Office of Career Services

http://www.ncat.edu/careerservices

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 (undergraduates and graduates) for the achievement of successful personal and professional career development to meet the needs of a global society. Services are also available to alumni of the university.

All students are encouraged to register with the OCS and actively take advantage of the services offered. The office is adamant about providing students with the best services possible, using the latest technology and the most current industry information. As such, OCS partners with employers, the community, alumni, students, and the colleges to assist with service delivery. Services are provided throughout campus in the classroom, residence halls, online, evenings, weekends, and through distance methods (phone, email, webinars, and Skype), which makes it convenient for students to engage in activities and utilize the resources 24/7.

Cooperative Education 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 can participate. Participants must estab­lish and maintain at least a 2.5 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 a current student status while on assignment, students must be registered with the Office of Career Services and enrolled in the Career Services co-op course. The course will allow students to stay active and in good standing with the university, and receive a co-op notation on the official transcript. The university will charge a fee of $300.00. Payment is due by the first day of class of each semester. This co-op course is for zero credit which students will receive a pass or fail notation. Failure to submit all forms/documents could result in an “I” for incomplete.

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.

Academic credit is awarded by the department chairperson in respective colleges. Discuss plans to participate in a co-op and how this relates to your discipline with the department chair. If the department decides to award academic credit, complete the Academic Credit Form and get appropriate signatures. Please contact the assistant Director of Career Services for Experiential Learning with inquiries and questions.

Career Opportunities

The Office of Career Services provides access to thousands of positions for students which include on-campus student employment, internships, co-op, part-time, and full-time opportunities. These positions are located primarily in Aggielink, the OCS online job listing portal. Other opportunities can be found in MyPlan and the career resource links provided on the OCS website. Upon acceptance of employment (i.e., internship, co-op, part-time, or full-time), it is important to notify Career Services immediately.

On-Campus Interviewing and Career Fairs

On-campus Recruitment is available to students formally enrolled in a degree-granting program as well as alumni of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Opportunities are available in the local, state, national and international arenas. October 1 through November 30 is the official on-campus recruiting period for the fall semester. During the spring semester, interviews can be scheduled between late January and mid-April. On-campus interview information is available online (www.ncat.edu/careerservices) in the Aggielink Student Job Portal. 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.

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 fairs, workshops and meet-ups (formally information sessions). The office brings over 700 employers to campus and provides more than 15,000 position announcements yearly. The annual programs include the following:

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

Graduate & Professional School Fair – held in November and allows students to broaden their knowledge of postgraduate programs as well as learn about application information, scholarship and financial assistance. This career fair is attended by graduate and professional schools from across the United States.

Spring Career Fair – held in February, 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) held in March and is specifically designed to assist education and arts and human/social sciences majors.