SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
Services for Current Students
If you haven’t started working with us on a plan to achieve your career goals yet, it’s never too late (or too early!). We will meet you where you are and help you get where you want to go by working with you on the academic, extracurricular, and experiential learning experiences you’ll need.
The next step will be to access the many tools and resources available to help you prepare for applying, interviewing for, and landing an internship or even that first job. Meet with us to create a resume/cover letter, prepare for an interview, and develop a comprehensive job search strategy.
Many full-time, undergraduate students qualify for Student Employment while attending RU.
Off-Campus Federal Work Study
If you qualify for Off-Campus Federal Work Study according to your financial aid package, you can contact us to discuss current open positions.
Internships provide you with a wonderful opportunity not only to gain valuable experience to build your resume, but also to allow you to understand what a position really entails. Additionally, internships offer you the chance to network with professionals in their chosen fields. These experiences can lead to receiving strong references and recommendations as well as the possibility of being offered a full-time position upon graduating.
We can assist you in finding internship opportunities! If you are seeking an academic internship for credit, you should contact the appropriate professor in your major.
Resumes and Cover Letters
Don’t have a resume? No problem! We can help you develop a resume and cover letter. Two of the biggest mistakes that people make involve not proofreading their resumes and not making them as marketable as possible. It is most beneficial to set up a one-on-one appointment. To do so, students can call 815-226-4022 or e-mail email@example.com. If you are not able to come to campus for an appointment, you may also e-mail your documents to the address above for review and we will respond to you within 24-48 hours!
We offer practice interviews for current students and alumni. Your interview will be recorded so that you are able to develop a greater awareness of your non-verbal behaviors because a lot of what you say does not come out of your mouth! Additionally, you will be asked specific questions relating to the job you are seeking so that you can be better prepared when participating in a formal interview.
Job Search Assistance
We offer job search assistance! Rockford University uses Handshake as its official resume and job posting service. Students and Alumni, create your account profile at www.joinhandshake.com to:
- Search for all Full-time, Part-time, Internship/Co-op job opportunities easily and efficiently
- Create and upload your resume and career portfolio to make available to employers
- Access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos and articles
Additionally, through the College Career Consortium of Illinois, students and alumni can participate in the annual CareerFest and Fall Interview Day. For more information, please visit cccillinois.org.
Burpee Student Center -- Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Director of Career Development and First Year Programs
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm