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Welcome to the Career Development website. Getting started on your career odyssey can be overwhelming. But we are here to help you get started. 

  1. What do to when you're just getting started (Freshmen start here!)
  2. Developing experience for your resume 
  3. Finding and applying for opportunities
  4. Preparing for your career and graduate school 
  5. Our favorite resources!

Questions? Email


Exploration: What to do when you're just getting started.

Finding your major. 

Every journey starts somewhere and one of the best places to start is to figure out what you want to major in. A list of UD majors can be found here. If everything (or even nothing) sounds interesting, reach out to us, other professors and upperclassmen. Talking to other students and professors is one of the best ways to narrow down what to study. If you're still stumped, you can make an appointment with you career advisor. 


Another way to discover what your skills and interests are is Focus2. This fantatic resource asks you questions to help determine what types of careers you're suited for. Once you have a list of them, explore their ins and outs on the Department of Labor's website. They have tons of information on required education, experience, salary and job stability. 

What Can I Do With This Major?

Lastly, if you're still drawing a blank look at What Can I do with This Major. This massive website gives you potential careers for every major. It's extensive database is a fantastic way to see a ton of options and figure out what sounds interesting to you. 




 Develop an action plan!



  • InsideSherpa: Build experience and skills with company-backed Virtual Work Experience Programs.

  • Wall Street Prep: Provides some free (and some with a fee) resources for financial modeling and technical interview prep.

  • WSJ Money: Students can use this resource to find personal finance and money management information and submit money questions of their own. 

  • The Cambridge Consultant: Free case interview prep for consulting and blog about what it is like to be a consultant.


  • Microsoft 365 Training: Learn how to navigate any Microsoft products including Excel Skills (basic and advanced).
  • LinkedIn Learning: Online library of training videos featuring the latest software, creative, and business skills. 
  • Hubspot Academy: Learn about different forms of marketing from social media to sales. 
  • Coursera: Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.
  • EdX: Access 2500+ online courses from 140 top institutions.
  • Udacity: Offers around 200 courses that are completely free (but do not offer a certificate). In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Udacity is offering everyone one month free.
  • CodeAcademy: Learn to code with interactive lessons & daily practice.
  • Khan Academy: Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.


Build and use your network during this time. Building connections will provide you an invaluable opportunity to develop and prepare for your career goals. Ask your immediate network if they know of anything available or could they help you out in any way. More often than not, you find your internships through someone you know.  

We also released a networking workshop to help with how to format your emails and messages to contacts.



Take Focus 2 - a major and career matching quiz - for a list of job titles that might interest you.

First Time Users      

Returning Users

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What Can I Do With This Major?

WCIDWTM is a website that allows you to explore different majors, typical career areas associated with each major, and info about employers that typically hire in each field.

OPCD Major & Career Exploration Guide

We developed this guide specifically for UD students to guide you through major and career discernment. Learn quick and easy steps you can take today toward choosing a major or career path. 

Additional Career Exploration Resources






Your resume is often the only picture a recruiter has of you, your abilities, and your accomplishments. Recruiters typically spend 20 seconds or less scanning a resume.  Find more information about resumes, cover letters, and interviews here

Access OPCD resume samples and templates (must be logged into your UD email address to access).



Handshake is just one tool in your toolbox. We also recommend looking into other internship boards. Some include,

  • LinkedIn Job Board - Research openings, salaries, and employer contacts 
  • - Research company profiles, reviews, and salaries in addition to postings
  • - One search, all jobs
  • WSJ Jobs -  A place for students and career center staff to discover the latest information on business and careers. Students can find valuable information on how to best present themselves as they enter the labor market and ask WSJ reporters specific career questions.
  • Covintern: Students can get connected with remote internships at top startups and companies.
  • Virtual internships and jobs.
  • Remote mentorship, internships, jobs, and community for students.
  • iX Remote: Offers students a way to learn industry-relevant skills, gain work experience and improve their career prospects. 
  • Weworkremotely: Job board advertising full and part time remote work.
  • Search remote positions by industry, learn more about remote work through articles and blogs, and have questions answered by leading remote companies and virtual teams.

Find a list of more internship boards here.


Are you staying in the DFW area for the holidays?

Volunteer with Catholic Charities of Dallas. Sign up here.

