Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to the most common questions about advising, internships, résumés, and more:

General Questions

Internship and Funding Questions

How do students schedule appointments with Career Advisors?

They log into Handshake* and schedule online. All appointments are held at our office at 167 Angell St. Students should arrive a few minutes prior to their appointment and check in on the first floor.

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What is covered in an appointment with a Career Advisor?

Students can meet with career advisors on any topic requiring in-depth discussion. Frequent topics include feeling overwhelmed and lost about future plans, decision making about careers and concentrations, job and internship search strategies and resources, and practice interviewing. All appointments are for a half-hour, and students can schedule follow-up times as needed. 

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What if a student simply wants to start a résumé and find out more about CareerLAB?

Walk-in Hours are perfect for that. During the academic year, walk-ins are held at 167 Angell St., 1st floor on weekdays from 1:30 – 3:30.

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Should First Year students wait until second year to use CareerLAB?

No, we encourage first year students to visit CareerLAB as soon as October of their first semester.  Walk-in Hours are a great first step. We have found that juniors and seniors have more success if they have been working with us since their first year.

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Does CareerLAB have tipsheets on résumés, cover letters, interviewing, social media and more?

Yes, they can be found on our Databases and Resources page. We encourage students to read tip sheets related to their topics of concern before coming to walk-ins or a half-hour appointment with an advisor.

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Does CareerLAB offer practice interviews for jobs and internships?

Yes, students can schedule an appointment with an advisor through Brown Handshake* In addition, students can log into Brown Handshake and click the "Appointments" link on the left sidebar to sign up for a Mock Interview with our career counselors.

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Does CareerLAB provide students with a dossier service for storing letters of recommendation for fellowships or graduate schools?

CareerLAB partners with Interfolio.com to support dossier needs of Brown student and alums. The premier online credential file management service for universities, Interfolio provides easy, safe, reliable service, available 24/7. Requests are processed within one business day, with multiple mailing options. The service is affordable, flexible, and supports the Brown is Green initiative by reducing the need for paper document storage.

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What about students who are not interested in many of the well-defined career fields, including medicine, banking, consulting or law. Can CareerLAB help these students?

Yes, CareerLAB can help students with a wide-range of career interests. We have advisors with knowledge across a number of areas, including public interest work, education, non-profits, government, communications, entertainment, STEM, and media. We also provide several opportunities throughout the year for students to connect with alumni in numerous fields. Students who are confused or uncertain about their career options can develop an individualized plan in consultation with any of our Career Advisors.

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Can students receive credit for a summer internship?

It is rare for Brown students to receive academic credit for an internship. To receive credit, students need to develop an independent study related to the internship under the direction of a faculty member. Since independent study is not offered in the summer, the employer must be willing to accept fall term credit. CareerLAB can write a letter that explains Brown's policy but does not confirm that the student will receive credit. To obtain this letter or if you have further questions about this issue, contact [email protected].

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What internship programs exist at Brown?

BrownConnect is a new university-wide initiative aimed at providing Brown students with more summer internship opportunities, more funding to ensure these opportunities are accessible to all students regardless of financial circumstance, and more connections with alumni and parents. 

Other internship programs include CCG in NYC, iProv, and the Ittleson Foundation Summer Internship.  Go to our Internships Programs page to read more about these exciting opportunities.

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Does CareerLAB offer internship funding?

The LINK program, administrated by CareerLAB, offers stipends to students who have obtained unpaid or low-paying summer internships.  Funding is not guaranteed and students should review all of the information on our website related to internship funding to determine if LINK or another source is their best option.  There is also information about external sources of funding on our Internships Funding page that you can read more about.

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How can I talk to other Brown students about my internship experiences?

The Peer-to-Peer Summer Opportunities Fair, an annual event held before winter break, is an opportunity for students seeking internships to learn from their peers who have already interned in a number of fields. Experienced students can talk to their peers not only about internship experiences in the US and abroad, but also about housing resources and options for funding. Check out the 2013 program here.

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What resources are available for searching internship opportunities?

Many options exist. Here are a few Brown specific resources to get you started:

*Handshake is the new and improved way to engage with CareerLAB and apply for jobs and internships. Read more about Handshake here. The Brown Student Job and Internship Board will be shut down on June 30. If you have any documents (including resumes and cover letters) saved on the JIB that you don’t have saved anywhere else download them before June 30, 2017.

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Are there additional internship funding resources at Brown?

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