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Lela works with students on an individual basis and truly cares about the success of each student she helps

Planning for a career while you’re in high school is a pretty tall order. Interviewing for a job or an internship as a college student is a daunting prospect, too. Building a résumé from scratch can be intimidating. But we’re ready to help you overcome those challenges. Just walk through the doors of UIndy’s Career Services office to get some of the best advice you’ll find anywhere.

Through one-on-one sessions, fairs, and workshops, you’ll get help preparing for employment, internships, even grad school. Friendly folks like Lela Mixon (above) offer career counseling and show you how to build your résumé, practice your interview techniques, and make employer connections. One of the six staffers in Career Services, Lela spearheads efforts concerning internships on campus. But like everyone else in the office, she works tirelessly in each aspect of career services.

As she says, “My title is associate director, but we are all generalists in our office—meaning we pretty much address all topics with each student. However, my focus area, where I am charged with making things happen, is related directly to internships.”

Events, workshops, and fairs will provide you the connections you need to find jobs or internships. But in the end, it’ll be up to you to take the final steps in securing a position.

“We’re very student-oriented,” Lela says. “We try to find new and interesting ways to engage students. We market our events like crazy, and we definitely communicate with the campus a lot, which is why we usually have success with students attending our events.”

It’s never too early to start looking toward future jobs or schooling opportunities. The UInternship Fair is an opportunity for you to connect with employers about potential internships.

“Employers are looking for candi-dates sooner, even for positions that start in semester two or the following summer,” Lela says. “That’s why the UInternship is held in the first four to five weeks of the fall semester. The first month of school is often a hectic time for students, but that’s when employers are looking.”

Among the dozens of companies attending last fall were Rolls Royce, Target, Finish Line, Simon Property Group, the Indiana State House, the Indianapolis Mayor’s office, and the Disney College Program. Students are welcome to come through the fair at any time to talk with prospective employers. It’s an excellent opportunity to make connections and apply for positions.

Mandy Weber, a senior at UIndy, knows well the benefits of obtaining an internship in college. She’s had internships with Emmis Communications, the American Liver Foundation, and One Click Ventures.

“I learned so much through my internships.” she says. “They taught me a lot about the outside world and how to interact with different types of people.”

Connect online

Making connections is what Career Services is about, and one powerful tool available to UIndy’s Greyhounds is its JobHound Connect website. This site is designed to help you market your skills to obtain any type of job or internship.

The JHC website is built for students as well as employers so that each can connect in an easy and user-friendly way. After creating a personal profile, students are able to view each company registered with the website. If the company seems like a good fit, you can submit a résumé to the company directly from the site. JHC also allows employers to view the profiles of students registered.

“I’d definitely recommend using this site,” Mandy says. “It’s a perfect way to find internships and jobs, and it also contains a lot of other excellent resources.”

Mandy has some advice for every student at UIndy.

“Meet with the advisors in Career Services! They’ll help you in so many ways, and the programs they have to offer are extremely beneficial!”

So after you get enrolled at UIndy, stop in to make an appointment. Or attend one of their frequent events on campus—you won’t regret it!

—Elizabeth Hale ’15