General Questions

  What is Bison CareerLink (BCL)?   Bison CareerLink, a NACE Link Network Career Services Manager (CSM) database system, is Gallaudet University Career Center's on-line resume and recruiting system. BCL allows Gallaudet students and alumni an array of information and services to assist them with their career and employment exploration. It includes on campus student employment opportunities, off campus employment listings, and internship information. Students and alumni can post their resumes on BCL for perusal by potential employers. Current students can also make appointments with their Career Consultant or other Career Center staff. Additionally, through BCL, students and alumni can obtain information about Career Center up-coming events.   Employers can use BCL to post internship and job availabilities, view students' resumes, and sign-up for information tables, on-campus recruiting events, mock interviews and register for the bi-annual Internship and Job fairs.    

Internship Questions

  Are internships paid?   Internships can be paid or unpaid. If the employer does not offer paid internship positions...don't stop there. YOU can apply for a stipend through the career center. (Stipends are NOT guaranteed and are provided based on availability of funding).   Can I get academic credit for my internship?   Yes, see your Career Consultant and/or your faculty advisor for details.   Does my major require an internship?   This information can be located in the academic catalog.   When should I start thinking of doing an internship?   As early as the 2nd semester of your freshman year! You can do your internship in Fall, Spring and/or Summer.   If I do an internship during the summer, where will I live?   In most cases, you will be responsible for securing your own summer housing. Meet with your Career Consultant for other suggestions regarding where to look.   How do I prepare for an internship?   Participate in on-campus recruiting (info sessions/tables, interviews, job fairs), work with your Career Consultant to identify potential employers, logon to the Bison CareerLink to review position announcements, create a network of contacts such as friends and family.   Where can I find information about internships?   The best way to learn more about securing an internship is to visit the Career Center! The Career Center coordinates various Employer Information Sessions throughout the school year. Internships are also posted on the Bison CareerLink and in the Career Library. You can also check with your major department to see if they have information about internship placements related to your major field of study.   What are the benefits of participating in an internship?   Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain real life work experience related to their field of study. For additional information, go to Interview Central.   How long does an internship last?   In order to satisfy the Career Center's internship requirements, interns must work a minimum of 10 hours a week for 10 weeks during the fall or spring semester. During the summer, students should work a minimum of eight weeks. You are encouraged to check with your department as they may have their own internship requirements.  

Resume Questions

  How long should a resume be?   The length of your resume depends on how much relevant experience you have. Generally, undergraduate students, and occasionally grad students, have just enough information to fill one page. If you have a significant amount of experience that is of interest to an employer, then two pages are appropriate. Keep in mind that employers will only read your second page if your first page captures their attention. If you are applying for a position with the federal government, you will need to revise your resume to the federal resume format.  Please visit the Career Center if you need assistance with creating a federal resume.   Should I include information from high school?   It depends on your year in college and the amount of experience you have. If you are a freshman or sophomore, you may include your high school information, but as you progress through college and gain additional experience and skills, your high school achievements become less relevant to employers.   Should I include my GPA?   The importance of GPAs varies according to industry and occupation. If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, you should include it. If your GPA in your major is higher than your overall GPA, you may indicate both, listing your major's GPA first. If you choose to include your GPA, be sure that it is accurate because you may be asked to verify it later in the hiring process.    

Employment Questions

  Off Campus Employment   The Career Center at Gallaudet University strives to prepare students for their career aspirations and the work world. We maintain a database (link Bison CareerLink) of employers that students and alumni can utilize to search for internships and jobs. The information that is provided in the database (link Bison CareerLink) is available to allow individuals to search for places of employment that best fit their interest, experience, skills, education, and career goals. Due to the volume of job and internship opportunities that we post on our database (link Bison CareerLink), we are unable to screen each employer's posting. As part of the job search process, we recommend that all applicants thoroughly research companies, organizations, agencies and individuals who post internship and job opportunities on our database. It is in the individual's best interest to obtain information on potential employers for validity and security purposes.   Other resources for off-campus employment include, but are not limited to:                 Advice for interviewee   An internship or job interview is a two-way street. The job of the interviewer is to determine whether or not you have the skills and if you are the best fit for the position. You also have to determine whether the company and the position is a good fit for you. The best way to do this is by asking the interviewer questions during the interview. Usually, the interviewer will ask, "Do you have any questions for me?" Your response should always be YES. Saying no or having no questions prepared tells the employer that you might not be motivated to work for the company or that you are ill-prepared. Employers make judgments about you based on the questions you ask. Make sure that you ask good questions.  
    • Do your research on the company and ask questions related to the company and your position
    • Don't ask about salary and benefits during your initial interview
    • Don't ask general, bland questions that can be found on the internet
    • Know the industry and lexicon
    • Ask open ended questions and not questions that can be answered with a "yes or "no"
    Sample questions to ask during an interview  
    • How does the department relate to the overall organization. How does it support the organization's goals?
    • What are the values that make up the organizations culture? What is the department's culture?
    • What kind of work assignments might I expect the first six months on the job? What will be my day-to-day responsibilities?
    • How often are performance reviews given?
    • Are there opportunities for professional growth and advancement?
    • In what ways is a career with your company better than one with your competitors?
    • Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?
    • Can you tell me about the individual to whom I will report? What is their management style?
    • What is the largest single problem facing your department?
    • What do you like best about the company?
    • Has there been much turnover in this position/department? If so, why?
    • What qualities are you looking for in the candidate to fill this position? What skills are important?
    • What characteristics do achievers within this company share?
    • How much travel is involved in this position?
    • What are the next steps?