Connect: Why an internship?
For many employers, good grades and the right college major are just not enough. They seek employees who have paid their dues in the working world. Some of the most important benefits to students include: gain career-related work experience, develop your professional skills and preferences, evaluate a career without committing yourself long-term, expand your professional network, and exposure to workplace situations not typically found in classroom experiences.
On-Campus Interviews (OCI)
If you are seeking internships or full-time, professional employment, OCI brings prospective employers to the Career Development Center to interview and hire CSULB students and alumni. Also, employers increasingly utilize On-Campus Interviews to select internship candidates. Each year, these interviews result in employment or internships for scores of students and alumni. In fact, many company representatives who recruit at CSULB were hired as the result of an OCI interview.
Who Is Eligible?
- Currently enrolled CSULB student or qualified alumnus
- Student seeking an internship or full-time employment
- Possess an active CareerLINK account and accurately maintain all fields in the Personal and Academic profiles
- Have your resume reviewed by Career Center staff, then upload it into CareerLINK
- CSULB graduates are invited to use all Career Center services for one year following conference of their degrees. Less recent alumni who subscribe to full Career Center services (See Alumni Services) may also be eligible for OCI
Note: OCI is a program designed to assist current or newly graduated students, however, there may be opportunities for alumni on a limited basis. Alumni eligibility for OCI interviews is determined by the specific employer posting the opportunity.
What's the advantage of participating in OCI?
- Employers make a special effort to interview CSULB graduates and alumni. They come to campus to seek you out, to make it convenient for you. It may be the only time in your working life when that will happen.
- Competition is reduced when you interview for jobs earlier than other college graduates. Some students wait until after the graduation ceremony to begin looking for work. OCI participants often have multiple job offers before or soon after graduating. The odds are significantly better to get an interview via OCI than in the open job market.
Complete the profile page. Enter the address of the email account you use most frequently. You now have access to CareerLINK.
Is it necessary to completely fill out the CareerLINK Personal and Academic Profiles?
If you participate in On-Campus Interviews, it is extremely important for you to complete all profile fields. Failure to do so will cause you to miss out on employment opportunities for which you are actually eligible. It is important that you keep this information updated and accurate. Completed academic profiles including Graduation Date, Work Authorization, current phone and email addresses are vital for this program.
In the CareerLINK Academic Profile, what does the term "Applicant Type" mean?
Applicant Type gives you three options: Graduating, Non-Graduating and Alumni. In CareerLINK, Graduating refers to students who are graduating in the current semester. Non-Graduating is the Applicant Type for students graduating in future semesters. Alumni refers to individuals who have already received their degrees.
How Do I Apply for an On-Campus Interview?
- From the left menu on the CareerLINK home page expand "Jobs & Internships" and select "Discover" from the drop down menu
- Under the Search button, you will find a "See all jobs" link. Click on the link to expand your search
- Directly below the keyword search, you will find additional filters. Select the "All Jobs & Interviews" drop down list and select "All OCI Interviews" or "OCI Interviews I Qualify For"
- Click on the job titles that interest you and submit your resume and other requested documents
How do I upload my resume and other documents into CareerLINK?
- From the left menu on the CareerLINK home page, select "My Profile"
- By hovering over the Resume box on your profile, you will find a pencil icon that appears in the top right-hand corner. By clicking on this icon, you are able to upload multiple documents as well as a website, such as an e-portfolio
- To upload a new resume, select the "Upload New" button
- Select "Choose File" and use your browser to select and open the document file
- Label your resume (i.e. marketing resume or J Smith's resume)
- Click "Save" to upload the document
Note: To upload a copy your unofficial transcript, copy the document from My CSULB and paste it into Word, WordPad or other text editor. Save it to your desktop or My Documents, then use your browser to select the document and upload it to CareerLINK.
Once my resume is uploaded in CareerLINK, can employers see it just by scanning the database?
No. Employers only view your resume if you submit it to them.
What is the difference between "Open" and "Preselect" interviews?
Open: Self-schedule an interview if you meet the employer's Screening Criteria on the job posting. No employer invitation is required for this type of interview. Select your interview time on CareerLINK. This option is based on a first come, first served principle.
Preselect: If you meet the employer's Screening Criteria on the job posting, submit your resume for the OCI position. The employer will review all resumes and select candidates to interview. You will be notified by email if you have been invited to an interview. Then schedule your interview time on CareerLINK. You must first be invited to schedule an interview on a Preselect interview. Employers use this interview type most frequently.
How do the "Preselect" interviews work?
The example below shows Schedule Details for a Preselect interview.
Interview Date (s)
Schedule Type: Preselect
Resume Submission Start Date
10/1/2040 12:00 am
Resume Submission End Date
11/4/2040 11:59 pm
Sign-Up Start Date
10/7/2040 12:00 am
Sign-Up End Date
11/10/2040 11:59 pm
- Submit a resume until 11:59pm on the [Resume Submission End] date to be considered for a Preselect interview
- Employers review the documents and select their interview candidates after the [Resume Submission End] date
- How do I know if I'm invited to an interview?
