Junior Year

A year for Pre-Graduation Planning

Establish your Professional On-Line Presence

  • Google yourself and see what comes up. Is any of it inappropriate for professional purposes? If so, clean it up
  • Create/Update your LinkedInprofile
    •  Click here and learn how to create a first class profile
  • Create/Update a Twitter profile
    • Click here and learn how to create a first class profile
    • Follow companies, industries and professionals of interest
    • These “follows” will educate you tremendously on what’s going on in your industry
  • Create a professional portfolio
    • Click here and learn how to create a first class portfolio
    • Create a professional mission statement, work philosophy and work samples
  • Create a Professional Blog
    • You can start a blog free of charge at WordPress , Weebly or Wix
    • Search technorati for an industry related blog.
    •  Follow this blog to learn about your industry and how blogs are set up and formatted.
    • Contribute your educated ideas and opinions.

Get a Professional Mentor

  • Professors, staff members, supervisors and alumni are examples of individuals who are good mentoring candidates.

Establish Yourself in Leadership Roles

  • Jobs, community service, student organizations and/or activities

Complete an Internship

  • SAS 301, Internship I is a 3 credit hour internship for SHC students. CLICK HERE to read the requirements for registration.
  • SAS 302, Internship II is the advanced 3 credit hour internship for SHC students. CLICK HERE to read the requirements for registration.

Actively Build Professional Relationships

  • Get to know faculty and administrators in your discipline AND let them get to know you. Begin to build professional relationships with these people.  These individuals are your networks to internships, jobs and graduate or professional schools.

Participate in Academic and Professional Activities

  • Field practicums, directed research and clinical experiences
  • Attend professional conferences and workshops related to your industry
  • Work with a faculty/staff member on projects to present at professional conferences

Join Industry Professional Organizations

  • Ask faculty and professionals in your industry what organizations are best to join

Prepare Graduate/Professional School Requirements

  • CLICK HERE to learn more about attending graduate/professional school
  • Review and complete applications
  • Schedule appropriate exams (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT)
  • Visit schools of interest
  • Inquire about financial assistance (Teaching and/or research assistantships)