Career and Outreach Office engaging with more students on job assistance

Fall 2016 Edition


The J-School Career and Outreach Office has had a successful year as more journalism students are taking advantage of the resources offered to help them find jobs.

For the fall 2016 semester, the office reported 136 student appointments, an increase of 12.4 percent from the previous fall total of 121. Top on the students’ minds during office visits were developing and reviewing resumes, writing cover letters, discussinginternship and job searches, participating in mock interviews, and deciding on multiple job or internship offers.

Throughout the fall, the J-School maintains an active job and internship board. Close to 250 opportunities were shared in the final four months of 2016. Most of the postings came from employers who traditionally hire KU students and graduates. Jayhawk alumni nationwide also send job and internship opportunities to be promoted on the J-School website.

The J-School also sponsored on-campus interviews for job and internship openings between September and mid-November. Six organizations conducted interviews with students at 30-minute intervals. Representatives from the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, Division-D advertising agency, Dallas Morning News, Wall Street Journal, Wichita Eagle and the Kansas governor’s office interviewed J-School students.

In 2016, the J-School expanded its outreach programs for students interested in receiving more career and internship advice. Career and Outreach provided seven sessions, including separate presentations for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. One of the most popular programs was a partnership between the office and JTech’s Heather Lawrenz, digital media specialist for the J-School. Online portfolios, LinkedIn profiles and resumes were the primary focus of that event. A workshop a week in advance of the career fair also proved beneficial.

On Nov. 1, the J-School hosted a Career and Internship Fair, where 104 students, including 67 seniors, connected with 15 organizations. A mix of traditional news media, advertising agencies and public relations firms participated in the five-hour event.

The J-School plans to host four career-related events in the spring, focusing on social media in the job search and resume ethics.

The next career fair is March 8. Spots are filling up quickly. If your organization would like to reserve a booth, email Steve Rottinghaus at the Career and Outreach Office at steve_rottinghaus@ku.edu or call 785-864-7630.

Check out The Internship Experience blog to read about summer 2016 internships.

—Steve Rottinghaus