Explore Your Options
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As tempting as it can be to make a quick career decision, it is important to first thoughtfully consider a wide range of career possibilities before narrowing your potentials or making a decision. This where the second stage in our Career Planning Process, Explore Your Options, fits in.
- What Can I Do With a Major In…, Best Colleges, and TalentDesk offer career ideas for many majors. Since it is good at this stage to generate many possibilities, links from these universities provide other helpful lists: Kansas State and North Carolina Wilmington.
- Zippia displays maps of the career paths available for different majors. Select your major from the drop down, view potential career paths, and click on different job titles for descriptions, salary information, and job postings.
- Business Majors: Check out the Corporate Finance Institute's Interactive Career Map.
- Accounting Majors: Explore Careers in Accounting and How to Become an Accountant.
- O*NET OnLine Find Occupations, Becomeopedia, and Learn How To Become offer detailed information on a huge number of job titles.
- The Princeton Review’s Find a Career page offers content for many careers including an insightful “A Day in the Life” summary.
- Exploring Law Enforcement Careers
- Use LinkedIn to see the profiles and career paths of those who are already doing what you want to do.
- Roadtrip Nation is a Public Television series where recent college grads travel the country interviewing people from all walks of life trying to find out what it takes to build a life around doing what you love. The episodes are clips of their interviews and what they learned along the way. The current season is available online for free.
- Google for Jobs is a new job search feature within Google that can also be used to find internships. It defaults to your current location. To search in a different city, type that city name beside "internships" in the search box. Use filter buttons to narrow your search.
- Some sites are focused only on internships while others have ways to search for internships:
Indeed (enter "internship" as a key word), Internships.com, InternJobs.com, AnyIntern, Monster College, LinkedIn Internships, CollegeGrad, ChurchJobFinder, and ZipRecruiter.
- The U.S. Government has internships on their USAJOBS page.
- Find media internships at MediaBistro.
- Some websites offer geographically-specific internship listings. Use these links for the following cities/states: California and Washington DC.
- While not technically an internship, BestSemester offers ten off-campus and study abroad programs around the world including L.A Film Studies Center in Los Angeles, Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, American Studies Program in Washington DC, and the Summer Programme in Oxford.
- Check-out these links for companies with internships across the U.S.: 3M, A&E Networks, ABC News, Aldi, Americans for the Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Capital One Financial, CBS, Doctors Without Borders, Disney, ESPN, FBI, Focus on the Family, Hallmark Cards, HarperCollins Publishers, Humane Society, KBI, Koch Industries, Liberty Mutual Insurance, The Met (Metropolitan Museum), National Aquarium, National Basketball Association, National Football League, NBC, NFL Players Association, Nike, Northwestern Mutual, NPR, Paramount Pictures, Penguin Random House, Presbyterian Church, Progressive, Samaritan's Purse, Smithsonian Museums, Starbucks, Textron, USA Today, U.S. Congressman Ron Estes, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, United Nations Foundation, Warner Bros., WildCare, Inc., and Young Life