Smith Career Center

The Smith Career Center assists students in exploring and defining career options, developing job search strategies, obtaining career-related work experience, and identifying and connecting with prospective employers. Innovative services respond to current trends and economic conditions affecting the job market and career opportunities. These include:

  • individual career advisement
  • job search preparation
  • resume development and review
  • cooperative education and internships
  • career seminars
  • job fairs
  • graduate and professional school fair
  • campus interviews with employers

Extensive web-based resources are available to help students learn more about career information, job availability, employer information, and networking. Through the Web site, students can use eRecruiting to post their resume, view job listings, and sign up for campus recruiting. Also available are Interview Stream, Optimal Resumé, and Going Global.

Bradley University students must register with the Smith Career Center through myBU to obtain an eRecruiting Web account. Having an eRecruiting account allows registered users to submit resumes for the Web Resume Book, review Web job listings, and participate in campus interviews. Registration is restricted to currently enrolled Bradley University students.

Springer Center for Internships

Graduate students are encouraged to gain a competitive advantage by participating in career-related work experiences prior to graduation. Through internships, cooperative education, and summer or part-time employment, the Marjorie and Bill Springer Center for Excellence in Internships provides students with opportunities for professional development that integrate classroom theory with supervised work experience.

Students have a choice of several options to follow. The part-time option allows students to attend classes while working part-time with a local employer. The full-time option allows students to work full-time during an academic semester or summer. The full-time alternating option is based upon alternating periods of full-time study and full-time work. All the above options correspond with the academic calendar.

A series of job search workshops is offered to assist students in the co-op or intern process. Employers review resumes and/or conduct interviews to make hiring decisions. Placement is not guaranteed. Student-developed jobs may be approved if they meet the work-learning criteria.

While on a registered full-time co-op/intern assignment, students are considered to have full-time student status, making normal progress toward a degree in a recognized University program, and are entitled to all student privileges at the University. Also while on a full-time co-op/intern assignment, students may register for additional hours of classroom study upon departmental approval.

In order to be referred to an employer or participate in an internship or cooperative education work assignment, students must be attending Bradley University. They also must be either registered for a minimum of three hours of non-cooperative education/internship credit or be on a full-time cooperative education or internship assignment. A work assignment or credit will not be approved retroactively.

Eligibility for employment of nonimmigrant (F-1) students is defined on an individual basis according to regulations set forth by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE), formerly referred to as INS—the Immigration and Naturalization Service. For clarification of eligibility criteria and how it applies to you, please contact the Multicultural Student Services Office or consult the BCIS Web site at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.