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North Foundation Hall, Room 154
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3250
careers@oakland.edu

Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Drop-in to the Career Studio
Mon: 10a-4p
Tues: 9a-1p
Wed: 1-4p
Thrs: 10a-4p
Fri: 12-1p
North Foundation Hall, Room 154
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(map)
(248) 370-3250
careers@oakland.edu

Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Drop-in to the Career Studio
Mon: 10a-4p
Tues: 9a-1p
Wed: 1-4p
Thrs: 10a-4p
Fri: 12-1p
Employers and students dressed in business attire, wearing name tags at a career fair

For Students and Alumni

We offer many services to you as an OU student or alum to better you as a job seeker and professional. Visit our office to chat with a career consultant about your resume, job search or to practice your interviewing skills. Browse Handshake for job and internship openings. You can also take advantage of career fairs, networking events and employer events.


Looking for assistance but can’t get to our office? Check out our extensive Resource section in Handshake.

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Internships

What’s an internship? An internship helps you try out your field and lets a company try out your skills. Your internship could be the gateway to a full-time job! Most employers expect for graduates to have one or two internships under their belt when applying for a full-time position. You should begin looking for an internship during your sophomore year.

While Career Services cannot place you in an internship, we can give you the tools you need to land that dream position! You can also browse and apply for current internship opportunities on Handshake. If you need assistance with your internship search, make an appointment with our office. More information about internships can be found in the resource section in Handshake.

On-Campus Interviewing

Employers conduct on-campus interviews with students and alumni throughout the fall and winter semesters. All on-campus interviews take place in our Career Services office.

Browse and apply for on-campus interviews using Handshake! You can navigate to this page by clicking on “Jobs” in the navigation bar and then selecting “On-Campus Interviews” in the upper right corner.

On-Campus Interview Policy

By participating in Career Services On-Campus Recruiting Program and voluntarily signing up for any interview, you are indicating you understand and accept the terms of the No-Show Policy. Therefore, “I didn’t know” is not accepted as an excuse for violating the policy.

Employers invest substantial time and money in recruitment efforts. If a student "no shows,” not only is it deemed as unprofessional by the employer, but it steals an opportunity another student could have had to use that interview time.  It also damages the reputation of Oakland University.

You will be considered a no-show if you fail to report for a scheduled interview or if you cancel less than 48 hours before the interview. Excused absences are approved at the discretion of the Career Services coordinator. Your first no-show requires a letter of apology to the interviewer and a copy for the Career Services coordinator. You will not be permitted to apply for jobs in Handshake or sign up on other interview schedules until the letter of apology is submitted. If you miss a second interview, you are immediately suspended from applying for jobs in Handshake or signing up on interview schedules for the remainder of the academic year.

Career Fairs

Career fairs are a great way to get your foot in the door with your dream employer! We hold three career fairs a year- two in the Fall semester and one in the Winter.

Check out this year’s fairs!

You can also find out more about our career fairs on Handshake under the events tab by clicking on “Find Career Fairs”.

Want to go to the career fair but don’t know how to prepare? Schedule an appointment, visit the resource section in Handshake to find career fair preparation materials or view available prep sessions using the Events tab in Handshake.

Graduate School

What do you want to do with your career and how will a graduate degree help you? Schedule an appointment with our office to discuss if a graduate degree is right for you.

An advanced degree is required for a number of different industries. If you know what you want to do, research opportunities and requirements in the careers that interest you to see what’s required, and whether a master’s or a doctorate is a better option.

Looking for Graduate Admissions?
Admission Tips

Wondering how to choose the right school or program for you? Maybe you want an accelerated program or one that lets you take courses part time in the evenings. Determine what kind of program will work best for your lifestyle, ambitions, and pocketbook and get to work on that application.

It all comes down to this: Your graduate school application.

It’s true that applying for grad school is very different from what you went through to get into your undergrad program. It is more competitive and more personal, and can involve faculty recommendations, admission tests and interviews.

Follow these tips to show off your most capable side.

  • Get good grades in your undergrad. Yes, that GPA still counts.
  • Take as many advanced courses in your field as possible.
  • Get to know your professors – they can help you and write that glowing recommendation you need.
  • Visit new schools and talk to the faculty. Let them see your passion and impress them with your know-how. If you have friends in a program, ask them to put in a good word for you.
  • Start the application process early. Like a year in advance.
  • Apply to at least six schools. Competition for grad school admission is intense, especially in popular or prestigious programs. You may be admitted to your top choice, but make sure you have a backup plan.
Timelines to Remember
View our handy application timeline for a best-case scenario of beginning a program in the fall semester. Tweak it against your potential schools’ deadlines to be on target.

May/June  (a year and a half before your target start date)  : Research grad schools, identify programs and take a practice graduate admissions test. If your practice scores weren’t great, sign up for a test prep course.

July: Request information from schools that interest you. Meet with a few of your undergrad professors to ask their advice about programs and schools.

August: Take the graduate admissions test. If you're not happy with your scores, sign up to take it again. Begin writing your personal statement.

September: List time. Narrow down your potential schools, revise your personal statement and tailor it to your graduate programs. Ask a faculty member or professional to take a look.

October: Request official transcripts. Ask faculty for recommendations, visit campus and meet with students and professors at your prospective schools.

November/December: Complete and submit all applications, keeping two copies of everything for your records. Verify that your recommendation letters have been sent.

January: Focus on financial aid—fill out the FAFSA online and look into private loans, grants, assistantships and fellowships.

February/March:
 Try to relax while you wait it out.

April: Celebrate your acceptances!
Your Admissions Test

Depending on the school or program you want, you may have to take a graduate school entrance exam.

These exams are designed to identify how you perform on standardized testing and how well you will perform in your graduate program. Verify that you need a test and then break out the books. Plan to take the exam three to four months before the graduate program application deadlines.

Register with your prospective graduate entrance exam to get a test prep book.

  • Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Medical College Admission Test – Association of American Medical Colleges (MCAT-AAMC)
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Graduate Management Admission Test GMAT

Gradview outlines and identifies each test to take if you are unsure. It also offers great resources for financial aid, attending graduate school, and information on careers and programs.

The Princeton Review provides additional resources for test review.

Student Employment

At Oakland University, we love having our students work on-campus. Working here as a student can help you explore your passions, find your career path and make connections with campus leaders. Find your future by working as a student employee or student intern! Browse and apply for on-campus jobs on Handshake by clicking the Jobs tab and using the On-Campus Student Employment filter on the left side of the page.

Need more information or already have an on-campus job? Visit financial aid here.

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Graduate Assistantships
More information about Graduate Assistantships coming soon!
International Students

International student employment resources coming soon! Until then, view more OU resources for international students here.

Career Treks

Career Treks are career exploration experiences that offer OU students the opportunity to learn about companies, industries and careers by giving an insider's look into the company. Students travel to partnered companies to engage with industry professionals and OU alumni, expand their networks and increase their awareness of career possibilities. Learn how your degree and skillset can be utilized and valued at companies that seek to hire OU students!

Visit Handshake to browse available Career Treks.

Career Treks are held during Fall and Winter academic semesters only