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          • Check your inbox for our newsletter during the academic year for tips, upcoming events, and featured employers. Subscribe now
          • Browse our blog: BU + Beyond
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          • Attend our Career Directions workshop (see information below). Check our calendar for an upcoming session
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          • Consider making your Handshake profile public to fellow BU students: your campus profile
          • Fill out Handshake's career interests form to help the system work for you with customized results, find this from the drop-down menu at your name
          • If you're an international student, indicate your visa status in Settings & Privacy (from the drop-down menu at your name) to focus your internship/job search results on employers able to hire international students
          • Explore the tools in Handshake's resources section, including Big Interview, Candid Career, and more. Find this from the drop-down menu at Career Center
          • Browse upcoming events by clicking on Events
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          • Learn about the full list of available majors and minors in the BU bulletin

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      • Do you have an idea of what you want to do after graduation
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          • Reflect on your interests, skills, experiences, goals, and priorities

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          • Find alumni with career paths that interest you through LinkedIn and the Career Advisory Network
          • Some options to consider might be teaching English abroad, volunteering abroad, U.S. volunteer programs (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps), Teach for America, post-baccalaureate programs, and more
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          • Reflect on your interests, skills, experiences, goals, and priorities. Learn how all of the components of your experience work together to help you build your post-graduation path

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Take Charge of Your Career Journey

The CCD Is Virtual & In-Person

No matter where you are, we’re there for you. Almost every CCD resource and program you’ll read about on this page is available online. Check out all the things you can do with the CCD!


Get Started

Whether you are just beginning your undergraduate experience, a senior about to head off for new adventures, a graduate student, or a BU alum, the Center for Career Development can support you as you take the next steps in your career development. Our services and resources are available online! 

Activate Your Account in Handshake
Handshake is BU’s online career development hub, exclusively for students and alumni to access resources, opportunities, and events. Make an individual appointment, register for an event, and explore employers and internships/jobs. Log in to activate your account.

Explore Our Website
Our website has lots of helpful information on everything from how to choose a major and writing your first resume, to interviewing tips and negotiating a salary and everything in between, plus an extensive list of external resources by topic and major and a blog full of helpful tips.

Get To Know the Career Development Cycle
No matter where you are in your journey, our 4-step career development cycle can help you identify and achieve your goals, and the earlier you start, the better.

Take the First Step with Self-Discovery
Thinking about yourself and what is important to you can help you make good decisions in pursuing future goals. When you find a field that matches your skills, interests, values, and personality, it’s hard to go wrong. Check out our self-discovery tips on how to get started.

Begin Building Your Action Plan with Career Beginnings for Undergraduate Students: Now Available Online!
Start by attending Career Beginnings for Undergraduate Students, a workshop designed to help students (especially freshmen and sophomores) build an action plan. You can find Career Beginnings for Undergraduate Students webinars too! Check our calendar for the next session.

Expand Your Horizons

Making informed decisions for your professional future requires lots of information. Often the best way to gather this information is through first-hand experience–from coursework and student activities to internships, volunteer work, and much more.

Get Involved: On Campus, In Boston, Online
Teamwork and leadership are among the top skills that employers seek, both of which you can gain through community involvement. Start with options available through Student Activities and the Community Service Center. Seek online volunteer opportunities in areas of interest to you. Explore your interests outside of the classroom, work with teams to achieve specific goals, and contribute to initiatives with purpose.

Take Classes Outside Your Major
Courses in new and different fields can help you build a diverse skill set, identify new interests, develop breadth of knowledge, find an area of academic interest outside of your major/minor, and work with people who have different perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach will help to give you experience you’ll be glad to have. You can explore new interests with interdisciplinary courses through the BU Hub.

Gain Experience
Not everything is called an internship, but it will all help you build experience, skills, and knowledge to find your future career path. Check out internship listings in Handshake, explore research opportunities through UROP, explore a new world by studying abroad, build transferrable skills with part-time jobs or work-study, complete an online skill certification. It all counts.

Explore Industries + Career Paths
Learn more about industries and career paths that interest you. Vault Career Intelligence has guides on industries as well as information about many specific organizations. Candid Career has videos clips from interviews with people about their careers representing thousands of companies, industries, and positions. What Can I Do With This Major? can help you connect majors and careers, including typical careers, types of employers, and strategies for being more a marketable candidate. CareerShift, available through Handshake, lets you manage the job search with custom campaign and calendar features. Learn more about specific industries on the CCD Resource pages.

Consider Graduate School or Additional Training
Through exploratory research, you might find that specialized training or a graduate degree is helpful or needed for the industries and/or career paths that interest you. If so, dig in further to understand whether people go straight to graduate school or work full time first, available programs or training options, required tests, and any recommended coursework, skills, or experience. Explore our graduate school resources to learn more!

Get Some Expert Advice

As you work on your career development plan, our experts can help whether you’re just getting started or well along the way. Stuck on the right decision for you? We can help with that too.

Attend Programs + Events: Now Available Online
We hold regular career development workshops and programs on a number of different topics, from resumes and internships to interviewing, networking, and LinkedIn. Plus, we host programs with graduate schools and employers. Check out our calendar to see what’s coming up next. Programs & events are also offered virtually.

