All CUPA Students

 1. Handshake – PSU’s Job Board, Career, and Internship Database

Handshake is the university’s central career and internship database that lists positions for local, regional and national organizations for upcoming graduates and alumni.  It also provides openings for part-time employment for current students. This is a dynamic site that is updated continually.  Get familiar with it as a relevant source of current openings.

2. Career Assessment Tools

Assessment tools provide practical and personal insight for students, linking their skills, interests and motivators with future positions.

Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment is used by CUPA Career Services as a basic resource for building self-awareness and personal confidence in one’s characteristics, values and natural strengths. The text, Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath comes with the assessment code and is available free while supplies last when scheduling an individual career coaching session with Cathy LaTourette. This tool provides insights that can guide students toward positions and job functions that best fit their areas of strength. 

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is offered by Portland State Advising and Career Services. Learn how your personality and skills relate to potential  careers and how to explore careers that fit your type and interests. This is a three-part workshop and participants must attend all three sessions. You must pay a $20.00 materials fee that is due the first session.

Strong Interest Inventory (SII) This assessment tool helps you relate potential majors, careers, and jobs to your interests. This is a two-part workshop and participants must attend both sessions. You must pay a $20.00 materials fee that is due the first session.

3. Upcoming Career and Internship Fairs

PSU’s ACS hosts career fairs every term. All students at all levels are welcome and there is always a list of the registered employers available prior to each fair.  Various public sector and non-profit employers participate. 

Put yourself out there and get familiar with speaking with employers. Ask questions about what employers are looking for—even if you’re not ready or qualified yet—be inquisitive about jobs in your field, be proactive in learning what’s out there, reflect back on what interests you, get excited about your future and start to target your dream jobs! These types of conversations could lead to job shadowing, P/T or temporary positions, internships, networking contacts, full employment and more! 

Visit Advising & Career Services for more information about career and internship fairs. Be sure to check out the Social Impact Career and Internship Fairs!

4. Job Search Workshops

Workshops offered by Advising & Career Services help to develop and implement effective job search strategies. Some workshop topics include: 

  • Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Introduction to Interviewing
  • Effective Interviewing
  • Internships
  • Networking

5. Professional Development and Job Search Videos

 Career Advice Videos, offered by CareerSpots, is a library of career advice videos to help students navigate everything from resume writing to job interview etiquette. 

6. Other Key Resources