Career Connect Project Examples and Partners

Career Connect offers multiple participation options for UNT faculty, staff, and students through the integration of Connect program components into existing UNT course and activities. The graph below illustrates the range of integration options from students’ ePortfolio use only to full integration of students’ ePortfolio use, Connect’s rubric assessments for experiential learning activities, and community partner activities.

The majority of participating UNT folks have integrated one or two (but not all) Connect program components and are working closely with Connect to add more components in future semesters as they become more familiar with Career Connect/use more and more Connect resources. 

Figure 1. Range of Career Connect Participation Options

For those not yet participating, Career Connect can talk with you one-on-one or simply examine your syllabus or UNT activity description to get you started. We will identify which program components can be easily integrated into your UNT class or activity, which components are difficult to integrate, and a plan for adding more program components in future semesters.

For example, following the graphic above, UNT faculty and staffs’ first semester of Career Connect participation can involve only a (1) course requirement for students to login to their ePortfolio accounts and (2) plan for UNT faculty or staff to consider integrating additional Career Connect program components into their courses or UNT activities in future semesters.

The second semester of participation can require students to log in to their ePortfolios, upload a completed class project, and provide written feedback (in their ePortfolio) about why the project is important. For the third semester, Connect can work with you to evolve the class project into an experiential learning activity (with or without a community partners) that requires:

  • students to complete Career Connect reflection questions and create and upload projects that are generated from their experiential learning activities
  • faculty or staff to rate students using one or more of the four Career Connect skill rubrics

Regardless of where you start, Career Connects will work with you over time to integrate as many Career Connect program components as possible into your UNT class or activity so students can be exposed to the full impact of the Career Connect program.

Project examples and partners

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: Students can also implement volunteer experience independently with local groups such as 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.

UNT faculty and staff members around campus that we've partnered with so far, and the list keeps growing!

Name Department  
Isaiah Ross ACCESS Mentor Program 2017-18
Dr. Mariela Nunez-Janes Anthropology Spring 2018
Dr. Arthur Goven Biology Spring 2018
Laura Shackelford Career Center 2017-18
Stephanie Knight Center for Student Leadership and Service Coming Soon!
Dr. Nandika D'Souza College of Engineering 2017-18
Dr. Fabiana Claure College of Music Coming Soon!
Dr. Karen Anderson-Lain Communication Studies 2017-18
Dr. Peter Johnson Criminal Justice Spring 2018
James Thurman & Instructors Design II (All Sections) Spring 2018
Dr. Matthew Heard English Coming Soon!
Dr. Joseph O'Donnell Hospitality and Tourism Management Spring 2018
Dr. Anna Sidorova Information Technology and Decision Sciences Fall 2017
Bill Ford Journalism Coming Soon!
Dr. Krista Hines Mathematics Coming Soon!
Frances Perkins Media Arts Spring 2018
Joshua Walton Orientation and Transition Programs 2017
Jason Biggs Orientation and Transition Programs 2017
Kelsey Kunkle Orientation and Transition Programs Spring 2018
Dr. Gloria Cox Political Science Spring 2018
Rachel Cleveland Professional leadership Program Spring 2018
Dr. Michael Barnett Psychology Coming soon!
Dr. Jean Keller Recreation, Event, and Sport Management Spring 2018
Dr. Brandi Levingston Rehabilitation Studies Spring 2018
Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros Spanish Spring 2018
Melissa McGuire Student Affairs 2017-18
Brittany Landau Student Affairs Spring 2018
Rachel Grimes Student Money Management Center 2017-18
Paul Goebel Student Money Management Center 2017-18
Dr. Jim Laney Teacher Education and Administration Coming Soon!

If you have an idea for an activity and would like to discuss it with one of our team members, fill out our Project Idea form.