Students (Undergraduate and Graduate)

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Welcome, Raiders! The Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center Staff is dedicated to helping you with all of your career, internship, and community service needs. It’s never too early in your Ship career to start preparing for your future. We are here to help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

Our staff is available to meet with students to help with anything related to their personal career development. During these appointments, staff will assist students in developing skills and knowledge related to careers and service. We maintain regular office hours, Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Tuesday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, for appointments and events. Students can call our office at (717) 477-1484 or drop by CUB 108 to schedule an appointment.

Students may schedule to meet with our staff to discuss a multitude of topics, including:

  • Choosing a Major
  • What Careers Can I Pursue With This Major?
  • Resume & Cover Letter Critique
  • Internship Search
  • Job Search Strategies & Career Planning
  • Networking & Social Media
  • Locating and Applying for Jobs In Public Service (Federal and State Government)
  • Volunteering & Service Learning
  • Applying to Graduate School
  • Interview Preparation
Express Hours

Express Hours are designed for quick, 10-15 minute resume review with a CMPDC Staff Member. They are offered during the following days and times:

  • Mondays, 2-6 PM (Virtual and In-person)
  • Tuesdays - Thursdays, 2-4 PM (Virtual and In-person)
    Virtual Express Hours Zoom ID: careerexpresshours
Student Appointment No Show Departmental Procedures

The Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center maintains a busy schedule with appointments, on-campus interviews and career and service related events. We encourage students to be professional and keep scheduled appointment times. We understand that sometimes situations occur which may prevent that; but it is important to be professional in responding to those situations (Please call the office at (717) 477-1484 if you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment/interview time). Failure to keep scheduled appointments prevents others from scheduling appointments; and it reflects poorly on the student, the Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center and the institution when students fail to keep scheduled interview times. The Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center has developed a “ Student Appointment No Show/Cancellation Procedures” which will be followed. Multiple occurrences of missed appointments will result in suspension of services to the CMPDC until approval/reinstatement from the Director.

The CMPDC is the central office on campus for all things volunteer and service learning. Our staff can help students connect with community leaders, resources, and non-profit coordinators, to volunteer their time or apply for service positions. Students may have requirements for service hours from academics or organizations, and the CMPDC can help guide you to and appropriate volunteer opportunity for you and encourage you to continue serving the community.

Students can browse volunteer and service opportunities on SHIP Career Connection and can sign up for our volunteer email blast by contacting

PSECU has a new personalized financial education offering – their Online Learning Center click here  to access this resource. This new digital platform allows participants to learn more about important personal finance topics such as budgeting, investing, homeownership, retirement planning, and more.
It includes:
  • A robust library of 30+ learning topics with something for everyone, regardless of life stage or financial situation.
  • Essential information within each learning topic that can be conveniently consumed in just 3-5 minutes.

The CMPDC utilizes career assessment tools, including FOCUS 2, to provide students with a self-paced career assessment that gathers information about unique skills, values, abilities, and interests and combines them into career and job options.

To register for an account, click here and follow the prompts.

You will need the access code “raiders” to complete registration.



For sample resumes by major please see the "Resume Templates by Major" Tab above

Cover Letters

Mock Interview: Through SHIP Career Connection, students can practice their interview skills by responding to pre-recorded questions with their webcams. Simply login and select “Mock Interview” from the list of options on the right side menu bar. There are many interviews on the website, so students can choose one relevant to their major or the position they are applying for. After completing the interview, students will receive feedback from a CMPDC staff member, and can schedule an appointment to review and practice answers in person.

Career/Major Exploration Tools

The CMPDC utilizes Career Coach which allows students to browse and discover majors and in-demand careers and education based on interests! To access this resource click here.

We also use career assessment tools, including FOCUS 2, to provide students with a self-paced career assessment that gathers information about unique skills, values, abilities, and interests and combines them into career and job options.

To register for an account, click here and follow the prompts.

You will need the access code “raiders” to complete registration.

Graduate School

Thinking about continuing your education in graduation school or a professional/trade school? Let us help you find graduate school options, assist you with the application, and prepare you for the interview. Make an appointment today in CUB 108 or by calling our front desk at (717) 477-1484.

Mentoring can take your career development to a whole new level. Here are a few mentoring opportunities for SHIP students:

SHIP Career Connection is a free, online job, internship, and volunteer opportunity database that offers recruiting services for students, alumni, employers, faculty and staff. There are always hundreds of jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities posted on and off campus by the CMPDC's connections. Students are able to view and apply for open positions, build their networks, and explore career paths and opportunities.

Students can log in to SHIP Career Connection using their Ship email and password. For questions, please contact our front desk, (717) 477-1484.

What is Ship Connects?

As a Shippensburg University student, you now have access to a powerful online and in-person network of diverse mentors. Joining and engaging with Ship Connects can help you build connections with alumni, both local and global as well as with SU faculty and staff. Ship Connects is an easy to use platform with a simple mission: to connect SU Raiders from across the world with one another for mentoring, networking and professional opportunities. 

Getting involved with Ship Connects can:

  • Spark career-related conversations between you and the larger Raider community.
  • Give you an opportunity to seek knowledge and advice from experts.
  • Allow you to explore career fields.
  • Build your professional networks with contacts from around the world.

Join Ship Connects today!

Use "What Can I Do With This Major?"  to explore majors or search for information about your chosen field. Learn typical career areas and types of employers that hire in these fields, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.