It is our vision to create a career ecosystem across campus integrating our shared priorities with diverse campus partners to advance the career success of Bellarmine students.

It takes a village...to empower career-ready students and alumni to successfully live, work, lead, and serve in the global community.

Support Pathways to Meaningful Work

  • Self-Discovery: Talk with students about what they love doing and what they are good at doing. Helping students articulate their professional values, interests, and skills is key to identifying a career purpose and making the most of every opportunity at Bellarmine.
  • Career-Planning: Show students how to explore career pathways and set experiential goals such as internships, mentoring, research, leadership, service, study abroad, etc. There are so many amazing programs and resources for students to take advantage of that prepare them for life beyond Bellarmine.
  • Experiential Learning: Encourage students to get hands-on experience in a career area of interest and try build their skills. Internship are critical for affirming a career field and often lead to job offers at graduation. Having two or more internships is highly recommended!
  • Mentoring/Networking: Building and maintaining meaningful relationships with employers, alumni, and personal mentors is not only personally fulfilling, but also professionally rewarding. Many programs and Events take place every year to connect students with networking opportunities. The Alumni Mentor Program is one of the leading in-person mentoring programs in the country and connects 200+ students with alums in their field of interest for informational interviews, job shadows, and career advice.

For more information, please visit our Resources page, refer a student for career advising, or request a Classroom Program.

Internships at Bellarmine

Criteria for an experience to be defined as an internship: To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

For further discussion and information concerning the legal requirements and standards of internships, we recommend you review the NACE Position Statement: U.S. Internships A Definition and Criteria to Assess Opportunities And Determine the Implications for Compensation.