Workshops & Events

The Career Development Center provides workshops, information sessions, job fairs and events to help students explore and prepare for their career opportunities as well as connect with employers to gain insight on the current job market and the skills needed to succeed.

Career Workshops

There are various workshops to assist you in selecting a major or career path, as well as obtaining a full/part-time job or internship.

For a complete schedule of workshop titles, dates, times, and locations, go to the calendar.

RSVP Save Your Spot!

Attendees who RSVP will have priority seating

  1. From CareerLINK click on the Events tab
  2. Select Workshops in the drop down menu
  3. Select a workshop, and RSVP!

Career Development Center | Brotman Hall Rm 250

Online Workshops

Find a Major That Fits
  • Unsure of your career direction?
  • Wondering which major to choose?
  • Need more information about what you can do with your major?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then the Career Development Center can assist you! Finding a major means identifying your interests, values, and transferable skills and how your personality fits best with different work environments. This comprehensive online workshop will help you get started on the path to finding your major, and, in the long run, your career.

Begin the workshop now! - Find a Major That Fits

Dress for interview Success

Making a positive first impression is essential in a job interview. An employer’s opinion of you is not only based on your skills, but also on how you present yourself. By dressing professionally you can show employers that you mean business. This workshop addresses the importance of appropriate dress as it relates to interviewing and business situations. Information is shared about the differences between business attire and business casual.

Begin the workshop now! – Dress for interview Success

CandidCareer Videos

Access hundreds of videos that cover a variety of topics such as resumes, cover letters, networking, internships, career fairs, interviewing, salary negotiating, graduate school, and business attire and etiquette.

Employer Info Sessions

An Information Session is a presentation given by an employer to provide you with details about the various career paths and benefits offered by their company. The benefits of an Information Session are varied:

  • This is an excellent opportunity to speak directly with company representatives in a personalized, informal environment. Information Sessions are usually held in the Career Center Conference Room
  • The session offers a realistic, insider's viewpoint of work life in a specific industry.
  • Students repeatedly say it is more satisfying to talk face-to-face with employers than to merely search a company web site.
  • This is an opportunity to network with company recruiters and to ask questions.

Go to the calendar to find the full schedule of dates, times and locations of Employer Information Sessions. These events may also be viewed by clicking on the Events button at the top of the CareerLINK home page and selecting the Information Session tab.

Job Fairs

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:

For questions, fill out our on-line form or call (562) 985-4151.

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

2017 Engineering Job & Internship Fair

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12 - 4 PM
  • University Student Union, Ballrooms
  • List of attendees

2017 Fall Job & Internship Fair

  • Day 1 - Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Day 2 - Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • University Student Union, Ballrooms
  • List of attendees

2018 Spring Job & Internship Fair

  • Day 1 - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (Government & Social Services)
  • Day 2 - Thursday, February 22, 2018 (Business & Healthcare)
  • University Student Union, Ballrooms

2018 Educators' Job Fair

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 12 - 4 PM
  • Open to school districts, charter & magnet schools and education & youth-focused organizations
  • University Student Union, Ballrooms

Past Events

Internship Events

Internship events help to connect you with internship opportunities whether through a weeklong event, a conference, or the essay contest reception. These events are designed to create awareness of the great internship opportunities that CSULB students have available to them. Many of our students have been very successful in obtaining multiple internship opportunities while pursuing their degree here at CSULB. We want to share these success stories and help all students become aware of the value of internships.

or many employers, good grades and the right college major are just not enough. Employers seek recent graduates who are well-rounded and bring a variety of skills. According to the 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey of National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 56.5% of students who completed an internship were made full-time offers at the completion of their internship assignment.

During Internship Week, you will learn key resources and techniques on how to look and search for an internship. You will also have the opportunity to meet employers and obtain recommendations on how to present yourself as an ideal candidate on your application materials. The employers will also discuss current and upcoming internship opportunities available in their organization!

All workshops will be held at the Career Development Center, Brotman Hall 250, unless otherwise specified.
RSVP to reserve your spot via CareerLINK!

