Office of Career Services

http://www.ncat.edu/student-affairs/student-services/career-services/index.html

The primary mission of the Office of Career Services (OCS) is to provide centralized, comprehensive and progressive inter­disciplinary programs, services and resources to prepare A&T students for the achievement of successful personal and professional career development to meet the needs of a global society. Continuous career development assistance is also available to alumni of the University. Individuals who are formally enrolled in a degree-granting program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University or who are A&T graduates are eligible to use the facilities, programs and services of the Office of Career Services. These services include the following:

Student Employment Programs

Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) is an optional, counseling-centered program that offers students the opportunity to alternate periods of academic study with periods of work closely related to their major field of study. The combination of academic study and work produces an overall learning experience that gives greater meaning to students’ studies and more direction to career development.

Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree-granting program at North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) can participate. Participants must estab­lish and maintain at least a 2.0 overall grade point average. Freshmen must complete their first academic year prior to the first work assignment and transfer students must complete one semester. To maintain full-time student status while on assignment, students must be registered with the Office of Career Services (OCS) and enrolled in the Career Services co-op course.

Typically, a co-op assignment lasts a full fall or spring semester (12-16 weeks). Usually an employer will require at least two sessions, which can include one summer session.

While on work assignment, students are considered in good standing with the University; however, they may not be enrolled in courses unless they are applying for academic credit.  Participants are expected to work two to three times before they graduate and at least one work period should be scheduled other than a summer session.  Students who co-op during the fall or spring semester are assessed a $30 administrative fee by the University, which is due and payable during the semester of work.  In addition, students desiring academic credit for assignments must register through their respective academic departments and pay the required tuition. Please contact the Assistant Director of Career Services for Experiential Learning with inquiries and questions.

Part-time Employment opportunities are posted as received in the Office of Career Services and on the OCS website. These jobs provide local and regional opportunities for students who are interested in supplemental income during the school year. Students are responsible for making the appropriate contacts and following through with prospective employers.

Summer Internships offer students the opportunity to gain work experience in industry and government. These positions are offered during the summer and are highly competitive. For companies that do not actively interview during the recruiting season, applications and announcements are available in the Office and online. Opportunities are also available for participation in The Institute of Government and the North Carolina State Government Internship Program. INROADS actively recruits at the University. Interested students must meet the criteria and qualifications established by INROADS and the sponsoring employers.

Permanent Career Options

On-campus Recruitment is available to degree-seeking students and alumni of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State On-campus Recruitment is available to students formally enrolled in a degree-grant program as well as  alumni of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Opportunities are available in the local, state, national and international arenas. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University observes October 1 though November 30 as the official on-campus recruiting period for the fall semester. During the spring semester, interviews can be scheduled between late January and mid-April. There is no recruiting during the months of May through September nor during the month of December. The Office of Career Services on-campus interview information is available online. Students/Alumni must be registered with the Office of Career Services in order to interview. The present graduating class has priority on all interview schedules.

AggieLink, the OCS job listing service, exposes students and alumni to thousands of job opportunities available nationwide. Job listings are available online.

In addition to the recruitment function, the Office of Career Services is actively involved in exposing A&T students to career opportunities and professionals in various career fields. This is accomplished through annual career awareness programs, workshops and information sessions. The annual programs include the following:

Career Awareness Fair is held in September to give students an opportunity to network with more than 200  employers about full-time, co-op and summer internship opportunities and learn what skill sets are in demand.

Health Career Fair provides an opportunity for students to increase their awareness of the types and availability of careers in the health care field.

Graduate & Professional School Day is usually held in the fall semester and allows students to broaden their knowledge of postgraduate programs  as well as learn about application information, scholarship and financial assistance offered at various graduate, law and medical schools. This career day is attended by graduate and professional schools from across the United States.

Spring Career Fair, held during the spring semester, is open to all majors and enables students to talk with employers about full-time, co-op and summer opportunities.

Education/Arts & Sciences Expo (EASE) is held during the spring semester and is specifically designed to assist education and arts and sciences majors.

Additional Services

The Office of Career Services hosts workshops, seminars, counseling sessions, classroom presentations, and information sessions on a regular basis. The centralized, comprehensive and progressive programs, services and resources provided by the Office are tailored to be a gateway for the enhancement of the skills necessary to keep the A&T Aggie competitive in the work-place. All students are encouraged to register with the OCS and actively take advantage of the services offered.

OCS is available 24/7 to students, employers, faculty, and online information for parents either by visiting Suite 101 Murphy Hall or online at www.ncat.edu/careerservices. The website contains links, which includes information on summer internships and co-ops, What Can I Do With My Major?, on-campus interviewing and information sessions. The Office brings over 700 employers to campus and provides more than 15,000 position announcements yearly.

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