Questions? Email Kelsey Stanley at

Location + Event

Date + Times


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Food Pantry (2517 Anson Rd., Dallas, TX 75235)

Weekly: Monday & Thursday from 9:30 AM-11:30AM


Volunteers will help in our food pantries by putting boxes in food in peoples trunks.

Marillac  Food Pantry (2843 Lapsley St.)

Weekly: Tuesday and Friday from 8:30-11:15 or 11:00-1:15


Jan Pruitt Community Pantry (123 Alexander Ave.)

Weekly: Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30-11:15 or 11:15-1:30

Friday: 1:00-3:15 or 3:15-5:15

Saturday 9:00-1:15



Volunteer to work on a political campaign: Sign up on the campaign’s website (local, state, national). Many roles and responsibilities can be done virtually.

  • Tech for Campaigns: Matches volunteers to political campaigns in need of technical support based on the volunteer's technology skills.

  • Catchafire: Short and long-term projects, similar to micro-internships, specifically for non-profits.
  • Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: Digital Volunteers can now take on important assignments to expand access to the Smithsonian's massive collections, and can participate in a variety of research programs. Some roles require special knowledge or skill, but many do not.
  • Amnesty International Decoders: Global network of digital volunteers helping to research and expose human rights violations.
  • Translators without Borders: Translators without Borders depends on volunteers to translate millions of words, but also to help us run the organization. We work with volunteers who have all kinds of great skills – and many learn new skills that they can use in their jobs.
  • Zooniverse: Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. The main ways of volunteering with us are helping us with classifications on data, being a beta tester on projects we've yet to launch, and being a moderator for a project.
  • Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who are trained and work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works.
  • Project Gutenberg: Library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Volunteers work to digitized and diligently proofread eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
  • Service learning opportunities by subject area: Example subject areas are Africana studies, astronomy, criminal justice, environmental studies.
  • Volunteering options for a variety of causes.
  • VolunteerMatch Covid-19 Response: Resource hub and explore the growing network of #COVID-19 and virtual volunteering opportunities for practical actions to support your community.
  • United Nations: The UN runs a virtual program connecting volunteers to organizations worldwide. About 12,000 volunteers are connected with public-impact opportunities in 187 countries. Help with writing and editing, translation, technology services, research, and advocacy, to name a few, and there is a variety of short and longer-term opportunities.
  • Red Cross: During times of disaster, the Red Cross utilizes digital volunteers to monitor online discussions to find people who need help, and to share important updates on social media.
  • Women's Breast and Heart Initiative: Participate in the Virtual Breast Cancer and Heart Disease Advocate Program. Become an advocate for breast cancer and heart disease.
  • 7 Cups Volunteer Listener: 7 Cups connects people to caring listeners for free emotional support. Become a volunteer listener.
  • BeMyEyes: App that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers.
  • LibriVox: LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet.
  • National Park Service: Test, evaluate or develop elements of the NPS’s online presence.
  • Right Here at Home: Train others in technology to help overcome poverty.
  • Missing Maps: Digital mapping to help disaster relief.
  • Mapping Prejudice: Volunteers are needed to review deeds and other historical documents to flag them for racial language.


Career advisors will conduct appointments via phone and Zoom. Students and alumni can schedule an appointment on UD Handshake for the following:

  • Career exploration (Focus2 self-assessments available)
  • Resume, cover letter, and personal statement review
  • Job and internship search assistance
  • LinkedIn profile review
  • Mock interview
  • Fellowships advising

To schedule an appointment:

  1. Go to UD Handshake and log in using your UD credentials.* 
  2. Once you are logged in, click Career Center at the top right of the page, then Appointments, and Schedule a New Appointment. 

*Typically your username is your udallas email without the @udallas (example: goneill) and your password is your student ID number. Please email if you have issues logging in. 


UD Handshake is the OPCD’s online database exclusive to UD students and alumni that provides direct access to  full-time, part-time, and internship positions. Over 250,000 employers post jobs to Handshake, including all 500 of the Fortune 500 companies. Log in using their UD network credentials (username and password for UD WiFi).

International Job Seekers

If you plan to seek CPT through the University of Dallas, read this: 

Verify that you meet the requirements for student eligibility for CPT with the International Student Services Office

Before you begin your job search: 

Ensure that you have employment permission. Visit the International Student Services for more information. 