2014 Internship Week Events Schedule
Monday, March 24, 2014 Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Thursday, March 27, 2014
Careers & Internships in STEM at  12 - 1 PM
Obtain insight about the multiple career fields you can pursue with a STEM degree. This workshop will also discuss where to search for internship opportunities.
Tapping into the Non-Profit Sector at 1 - 2 PM
Are you interested in making an impact in your community? Have you considered pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector? Come learn from a panel of experts about the various career fields you can pursue in the nonprofit sector. The panelists will provide tips and advice on how to communicate your skills and experiences to help present yourself as an ideal candidate for a meaningful internship position. 
NASA
NASA Information Session at 12 - 1 PM
Interested in obtaining an internship with NASA? A representative from NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative will share with students the various internship programs available through NASA including typical projects students complete during their internship experience. The representative will cover key deadlines and how to navigate the online application.
Careers & Internships in the Arts  at 1 - 2 PM
Come learn about the various career fields you can pursue with a degree in the arts. Workshop will cover different internship opportunities available to students pursuing a degree in the arts.
CSU Media
CSU Media Internship Program - Information Session at 4 - 5 PM
The CSU Media Internship program offers a wide range of internship opportunities in the media/entertainment industry! Come learn about the current opportunities with major studios and independent companies. Our representative will provide advice on how to develop a competitive application for acceptance into the program.
BET Network
BET Networks - Information Session at 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Internship Opportunities in:
  • Media Sales
  • Business & Legal Affairs
  • Programming
  • Finance
  • Production
  • Post Production
  • Corporate Communications (PR)
  • Talent Relations
Internships: Explore your Options! At 2 - 3 PM
Learn how to use the resources available at the Career Development Center to explore internships and find out the requirements to receive academic credit for your internship.
Southern Wine & Spirits of America
Careers in the Wine Industry at 5 - 7 PM
This is a career seminar and networking event for those interested in starting a career in the wine or hospitality industry. Meet industry experts and learn about their summer internship opportunities. Food will be served and a mixologist will be on hand with demonstrations.
  Vans
Vans - Information Session at 4 - 5 PM
Internship Opportunities:
  • Apparel Tech Design
  • International Sales
  • Public Relations
  • Video Production
  • Human Resources
  • Interactive Marketing
  • Footwear Design
REEFVF
Ross Dress for Less
Ross Stores, Inc. - Information Session at 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Do you have strong communication, retail, and organizational skills? Come learn about the various career paths in Ross' Buying hierarchy and obtain further information regarding their full-time and intern positions being offered.
Internship Opportunities:
  • Assistant Buyer (5 positions)
 

Contest Details:

2016 Internship Essay Contest Recipients
2016 Internship Essay Contest Recipients
Pictured from left to right: Amanda Garcia (College of Education) Miranda Horton (College of Business Administration), Isabel Mejia (College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics), Ryan Sweeney (College of Liberal Arts), Ivy Walsh (College of the Arts), Grace Thornburgh (College of Liberal Arts), Gabriela Arteaga (College of Health and Human Services), Phuong Hoang Tran (College of Engineering)

  • Did you take part in an internship in Fall 2016 or Spring/Summer 2017?
  • Interested in winning a $500 scholarship?

You are invited to participate in the 2017 Career Development Center Internship Essay Contest. One lucky winner will be chosen from each of the seven colleges to receive a $500 scholarship. One of the seven winners will then be chosen to win an additional award of $500.

The winning essays will also be submitted to the California Internship and Work Experience Association (CIWEA) Bernard L. Hyink Scholarship, for a chance to win a $1000 scholarship.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled CSULB student
  • Must have completed an internship, practicum, fieldwork, or student teaching assignment in Fall 2016 or Spring/Summer 2017 (at least 120 hours of work experience)
  • Must be enrolled during Spring 2018 semester to receive award
  • Previous winners and student interns of the Career Development Center are not eligible

To enter the contest:

2016 Internship Essay Contest Recipients
2016 College of Engineering Contest Winner
Pictured from left to right: Jina Lee Flores (Lead Career Counselor), Dr. Forouzan Golshani (Dean, College of Engineering)), Phuong Hoang Tran (College of Engineering Contest Winner), Dr. Yi Chao (Seatrec)

  1. Log into CareerLINK via http://sso.csulb.edu
  2. Click on “Surveys” on the left
  3. Open the “2017 Internship Essay Contest” by clicking “Respond” (you may save your draft if you want to come back to it later)
  4. Complete the form and answer the essay prompt in 750 words or less:
    • Briefly describe the organization you interned for.
    • What projects and assignments did you complete?
    • What knowledge or skills from your coursework were helpful on the job?
    • What new skills and abilities have you developed since completing your internship?
    • How did you stand out as an intern?
    • What was your proudest accomplishment?
    • How did your internship experience influence your career path?
  5. Submissions must be completed and received by 11:59 PM Friday, October 20, 2017.

