Job & Internship Search

Getting Started: What Do I Need?

Preparation before beginning a job or internship search is the key success. The Career Development Center offers workshops, career guides, handouts, and other resources to help you navigate this process. Career coaches are also available for individual appointments to work directly with you during your preparation.

In addition to workshops and career coaching, the Career Development Center uses Handshake as the premiere online career platform for all Loyola students. This powerful online tool helps all students find meaningful careers. Make sure to log in and customize your Handshake profile to find opportunities today!

Preparing Your Documents:
  • Compose compelling Cover Letters to differentiate yourself from the competition and impress employers.
  • Learn the art of Resume Writing to help you stand out from the crowd.
  • Identify and use Strategic References to help connect you to the right people.
  • If your industry needs examples of your work, make sure your portfolio is updated.
  • Always follow up with a Thank You Note. This solidifies your interest and commitment to a position and will not go unnoticed by the organization.
Preparing Your Network:
  • Recognize, expand, and nurture your Network.
  • Identify and use Strategic References to help connect you to the right people.
  • Conduct Informational Interviews to help you in your search for the perfect career.
  • Research potential employers using the Handshake Employer Search function.
  • Practice, practice, practice your specific Elevator Speech for when you meet new contacts in your industry.
Preparing For Your Search:
  • Find information on careers, employers, industries, and all aspects of the job search preparation process at learn about careers.
  • Gain experience and test skills and interests through internships, leadership positions in student organizations, service activities, and part-time jobs.
  • Visit onine job boards.
Preparing Your Interview:
  • Learn valuable techniques to help you master the interview.  Also, schedule a mock interview with a career coach or visiting employer.
  • Know your value by researching salary information in various career fields and locations.
  • Dress for success, make sure you have professional attire picked out for interview.
  • Do your homework on the company beforehand and have talking points ready.
Online Resources and Job/Internship Boards:
  • Handshake: Loyola's career platform for students to search for job & internship opportunities nationwide.
  • CareerShift: Search engine with refined search tools to help job seekers successfully navigate published job & internship opportuities.
  • Resources for students seeking internships and ways to gain hands-on experience.
  • WorkNOLA: Employment opportunities specific to the Greater New Orleans area.
  • The best resource for information on federal jobs. USAJobs features up-to-date postings from a variety of professional fields and a wide number of government agencies.
  • Search and browse job postings from a wide variety of companies.
  •  A large job board with information on a wide variety of internships, nonprofit jobs, and volunteer opportunities throughout the world.
  • This site gives would-be employees a glimpse of what life is like at 160,000 companies. Provides salary information as well as user-contributed reviews.
  • An ideal job board for students/graduates looking for short-term seasonal opportunities with primary focus on outdoor and hospitality/tourism settings.
  • Links college students/graduates with employers looking to hire for entry-level jobs.
Jesuit University Reciprocity:

Jesuit University Reciprocity: The Career Development Center is a proud member of the Jesuit Career Center Consortium. One benefit of being a part of this consortium is that Loyola University New Orleans students are eligible to receive reciprocal services from Career Centers at other Jesuit colleges and universities across the country. Contact our office and we will submit a formal request on your behalf asking that they provide services while you prepare for a job or internship search their geographical area. Reciprocal services may vary by institution but can include access to their job/internship board, career fairs, workshops/seminars, and other resources.

The 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States are located in 18 states and the District of Columbia. The institutions range from major research universities to comprehensive universities; from smaller colleges and universities that combine the liberal arts and professional studies to one strictly liberal arts college. (Click here for a list of graduate and professional programs offered by all Jesuit institutions).


Diversity Resources:

All Diversity Groups 

African American Students

Asian Students

International Students

Latinx Students

LGBTQIA+ Students

Students with Disabilities

Reporting Your Internship for Academic Credit:

If you are reporting your internship experience for academic credit, you will need to upload your internship information in Handshake. Be sure to review the following documents or schedule an appointment with a Career Coach if you have any questions about the process.