Internships and Careers: Start Now!

Hi, I’m Adrienne Jablonski and I serve as the director of corporate engagement for the College of Arts and Sciences. While my role includes various aspects of corporate relationship building and other areas of development, it is closely connected with helping our students prepare for internships and their post-graduation plans. In my nine years with CAS, I have worked to develop relationships with companies inside and outside of Oklahoma

From a student’s perspective, you may wonder why this matters. My quick answer is because having an advocate matters; and I am that advocate for our students. When corporate recruiters come to campus, it’s easy for them to start their recruiting with business and engineering students. 

Arts and Sciences students are a little different. You’ve likely chosen your major based on your academic area of interest but may not have a very clear idea of what that means for your post-graduation plans if you aren’t planning on going to graduate or professional school. 

Let’s be honest, even if you start out thinking you're grad-school-bound, your interests change or sometimes those changes happen for you. I’m here to help you start thinking about how your major combined with your leadership experience, work experience, and other involvement on campus can translate to many different career paths that are open to any major or even certain majors/skill-sets.

 As we start this blog for College of Arts and Sciences students, I wanted to kick it off with probably the most important job/internship fact to know as you are back on campus ready to start your fall semester. 

  • The majority of employers make their full time and internship job offers by October, even for students graduating in May!

This may be a big surprise, especially for those of you who are seniors applying to grad school and won’t possibly hear back until the spring. So what does that mean for you? It could mean applying for grad school while you also research and apply for jobs. It also means being really honest with yourself in your interests and motivations for going to graduate school. Starting a new semester is tough. You’re trying to finalize your class schedule, figure out your work and meeting schedule, but don’t neglect your internship or job search….even in August and September. I am here to help and so is Career Services (located on the 3rd floor of the Union). 

Do you need a little extra guidance? Come see me. Or better yet, sign up for my Career Planning class, CAS 3091. It’s 1-credit hour and meets for just the first half of the semester on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30-12:20. 

One final thing to note. The Sooner Showcase Career Fair will be on September 13, along with a lot of other career events in the weeks surrounding it. Wouldn’t it be a great feeling to have an internship or job lined up by mid-October?

Adrienne Jablonski, ajablonski@ou.edu, (405) 325-9122

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