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Student Support

Major Exploration (Pre-Major Students)

Are you currently exploring major possibilities? Our office is here to help you with the process of exploring and selecting a major. Our advisors can help with everything from selecting courses to helping you connect your interests to majors and future career options.

We are here to support you through the process of selecting a major. We also provide major exploration support for those looking to change their major. 

Career Exploration

As you explore what to do with your major or career options we are here to support you through the exploration process. Finding the career that best suits your interests requires making informed decisions.

We are here to connect you to resources and opportunities that will help along that process.

Contact us to schedule a one on one meeting with one of our academic and career advisors. 

Find a Internship/Job

Looking to get started on searching and applying for internships or full-time jobs? Attend one of our upcoming internship/job search workshops or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Our office offers a wide variety of resources and information to support you through the internship/job search process. 

Interviewing & Networking

Mock-Interviews

Looking to practice and evaluate your interview skills? Mock interviews provide a great opportunity to practice your interview skills before the big day. Once you have lined up an interview, contact CSA immediately to schedule a mock interview.

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews serve as a great opportunity for students to learn about specific jobs, careers or to network with professionals in the field. If you are looking to conduct informational interviews, let us know and we can provide you with tips, advice and connections to help you get started. 

LinkedIn Headshots

CSA offers monthly headshot photo sessions at no cost to Fitchburg State Students. Upcoming sessions will be offered during the following dates/times in Hammond 318:

  • Wed. February 5, 2020 (12:30-2:30pm & 3:30-5:00pm)
  • Mon. March 2, 2020 (12:30-2:30pm & 3:30-5:00pm)
  • Wed. April 8, 2020 (12:30-2:30pm & 3:30-5:00pm)

Affinity Groups

Below you'll find additional resources for student affinity groups.

Athletes

The NCAA After the Game Career Center is where students can connect with employers who want to hire former college athletes. This free center has job opportunities in various locations, diverse industries, and an array of entry-, mid- and executive-level positions.

The NCAA Market is a job board for careers in college athletics.

First Generation Students

America Needs You (ANY) fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students.

Transitioning from College to the Workforce as a First-Gen: An Interview with Dr. Matt Lynch.

FirstGEN Fellows is a ten-week summer program in the D.C. area for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education, and who are passionate about pursuing careers in social justice.

I’m First is an online community celebrating first-generation college students.

International Students

E-Verify is an online program run by the U.S. government that is used mostly by employers to check employee records and work eligibility. Search for employers that provide work authorization and sponsorship.

GoinGlobal helps new and experienced job seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad.

H1base offers everything you need to know regarding H1B visas. There is a cost to obtain additional resources. However, there is plenty of important information offered at no cost. We suggest navigating the available free resources to learn more about the visa application process. We do not recommend you pay for any additional services.

InternationalStudent: Visa restrictions can pose a challenge for international students searching for work and internship experience in the U.S. It is important that you understand the requirements and expectations for F1 student visas. This site offers information regarding different forms of employment and helps you understand the guidelines set forth by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

LinkedIn Alumni Finder allows you to search for alumni in your country of origin to build your network and search for opportunities.

Immigration information:

MyVisaJobs: Learn who the top employers that sponsor work visas are and browse through employment opportunities. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides you with information regarding visas and filing for a green card. The site also contains information for working with employers and information regarding the petition process.

LGBTQ+ Students: Professional Associations, Advocacy Organizations and Resources

The Human Rights Campaign Equality Index ranks 571 businesses by their corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.

HRC's guide for coming out at work.

HRC’s state maps of laws and policies affecting the LGBTQ community.

The National Center for Transgender Equality's Know Your Rights resource outlines the rights and procedures transgender employees have to address discrimination.

U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission: An overview of rights of LGBTQ people related to workplace discrimination

The Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization serving LGBT business professionals in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.

Pride at Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies.

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Science and Technical Professionals is a professional society that educates and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments. 

oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics empowers LGBTQ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer workplace equality. They partner with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training and consultation, and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments.

NACE Resources for LGBTQ students: List of resources compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

StartOut’s mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community.

Out for Undergrad’s mission is to help high-achieving LGBTQ+ undergraduates reach their full potential.  Each year, they invite a diverse class of high-achieving LGBTQ+ students to four unique professional conferences, where they’re inspired to pursue ambitious careers.

LGBTQ+ Students: Internship Programs

The Victory Fund Internship program gives the opportunity to gain experience in LGBT political activism, consider career options, strengthen job-related skills and network with leaders in local, state and national politics.

PFLAG Internships: Graduate and undergraduate full-time and part-time internships available each school semester, and summer, for college and university students or recent graduates. 

National Center for Transgender Equality: NCTE accepts rolling applications for Fall, Spring and Summer internships for undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Applicants may apply to intern with NCTE’s policy, communications, or development departments for a general internship which will combine all three areas of work, or for a legal internship.

