Career Awareness and Preparation Program Provides Skills and Focus
"I've learned how to fix up my resume to make the content more appealing …The interview workshop …showed what interviewers are really looking for. These workshops gave me insight on what I need to work on"
- Hoa N., Computer Science major, Cal State East Bay
Cal State East Bay is home to the most diverse student body in the nation, with the majority of our students being the first in their family to attend college. Enrollment in STEM majors has increased significantly over the last decade. These ambitious students work tirelessly to master the rigorous content of their disciplines—but many graduate without first-hand experience in a STEM internship, and missing other opportunities to explore the wide range of local careers open to them. With its Career Awareness and Preparation (CAP) program, the Institute for STEM Education is working to change that.
The CAP program, which has evolved over the last few years as both student and local employer needs were better understood, begins with building the confidence and skills our students need to present at their best. In 2017 we began holding workshops on cover letter and resume writing, and conducting mock interviews. This led to pairing qualified students with paid internships in a program being developed in partnership with local STEM employers. This fall saw a major expansion of CAP, with forty undergraduates participating in the workshops. Of those, eleven have been selected for paid internships at the Lawrence National Laboratories in Berkeley and Livermore, and other internships are being developed.
To further build career awareness, the Institute is conducting monthly site tours of local STEM companies, including Baxter Healthcare, where students saw inside the Hayward medical device manufacturer and interacted informally with professionals from a variety of backgrounds and interests. In another event, a local STEM company came to campus to learn about the cutting edge research being done by our faculty and student researchers, and discuss possible collaborations that could unfold between our institutions.
The new semester will bring a new series of workshops and expand the site tours across the Bay Area. Paid internships and job-shadowing experiences will be a continuing focus to help our Pioneers explore—and secure—the exciting, well-paying array of STEM jobs that abound in the Bay Area.
For any companies interested in joining the CAP initiative, please contact:
Janiene M. Langford | Program Manager