University Career Center

Paul Timmins, Director
Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall, Garden Level

The University Career Center is a unit of the Division of Student Life that exists to support the career readiness, preparation, and professional development of students. Its mission is to help students learn about career options and paths; develop strategies to find and prepare for part-time jobs, internships, and full-time career opportunities; meet potential employers; and reach their fullest career potential.

Career Coaching

Career-readiness coaches help students learn about the world of employment—career choices, applications for jobs, internships, and graduate school—and assist with job and internship search strategies. Group sessions, workshops, and individual coaching appointments are available to help students advance their goals.

The center website provides a multitude of resources on careers, jobs and internships, search strategies, and employer profiles.

Jobs, Internships, and Career Resources

Handshake. Each year thousands of jobs—part-time, full-time, work-study, summer, international, and internship opportunities—are listed in Handshake, the university’s online career services tool listing jobs, internships, and other career resources. The center also actively develops part-time jobs, internships, and full-time career opportunities for students.

On-Campus Recruiting Program, Career Discovery, and Networking Events. The on-campus recruiting program brings more than 200 employers to campus each year, and career fairs and many career-related events with opportunities to interact with employers are held annually. Panels of industry experts demystify the world of employment and offer career and job-search advice.

Internship for Credit. This course offers students academic credit for engaging in supervised, preprofessional, career-related learning experiences. Students gain professional experience, develop skills, and explore career fields, all while earning credit. More information may be found on the center website.

University Career Center Partner Program. This program introduces students to employers who are committed to hiring University of Oregon students. They offer a variety of opportunities ranging from part-time jobs to internships and career positions.

Student Employment Enhancement Initiative. Hundreds of student employee positions are available each year at a variety of times. In an effort to make the student employment experience as meaningful as possible, this program supports student supervisors and, ultimately, students. More information about this program is available online.


The University Career Center is committed to providing customized opportunities and partnerships that support students who identify as traditionally underrepresented or underserved.

Multicultural Career Alliance. The alliance provides programming focused on career exploration and future employment opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups of students, such as students of color, students with disabilities, student veterans, and students who identify as LGBTQ. 

International Student Career Alliance. A collaborative effort to respond to the career and professional development needs and opportunities of international students on campus.

Student Veteran Career Peer Advising. Student veterans on campus are provided with career assistance through peer-advising sessions. The services offered include assistance writing résumé and cover letters as well as full-and part-time job and internship searches.

For more information about career exploration and academic planning, see the Academic and Career Planning section of this catalog.