Tips for International Students

  • Plan ahead: As an international student you face certain challenges and restrictions regarding the U.S. job search. Begin your search early - at least a year in advance of your graduation date.
  • Know the rules and regulations: Understand the visa process, deadlines, costs, length of process, and which companies hire international students and graduates.
  • Communicate clearly: Communication skills are very important. Use every possible opportunity to strengthen your command of spoken and written English. Your resume and LinkedIn account should reflect error-free, compelling content.
  • Use your resources wisely: Attend on-campus events (job fairs, lectures, recruiting events), join on- and off-campus professional organizations, and meet with staff to build relationships.
  • Understand your strengths: Know your unique assets and academic training, and focus on employers that have a strong need for all of those strengths.
  • Network: Networking is even more important for the international student than for a U.S. citizen. By networking we simply mean systematically making personal, written, or telephone contacts with relatives, friends, and alumni in the United States and back home who may be able to help you in the search. Each person whom you contact becomes a participant in your search. Fellow students from abroad who have gained some experience with the U.S. job market may be able to help you with your search for a position.
  • Seek the right companies: In your research and networking efforts, concentrate on employers that have connections (offices, subsidiaries, marketing teams, sales forces) to your country of origin. These companies may have an interest in you working for them in this country, or to return to your home country after initial training in the United States. In addition to the resources on campus, contact your embassy.  Often, foreign embassies maintain lists of contacts for employment. Contact them!

Finding Opportunities 

Interstride - One-stop-shop for international candidates seeking jobs in the US. Log in using your udallas email and temporary password Dallas2020!!

UD Handshake - The only website that allows you to access jobs and internships from employers who are seeking UD candidates.

MyVisaJobs - Information portal and online community for visa job hunters around the world. Major services include annual and quarterly reports for H1B Visa and Green Card, sponsor profiles, resources for job seekers (including a resume service).

H1Base - Interactive database that allows international students to directly connect with the top 550 H1B sponsor companies. Includes an immigration kit that provides links to key forms, information, and free access to immigration attorneys.

iHipo - For international jobs and internships (not limited to the U.S.).


Should I list my visa status on my resume?

Your visa status should not be included on your resume. Your permanent address, educational background and work history will display that you are an international student. Hiring managers will ask the appropriate questions during the recruitment process. You should never lie about your visa status, but given the reservations employers have about hiring an international student, it is not to your advantage to draw attention to it.

Are there illegal questions?

An employer MAY NOT ask:

  • What is your visa type, nationality, place of birth? or, Of which country are you a citizen?
  • What is your native language? or, What language do you most often speak?

An employer MAY ask:

  • Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? or, Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for an employment visa?
  • Which languages do you read, speak or write? (provided that foreign language skills are job related)

When in the hiring process do I reveal that I’m an international student?

This is a very sensitive question which needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. While some employers adhere to strict policies against hiring foreign nationals, others may prefer to hire U.S. citizens, but can be otherwise convinced. Therefore, it should be your goal to get passed the initial screening measures to the interview. On the other hand, you should probably broach the subject before the employer has spent a significant amount of time and money trying to recruit you. It is usually recommended that students address the issue of their work status during the first or second interview, but no later than the time of the job offer.

If a company says they don’t hire international students, should I even apply?

Sure - unless the job description specifically states that international candidates may not apply. A lot of times when employers say they don’t hire international students it means that they haven’t hired any international students, yet. You may be the first! In order to convince these prospective employers, it is your responsibility to educate them about the process of hiring a foreign national. Be mindful that they still may not hire you, and this can become frustrating. It is recommended that you first target organizations with a history of hiring employees on a work visa.

What can I do to make myself a more attractive candidate?

  • Have your resume and cover letters reviewed by OPCD, an employer, or alumni.
  • Become thoroughly familiar with immigration regulations and benefits attached to your visa status.
  • Research the employers and the positions in which you are interested.
  • Participate in a mock interview.
  • Practice speaking confidently about your skills, interests and career goals.
  • Improve your English skills by speaking up in class, conversing with your advisor, or any other opportunities to speak. Likewise, fine tune your written English.



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