The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education

337 Morehead Hall
Telephone: (973) 655-5194

The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education provides students with the opportunity to plan for and advance their career development. Through one-on-one counseling, interest testing, online tools, workshops, internships, job fairs, and credit-bearing experiential education courses, the Center helps students focus their interests, explore majors, apply classroom learning to the workplace, and attain the knowledge, skills and motivation to become productive citizens. The Center's extensive web site at www.montclair.edu/CareerServices serves the Center's varied constituencies with links relevant to current undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty and employers.

Career Planning and Job Hunting

The Center assists undergraduates and graduate students with all phases of their career development, from choosing a major and finding part-time work to planning long-range career goals and obtaining full-time work after graduation. In career planning and job hunting workshops and through individual counseling and vocational testing, students learn to set career goals, write effective resumes, and conduct successful interviews and job searches. The career library has extensive information about careers, employers, employment trends, and graduate and professional schools. Other services include a computer lab where students can create their resumes, and attend Internet based workshops on career topics. Each year the office lists thousands of full-time, part-time and summer jobs. Area employers participate in our annual career fair and visit the campus to interview graduating seniors for full-time employment. In addition, the Center serves the campus community by listing all on-campus student jobs.

Learning through Experience

The best way to learn about the world of work is through experience. Our cooperative education program provides that opportunity to our students. As a university-wide, work-based learning program, each of the colleges and schools has an in-house career advisor to help students participate in cooperative education. Educational partnerships are formed with businesses and non-profit organizations to help students explore the relationship between classroom theory and effective workplace practices. Since its inception, over 10,000 MSU alumni from all schools and colleges and 700 business and non-profit organizations have participated in the program.

Both full and part-time, paid and stipend internship positions are available to students. These positions meet co-op work-learning criteria and are arranged for a minimum of one full semester. Screening criteria for the positions are determined by the employer and students meeting these criteria are referred for interviews. Hiring decisions are made solely by the employer. Interested students must apply at least one semester prior to enrollment.

Academic faculty are a vital part of cooperative education. They refer students, introduce staff to business leaders, advise a cohort of students, assesses student learning and maintain on-going communication with work site supervisors.

To learn more about the Center’s programs, visit our web site at http://www.montclair.edu/careerservices.

The Service-Learning Program
fostering innovative education

MSU’s Service-Learning Program was officially launched in the spring of 1996 as part of the University’s broader commitment to experiential education. The Program’s ongoing mission is to foster the development of informed and involved citizens through the integration of service to the community with academic course work. Through service-learning, MSU is pushing itself beyond simply giving students workplace experience to educating them for citizenship.

Service-learning faculty and staff agree that the best model for addressing community issues is to orient service-learning projects around issues rather than disciplines, and encourage a collaborative strategy to education. This interdisciplinary, issue-oriented approach enables faculty and students to address the complex nature of community problems, and to provide community organizations with service that is responsive to their needs.  Current service priorities include:  literacy; service to older adults; the digital divide; substance abuse prevention; and at-risk youth.

The Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program is funded by the Provost on a yearly basis as part of the University’s Faculty Development Program.  The purpose of this University initiative is to develop a cadre of faculty to integrate the philosophy, pedagogy, and process of service-learning into their teaching, research and professional service. This Program is expected to increase the quality of the Service-Learning Program, institutionalize service-learning as a pedagogy by increasing the number and variety of service-learning courses, and lend greater legitimacy to service-learning when reappointment, tenure and promotion evaluations are made.