Joining a student organization connects you to our Mason community while developing the soft skills employers are looking for - teamwork and leadership. Here are a few places to start looking for an organization to join:
- Student Org Directory
- Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment
- University Life: Diverse Community Resources
There are literally hundreds of different groups out there, many of which are specific to particular industries. Reaching out to a professional organization can:
- Connect you with mentors in your field
- Open up the possibility of scholarships, internships, and full-time positions
- Provide a network of support as you start out in your career
- Link you to industry specific news and tips
Read Five Reasons Professional Organizations Are Worth Joining for more.
University Career Services appreciates all of the cultures, ethnicities, and identities in our student body. We are committed to supporting traditionally under-represented groups in their career journey. However, students must play a proactive role in their own career development and so we have provided these resources.
Many employers say they embrace diversity. Check out the web sites below to give you an overview of companies that have been recognized for their commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity and to obtain tips on resume writing, how to interview, mentoring, and establishing your personal brand as you search for a career field and employer where you can bring your whole self to work.
Investigating a Company's Commitment to Diversity
If working in an organization that values diversity is important to you, research what companies are doing to create an inclusive environment for all employees. See below for a few tips or view our handout "Investigating a Company's Commitment to Diversity" (PDF).
Examine the company's recruiting practices, and conduct informational interviews with employees working for the organization.
During the interview
Find out if they have any employee programs in place to help foster an equitable and inclusive culture.
After getting an offer
Investigate where and with whom the company does business. Research the company's compliance with federal laws, and evaluate the benefits package.