Career & Professional Development

Helping Gonzaga University Students and Alumni Clarify and Achieve Their Academic and Professional Goals

Month: May 2009 (page 2 of 2)

Marketing Internship/Volunteering Opportunity

Spokane United Methodist Homes, doing business as Rockwood Retirement Communities, is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing services and housing to older adults with a commitment to excellence in promoting independence, wellness and lifelong vitality.


The perfect volunteer will: 
• Enjoy working with older adults 
• Answer telephones in a professional and friendly manner 
• Meet and greet potential residents 
• Assemble marketing materials 
• Be able to work 20-40 hours per week from 8-4:30 p.m. beginning June 1st 
• Learn and network with professional marketing team members in a positive work environment 
• Be able to pass a Criminal Background Check/A Tuberculosis Test 
• Enjoy a complimentary meal when serving during a meal period 

This is an extraordinary opportunity for the right person! No sales experience is required. Training will be provided by our on-site marketing team. 

To apply submit cover letter and resume to or for more information:  

A Tradition of Service Continues….

Are you a NEW Gonzaga Alumni looking for something great to put on your resume but you are torn to also spend time doing service while networking with fellow Zags?  I may have found the answer. 

This fall, September 20-25 to be exact, you can join fellow Zags on a trip to New Orleans for a week long Rebuilding Together Project.


WHAT : Rebuilding Together- New Orleans 2009 

WHEN : September 20 – 26, 2009

WHERE : New Orleans, Louisiana

WHO : All Gonzaga family and friends are invited to participate, either through your local chapter (bring a group!) or independently. ALL ARE WELCOME. 
Join the Zags as we travel to the Big Easy this fall for a one-week rebuilding effort to help bring a city that has suffered so much back to life. 

This is an amazing opportunity to help a community while working with fellow Zags for a common cause.   Meeting new people….building relationships all while helping others, what more do you need?

For more information and all of the details, click here.

Are you thinking, “I am a College Graduate. What do I need an Internship for?”

In answer to that question: plenty. 

An internship allows you to get your foot in the door in an non-threatening manner for potential employers.  Also, you can meet people within the industry of interest to you.  And instead of an interview where a potential employer learns about you in your answers or on a piece of paper, an internship allows employers to learn about your capabilities through your accomplishments first hand.  Even if this internship doesn’t turn into a full-time position, maybe through your newly developed network you’ll hear of something first.

The Wall Street Journal  agrees with me. In a recent article from May 5 entitled, “Giving Internships a Post-College Try”.  Highlights college graduates who have recently taken internships (both paid and yes, unpaid) in order to get the foot in the door at a highly desired company or industry.

Approach the job hunt as if it is an internship hunt.  You may find yourself with many more doors opening for you.  Especially when you mention the idea of being an unpaid intern.  Just food for thought.

Looking for a Touchdown? NFL Correspondent Positions Open!

42-16674218Position Description:  One writer to follow each of the NFLs 32 teams from the clubs training camp and practices through their regular season and playoff games. The reporters covering the AFC and NFC Champions will also be credentialed to cover Super Bowl XLIV for and






  • Attend every training camp session, in-season practice, and home game of your assigned NFL team with appropriate credentials.
  • Immerse yourself in every aspect of the team you’re covering: players, draft picks, free-agent pickups, coaches, front office staff and scouts; there can’t be a single thing you don’t know about your team or a single relevant organizational person who doesn’t know you.
  • Maintain constant contact with regional editors and the Newsroom.

Required Skills

  • Impeccable attention to detail; accuracy is the most important quality we seek.
  • Excellent spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills.
  • Excellent writing skills—must be especially fluent in short-form synopses.
  • Writing on deadline is a must.
  • A discerning and critical eye for what is and is not news.
  • Web 2.0 know-how preferred with real-time internet savvy.
  • Must be a self-starter blessed with discipline, energy and self-confidence.

To apply check out

and use the ID # of : 2993

PR Internship at Desautel Hege

Another great opportunity at Spokane Firm Desautel Hege .  This Intnership seems to be a general PR internship with the agency.  Below you will find a partial listing of the internship…



·         Must possess strong writing, verbal and organizational skills

·         Must possess a positive attitude and exhibit professional behaviors

·         Requires knowledge and experience with standard Windows software (i.e., Power Point, Word, Excel and MS Outlook)

 Core Responsibilities:

·         Provide support on client account work

·         Assist in organizing office materials, files and client information

·         Provide front desk and phone coverage as needed (during staff meetings/trainings)

·         Provide excellent customer service

·         Work with Partners, Account Directors, Account Executives, and Account Coordinators to implement campaign elements

·         Assist with all aspects of account activities as required

·         Work independently and as a team member

·         Find ways to support the team

 For either positions, e-mail cover letter and resume to: . 

Emerging Media Internship Opening at Desautel Hege

Through Twitter (yes, Twitter) I saw that local PR Company Desautel Hege  has an opening in their internship program for an Emerging Media Internship with interviews being conducted next week.  Below is part of the job description, to apply check out the link below.


• Working knowledge and experience in emerging/interactive media (i.e., Facebook,

Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, MySpace, blogging, etc.)

