Life After UC Santa Cruz: The UC Santa Cruz Career Center

Graduation photo by Alison Tassio.

The UC Santa Cruz Career Center is an important resource for students throughout their college career and afterward. The Career Center also has a web page of Resources for Parents that might be of interest.

Through the Career Center, students have access to a career resource library; graduate school information; on-campus corporate recruiting events; workshops and special events; and information about part-time jobs, internships, and career positions after graduation. The Career Center also coordinates the Career Advice Network (CAN), a network of UC Santa Cruz alumni and non-alumni professionals from a variety of fields who are available to provide career insights and information.

In addition, the Center sponsors two special internship programs: the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP) and the Professions Training Program (PTP). Through the CUIP, interns can work on important campus projects with the support of a staff mentor. CUIP interns attend leadership and skill-building seminars and receive an academic stipend that covers registration fee costs. PTP interns work in off-campus internships that provide professional, paid work experience related to their academic majors.

How Parents Can Help: Advice from the Career Center

Parents are extremely helpful resources for students when it comes to thinking about career and professional goals. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to:

  • discuss various career opportunities with your student.
  • encourage your student to obtain career-related work experience before graduation.
  • encourage your student to visit the Career Center early in his/her academic career.
  • encourage your employer to offer internships and summer jobs to university students and consider becoming a mentor to students working summer jobs and in internships.
  • encourage your student to develop a resume and interviewing techniques.

UC Santa Cruz Alumni: A Diverse, Successful Group

UC Santa Cruz alumni include teachers, writers, doctors, entertainers, public servants, and counselors. For a glance at the wide variety of activities of UC Santa Cruz alumni, see the campus’s magazine.