Although the Career Development Office (CDO) is physically closed, we will continue to support you virtually. Many of you may be thinking about the effect of current events on internships and jobs. As of now, many employers are continuing to hire if you are still searching for opportunities. The CDO is still here to support you through advising, resources, and workshops.
We have developed this page to help connect you to some of the pertinent information and services you might be looking for. You can also stay up to date with other helpful tips and info on our social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Spring 2021 Update
The Career Development Office (CDO) would like to clarify its access policies for students in light of the changes to operations for the Spring 2021 semester.
All current students, including those on voluntary Leave of Absence for Spring 2021, will continue to have access to:
- Career Advising
- Consortium-wide Events
- Recruiting Opportunities and Activities
*All of these services will be conducted remotely, online
For students on a Leave of Absence:
Previously enrolled students that are taking a voluntary Leave of Absence will need to contact the CDO to have their account reactivated. Once reactivated, they will be able to make appointments, attend events, use online resources and subscriptions, and participate in recruiting opportunities. They will not be eligible for CDO funded programs (including PCIP) or campus employment.
Please note, your leave of absence might impact your eligibility for internships or full-time hires. Students should contact the recruiter to find out if their enrollment status will be an issue in applying for positions. Please be assured that the CDO is here to advise and assist you through this process as you make your pre and post grad plans.
For additional information please also refer to our FAQ page.
Remote Career Advising
Our career advisors are available to connect with you via Zoom, Skype, or phone. Schedule your appointment on Handshake – if you cannot find a time that works for you, please email us at email@example.com – and a member of our staff will respond.
For a quick document review (i.e., resume, cover letter, graduate school statements), you can also email one of the Career Advisors directly.
We aim to move as many of our existing info sessions and workshops online. Please be mindful that while it is relatively easier for the career advisors to transition, it may take a little more time for employers to shift their sessions to a virtual format. Rest assured, the CDO’s employer relations team will be supporting our recruiters through this transition.
To view a list of existing events, log onto Handshake and search for events marked “virtual session.”
Get experience through Micro-Internships
Micro-Internships are short-term, paid opportunities that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance.
Job/Internship Updates and Resources
Crowd-sourced Employment/Internship Updates
In order to try to stay informed on changing recruiting situations, a few crowd-sourced sites have been developed to help track real-time information on jobs/internships. This information has not been verified by the CDO and may be inaccurate.
The CDO understands that this is a challenging time, and students may be thinking about the effect of current events on internships and jobs. As of now, many employers are continuing to hire. We have compiled an extensive list of resources for both the job and internship search. The list is accessible via the Career Center > Resource Library on Handshake.
Email Template for Communicating with Employers
During this difficult time, you might be wondering how to communicate with employers to find out information on an offer you received prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve created some language that you can use as guide when asking about this specific situation. Of course, there are many other circumstances that you might need to connect with them and if you would like assistance with drafting that correspondence, please let us know and we will help you.
If you have not heard from your employer, but had originally accepted a full-time or internship opportunity, check in via email with your supervisor/contact person to find out the status of the position. A sample email is below.
Dear (supervisor or contact person),
I hope that you are safe and healthy during this uncertain time. I am still very excited about joining (name of organization) and look forward to working with you as a/an (insert title). I am checking in to confirm the start date of (insert date). As I am making plans, if there is any updated information that you can share at this time, I would appreciate it.
I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.
PCIP Spring & Summer 2020 Update
Students applying/participating in various PCIP Programs for Spring 2020 & Summer 2020 have been notified of the changes to the programs and process. You can also check the PCIP web page for updated information regarding the status of the programs and what you can do.
Maximize Your Handshake Profile
We have subscribed to a range of great web tools to support your career exploration and preparation for the job search. These web tools are accessible via the Career Center > Resource Library on Handshake.
Learn from your peers! Read employer reviews on Handshake, or on Candid Career & Vault (free access via Handshake Resource Library), to learn more about what it’s like to intern or work at a specific organization/company.
Did you know that 80% of students who fill out their profile are messaged by a recruiter? To get you started, these are three most critical items to kickstart your Handshake profile. (These can all be found in the “Your Interests” section under “My Profile.”)
- Job Type: Indicate whether you’re looking for an internship, part-time, or full-time position.
- Location: Select the cities where you’d like to work, and Handshake will show you jobs in that area.
- Job Role: Choose positions you would like to explore, like marketing associate, research assistant, data analyst, etc.
You can also “Follow” employers of interest! By following an employer, you’ll be alerted when they post anything new.
Pre-Law Updates and Resources
Coronavirus Information and Resources for Law School Admissions
Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) updates:
Coronavirus and the LSAT
Follow individual Law School’s Admissions media accounts as blogs and tweets! They will provide updates to their schools’ policies as the situation evolves:
Harvard Law School - Blog post regarding spring 2020 grades and admissions
Sign up for the Law Listserv through Handshake
Sagehen Connect -- Alumni Database
The Sagehen community is always a strong resource, and The Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement has developed a great online directory and community platform that allows students to also connect with alumni. You can even connect with a "Sage Coach" to help you in your career development and networking.
SagePost47’s mission is to foster meaningful mentoring relationships between Pomona alumni and students. They accomplish this by curating a group of alumni Mentor volunteers who’ve expressed interest in mentoring students, engaging with students to encourage them to take advantage of this rich resource, and promoting a culture in which mentoring is the norm rather than the exception.