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On this page, you will find specific career resources for multicultural students (students of color). A student of color is a student who identifies as one or more of the following racial or ethnic groups: African, Alaskan Native, Asian, Black, Chican@, Desi, Hispanic, Indigenous, Latinx, Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander. For general career advice, 

Getting Started:

If you have questions about what to major in, how to apply for internships, graduate school or the job search, make an appointment with CAP and have a conversation with a career advisor.

Job Search Process:

Share your Experiences
Reflect on how your experiences and competency development and connect them to the job. Highlight how what you have learned is a benefit for a job or internship.

Evaluate Employers on whether they honor diversity
To find out if an employer has created an inclusive work environment, consider some of these tips:

  • Is the organization on Diversity Inc.’s Top 50 or other national lists for their diversity policies and programs?
  • What are the company’s values and are there employee focused programs around issues of concern or for specific groups? (resource or affinity groups)
  • In an interview you can ask your interviewer about the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion or explain your desire to work for an organization that values diversity.

Connect to alumni and other professionals of color
Alumni, staff and faculty that identify similarly to you, have gone through what you are now about to go through, and have a wealth of wisdom that they would be happy to share with you.  You can learn from the experience of those who have come before about how to survive and thrive in the world of work. Consider networking through LinkedIn, campus events and your organizations.

JMU Offices and Resources

Resources for Scholarships/Fellowships at JMU

Resources for Students of Color

Below, we’ve collected job search boards, professional associations, blogs and other resources that might be useful. 

Business and Career Resources:

  • Diversity Inc.:  the top 50 companies for diversity
  • IMDiversity - dedicated to providing career and self-development information to all minorities, specifically African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and women.
  • Institute for Broadening Participation - A directory of links to programs designed to increase diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. The programs include internship, job, scholarship and fellowship opportunities. The institute is an independent, open source non-profit and provides resources to faculty and students by means of an infrastructure unfettered by institutional or disciplinary barriers.
  • INSIGHT Into Diversity - One of the most recognized resources for equal opportunity employers who are seeking to add diverse, qualified candidates to their workforce. Job postings include positions in academia, business, healthcare, and the government.
  • US Government Diversity and Inclusion and Presidential Management Fellows Program

 

Internship and Job Search Tools

  • Diversity Jobs - connects African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic people and members of the LGBT community with companies that are known for being especially diversity-friendly
  • INROADS: resource for paid internships for undergraduate, diverse youth  
  • National Urban League - offers a large searchable job database that highlights organization interested in diversifying their talent pool.

Asian/Pacific American

  • Asian American Professional Associations - Compilation of links to the leading Asian American professional associations, many with career and job sites of their own, collected by Monster.
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals - The NAAAP a non-profit organization that cultivates and empowers Asian and Pacific Islander leaders through professional development, community service, and networking. It offers a diverse range of professional development programs including a career center and job board.
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans - A directory of links to Asian Pacific American organizations, many with career sites of their own. The links also include website and contact information for networking and internship and job search purposes.

Black/African American

  • African American Professional Associations - Compilation of links to the leading African American professional associations, many with career and job sites of their own, collected by Monster.
  • National Urban League Job Network - The Urban League Job Network is backed by the National Urban League and is dedicated to helping diverse students find employment opportunities.
  • United Negro College Fund - UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. It manages various scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs.

Hispanic/Latinx

  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute - Learn more about a congressional internship program in D.C. 
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities - A compilation of internship and job boards sponsored by the association, which represents more than 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain.
  • Hispanic and Latino Professional Associations - Compilation of links to the leading Hispanic and Latino professional associations, many with career and job sites of their own, collected by Monster.
  • iHispano - Job board sponsored by the Professional Diversity Network.
  • Latino Careers - Job board sponsored by LATCareers.com.
  • LatPro.com - Source for connecting Hispanic and Latino bilingual job seekers with recruiters searching for skilled diversity candidates.

Indigenous/Native American

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