Career Services

We support all Saint Francis University students and alumni along their journey to Become That Someone by offering a variety of career development and exploration resources and programming.  Our services, which include individual appointments, are available on campus and online.  Career Services educates students and alumni on the search process and offers opportunities and support for securing jobs, internships, further education, and other professional opportunities.

  • Students
    • Saint Francis University Career Services staff is available to provide complete career and professional development services and resources for undergraduate and graduate students in all majors.  Our staff is available to assist you with a variety of services such as:

  • Employers

    Saint Francis University Career Services is committed to helping employers recruit the best talent. We urge employers to interact with students at all levels and majors with a variety of free strategic recruiting services, including:

    • Internship and job postings on Handshake
    • On campus visits including classroom presentations, informational table
    • On campus interview services
    • Annual Career Expo - Job, internship & Graduate School Fair
    • Additional on campus recruiting arrangements

    Consider offering micro-internships for students to complete paid projects and potentially identify talent for future hiring needs.

    SFU Career Services will work with you one-one one to make the right connections and recruit the best talent for your organization. If your company already has a hiring/recruiting process in place, we can tailor our services to meet your custom needs. Contact us at careerservices@francis.edu or 814-472-3019.

  • Alumni

    Saint Francis University Career Services staff is available to provide complete career and professional development services and resources for alumni throughout your lifetime.  Our staff is available to assist you with a variety of services such as:

    • Career Testing and Counseling
    • Resume, CV and Cover Letter Assistance 
    • Interview Coaching
    • Job Search Strategies
    • Online Resources - HandshakeCareerShiftAlumniFire
    • Graduate & Professional School Advising

    Have a job or internship you need to fill? Encourage your employer to recruit and hire Saint Francis University students and graduates.

    • Post your jobs and internships on Handshake
    • Recruit on campus by participating in career fairs, interviewing on campus, conducting a class presentation, hosting an information table or partnering with us in other ways.

    To learn more, contact us by phone at 814-472-3019 or by email at careerservices@francis.edu.

    We look forward to assisting you!

What is Handshake?

Handshake is a state-of-the-art career platform where students can:

  • View job listings for full-time, part-time, or summer opportunities.
  • Search internships and find the one that's right for you.
  • Download the Handshake app and have access right at your fingertips.
  • View and Apply for On-Campus Student Employment Positions 
  • Schedule an appointment with the Career Services Office

Need help using Handshake?  Review the training videos and instructions or contact the Career Services office.

Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of every candidate to assess the validity of any posted opportunity on any medium and use best judgment to determine legitimacy. Saint Francis University Career Services cannot make any guarantees about any employer or posted position and is not responsible for any candidate activity or results of those activities, including fraudulent transactions. Click here for full disclaimer.

Internships

Internships are a critical part of developing your career path and a means to gain hands on experience that will help assure that you are on the right track after graduation. Take advantage of the incredible opportunities an internship can provide while increasing your marketability once you enter the workforce – leading to a satisfying career and a sense of life accomplishment! 

 

 "Inspiring students through real-world experience"

A great internship:

  • affirms your choice of major
  • enhances employer's workforce while you gain hands on experience
  • could lead to long-term employment with an employer
  • increases your marketability 

Watch for these opportunities:

  • job and internship fair opportunities
  • on-campus interviewing
  • employer information tables on campus

 

Class of 2021 First Destination Report

 

Highlights

  • The average salary range for the Class of 2021 was $60,000 – $69,999.
  • 83% of graduates believe that their internship or other experiential education was instrumental in obtaining full time employment.
  • 86% of graduates feel that Saint Francis University was instrumental in developing their faith and/or values for life after college. 

View the Report

On Campus Student Employment

To view and apply for on-campus student employment positions:

  1.  Go to Handshake.
  2. Follow the prompts to log in and create your account with your @francis.edu email
  3. Follow the prompts to fill out your profile information as completely as possible (minimum for on-campus job consideration: Contact information, Education, Work & Volunteer Experience and/or Organizations & Extracurriculars).
  4. Select "Jobs".
  5. Select the "On-Campus" filter tab.
  6. View and apply to jobs that interest you (no resume required, your completed Handshake profile takes the place of this).
  7. Departments will contact you if they'd like to pursue you as a candidate.

For further information, click here. For questions, contact SFU Career Services.

 

Graduate Assistantship (GA) Positions

Graduate Assistantships are a great way to help cover tuition expenses and gain work experience. GA positions are available on campus through many academic departments and administrative offices.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Acceptance to one of the University's graduate programs as a full-time student
  • Each department may have additional requirements (ex. athletics- coaching/playing experience)
  • Once hired, completion of a Graduate Assistant contract through Academic Affairs- terms to be determined between the sponsoring department and the Graduate Assistant. If hired in an athletic coaching position another contract is issued from Human Resources.

