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It’s important to find professional and career opportunities that support and honor your unique lived experience and skill set. The Career Development Center supports these efforts and offers resources and guidance for those facing questions and challenges and for those seeking opportunities for networking and connection.

The Career Development Center is here to help you explore, build, and pursue career opportunities that honor your identity. We offer many online resources and programs, 1-on-1 meetings with your career coach, resume and cover letter support from peers, and guidance towards graduate and professional school. Below are some resources to help you in your career readiness.


Career Exploration

Choosing a major and a career path can be challenging when we have many interests. Meeting with a career coach can help with narrowing down your choices and help you choose a major that aligns best with your values, interests, and passions. Logging into Handshake is the first step; set up your account and make an appointment to begin the career exploration process. 


Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews

Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews allow an employer to get to know who you really are and all the skills you have to offer. This is a good place to include your pronouns and preferred name. 

Cover letters are crafted based on your experiences and the individual job or internship you are applying for. Here is a good place to highlight who you are and the skills you’ve gained. You are welcome to have your cover letter reviewed at our Career Studio between 2:00pm - 4:00pm Monday - Thursday in the Career Development Center or by appointment with your career coach in Handshake.

Interviews are one of the final steps towards gaining employment or internships. You can access Big Interview, which helps prepare you with questions and practice.

If you have any more questions or would like one-on-one work with someone on these, meet with a career guide or career coach!


On-Campus Resources and Navigating College

Sometimes it can be hard to find people who resonate with your experiences, especially while navigating the challenges that come with being a college student. Finding a community or groups to support you can be very helpful in feeling welcomed and encouraged to be yourself. Below are some on and off campus resources to help manage the unique experience of being a queer individual in college. 

Henderson Springs LGBT Center
International Hallway, PSU, 263 Locust Street, Boone, NC 28608
A campus community resource to empower, educate, and affirm LGBTQ+ people, allies, and advocates.

A campus organization dedicated to being is a safe space for transgender and non-binary people and their advocates. Focused on proper treatment and education and awareness of issues affecting trans and nonbinary students and community members. 

Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)
A campus organization that strives to create an inclusive and accepting environment for all gender identities, sexual orientations, and romantic identities. Intentions to bring education and awareness of social justice issues as well as foster a sense of community among LGBTQ+ students.

Inclusivity Matters: Find Your Fit
Finding a work environment and culture that is aligned with your identity and values is really important. Hear from our panelists about lessons learned from their own professional experiences and how they have affected change in their workplace.

College Guide for LGBTQ Students
Resources for LGBTQ students, guides on evaluating colleges, and resources for parents along with challenges and laws LGBTQ students should be aware of.

Scholarship Guide for LGBTQ Students 
List of scholarships, guide on applying for them, some LGBTQ-friendly colleges, and policies/laws that protect LGBTQ individuals.

Zippia LGBTQ+ Scholarships for College Students 
List of available scholarships dedicated to supporting individuals within the LGBTQ community.

Out Professionals
The nation’s leading LGBTQ networking organization where you will find webinars, networking opportunities, and job opportunities.

Internships and Job Search

Being an LGBTQIA+ individual can often leave us with questions about how to navigate our authentic identity and professionalism. Here are some resources to help find jobs and internships that support you:

Identity Matters: The LGBTQ+ Job Search
Job searching is stressful for everyone. For LGBTQ+ folks, there is an increased level of anxiety and questions: How should I introduce myself on my cover letter? Do I put my pronouns on my resume? Is this employer really going to be supportive and equitable? Here from our experienced panelists as they explore these topics. We are joined by Clarinda Choice (she/they) Assistant Director for Campus Activities- Clubs & Organizations at Appalachian, Rebby Kern (they/them) Director of Education Policy at Equality NC, and Mike Schaefer (he/him) Manager, University Relations for E&J Gallo Winery.

Justice Matters: Inclusivity in Internships
Internships are an important step on the way to a career. The wrong internship can leave you confused and lost, while the right internship can give you purpose and skills to move forward. We invite companies to the table who are doing the work to make internships more inclusive. From a corporate internship in computer science hoping to add diversity to the field to a nonprofit, justice-centered internship advocating for marginalized populations across NC--this video will help you explore why inclusivity matters to your internship choice and experience. 
LGBTQ workplace trends and current news.

Center on Halsted
Chicago-based job/internship listings of LGBTQ-friendly organizations and comprehensive LGBT community center.

National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education
Job listings for college and university positions.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
Organization that advocates equal employment opportunity, professional networking, role modeling, science education, and scientific freedom/responsibility. They practice science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with PRIDE.

Out For Work
Career resources, internship and job posting site dedicated to LGBTQA college students.
Out and Equal
Dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for the LGBT community.
Pride At Work

Labor/union resource/LGBT constituency group of the AFL-CIO.
Zippia LGBTQ Workplace Resource Guide
Resource guide to help members of the LGBTQ+ community navigate the corporate landscape.


Authenticity, Rights, and Identity in the Workplace

It’s important to know who you are and the rights you have as an employee. Below are some resources about identity and laws and protections for LGBTQIA+ people. 
DealAid Most LGBTQ+ Friendly Companies
List of unaffiliated organizations that have made significant contributions to support, raise awareness and endorse equal rights initiatives for the LGBTQ+ community.
Human Rights Campaign
Workplace and corporate attitudes and policies around sexual orientation.

Inside Higher Ed
Navigating Gender Identity and Expression During a Job Search: Article on navigating the different issues that may arise when our own sense of gender identity and expression doesn't match the perceptions of others during a job search.
Lambda Legal
Legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Also provides summary of states, which prohibit discrimination, based on sexual orientation.
National Center For Transgender Equality
Social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people.


Other Resources

Career Readiness Handbook
By utilizing our The Guide to Your Career: A Career Readiness Handbook for Students, students can identify specific skills to develop a career path towards experiential opportunities. This career readiness handbook provides students various key tips and tricks to promote career readiness as a student and beyond.
This guide shares authentic and relevant examples of student success, such as a proper social media presence, interview practice, and skill building, for current undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni.

Download: Career Readiness Handbook

Handshake serves as our online career services portal that provides easy access to job and internship postings, on-campus recruiting, career fairs, employer contact information and scheduling coaching appointments. It connects current students and alumni with potential employers to help build meaningful careers.