Employment and Internships

How many times have you been asked, “What are you going to do after college?” This question is probably all too familiar to many of you. Many students have no idea what they are going to do after graduation or even how to go about getting the job they desire.

This page is a guide to help students get started on their environmental careers. From gaining experience through an internship to developing a powerful resume, this page has it all. A list of the best-known job related resources is located below, many of which can be found on campus.

The Library
Career Center
Building Your Resume
Writing a Cover Letter
The Interview
Internships
Environmental Jobs and Careers
California Government Job Resources
Local Government
Federal Government

CSUS Campus-based Career Development

The Library

Library user guides, which list available library text and Internet resources, are available on the second floor of the library in front of the librarian’s desk. These guides include the following topics: Career Guidance, Resumes, Salaries and Wages, and Business Job Lines.

CSUS Online Library

Library User Research Guides

Career Center

CSUS Career Center: For help with anything career related – interviewing skills, workshops, advice on improving a resume, help figuring out what type of work would best satisfy you.

The CSUS Foundation: A good place to look for flexible part-time work while attending school. The Hornet Foundation contracts with many State agencies to provide students with student assistant internships and is a great opportunity to get a feel for working for the state government. Working through the Hornet Foundation is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door as well as gain valuable experience and training.

Job and Career Development Resources

Building Your Resume

Developing a powerful resume can be your best tool to get the job you want. Here are a few hints to remember when developing your resume:

  • Make your resume as job specific as possible.
  • Your objective should include the specific position that you are applying for and in addition, include the company or agency name with which you are seeking employment.
  • Only include relevant job experience on your resume.
  • Your resume should be no longer than the front and back of one page.
  • Bullets are easy to read and should be considered when listing your experience and skills.
  • Remember your resume tells a potential employer about you, your experience and your skills.

For more information on building your resume and resume examples, check out the following list of resources.

College Grad.com: Resumes

Writing a Cover Letter

When you apply for a job or internship you should include a brief, well written cover letter. The cover letter, like your resume, should be job specific. You should include your objective, a brief description of the skills that make you the best candidate for the job, and your contact information. Remember, that presentation counts ( what presentation?)! Print both your cover letter and resume on high quality paper.

Information on Cover Letters

The Interview

The best advice that can be given to anyone about the interview process is BE PREPARED! Know about the company, agency or organization that you are applying to. Know their mission statement, what they do and how they do it. Also, know about the position that you are applying for. Read the job description and duty statement. If you are not really sure about a position and you have a few questions its okay to call an employer prior to an interview. Asking questions and being prepared shows the employer that you are motivated and enthusiastic about the position that you seek.  You should also take a list of academic or professional references that the employer can call. If the employer is interested in hiring you they will call your references so BE PREPARED!.

Below are links to various Internet resources that could help prepare you for an interview.

JobInterview.net

Collegegrad.com

Internships

An internship is a helpful tool for career development.  An internship can help you gain valuable experience and training and can also help you expand your network base and create a great opportunity for travel.

The list below includes links to both paid and volunteer internships. The Hornet Foundation, as well as the Foundation for California Community Colleges provides students an opportunity to work throughout the year at participating State agencies or departments.

Environmental Internship Page: Provides an extensive list of links to great internship providers including Americorps, the Student Conservation Association, and others.

Environmental Jobs and Careers

Environmental Career Opportunities

Environmental Career Information

Environmental Science

Environment California

African American Environmentalist Association

California Government Job Resources

California State Personnel Board

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

Local Government

City of Sacramento

County of Sacramento

City of Davis

City of Citrus Heights

City of Roseville

Federal Government

Federal Government

First Gov