Tuition Remission:

  • Graduate assistants are eligible for full tuition remission for up to 9 credits per semester. Summer varies according to each department. Positions as a coach within Athletics may offer a stipend in addition to tuition remission
  • Fees, books and additional credits are the responsibility of the Graduate Assistant

For more information :

To Apply for a GA Position

Career Planning

Career Services offers many helpful tools for planning your career.  Below are a few links and tips to get you started. Further information can be viewed from the career planning pyramid or the checklist for each undergraduate year.  Benefits of using our office include assessment of your interests and skills, planning for your future, career counseling, and choosing or changing your major.

  • Career Services Pyramid

    CAREER PLANNING PYRAMID

    A Three-Step Process: choose a career 

    The following three-step process is fairly simple, but it will take some time and energy to follow-through and plan your future.  

     

    Step One: Self-Assessment (take a look at your interests, values, personality and abilities).  For more in-depth self-awareness activities and "tests" attend one of our scheduled workshops or schedule an individual appointment with Career Services.  We can get you on track! 

     

    Step Two: Career Exploration (research careers/occupations/majors that meet your interests, values, personality and abilities).  

     

    Step Three: Action Plan (state your goals, choose a major)   

     

    The career exploration and information gathering step continues.  Remember to volunteer, intern, obtain a summer position related to your field of interest.  Get involved with a club or organization - build your leadership skills.   

    • Check out www.onetcenter.org (various career resource/information linked to this site).   
    • Other career gathering tips: (career researching is on-going)  
      • Talk to someone (friend, relative, alumnus) in the occupation in which you're interested.   Prepare a list of questions.  Meet with a professor in the major.  
      • Job Shadow a professional for a couple of hours or half-day. Observe, interact and inquire.
      • Volunteer in the field to "experience" what the environment and occupation is like. 
    • Once you've selected a career (occupation) work with career services to select a major that best fits your goal.   
    • Finalize your educational plans.  Does your field of interest required a master's or professional degree? Certification?   
    • Set goals on how you're going to obtain hands-on related experience (volunteering, interning, working in the summer, etc.).   
    • Job Shadow a professional for a couple of hours or half-day. Observe, interact and inquire.   
    • Volunteer in the field to "experience: what the environment and occupation is like.  
  • Freshmen Career Central

    Freshmen

    Awareness, Investigation

    • Familiarize yourself with the university resources and support systems.
    • Get to know your professors, especially in your field of interest.
    • Study and prepare.
    • Know what's going on around campus by following SFU Career Services on social media, SFU email, Engage, The Troubadour, fliers and Handshake
    • Join an organization to begin your professional development.
    • Register on Handshake and schedule an appointment with Career Services to talk more about your major and what you can do with it.
    • Attend Career Fairs and other related career events/workshops.
    • Begin to develop your resume. Get samples and assistance from Career Services. Think about applying for positions on campus (work study, tutor, volunteer, etc.)
    • Think about applying for positions on campus (work study, tutor, volunteer, etc.).
    • Set up a LinkedIn profile to start developing your professional online presence. Set privacy settings on your other social media accounts.
    • Activate your Handshake account. Our job/internship searching site that can help students find full-time and part-time jobs, summer jobs, or internships.
    •  Ask yourself: what are my goals? What do I want to accomplish while at Saint Francis? Beyond Saint Francis?
    • If unsure about your major, schedule an appointment with Career Services and take a career test. Meet with a trained career counselor.
    • Remember: Ask Questions. It's OK if you don't know.
  • Sophomore Career Central

    Sophomore

    Exploration, Extracurricular

    • Begin to focus on a particular major. 
    • Visit the Career Services Office, Scotus Hall – Suite 323. 
    • Interact with peers, faculty and administrators.
    • Get involved on campus (clubs, organizations, special projects, volunteering). 
    • Attend Career Events and Fairs on and off campus. 
    • Develop and set personal and career goals.
    • Complete your Handshake profile. 
    • Connect with upper-class students in your field to learn about their job and internship experiences.  
    • Start planning for an internship for your junior year or secure summer.
    • Update your resume and Linkedin each semester.  Add new activities, service, part-time jobs, etc.
    • Keep up with current events, read websites in your field, follow companies in your field on Twitter, and join groups in your areas of interest on LinkedIn.
    • Look into graduate school preparation.
  • Junior Career Central

