Campus. Community. Career.

Career Connect experiences give students the opportunity to work with a community partner towards a mutually beneficial goal - providing real experiences like internships, volunteer work, research projects, study abroad trips, etc. Every UNT student already has a wide range of community-engaged experiences during their time at UNT. These can be both classroom and co-curricular. Connect is a way to integrate the work and showcase skills. As students complete a Connect experience, important skills like communication, teamwork and critical thinking are evaluated and students integrate the work by reflecting and identifying the skills they're building - all to prepare them with marketable skills for careers and graduate degrees.

Employers say they want to hire critical thinkers with communication skills that work well on a team. Career Connect experiences help students advance and document these skills. Using the new UNT Connect e-portfolio, Career Connect makes it easier to collect these experiences, connect students to the community to gain skills that go beyond their classroom work, and showcase those skills to employers.

For the university, Career Connect strengthens UNT's commitment to educational excellence and relies on the strong support faculty and staff already give our students to develop the skills students need to excel in graduate school or stand-out as a top job candidate in the workforce.

Connect can be achieved in a variety of ways, meaning students can take advantage of the experiences that best suit their needs and faculty or staff can incorporate UNT Career Connect in their classroom in a variety of ways, including organized projects or certain student submitted activities that meet the Connect goals and requirements:

Engaging credit classes meant to model real-world experiences in the field.

Allows students to apply classroom theories and skills in a real work environment.

Opportunities to get class credit while studying abroad, leading to knowledge that can’t be taught within a classroom.

Projects that allow students opportunities to engage with the community and contribute to social issues.

Multifaceted projects meant to showcase the skills students have acquired throughout their college careers.

Projects designed to engage students in course-specific topics.