Internships easily accessible through Career Services

The Career Services office in the Student Center 235 helps all students to find internships and much more.

Need an internship?

Career Services is located in room 235 on the second floor of the Student Center. Virginia Beach, VA. December 2017. (Shelly Slocum)

Career Services is located in SC 235, Virginia Beach, VA, Dec. 2017. (Shelly Slocum)

If a student is looking for an internship, Career Services will help them to find the right business for them.

“It’s just as important as getting a degree; a lot of people don’t realize how important internships are,” said Assistant Director of Career Services and Internship Coordinator Brennan Smith.

In addition, students who have gotten an internship on their own should contact the Career Services office and report the internship.

“We monitor all the internships that are registered for tracking purposes, but also to make sure that they’re good places to intern,” said Smith. “We’ll go follow up with those sites after the internship is over.”

Make internships count for class credits

To report an internship, log into Career-Link and do step one; the office will then send all the emails necessary to complete the process. This is mandatory to make an internship count for credit. Internships must be registered 45 days before the new semester if it will count for credit, otherwise a late fee will be charged.

Students can also apply to intern with the Career Services office itself.

“We offer internships as well if you’re ever looking for some kind of experience for a resume, be a volunteer, or for credit we can do an internship. We’ll look and see if it’s the appropriate step for us,” said Smith. “We hire a lot of international students, because they can only work on campus, and we put them to use in here.”

The front desk in the Career Services office has an employee ready to help students and answer questions. Virginia Beach, VA. December 2017. (Shelly Slocum)

The front desk in the Career Services office has an employee ready to help students and answer questions, Virginia Beach, VA, Dec. 2017. (Shelly Slocum)

How the office helps students—on campus and online

“We operate on a very efficient and creative basis to deliver our services to the 11,000 students that we do,” said Smith. “We offer thousands of students tremendous services at no cost to them – with the exception of the strengths test – and we do it by working together, keeping costs low, and just doing whatever we can to think creatively.”

Online students who are unable to visit SC 235 have the option of going online to meet with Regent’s Career Services staff.

“One of the ways we connect with our online students [is] Zoom. If you’re across the country [or] if you’re in another country, we’re meeting face to face with you,” said Smith. “We’re sharing your screen, we’re taking a look at your resume, we’re interacting just like you were here in person, and that’s something we want to accomplish as an office; to make every student whether they’re on campus or online be known and get the most out of their education here at Regent.”

Regardless of the student’s situation, Career Services has a way to help them move forward in their professional life.

Virtual office for online students

“We have a virtual office that they can drop right in and talk with someone that will welcome them, critique resumes, get them to know what the tools are

The Career Services office has mannequins to show proper professional dress. Virginia Beach, VA. Nov. 2017. (Shelly Slocum)

The Career Services office has mannequins to show proper professional dress, Virginia Beach, VA, Nov. 2017. (Shelly Slocum)

and set up an appointment,” said Director of Career Services Saranette Williams. “[We] do mock interviews, coaching on internships, how to search for those, how to use tools.”

The Career Services office invites all students to utilize the resources available in this office.

Postponing the job search is a common point of procrastination among young adults, but Williams encourages all students, on campus or online, to drop in with Career Services and let them help.

Williams encourages students to start the job search now rather than waiting until graduation to begin the process.

“We want students to not feel like they’re in this by themselves, to feel like there’s an office that wants to connect with them and to encourage them that they have gifts, they have talents, and He can use them in the office, and He needs them,” said Williams. “Versus shaking in their boots and waiting until they cannot wait any longer in going I guess I will finally do a job search.”

Shelly Slocum is a Staff Writer for The Daily Runner.