Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) is seeking current undergraduate freshmen, sophomore, and junior students to serve as Career Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a paid position at $11/hr, and can be work-study or non-work-study. This is a 5-6 hour per week commitment (there is some potential for additional hours), and you must be available to work on campus the entire year. While guidelines are provided below, exact hours may vary.
The Career Ambassador program serves as a bridge between NCA and the Northwestern student population in order to increase students’ awareness of and engagement with NCA’s services and events.
Career Ambassadors serve an integral role at NCA and wear many hats: ambassador, educator, adviser, consultant, presenter, and campus liaison.
What will I do as a Career Ambassador?
(While responsibilities are tailored to each CA and may vary, below is a list of the main responsibilities)
- Meet with students during walk-in advising hours at the main library (offered Mon-Fri, 2-4pm). Advise students on resumes and cover letters, and assist with quick career related concerns. (2-4 hours/week each quarter)
- Build a relationship between NCA and a specific population/community on campus (i.e., a Greek organization, student group, athletics team, residential community, etc.) and promote NCA within your targeted population/community by offering walk-in hours, workshops, and answering quick questions. (2 hours/week each quarter)
- Attend weekly group meetings each quarter for ongoing supervision and training (1 hour/week). Attend all-day training before start of fall quarter (date TBD). Actively participate and contribute to all meetings.
- Conduct outreach workshops on career-related topics (1-2 workshops per quarter)
- Host employers when they visit campus for company information sessions. Greet employers and ensure they have everything they need for a successful event. (1-2 info. sessions per quarter)
- Contribute to marketing NCA events and services by posting flyers and distributing materials, and if interested by supporting social media initiatives.
- Provide feedback on new and current NCA services and initiatives to help NCA staff to learn about student perspectives on campus.
- Complete one final project on a career related topic of your choice. Present project to NCA staff during spring quarter.
- CAs may be invited to help with major NCA events (i.e. Job & Internship Fairs).
What will I gain from being a Career Ambassador?
The CA program aims to help students not only successfully help others, but also to make progress on their own personal and professional goals. CAs build transferable skills that will help them in future experiences throughout their career journey. As a CA you set regular goals and learn the ins and outs of navigating NCA all while building relationships with our staff who are invested in your personal success. Some transferable skills CAs have utilized or gained include:
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Strong work ethic
- Project Management
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Students who will have sophomore, junior, or senior standing in the 2019-2020 school year, and will be available to complete on-campus responsibilities during fall, winter, and spring quarters. All majors will be considered.
- Must be willing/able to make time commitment outlined above and balance activities, classes, internship/job search, work, and Career Ambassador program, including all-day training prior to the start of classes, weekly meetings (1 hour/week), express advising (2-4 hours/week during the 2-4 p.m. timeframe), walk-in advising (2 hours/week), and programming for a total of 5-6 hours/week.
- Have a sincere desire and commitment to learn and help students.
- Have a genuine interest in career related issues.
- Strong communicator. Responsive to emails.
- Demonstrated ability to proactively take initiative when building relationships and working on projects.
- Willing to ask questions and actively contribute to group conversations.
- Friendly and helpful. Able to represent NCA.
- Demonstrated presentation skills.
- CAs are provided opportunities for growth and leadership. While not required, NCA is interested in students who may want to pursue this role for more than one academic year (return offers based on successful performance).
To apply please submit the following materials to email@example.com or via Handshake no later than Sunday, April 28. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and interview offers will be extended. All applicants will receive a response from NCA as confirmation that their materials were received.
- Cover letter, please address the following: Why are you interested in working for NCA? Being a CA? What experiences do you have that make you a strong candidate? What community/population you would like to work with as a CA?
If you would like to speak to a current CA see the list and bios here of our current staff- feel free to reach out to them to learn more about the role. You can search for them on the "Student" Tab of Handshake and message them.