Wofford students are eager to learn, grow, and gain experience in a variety of industries. The Career Center actively supports these efforts through preparation and skill building. We are seeking to work with any employer who is open to hiring Wofford students and seek to make the experience as easy as possible. Below is some important information to get you started. We look forward to hearing from you.
How to post a job or internship
The Career Center in the Mungo Exchange uses Handshake as our job posting platform. All Wofford students have access to Handshake through a single sign on and every job, internship and on campus opportunity is posted to this one platform. We encourage every employer to have their own Handshake account so they have access to post at any time and to all students.If you have a Handshake account already created:
1) Login here: www.joinhandshake.com
2) Select Post a Job
3) Fill out all relevant information
4) Select SaveIf you have not created a Handshake account:
Use the following link https://wofford.joinhandshake.com/employer_registrations/new to sign up. You will need to use your work email address (personal emails will automatically be rejected by Handshake). Handshake will take you through the process of creating an employer account and will give you the option to select the schools that you would like to receive your postings. You will need to select Wofford College and any other schools of your choosing. Please allow up to 2 business days for our office to approve your request to post on Handshake.Check out this link for advice on writing a job description, how much to pay and the amount of time to expect from a student worker.
On Campus Recruiting opportunitiesThe Career Center in the Mungo Exchange hosts employers on campus regularly throughout the school year. At this time we do not host career fairs. Instead we bring individual employers to campus with the goal of intentional recruitment. We utilize Handshake social media, email, newsletters and daily announcements to invite students to on campus recruiting opportunities. Our Director of External Relations will work with you to select a time that best fits your recruiting schedule as well as the Wofford student schedule.Important information to know as you plan to recruit in the Career Center:
1) We strongly encourage that your on campus recruitment date be at least two weeks out from your original meeting date. A minimum of two weeks ensures that we have adequate time to prepare and recruit students to attend.
2) To set up a meeting to discuss on campus recruitment reach out to our Director of External Relations, Rebecca Parker in one of the following ways
a. Schedule a meeting to discuss in person, over the phone or on Zoom through the following link: https://calendly.com/parkerrm/employerrecruiting
b. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Call the Career Center at 864-597-4265
Helpful informationWofford definition of an internship
The Career Center in the Mungo Exchange believes that every student should participate in hands on work experience while they are enrolled to gain insight into a future career field. There are many ways to receive hands on work experience; internships, externships, volunteering and shadowing to name a few. Though we believe that all work experience is great work experience, not all work experience qualifies as an internship. The Career Center has adopted the NACE definition of an internship which is written out below:Definition:
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.Criteria for an Experience to Be Defined as an Internship
To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:
1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.Internships for credit at Wofford
The Career Center is able to award up to 4 hours of academic credit through an internship course. Some majors on campus offer major specific internship courses to assist students with receiving major credit. It is the responsibility of the student to sign up for an internship course if credit is needed and/or wanted.
Should you pay an intern?
The Career Center follows the guidelines set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on the requirement to pay interns. You can learn more about the Department of Labor guidelines here: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fact-sheets/71-flsa-internships
Expected hours from an intern
Wofford follows a 4-1-4 academic schedule which includes the following: a four month Fall semester, a one month January term (Interim) and a four month Spring semester. When discussing summer opportunities we generally are referring to months of June, July and August. During Fall and Spring semesters we encourage employers to expect 8 to 10 hours per week from an intern. If students are doing an internship for Interim then they are required to work full time which is a minimum of 30 hours per week. Most internships during the Summer are full time for 8-10 weeks.