Career Development Resources for Undergraduate Students

Our students have a variety of resources to help them shape their professional path

Undergraduate Information

Career Development Resources at the College of Arts & Sciences at BU

Where your Arts & Sciences degree takes you is up to you, but CAS and BU are here to help you find where that is! Our alums have access to an array of tools to help grow and nourish their careers—whether they are a few years or a few decades out of college—including networking events, exclusive social platforms, and even a podcast featuring alums.

Below are some of the resources available to our undergraduate students to find internships and jobs, link up with mentors and alumni, and discover their professional and creative passion.

BU Connects

BU Connects is a new platform exclusively for Boston University alumni, students, faculty, and staff that brings Terriers together for personal and professional networking on a global scale. You can join the Arts & Sciences in Action group to find a mentor and share jobs, professional wins, advice, and all-around good news to the Arts & Sciences community. All Arts & Sciences students are welcome, and once you’re in, introduce yourself and your interests to our impressive roster of fellow Terriers!

Find out more about this exciting platform on the BU Alumni website.

Advising & Career Services

Are you not sure what you want to study or pursue? Stop by the CAS Advising Office and Student Programs & Leadership Office at 100 Bay State Road to meet with an advisor. You can also check out their leadership opportunities to grow your confidence and meet like-minded Terriers.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in healthcare or law, the pre-health and pre-law advisors in the Pre-Professional Advising Office can provide you with guidance while exploring these pathways, and help you develop a competitive portfolio as you prepare for the application process.

Addition­ally, the Center for Career Development can help you find opportunities in your desired field. Their experts can help you overcome your networking and interviewing jitters, answer questions you have about life after graduation, and teach you all about salary negotiations (just to name a few!). Recruiting events happen year-round on campus, and that’s a great place for students to learn about employers and potential jobs.

As a student, you can post your resume to Handshake and view open job listings from companies in Boston and all over the country that are exclusive to BU students and alumni. You can also get help with your resume and cover letter and sign up for career counseling appointments.  And check out one of their events when you get to campus.

Exclusive Internship Opportunities

CAS On-Campus Internship Program

The CAS On-Campus Internship Program provides you with critical, real-world work experience through on-campus internships and a one-credit course that focuses on the development of career goals and professional networking skills. Internship opportunities include positions in archival research, information technology, institutional research, and outreach and communication.

Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program

If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, education, the arts, conservation, or other social needs, BU supports your pursuits. BU’s Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program provides a living stipend for sophomores and juniors to support educational participation in unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations. Interested students should contact yawkey@bu.edu for more information.

Opportunities in the Humanities & Social Sciences

The Public Humanities Undergraduate Fellows is a selective program that offers BU humanities majors stipend-supported summer internships. The fellows make up a group of students who will discover and enhance the humanities’ place outside of the University. Opportunities are in different organizations around Boston including technology, social services, digital storytelling, education, economic development, the arts, management training, and international diplomacy.

In fall 2020, the CAS Dean’s Office announced a new call supporting CAS undergraduate research internships, focusing on the following two thematic areas: 1) social justice and inclusion and 2) sustainability. This endeavor, entitled the CAS Social Sciences Undergraduate Internships in Social Justice and Sustainability, aims to help support and advance faculty research in these areas and to provide undergraduate students interested in honing their research skills with an experiential learning opportunity. 

Research & Studying Abroad

Experience the global workplace while also immersing yourself in another culture. Internships are a vital part of your study abroad experience. Connect with the Study Abroad office to see what opportunities are available in your desired area.

Internships can be considered part of your Directed Study. If you find one that fits your pursuits, reach out to the Directed Study office and your advisor. Additionally, you may find an internship that connects to your research project. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) can help with that.

Success Stories

Our students and alums are always up to something exciting. Check out some of their recent accomplishments! And if you need academic inspiration, check out the CAS Advantage, highlighting all you can do while pursuing your degree with us.

August 4, 2021 Posted in: Features

An Entrepreneur with No Time to Lose

From winning the top prize at HackHarvard to launching an app, Rishab Nayak (CAS’21) zooms towards his future.
May 26, 2021 Posted in: Features

Young Alum an Old Hand at Politics

Fernando Ortiz (CAS’17) discusses his journey from US Senate intern to assistant to the Secretary of Labor.
May 18, 2021 Posted in: Community

Innovate@BU Awards Alums, Students

The New Venture Competition, Innovate@BU’s largest annual competition, awards $64,000 to early-stage BU entrepreneurs.
April 20, 2021 Posted in: Community

Students Showcase Social Science Research

Students presented on their original research as part of a new social science internship program on social justice and sustainability.
January 5, 2021 Posted in: Community

CAS Alum Named Deputy Secretary of State

Sociology graduate Wendy Sherman (CAS’71) will be nominated as Deputy Secretary of State in the Biden Administration.
September 30, 2020 Posted in: Community

CAS Student/Alum Named to 25 Under 25

Sarika Ram (CAS'21) and Sarah Greisdorf (CAS'20) have been named to BostInno's 25 Under 25 list, which honors young leaders.