At CPD, our first priority is your professional development, as we work with employers, recruiters and alumni to bring about exciting career opportunities tailored to your strengths and interests.  It is our firm belief that LMU’s diverse academic community is made up of the leaders, innovators and healers of tomorrow, so our dedicated staff is pleased to assist with your endeavors along the way.

  • First Year

    As a First Year student, we recommend visiting Career and Professional Development (CPD) early and often to identify your values, interests, and skills. Below are some ideas for jumpstarting your four-year Career Action Plan. 

  • Sophomore

    As a Sophomore, we recommend exploring multiple career paths to gain clarity on your interests and skills and how they relate to professional life. Below are some ideas for progressing along your four-year Career Action Plan.

    • Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach via LionJobs to incorporate your summer activities into your current resume
    • Login to LionJobs to update your profile, re-select career interest areas, and view upcoming events and internship opportunities
    • Register to attend the fall VOCARE Sophomore & Transfer Retreat to reflect on where you have been, who you are, and where you are going within a supportive community of fellow students, staff, faculty, and alumni
    • Apply for the off-campus fall Career Trek to meet dozens of LMU alumni and parents in their workplaces
    • Attend the fall Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU 
    • Apply for a Sophomore-specific national or international fellowship that provides academic and professional experience related to your career goals
    • Visit What Can I Do With This Major? and LMU’s Academic Catalog to understand how your choice of major will affect your job search
    • Login to Spotlight on Careers to learn about how to land internships and jobs in specific industries
    • Apply for the off-campus spring Career Trek to meet dozens of LMU alumni and parents in their workplaces
    • Register to attend the spring VOCARE Sophomore & Transfer Retreat to reflect on where you have been, who you are, and where you are going within a supportive community of fellow students, staff, faculty, and alumni
    • Update your LinkedIn profile with new accomplishments and continue researching LMU alumni career paths and companies of interest
    • Take a class outside of your intended major to further develop your skills and solidify interests
    • View a list of companies where LMU students have interned, and begin networking with fellow students and alumni at organizations of interest
    • Attend the spring Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU
  • Junior

    As a Junior, we recommend gaining professional experience that helps you narrow your career goals by focusing on your strengths. Below are some ideas for progressing along your four-year Career Action Plan. 

    • Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach via LionJobs to incorporate your summer activities into your current resume
    • Update your LinkedIn profile with new accomplishments and continue researching LMU alumni career paths and companies of interest
    • Apply to be a group leader for the fall VOCARE Sophomore & Transfer Retreat to help students reflect on where they have been, who they are, and where they are going within a supportive community of fellow students, staff, faculty, and alumni
    • Login to LionJobs to monitor On-Campus Recruiting activities, such as employer information sessions, companies conducting interviews on campus, and preparation workshops
    • View a list of companies where LMU students have interned, and begin networking with fellow students and alumni at organizations of interest
    • Apply for the off-campus fall Career Trek to meet dozens of LMU alumni and parents in their workplaces 
    • Attend the fall Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU  
    • Login to Spotlight on Careers to learn about how to land internships and jobs in specific industries
    • Attend the Graduate School Fair to receive information about admission requirements, summer programs and fellowship opportunities
    • Explore LMU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities and attend the URS to view current student research
    • Apply for a Junior-specific national or international fellowship that provides academic and professional experience related to your career goals
    • Enroll in an internship course to receive academic credit for your experience
    • Apply to be a group leader for the spring VOCARE Sophomore & Transfer Retreat to help students reflect on where they have been, who they are, and where they are going within a supportive community of fellow students, staff, faculty, and alumni
    • Attend the spring Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU         
  • Senior

    As a Senior, we recommend developing a nine-month career plan, meeting with CPD frequently to help guide you to your intended post-graduate goal. Below are some ideas for progressing along your four-year Career Action Plan. 

    • Meet regularly with CPD Career Coaches to conduct mock-interviews and develop your networking strategy, seeking feedback on your communication with alumni, parents, and companies of interest
    • Update your LinkedIn profile with new accomplishments and continue researching LMU alumni career paths and companies of interest
    • Login to LionJobs to set up a job search agent to track opportunities of interest, and monitor On-Campus Recruiting activities, such as employer information sessions, companies conducting interviews on campus, and preparation workshops
    • Apply for the off-campus fall Career Trek to meet dozens of LMU alumni and parents in their workplaces 
    • Attend the fall Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU  
    • Attend the Graduate School Fair to receive information about admission requirements, summer programs and fellowship opportunities
    • Apply for a Senior-specific national or international fellowship that provides academic and professional experience related to your career goals
    • Join the LinkedIn LMU Official Alumni Association group to connect with thousands of Lions working at companies and fields of interest
    • Apply for the off-campus spring Career Trek to meet dozens of LMU alumni and parents in their workplaces 
    • Attend the spring Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU         
    • Attend the Silicon Beach Expo to learn more about companies of interest in Playa Vista
    • Visit the LMU bookstore to order your cap and gown for Commencement  
    • Schedule an appointment with a CPD Career Coach to practice negotiating your salary and strategize on how to successfully evaluate competing offers
    • Attend the After LMU: Cap and Gown Pick-Up to inform LMU of your post-graduate plans, pick-up your Commencement regalia, and celebrate all that you have accomplished at LMU!
  • Graduate

