Career Connect Project Examples

Practicum: JOUR 4805 (aka SWOOP) is a student-run advertising and public relations agency that models real world experiences in the field. Students are assigned individual titles and roles within the team that directly relate to the assignments they will be given on projects in association with actual clients (businesses, non-profits, individuals) in the community. Career Connect, for example, is one of their clients. In their work with Career Connect, students will have the opportunity to be assessed on teamwork and communication by the faculty member and the client. They will also reflect on their experiences, and document their work on the e-portfolio based on their work with the client.

Course Project: COMM 1010 explores communication principles as they relate to our understanding of current social problems. This course focuses on the development of oral communication, critical thinking, and collaborative team building skills making it a perfect fit for Career Connect. Approximately 620 students in COMM 1010 will be organizing and participating in a campus wide food drive. The students will be learning about the topic of food insecurity during the semester and discuss the role of advocacy, putting communication into action through our own application of advocacy. With the implementation of reflection, this project represents a very basic Career Connect activity in a core course with a large number of students.

Internship: RESM 4100 is a supervised, structured, education and work related experience in a RESM organization or agency. The course is taken by all Recreation, Event, and Sports Management (RESM) majors as a 12 semester hour internship. In internship courses such as this one, the depth of experience, relationship between student and partner, and opportunity for reflection and assessment of learning outcomes all contribute to the elements of a successful Career Connect project.

Capstone: The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies is a genuinely interdisciplinary study of art and design with coursework in such diverse fields as Anthropology, Film, Communications, Art History, and Sociology. To graduate, students close their time at UNT with a research capstone class. To facilitate these capstone projects, the department establishes relationships with community partners allowing students to put the skillsets that’ve been practicing through their career in the program into action with a real partner. This is an excellent example of the type of reciprocal relationships Career Connect is seeking.  With adequate reflection and assessment of aforementioned learning outcomes, this capstone project exemplifies a well-rounded Career Connect project.

Co-Curricular: The Alpha Chi National Honor Society sponsors community work for its members in areas such as after-school programs, health care, or clean water installations. A specific example of one of their projects was the reconstruction of a mural of a world map that was incorrect, faded, and unusable for instruction. As a team, working with an identified community partner, they were given full autonomy to design and implement the restoration. The student reflections about teamwork processing lent understanding of how teamwork was essential to community problem solving. In addition, the benefit to them as future educators, community outreach personnel, and negotiators was apparent in their interactions with the community outreach staff at the facility. With a clear reciprocal relationship with a community partner, opportunities for reflection, and outcomes assessment this represents a great example of how Career Connect projects can take place in association with student organizations just as they can within a course.

Volunteering (Co-Curricular): The Center for Leadership and Service helps provide students with many volunteering opportunities. For example,Mentor Denton offers school based mentoring where UNT students offer one on one mentoring with a student at a school in the community for an hour a week for an academic year. After students go through the application process, background check, and training they can get started as a mentor. With reflection and assessment, students serving as mentors through this program can document their skills and experience to be Career Connect eligible.

Service Learning (Co-Curricular): The Center for Leadership and Service is the Alternative Breaks Program. Designed is to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through education and intensive service learning experiences. Alternative Breaks provide a variety of low cost, week long and weekend service opportunities. These opportunities not only contribute to a deeper understanding of social issues, service and community, but also often motivate students to get involved in community service and/or take a stronger interest in their career path. Because adequate reflection and assessment is integrated into the e-portfolio the Alternative Breaks Program, this is a good example of a Career Connect service learning project.

Client-based Class Project: BCIS 4610 is a systems development and analysis class. This is an example of a course where there is a natural fit to allow students to get outside of the hypothetical and work towards the course goals for a real client to raise the level of impact of student work. This semester for example, student projects are working to build system prototypes for Career Connect which served as the community partner. In creating these prototypes the students are getting experience working within the skillsets of the course for an actual client - in this case helping design an information management system. Asking students to reflect in depth, and including assessments of skills (communication and teamwork) means these class projects are great examples of a Career Connect project.  

Undergraduate Research: Undergraduate research offers students high-impact opportunities to participate in ongoing research alongside UNT faculty members, undergraduate research opportunities can prepare students for rewarding careers by encouraging the growth of teamwork, critical thinking, and communication skills. For example, at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning area (LLELA) ecological research is fundamental to the mission of the site as it provides a wealth of undergraduate research opportunities in fields including but not limited to biodiversity, wildlife management, and Texas ecosystems. An undergraduate research project may be Career Connect eligible if the research provides real-world experience with a community partner. A Career Connect research project becomes a part of the student’s Connect e-portfolio, which can be shared with prospective employers or graduate schools.

Student Employment: Thousands of students gain real world experience and develop important everyday skills as they work in various jobs at the university. Ranging from team members in the dining services kitchen to frontline customer service team members in admissions, students employment can be a gateway to building the important connection between academic progress and marketable skills. Student employment experiences that are well assessed, provide opportunities for structured reflection and can be showcased in the e portfolio are ideal Career Connect activities.

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