    Junior Success Checklist

    Preparation, Practice

    • Begin your experiential learning (internships, practicums, related jobs). -Build your resume and develop the skills and traits employers are seeking.
    • Network online and in person with alumni and other professional in your field. Use LinkedIn.com to build your professional network.
    • Participate in departmental activities. 
    • Continue your leadership role on campus.
    • Update your resume. 
    • Gather information about graduate/professional schools.
    • Prepare and register for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT or GMAT if your'e going to grad school. 
    • Apply for scholarships.
    •  Become familiar with the Career Services Office – your connection to job searching and graduate school.
    • Conduct research on companies for whom you want to work.  Connect with employers and join groups in your field on Linkedin, Twitter.
    • Schedule a mock interview to practice and prepare for your final year. 
    • Consider all career options/avenues within your major/minor. Know what you can do with them – ask Career Services for help.
  • Graduating Students Career Central

    Graduating Student Success Checklist

    Focus, Implementation and Follow-Through

    • Complete course requirements in your major.  
    • Check with your faculty advisor to be sure you've met all requirements
    • Update your resume and your Linkedin profile.
    • Maintain a positive, active online presence and network with recruiters and employers in your field. Utilize LinkedIn.com to continue to build your professional network. 
    • Purchase an interview suite and appropriate shoes. 
    • Schedule an appointment with Career Services to discuss job searching, resume development, grad school, career plans.
    • Be sure to register and upload your resume to Handshake.
    • Utilize CareerShift for your job search. 
    • Attend career events and workshops on campus. 
    • Continue to focus on your personal and professional goals. Now, set some job search goals and follow through.
    • Set up a profile on LinkedIn.com and develop your professional network.
    • Schedule a mock interview with Career Services to sharpen your interview skills.
    • Select and ask faculty, administrators, supervisors to serve as references.
    • Apply to graduate schools early.
    • Follow through on your interviews by sending tank yous.
    • Be patient, persistent, professional, optimistic and organized.
    • Remember that you can utilize SFU Career Services after you graduate.

Career Expo 2022

HOSTED BY SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY, MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE, AND SOUTHCENTRAL PA AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER

 

Career Expo Banner

Career Expo is back and in-person this year! Hosted by Saint Francis University, Mount Aloysius College, and Southcentral PA Area Health Education Center, this event will take place in the Maurice Stokes Athletic Center - DeGol Arena on the Saint Francis University campus in Loretto, PA on Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The fair will offer a great opportunity for employers and graduate schools to recruit and network with students from a variety of different majors to promote jobs, internships, professional opportunities, graduate school information, and more. 

Contact Us

Scotus 323
careerservices@francis.edu 
814.472.3019 
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Hours
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Evenings by appointment
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Ms. Beth M. McGregor

Title: Director of Career Services
Department: Career Services
Office Location: Scotus 323
Phone: 814-472-3019
Email:  bmcgregor@francis.edu

 

Beth McGregor has been in Career Services at Saint Francis University for 23 years and has prior experience in higher education at the College of William and Mary and Washington & Lee University School of Law in Virginia as well as human resources experience at Kurt Salmon Associates in Georgia and the United Mine Workers of America in DC. She holds a Master of Human Resource Management degree from Saint Francis University and a Bachelor of Science in Labor & Industrial Relations from Penn State University. 

Ms. Rebecca Cacciotti

Title: Assistant Director of Career Services
Department: Career Services
Office Location: Scotus 323
Phone: 814-472-3019
Email:  rcacciotti@francis.edu

 

Becky Cacciotti has been a member of the Saint Francis community since 2017. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and went on to Pennsylvania State University to earn her Master of Science in Workforce Education & Development.

Mr. Andrew Stopko

Title:  Assistant Director of Employer Relations/Internships
Department: Career Services
Office Location: Scotus 323E
Phone: 814-472-3303
Email:  astopko@francis.edu

 

Andrew Stopko has been a member of the Saint Francis University community since 2016 and worked in the Admissions Office prior to moving to the Career Services Department. He earned his undergraduate degree in Education from Saint Francis in 2015 and then his MBA from SFU as well in 2021. Andrew is excited to work with the students to develop internships and continue to build strong relationships with employers.

Mr. Andrew Montler

Title:  Graduate Assistant
Department:  Career Services
Office Location: Scotus 323
Email: axm440@francis.edu

 

Andrew Montler joined the Saint Francis University community in the fall of 2021. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2019 and is currently working on obtaining his MBA from SFU. Andrew is excited to be assisting with career advising, outreach, and program coordination.

Featuring Candid Career

Click on video to see career options.

 

 

99 Percent

SFU grads are employed or in grad school within 9 months of graduation.

What is FOCUS 2?

FOCUS 2 is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool that is designed to help you make decisions about future career goals and education plans. FOCUS 2 provides five self-assessments to help you identify your top work interests, values, skills, personality type, and leisure time interests and explore occupations and major areas of study compatible with your personal attributes. Students can use Focus 2 to help choose or change major, verify their choice of a career field, or to learn more about themselves. 

Focus 2 Valid Assessments

 

To get started on FOCUS 2:

Schedule an appointment with Career Services on Handshake  to review your results or call for more information 814-472-3019.