• Must possess strong writing, verbal and organizational skills

• Must possess a positive attitude and exhibit professional behaviors

• Requires knowledge and experience with standard Windows software (i.e., Power

Point, Word, Excel and MS Outlook)

• Additional software knowledge a plus: Adobe, Photoshop, InDesign, Publisher

Core Responsibilities:

• Competitive research around social marketing and emerging media

• Assist with DHC’s new media initiative and immersion program

• Bring new ideas to the team and making recommendations of what we can do next

• Provide front desk and phone coverage as needed

• Work independently and as a team member

• Find ways to support the team

For the full internship listing and how to apply, click here.

A New Set of Commandments

j0439497Recently the Career Center staff ordered new books to be used as resources for both students as well as staff.  One title, From B.A. to  Payday highlighted the Ten Commandments of college grads moving back home with their parents.  




For those members of the Class of 2009 who are faced with the dilemma of moving back with the parents, here are some guidelines that will help your time at home.


  1. Remember, it may be your home, but’s not your house—so help out.
  2. Ask your parents if you can move in.  Tell them when you’re moving out.  Have a financial goal to meet.
  3. Thou shalt not freeload.
  4. Living at home is a luxury.  Treat it as such; it won’t last forever.
  5. Keep your parents in the loop about what you are doing to find a job; it reduces the nag factor.
  6. Watch out for go–nowhere jobs that provide money but no skills for advancement.
  7. Help out expenses where you can.  It costs money to have you back home.
  8. Set weekly job search goals.  (IE: mail five resumes, set up one interview).
  9. Don’t be invisible.  Spend a little time with your parents; it’s the least you can do.
  10. Remember how lucky you are to be welcomed back.  Not everyone is.


I know all of the parents of soon to be grads would agree with me that these are pretty good rules (or Commandments rather) for new/returning tenants to follow!


For more information on the book click here

Hayden. D.A., and Michael Wilder.  From B.A. to Payday: Launching your Career After College.  New York: HNA, 2008.

Congrats Class of 2009!

When you arrived at Gonzaga’s campus those four years ago, you never thought this weekend would get here.  It seemed like a far off goal in the way…way…distance.  Your time here as a bulldog has been filled with memories ranging from your Freshman Orientation to Basketball games, amazing faculty and staff, living both on and off campus, traveling abroad…just to name a few.  As a fellow Zag (Class of ’04) I want to encourage each member of the graduating class to ENJOY this time you have here at Gonzaga.  Do not become stressed with family in town, especially pesty siblings.   On graduation day, take a step back to remember that moment…walking across the stage to receive your diploma in hand.  That memory is worth all the work and stress it took to get you there!  It will zip by in a flash and before you know it, your time at Gonzaga as an undergrad is completed.


Over the next coming weeks you will attend graduation parties in your honor where you will smile and be asked the million dollar question, “So, what are you going to next?”  

I want to tell any and all graduates this one piece of advice: It is okay if you don’t have a perfect plan.  Do not feel pressured to create a life plan coming right out of college. Audit who you are and what you want before making the next move.  Still feeling stressed from your last final or from writing your thesis and need to take a bit of a break?  That’s okay, just set a deadline for when you will return to “work”.

When you get to the point when resumes, interviews and cover letters become a daily lingo for you then consider contact us here at the Career Center.  Yes, we will work with you post graduation.  In fact we are more than happy to!  We can help with your resume over the phone or via e-mail.  We can set you up with an alumni mentor or send you job postings that could be of interest to you.  


The Career Center & GAMP office is here for you after May 10th and beyond. 


Congratulations Class of 2009 and Welcome to the Alumni Family!  Enjoy your weekend of commencement events, you have earned them.  

Hot Internship Lead…

Software Developer Internship in Spokane!

Are you a college student or graduate? Are you dynamic and motivated? Do you have some software programming experience but are not an expert? Do you enjoy online gaming?   


A current Zagtrax posting  is looking for an honest, entrepreneurial, detail oriented, sincere, well mannered, and professional Software Developer to participate in our skyrocketing growth. We deliver the highest standards to our clients and we expect the highest standards from our employees.  We provide excellent software development and online gaming services to our clients.  You’ll also work closely with Product Management, Marketing, Operations, Strategic Planning, Quality Assurance, Technical Support, and Enterprise Services. You do not need to be a programming expert for this position, just have broad knowledge of programming techniques, technologies, online gaming, and be well organized and financially astute. We seek an individual, who has technical vision, is capable of understanding complex business requirements quickly and who preferably has a background in Microsoft programming technologies. 


To apply and for full internship description go to: with reference ID# of 753.   If you need help logging into Zagtrax do not hesitate to contact the Career Center at!

Your Career Center is Here in the Summer…Lucky for you.



Have you been too swamped to take advantage of all of the programs and services the Career Center has to offer with a hectic academic schedule?

Are you sticking around in Spokane after your finals are completed for a fun in the sun summer? Even if you only have a few weeks free time here in Spokane consider swinging by the Career Center. Our staff can assist you in polishing your resume and cover letter or get some helpful job (or internship) hunting tips.

If you are leaving Spokane and returning to your hometown we are still your Career Center. We are happy to work with you through various consultations over the phone or via e-mail. We are still here for YOU.

We are open M-F 8:30-12, 1-4:30 and located on the 2nd floor of Crosby.

Throughout the summer checkout the Career Center’s blog for up-to-date opportunities and tips! Congrats Class of 2009!!

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