New initiatives

Cawley is positioned to be a pre-eminent 21st-century career center that:

  • begins the process early and often with students on the widest range of career paths and sense of purpose,
  • creates and supports robust experiential and internship opportunities and does so in ways that are equitable for all students,
  • brokers employer relations in an efficient and unified way, and
  • integrates its career development efforts with the Georgetown alumni network.

To that end, Cawley staff are focused on guiding principles of broad, early, continuous exposure for students; better integration with the schools and experiential learning endeavors; and equitable access to services and opportunities.  Read on to learn about nine new initiatives that connect to these areas.

Broad, early, continuous exposure

As a growing number of employers hire students through internships, and as internship recruitment begins earlier in certain industries such as finance, it is important for students to have basic levels of self knowledge, occupational knowledge, and decision-making skills by the spring of sophomore year and to continue to refine their story and strategy with support from Cawley and other spaces on and off the Hilltop.

Career Exploration for Freshmen & Sophomores

Cawley staff have designed new initiatives to engage freshmen and sophomores in the career exploration process.  Seminars will be held every week specifically for freshmen and sophomores to provide a framework for students’ exploration as well as some tangible next steps.  Industry exploration hours will provide a clear way for underclassmen to ask questions of and connect with industry specialists. For more information, visit Handshake and click ‘Events.’

Health, Science, Analytics, Technology Career Fair

In response to students requesting more support for health/science industries, Cawley is hosting an inaugural Health, Science, and Technology Career Fair on September 13 that will focus on industries and skill sets in health, science, technology, and quantitative analysis. All majors are welcome! Employers include NIH, Facebook, Navigant, and Children's National Health System.

Career Center Space Redesign

Cawley staff rolled up their sleeves in Summer 2018 to enhance the flexibility and usage of the Career Center's library space.  Outdated books have been removed and replaced with whiteboard spaces for use in presentations, meetings, and gathering feedback from students. Two offices within the Career Center have been designated as available for faculty office hours.  Students are encouraged to visit the center, grab a free cup of coffee or a snack, and contribute ideas for further renovation.

Better integration with the schools and experiential learning endeavors

Given Cawley’s recent move to Academic Affairs, as well as students' strong affiliation with their schools and co-curricular endeavors, opportunities abound to build closer relationships with academic councils, professors, and deans as well as colleagues and students in co-curricular spaces.

Career Services Delivery Model

A new Cawley career services delivery model was created over the course of the 2017-18 academic year.  The model is intended to guide the process of to centralizing core services, integrating elements of purpose and career into the undergraduate curriculum and co-curriculum, and enhancing employer relations (including alumni as employers) with a commitment to employer development in students’ prioritized industries and geographic locations.  For more information on the model and to share feedback, click here.

Career Course for Sophomores

UNXD 190, “Personal Narrative and Professional Discernment,” is a one-credit course designed to meet developmental needs of sophomores, who are facing decisions about major, study abroad, and internships, often without a strong understanding of personal narrative and strategies to help them move forward.  The course launched in Spring 2018 after five semesters of non-credit iterations, and was developed in collaboration with the Designing the Future(s) initiative. See MyAccess for more.

Career Exploration for Freshmen & Sophomores

Cawley staff have designed new initiatives to engage freshmen and sophomores in the career exploration process.  Seminars will be held every week specifically for freshmen and sophomores to provide a framework for students’ exploration as well as some tangible next steps.  Industry exploration hours will provide a clear way for underclassmen to ask questions of and connect with industry specialists. For more information, visit Handshake and click ‘Events.’

Equal opportunity

It is critical that all students have access to opportunities, learning, and support available through experiential learning and mentorship.  Cawley staff are focused on partnerships and technology that will increase equity and access for all students as they seek to define and pursue meaningful work.

Peer Advisors

In the Jesuit spirit of “people for others,” Cawley is launching the Peer Advising program for Fall 2018 in partnership with Alumni Career Services.  This program invites undergraduate seniors who have completed internships or have obtained full-time positions in a variety of industries to share their experiences with underclassmen via Hoya Gateway.  Seniors will be invited to be a part of this program in September and will be available for one-on-one meetings in late September/early October.

Social Impact Internship Fund
A new unpaid internship stipend program, piloted in Spring 2018 with GUSA and Advancement, facilitates access to experiential learning opportunities among all students regardless of income level. Ten $1,500 stipends were awarded to students of high financial need pursuing unpaid internships in government and non-profit sectors.  We hope to work closely with partners to find ways to grow and sustain this program in Spring 2019.  We have also compiled additional funding sources for Georgetown students, viewable here.
Drop-in Appointments

To increase our accessibility to all students, the Cawley team now offers drop-in hours each weekday during the semester between 1-3pm.  Students can come by for support in an internship search, to learn more about our services, to discuss a time-sensitive question, or to review a resume or other document.  Trained Writing Center tutors sometimes join in to help review career-related written documents. Every degree-seeking student at Georgetown can utilize drop-in appointments.

Handshake

Handshake is the Cawley Center’s new platform for job and internship searching, event listings, appointment scheduling, and more!  Every degree-seeking student at Georgetown, regardless of graduate/undergraduate status, has access to Handshake. Students can register for their own account by clicking here.  Faculty and staff are welcome to request an administrative account to explore the platform.

Learn more and partner with us

Given students' strong affiliation with their schools and co-curricular endeavors, we hope to build closer relationships with academic councils, professors, and deans as well as colleagues in co-curricular spaces.

Please explore the information below and take a moment to let us know what you think -- we value your perspective as someone who is invested in our students’ formation during and beyond their time at Georgetown.

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