Career & Professional Development

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

Month: October 2012 (page 2 of 2)

Internship Alert! FBI Summer Internships

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requested our office to promote their Volunteer Summer Internship Program at Gonzaga!

Volunteer Internship Program

The 2013 Volunteer Internship Application is open October 1, 2012 through October 22, 2012. The application link is available on The 2013 FBI Volunteer Internship program dates are June 3, 2013 – August 9, 2013.


Each summer, a special group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students are selected to participate in the FBI Volunteer Internship Program (VIP).  FBI interns will get an “insider’s view” of FBI operations and will have the opportunity to explore the many career options available within the FBI.  Interns gain professional experience that is unique, valuable, and marketable, across both the public and private sectors.  Positions for this 10-week unpaid internship are available in Field Offices across the country, including the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.  The 2013 VIP program will be implemented from

June 3, 2013 through August 9, 2013.


Successful interns with the necessary grade point average, academic disciplines, experiences, and diverse backgrounds aligned with the FBI’s long-range personnel needs to include, but not limited to:

  • Engineering, Information Technology, Physical Science, Foreign Languages, Business, International Relations, Communications, Human Resources, Accounting/Finance, Law, and Behavioral Science

One of the FBI’s priorities is to hire individuals with Computer Science and Cyber backgrounds.  Since this is one of the FBI’s main focuses at this time, the FBI is looking for individuals who possess any of the following academic backgrounds related to the Computer Science/Cyber fields:

  • Academic Degrees: Computer Forensics, Computer Science, Information Security, Digital Investigative Management, Network and Communications Management, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering Information Systems, or Information Technology
  • Certifications:  Certifications from national associations or vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft, GIAC, EC-Council, ISACA, INFOSEC, CompTIA, Apple, ICSA focusing on networks or network security


  • Work side-by-side with Special Agents and Professional Staff personnel on important cases and management issues
  • Obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance
  • At the end of the summer, students may be offered the opportunity to continue the internship throughout the school year at an office nearest to their school


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be enrolled full-time in a college or university which is accredited through a regional or national institutional association which is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education
  • Must be a Junior, Senior or graduate student (anyone graduating before June 2013 is ineligible)
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale, and be in good standing with their academic institution
  • Must be able to meet all FBI employment requirements, to include successful completion of an FBI Background investigation, in order to receive a Top Secret Security Clearance

Disqualifiers (Drug Policy)

You can easily determine whether you meet the FBI’s illegal drug policy by answering the following questions:

  • Have you used marijuana at all within the last three years?
  • Have you used any other illegal drug (including anabolic steroids after February 27, 1991) at all in the past 10 years?
  • Have you ever sold, distributed, manufactured, or transported any illegal drug?
  • Have you ever used any prescription drug or used a legally obtained substance in a manner for which it was not intended with three years (36 months) preceding the date of the preliminary application for employment?


If you answered Yes to any of these questions, you are not eligible for employment or an internship with the FBI at this time.

Internship Alert! Mechanical Engineering

Hey Zags! Here is an excellent summer internship for Mechanical Engineering Students! This a high quality internship with  good pay and housing in Salt Lake City, UT.  The interns will get to work with a GU alumnus and GAMP mentor!  This is a great opportunity for GU students to see the inner workings of a Department of Defense contractor.

Intern, Mechanical Engineering – 040770 

Job Description

L-3 Communications is seeking an engineering student to fill an Intern position for the Mechanical Design Engineering group to assist with technical tasks associated with Department of Defense (DoD) programs. The Intern position provides an opportunity for students currently pursuing a mechanical engineering degree to get hands-on experience working with engineers in a cutting edge electro-mechanical hardware environment. Mechanical design is focused on packaging electronic equipment into a variety of military platforms with  very challenging environments.  Design concerns include thermal, structural, vibration, humidity and reduced size, weight and power.  The student engineer will be called upon to support a variety of hardware engineering activities in this fast-paced multidisciplinary engineering environment.


Mechanical engineers at L-3 are involved in the entire design process, from bid & proposal, through design, manufacture, to product support.  The Intern will be assigned to support one of many design engineering teams of 6 to 8 people.  They will receive a variety of tasks in support of the team and will learn from other team members through formal and informal interactions.  The Intern will also be assigned a mentor to provide guidance and to answer questions.  Typical Intern activities may include, but are not limited to:


  • Product research and development
  • Trade studies
  • Thermal/structural/tolerance analyses
  • Test development and support
  • Technical presentations and peer reviews
  • Manufacturing documentation
  • Product build support
  • Test fixture design
  • Department software and hardware tool development


Intern positions start at the end of the student’s Spring semester and, depending on performance and/or job availability, continues until the start of the student’s Fall semester.


  • The Intern engineer is required to work a minimum of 40 hours per week.
  • Due to the nature of our work this position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.
  • This position requires the successful candidate to be a student currently enrolled in an accredited program leading to a degree in mechanical engineering.
  • Candidate must be at least a Junior in college with a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Apply online to this position.


We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks.


WINNERS! Announcing Our New Twitter Followers & Facebook Likes!


Announcing Our New “Twitter Followers” & “Facebook Likes”

Zag Swag Prize Pack Winners!

Thank you to ALL of our new followers and likers as well as our “originals”! It’s important to the Career Center & GAMP to get relevant and timely career information, including jobs, internships, and event info, out to students and alumni of Gonzaga University!  We are thrilled to have each of you as part of our audience!!


