NJCU STEM Career Services

Welcome to NJCU STEM Career Services

Our mission is to provide a holistic program of personal, academic and career enhancement and work-based learning experiences aligned with occupational needs. Our comprehensive services and resources help students advance in their future careers and education. Our approach to career development is to help set students up for lifelong career success.

We serve the following undergraduate STEM majors at NJCU:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Services and Resources

Schedule a Career Advisement Appointment for:

  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Career and job exploration
  • Internship search
  • Interview preparation
  • Grad school/med school planning
  • & more!

Contact Sarah McGough, Internship & Postgraduate Outcomes Coordinator, to schedule an appointment: smcgough@njcu.edu


Each semester NJCU STEM hosts various workshops and events to help students develop career skills. Workshop topics include:

  • Resume Writing Strategies
  • Crafting an Effective Cover Letter
  • Networking 101
  • How to Land an Internship
  • Navigating a Career Fair
  • How to Succeed at Your Internship
  • How to Prepare for Graduate School Applications
  • Planning for Medical School
  • & more!

Throughout the academic year, employers from the STEM fields come to the NJCU campus (or connect with us via Zoom) to meet NJCU students and to share information about their internship and full-time job opportunities. We also coordinate with employers to host on-campus interviews for their open internship and job opportunities.

The NJCU Mentoring Program (network.njcu.edu) effectively connects NJCU alumni with current students who are seeking career advice. The mentoring relationship with alumni can potentially lead to internships and jobs at their place of employment or at companies they are well connected to. Matching is based on academic background, career information, geographic location, availability, and interests.

To get started, sign up and create your profile on https://network.njcu.edu/

For more information, contact:
Jane McClellan
Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement


NJCU STEM majors are highly encouraged to complete one or more internships in their field of study during their time as an undergraduate student. Internships allow students to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world, obtain professional connections and references, learn new career skills and knowledge, and gain valuable hands-on experience in a professional environment.

Are you seeking internship and employment opportunities? GradLeaders is NJCU’s Career Services Management Database where you can upload your resume and apply for internship and employment opportunities within the NJCU network.

View the GradLeaders Instructions for information about how to create a GradLeaders profile (you can log-in with your GothicNet credentials), upload your resume, and utilize the platform to apply for internships and jobs.

Internship/Job Search Websites 
Check out this list of Internship and Job Search Sites for STEM Majors and explore links to general job search engines and sites specific to your field of study to find and apply for many internship and job opportunities.

Forage is an online resource which offers virtual experience programs designed by leading companies. Develop your skills and gain a real understanding of different roles and industries by working through these self-paced modules, with tasks similar to those you would undertake during a traditional internship.

What does it involve?

  • You will work through a series of resources and hypothetical tasks that are designed to simulate the sort of work you would undertake as an intern or full-time employee at the organization. It's a unique opportunity for you to try out a career at your own pace and in your own time, from the comfort of your home.
  • It takes five to six hours to complete one program and you can complete as many programs as you like. All experiences are completely free of charge for students and alumni from New Jersey City University.

Programs include:

  • Video instructions and real life examples from employees within your chosen organization.
  • Work that reflects real day-to-day tasks of interns and employees.
  • Curated resources to help you complete the tasks

What are the benefits?

  • Sample what real life work at leading companies would be like.
  • Try out different types of work and discover which career path is right for you.
  • Build confidence and gain skills to get you ready for the workplace.
  • Boost your resume with a company-branded virtual experience program and get a personalized certificate for your LinkedIn profile.
  • Brand and market yourself to employers within the Forage network, potentially opening up future opportunities with prominent organizations.

How can I take part?

There are no lengthy application processes as programs are free and accessible to all students and alumni. Simply pick your program, create an account on the Forage website and get started right away.


The Cooperative Education Program enables students to combine classroom learning with practical experience and provides an opportunity to utilize skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom in a professional environment. As part of Co-op Ed Program, students earn academic credits through internships and part-time or full-time work experience.

Benefits of Cooperative Education

  • Gain on-the-job experience in your career field.
  • Build connections with professionals who may support your future job applications.
  • Experience working in an professional environment ● Learn new career skills and knowledge.
  • Test out potential career paths.
  • Receive academic credit toward graduation.

Credits for Experience

As an undergraduate, you may earn up to 12 credits (up to 6 a semester) through either part-time or full-time work experience. The number of credits you receive is based on the number of hours you work per week:

8-14 hours a week (semester total of 120-224) = 2 credits

15-24 hours a week (semester total of 225-374) = 4 credits

25+ hours a week (semester total of 375-600) = 6 credits

Application of Credits: You must check with your department chairperson for how credits can be applied within your particular degree program.

The Cooperative Education Program is for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years of study. To apply for admission to the Cooperative Education Program, students must have a minimum of 2.0 cumulative average, declared major, and approval from the department chairperson.

If you do not qualify for the Co-op Ed Program, we still encourage you to participate in a non-credited internship. Whether or not you receive the credits, an internship can provide you with the real world experience that employers are seeking. These opportunities can also help you to grow your professional network while potentially getting compensated as well!

How to Apply Contact Sarah McGough, Internship & Postgraduate Outcomes Coordinator for information about how to get started: smcgough@njcu.edu.


About NJCU Students

Our student population is largely first-generation and from modest financial means and includes first-time students, transfer students, returning students, military members, working parents, professionals looking to change their careers—and more. But no matter how they may differ from each other, all have these things in common: they work hard for their successes and NJCU supports them in changing their lives.

U.S. News & World Report ranked NJCU as the best public school in New Jersey for ethnic diversity. NJCU’s rich diversity provides an ideal environment for creativity and nurturing talent. Students are stimulated and challenged by the wide array of ideas stemming from different cultures, customs and ways of life, learning firsthand from each other in intercultural exchange that prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.

How to Engage with NJCU Students

We invite your organization to join our network of employers. Whether you are currently recruiting for positions or will be in the future, we welcome employers to stay connected with our students through various activities. We welcome employers to engage with our students in the following ways:

Employers are invited to come to the NJCU campus (or visit via Zoom) to introduce their organization and the internship, part-time, and/or full-time job opportunities. Employer Info Sessions are also a great opportunity to meet with and engage with our talented and driven students.

Are you looking for a convenient and cost-effective way to recruit candidates for your open internship/job roles? Our staff can coordinate the promotion of your organization’s internship/job opportunities and work with you to schedule on-campus interviews with a talented pool of candidates. We can also coordinate virtual interview days.

We invite local professionals/employers to lead discussions/workshops on a variety of different topics for our students. These sessions typically fall under at least one of the following categories: industry information; general professional development topics; and soft skills training.

GradLeaders is our Career Services Management database where you can post internship/job opportunities and recruit from our pool of qualified undergraduate, graduate, and alumni network.

To create a profile and post opportunities, please visit: www.njcu.edu/gradleaders and also check out the Step-by-Step Employer Guide for using GradLeaders.

For more information about how to engage with NJCU students, Contact Sarah McGough, Internship & Postgraduate Outcomes Coordinator: smcgough@njcu.edu.

Contact Us

Sarah McGough
Internship & Postgraduate Outcomes Coordinator
On PACE for STEM Success
Science Building, Room 225
Office 201-200-3331


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