The Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education & Connections
The Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections aims to enhance individual career readiness, connect organizations and talent, and transform our communities through education and collaboration.
At the Greene Career Center, students are assisted in achieving their individual career goals by providing them with the resources and tools needed to develop connections between their aspirations, academic pursuits and co-curricular experiences. These experiences can include on-campus employment, research activities, and internships.
Through the Greene Career Center students have access to one-on-one career exploration and industry advising appointments, peer advising through collaboration hours, graduate and professional school preparation, on and off-campus recruitment activities, internship funding for summer internships, programs and events, and alumni connections.
The Greene Center is available to assist and support students throughout their career exploration. Students are encouraged to begin exploring academic majors and career options during their first year on campus in order to better evaluate their skills, interests, and values as they begin to develop their career goals. Students are offered a range of curricular offerings, programs, and events designed to support their career development and exploration.
At the University, career communities are networks of partners (alumni, employers, Greene Career Center advisors, faculty, parents, student groups, and fellow students) from a group of related industries that seek to:
- Educate students about roles and industry norms/culture
- Share industry-specific knowledge, resources, and advice
- Connect students with industry professionals and opportunities
Students are encouraged to explore multiple career communities that align with their goals and career development.
Through connecting with alumni, employers, faculty, and staff, students can learn more about their chosen industries and receive advice about the skills and experiences that are needed in order to achieve success. Students can explore industries through participating in alumni networking events, attending on and off-site programming, and visiting local, national and international employers facilitated by the Greene Career Center.
Annually, students are offered opportunities to explore internship options and career paths by meeting and networking with alumni and employers in Rochester as well as industry-specific cities. Students can explore what it’s like to work in Boston’s biotech and healthcare industries, consulting firms in Washington D.C., on Wall Street within the finance industry, or in Silicon Valley’s tech industry.
The courses students choose are important to their exploration of career options and offer the chance to build knowledge and skills for any career community. As students schedule their courses they can consider the following offerings through the Greene Center:
CAS 104: ROC Your Life + Your Career – (one credit)
ROC Your Life is a dynamic, seven-week course that applies a design-thinking framework and mindset to career exploration and development. Through self-reflection, readings, discussion and in-class activities, students will be able to architect their experiences at Rochester and beyond, and be better equipped to navigate academic, career and life decisions. This course is open to first-year and sophomore students in the Fall and Spring semesters.
CAS 394: Independent Internship – (one to four credits)
There are no specific admission requirements for this type of internship, and any student can try to arrange one. These internships are available in the fall and spring semesters only and usually carry four credits. Internships can be taken along with three other four-credit courses as part of a normal semester’s schedule. The Greene Career Center encourages you to identify an internship faculty sponsor in your academic department prior to applying to CAS 394, as the connections you make to your studies will be richer through that sponsorship.
CAS 394i: Special Internship – (.5 credits)
All undergraduate students are eligible to register for CAS 394i, which is available all academic terms with no associated tuition fees. It can be utilized for both paid and unpaid internship opportunities. Students may elect to register for CAS 394i for one or more of the following reasons:
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allowance needed for a student on an F-1 or J-1 visa
- Internship employer requiring registration for academic credit
- Transcript notation
- Maximize learning
Additional course offering affiliated with the Greene Center and the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program:
WRT 27X – (two credits)
This interactive course teaches “real life” communication skills and strategies that help students present their best professional selves and develop a fulfilling career. Students will explore and articulate their internship, career, and graduate school goals for distinct audiences and purposes as they develop a professional communication portfolio of materials such as resumes, cover letters, statements of purpose, electronic communications, elevator pitches, project descriptions and abstracts, and online profiles (i.e., LinkedIn).
For more information on courses, visit the Greene Career Center’s course page.
Developing career competencies is an integral part of the Rochester experience. By developing career competencies, students are better equipped to grow in an ever-changing environment increasingly shaped by technology, globalization, and movements emphasizing equality and inclusivity. As you begin to select your courses, consider how those courses will contribute to your skills and development in the areas listed below. To learn more about the seven college competencies, visit the Greene Career Center website.
- Intercultural and global fluency
- Career design and management
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Adaptability and resiliency
- Oral and written communication