- You will receive notification by e-mail very early in the morning of the [Sign-Up Start Date]
- Then you may login to CareerLINK to select your interview time
- Sign-ups end at 11:59 pm on the [Sign-Up End Date] and the schedule closes
Please note that the dates may change to accommodate the employer so check the dates that appear on the right hand side of the job description page under Schedule Details.
Why Am I Unable to Submit My Resume for Some Preselect Jobs?
You may not meet the employer's basic Screening Criteria for certain positions. You can review those requirements by looking on the right side of the job posting page beneath the Interview Date section . If you don't meet each criterion, CareerLINK provides a [non-qualify because] message under Application Status at the right, top of the job posting page. See the examples below:
- Your major is not among those specified for this position
OCI Screening: Majors/Concentrations
Business Economics, International Studies
OCI Screening: Graduation Date (Start)
Dec 2040 - August 2041
OCI Screening: Degree Level(s)
OCI Screening: Work Authorization
US Citizen, Permanent Resident
OCI Screening: Applicant Type
Graduating, Alumni (graduating means you are graduating in the current semester.)
How do I prepare for an interview?
- Attend Career Center workshops on Interview Techniques.
- Make an appointment with a career counselor for interview practice.
- Big Interview – Big Interview is an online tool you can use to practice interviewing at your convenience using a webcam. Watch video tutorials to learn how to tackle the toughest interview questions, then get hands-on practice with virtual mock interviews tailored to your specific industry, job, and experience level. To access Big Interview, go to the "Online Tools" menu on your CareerLINK homepage.
How should I dress for the interview?
Professional attire is required for these interviews.
When in doubt about what to wear, make the more conservative choice or consult with a career counselor.
- suit or sports coat and tie are preferable
- dress shirt, dress slacks, tie, without a jacket are acceptable
- dress shoes and dark socks.
- suit (skirt or pants) is preferable
- tailored blouse with dress slacks or a skirt without a jacket is acceptable
- closed-toe dress shoes with a low to medium heel and hose.
When should I arrive for the interview?
Arrive at the Career Development Center, 250 Brotman Hall, 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Check in at the On-Campus Interview kiosk by keying in your student I.D. number. Have a seat in the lobby and wait for the interviewer to call your name.
How do I cancel an interview appointment?
Signing up for an interview through the On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program is a commitment that the Career Development Center expects students to take seriously. Failing to show up for an interview or cancel in a timely manner reflects poorly not only on students, but also on the University as a whole. For this reason, the Career Development Center advises students to take special note of the following Cancellation and No Show Policies.
We understand that unexpected circumstances may arise. However, if you are unable to make a scheduled interview, interview appointments should be cancelled through CareerLINK whenever possible. Interviews can only be cancelled online before 11:59 PM by the stated Sign-Up End Date noted under the schedule details. The Sign-Up End Date varies by employer and schedule -- typically from 2-4 days before the interview date -- so pay close attention! If the Sign-Up End Date has passed, the student must contact the OCI Coordinator directly at 562-985-1612 during regular business hours prior to the interview.
What are the consequences of a no-show, no-call for a scheduled interview?
If the student cancels their interview after the Sign-Up End Date, or fails to show up for their scheduled interview, they will be considered a No Show and the following policy applies.
The consequence of being designated as a No Show is an immediate block from the OCI program. The student will receive an e-mail notifying them of the block. In order to gain access to OCI again, the student will be required to send an apology letter or e-mail to the employer within 48 business hours of the scheduled interview and provide a copy of the letter or e-mail to the OCI Coordinator.
After reinstatement, an additional No Show will result in a permanent block from CareerLINK. This block may be lifted after meeting with the OCI Coordinator in the Career Development Center to review professional expectations and actions needed to make amends with the employer.
The Career Development Center reserves the right to modify the terms and enforcement of this policy at any time.
A job fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with a large number of employers, in one setting, who are specifically seeking CSULB students for the purpose of employment. Companies may have entry-level (or higher) career openings, part-time positions and/or paid and volunteer internships. Be prepared to make a good first impression and prove that you've researched the employers of interest. Dress appropriately and bring copies of your resume.
For more help:
- go to our Jobs Search Process section,
- download our handout, Making the Most of the Job Fair , or
- talk to a career counselor during an appointment.
For questions, fill out our on-line form or call (562) 985-4151.
2020 Fall Semester Virtual Fairs
Engineering & Technology Virtual Career Fair
Wednesday, September 23
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtual Career Fair targeted towards recruitment of full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities in Engineering and Technology.
Fall Virtual Job & Internship Fair
Thursday, October 22
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Campus-wide Virtual Job & Internship Fair to recruit for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities across all majors.
- 2019 Fall Job & Internship 10/23/19 & 10/24/19 List of Attendees
- 2019 Engineering & Technology Career Fair 9/25/2019 List of Attendees
- 2019 Educators’ Job Fair 4/19/19 List of attendees
- 2019 Hospitality Career Expo 3/13/19 List of attendees
- 2019 Business Job & Internship Fair 2/27/19 List of attendees
- 2019 Health, Human, & Public Services Career Fair 2/7/19 List of attendees
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