    As a Graduate Student, we recommend getting started early by working with CPD to identify your career goals and develop a strategy for achieving them. Below are some ideas for making the most of your time at LMU.

    • Meet regularly with CPD Career Coaches to conduct mock-interviews and develop your networking strategy, seeking feedback on your communication with alumni, parents, and companies of interest
    • Login to LionJobs to set up a job search agent to track opportunities of interest, and monitor On-Campus Recruiting activities, such as employer information sessions, companies conducting interviews on campus, and preparation workshops
    • Bookmark the Career and Professional Development website to stay updated on workshops, fairs and expos, programs, internships and job opportunities
    • Follow Career and Professional Development on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all programs, resources and opportunities
    • Attend the fall Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU 
    • Apply for a Graduate-specific national or international fellowship that provides academic and professional experience related to your career goals
    • Update your LinkedIn profile with new accomplishments and continue researching LMU alumni career paths and companies of interest
    • Join the LinkedIn LMU Official Alumni Association group to connect with thousands of Lions working at companies and fields of interest
    • Attend the spring Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU        
    • Attend the Silicon Beach Expo to learn more about companies of interest in Playa Vista
    • Visit the LMU bookstore to order your cap and gown for Commencement
    • Schedule an appointment with a CPD Career Coach to practice negotiating your salary and strategize on how to successfully evaluate competing offers
    • Reconnect with your advisor and key faculty members to update them on your career plan, inviting them to provide feedback on your job search strategy
  • Transfer

    As a Transfer Student, we recommend getting started early by working with CPD to identify your career goals and develop a strategy for achieving them. Below are some ideas for making the most of your time at LMU.

    • Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach via LionJobs to incorporate your previous academic and professional experience into your current resume
    • Attend the fall Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU 
    • Apply for the off-campus fall Career Trek to meet dozens of LMU alumni and parents in their workplaces
    • Register to attend the fall VOCARE Sophomore & Transfer Retreat to reflect on where you have been, who you are, and where you are going within a supportive community of fellow students, staff, faculty, and alumni
    • Apply for a national or international fellowship that provides academic and professional experience related to your career goals
    • Visit What Can I Do With This Major? and LMU’s Academic Catalog to understand how your choice of major will affect your job search
    • Login to Spotlight on Careers to learn about how to land internships and jobs in specific industries
    • Gain clarity about your personality, career interests, strengths by taking one of our career assessments
    • Login to LionJobs to set up a job search agent to track opportunities of interest, and monitor On-Campus Recruiting activities, such as employer information sessions, companies conducting interviews on campus, and preparation workshops
    • Update your LinkedIn profile with new accomplishments and continue researching LMU alumni career paths and companies of interest
    • Register to attend the spring VOCARE Sophomore & Transfer Retreat to reflect on where you have been, who you are, and where you are going within a supportive community of fellow students, staff, faculty, and alumni
    • Apply for the off-campus spring Career Trek to meet dozens of LMU alumni and parents in their workplaces
    • Attend the spring Career Expo to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU        
    • Attend the Silicon Beach Expo to learn more about companies of interest in Playa Vista
  • International

    Visit our International Students page for additional resources.

  • Prospective

    Internships are a critical component of an LMU education. Over two-thirds of students take advantage of internships during their college experience, building desirable skills while connecting classroom learning to real-world situations in the corporate, nonprofit, government, and international sectors.

    Working closely with Career and Professional Development (CPD), students have access to over 1,500 internships annually through LionJobs, LMU’s online career management portal. As soon as their freshman year, students begin identifying opportunities, working closely with CPD staff to clarify career goals, discover opportunities, and assemble strong applications. Internships can be completed as nearby as Los Angeles and as far away as any international location of the student’s choosing. Students have the option to register internships for academic credit if desired.

    All LMU students are encouraged to visit the CPD early and often throughout their college career. As CPD staff and faculty continuously build and solidify partnerships with companies around the world, students benefit from these relationships. LMU internship experiences help students clarify their career path, build confidence, and ultimately make meaningful connections that lead to successful outcomes after graduation.

    Visit our Student Profile Gateway to read our success stories!