Important: The scholarship award must be reported to financial aid and previous winners and current interns of the Career Development Center are not eligible to participate.

For Additional Information

Contact the Internship Program Office at the Career Development Center or complete our on-line Help Form.

2016 Internship Essay Contest Winner - Ryan Sweeney

Sample Winning Essay:

2016 Internship Essay Contest Recipients
2016 Overall Essay Contest Winner
Pictured from left to right: Ryan Sweeney (Overall Essay Contest Winner), Manuel Perez (Director, Career Development Center)

I had the pleasure of serving as a congressional intern in the United States House of Representatives in the office of Jerry McNerney, who represents the 9th district of California. In this position, I was responsible for a number of administrative roles, including but not limited to taking constituent phone calls, processing orders for U.S. flags flown over the Capitol, routing mail, and receiving guests to the office. I was also responsible for a number of directed policy research projects to assist the legislative staff, which involved reading, copious writing, and attending briefings. The projects I was involved in included a proposal to minimize food waste in federal agencies, a bill to limit malicious litigation over the Americans with Disabilities Act, and a bill aimed at mitigating the harmful effects of the drought in California by utilizing creative solutions and smart infrastructure.

It was in the research portion of the internship where I was able to apply concepts I had studied in classes, both policy and non-policy specific. I was able to apply knowledge of international relations and global politics while researching U.S.-China relations and the Iran Nuclear deal, both of which were in the spotlight during my time on Capitol Hill. Additionally, I had the opportunity to apply good research and writing skills that I had learned throughout my undergraduate career to create well-informed, concise, useful policy briefs for members of the staff, including at times the Congressman himself.

There were countless learning moments during my time on the Hill, not the least of which was learning how to respectfully handle calls from concerned constituents and reassure them that the Congressman hears their concerns and will consider them closely. I further developed a heightened sense of awareness about task prioritization. At times, I would have eight to ten tasks thrown at me at once without mention of importance, so I would have to quickly organize and prioritize in order to stay afloat. The chief of staff quickly taught me the difference between east coast and west coast working styles, and I leaned not only to embrace the east coast, fast-paced style of work, but also to thrive in it.

My interest in public policy and conducting careful research in the weeds of complicated issues helped me stand out from the first few days I was in the position. The staff saw this interest in combination with my strong writing skills as an asset to their mission. This was a key determinant in the decision to bring me in to the legislative team earlier than most interns would have an opportunity to do so (if at all). I made a strong effort to have a keen attention to detail, which at times made up for my lack of prior legislative experience.

By far my proudest accomplishment of my internship was getting all three of the major policy projects I worked on introduced as bills on the House floor. I can say that I have had a hand in the creation of H.R. 4382 (Food Waste Accountability Act), H.R. 4719 (Correcting Obstructions to Mediate, Prevent, and Limit Inaccessibility Act or the COMPLI Act), and H.R. 5159 (Western Water Recycling and Drought Relief Act). Not many congressional interns get to interact with policy at all, and even less get to contribute to projects that are eventually introduced as bills. I am extremely proud of the work of the entire legislative team on these bills, and they will be forever preserved in the Library of Congress as a testament to our efforts.

It is my view that any work experience you have changes your career path, whether it be towards or away from the position you held. However, I found this particular experience to be incredibly influential in deciding what I want to pursue after graduation. I have never experienced a feeling quite like standing behind the bench in a congressional hearing while providing notes and insight to the Congressman and his staff. It is to that end that I am now pursuing a career in national public policy in Washington, D.C. after graduation. The experiences I gleaned and the connections I made as a result of this internship both inspired and enabled me to follow this path, and I could not be more excited to get back to work!