Job and Internship Search

As you begin your career search, the career advisors in the CCLD can help you develop and implement a plan. It takes 6 - 9 months to find the job or professional internship that you want, so we recommend starting early.  In fact, exploring majors and careers as a freshman or sophomore and doing an internship as a junior are tasks that will help you as you implement a senior year job search plan.

To get started, we recommend the following:

  • Claim your Handshake account at  Handshake is your connection to MGA employers and to all career development services offered by MGA.
  • Set-up a LinkedIn account.  We emphasize this tool in our Career Kickstarter programs and in our individual appointments.
  • Schedule an appointment with a career advisor through your Handshake account.
  • If you have questions, you can also email us at  

We also have a Job and Internship Search checklist to make sure you are on track to finding your dream job or internship.


MGA is proud to have Handshake as our job and internship database for students and alumni.  Handshake is a national career management platform used by thousands of employers and college career centers.  Discover new career paths, explore thousands of jobs and internships, track deadlines, and connect with employers. Activate your MGA Handshake account by visiting


LinkedIn is the largest professional network, allowing you to keep up with your networking connections and create new ones.  Start by creating a profile at  We recommend using the job board tool as well as the LinkedIn Alumni Tool.  By using the alumni tool, you can view the LinkedIn profiles of MGA graduates and connect with them to discuss their career paths.  LinkedIn provides resources to help college students get the most out of LinkedIn.

Additional Web Resources

Because career websites change frequently, we do not include a full list of job search resources on our site. However, we recommend referring to some of the following tools:  Georgia Department of Labor, Goodwill Job Connection, Indeed, Zip Recruiter, professional associations related to your field, and job boards specific to your field.   

For students and graduates wishing to stay in the middle Georgia region, we strongly encourage you to also use the Greater Macon Works platform.  To get started, you can visit their website to download the app.  Local employers post opportunities through this site that fit a variety of educational levels.

Keep in mind that the job you want might not be listed on a job board, so you want to also have a list of companies you want to work for and check their website frequently.  The employer database in Handshake, member directories for your area Chamber of Commerce, and Google searches for the type of companies you are seeking (i.e. public relations companies in Atlanta, Fortune 500 companies in Georgia, etc.) can help you build a list.  Once you have your list, use the LinkedIn Alumni Tool to identify MGA alumni who work at companies on your list.

Federal Jobs

The Federal Government offers a variety of internships for current students and full-time jobs for recent graduates and experienced job seekers.  To get started, visit You can find specific information on the application process which requires you to complete a profile on the USAJOBS website.  For each position you apply for with the federal government, you will tailor your resume so that your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences match the job announcement.  The links below take you to specific resources to help with your federal job application.  

How to build a resume

What should I include in my federal resume?

Writing Your Federal Resume

How to Apply for a Federal Job

Can I apply if I am Close to Finishing My Degree?

Make Your Volunteer Experience Count

Pathways Recent Graduates Program

Student and Alumni with Disabilities

If you have a disability, there are important factors for you to consider as you search for internships or employment or apply to graduate school. You may have questions about your rights, disclosure, accommodations and which laws might apply to you. Below are resources to help you in the career exploration and preparation process. This list is in no means exhaustive but will hopefully help you as you develop and achieve your career goals.

Bender Consulting, Inc. 

Job Accommodation Network

Department of Labor Disability Resources

The National Organization on Disability

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Student and Alumni in Aviation

For students and alumni from the School of Aviation, be sure to include the following resources as you conduct your job search. - job information for all areas of aviation

University Aviation Association - includes a link to JSfirm job site and information on aviation careers, conferences, and networking opportunities.

Federal Aviation Administration - includes information on Air Traffic Control and other aviation careers.


Student and Alumni Veterans

The Office of Career Development is committed to helping veterans and active-duty students and alumni find meaningful and enjoyable employment. We offer a variety of services to help you throughout your education and as you transition into the workforce, such as choosing a major/career, writing a resume, learning job search skills, negotiating salary, or finding employment. Please also check out additional resources available to you below.

The Veterans Education Career Transition Resource Center (VECTR)

VA for Vets

Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)

American Corporate Partners

Federal Job Opportunities for Veterans - USAJOBS


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