Previously Incarcerated Students

The Reentry Services Directory was developed by the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) to help individuals who have been incarcerated and their families find local reentry services. The NRRC has compiled a list of organizations and service providers who can address different reentry needs, including housing, employment, and family reunification.

CareerOneStop resource for Ex-Offenders: CareerOneStop’s Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders is for anyone with a criminal record. You’ll find tips, information and resources to help you search for, apply for, and begin a new job.

Students of Color: Professional Associations/Resources

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) provides scholarships and internships, workforce development and career resources, national and regional conferences, science fairs, leadership development and other STEM focused programming,

The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) is the first national nonprofit organization for Latinx business professionals and students. Its mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women in finance and accounting at every stage in their careers. The organization offers professional development and college scholarships.

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander youth by increasing access to public service opportunities. CAPAL offers public service internships and professional development to students.

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is a national organization that was founded in 1968 to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. Since its inception, more than 10,000 students have participated in CLEO's programs and joined the legal profession.

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement (HACE) is a nonprofit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of Latinx professionals. The organization offers college scholarships and leadership development academy for university students.

Latinos in Higher Ed is the first Latinx professional employment site designed for higher education professionals.

NAFOA Academy is an innovative training program for Native youth to prepare and support their early career development. 

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is the nation’s leading professional society for Latinx nurses. The organization offers student nurses scholarship and mentoring opportunities.

The National Association of Asian-American Professionals (NAAAP) is a nonprofit organization that cultivates and empowers Asian and Pacific Islander leaders through leadership development, professional networking, and community service. The organization offers leadership conferences, career fairs and a job board.

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions. NABA provides education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, including scholarships, student conferences and a career center. 

The National Black Nurses Association is a national nonprofit organization for nursing students and professionals. The organization offers scholarships and mentoring opportunities to student nurses.

The National Society of Black Engineers is a student-governed nonprofit that supports and promotes the aspirations of students and professionals in engineering and technology. The organization offers conferences, leadership development and job and internship listings.

The National Urban League Jobs Network serves as a job search engine where you can create a profile, post your resume and search through job listings.

U.S. Black Engineering and Technology Magazine is a publication dedicated to African-American students and professionals in STEM fields. Topics covered include student success and career development.

The Society of Advancement for Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an organization dedicated to promoting the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in the STEM fields. The organization provides mentoring programs and lists research opportunities and job opportunities.

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a nonprofit educational and professional organization for Asian and Pacific Islander students and professionals in the field of journalism. The organization offers mentorship opportunities, training programs, scholarships and internship grants.

The Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of a prosperous and influential Arab-American community. The organization offers scholarships and mentorship to students and young professionals.

Students of Color: Internship Program

The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences program is a ten-week mentored research experience for students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in the biomedical sciences.

The CBS Diversity Institute offers mentorship programs in the arts, focused on writing, directing and sketch comedy.

The Emma Bowen Foundation Fellowship program is dedicated to building diversity in the media and tech industry.

Hack Diversity is a professional development and internship program for black and Latinx students interested in careers in the tech industry.

Inroads is dedicated to providing leadership development for ethnically diverse students and assisting those students with gaining internship experience at top North American companies, firms and organizations.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) offers career preparation and early career development programs to high-achieving students from under-represented backgrounds.

The MIT Summer Research Program offers paid summer research fellowships in biology, brain and cognitive sciences, or linguistics and philosophy.

SEO Career recruits and trains high-achieving black, Hispanic, and Native American college students for challenging summer internships that lead to coveted full-time jobs.

As a nonprofit organization, the T. Howard Foundation aims to diversify the media and entertainment industry. As part of their internship program, students gain access to “networking opportunities, professional development training, scholarships, and mentors,” on top of a full-time paid summer internship.

The Talent Development and Innovation in Sciences Internship is designed to complement students’ academic learning with rich summer experiences that are designed to develop them professionally and instill in them an appreciation for innovation in STEM careers.

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is a national nonprofit organization that aims to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. The organization offers law school-preparatory programs for students throughout their college career.

Students of Color: Job Boards

Students with Disabilities: Professional Associations, Advocacy Organizations and Resources

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission supports individuals with disabilities in the job search and application process, as well as the job accommodation process.  Counselors work with job seekers on resumes, interview preparation and making connections with employers. The MRC also supports persons with disabilities in disclosing disabilities to employers and obtaining appropriate job accommodations.

To access services, students should attend an information session at 49 Nursery Lane, Fitchburg, MA 01420:

  • Every Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • First Thursday of the month at 4:00 pm
  • *Be sure to list the FSU Career Services and Advising Center as your referral source
  • Part-time employment (off campus)

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD)'s mission is to ensure that people with disabilities of all ages living or working in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have full and equal participation in all aspects of life.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) advocates for full civil rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation.

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

LD Online seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.

The Learning Disabilities Association of America visualizes a world in which all individuals with learning disabilities are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society; the incidence of learning disabilities is reduced; and learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed.

