Career Success Center

We are currently preparing for the University of St. Francis 2020 Career Fair and would like to extend our invitations to all employers looking to fill full-time, part-time or internship positions. View USF’s 2020 Career Fair flyer here!

The Fair is a single-day event on February 27, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Pat Sullivan Center on campus.

Early Bird Pricing is available until December 31st.

Please click here to make your reservation today!

Career Success Center

The University of St. Francis Career Success Center staff assists students with their internship and employment needs. We are devoted to helping students and alumni research career options. In doing so, we focus on the individual needs, goals, and values of each student. The Career Success Center believes in personal and professional development therefore assistance with job search, resume and cover letter writing, along with career counseling are among the services available.

Memberships

Opportunities

Keep checking back for new opportunities to be posted! Contact the Career Success Center at 815-740-4295 or careerservices@stfrancis.edu with questions.

Career Success Center Services

Career Success Center Resources for Alumni

The Career Success Center is here to help you with seeking employment. Whether you live locally or out of state, you can view employment listings.

What can I do with CCCI?

  • This system is free to current students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni
  • Students and alumni can register on the web by clicking on the link below
  • Explore jobs posted on CCCI’s Online Career Center
  • Submit a resume and cover letter for review and receive feedback
  • Construct and save an approved resume and cover letter to send to employers advertising positions through the system
  • Apply for jobs through the system with an approved resume or cover letter

Searching Opportunities in CCCI

Search opportunities specifically for CCCI consortium students and alumni – CCCI System

The University of St. Francis and the Career Success Center are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment. It is the responsibility of each individual to research the integrity of the organization(s) to which he/she is applying and verify the specific information pertaining to the job posting.

Access Job Boards

To gain access to the job boards, including the job leads being recruited for at the Career Fair, please visit the following links in order to set up FREE accounts. NACElink and College Central Network are web based employment/internship job posting systems.

  • Handshake: We use Handshake to help you discover great resources to find full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and internships. There are over 200,000 employers on Handshake. The Career Success Center provides you with easy access to Handshake.  It is available for both students and alumni. In Handshake, you can:
    • View jobs and apply for jobs and internships posted by employers.
    • Sign up for employer events quickly and easily including job fairs and training.
  • College Central Network: College Central Network is a job board that reaches 18 small colleges/universities throughout Illinois as part of the College Career Consortium of Illinois (CCCI): https://www.collegecentral.com/cccillinois/

Problems with the system? Can’t get logged in? Please contact us.

Career Success Center Resources for Current Students

The Career Success Center is here to help you with seeking employment! Whether you live locally or out of state, we’ll get you information on various opportunities.

View Employment Listings

Read below for two options for viewing employment listings: Careerlink and CCCI.

What can I do with USF Careerlink and/or CCCI?

  • Both systems are free to current students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni
  • Students and alumni can register on the web by clicking on the links below
  • Explore jobs posted at the University of St. Francis and CCCI’s Online Career Center
  • Submit a resume and cover letter for review and receive feedback
  • Construct and save an approved resume and cover letter to send to employers advertising positions through the system
  • Apply for jobs through the system with an approved resume or cover letter

Click here to use the CCCI System to search opportunities specifically for CCCI consortium students and alumni.

The University of St. Francis and the Career Success Center are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment. It is the responsibility of each individual to research the integrity of the organization(s) to which he/she is applying and verify the specific information pertaining to the job posting.

OPTIMAL Resume: Create a Resume

Optimal Resume allows you to create an effective resume and provides samples, word banks and a variety of templates through a comprehensive, web-based application that helps job seekers create, present, and manage resumes. Each user can create and manage an unlimited number of resumes in their account, and the software includes spell checking, action words, and format assistance

  • Create a resume: View samples, use templates, view, save, and share your resumes
  • Optimal Resume Link: https://stfrancis.optimalresume.com/login.php
    Register by clicking “create new account” (access code: optimal1) and completing the profile questions.

USF Internship Resources

Are you stuck on where to find an internship? Here you’ll find all the resources that the University of St. Francis Career Success Center offers to help you find and apply for internships in your field.

  • Handshake: We use Handshake to help you discover great resources to find full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and internships. There are over 200,000 employers on Handshake. The Career Success Center provides you with easy access to Handshake.  It is available for both students and alumni. In Handshake, you can:

    • View jobs and apply for jobs and internships posted by employers.

