Monday, November 23, 2015

PA launches exciting new internship!

There is a new internship opportunity available with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This program, entitled “Commonwealth Public Service Intern,” is a paid ($14.03/hour), six-month internship, which provides a flexible pathway for college students to advance from this internship program to Commonwealth employment in a variety of occupations. Following successful completion of this program, students may be promoted to a full-time, permanent position with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

To qualify, students must be currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited bachelor’s degree program and have satisfactory completion of 65 credits, including 12 credits (or a minimum of four courses) in their major field of study. They also need authorization from their school to participate in this program. Many state agencies have committed to hiring Commonwealth Public Service Interns in the spring/summer of 2016, with an anticipated start date in early June. Most positions will be in the Harrisburg area (Dauphin County); however, there will be select opportunities available throughout the state.

Additional information regarding Commonwealth Public Service Intern, including a general description of the type of work and how to apply, can be found on the Civil Service website at, by clicking on Job Seekers, Open Test Announcements, and then selecting the Internships and Summer Employment category. Commonwealth Public Service Intern is featured under that category. A promotional trifold brochure regarding these opportunities is also attached.

Students may apply online through the Online Services section of the Civil Service website. Questions regarding this program can be directed to or (717) 214-4649.

Don’t sweat that job interview!

Mock interview with top executives, Dec. 2

Does the idea of going through a job interview make your hands sweat? Are you afraid that you’ll blow it? Here is a great way to learn how to stay calm, composed and confident when interviewing. Top executives from Travelers (a REAL company) will be available to conduct mock interviews right here at BU on Wednesday, Dec. 2, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience, 201 SSC! A mock interview is low-stress way to practice and get feedback on your interviewing skills. Master those skills and you’ll be in a better position to land the job you want. All seniors are encouraged to participate, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Before you head out for the Thanksgiving break, sign onto Husky Career Link and get scheduled for an interview time!

Visit Husky Career Link for more information!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Get Help with your URSCA award applications!

John Hranitz will be holding several “Find a Mentor/Write a Proposal” meetings to help students with their 2016 URSCA Award applications. Students are encouraged to arrange appointments with me if the below times are not convenient. Feel free to request an appointment by e-mail via The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) Awards provides summer stipend support to students participating in summer research, scholarship, or creative activities. Students can receive a maximum stipend of up to $6,000 for a full-time project during the 12 weeks of summer session.

URSCA Information Sessions:
  • Nov. 20, from 3 to 4 p.m., 163 Centennial Hall
  • Nov. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m., 163 Centennial Hall
  • Dec. 4, from 3 to 4 p.m., 163 Centennial Hall
For more information visit Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Friday, November 13, 2015

OMG! I am going to Ireland!

In just two short months I will be traveling abroad to spend my entire spring semester in Ireland at the University of Limerick!!!!!! Yes, I said IRELAND! To say I am “excited” is an understatement. This is a chance that may or may not come around again in a person’s lifetime and I am beyond words that I am officially able to go abroad with two of my good friends! Let me get one thing straight, I have NEVER been out of the country before. I also don’t really take big chances like this either. I enjoy being in my comfort zone. But an experience like this can really help you develop independence and grow as a person, so I am going to do it. The most thrilling thing about this is that I will get to meet new people, learn about a different culture and what it is like to live in a different country – all without my parents’ help.
There is no excuse why you can’t be courageous and do it too, guys! Not only is studying abroad great for developing yourself, it is amazing to have international experience when trying to land a job. If you are dreaming about studying abroad, clear off your calendar and get to the Study Abroad Open House, on Tuesday, 236 SSC. There is also a cool workshop on Monday to learn how to use your international experience to market yourself to employers.
Here is what’s planned for International Education Week:

  • Monday, Nov. 16, 12 noon to 1 p.m. — Workshop: “Marketing Your International Experience, ” CPDCE Center, 201 SSC. Refreshments served. You can RSVP on Husky Career Link
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — “Study Abroad Open House, ”Office of Global & Multicultural Education. Let’s help you discover the world!, 236 SSC 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. — “Tea Traditions from Around the World,” KUB Multicultural Center. International student presentations. Piano performance by Nora Scheuch. Teas, desserts, and tea sandwiches. 
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts. Percussion Ensemble Concert joined by Patrick Fitzgibbon. Different instruments representing Indian, Middle Eastern, and Afro-Cuban cultures will all be used. 
  • Friday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. — Raya Brass Band, Greenly Center, Room 116. There will be dancing – no partner or former experience needed and families are welcome

Don’t have a job/internship yet?

If you missed Blooms Career Expo there’s another chance!

On Feb. 16 there will be a job and internship fair held in Harrisburg, Pa. hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium the fair begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Watch for more details on Husky Career Link. Go get yourself hired, people! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hundreds attended Career Connections Expo!

I hope most of you stopped by the 2015 Career Connections Expo last week and lots of you were fortunate enough to walk way with a job lead or a spring or summer internship! Hundreds of students attended and it was great! I know I had a blast scoping out companies. Nearly 80 organizations – companies, non-profit agencies, graduate schools– packed the Kehr Union Ballroom. If you missed it, don’t worry. BU holds the Career Connections Expo each fall. Keep following this blog for news about the next expo and other career fairs!

Career Road Trip steered students to the PA Turnpike Commission!

Some BU students learned about the wide range of career opportunities available with the PA Turnpike Commission during a Husky Career Road Trip last week. The commission hires graduates in a variety of majors, such as accounting, management, mathematics, communication studies and ITM, according Craig Shuey, chief operations officer. Shuey, shown speaking to students in this photo, graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1994 and hosted the trip. The students learned about the history of the commission, toured the facility, heard about job and internship opportunities and enjoyed a networking lunch before returning to campus!