Learning is a beautiful thing, but let's be honest. We all want a college education to lead to one thing: employment. At CSUN, we're committed to doing everything we can to help graduates launch meaningful and successful careers. Because juggling school and work is an economic necessity for many students, we'll help you look for a part-time job even before graduation.
The Career Center is your one-stop shop for everything related to internships, jobs and careers. It's located on the west side of campus in University Hall 105. All services are free of charge to Northridge students. If you want to find an internship or part-time job on or off campus while you pursue your degree, you can search the Career Center's job database SUNlink. The database also includes internships and full-time, professional positions for those who have already earned a degree.
Do you want to polish your interview skills or create a job-winning resume? The Career Center is the place to do it. What if you don't have any idea what you want to do after college, or aren't sure what type of career is open to someone with your major? Check out the Career Center’s Pathways. You can even sign up to receive emails about job opportunities related to your major, or upload your resume so employers can contact you about job openings. The Career Center sponsors dozens of job fairs and expos each year. Many are for students in certain colleges or departments; others are open to anyone. Employers sponsor booths at these fairs and expos as a way to recruit students. Some employers schedule their own information sessions or on-campus interviews. While the Career Center handles most career-oriented services at CSUN, a few individual departments, such as Accounting and Information Systems, have their own smaller career centers.
Employers tell us they like to hire CSUN graduates because our alumni bring hands-on experience, a team spirit, problem-solving skills and a willingness to roll up their sleeves and get the job done.
"As a campus recruiter, I've seen firsthand that CSUN students are well prepared to compete and succeed in the workplace," says Ron Roberts, Jr., of Ernst & Young LLP, the auditing and professional services firm.
"Having had firsthand experience with CSUN students as interns and full-time employees over the years, I can honestly say that the university does an excellent job in preparing them for the television industry," says Bruce K. Rosenblum, a CSUN alumnus and an executive vice president with Warner Bros. Television Group.
Students leave our campus familiar with real-world work. A large percentage of graduating seniors have participated in an internship or a community-engagement project.
Accountancy majors help low-income San Fernando Valley residents prepare tax returns. Under the supervision of professionally certified faculty members, students majoring in communications disorders provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to community members through our Language, Speech and Hearing Center. Students also head out in the community to perform credit-earning, volunteer and paid work for nonprofits, major corporations and government agencies.
As early as freshman year, students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research and other creative and scholarly work. The university has a number of programs that match students with professional mentors.
Many CSUN students help pay for their education by working part time on campus. Jobs range from answering phones to working in a laboratory and tutoring at local schools. Start your job search at the Career Center. You can get help finding a job, sprucing up your resume or creating an entirely new resume. By registering with the Career Center, you also will gain access to print and online databases for on-campus and off-campus jobs. You may want to broaden your search beyond the Career Center. Some jobs are filled by word of mouth, so ask your friends and classmates if they know of anything. Check bulletin boards in the department of your major or any department that interests you. Don't be timid. There's nothing wrong with stopping at a reception desk and inquiring about the job application process.
Work-study is a federal program in which the government pays a portion of a student worker's wages. To find out if you're eligible for work-study, fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 2 priority deadline. The CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department will notify you of your eligibility and tell you how to find a work-study job. A work-study job is advantageous because your earnings will not be counted as income when you fill out your FAFSA the following year.
Regardless of the type of job you get, remember your first priority should be academics. As a student assistant, you probably won't work more than 20 hours a week. Your employer may require you to maintain a minimum grade point average.
Where CSUN alumni find jobs
CSUN is located in one of the world's largest employment centers, which means those who want to are often able to remain in the Los Angeles area or Southern California after graduation. In fact, more than 80 percent of our graduates remain in the region, become part of the workforce and contribute to its vibrant economy.
While the best known industry in Los Angeles is entertainment, the economy is highly diversified. You can find work in banking, finance, retail, manufacturing, health services and high-tech research and development.
CSUN is in the San Fernando Valley, which is located within Los Angeles city limits but also includes neighboring cities of Glendale and Burbank. Many major corporations are headquartered here including NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company and ABC, CBS Studio Center and Warner Bros.
Like Los Angeles, the Valley's economy is diversified. Many students work as interns and later as full-time employees in firms, government agencies and nonprofits in the vicinity of CSUN. The health care, biotech and finance industries are major employers. Well-known corporations that make their home in the San Fernando Valley include DreamWorks SKG, Health Net and Sunkist Growers.