Victor Jones
Director of Cooperative Education and Career Services
Office: (937) 708-5737
vjones@wilberforce.edu

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Cooperative Education program is a mandate of the University and is strong and should grow stronger with the newly attained UNCF Career Pathway grant money. The grant money should help bring more resources such as increasing Co-op staff, technology, partnerships and an increase in student career learning and internships which will lead to a higher rate of students obtaining strong professional jobs after the completion of college.

Cooperative Education and Career Services Program is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. The Co-op experience also provides academic credit for a structured job experience.  The departments also assist students with scholarship preparation, essay writing and personal development training.

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that each student recieves career knowledge, career development and positive self-esteem building strategies by promoting and producing experiential life and career learning opportunities.

Our Vision

  • Wilberforce Universit’s Cooperative Education and Career Services will empower students thru the fostering of career development
  • Wilberforce University’s Cooperative Education and Career Services will help empower students to make informed career decisions and move toward achieving an advantage in a competive job market while earning academic credit.
  • Wilberforce University students will gather more knowledge, insight and learn the proven strategies to obtaining an internship, job or career
  • Students will learn knowledge of self
  • Students will learn the value they bring to the job market and society
  • Students will learn networking and marketing strategies that will increase their jog hiring availabilities
  • Students will obtain two Co-ops/internships before completion of graduation
  • Wilberforce University’s Cooperative Education and Career Services will continuously create mutually beneficial partnerships with employers, alumni, universities, professional organizations and the community
Choosing or Changing a Major

The first step is to understand yourself and passions. This means examining your values, interests, personality and skills and how they influence your major selection and ultimately your career path. Self-exploration will help you make a more informed decision about what majors fit you best.

Wilberforce University’s Cooperative Education and Career Services has assessments that can help you define your values, skill set, personality and interests and can also explain how they influence career choice.

Schedule an appointment by calling or emailing at (937) 708-5737 or vjones@wilberforce.edu

Career Development Helps

  • First- and second-year students who need help changing/choosing a major or finding internships
  • Juniors and seniors seeking after-graduation jobs or applying to graduate school and fellowships
  • Graduate students seeking internships and after-graduation jobs
  • Any student or alumnus/a who needs career-related assistance

Resume & Cover Letter Review

All students should make appointments for resume or curriculum review.

Please Consider Referring

  • A student that is trying to decide which major is best for him/her.
  • The student who likes his/her major, but doesn’t know what to do with it.
  • A student who wants help figuring out what kind of job is right for him/her.
  • Any graduating student who wants to conduct an effective after-graduation job search.
  • A student heading to graduate school who wants feedback on personal statements, or who wants to take a FREE practice graduate school test.

Career Development Helps students throughout their time at Wilberforce University to:

  • One-on-one appointments for self-assessment, career exploration, decision making, job search strategy, networking advice and interview practice
  • Explore then make decisions about choosing or changing their majors
  • Resume assistance daily
  • Graduating Student job search daily
  • Workshops, career information series and special events to provide information and training
  • Assistance with applying to Graduate school, Co-ops/Internships or Jobs.
  • Career Fairs, for all students to explore employers
  • On-Campus Recruiting, for graduating students
  • Opportunities to meet employers in Information Sessions
  • “Test the waters” to see if a potential career is right for you
  • Get some experience to add to your resume before co-op
  • Help build your network of connections-Employers love to hire from within!
  • Most cooperative education experiences are paid
  • It is mandatory at Wilberforce University that all students complete two (2) co-ops before graduation
  • Explore then make decisions about choosing or changing their majors
  • All work experiences must be for a duration of 35-40 hours per week, for 10-16 consecutive weeks to be considered as (1) one co-op credit
  • Conduct after-graduation job searches and apply to graduate/professional schools

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