Jobs & Internships
Searching for a job or internship takes preparation, dedication and time. Utilize Graduate Business Career Services (GBCS) resources to assist in your job and internship search.
GBCS is here to help you throughout the process and make an appointment to strategize how to conduct a successful job search.
One of the top ways to build your network and connect with employers to find a job or internship is conducting informational interviews. Informational interviews also allow you to explore different career fields and learn industry information from professionals in the field. The purpose of an informational interview is to gain information, not ask for a job.
There are resources to assist you in finding and locating professionals to connect with for informational interviews.
Beach Nexus is CSULB's exclusive mentoring and professional network that connects alumni, students and the community. You can access Beach Nexus through your single sign on.
LinkedIn is a great tool for locating professionals to interview in your job function and industry of choice. More specifically, CSULB has an alumni page on LinkedIn that you can easily access alumni to reach out to for informational interviews. If you need assistance with navigating LinkedIn and connecting with alumni make an appointment with GBCS.
Informational Interview Questions
You want to approach an informational interview like an interview where you are prepared and ready with questions to learn more about the person's career path and company culture.
- Tell me more about your career path.
- What does a typical day in this position look like?
- What do you like or dislike about your position?
- What education, skills and experience is required for this position?
- What is the hiring process like at your organization?
- What skill sets would you say are important in the industry?
- Where do you see the industry going?
- What advice would you give to someone wanting to enter this field?
- Is there anyone else you recommend I speak with based on my career interests?
Beyond B-School Informational Interview Articles
Review articles from Beyond B-School about informational interviews about why they are so important and how to reach out to professionals.
Hot Jobs and Opportunities hosts relevant internship and job opportunities that are regularly gathered and updated from CareerLINK, CareerShift and employer contacts.
Also, on Hot Jobs and Opportunities you can view events and opportunities taking place on and off campus that are relevant to you.
Over 13,000 full-time, part-time, on campus and internship positions are posted annually on CareerLINK. This job board is exclusively for CSULB students and alumni.
A job fair provides an opportunity for you to meet with a large number of employers, in one setting, who are specifically seeking CSULB students for the purpose of employment. Companies may have entry-level (or higher) career openings, part-time positions and/or paid and volunteer internships. The Career Development Center (CDC) offers job fairs every semester with a wide range of opportunities in the business field.
If you are seeking internships or full-time, professional employment, On Campus Interviews (OCI) brings prospective employers to the Career Development Center (CDC) to interview and hire CSULB students and alumni.
For upcoming OCI opportunities visit Hot Jobs and Opportunities where we highlight opportunities for graduate business students.
You should always negotiate your salary when taking a position or asking for a raise from your current organization. It is important that you are prepared to discuss salary and do your research to determine your market value. Utilize the tools to help in your salary research and make an appointment with Graduate Business Career Services (GBCS) to discuss salary negotiation tips and practice techniques. Additionally, the Career Development Center (CDC) provides a lot of great tips for negotiating your salary.
- Salary Research
Beyond B-School Salary Negotiation Videos
Watch videos about salary negotiation from Beyond B-School on the following topics. To access Beyond B-School sign in to your single sign on and then sign in to CareerLINK.
- Negotiation Compensation1: Timing is Everything
- Negotiation Compensation 2: Determining Your Market Value
- Negotiation Compensation 3: Getting the Optimal Package
It is important for you to obtain proper work authorization to gain an internship, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), or job once you graduate, Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information review the Employment section on the International Students & Scholar Services (ISS) website.
Full Time, Part Time and Internship Positions
As an international student you need to make sure you are targeting companies that have hired and sponsored international students before. GoinGlobal is a tool that can help you target companies that have hired international students by reviewing their H-1B visa search engine and local city guides. You can access GoinGlobal through single sign on.
Additionally, you can review companies that have hired CSULB international students in the past to target specific companies to apply to.
On Campus Positions
International students are able to engage in on campus employment if you are a full time student in good academic standing. You can look for positions by browsing CareerLINK and searching for part-time (on campus positions) or these CSULB on campus opportunities.
Career Tips for International Students Video
Watch the brief video on career tips specifically designed for international students to help you understand your employment authorization and utilize the resources to help in your career development as soon as the first semester.