Welcome Faculty & Staff

The Center for Career & Professional Development is eager to collaborate with faculty and staff to aid in student success, and we view our community stakeholders as valuable partners in preparing students to transition and thrive in the world of work. By working together, we can ensure that the journey from a student to a professional is seamless. We look forward to working with you.

Ways to Collaborate

  • Make Student Referrals

    The career advisors in the Center for Career and Professional Development assist students with career exploration, internship/job searching, preparing for networking conversations, graduate school preparation, and much more. Encourage your students to schedule an appointment with their career advisor.

    To schedule, students can click the ‘Make an Appointment’ tab on the ccpd.rwu.edu website, login to Handshake with their Single Sign-On credentials, and click on Career Center/Appointments to select a time that works.

  • Share Employer Contacts/Postings

    Handshake is an online job/internship platform and career management system that hosts thousands of internships and job postings for students to apply to. Our external relations staff regularly connects employer partners to this database to share opportunities widely with the campus community.

    If you have contacts or receive postings that could be relevant to our students, share this with the CCPD or refer your contacts to the ‘Employers’ tab on our website, which outlines a menu of options for recruitment and includes instructions for creating a posting.

  • Credit-Bearing Internships/Practicums

    In majors that include a required internship in the course plan, please advise students that completion of the Career Planning Seminar is REQUIRED prior to registering for a credit bearing internship/practicum.

    CCPD recommends that students also begin the internship search process at least one full semester or 2-4 months before intending to register an internship.

    Career advisors in the Center for Career and Professional Development are available to assist you with the search process, and students can make a virtual appointment by visiting Handshake.


    Faculty Internship Guide: This guide provides an overview of faculty sponsor involvement in the internship and practicum process. It also includes the policies and procedures of the internship program.

  • Promote Career Events

    Each semester the CCPD hosts and promotes a wide range of hiring events, fairs, and professional development opportunities for students. As a faculty or staff member, we invite you to co-sponsor or help promote these events that could benefit your students.

    To learn more about upcoming ‘CCPD Hosted Events,’ ‘All Events,’ and upcoming ‘Internship & Career Fairs’ navigate to the ‘Events’ tab on our website.

  • Collaborate in the Classroom

    CCPD is eager to partner with you in strategic ways that would benefit your students. If you are planning a course and would like to explore how we can partner or assist by bringing in alumni, integrating our services into your academic assignments, co-sponsoring an event or just want to begin the conversation, use the forms the below or reach out to our office directly HERE.



Resources for Faculty and Students

  • Handshake

    Handshake is an online job/internship platform and career management system that hosts thousands of internships and job postings for students to apply to. We encourage faculty and staff to explore Handshake on your own!

    Handshake allows students to do the following:
    • Make an appointment with a Career Advisor
    • View and apply for jobs and internships
    • Review on-campus recruiting schedules
    • Register for upcoming events
    • And more!

    You can create a ‘Student’ account and see exactly what students see by going to rwu.joinhandshake.com and clicking ‘Sign up Here’ in the top right window.

  • The Roger Connection

    The Roger Connection is an online platform for mentorship, networking and professional opportunities designed exclusively for the RWU community.

    As a faculty or staff member in the The Roger Connection, you can:
    • Explore career outcomes
    • Discover where alumni are geographically
    • Learn who is willing to get involved
    • Help students explore their network of resources.

    To login, go to TheRogerConnection.rwu.edu
    Click the Faculty & Staff Tab > Click Join Now > Sign on Using Single Sign On  
    • Take the matching quiz
    • Complete your profile
    • Explore & connect with alumi in the network

  • Big Interview

    Big Interview is an online program that offers online interview practice for RWU students and alumni. With Big Interview users can interact with lessons and learn interview techniques in both a mastery and a fast track, practice interview questions, and much more.

    E-mail ccpd@rwu.edu for the access code if you’d like to explore Big Interview today.

  • Career Advising & Services

    The Center for Career and Professional Development assists undergraduate students and alumni with all aspects of career education and preparation, including:

    · Career Exploration

    · Resume & Cover Letter Development

    · LinkedIn & Digital Identity

    · Networking

    · Internship & Job Searching

    · Interviewing Skills

    · Graduate School Application Process & Research

    · Employer and Alumni Connections

    · Job Offer Negotiation

    · Internship Registration & Approvals

    · Internship Process Management & Requirement Guidance

    · Internship/Academic Petitions

    · Printing of Employment Materials

    Students and alumni can schedule an appointment to meet with a designated career advisor through the Handshake platform.

  • NACE Career Competencies

    Through extensive research, the National Association of Colleges and Employers has developed a definition of career readiness and associated competencies that employers deem essential for successful entry into the work world.

    These career competencies can provide a common vocabulary and framework for discussing career readiness metrics on campus, establishing guidelines when advising/educating students, and to identify and assess when hiring college graduates. (NACE)

    NACE Competencies

  • Topical Resources

    Career Exploration
    Personal Branding: Resumes, Cover Letters, LinkedIn
    Internship/Job Search
    Graduate School


(401) 254-3224

One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809


Monday 9:00-4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00-4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00-4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00-4:00 PM
Friday 9:00-4:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

The Center for Career and Professional Development's service hours are Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm.

The CCPD does not offer same-day appointments with Career Counseling Staff.

Drop - In Career Lab Appointments with a Career Peer Advisor occur 10:00am-3:00pm in GHH 117.