Campus Involvement & Student Organizations – Getting involved on campus can help students explore majors and careers, build their professional network, and gain valuable leadership experience. Many clubs and organizations are closely tied to career pathways. Visit the Involvement Fair, held every fall and spring semester to learn more about student organizations at Bellarmine or check out Engage to discover a full list of student organizations.
Every Person Inspires Community (EPIC) Student Employment –Working on campus provides students an opportunity to develop in-demand transferrable skills through work experience, professional development, and skills training. Visit Handshake for a full list of employment opportunities and eligibility requirements.
Part-time Employment – According to the US Department of Education, over 40% of full-time students work while completing their degree. Part-time employment can provide students with additional income, while also building their network and relevant transferrable skills that will last a lifetime. Each year, the Career Center hosts a Part-time Jobs Fair for students to connect with employment opportunities close to campus. Students can also visit Handshake at any time to search for employers actively hiring.
Undergraduate Research – Complete an independent research course by working one on one with a faculty member in the sciences.
Arts & Entertainment – Prepare for a career in the arts by exhibiting your work at the Annual Student Show in the McGrath Gallery, join one of Bellarmine’s many instrumental or vocal ensembles, or audition to be part of the cast or crew during one of Bellarmine’s Black Box Theatre productions.
Study Abroad – Expand your global worldview by engaging in an intercultural experience. Bellarmine offers a variety of international experiences, both on-campus and abroad that are catered towards individuals needs and interest areas. Students must meet with the Study Abroad and International Programs staff before studying abroad.
Community Engagement & Volunteerism – At Bellarmine, we believe community engagement is meaningful work, and community engagement experiences are woven throughout Bellarmine’s curriculum. Students can also earn credit towards their degree by registering for a community-based practicum (30 hours), a nonprofit internship (90 hours), or enrolling in a Serve and Learn semester (180 hours). Visit the Center for Community Engagement for more ways to get involved or MobileServe for a full list of volunteer opportunities in the region.
Internships & Co-Ops – Internships & Co-Ops are temporary, yet substantive forms of experiential learning that allow students to explore real-world work environments and build relevant experience in their career field of interest. These forms of experiential learning are typically completed during students’ junior and senior years and should connect to their program of study. Internships & Co-Ops can also help you earn academic credit towards your degree. For more information about how to register your internship for credit or the requirements by major, visit the Academic Credit for Internships drop-down below.
To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship, or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
- There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
For further discussion and information concerning the legal requirements and standards of internships, we recommend you review the NACE Position Statement: U.S. Internships A Definition and Criteria to Assess Opportunities And Determine the Implications for Compensation.