Students

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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 a virtual appointment with a Career Coach virtually about your career plan
    • Login to Handshake to update your profile, re-select career interest areas, and view upcoming events and internship opportunities
    • Attend CPD networking events and VOCARE, a Sophomore & Transfer Retreat on career deveoplment
    • Attend a Virtual Career Fair to explore job and internship opportunities
    • Update your LinkedIn profile with new accomplishments and and grow your network by connecting
      with peers and LMU alumni 
    • Apply for a Sophomore-specific national or international fellowship that provides academic and professional experience related to your career goals
    • 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
  • 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 a Handshake appointment with a Career Coach virtually about your career
      plan
    • Upload your resume to VMock to receive feedback before applying to internships
    • View a list of companies where LMU students have interned, and begin networking with fellow students and alumni at organizations of interest
    • Update your LinkedIn profile with new accomplishments and continue researching LMU alumni career paths and companies of interest
    • Request informational interviews from those in your field
    • Attend a Virtual Career Fair to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU
    • Enroll in an internship course to receive academic credit for your experience
    • Attend the Grad+Professional School Fair to receive information about admission requirements, summer programs and fellowship opportunities
    • Research professional opportunities in the industry and set goals for post-graduation
    • Request informational interviews from those in your field
  • 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 develop your networking strategy
    • Login to Big Interview to practice interviewing and receive instant feedback
    • Update your LinkedIn profile with new accomplishments and continue researching LMU alumni
      career paths and companies of interest
    • Log in to Handshake to set up a job search agent to track opportunities of interest, and monitor on-campus Recruiting activities
    • Attend a Virtual Career Fair to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU
    • Join the LinkedIn LMU Official Alumni Association group to connect with thousands of Lions working at companies and fields of interest
    • Attend on and off-campus networking events
    • Maintain and grow your network by leveraging their contacts and keeping in touch with them
    • Identify possible membership organizations, guilds, online communities to ease transition into
      post-graduation
  • 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
    • Log in to Handshake 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 a Virtual Career Fair 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
    • Schedule a virtual 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
  • 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 a virtual appointment with a Career Coach via Handshake to incorporate your previous academic and professional experience into your current resume
    • Attend the a Virtual Career Fair to explore job and internship opportunities at companies that recruit at LMU 
    • Register to attend the virtual 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
    • Gain clarity about your personality, career interests, strengths by taking one of our career assessments
    • Log in to Handshake 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
  • Visit our International Students page for additional resources.

  • 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 Handshake, LMU’s online career management portal. As soon as they are first-year students, they 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.

  • As a Master or Doctorate 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
    • Login to Handshake to set up a job search agent to track opportunities of interest, and monitor
      On-Campus Recruiting activities
    • Login to Big Interview to practice interviewing and receive instant feedback
    • Attend CPD industry-specific events 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
    • Request informational interviews from those in your field
    • 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