The IUP Career and Professional Development Center collaborates with
its stakeholders (i.e., students, alumni, employers, faculty, staff,
families, and community members) to provide opportunities that equip and
empower them to achieve their goals, make informed career decisions,
gain lifelong career management skills, and inspire them to become
The IUP Career and Professional Development Center will deliver holistic, innovative services that equip and inspire stakeholders to achieve their goals and become contributing members of society.
Our team identified five core
values that embody the mission and vision of the IUP Career and Professional
Development Center to ensure that we are appropriately serving our diverse
stakeholders. We post them here as a daily reminder that these fundamental
values guide our practice. We hope these values will inspire others to achieve
their personal and professional aspirations.
We believe in maintaining moral
and ethical standards through mutual respect, honesty, and equity.
We believe in encouraging others to pursue their lifelong career
ambitions by providing opportunities that support professional growth and
We believe that strong
relationships are essential to developing and achieving shared goals and
We believe in demonstrating
high-quality standards through professional behavior.
We believe continuous improvement
is key to effective, efficient, and innovative service.
The center functions as a comprehensive career planning resource within the university in order to meet the needs of IUP students and alumni by helping students develop self-awareness, enabling students to clarify and evaluate their career and educational goals, providing students with direction and information on the job market and educational opportunities, helping students develop a methodology to reach their educational goals, and assisting students in the career decision making process. Some services are available to alumni.
Just a few of the services that are available include: Career Services, the Disney College Program, internship information, the Office of Service Learning, the National Student Exchange Program, and the Student Employment Program. A detailed description of these services is listed below.
The Career and Professional Development Center offers a vast array of services for career-oriented students. Our goal is to help students to become more confident in their professional development and networking abilities so that they are able to make informed decisions about graduate schools and career opportunities. Here’s what you can find at the Career and Professional Development Center:
A champion always has a strategy to win his or her competition. Good coaches help those athletes determine the necessary training and planning for success.
The IUP Career and Professional Development Center is committed to providing high-quality services and developmental opportunities to help students become successful. It provides students with coaching and support on how to become active participants in their own continuing career development.
So where do you start? Think freshman year is too early to be focusing on a career after graduation? It’s never too early! Use this checklist as a guide to help you get ahead of the competition.
The Disney College Program is for students of all majors and backgrounds. Students may choose to take seven different courses while working at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. This program provides a multitude of experiences in the areas of leadership, diversity, and professional development.
An internship or co-op is an educational plan which integrates classroom experience in industrial, business, government, or community-service work situations. It allows students to translate academic principles into action, to test career interests, and to develop skills and abilities through carefully planned and supervised programs related to the degree they are seeking.
Close liaison between the university and the firm, institution, or agency providing the work experience is essential to a quality internship/co-op. The university will assume the responsibility of integrating this experience within the student’s curriculum.
Once a student connects first with their department internship coordinator, they can use the Career and Professional Development Center to assist them in polishing their skills in obtaining an internship.
The mission of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Service Learning is to promote excellence in professional and personal character development through experiential learning opportunities that bridge the curriculum with community service. It does this by implementing two separate programs.
Through the Office of Service Learning, students who have been awarded federal work study money are able to be placed with a human service agency in order to earn their federal work study award. The office maintains direct contact with Service Learning students throughout their term of employment, and those students are encouraged to share any comments or concerns with their agency supervisor and/or the service learning coordinator. This enables the office to assure the highest possible quality experience to all students.
The office also strives to help students wanting or needing community service hours. This is done by informing students of opportunities in the Indiana area and helping agencies find volunteers. The office also assists groups of students that are interested in fund-raising for a nonprofit agency.
The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a not-for-profit membership consortium of accredited, four-year colleges and universities in the United States, its territories, and Canada which have joined together for the purpose of sharing their educational resources and exchanging students among member institutions.
The only program of its kind offering tuition reciprocal exchanges across the United States and Canada, NSE serves as the national resource for inter-institutional study opportunities.
NSE offers study opportunities at diverse university settings and provides access to a wide array of courses and programs; field experiences, co-op, and internship options; and resident assistant, honors, and study abroad experiences.
The Student Employment Program offers a database of both on-campus and off-campus jobs for students. Job vacancies can be accessed through the SEP website or the complete listing can be found at the Career and Professional Development Center.
The learning experience gained as a student employee is invaluable. While becoming a part of the university family that provides services to university customers, you are also gaining lifelong work skills that increase your chances of success at IUP. In addition, these same skills will assist in preparation for your future career.
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