In preparation for your job or internship search, you’ll need to have a polished resume and LinkedIn profile. As you explore your career options and goals, take time to learn more about how your interests and skills fit with the job market in your chosen field. One way to do this is by reaching out to your professors for information and attending any networking events your department hosts. The tools below can assist with these steps. To learn more reach out to your University Career Liaison:

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Job and Internships Sources

Begin your search for jobs and internships on Handshake, the University Career Center’s online portal. Here you can find events to engage with employers, career fairs and internship and job postings. Applying for multiple positions can improve your chances for success, so you may also wish to explore commercial job boards which aggregate listings by keyword search, streamlining your efforts.

Popular job boards include: LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, and SimplyHired.  

Note: When looking on these “open market” job boards do watch out for fraudulent and scam postings. Be vigilant and research each company carefully before applying and sharing your personal data. It has been our experience that most of the postings on these sites are legitimate, but, as with all things online, do your homework. If you have questions about a posting please reach out to us for assistance.

If you are interested in a specific organization, you can connect with them by heading to the company website’s “careers” page, where you may have the chance to interact directly with their recruiters.


Networking is a key part of the internship and job search process. Share your interests with friends, relatives, professors and JMU alumni who might know of potential opportunities or who would be able to help you make connections.

A unique LinkedIn group for CoB students to connect with alumni for information, networking and mentorship has been created. Take time to set up your account with the JMU College of Business Career Mentor Network.

Get involved beyond the classroom. Student organizations can provide opportunities for leadership and the chance to network with professionals in your field.

Interview Prep

Preparing for an interview is as important as studying for an exam. Practice your interviewing skills and get advice and feedback by using these resources.

Sign up for LinkedIn Learning through the JMU Libraries to watch videos on how to prepare for an interview. LinkedIn also has a new interactive way to practice your interviewing skills. Learn more here and watch a video about this new resource.

Cover Letters

Stand out among applicants and let recruiters know why you are the candidate they need through a well-crafted cover letter. You’ll find tips on this easy-to-understand PDF.

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