Junior Year

Junior year is a critical time for students to gain experience outside of the campus gates and traditional college coursework.  It doesn’t matter if your interests send you across the globe or digging deeper into a Smith Labs research project, employers look at your Junior year as the year to put your education in motion.

• Participate in the Washington Semester, Academic Internship or Junior Year Abroad Programs: Studying Abroad allow our students to participate in transformative experiences as part of their Holy Cross journey. If you are considering studying abroad it is important to begin your research early and get connected with the Study Abroad Office. Students interested in the Washington Semester or completing an Academic Internship should be connecting with the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.  For those students who are currently abroad don’t forget that our services are available to you even while you are away from campus. Our office is reachable via email careers@holycross.edu and skype to help you search for internship/job opportunities or discuss your career plans.
• Participate in the Alumni Job Shadowing Program: The Alumni Job Shadowing Program is open to all class years and provides you with an opportunity to shadow an alumna/us in your career field of interest. Students are matched with Holy Cross alumni and spend ½-1 day shadowing during one of the four major academic breaks. For more information on how to participate in the program contact Career Development at careers@holycross.edu
• Participate in the Alumni Mentoring Program: The Alumni Mentoring Program matches students with alumni based on careers/industries of interest. As part of the program, students connect with their alumni mentor via phone, email or video throughout the academic year. Alumni mentors provide their mentees with guidance and support as students navigate their individual career exploration at Holy Cross. This program is open to students from all class years. To learn more about the Alumni Mentoring Program contact the Center for Career Development at careers@holycross.edu or 508-793-3880.
• Continue building your leadership experience: Junior year is an important year to seek leadership positions in clubs and organizations on campus. If you are looking to get more involved or join an organization, make sure to visit the Office of Student Involvement for more information on leadership opportunities on campus.
• Complete an internship or research experience: Attend the Internship Search Workshops (See Calendar) or make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your internship search plan. Utilize Handshake and the Liberal Arts Career Network in your search.

• Identify tentative career objectives and potential employers: Learn about employers and careers of interest through informational interviews and shadowing experiences.
Update and Strengthen your resume: As you prepare for your internship search it is important to update your resumeSchedule an appointment with a career counselor or visit us during drop-in hours (Monday-Friday 1-4pm & Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm) to have your resume critiqued.
• Sign-up for mock interviews to help refine your interviewing skills: Mock interviews provide the opportunity to practice and evaluate interview skills.  Students may schedule a mock interview by visiting the office, Hogan 203, or calling 508-793-3880. For more information about interviewing check out our office Interviewing guide.
• Begin preparation for fellowship applications: Are you considering applying for a fellowship opportunity? If so make sure to begin your application preparations early and visit the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies for additional information and resources.
• Begin to explore graduate/professional school options: If you are thinking about applying to graduate school this is an important time to start gathering information. Spend time researching programs and schools of interest and preparing to take the GRE’s.  The same applies for students considering applying to Law or Medical school. Begin your search early and request information from school of interest along with signing up for a LSAT/MCAT prep course.

• Present yourself professionally on LinkedIn, Facebook, email address and cell phone message: Manage your online and social media appearance. Your online profiles, email or messages can shape others opinions of you including potential internship sites and employers. Use your judgment and think about the repercussions of not maintaining a professional social media image.
• Build your network: This is an important time to develop and expand your career network. Build your professional network by creating a LinkedIn profile and utilize the HC Network to connect with alums in your career field of interest. LinkedIn allows you to build potential contacts in your field as well as research companies and explore job/career opportunities.
• Attend events: Junior year is an important time to take advantage of networking opportunities. Attend career fairs and networking receptions to connect with professionals in your field of interest.

• Career Kick Off: The Career Kick Off takes place on the first day of classes in the Hogan courtyard.  This is a low-key way to meet the Center for Career Development staff and find out what the Center for Career Development has to offer for you.
• Internship Search Workshops: Landing an internship is often a competitive process.  Attending the Internship Search Workshop (see Calendar) will teach you everything that you need to know in order to successfully land an internship.
• Career Fair: Mid-September in the Hogan Ballroom.  The Career Fair is a great way for juniors to network with employers and find out about open internship opportunities.  Dress is business casual, so put on something nice and stop by to look around.
• Departmental Career Panels:  Throughout the academic year the Center for Career Development partners with departments to host alumni career panels.  Alumni speak about how their major prepared them for the work they do now.  For those who are still undeclared, it’s a wonderful way to learn about different majors and see what fellow Crusaders have made of their education.

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Career Development at 508-793-3880, visit Hogan 203 or email careers@holycross.edu.