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.
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 access
- From CareerLINK click on the Events tab
- Select Workshops in the drop down menu
- Select a workshop, and RSVP!
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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.
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
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 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
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.
Friday, November 9, 2018
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Free Event. Lunch Provided.
Courtney de la Vega
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 (Job Development Specialist), 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 interviewing, landing an internship, and excelling as an intern 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 steps needed to make sure I am fully prepared to interview and impress the employers.
- Did you take part in an internship in Fall 2018 or Spring/Summer 2019?
- Interested in winning a $500 scholarship?
You are invited to participate in the 2019 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.
- Currently enrolled CSULB student
- Must have completed an internship, practicum, fieldwork, or student teaching assignment in Fall 2018 or Spring/Summer 2019 (at least 120 hours of work experience)
- Must be enrolled during Spring 2020 semester to receive award
- Previous winners and student interns of the Career Development Center are not eligible
To enter the contest:
- Log into CareerLINK via http://sso.csulb.edu
- Click on “Surveys” on the left
- Open the “2019 Internship Essay Contest” by clicking “Respond”
- Complete the form and in an essay of 750 words or less address the following:
- Briefly describe the organization you interned for which you interned
- 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?
- Submit your completed entry form or save your draft if you want to come back to it later.
- Submissions must be completed and received by 11:59 PM Friday, October 25, 2019.
Note: The scholarship funding is disbursed through financial aid and may be reflected differently based on a student’s financial aid package.
For Additional Information
Contact the Internship Program Office at the Career Development Center at 562-985-4151 or complete our on-line Help Form.
2016 Internship Essay Contest Winner - Ryan Sweeney
Sample Winning Essay:
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!
Career Management Digital Badge
Take charge of your career development and demonstrate your skills to employers by earning a Career Management Digital Badge. By attending designated Career Development Center workshops, webinars, counseling appointments, and employer-related events, you can earn a badge and build the skills needed to effectively manage your career journey. See below for more information about the process of earning and sharing a digital badge.
Digital Badges are a visual representation of an achievement or skill gained that contains metadata sharable across the web. The following video introduces digital badges and guides you through the steps required to earn and share the Career Management Digital Badge:
The Career Development Center offers a Career Management Badge that will help you gain the below skills:
- Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the desired position and career goals.
- Identify areas necessary for professional growth.
- Navigate and explore job options, take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and self-advocate in the workplace.
To earn a Career Management Badge, you will need to do the following:
- Attend a total of 3 workshops/webinars* or a combination of 2 workshops/webinars and 1 counseling appointment
- Attend 1 employer-related event (examples include, but are not limited to: job fair, information session, or an on-campus interview)
- Once all 4 requirements are completed, submit a digital badge request email to Jeanna.Trammell@csulb.edu that includes the following: your name, student ID, & which events you attended, including workshop descriptions
To RSVP for CDC events and schedule counseling appointments, log into your CareerLINK account via https://sso.csulb.edu
* Please Note: Not all Career Development Center workshops/webinars count toward the Career Management Badge. CareerLINK descriptions indicate whether or not an event can be used toward a badge.
Digital Badges: What Are They And How Are They Used?
Open Badges 2.0 (OBv2)