Frequently Asked Questions

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General Information

Where is the Dolan Career Development Center located and when is it open?

The Center is located on the second floor of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business in the Fairfield Dolan Centers suite, room 205. The Center is open Monday through Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Center has extended hours from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

What is the difference between the Dolan Career Development and the Fairfield University Career Center?

The Fairfield University Career Center is a resource open to all Fairfield students, whereas the Dolan Career Development Center is reserved for business students. We encourage Dolan students to use all resources available at Fairfield.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No, students can attend drop in hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Services

What services does the Dolan Career Development Center offer and how can the Center help me with my job and internship search?

Learn more about our services.

When should students start using Dolan Career Development Center services and resources?

Students are encouraged to use the Center’s resources as first-year students to begin to shape an understanding of their interests and potential career paths.

I need help updating up my resume. What should I do?

Come to our weekly drop in hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 3 - 4:30pm in the Dolan Career Development Center. No appointment needed! (No drop-ins during summer hours).

Can you help me with class registration?

Please consult your academic advisor regarding your academics.

Does the Dolan Career Development Center assist students with graduate or professional applications?

Yes. The Center can assist students with graduate or professional applications, particularly in regards to personal statements.

Academic Internships

How does a student request academic credit for an internship?

Students should complete and submit a For-Credit Internship Proposal on Life@Fairfield. Students must have the following information to successfully complete the form:

  • Internship supervisor name, title, phone number, mailing address, and email
  • Intenrship start and end dates
  • Number of credits students wish to earn
  • A description of the internship

After submitting the proposal, the director of the Dolan Career Development Center will contact the designated supervisor to gather additional information about the opportunity and will then contact the student with their feedback at their earliest convenience.

Can an academic internship count as a major course?

For-credit internships can be used as either a students’ required business elective or a free elective course. An internship may not be used in place of a major or minor course unless the student is an International Business major.

How many internships can a student complete for academic credit?

Fairfield Dolan students can pursue a maximum of two, 3-credit internships and two, 1-credit internship during the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Are interns permitted to bring cars on campus?

Due to the limited amount of parking spaces on our campus, Fairfield University has established guidelines and policies pertaining to parking. First-year and sophomore resident students are not permitted to have cars on campus (including weekends).

Employment

Which attributes are employers looking for?

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers value the following attributes on a student’s resume:

Leadership 80%
Ability to work in a team setting 79%
Written Communication 70%
Problem-solving skills 70%
Verbal communication skills 69%
Strong work ethic 69%
Initiative 66%
Analytical/Quantitative skills 63%
Flexibility/Adaptability 61%
Technical Skills 60%

How can social media affect my job/internship search?

Establishing a digital presence is an important component in the career development process. Employers and recruiters will reference LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. A student’s digital footprint is one of the factors companies use to determine if a candidate is suitable for an interview.

What is the importance of developing networks, and what are the best ways to accomplish this?

Developing professional networks should begin as soon as possible. In addition to a student’s personal network, Fairfield University alumni can play a key role by providing industry information and insight. Once a professional rapport has been established, alumni can aid in the mentoring, networking, and potential advocacy of the student. The best way to accomplish this is to attend workshops on campus conducted by alumni. Establishing contacts and connections via LinkedIn is also an effective tool. There are over 38,000 Fairfield University alumni on LinkedIn.

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