Finding a job

Whether you are searching for a part-time job while you’re in school, a full-time job for after graduation or an internship to develop your skills in a specific career field, finding the right opportunity takes time, research, quality career documents, interviewing skills, organization and dedication.

Overwhelmed yet?

Luckily, VCU Career Services has a variety of resources to help in your search for that next opportunity — and dedicated career advisors who can guide you every step of the way.

It’s never too early to begin planning

An intentional and successful job search plan can take months to implement from the initial research phase to application to interviews to the job offer. Get a jump-start on your planning with the resources available to you through VCU Career Services.

Research career fields

Understanding how your interests, skills and experiences match with the variety of career fields out there is an important step in helping you target employers you’d like to work for and jobs you’d like to apply for. Start exploring.

Meet with your career advisor

Every student at VCU has a career advisor who can meet with you one-on-one to discuss your career goals and answer all your burning questions: When should I start my professional job search? Is it too early? Too late? How do I narrow my options? Where do I even begin? Sign up for a one-on-one advising session with your career advisor.

Search for opportunities

Handshake is a comprehensive job and internship search tool available to all VCU students and alumni for life. Within Handshake, you can search for and apply for full-time, part-time and federal work-study positions that are posted specifically for VCU talent. Log in to Handshake today.

Earn while you learn

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2011 the majority of undergraduate college students in the U.S. (actually 72 percent, if you’re into statistics) worked during the academic year. VCU students are no different — many of you will work while attending school.

VCU Career Services is here to help you with your part-time job search, starting with this curated selection of reputable, helpful websites where part-time jobs are posted.

ConnectVA provides information, resources and instant access to nonprofits, civic leaders, volunteers and others interested in improving Metro Richmond. The Job Finder is a great place to find local area jobs and internships focused on the nonprofit community.

Indeed, the most comprehensive search engine for jobs, allows you to search based on geographic preference and job type or title.
Based in Richmond, Virginia, this site helps hourly workers find jobs they love — and helps hourly employers find the best people for their jobs.

VCU eJobs
VCU Human Resources’ database of on-campus jobs allows you to search for student-only jobs. Many of these positions are also listed at HireVCURams.

Federal work-study

An employment and need-based program subsidized by the federal government, the federal work-study program allows students to earn wages in special student employment positions. Students are awarded anywhere between $1,000 and $2,500 per academic year. Job opportunities exist on both the MCV and Monroe Park campuses, as well as in agencies in the community. Students must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid form no later than March 1 to be considered for an FWS award for the upcoming academic year. More information on federal work-study is available on the Office of Financial Aid’s website.

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