50th and 100th New Twitter Followers from the 9/25/12 Outreach Campaign:

50th:  Stephanie Clay (@Steph_Clay)

100th:  Danielle Moorhouse ‏ (@danimoor17)

50th and 100th New Facebook Likes from the 9/25/12 Outreach Campaign:

50th:  Danielle Bushmaker

100th:  Brett Konzek

5th, 25th, 50th, 100th New Student Twitter Followers from the 9/5/12 “Italian Soda Social” Outreach Campaign:

5th:  David Sanchez (@dsanchezgu)

25th:  Izze Carter-Vincent (@izzecv)

Sadly, we did not reach 50 or 100 during this campaign.


Stop by the Career Center & GAMP Office to pick up your prize pack beginning Monday 10/8/12!

TODAY! “All Majors” Career & Internship Fair

“All Majors” Career & Internship Fair

Today October 4th

12 to 4 p.m.

Cataldo Hall

Bring Your Student ID Card (if you have one)

Visit for List of Employers


JOB ALERT: IT–Business Analyst @ Washington Trust Bank (Spokane)

New Job Posting on!  Job # 8981

Job Title:  IT-Business Analyst
Posted:  Oct 1, 2012
Work Authorization:    No Requirement
Salary Level:    $44,688 – $72,579
WA Trust Requisition #:    120179

Works within the Information Technology department acting as the primary liaison between business units and IT to develop and deploy software solutions. Works closely with systems development, network administrators and helpdesk staff to ensure that support standards are being meet.

•Performs research, implementation, documentation, and maintenance tasks for assigned banking applications. May be the primary or backup support for specific applications.
•Works closely with Systems Development, Infrastructure Systems and Help Desk to ensure that appropriate support standards are adhered to.
•Performs application troubleshooting tasks. Works closely with business unit personnel on a regular basis to assist in defining application requirements and identify opportunities to improve application utilization.
•Responsible for planning, managing, facilitating, instructing and monitoring project activities for all assigned projects.
•Utilizes office automation tools to create efficient processes and procedures within the job function and with users as needs arise.
•Performs system administration and user-based configuration functions for assigned applications.
•Assists in supporting all reporting requirements for application systems.
•Develop test scripts and scenarios for performing application testing.
•Evaluate product upgrades for business and application impact, and creates the business benefits analysis/evaluation.
•Identify opportunities to improve application utilization.
•Documents support plans, support processes and procedure and various business requirements.
•Follows established change management procedures.
•Acts as the primary business unit liaison for assigned production application systems.

•Maintains overall knowledge of general banking practices and business unit functions.
•Assists with special projects or duties as assigned.

Spokane, WA  United States
Position Type:
Full-time Entry Level (Seniors/Recent Grads), Full-time Experienced (Alumni/Graduate Student)
Desired Major(s):
Computer Science
Desired Class Level(s):
Senior, Graduate Student, 1st Year Graduate, 2nd Year Graduate, 3rd Year Graduate, Alumni � ( < 6 mos. ), 4th Year Graduate, Alumni � ( 6 mos. to 2 years ), 5th Year Graduate, Doctoral, Alumni – ( > 2 years ), Alumni – (< 2 years)
Job Function:
ALL COMPUTER SPECIALISTS, Business Analyst/Development, Business Information Systems, Business Management, Business/IT – Computer Programming, Computer Information Systems, Computer Networking, Computer Programming, Computer Science & Information Systems, Computer/IT – Computer Networking, Computer/IT – Database Administration, Computer/IT – Software Development, Computer/IT – Technical Support, Computer/IT – Web Development, Computers – Hardware, Computers – Information Systems, Computers – Software, Information Management, Information Technology
•Bachelor’s degree in MIS, Business Administration or related field desired. 

• Functional knowledge of the usage and functions of network operating systems, relational database technologies, application architectures (thin client computing, client server systems, web-based systems)

•Functional knowledge of or work experience within supported business unit(s) desired.

•Strong communication skills; ability to analyze, synthesize and articulate complex ideas into layman’s terms to multiple levels of the organization; technical writing skills as needed for documentation.

•Strong interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate with and work effectively with diverse groups of people.

•Proven ability to utilize office automation tools to create efficient processes and procedures within the job function and with users as needs arise.

•Ability to work additional hours as required by operational and production work loads.

Job Posting on!  Job # 8981

Speed Mocks Wednesday, Game On

Zags, why attend Speed Mock Interviews? Better yet, why miss the chance to show employers your fantastic skills and abilities, as a trial run, to get all the jitters out?


Practice makes perfect – we hear it growing up playing instruments and practicing sports. It’s all about muscle memory. But your brain has muscle memory, too.


A study by the Society of Human Resources Management reported that qualifications were less influential when it came to hiring an applicant than interview performance and professionalism.


Turn-on those communication skills. They’ll pay off in the long run.


Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. writes on Quintessential Careers that “[j]ust one mock interview will result in a marked improvement in your interviewing skills,” says College Grad Job Hunter author Brian Krueger, who recommends going through two such interviews (and, of course, the more you do, the more skilled you will become). For the inexperienced interviewee, mock interviews provide an excellent picture of what to expect.”


Think of the STAR (Situation + Task + Action + Result) Method to answer questions. Employers and mock interviewers will be impressed with the thought and depth articulated in the message.


The more you articulate a speech or practice an interview, the more successful you will engage your audiences and more likely impress an employer. You learn how to answer difficult with poise and confidence (no ums, buts, whatsoever).


Bring up-to-date resumes for these one-on-one opportunities to practice your game plan from Employers and Career Specialists who are there to help and guide your interview skills.


Remember, smile, firm handshakes, and eye contact. These actions will make a great first impression. The rest is easy. The ball’s in your court.

Gonzaga Career Center & GAMP hosts Speed Mock Interviews Wednesday, Oct. 3 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cataldo Globe Room.


Read Quintessential Career’s Tips on interview preparation

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