Job shadowing can be a great way to get an inside look at what it’s really like to work in a particular occupation or for a certain company.
Take Flight Job Shadow Program - Winter Break 2012-13 & Spring Break 2013
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Internships are a great way to gain practical work experience in your field while still attending school.
Fellowships & Assistantships
Fellowships and Assistantships are usually part time positions that allow you to conduct research or work in an area related to your field of study. Some are paid through an award or stipend and may also have health benefits included. More information about Fellowships can be found here and many Assistantship positions can be found on the Eagle Careers.
Find a Mentor
A mentor can be a great resource for you as you grow both personally and professionally. Finding a mentor in your field of study can provide you with advice and guidance as you develop as a professional. If the relationship is strong, this person can serve as a professional reference or a connection to a job. Some ways that you might find a mentor include connecting with faculty in your department or connecting with professionals in your field. A mentor/mentee relationship will take time to develop, so continue to foster those relationships by following up and/or asking questions.
As a graduate student, one of the easiest and most important things you can do is join a professional organization or association affiliated with your field of study. They provide a wealth of opportunities for professional development and, usually, for a small student membership fee. Some of the advantages include staying current on trends in your field, ability to easily connect with professionals and mentors, opportunities to attend and/or present at conferences, and access to job boards and other professional development resources such as trainings, webinars, articles, or books.