Read Tips from Experts in the CCD Blog
Browse our blog to read advice on topics from internships to graduate school and the job search and everything in between. Our contributors share advice from their experience, tips on making the most of your time at BU, and much more. Browse the CCD blog.

Learn from Alumni, In Person and Online
Explore what BU alumni are doing using LinkedIn. When you find alumni with a career path that interests you, learn more by requesting an informational interview. Alumni seeking a new career can also use alumni networking to make colleague connections.

Get Help with Your Resume or Cover Letter: Now Available Online! 
Need to get started? Check out the information on our website and attend a workshop or webinar on resumes or on cover letters (Check out our calendar to see what’s coming up next.) Already have a draft? Get some feedback from our staff. Learn more.

Meet Individually with a Member of the CCD Team: Now Available Online! 
Work one-on-one with a career professional, discussing all topics from your choice of major, exploring career options, determining if graduate school is right for you, and more. Open to students in (and alumni of) on-campus degree programs. Schedule an appointment to get started; appointments available in-person and online. You can also visit pre-health advising if your interests are in a health field.

The CCD has adapted its services to be available for students wherever they are. To meet with a career educator virtually,  you can make the appointment in Handshake as you would any other career event. If, however, you’d prefer to meet in person simply email your request to and we’ll work with you to find a date and time .

In-person appointments will be conducted in accordance with BU safety guidelines and current social distancing practices. If you would like more information on BU’s current safety rules, please visit

Put Your Best Foot Forward

A good first impression is key to making the most of any opportunity. From resumes and cover letters to interviews and networking opportunities, we can help you be prepared to shine.

Assemble Your Professional Attire
By having at least one professional outfit in your closet or one you can borrow, you are ready for interviews or employer events. No need to break the bank, there are great options for those on a tight budget. And remember; virtual interviews are interviews, so they also require professional dress! Not sure the difference between business casual and business professional? Learn more.

Build Your LinkedIn Profile
With millions of users, LinkedIn can help you build your professional presence and expand your network to explore career paths, stay in touch with those you know, and connect with potential internship/job leads. Learn more. Check out our calendar for upcoming LinkedIn workshops.

Build Your Handshake Profile
Your Handshake profile does much more than you may realize. The more information you add, the more relevant your internship/job search results. Once you fill it out, you can share it. Turn on your campus profile to share it with fellow BU students and/or make it visible to employers so that they can find you. Learn more.

Tailor Your Resume + Cover Letter
Once you have a basic starter resume/cover letter, tailoring these documents for each position increases your chances for getting an interview. By highlighting your most relevant skills and experience, you will be more likely to stand out to the hiring manager.

Practice Interviewing: Now Available Online
It’s never too early to start sharpening your interview skills. Start by using Big Interview to learn strategies to answer key questions and to practice: pick questions, record, and watch it back. If needed, come in for a dry run with a career professional, and get tips on handling tough questions, nonverbal communication, and what to wear.

Learn To Introduce Yourself + Practice Networking
With some planning and practice, you can always know what to say when you meet someone, whether at a career fair or in the airplane seat next to you. An elevator pitch is a go-to way to introduce yourself and start a conversation (AKA networking). Need help getting started? Come to one of our networking workshops or webinars. Check out our calendar to see what’s coming up next.

Develop a Strong Personal Statement or CV
If you’re applying to graduate school, you’ll need a personal statement and a CV. Selection committees want to understand your motivations for applying and what you’ll bring to the field. Developing strong documents will position you to stand out among applicants. The CCD can review your CV or personal statement in an individual appointment.

Connect with the World of Work

When an employer comes to BU, it’s not just an excuse to visit Boston. Organizations of all kinds actively seek BU talent, coming to campus to recruit for internships and jobs.

Hear from Organizations at Campus Recruiting Events: Now Available Online!
Employers often visit campus to meet students at information sessions, drop-in meet and greets, tech talks, office hours, and much more. Even employers who don’t visit campus conduct virtual events for BU students! These events are a great way to learn about organizations and opportunities. Check our calendar for upcoming campus recruiting activities.

Meet Recruiters at Career Fairs: Now Available Online!
A career fair is an excellent way to research companies, meet recruiters, find an internship or job, and explore additional professional opportunities. Typically, our two largest fairs are scheduled for mid-October and mid-February, with smaller fairs (both online and in-person) occurring throughout the year. A list of attending employers is available in Handshake prior to each event. Keep an eye on our calendar.

Explore Employers in Handshake
Browse the employers seeking BU talent in Handshake. New organizations large and small are approved to recruit at BU every day, from diverse industries and with locations around the world. Favorite any that interest you and you’ll be notified each time they schedule an event or post a new position. Log in today to get started.

Apply for an Internship Stipend
The CCD Funded Internships provide funding for eligible student internships through the Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program. This is a selective program designed to support eligible students in pursuing unpaid internships at nonprofits. Learn more.

Take Advantage of On-Campus Interviewing: Now Available Online! 
Each semester, our team brings recruiters from numerous organizations to campus to interview students for internships and jobs. Apply for one of these positions, and, if selected, you’ll get to interview without leaving campus. Open to students in on-campus degree programs. Log in to Handshake to check out our listings and application deadlines.