    • Sign up for employer events quickly and easily including job fairs and training.​
  • CCCI Free Job Board: To gain access to the job board, please visit collegecentral.com/cccillinois/ to set up a FREE account. College Central Network is a web-based employment/internship job posting system. College Central Network is a job board that reaches 18 colleges/universities throughout Illinois as part of the College Career Consortium of Illinois (CCCI).
  • LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a great resource for job and internship searches as well as networking. You do not need an account to search for jobs and internships, but a quality LinkedIn account is a great asset to students of any major looking to enter the workforce. www.linkedin.com. Click the jobs tab and search internships.
  • Indeed: Indeed is a commonly used database for job searching.  You can also find internships on Indeed. Create an account to quick apply to positions and keep track of jobs in which you have an interest. indeed.com
  • Your connections:  Who do you know in the industry in which you are seeking an internship?  Reach out to them and ask who manages their internship program.  If they do not have a program yet, provide the name and contact at the firm and the Career Success Center will reach out with educational information on how internships work with our University.

If you need further assistance or would like to make an appointment for a resume review or mock interview, contact Betty Kohl in the Career Success Center at 815-740-4295 or 815-740-3384, or email at bkohl@stfrancis.edu.

Career Success Center Internship Overview

If planning to do an internship for academic credit, please meet with your academic adviser to learn more about potential credit hours and scheduling. For each credit hour earned, you, the student must work 45 hours at your internship. For example 3 credit hours require 135 hours worked.

Internships provide the opportunity for a student to integrate work and formal education with experts in his/her major field of study, to test the chosen career path, and to be involved in activities like those of full-time employees.

The University of St. Francis expects that the objectives of an internship be content based, skill related, academically substantive, value related, and integral to the students’ academic and career path. If you need assistance developing learning objectives that align with your Internship goals, please speak with your Faculty Supervisor.

Internship Learning Contract & Procedures

  1. If planning to do an internship for academic credit, please meet with your Academic Advisor to learn more about potential credit hours and scheduling.
  2. If a student needs assistance with internship leads or resume editing please visit the Career Success Center. To make an appointment, call 815-740-4295 or 815-740-3384, email careerservices@stfrancis.edu, or stop by the office in Tower Hall, N204.
  3. After the student has been accepted by an employer as an intern, the student requests the Internship Learning Contract from the Career Success Center, or can download it on the portal or on the Career Success Center site at: Internship Learning Contract
  4.  The student is responsible for completing the information required on the first page and verifying the employer has completed all necessary information required of the Internship Employer section.
  5. When the above information is finalized, the assigned Faculty Supervisor reviews the front page for accuracy and then completes the Academic Course Credit Information section.  It is important the ID number is listed, the number of credits and the course number information be filled out, if the internship will be awarded course credit. If you are completing an internship for non-credit but would like the experience to be indicated on your transcript please skip the Academic Course Credit Information section. Please note there is a $25 processing fee for non-credit internships.
  6. After all signatures have been secured, the student takes the completed form to the Career Success Center and then to the Registrar’s Office for recording of the course number and credit hours to be officially enrolled for the internship credit.
  7. After the student has been registered for the internship credit, the Learning Contract is forwarded to the Career Success Center by the appropriate deadline date either by the student or the Registrar’s office.
  8. In addition to the Faculty Supervisor making continual contact with the employer, the Career Success Center will reach out to the employer after the internship has started to introduce our department. The Career Success Center will also send a final communication to the employer after the internship has ended.
  9. The student weekly log form as well as midterm and final evaluation forms links are listed below:

USF Internship Resources

Are you stuck on where to find an internship? Here you’ll find all the resources that the University of St. Francis Career Success Center offers to help you find and apply for internships in your field.

