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Career Development

Identifying and pursuing a rewarding career isn’t something that happens in the weeks approaching graduation. It’s a journey that begins the moment you step foot on the UH Hilo campus and ends well after you’ve graduated. As a College of Business and Economics (CoBE) student, you have an incredible support system behind you. You’ll receive support from your academic advisor, the career development staff (including a personal executive career mentor), and the CoBE alumni network.

In your first year, you'll focus on self-discovery. You'll complete personality and interest assessments and attend career exploration events. Your sophomore year focuses on identifying a career path, professional networking and developing the foundation for skills you’ll need to secure an internship. Students will work with their career mentor to develop their resume and identify their skills, interests, values, and accomplishments. You’ll also start building an online portfolio of the work you’ve completed at UH Hilo. The junior year focuses on internship and job search skills. You'll develop a personal internship and job search strategy, prepare for interviews, and broaden your network. As a senior you'll learn about personal financial management, how to evaluate job offers, and develop career success strategies.

Mapping the Journey
Students are guided through a structured, four-year Curriculum Element. Career mentors work one-on-one with students to explore career paths and interests, set career goals, and develop their resume and interviewing skills.

Freshman Year Sophomore Year
Career Mentor Career Mentor
Personality & Interest Tests Online Tools
Career Exploration Professional Portfolio Design
Resume Foundations Resume Building
Interview Foundations
Job Shadowing
Job & Internship Fair
Junior Year Senior Year
Career Mentor Career Mentor
Resume Refinement Job Search
Internship Search Strategies Evaluating Offers
Behavioral Interview Workshop Personal Financial Management
Mock Interviews Career Success Strategies
Internship Job & Internship Fair

Executive Career Mentors
Each student in the College of Business and Economics is assigned a mentor to help them through the career development process. These former executives use their experience to help students to choose the career path that’s right for them, find relevant work experience in the community, and develop strategies for internship and job search.

CoBE students can complete an internship for academic credit. These internships give you valuable work experience, help to instill you with a sense of confidence, and put you on track to secure a full-time position when you graduate. While many business schools don't even require an internship, you'll graduate with experience and networking connections. Important Information

  • Internships must be at least 180 hours
  • All internships must be approved by the College of Business and Economics
  • Pre-approved internships can be found on the CoBE Career Development website. If you find an internship outside of this approved list, bring it to your career mentor for approval.
  • You must have 60 credit hours to complete an internship for credit, including at least 12 CoBE credits at the 300-level or above.
  • You must have completed the first 300-level course in your concentration.
  • To receive credit you must be enrolled in BUS 400 Internship (3) or ACC 400 Internship in Accounting (3), a three credit hour course.
  • Grades are determined by class assignments and professionalism, which is partly based on employer evaluations.