Legislative Internship

This internship provides outstanding networking connections and could be a springboard to many career avenues including public relations, law, communications, politics, state government, as well as many others. Selected intern candidates retain full-time Northwest student status while in Jefferson City.  Tuition costs are deducted from a $3,000 stipend. The remainder is available for living expenses while in Jefferson City.

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Steps in a Job or Internship Search

  1. Clarify your career goals. Where are you going? It will be difficult to find a job when you are not sure what you are looking for.
  2. Organize your job search. You should allocate a portion of each week for doing research on companies that interest you and for pursuing other means of contacting employers. Keeping accurate records, good addresses and the dates you contacted employers as well as copies of follow-up messages will be vital to your job search.
  3. Research the job market. Find information about companies and industries using their website, social media accounts, job board reviews and more. Knowledgeable faculty may be an additional resource.
  4. Network. People hire individuals they know, so the more potential employers you meet, the better your odds of landing a job. Develop your social and professional networks. Make a list of the people you know that might be helpful and contact them. Who on your list might refer you to someone else?
  5. Prepare your resume and apply. Tailor your resume to the potential job or internship to have the best chance to secure an interview. Make sure you follow all instructions when you apply for a position.
  6. Persistence and follow-up. Persistence is one of the key strategies in the job search. Whether you are researching job leads, sending out resumes, scheduling interviews, or contacting a hiring authority, you need to be persistent and pro-active. Follow all promising contacts with phone calls and letters and remember professional etiquette at all times.
  7. Prepare for the interview. Participate in mock interview days. Review research material, watch videos on interviewing. Plan to send a thank you letter immediately after an interview. Follow-up after an appropriate period of time. Script out what you want to say to the question - "Tell me a little about yourself".
  8. Make sure that this is the job for you. Before you accept or decline an offer, consider the offer carefully. Make sure the details of the offer are clear; preferably get them in writing. Details may include starting date, starting salary and benefits, locations, job description, and responsibilities as well as the date by which you must respond to the offer.

It is important to keep track of the jobs and internships you research and apply for. Use this Excel template Excel logo to organize your search.

Students who are starting an internship search can find answers to frequently asked internship questions in our Student Internship Quick Start Guide. pdf

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