Reporting to the Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, the Career and Internship Navigator supports learning by providing Lock Haven University (LHU) students with the tools to articulate the skills acquired through curricular and co-curricular development in order to be successful global citizens in their chosen careers. The Career and Internship Navigator serves as both a specialist and a generalist in the field of career development. This position is responsible for direct student services in support of integrated academic and career planning and provides services to individuals and group using aptitude, personality, interest, and values inventories and computer guidance systems, especially for Exploratory Studies students and students contemplating a change in major or career path. The Career and Internship Navigator also coordinates preparation for and assessment of internships. She/he provides a clearinghouse of information about internships within the University and serves as a point person between the University and internship providers. Responsibilities include internship development; coordination and tracking of internship opportunities, coordination of preparation for and assessment of internship experiences; graduate school preparation; faculty and advisor consultation; and direct support (e.g. resume review, cover letter writing, interviewing strategies, possible career paths related to specific majors, labor market and graduate school information, etc.) to students and alumni.
•Provide direct support to students seeking major & career direction/shift individually and within group settings, especially, but not limited to, STEM and Exploratory students.
• Administer assessment instruments and computerized career guidance systems.
• Assist students to create a four year career development plan including components of career assessment, incorporating high impact experiential learning opportunities (ex. Externships and internships), job search strategies and graduate school preparation.
• Develop mechanisms for career readiness, curricular and co-curricular reflection, and synthesis of talents for students to self-advocate and articulate in interviews and in the workplace.
• Develop mechanisms for career readiness, post-internship learning, reflection, and synthesis of talents for students to self-advocate in interviews and in the workplace.
• Design and implement thematic career readiness seminars for FYE, ACAD119, SSS, Exploratory and diverse student populations to prepare and support high impact experiential learning opportunities.
• Promote career development opportunities for students based on academic/professional fields, including but not limited to graduate school preparation, internship preparedness, faculty collaboration, advisor consultation, and direct support.
• Assist students with navigating, exploring, preparing for internships, graduate school and employment applications, resume review, cover letter writing, interviewing strategies, networking, job search strategies, labor market trends, etc. to students and alumni.
• Provide assistance to students by serving as a liaison for specific academic departments concerning programming information, career related high impact experiential learning opportunities (e.g. internships, community services, study abroad, etc.) and by assisting in all aspects of professional credential preparation.
• Conduct professional development seminars and outreach programs on researching internship opportunities, how to apply, informational interviews, networking, STAR technique and job search.
• Communicate externally with internship providers and internally with departments to provide a clearinghouse of information about internships; coordinate tracking all internships in collaboration with Deans’ Offices.
• Assist students with professional preparation for internships.
• Assist with assessing student and internship provider experience and effectiveness of internship programming.
• Establish and maintain a working relationship with local, regional and national organizations, business and community partnerships to develop and cultivate new and existing internship opportunities.
• Specify programmatic goals and intended outcomes.
• Collect, evaluate, assess and report data related to programs and program goals.
• Track MOUs/ and develop a sustainable relationship with University wide partners.
• Develop manageable processes for gathering, interpreting, and evaluating declared verses undeclared
A career at Lock Haven University (LHU) is a distinctly unique and exciting opportunity. We encourage and support diversity and international perspectives within the working and learning environment. LHU is located in central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River and the picturesque Bald Eagle Mountains. LHU is one of fourteen universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).