Career Development

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Our Mission

To empower career-ready students and alumni through self-discovery, experiential learning, mentoring, and networking to successfully live, work, lead, and serve in the global community.

The Things That Matter

  • SELF-DISCOVERY: Students can articulate professional values, interests, personality, and skills and incorporate them in decision-making
  • CAREER READINESS: Students demonstrate the requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition to the workplace (NACE Definition)
  • EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: Students successfully complete at least one internship to build skills and gain relevant experience in their field of interest
  • MENTORING/ NETWORKING: Students connect to professional mentors and employers to build relationships and increase access to opportunities

What We Do

The Career Development Center at Bellarmine University serves all current students and alumni with a variety of career exploration and preparation services, such as; job search strategy, self and career assessment, résumé review, mock interviews, employer on-campus recruiting events and classroom presentations. We want Bellarmine students to be successful both academically and professionally.

Virtual Resources


Career Advising & Education

Through virtual career advising, we aim to provide students and alumni with career services for life and help our #KnightsGetHired! Virtual advising appointments can cover a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • resume/cover letters
  • internship/job search
  • major/career exploration
  • interviewing skills/practice
  • mentoring/networking
  • graduate school preparation, and more.

Schedule A Virtual Appointment (phone, email, or Microsoft Teams Video/Audio/Chat) by logging into Handshake or email: careerdev@bellarmine.edu.

We also offer several career preparation courses, with summer online sections, including:

BU199 - Major & Career Pathways is a 1-credit, 7-week course designed to guide students through a process of self-discovery and discernment to explore majors and career opportunities that align with their values, interests, personality, and skills. There will be a 3-week online section of BU199 offered during Summer Session III.

BU299 - Internship Preparation & Success is a 1-credit, 7-week, online course designed to empower students in their internship and job search and prepare them for professional expectations of the workplace. There will be a 3-week online section of BU199 offered during Summer Session III. BU299 is also a pre-requisite to receive the Summer Internship Scholarship.

Job Search & Networking

Whether you are searching for a job or hoping to expand your network, you can use the following online tools to help discover your Pathway to Meaningful Work.

Handshake

Your one stop career shop to search for internships and jobs, make appointments with a career advisor, learn about upcoming programs and events, and find career resources. Learn more >>

LinkedIn

A professional online presence is an important part of career development and connecting with people and opportunities. 90% of recruiters say they use LinkedIn to find candidates. Learn more >>

Kentuckianaworks Job Board

Who's hiring in the Louisville and Southern Indiana areas? Visit the KentuckianaWorks Job Board to find out! Job opportunities are updated daily. Learn more >>

Hiring2020

For the latest information about internships and full-time jobs for college students, visit Hiring2020 or follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Learn more >>

Alumni Knight Network

Over 1,500 Bellarmine alumni are on the site and are “willing to help.” Create an account by connecting to LinkedIn (recommended), Facebook, or via email. Learn more >>

Get Hired

Companies from industries spanning from technology to retail are hiring to meet increased demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Follow #HiringNow on LinkedIn and visit this page for a regularly updated list of companies hiring right now. Learn more >>

Lynda.com

This premier online learning resource offering more than 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more is now available FREE with your Louisville Free Public Library card. Learn more >>

Internships

In person internships with organizations that meet "Healthy at Work" guidelines, according to state health officials, will now be able to count for academic credit.

To be approved for an in-person internship, the student must complete the Internship Application Proposal & Registration on Handshake. Within the application, the student will be asked to provide documentation of the employer's Healthy at Work proposal, approved by the state of Kentucky, and sign a waiver acknowledging potential risks and exposure to COVID-19.

Bellarmine will continue to monitor and follow CDC and state guidelines with the health and safety of our students as the top priority.

Summer Internship Registration

Internships completed for credit in Summer 2020 will follow state guidelines for Healthy at Work in-person experiences. The Career Center has also expanded the number of remote internship opportunities available to students through COVID-19 Relief Funding. Visit Handshake and search "Remote" or "COVID-19 Relief Fund". To register your remote internship for credit, use the directions within the following link: Registering an Internship for Credit

The Summer Internship Scholarship

This scholarship provides free tuition for a three-credit summer internship course for students who have completed BU299 or a designated equivalent course (i.e. PSYC299, CJS.299, ENGL299, and BUSA444). Students are responsible for a $350 internship supervision fee. Students will be assigned a career advisor who can assist them in the process as needed.

Faculty Resources

Virtual Career Topic Presentations in Classes

If you would like to request a Career Development virtual program for your students, please complete the following request form.

Guidelines for Summer Internships

Now that the state has started to reopen sectors of the economy, Bellarmine has updated our guidelines related to summer internships for academic credit. In person internships with organizations that meet "Healthy at Work" guidelines, according to state health officials, will now be able to count for academic credit.

To be approved for an in-person internship, the student must complete the Internship Application Proposal & Registration on Handshake. Within the application, the student will be asked to provide documentation of the employer's Healthy at Work proposal, approved by the state of Kentucky, and sign a waiver acknowledging potential risks and exposure to COVID-19.

Internship registration is currently open for summer session III (5-week term 6/29-7/30). The student must complete the minimum internship hours within the summer session they designate on the application.

Bellarmine will continue to monitor and follow CDC and state guidelines with the health and safety of our students as the top priority. If during the experience, a student encounters safety concerns or if the state updates healthy at work guidelines later in the summer, Bellarmine will work with the student to complete the internship in the summer or fall semester, depending on the unique situation.

Alumni Resources

No matter where you are on your career journey, we recognize the impact of COVID-19 is deeply felt. Whether you have found your employment displaced by the crisis or you are looking for ways to help support Knights during this difficult time, we are here to help connect you with resources and support.

Career Advising

All Bellarmine alumni receive free career services for life! We offer virtual career advising appointments Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 502.272.8151 or email careerdev@bellarmine.edu to make an appointment today!

#KnightsHelpingKnights

The class of 2020 will face unique challenges as they enter the workforce. Here a several ways you can help students discover meaningful employment:

  • Share your organization’s job/internship opportunities with Bellarmine! Email careerdev@bellarmine.edu for ways to connect virtually with Bellarmine talent.
  • Bellarmine hosts a nationally recognized Alumni Mentor Program and is offering an exclusive program for Class of 2020 graduates as they embark on their career journey. Are you willing to help? Click here (embed RSVP link) to sign up and connect virtually with a 2020 grad!
  • Donate to the #KnightsHelpingKnights campaign and support students facing financial uncertainties in the wake of COVID-19.
Employer Resources

While these are not ideal circumstances, this global health crisis is preparing our students with valuable skills as they enter the job market. From improved problem-solving and communication abilities, to embracing new technologies through collaborative digital platforms, our Knights are equipped with tools necessary to thrive in the 21st century workforce.

  • Connect with students through our online, career management site Handshake. All current students and recent graduates have an account, so it is the best way to connect virtually with active job and internship seekers!
  • To all our employer partners, we miss you and cannot wait to host you on-campus again soon! Visit our Events tab for updates about future engagement opportunities.

Office Location and Hours of Operation

The Career Development Center is located on the ground floor of Centro-McGowan Hall.
Campus Directions & Map. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note, hours may change due to COVID-19, please contact the office directly before arriving person.

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