As soon as you arrive on campus as an undergraduate student, the Center for Career Development and Internships’ unique Career Gateway Program begins preparing you for life beyond college.

The program offers career counseling, experiential learning, and networking opportunities that promote self-discovery and connections to potential employers. Programs and resources include:

  • career coaching/mentoring
  • workshops
  • site visits to regional employers
  • networking events
  • competitive internships
  • career conversations with industry experts

The emphasis of the program changes each year as you advance in your studies:

First Year

During orientation and the First-Year Foundations course, you will begin to evaluate your strengths and interests, learn about different career fields, and create resumes. You will have opportunities to connect with career mentors, who will offer individualized attention and guidance.

Sophomore Year

Further your understanding of various career paths through field trips to regional companies, career conversations with industry experts, job shadowing, a variety of employer and alumni networking events, and Career and Internship Fairs.

Junior Year

In addition to benefitting from the ongoing networking and career-awareness opportunities referenced above, you will be encouraged to work with the staff at the Center for Career Development and Internships to coordinate experiential learning opportunities like internships, cultivate strategic job search skills, and develop a professional brand. You can also enroll in a Life and Career Planning course designed to prepare you for employment or graduate/professional school searches and career decision-making.

Senior Year

As you enter the final stretch of your Wilkes experience, the staff at the Center for Career Development and Internships offers personalized counseling and coaching to help you prepare for job interviews, apply to graduate school, and develop a comprehensive job search strategy.