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!

2018 Spring Job & Internship Fair: Government & Social Services

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • 12:00 - 4:00 PM
  • University Student Union, Ballrooms

2018 Spring Job & Internship Fair: Business & Healthcare

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • 12:00 - 4:00 PM
  • University Student Union, Ballrooms

2018 Hospitality Career Expo

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • 12:00 - 3:00 PM, University Student Union Ballrooms
  • Suggested for restaurants, hotels and lodging, foodservices, entertainment venues, and other hospitality-related industries.

2018 Educators' Job Fair

  • Friday, April 13, 2018
  • 12:00 - 4:00 PM
  • University Student Union, Ballrooms
  • Open to school districts, charter & magnet schools and education & youth-focused organizations

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.

CSULB’s Career Readiness & Internship Conference provides students with the opportunity to hear from a variety of guest speakers and employers on the importance of internships for their future career success. Participants will be introduced to current internship opportunities and have the opportunity to learn about and prepare for the internship recruitment process.

CSULB’s Career Readiness and Internship Conference will feature:

  • Employer panel and speakers sharing insights on how students can land an internship
  • Internship Fair with employers currently hiring interns
  • Mock interviews
  • Free professional headshots

Students are encouraged to attend any part of the conference that their schedule allows.

What to bring: Professional attire encouraged & bring copies of your resume

*To RSVP log in to CareerLINK, click on Events, then click on Workshops, select Career Readiness & Internship Conference.

students

Friday, November 3, 2017
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
The Pointe (CSULB Pyramid)
Free Event. Lunch Provided.

Courtney de la Vega

Testimonial:
Courtney de la Vega
Junior
International Business, BS

During the Internship Conference many speakers presented on the topic of what it takes to land your dream internship and the skills and tips we could use to better prepare ourselves. Bert, in particular, really set my mind at ease with his brief meditation session at the start of the program and when I talked to him individually. He had so much experience with the whole process of finding, interviewing, and working internships that I was able to absorb the information he passed down. One of the key things he told me was that many don’t even apply to these positions because of the self-doubt and procrastination they make for themselves. He said to utilize all of my connections in school and see what’s available and that if I do find an internship that really peaks my interest, to be proactive about it and don’t hesitate to apply.

At the conference they really hammered home the concept that you get back what you put in. Meaning, I as the student need to be willing to work for it and cannot expect it to just be given to me. That includes putting the time into researching opportunities and then taking the necessary steps needed to make sure I am fully prepared to interview and impress the employers.

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!