University of Oregon

A&AA Student Services Hub (PODS)

Faculty and Staff

We know that faculty and staff are often the first people a student will ask about career related issues. The PODS office would like to help and is here to support your students in their career development. We work with students individually as well as teach classes to assist with exploring career paths, developing internship/job search tools (résumé, cover letter, portfolio and interview skills), and develop search strategies.

The following is a list of frequently asked questions. If we’ve missed a question, please don’t hesitate to contact us at pods@uoregon.edu or 541.346.2621

The PODS office is open: Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 6 pm

Who is the office of Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS)?

Learn more about A&AA’s Career Services team.

 

FAQ

Internship/Job resources

Please see the students page for definitions of each. You will also find information about compensation, earning academic credit, liability, insurance, searching for openings, etc.

Internship and job postings can be posted to DuckConnect an on-line database of opportunities available exclusively to A&AA students and alumni. Students can search the database 24/7 for internship and job postings that match their skills and interests.

You are welcome to direct the employer to DuckConnect where the opportunity can be posted. If the employer has questions about the system or would like to connect with our office, please have them connect with:

PODS Office
pods@uoregon.edu
541.346.2621

 

Part-time on-campus jobs can be posted to the Student Jobs System, hosted by the UO Career Center. You can either post directly to the system or contact the Career Center for more information: 541.346.3235

PODS has developed an Internship Learning Agreement that you can offer to your student which helps you, the student, and the site supervisor define roles, expectations, learning goals, and liability. Please encourage the student to use this agreement to help them navigate this experience.

The learning agreement is available for download here.

When reviewing résumés to hire new graduates, employers highly value internship and leadership experience gained by students while earning their degree. PODS works with students to show them resources and teach them strategies to help them locate opportunities. Students can schedule an appointment with an adviser. For students who would prefer learning about this information in a more structured environment, PODS offers an Internship Prep course.

PODS works with students to show them resources and teach them strategies to help them locate employment opportunities. Students can schedule an appointment with an adviser or drop by our office for assistance (Monday through Thursday, 10am-6pm). For students searching for full time work who would prefer learning in a more structured environment, PODS offers an on-line Job Search Strategies course every term.

On-campus: Part-time jobs database

      Off-campus: DuckConnect 

PODS advisors are available to coach students in one-one-one meetings to help them develop internship/job search materials as well as practice interviewing. Students can schedule an appointment. PODS maintains information on our website to help students get started with résumés, cover letters, portfolios, and interviewing skills. For students who would prefer learning about this information in a more structured environment, PODS offers an Internship Prep course and an Interview Skills course.

 

Career paths/Advising

Students pursuing work related to their major can benefit from your expertise in this area of work. However, there are many students who choose to explore career paths that are somewhat related or totally different from the field that they studied. In addition to the knowledge you share with the student, PODS advisors are available to meet individually with students to help them assess their interests and skills, and link them to various career paths. We'll teach students various strategies for exploring the world of work and getting connected to professionals in the community to help them learn about and decide on their path forward after gradation. Students can schedule an appointment. If the student would prefer a structured learning experience to explore career options, PODS offers a Career Exploration course taught each term.

Students may be experiencing difficulty with this choice for a variety of reasons: fear of making the wrong decision, uncertain they will be able to secure employment after graduation, family expectations to choose a certain course of study. PODS advisors are available to meet with students individually to explore and develop a strategy to move them forward. Students are welcome to schedule an appointment to discuss their individual situation.

 

Other ways PODS might help

PODS would like to invite you to not cancel your class. Instead, invite one of our advisors to present to your class on a career-related topic to help your students move towards their post-graduation goals. You can choose a topic that is most relevant to your class: exploring career paths within a particular discipline, résumé writing, interviewing, how to find an internship/job, etc.

Please contact our office at 541.346.2621 or pods@uoregon.edu to discuss details.

The PODS team is very interested in visiting classes to educate students on career related topics. Many students are so focused on academics that they put off preparing their post-graduation plans until their last year. Presenting to a class increases our outreach to students to help them prepare for life after college. You can choose a topic that is most relevant to your class: exploring career paths within a particular discipline, résumé writing, interviewing, how to find an internship/job, etc.

Please contact our office at 541.346.2621 or pods@uoregon.edu to discuss details.

Current students can benefit greatly from talking with professionals in their field of interest. PODS coordinates an on-line database of professionals who are eager to assist students in a variety of ways. Professional Connections is a searchable database that students can access to find professionals who make themselves available for mentoring, portfolio reviews, job shadowing, and a variety of other means for sharing their expertise.