CAREER PLANNING AND PREPARATION
The Moravian University Center for Career and Civic Engagement assists students with all aspects of career planning and development. It makes available information on majors and career possibilities, self- assessment tools, internships, graduate schools, and career counseling and advising. Programs offered through the center are designed to ensure that as many students as possible graduate with specific graduate school or employment plans.
The career-development staff members work individually with students and provide workshops, programs, and class presentations. Topics addressed include résumé writing, interview skills, internships, networking, effective job- searching, graduate-school preparation, and successful career planning and decision-making. The center hosts both on and off campus student/ alumni networking events in various cities and coordinates an on-campus Career & Internship Fair every spring. They also partner with the Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo (the largest such collegiate event in the Lehigh Valley) to provide opportunities for students to develop skills and meet employers to explore full- and part-time employment, internships, and summer jobs. For juniors and seniors, Backpack to Briefcase, a two- day conference style program is offered to prepare students for life after Moravian. Topics for this program include financial planning, professionalism in the workplace and mock-interviews with industry professionals. Programs specific to students area of career interest are also offered on a regular basis. The center also offers self-assessment instruments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory and Focus 2.
The Center for Career and Civic Engagement also coordinates the Career Connections Externship Program partnering students with alumni and other professionals in their area of professional interest. This program includes a site visit with a professional over winter break. Through the use of social media, the center also connects students with alumni in various industries as part of the student/alumni mentor network. Students can connect with professionals all over the world about a variety of career-related topics.
The center maintains listings of full-time and internship opportunities. Also hosted in the center is the on campus recruitment program where employers visit campus to interview students for available positions in their organizations as well as the alumni and community partner internship stipend programs that offer payment to students completing internships in various industries and at specific non-profit organizations.