AC online: College Resources For Students with Disabilities provides specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, helping students learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what their legal rights on campus are.

Students with Disabilities: Rights and Job Accommodations

Americans with Disabilities Act: This guide for people with disabilities seeking employment gives an overview of workers’ rights related to the ADA.

Massachusetts state Employment Rights of People with Disabilities

Mass Hire resources for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Disability Equality Index: Disability:IN has rated companies on their disability inclusiveness.

This fact sheet compiled by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission addresses common questions about how the ADA protects applicants with disabilities.

The Job Accommodation Network provides lists of appropriate job accommodations organized by disability, limitation, job function or accommodation type.

The Learning Disabilities Association of America provides a list of reasonable job accommodations for limitations associated with learning disabilities.

Tips for Applicants with Disabilities Applying for Federal Jobs: Tips for all aspects of the applying career process from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Students with Disabilities: Internship Programs

American Association of People with Disabilities summer internship program

American Association for the Advancement of Science Entry Point! Internship program

National Business and Disability Council Emerging Leaders internship program

Talent Development and Innovation and Sciences Internship

Students with Disabilities: Job Boards

Work Without Limits is a Massachusetts-based organization that helps connect job seekers with disabilities to disability-inclusive employers. They also offer online career mentoring and connect college students to internship opportunities in the Boston area.

The Carrol Center for the Blind offers a variety of employment services for people with visual impairments to achieve the goal of employment.

The Workplace Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects employers nationwide with college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

Lime Connect is a nonprofit organization that is rebranding disability through achievement by connecting high-potential university students and professionals - including veterans - who happen to have all types of disabilities for scholarships, internships, The Lime Connect Fellowship Program, and full time careers with corporate partners.

Getting Hired connects skilled professionals to inclusive employers and advocacy organizations in the private and nonprofit sectors.

USA Jobs provides information for individuals with disabilities interested in working for the federal government.

Equal Opportunities Publications Diversity and Inclusion job board

Undocumented/DACA Students: Advocacy Organizations and Resources

The National Immigration Law Center's resource about DACA and Employment

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The National Immigration Law Center's resource about Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

Informed Immigrant provides straightforward information about immigration status, updates on Supreme Court action and understanding your rights.

The American Immigration Council has information about obtaining an ITIN, various visa programs, and articles.

Citizen Path has information about employment rights with DACA.

Immigration Law Help’s list of legal resources in MA

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition resources

Immigrants Rising’s Entrepreneurship Fund provides grants to undocumented entrepreneurs working to create positive social change.

DACA Phase Out overview from Affordable Colleges Online

Advocacy Organizations:

Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) is a community of health career-bound undocumented students across the country. PHD investigates and shares information regarding career pathways for pre-health undocumented students and advocates for more progressive institutional and governmental policies for undocumented students.

Student Immigrant Movement is a Massachusetts-based statewide immigrant youth-led organization. They organize youth, ages 13-30, and provide political education, leadership training, guidance, mentorship, and safe healing spaces.

UCLA Dream Summer Fellowship participants are placed within social justice-based organizations and work closely with their host organization to incorporate and strengthen the role of immigrant issues alongside the organization’s social justice work. Over the summer, fellows engage and lead social justice efforts by aligning the call for immigrant rights issues alongside the unique challenges of queer and transgender communities; Asian and Pacific Islander communities; black immigrant communities; the ongoing mass incarceration and criminalization of people of color; worker rights; and health care access for all. Dream Summer fellows receive a $5,000 fellowship award for their participation in the program, leadership and professional development training, and become part of a national alumni network of over 650 immigrant rights leaders.

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. The nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status through federal legislation.

My Undocumented Life is a blog founded by an undocumented college student which highlights resources for students.

Undocumented/DACA Students Funding/Scholarships

Dreamers Roadmap is a free national mobile app that helps undocumented students find scholarships to go to college.

The Dream provides scholarships to highly-qualified DREAMers to help them pay for their college education.

National Immigration Law Center resource on Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities available to students, regardless of immigration status

Veterans: Professional Associations and Resources

The MA Department of Higher Education's Veterans Education page

LinkedIn Premium discount for veterans

My Next Move resources for veterans

Feds Hire Vets is a site for Federal employment information for Veterans, transitioning military service members, and their families.

The Department of Labor's Veterans’ Employment and Training Service

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers.

Student Veterans of America is a nonprofit organization serving student veterans.

The NACE Veterans’ Guide to Developing a Resume provides military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

Massachusetts Veterans’ Job Programs and Services provides employment and training services to veterans and their families.

National Minority Update lists job opportunities posted by organizations actively recruiting qualified minority, veteran and women candidates.

Women in STEM: Resources

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) helps women in STEM achieve their full potential through leadership and professional talent development at all career stages.

The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) aims to increase the participation and recognition of women in science, engineering, and medicine —including women of color. 

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders.