First Steps

  • Handshake
    Handshake is BU’s online career development hub, exclusively for students and alumni. Employers post available internships and jobs in the system every day, to which you can apply directly from the site. Log in to activate your profile. Keep it updated to make sure you’re seeing positions you qualify for and so prospective employers can find you. Remember to check postings regularly. You can also upload multiple resumes, cover letters, and writing samples, as well as sign up for workshops, employer information sessions, and more.
  • Weekly Workshops
    We hold regular career development workshops and programs on a number of different topics. Check out our calendar to see what’s coming up next.
  • Self-Assessment
    Not quite sure what your next—or first—move should be? Our counselors use informal and formal tools to help you make career-related decisions based on your skills, values, and areas of interest. Learn more
  • Career Counseling Appointments
    Discuss all things career-related with a counselor. Students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni can schedule a one-on-one session online by logging into Handshake. Note: Please arrive 5-10 minutes early for your appointment to facilitate the check-in process. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please do so at least 24 hours in advance by calling 617-353-3590 during our business hours. If you arrive late for your appointment by 10 minutes or more, you will be considered a no-show. You are responsible for rescheduling your counseling appointment. See counseling appointment policies.

Dotting Your I’s, Crossing Your T’s

  • Resume + Cover Letter Reviews
    Have your resume or cover letter critiqued during a 15-minute review session. It’s first-come, first-served, so stop by early. See our schedule
  • Interview Practice
    Even if you don’t have an interview on your calendar, it’s never too early to start sharpening your skills. Start by practicing with Big Interview, the online mock interview tool available through Handshake. Pick a set of questions, record an interview, and then watch it to see how you can improve. Then come in for a dry run with a career counselor, and get tips on handling tough questions, nonverbal communication, what to wear, and what not to wear.
  • Career Advisory Network (CAN)
    Sponsored by Boston University’s Alumni Association (BUAA), CAN allows current students and alumni to contact BU alumni who have volunteered to speak with students about their careers. More than 5,300 alumni advisors worldwide assist BU students with information sharing, mentoring, and more. Visit BUAA to learn more

Connecting with Employers

  • Career Fairs
    A career fair is an excellent way to research companies, meet recruiters, find an internship or job, and explore additional professional opportunities. We hold one each semester. A list of attending employers is available on Handshake prior to each event. Keep an eye on our calendar.
  • On-Campus Interviewing
    Each semester, our recruiting team brings numerous employers from various sectors to campus to interview students for internships and jobs. Log in to Handshake to check out our listings and application deadlines.
  • Employer Information Sessions
    Employers often visit campus to speak with groups of students. Whether you’re just starting to think about your career path or are deep into an internship or job search, these information sessions are a great way to learn about organizations and opportunities. Check our calendar for upcoming sessions.

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