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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.

 

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

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.

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International Opportunities

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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International Graduate Scholarships

There are a variety of international graduate scholarships you can apply for as well.

Marshall Scholarship

Campus Deadline: Mid-September

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. To learn more and apply, please visit their website.

The Rhodes Scholarship

Campus Deadline: Mid-September

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant. To learn more and apply, please visit their website.

Dr. Brian Hesse

For more information, contact:

Dr. Brian Hesse
bhesse@nwmissouri.edu
660.562.1290

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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Campus Deadline: Mid-September

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright ETA Program:

An element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, is sponsored and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright ETA Program fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries by providing a native speaker presence in elementary/secondary schools, universities, teacher training institutions, culture/language centers, or vocational schools. Fulbright ETAs assist in strengthening English language instruction overseas, as well as providing cultural insights in the classroom.

To learn more about this program follow the link below:

Fulbright U.S. Student Program website »

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Elyssa Ford
EBFORD@nwmissouri.edu
Assistant Professor of History
Fulbright Program Advisor
660-562-1213
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Boren Fellowship

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Established by Congress in 1991, NSEP consists of multiple initiatives, including Boren Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and the Language Flagship. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study the languages and cultures of Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Eligibility:

  • Matriculated in, or applying to, a U.S. graduate program
  • Planning to study abroad in an eligible world region
  • U.S. citizen

Funding:

  • $24,000 for overseas study
  • $30,000 for a combination of domestic and overseas study 

Deadline:

  • February

To learn more about this program follow the link below:

Boren Awards for International Study website »

Brett

For more information, contact:

Dr. Brett Chloupek
Assistant Professor of Geography
Boren Award Advisor
brett@nwmissouri.edu
660-562-1385
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Regional Employment Resources

Business Journals and Book of Lists

Northwest students have online access to American City Business Journals information from 40 cities including Kansas City and St. Louis.

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Resources for Candidates with Disabilities

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Industry and Position Research

Online Employer Databases

Green Career Information

Letter of Recommendation

Internship Photo Contest

IPC

A photo from your internship could win you a $100 Visa Gift Card! The photo contest is open to all students participating in internships, practicums, field experiences, and directed teaching experiences.

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