Center for Career Planning

Welcome Captains! We hope you are ready to "Find Your Next" in 2020-21! The CCP is here to help you:

  • Explore your interests and connect them to major and career options
  • Find internship, job and graduate school opportunities
  • Create strong application materials: resumes, cover letters, personal statements, etc.
  • Hone your ability to talk about your curricular and co-curricular experiences at CNU
  • And much more!

We are here to help you from freshman year and beyond!

  • Explore careers
  • Choose your major
  • Construct an initial resume
  • Make sure you are on track

  • Finalize your major
  • Revise your resume as needed
  • Search for internships

  • Refine your resume
  • Help locate inter ships related to your career field
  • Work on your search for the right Graduate School Program

  • Re-work your resume for different job opportunities
  • Help locate the right full-time job using our online system, Handshake at CNU
  • Help finalize your Graduate School applications

When you are ready to make a decision, pick up a Change of Major form and return it to the Office of the Registrar. Attend one of our monthly Choosing a Major or Career workshops to get your process started!

We can also offer you a variety of helpful self-assessment tools, including:

  • FOCUS (contact us for access code)
  • Strong Interest Inventory (make an appointment with a CCP advisor to learn more)

  • Research and determine which types of internships interest you
    • Think about the career field/industry you are interested in exploring and decide when and where you want to complete an internship.
  • Know the department requirements
    • If you plan to register your internship for academic credit, be sure to talk with your advisor/department coordinator about how many hours you need, any paperwork to complete, etc.
  • Build a resume and create a cover letter
    • Use the CCP Resume Guide and/or attend a Resume Writing Workshop to develop your resume then meet with a CCP career coach for a review.
  • Identify your references and create a reference page
    • Most employers will ask for three references, including professors, supervisors, advisors or other professional contacts. Remember to contact all references prior to listing them as a reference.
  • Begin researching and applying to internship opportunities
    • Create your account on Handshake at CNU and attend the Career & Internship Fairs, employer information sessions, and more held by the CCP.
  • Actively network for internship opportunities
    • Create and update a LinkedIn profile and connect with students, faculty, acquaintances and professionals in your field of interest.
  • Prepare for the interview
    • Be sure to research employer and have questions ready for them as well as evidence to show you have the skills/qualifications needed for the position. The CCP is glad to do a mock interview with you to help you prepare. Call 757-594-8887 or log into Handshake at CNU to schedule.

Starting your job search can be difficult and scary. The market is somewhat scant so one of the best tips is to begin your search at least 6-9 months before you need to be employed.

We can help you in a variety of ways. Our goal is not only to make sure that you have the resources to find your first job, but to be able to find each subsequent job you will need in your career.

On-Campus Student Employment

It is the policy of the university to employ qualified CNU students to fill temporary part-time personnel needs within university departments, while pursuing their education. Student employment is intended to be educationally and financially helpful to students, while providing opportunities for work experience. The objective of this policy is to define student employment and to outline the conditions of employment.

Choosing a Program

Choosing the right graduate school program can be difficult. We can help you in your search for the right graduate program by helping you with:


Once you choose your program, the next step is to complete the appropriate graduate test. The following tests cover most graduate programs:

Your Major and Your Career

Use our Career Pathways to explore interest and industry areas, as well as tailor an internship or job search to your specific goals.

After reviewing the Pathways below, log into your Handshake account to indicate your "Career Interests" under your name in the top right corner. You can also filter internships and jobs using the Career Pathways labels by clicking the Jobs tab then selecting the Filters button and selecting the Pathway name in the Labeled By Your School text box.

  • Do you enjoy creating ideas/things; crafting a story; planning events; and/or being on stage?
  • Would you like to work in a museum; create works of art; perform; design advertisements; publish stories; and/or broadcast news?
  • Are you interested in art; graphic design; arts administration; news/sports broadcasting; writing/editing; publishing; music; event planning and/or theater?

  • Do you enjoy serving your community; assisting those in need; and/or working with children?
  • Would you like to teach concepts; raise awareness of issues; plan campaigns or events; and/or provide guidance?
  • Are you interested in education/teaching; counseling; fundraising; and/or outreach?

  • Do you enjoy: solving puzzles/riddles; building and inventing; and/or analyzing patterns?
  • Would you like to: figure out how things work; build technology or software; and/or utilize data to drive decisions?
  • Are you interested in: programming; video game development; statistics; and/or research?

  • Do you enjoy campaigning; public speaking; serving; and/or advocating for others?
  • Would you like to raise awareness of issues; create laws/policies; solve conflicts; protect local citizens; research trends/policies; and/or represent/advise clients?
  • Are you interested in government/politics; international relations; law; military service; and/or law enforcement?

  • Do you enjoy experimenting; educating others on health; and/or studying plants/animals?
  • Would you like to develop cures for diseases; protect the environment; and/or test theories and make discoveries?
  • Are you interested in practicing medicine; research; environmental science; pharmaceuticals; and/or public health?

  • Do you enjoy analyzing market trends; balancing debits/credits; creating marketing strategies; selling products/services; and/or managing people or processes?
  • Would you like to advise others on financial success; design a brand campaign; plan and manage events; train and develop others; and/or conduct audits and reviews?
  • Are you interested in accounting; consulting; advertising; sales; and/or human resources?

Handshake at CNU

Handshake at CNU is an exclusive service that we offer to CNU students and alumni. Through this powerful system, you can be connected to employers and graduate school contacts interested in recruiting CNU students. You can also access job and internship listings and find out about upcoming Center for Career Planning events. All students have an account that they need to activate. Your user name is your CNU email address.

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