Spring 2014 EditionHire a Hawk!  Career Services Newsletter
In This Issue
Intern Feature: Margaret O'Connor
New! CareerSpots
Annual Report Summary
Summer Internships

Spring Career Fairs and Events



February 19


Health Services Fair

February 26


PIzza with a Pro: Liberal Arts Career Workshop  

March 6


Spotlight on Teaching

March 12


  Mock Interview Day 

  April 3


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The RU Career Account is now on the

Rockhurst Mobile App. Search for employment, receive job alerts and view the Career Services event calendar right from your phone.

Intern Feature:
Margaret O'Connor
Cerner Corporation

For Margaret O'Connor, accounting was not her first choice. She knew she was interested in business, but it was not until sophomore year in her first accounting class that she knew this was the path for her. "It's more exciting than people think. It's not just about numbers, it's also about strategy."


Instead of searching for an internship, Cerner had contacted her from the RU Career Account. This is an online career database that allows employers to post internships and full-time positions for Rockhurst students and alumni.


Human Resources may not have been directly related to her major, but Margaret knew it was an opportunity too good to pass up. She had experience with customer service in the past, and after all, she enjoyed problem solving and assisting others with their needs.


The most valuable take-away according to Margaret has been learning how to work in the professional world. This includes how to talk to your boss, how to perform daily operations and how organizations function in general.

Even if you are not comfortable with it at first, she gives the advice to share your thoughts if you have something to add in a meeting or in a conversation. "Everyone is working towards a common goal, even if you are just an intern."


Did you know that employers can seek out students and alumni through electronic resume books? Don't have your account set up yet? Come to one of the weekly workshops in Career Services, Massman 3, or make an appointment with a Career Services staff member at 816-501-4061.


Tuesdays 3:30pm

Wednesdays 10:00am

Thursdays 1:00pm


New! Career Spots 

Videos covering career-related topics such as creating your elevator pitch, finding an internship and how to dress for an interview are now on the Career Services website. These 1-3 minute videos contain up-to-date information and helpful tips.


Fall 2013 Event Highlights

Meet the Firms Accounting & Finance Fair, held in early September, allowed students to meet with local firms and network to potentially set up interviews for leadership programs, internships and full-time employment.


The Nonprofit Speed Networking Event was held in mid-September. Local nonprofit organizations were stationed at tables while students rotated around the room by the sound of a bell. Participants had the chance to meet with each employer in the room.

Upcoming Career Fairs and Events
Spring 2014

UMKC invites Rockhurst students and alumni to attend their annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Fair on February 19 from 9:00-1:00pm in the UMKC Student Union Room 401.


The Health Services Fair, set for February 26 in the Rock Room, is geared towards students interested in or currently enrolled in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Communication Sciences & Disorders or Nursing programs. A sampling of the hospitals and clinics that will be in attendance include Cox Health, North Kansas City Hospital, Saint Luke's Health System and Supplemental Health Care. Please contact mike.theobald@rockhurst.edu for more information.


PIzza with a Pro: Liberal Arts Career Workshop will be held Thursday, March 6 at 7:00pm in Conway 103. Ericka Cherry, a 2012 English alumna, will speak about employment strategies for liberal arts majors post-graduation. Please contact shelly.oliver@rockhurst.edu for more details.


Spotlight on Teaching, scheduled for March 12 in the Community Center, gives students in the education program a chance to interview with local school districts such as the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Blue Valley, Olathe, North Kansas City, Liberty, plus many more. Please contact mike.theobald@rockhurst.edu for more information.


The spring Mock Interview Day will be held on Thursday, April 3 from 9:00am-4:00pm in Career Services. This gives students a chance to meet with local recruiters and have a practice interview. Recruiters spend time providing feedback and helpful suggestions for each participant. Please contact shelly.oliver@rockhurst.edu for more information.




Annual Report Summary 2012-2013


Each December, Career Services publishes a report that includes employment and graduate program data from the previous academic year.


In summary, of the 462 respondents included in the survey, 97.2% reported employment or acceptance into a graduate or professional program. A little over one fifth (21%) reported entering a graduate or professional program following their graduation from Rockhurst.


For more details about the 2012-2013 Annual Report, please contact Mike Theobald at X4861 or at mike.theobald@rockhurst.edu  


Summer Internships - Apply Now!
It's not too late to land a summer internship related to your area of study! Did you know that you can earn up to three (3) hours of academic credit per semester for internship experience through the Cooperative Education Program? Internships are posted in the RU Career Account in all areas and disciplines. Please contact shelly.oliver@rockhurst.edu for more information.
According to the 2013 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 56.5 percent of interns were offered full-time employment.
Rockhurst University Career Services
Massman 3
Mike Theobald
Shelly Oliver
Assistant Director