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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Career Services?

Career Services is the first stop for any career-related questions. Compose your resume, work on your interviewing skills, create a job search strategy, connect with employers through job fairs and information sessions and much more. Connect with Career Services throughout your academic career to set yourself up for success.

Do I need an appointment?

For answers to quick questions, or to have a resume briefly reviewed, take advantage of drop-in hours through Zoom, Monday through Friday, 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. (no appointment necessary). Career Spots videos may also answer a lot of your questions. 

Please make an appointment for in-depth assistance, including discussion of self-assessment, career exploration, job search strategies, interviewing, resume content or cover letters. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 937-229-2045.

When can I start working?

For specific questions and answers related to when you are eligible to start working, contact the ISSS office. In general, it is recommended to give yourself time to get adjusted to campus life, as this is a major transition (new level of student, new educational system, new country, sometimes new language, etc.). Focus on your academic success first before beginning a job search. Review the Guide for Hiring International Students for details. 

How do I find jobs on campus?

All on-campus jobs are posted in Handshake. Handshake is an online database used to connect University of Dayton students and alumni with employers. 

Where is Career Services located?

Career Services is located in Alumni House (not to be confused with Alumni Hall) at 208 L Street, Dayton, Ohio 45469-2711.

I am applying to jobs online, how do I answer questions about work authorization, salaries and security clearances?

Some jobs require U.S. citizenship (typically government jobs or federal contractor jobs). Any job that requires a security clearance most likely requires U.S. citizenship. Save yourself time and energy by avoiding these applications.

Work authorization is a complicated question (asked in a variety of ways). Read the Guide to Hiring International Students to understand the basics, but visit the ISSS office for specific questions. 

Research salary ranges for the type of position and the geographic location of the job. Review salary ranges of UD graduates through the Flyer First Destination Full Reports. A career advisor can assist you with salary negotiation strategies in an appointment. 

When is the right time to apply for an internship or a full-time job? 

All companies have different hiring schedules and hiring is done throughout the year. We recommend you start sooner rather than later, to have access to more opportunities. During your initial conversations with an organization, ask about their hiring cycle to guide your search.

How can I get an R.A. or a G.A. position?

Resident Advisors/Fellows and Graduate Assistants are UD employees. Information about the application process, timeline, and job postings can be found through the following links.

Assistantships for Graduate/Doctoral Students

Housing and Residence Life Employment/Leadership Opportunities


Career Services

Alumni House
208 L Street
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2711