Classroom Presentations

If you would like to request a classroom presentation, contact the University Career Center liaison in your academic area.

Career Exploration Assignments

If you are designing an assignment around career exploration or job search:

  • Reach out to your college's University Career Center liaison for relevant resources or feedback on your assignment. 
  • Reach out to your college's University Career Center liaison if you are considering having your students schedule an appointment or have their resume reviewed in University Career Center, because we need to make sure we can meet the need as far as student numbers and our staff capacity.
  • Scroll to the bottom of this page to see what free online tools University Career Center provides for job search, interview practice, career exploration, and more.
  • Email Chandra Lane at if you have an assignment you'd like to share on this site for other faculty to use. 

Relevant Pages on University Career Center Website:

Handshake Assignments

University Career Center staff can help you to design a class assignment around JMU's job search tool, Handshake. Handshake connects students with employers who seek to hire JMU students, offers access to on-campus interviews with employers, and allows students to sign up for workshops on career-related topics. Students can upload a resume, apply to jobs and internships, and sign up for University Career Center workshops and employer events through this system.

This video will walk students through getting started in Handshake.


Here are some ideas for Handshake assignments. Students can be asked to:

  • Complete their Handshake profile (this part only takes a few minutes, and can even be completed in class).
  • Upload a resume to Handshake.
  • "Favorite" a position in Handshake (this will send notifications when the deadlines are approaching).
  • Apply for jobs and internships across the country via Handshake.
  • Apply for On-Campus Interviews for positions inside and outside Virginia. (Interviews take place in our Interview Center in the Student Success Center.)

Additional Thoughts:

  • You can request that students submit screenshots to verify completion of an assignment.

Watch our faculty webinar (or view the webinar slides) for more information about Handshake.

Contact or your University Career Center liaison with any questions.


InterviewStream can make your assignments more interactive and help students gain perspective on their verbal and nonverbal communication skills, particularly in a job interview setting.  

How it meets a need:
With virtual job interviews and meetings becoming more common, it’s more important than ever that students be prepared to present themselves in a professional way via video interviewing. 

How it works:
InterviewStream allows students to record videos of themselves answering some of the thousands of pre-recorded questions for various industries that InterviewStream provides! These videos can be shared with family, friends, or professors for feedback, and the perspective they gain can help them to communicate more effectively not only in virtual settings, but also face-to-face.

Tips for making the most of InterviewStream

  • We recommend you keep your assignments short – 5 questions or less – to ensure that the videos are a manageable length.
  • You can enable the setting to allow your students to “retry” questions.
  • The InterviewStream platform has a place for students to rate themselves and receive qualitative and quantitative feedback from others on all aspects of their verbal and nonverbal communication.

To get started using InterviewStream, email Chandra Lane at to request a professor account.  The system will walk you through setting up your first class assignment, and we’re available to help throughout the process! Check out the InterviewStream Guide for Faculty for screenshots to use when creating your assignment.

If you are having technical difficulties, check out our InterviewStream Troubleshooting Guide or the Student InterviewStream page.You can also email or call 877-773-3164. If you are still having difficulty, email Chandra Lane at

Free Online Career Tools from University Career Center

Career Guide to JMU Majors

The Career Guide to JMU Majors provides a sampling of career options for each of the majors offered at JMU. The Career Guide also provides major specific information on internship opportunities, characteristics of successful students, and websites for further exploration of potential careers.


With FOCUS, you can take self-assessment tests, compare careers, look up salary and job outlook information, see the pros and cons of different careers based on your likes and dislikes, explore common careers for certain majors, and save your results for future reference. We recommend you schedule an appointment with an academic or career advisor to help make meaning of your results.


GoinGlobal is an online resource with a wealth of information about working in specific cities in the U.S. and Canada, including job search databases, job fairs, cost of living, job prospects and industry trends, and even cultural advice. It also provides information for those interested in working overseas, and those with special H1B VISA considerations who are seeking employment in the U.S.


All JMU students and alumni can use InterviewStream to conduct free, online practice interviews with a webcam. With InterviewStream, you will have access to frequently asked interview questions, you can choose your own questions, or select a prepared interview. You can record yourself responding to each question, retry, and review the final product to improve your performance.


Handshake is James Madison University’s online career services management system that provides JMU students access to internships, full-time jobs, career fairs, workshops, information sessions, and more. With Handshake, you can: find jobs and internships, research and connect with employers, and improve your job or internship search.


FirstHand (formerly "Vault") is an online reference site where you can access information on career fields, company reviews and rankings, and apply for jobs and internships. FirstHand is a great place to research career fields that you are interested in, so that you can learn more about what they're really like.

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