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Career Associates Program (CAP) at Virginia Tech

Effective fall 2013, the Career Associates Program has been replaced by the Peer Career Advisor Program.


2012-2013 Career Associates

2012-2013 Career Associates:
Alexis, Rhea, Patsy, Jenna, Olivia, Hayden
Rachel (kneeling)

On this page:

Purpose of the program
Why should I become a CA?
Qualities and requirements
Time commitment
Number of CAs accepted per year
Info session
Application process and deadline
Contact for questions

Purpose of program:

  • Increase student awareness on campus about Career Services.
  • Foster leadership and responsibility for students who serve as Career Associates.

Why should I become a Career Associate?

1. Gain valuable skills in marketing, advising, event planning, leadership, communication, and team work.
2. Participate in professional development opportunities through Career Services.
3. Receive extensive training in Career Services areas for free.
4. Be acknowledged as a student leader on campus by earning a CAP certificate.
5. Gain valuable experience for students who may be interested in pursuing careers in advising, human services, education, management, marketing, student affairs, etc.

Responsibilities of a Career Associate:

1. Work one-on-one with students in a peer-educator role.
2. Represent Career Services at information booths.
3. Present career programs to student groups.
4. Attend CAP weekly/bi-weekly meetings and receive training on the Career Services office.
5. Participate in Career Services marketing initiatives around campus.
6. Assist with special programming, as needed.

Qualities and requirements of a Career Associate:

• Interest in helping Virginia Tech students with career and job search concerns.
• Ability to relate and interact with individuals both one-on-one and in group situations.
• Mature judgment.
• Understanding and acceptance of responsibility.
• Willingness to work in a team setting and build rapport with other CAs and Career Services staff.
• Available during some evening and weekend hours for special events and presentations.
• Must be able to commit about 4-6 hours per week to Career Services.


2010-2011 Career Associates

2010-2011 Career Associates

• Undergraduate and graduate students.
• Freshmen are welcome to apply to be Career Associates during sophomore year!
• Completion of at least two semesters at Virginia Tech as of start of fall semester of your CAP academic year.
• Minimum GPA of 2.2.
• Students in all majors all welcome to apply.

Time Commitment:

• Participation for the academic year (fall plus spring semesters).
• CA day-long orientation and training (August: Th. 8/22/13 OR Fr. 8/23/13)
• Meetings/training each week or every other week (meeting day TBD)
• Volunteer 4-6 hours per week.

Number of Career Associates accepted per year:

2008-2009 Career Associates

2008-2009 Career Associates

• 5-8 Career Associates for the 2013-2014 year.
• In prior years, we have had up to 10 CAs.
• Our program began in the 2004-2005 year.

Academic credit possible?

• No.

Spring info session:

To learn more, prior to the application deadline:
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:30-6:00 pm.
Smith Career Center Computer Lab, 1st floor by Career Resource Center

E-mail RSVP for info session
Please READ and COMPLETE e-mail before sending.

Application process and deadline:

Prepare to submit:
Application form (MS Word .docx). Complete and save.
• Resume. We strongly encourage you to use our resume guide.
• Fall 2013 class schedule (if known).

Submit completed application and resume:

Deadline Wednesday, April 10, 2013, for 2013-2014 academic year.
By e-mail by midnight E-mail. Attach application and resume.
In person before 5pm office closing Smith Career Center location

Interview | selection:
• Applicants selected for interviews are contacted to set up interviews for late April.
• Selections are made in early May.

Contact for additional questions:

2007-2008 Career Associates

2007-2008 Career Associates

Ms. Becca Heterick Scott
Assistant Director
Career Associates Program Coordinator


Student opps: Work & Learn in Career Services

For undergrad students:

For grad students:

Resume guide

Cover letter guide

Learn about the CA program prior to the application deadline.
2013 session
Tues., Apr. 9, 2013
5:30-6:00 pm
Smith Career Center