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Info for Parents

You want to support your student’s search for internship and employment opportunities. Here are some of the best ways you can do that.

Helping Your Student Succeed

There are a number of ways that you can help your student be successful while at Rose-Hulman and after graduation.

Encourage your student to stop by the Career Services office. We make it a point to visit all freshmen during their College and Life Skills class their first quarter, but our doors are always open to them.

Ask to see your student's resume. We encourage students to always keep an updated copy of their resume in our Handshake system, where we post opportunities for internships, co-ops, and full-time work. Asking to see their resume not only encourages them to keep it updated, but lets you take a peek at what they've been working on!

Attend our presentations during Family Weekend to learn about the job market and opportunities for students to get work experiences.

Become familiar with our website and services. We promote everything we have to offer, but our busy students may overlook things. If you also know what services we have available, you can encourage them to seek us out, too!

Encourage your student to attend Career Fairs or Graduate School Fair, workshops and other events we offer.

FAQ About Career Fair

Q: Is there a cost for students to attend your career fairs (or other events)?

A: No. All of our events are free and open to any student on campus. We also allow our alumni to come back and attend if they are in the area. Non-students are not allowed, however.

Q: Can freshmen go to the Career Fairs?

A: Absolutely! In fact, we encourage them to. It is important to begin learning how to sell oneself to companies early, and every event we host is an opportunity to be seen by companies.

FAQ About Internships & Co-ops

Q: How are co-ops and internships different?

A: Students are eligible to go on a summer internship after their freshman year. Students are eligible to go out on co-op after the winter term of their sophomore year. The main difference between the two is that internships occur only during the summer break, while co-op terms occur during the school year. A co-op student will go and work for one or more quarters instead of going to class. Co-op students also have additional paperwork to fill out. For more details on co-op, please contact Corporate Liaison Elaine Lee.

Q: Are internships/co-ops required?

A: No. It is not required to have an undergraduate work experience by the time a student graduates, but it is HIGHLY encouraged. There are many opportunities for internships, co-ops, research, part-time internships and other experiences, and we think it is extremely valuable for every student to tap into those opportunities. Over 90% of our students will have at least one experience by graduation.

Q: Do students get paid for internships? Or get credit?

A: Our students do not get academic credit for internships or co-op because they get paid a full-time wage for their full-time work. Most undergraduate work is very competitively compensated.

FAQ About Jobs

Q: Do you find jobs for students?

A: Technically, no. We are not able to place a certain student with a specific job, but we are able to help the students make all the needed contacts to get connected with appropriate job opportunities. We provide support at every point in the job search process and have an extensive list of contacts to help students find jobs they are interested in.