The Office of Career Services is here to help you achieve your academic and career goals. Our services and resources are designed to encourage successful post-graduation work and continuing education.
Find jobs, internships, work study, and volunteer opportunities through Handshake. Claim your free student account using your Northland email and password. You can also schedule and manage appointments with career services, tutors, and the library.
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Learn how to research graduate and professional school programs and associated costs, effectively submit a competitive application, and enroll in the program that best fits your needs.
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Get professional work experience to grow your workplace and leadership skills, and help leverage your success for your next opportunity. Build the professional training and experience that will make you stand out from the crowd when seeking graduate school admission or employment after graduation.
An internship is a learning opportunity in the work place that allows you to apply academic curriculum in a career-related setting. Interns report many benefits from these experiences, including clarifying career goals, building skills, references, and resumes, gaining a competitive advantage for graduate school, and in some cases, receiving a job offer after college.
Internships can be paid or unpaid, for-credit or not. The most important aspect of an internship is that it provides students with skills and experiences related to their academic or career goals.
Almost every type of organization or business offers internship opportunities, from the National Park Service, to public schools, to law firms. Northland works with alumni, friends, and organizations to develop internships which are exclusive to Northland students.
Searching and applying for an internship requires the same techniques one uses to find a permanent job. Interview, resume, and cover letter guides resources are available on handshake and from the Offices of Career Service in the Dexter Library.
To receive academic credit for an internship, and for more information about what experiences can count for credit, visit the internships registration information section.
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Additional Job & Internship Search Sites (including field-specific)
- Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board
- Ecological Society of America
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- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Wildlife and Fisheries Jobs Databases
- Conservation Jobs Board
- Marine Careers
- Environmental Career Opportunities
- Cool Works Outdoor Jobs
- American Camp Association
- Outward Bound Careers in Outdoor Education
- Student Conservation Association
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- International Association of Great Lakes Research
- Math REU Programs
- National Science Foundation
- American Mathematical Society
Neurodiverse & Disabled Applicants
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- US Department of Labor Workforce Recruitment Program
- Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN)K12JobSpot
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- National Women’s Studies Association
- Social and Environmental Justice
- Farms, Soup Kitchens and Food Systems
- Positions with B Corporations
- Positions in business and all sectors
- Community and urban planning in Wisconsin
- Foundation List of Non-Profit Jobs Boards
Some jobs on campus, especially leadership positions, are offered outside of work study. These jobs don’t rely on a financial aid award. Take a look at the various positions that fall outside of the work-study postings.
Northland faculty are engaged in a variety of research opportunities, which offer undergraduate students outstanding research experience. Generally speaking, faculty engaged in the various research options will recruit/promote their positions via their respective disciplines. Remember to check with your faculty member as to these opportunities as well as the application process and associated timelines.
Beyond Northland to a national perspective, the National Science Foundation funds a variety of competitive summer research programs in the United States for undergraduates studying science, engineering, and mathematics.
Most programs are hosted by colleges and universities and provide funding for students to engage in a faculty member’s research project. The Northland College Career Education Center recommends that any student with the goal of entering graduate school should consider an REU for the summer before their senior year.
A directory of active REU Sites, along with contact information and how to apply, can be found here.
The Northland Volunteer Program (NVP) assists individuals and campus clubs and organizations in their efforts to become engaged in the community through a wide variety of service opportunities. Service and volunteer experiences are essential components of healthy, vibrant communities and can deliver great personal satisfaction. This is a great way for clubs and organizations to address their community service hours. Email us to learn more.
What is Work Study?
Student employment is divided into two categories: work study and non-work study. The difference between these two is the funding source. Work-study positions are funded through the Financial Aid Office.
How do I know if I’m eligible for work study?
On your financial aid award letter, you will have listed either Federal Work Study or Northland Work Award and the amount. This is your eligibility. If you never received an award letter or have no work study, please contact the Financial Aid Office for steps to complete that.
Can I have more than one work-study job?
No, students are only allowed one work-study position at a time. You can however leave your job and search for another at any time.
Do I have to use my work-study earnings for tuition?
No, your earnings will be paid in your name and can be used for any necessary school expenses. You can use the campus earnings form to indicate your preference. You can choose to have your work-study earnings applied directly to your tuition bill.
How do I stop having my work-study earnings applied to my tuition bill?
You can use the cancel campus earnings form to stop applying your wages.
How do I know how much my work-study award is?
Log in to view your financial aid award.
How do I know how much of my work-study award is remaining?
Contact the payroll administrator at 715-682-1206 or email.
How do I find a work-study job?
Open positions are updated regularly on Handshake.
What if I don’t like my job?
If you find your job isn’t the right fit, you are able to search for another position on campus. We encourage you to inform your supervisor with a two-week notice. You must submit a job termination form, and a new work-study contract will need to be completed for any job change.
What is the difference between FWS and NWA?
FWS refers to Federal Work Study and NWA refers to Northland Work Award. Students who are federally eligible are awarded FWS, but having NWA doesn’t restrict you to any specific job position or type.
How do I get paid?
You record and submit your timecard online by logging in with your Northland credentials. Your supervisor is responsible for ensuring you get your hours in on time. You are paid the 15th and last day of the month.
Can I exceed the amount awarded to me?
No, you are not allowed to work more than what you are awarded. You can use the work-study earnings worksheet to see if you’re on track to earning all of your hours and ensure you don’t work too many.
Do you have any tips on finding a work-study position?
Be aware that some work-study jobs can be competitive. Teaching assistant and research positions are often times secured by juniors and seniors. Talking with a professor you are interested in working with may open up a job opportunity. Take advantage of any resume and interview skills workshops available.
What happens if I don’t use all of my work-study award?
Since work study is an earned award, if you don’t use it, you lose it.
Here are steps to get your work study started.
- Search for a work-study job that interests you. Listings provide contact information and steps to apply.
- Print off a work-study contract and bring that, along with your financial aid award letter (to determine work-study amount) to the supervisor listed on the job you are interested in.
- If you are a new student or haven’t ever worked on campus before, you must complete an I-9 form in person with either the Financial Aid Office or Payroll Office to be eligible to work.
- Submit your work-study contract with your supervisor and student portion completely filled out to the Financial Aid Office.
- You will be authorized to begin working once you’ve received confirmation from the Financial Aid Office via email.
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