Welcome to your Career Connection

If you have questions about searching for a job, internship, study abroad or other career learning opportunity, contact Amy in Career & Experiential Learning. It’s never too early or too late to begin a search! We can also help you create or polish your resume or cover letter and learn how to interview to get where you want to go. Get guidance today in one of the following ways:

Phone: (620) 242-0467 (During our time away from campus, calls will forward directly to Amy)

Email: beckmana@mcpherson.edu

Schedule appointment: Click on this link to schedule time with Amy

Career Connections

Handshake

Real World Ready - Resources

Internships and Field Experience

Debt Project

Money Matters

 

Welcome to your Career Connection

If you have questions about searching for a job, internship, study abroad or other career learning opportunity, contact Amy in Career & Experiential Learning. It’s never too early or too late to begin a search! We can also help you create or polish your resume or cover letter and learn how to interview to get where you want to go. Get guidance today in one of the following ways:

Phone: (620) 242-0467 (During our time away from campus, calls will forward directly to Amy)

Email: beckmana@mcpherson.edu

Schedule appointment: Click on this link to schedule time with Amy

Handshake App

Looking for a job or internship? Download the Handshake app. Handshake is an online platform, much like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, or SimplyHired, that allows you to search for a variety of opportunities from regional to national to around the world.

Looking for an on-campus job? All campus jobs are posted in Handshake, so if you’re looking for on-campus employment, you’ll want to make sure to download the app.

Handshake is the only online platform that connects employers to students and allows students to browse not only job opportunities, but interview opportunities and company events posted by employers. Students are also able to connect with other like-minded students in their fields of study to share experiences and ask questions.

Start here:
Getting Started in Handshake

Search for on-campus jobs in Handshake

Searching for jobs and internships on Handshake

Additional info about Handshake:

What is Handshake_.pdf

Why you need Handshake more than other career sites.pdf

How to signup and find a job on Handshake.pdf

Real World Ready - Resources to help you get ready for life and work

Prepare for the life and the world of work. Get info on things like personal finance, searching for and accepting a job, navigating healthcare choices, grad school, starting a new job, leasing an apartment, and more. It also has a section dedicated just for international students. Sign up today - free. 

  1. Visit https://ready.realworldplaybook.com/p/real-world-ready-bundle and click “Enroll Now"
  2. Where it says “Add Coupon,” type in code REALWORLDREADY 
  3. Create an account. When asked what school you attend, select OTHER from the dropdown menu.
  4. Enjoy free access (there is no payment required to enroll).

Money Matters

Need help thinking through balancing your budget, getting a credit card, managing bank accounts, or financial planning? 

Nerdwallet offers a plethora of information in regards to all kinds of money matters in addition to handling life circumstances like career development and management ideas, insurance and how to manage travel details. 

Money management tips for college students

Debt Project

Budget. Work. Learn. Reduce debt.

Learn how to create and manage a budget while reducing your student debt through work, financial planning tools, and mentorship. In the program, any earnings applied to your student account will be matched $.25 per dollar. Talk with Amy in Career Services, beckmana@mcpherson.edu, or Sara Brubaker, brubakes@mcpherson.edu, in the finance office to learn more about the program and register. 

Make that match count!

Submit your payment a variety of ways and get the match you've worked hard for. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose one of three ways:
    • Log onto Bulldog Connect:

                      Click on Finances Tab

                      >>Business Office

                      >>My Account Balances

                      >>Make a Payment

    • Call office @ 800.365.7402

                      Have your credit card information ready

    • Mail Payment to:

                      McPherson College

                      Business Office

                      PO Box 1402

                      McPhreson, KS 67460

  2. AFTER your payment please email studentbilling@mcpherson.edu to let us know it is a debt project payment and include photos of your pay stubs.

 

Internships & Field Experience

Did you know internships and field experiences can be completed at MC for credit toward your degree? Talk with your faculty advisor or career services to learn more. Following is some information to consider before applying. 

Career Connections Overview

 

The Career Connections program of McPherson College provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in their major fields of study and to receive academic credit for that experience. Students involved in Career Connections should realize valuable educational gains not obtained in the classroom which, in turn, should assist the student’s transition from the classroom to the job. All Career Connection courses must be completed within the term in which they are approved.

The Options

Option 1: Internship. Internships are designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain actual working experience in their major fields of study and to receive college credit for that experience. Internships are normally reserved for juniors or seniors as the student is required to bring a set of skills into a productive employment setting; however, upon the recommendation of the Faculty Advisor and the approval of the Director of Career Services and the Chief Academic Officer, exceptions may be granted.

The Internship Option is course number 388 in all departments.

Option 2: Field Experience. Field experiences involve observation or participation in vocational and operational activities outside the classroom. Usually participating without pay and for a single term or less, students need not necessarily bring specific skills to the experience.

The Field Experience Option is course number 295 or 495 in all departments.

Academic Credit Guidelines

One (1) credit hour may be awarded for approximately 40 hours of relevant internship or field placement experience. A student may not receive more than four (4) hours of credit per semester or term for any kind of Career Connections experience unless otherwise approved by the Faculty Advisor, Career Services Director, and Chief Academic Officer. Credit will be applied to the term in which the internship or field experience is taking place. A maximum of ten (10) hours of credit earned through Career Connections experiences can count toward graduation—six (6) for transfer students.

To be eligible for academic credit, applications for internships and field experiences must be signed and approved by all the required parties and submitted to the registrar’s office before the first day of the experience.

