Big Interview allows you to complete tutorials, practice your interviewing skills via industry- or competency-based mock interviews, and receive immediate feedback on your answers and delivery! Click “Register” to create an account with your @iastate email address. Alumni will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for login information. (You can also access Big Interview through CyHire – click Resources in the website’s top menu.)
Candid Career is the premier provider of thousands of informational video interviews featuring industry professionals. The site is dedicated to providing the inside perspective on careers, as well as advice that will give you an edge in your job search.
CyHire allows employers seeking ISU students and alumni for professional employment and internships to post their openings. Each student has an active account. Be sure to check CyHire regularly, as new postings will appear frequently. Information is also available on CyHire about upcoming career fairs, employer information sessions, and on-campus interviewing.
GoinGlobal provides U.S. city and country employment guides, a job and internship search portal, and an H1-B visa database. This resource is especially helpful for students wanting to relocate outside of Iowa and international students searching for employers who have petitioned to sponsor international students in the past. (Note: Link redirects to CyHire – click Resources in the website’s top menu to access GoinGlobal.)
What Can I Do With This Major? provides major and career information. Learn about typical career areas, types of employers that hire people with each major, and strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Professional organizations and industry-related job boards are also listed. View this video to learn more.
Iowa State students have free access to LinkedIn Learning! LinkedIn Learning is an on-demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career. There are thousands of possible videos to explore to help with your internship and job search. Login to the link above with your @iastate.edu account to see for yourself!
SparkPath: Challenge Cards is an interactive career exploration assessment that helps you determine what challenge (or guiding mission) you want to be the focus of your career. To take the assessment, click “Sign Up” to create a Student account with your @iastate email address and code: iastate-las-careers
Navigating Identity in the Job Search
Resources for navigating identity in the job search
LAS Career Services is committed to providing support for all students as whole people with multifaceted identities. We recognize there are nuances in the job search/offer process/work environment depending on who you are as an individual. We have a collection of resources but recognize they are not an exhaustive list of identities that students bring to their careers and job searches.
International Student Employment
These documents may assist employers with understanding how to employ international students. International students can print or send these documents to potential employers.
F-1 Employment Authorization Infographic
Employers’ Guide to Hiring International Students
Support for Unpaid Internships
Unpaid Internship Scholarship Application Is OPEN!
The application for the summer 2023 unpaid internship scholarship is now OPEN! Students working at non-profit and government organizations will receive priority consideration; on-campus positions will not be considered. The application is available in CyHire (login with your netID): https://cyhire.iastate.edu/surveys/lasinternscholarship. Apply by April 28th, 2023 – applications may be considered after that date, based on funding availability. Please contact LAS Career Services (email@example.com, 515-294-8691) with any questions.
Where Have Other Students and Alumni Gone?
See where past LAS students and new graduates have secured internships and post-graduation employment.
Below is a small sampling of job boards students and alumni have found helpful. For more job and internship resources, please make an appointment with career services by logging on to CyHire and selecting “Request a Career Advising Appointment”
- LinkedIn Student Jobs Portal and LinkedIn Learning for Students
- CareerEco: job board & virtual career fairs
- Undergraduate Research at ISU
- ISU Abroad: Internship Experiences
- Work in Ames
- DSM USA Career Center
- Des Moines Nonprofit Employment Opportunities
- National Chamber of Commerce Directory
- Chronically Capable
- Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for Federal Government jobs and internships
- Contact Iowa State University’s WRP School Coordinator for more information!
- Disability Talent
Major and Career-Specific Resources
You will also want to search for professional associations related to your major and/or career interest. They may have job boards or networking opportunities available. For a list of professional associations for your major, scroll to the bottom of your major’s What Can I Do With This Major? page.
Questions to Ask
How many job openings are there for someone in my field?
In some instances, recruiters may not really have the type or number of openings they advertise. They may be more interested in adding your name to their candidate pool as a means of attracting more employers or clients to their services.
How is this information being used?
A third-party recruiter is allowed legally to share your resume with the contract employer for positions that you are actually seeking. The recruiter must tell you, in clear terms, that your materials and information will not be shared outside the organization or used for any purpose other than with the company they represent at the time they interview you. The third-party recruiter cannot sell your information to anyone else. You may choose to authorize the recruiter to share your data elsewhere, but your authorization should be given to the recruiter in writing.
Are candidates treated equally and fairly?
If you are qualified for the job opportunity, the third-party recruiter must pass your information to employers without regard to your race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
Who pays the fee?
Before you agree to anything or sign a contract, ask the recruiter who will pay the fee.