Information for Faculty / Staff

The Office of Career Development collaborates with PNC faculty and staff to support the career development of undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni, in various ways. We rely on your support, assistance, and referral as students explore their career goals.

We are also here to help you! Whether you seek the latest in employment trends and statistics, a presenter for your class, Career Development is here to help. Below please find a list of services we offer to PNC faculty and staff.

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Don’t Cancel That Class

In 2009, the Office of Career Development started offering to do classroom presentations in lieu of you canceling your class. Since the inception of the program, we have conducted over 40 classroom presentations reaching over 500 students! Your continued support of this program is what makes it successful.

UPDATE: To request a Classroom Presentation, please fill out this form.

Note: We require 72 hours notice prior to the desired presentation date to properly prepare / ensure appropriate staffing.

Referring Students

Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer students to our office for career guidance. The Office of Career Development services all Purdue students and alumni regardless of their campus affiliation. We appreciate your referrals, here is a list of the services we provide:

  1. Career Planning
  2. Externships
  3. Informational Interviews
  4. Internship Preparation/Search Strategies
  5. Job Search Preparation/Search Strategies
  6. Resume/Cover Letter Development
  7. Interview Preparation
  8. Graduate School Preparation
  9. Federal Employment Strategies

We love to see your referrals! Keep them coming to see us!

Legal & Ethical Standards in Student Hiring

Oftentimes faculty are asked to write letters of recommendation for employment, graduate school, or internships. While writing a recommendation is appreciative and invaluable each of these situations has the potential for problems if you don’t know the rules. For instance:

  • Does a confidential recommendation always remain confidential?
  • How do you handle the possible mistreatment of your student at an internship site?
  • Is it legal for you to give an employer the names of minority students, if requested?
  • What is the best way to handle a recommendation request when you don’t believe you can write a good one for a student?

Purdue University North Central’s Office of Career Development belongs to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) which regularly publishes guidelines and legal briefs related to the role of faculty in the career search process. Our staff is always available for a consultation if you are unsure of what action to take in a situation.  To familiarize yourself with this information please visit the following links:

Faculty Guide to Legal Standards in Student Hiring

Sample Reference Letter

What Can a Faculty Member Say and Write?

Success Stories

We want to share your good news! If you have a success story you would like to share about a student or alumni’s experience we want to hear about it. Submit a success story.

You are Our Partner

Students who are encouraged by faculty are much more likely to take advantage of our services. It’s that simple.

Please consider becoming a partner with us in helping our students make the most of their time here at PNC.