Grades

Students must indicate on their application form whether the internship or field experience is being taken for a grade or as Pass/Fail. Some faculty advisors may only be willing to oversee Career Connections experiences as Pass/Fail. See the Suggested Rubric for Graded Internships (Appendix F) or a framework assigning grades to internship experiences.

Eligible Experiences

In consultation with the Career Services Director, the Faculty Advisor must approve the student’s overall experiential learning plan. Any internship or field placement can make an acceptable Career Connections experience as long as the student can demonstrate to the Faculty Advisor and the Career Services Director that it has the potential to make a significant educational contribution to his/her field of study. This includes the student developing in collaboration with the Faculty Advisor a set of Student Learning Objectives prior to the experience. A student’s previous work experience, although personally valuable, does not meet the Career Connections criteria of directed, independent, and career-related learning. The Chief Academic Officer must approve the experience and the Student Learning Objectives before the student will be enrolled.

Academic departments at McPherson College are encouraged to help students develop Career Connections options consistent with institutional guidelines; however, all students considering Career Connections experiences should consult with their Faculty Advisor to determine whether their academic department has additional requirements or requirements different from the institutional requirements described in these guidelines.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Career Connections option, a student must have completed 12 credit hours at McPherson College, or, if a transfer student, hold a junior classification (57+ transferrable earned hours) or above and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students may be determined to be unsuitable for a placement at any time by either the Faculty Advisor or the Career Services Director. This may result in a student not being placed or in termination of placement.

Application Procedures for an Internship

1. Discuss your prospective placement with Director of Career Services and Faculty Advisor.

2. Ask your internship supervisor to confirm their intent to oversee your internship. Provide careers@mcpherson.edu a summary of intern expectations and duties as well as supervisor contact information.

3. With your Faculty Advisor, complete the Student Learning Outcome Worksheet.

     Student Learning Outcome Worksheet

4. Carefully read and sign the Risk and Release Form.

     Risk and Release Form

5. Once you and your faculty advisor have completed and signed the application, student learning outcomes, and risk and release form, submit all forms to Career Services Director for approval. Career services will forward to Academic Affairs for final approval and enrollment.  

6. Review with and provide a copy of your Student Learning Objectives to your work supervisor.

7. START your internship!

START YOUR INTERNSHIP APPLICATION HERE

Completion Requirements for an Internship

The following must be maintained AND submitted to your faculty advisor for grading by the end of the semester term in which you completed the internship.

1. Maintain a work log during your internship (include date, number of hours worked, and a brief description of work completed).

2. Complete and submit the mid-point check deliverables. 

  • Write a simple 1- to 2-page reflection on your internship to date. This mid-term reflection should describe the activities you have participated in during the first half of the experience; evaluate your progress toward meeting your learning objectives; and explain what you feel you have accomplished.
  • Share your reflection with your work supervisor. Together, complete the Work Supervisor’s Mid-point Review Form.

            Employer Mid-Point Review Form

3. Complete and submit the end-of-internship deliverables.

  • Your work log (See responsibility #1 above.)
  • A final paper reflecting upon your experience. This paper should be approximately five pages in length and address the following questions:
    • Describe the activities in which you have participated since your first log.
    • What do you feel you have gained in the Career Connections experience, in terms of personal, educational, and skill development, that you could not have acquired in a college setting?
    • In what ways did you find your college classes, faculty discussions, and career planning sessions helpful in preparing you for this Career Connections experience?  In what ways were these sessions not helpful?  Please be specific.
    • What career goals do you now have for yourself?  In what ways has this Career Connections experience helped influence them?
    • In what ways could your Career Connections experience have been improved?
  • Provide your work supervisor with the Employer's Final Performance Review Form. When your supervisor completes the evaluation, discuss it together and both sign.

                Employer Final Performance Review Form

4. Submit and Review all deliverables with your Faculty Advisor, submitting a copy to the Career Services Director by visiting career services office or emailing to         careers@mcpherson.edu

     Suggested Rubric for Grading

5. Celebrate your introduction to the work world and your learning from this experience!

 

Field Experience

Application Procedures for a Field Experience

1. Discuss your prospective placement with Director of Career Services and Faculty Advisor.

2. Ask your field experience sponsors to confirm their intent to oversee your internship. Provide careers@mcpherson.edu a confirmation of their willingness to host you, highlights of what you will learn or observe, and supervisor contact information (Supervisor name, business name, phone, email, mailing address). 

3. Carefully read and sign the Risk and Release Form. 

    Risk and Release Form

4. Complete the Field Experience Application Form.

5. Submit all forms to Career Services Director for approval. Career services will forward to Academic Affairs for final approval and enrollment.  

START YOUR FIELD EXPERIENCE APPLICATION HERE

Completion Requirements for a Field Experience

The following must be maintained AND submitted to your faculty advisor for grading by the end of the semester term in which you complete the field experience.

1. Maintain a log of your field experience (include date, number of hours worked, and a brief description of work completed). 

2. Submit and Review all deliverables with your Faculty Advisor, submitting a copy to the Career Services Director by visiting career services office or emailing to careers@mcpherson.edu

  • Your field experience log (See #1 above.)
  • A final paper reflecting upon your experience. This paper should be approximately 2–3 pages in length and address the following questions:
    • What have you learned through the field experience you would not have learned in a college setting?
    • What career goals do you now have for yourself?  In what ways has this field experience influenced them?
    • In what ways could your field experience have been improved?

Suggested Rubric for Grading

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