  • Handshake: A field-focused database that helps you find internships based on your major, your interests, and other jobs and internships to which you’ve applied. Log in with your USF portal credentials. https://stfrancis.joinhandshake.com/login
  • CCCI Free Job Board: To gain access to the job board, please visit collegecentral.com/cccillinois/  to set up a FREE account. College Central Network is a web-based employment/internship job posting system. College Central Network is a job board that reaches 18 colleges/universities throughout Illinois as part of the College Career Consortium of Illinois (CCCI).
  • LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a great resource for job and internship searches as well as networking. You do not need an account to search for jobs and internships, but a quality LinkedIn account is a great asset to students of any major looking to enter the workforce. www.linkedin.com
    Click the jobs tab and search internships.
  • Indeed: Indeed is a commonly used database for job searching.  You can also find internships on Indeed. Create an account to quick apply to positions and keep track of jobs in which you have an interest. indeed.com
  • Your connections:  Who do you know in the industry in which you are seeking an internship?  Reach out to them and ask who manages their internship program.  If they do not have a program yet, provide the name and contact at the firm and the Career Success Center will reach out with educational information on how internships work with our University.

If you need further assistance or would like to make an appointment for a resume review or mock interview, contact Betty Kohl in the Career Success Center at 815-740-3384 or bkohl@stfrancis.edu.

Career Success Center Resources for Employers

Thank you for your interest in a potential USF Intern, the Career Success Center is excited to assist you, here is some information to help get you started.

Overview of Internships

Internships are full or part-time, credit or non-credit bearing, short-term, supervised, work experiences. They can be established on or off-campus and may be paid or unpaid. Faculty members, collaborating with an on-site supervisor, monitor and supervise student progress, detail content, and evaluate final achievement. Not included in the internship category are field work, practica, student teaching, clinical experiences, and independent study experiences.

Internships provide the opportunity for a student to integrate work and formal education with experts in his/her major field of study, to test the chosen career path, and to be involved in activities like those of full-time employees.

The University of St. Francis expects that the objectives of an internship be content based, skill related, academically substantive, value related, and integral to the students’ academic and career path. If you need assistance developing learning objectives that align with your Internship goals, please speak with your Faculty Supervisor.

We offer on campus recruiting for employers both throughout the year and at our annual Career Fair. The Career Success Center can assist you in promoting job and internship opportunities. Please contact Betty Kohl at 815-740-4295 for more information and to book your recruiting table.

Pay, Course Credit or Both?

Think about if you can pay the intern, if not, you will have to offer course credit. The only organizations exempt from these requirements are government agencies and non-profits. Credit can be offered to students on a 1 credit hour basis. The number of semester hours of credit granted on an internship is dependent upon the expected learning experience, amount of challenge, exposure to the field, number and difficulty of oral and written papers and presentations, and contact or clock hours. The intern must meet the minimum requirement of 45 clock hours for each semester hour of credit.


Academic Credit Internships:

  • Paid Internship/For-Credit – Partnership between student and employer. Students will gain degree related work experience while being paid from employer and receiving course credit from the University.
  • Unpaid Internship/For-Credit – Experience strongly related to an academic discipline to be deemed credit worthy, a faculty is assigned to oversee credit issued.

Non-Academic Credit Internships: 

  • Paid Internship/Non-Credit – Exist mainly in the private for profit employer sector – students are paid to learn specific objectives while they work.
  • Unpaid Internship/Non-Credit – Focus on providing a service and gaining degree related on-the-job experience, opportunities are generally unpaid. Unpaid internships typically take place in the non-profit sector.


How to Post an Open Internship

Please submit a job description to our free online job database! Here are links to our job boards…

Join Handshake: The University of St. Francis uses the Join Handshake platform. To post jobs, please click here and register your information.

College Central Network: Click here to connect with the College Central Network— a job board that reaches 18 small Illinois colleges and universities that are part of the College Career Consortium of Illinois (CCCI).

Employer Responsibilities

  • Interview student intern, hire, and set contract dates for internship length and work schedule.
  • Complete employer section on our USF Internship Paperwork, student intern is responsible for completing the entire form.
  • Manage intern, teach and guide them, set objectives for internship, and introduce them to new skills and experiences within their field.
  • Complete a mid-term and final evaluation on their performance. Student is responsible for providing it to you and turning it in to their professor.
  • Every internship is supervised by a professor, that professor will oversee the student interns progress, and provide them with a final grade based partly on your evaluation feedback.

Schedule a Career Advisor Appointment

Betty Kohl
Employment and Internship Support Specialist
815-740-4295 or 815-740-3384 | bkohl@stfrancis.edu