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On-campus Recruiting

Come to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) to interview for your new hires, host an information session/table or conduct classroom presentations.  Our students are recruited by major corporations and government agencies. We make your visit easy by providing a one stop service. You make your request and the Office of Career Services will take care of the rest. Let us schedule your organization today to recruit for permanent placements as well as Cooperative Education and internship positions. 

To set-up an on-campus visit, please follow the steps below or you may contact Shirley Cherry in the Office of Career Services at 870-575-8461.

Conducting interviews on-campus is a great way to access students on their home turf.  All interviews are held in the Office of Career Services located in Caldwell Hall, Suite 202.
On-campus interviews are scheduled throughout the year and are tailored to fit your needs.  Here’s how it works:

1. Select the recruitment date:
September 4-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26
October 1-3, 8-10, 29-31
November 5-7, 12-14, 19-21
December 3-5

January 14-16, 22-23, 28-30
February 4-6, 11-13,18-20
March 3-5, 10-12, 31
April 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

2. Complete the On-Campus Recruiting-Interview Form
3. Email job description and recruitment form to Shirley Cherry at least two weeks prior to the date you would like to schedule your visit.
4. Once date is confirmed, you will receive the campus map and parking instructions.

The Office of Career Services will select the students that meet your qualifications and prepare the interview schedule(s). A copy of the interview schedule and resumes will be provided to the recruiter on the day of the interview.

After the Interview
We request that you rate our students in the following areas:
  • Appearance     
  • Confidence     
  • Asked Pertinent/Purposeful Questions    
  • Knowledge of Organization
  • Skills/Ability to Perform the Job   
  • Interactive Communication     
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
This information will be used to provide feedback to strengthen the students interviewing skills.  The wrap-up session is held with the Office of Career Services’ staff at the completion of all interviews.

Employment Offers/Second or Third-round Interviews
Please notify the on-campus recruitment coordinator, Shirley Cherry by email or call 870-575-8461 of any offer(s)/second or third-round interviews made to students.

Information Sessions
An information session is a great way to target highly motivated candidates and spread the word about opportunities with your organization. Information sessions are one hour presentations given by businesses, government agencies and graduate/professional schools to interested students.  

Sessions are scheduled during the fall and spring semesters on campus and are normally held at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  Information sessions held during the 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. hour will require the employer to provide lunch for the students.  

Our office will provide the location, equipment and advertisements.  An audience is guaranteed because students are required to sign-up for the information session in the Office of Career Services.

To request an information session:
1. Select a recruitment date from the schedule of dates listed above.
2. Complete the On-Campus Recruitment Form
3. Email the recruitment form to Yulanda Riley ( at least two weeks prior to the date you would like to schedule your visit.
4. Once date is confirmed, you will receive the campus map, parking instructions and the location where the information session will be held. 

Information Tables
You can request an information table through the Office of Career Services.  We will coordinate your request with the designated school/department.  

Please complete the On-Campus Recruitment Form and email it to Shirley Cherry.  Please allow up to two weeks to process your request.  Once date is confirmed, you will receive the campus map, parking instructions and the location where the table will be set up.

Classroom Presentations
The Office of Career Services’ staff will partner with faculty members to create a schedule of classroom presentations upon request.  Presentations range from professional development to sharing what your organization has to offer.  Lengths may vary, and dates are subject to faculty schedules and availability.  

Please complete the On-Campus Recruitment Form and email it to Shirley Cherry.  Please allow up to two weeks to process your request.  Once date is confirmed, you will receive a schedule, campus map and parking instructions.

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Career Fairs

The Office of Career Services hosts fall and spring career fairs for business, government, education, and graduate/professional schools.

Spring 2020 Career Fair

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Fall 2020 Career Fair
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

To register for the career fair or to create a new account, click here or on the logo below:

If you are having trouble logging onto the site, please contact us at 870-575-8461 or email

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Cooperative Education/Internship


An internship is a paid work-related summer learning experience for individuals who wish to develop hands on work experience in their major or career goals. Internship must be at least a minimum of 10 weeks.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a structured method of combining classroom-based learning with practical paid work experience directly related to the student’s academic major. There are two types of Cooperative Education plans. Under both plans, student must register for 6 hours of academic credit under his/her department.
Alternating Plan
This paid work assignment is limited to employers over a 50-mile radius from the University. You will spend one semester (fall or spring) working in full-time employment (40 hours a week) and return to campus the next semester to study.
Parallel Plan
This paid work assignment is limited to employers within a 50-mile radius from the University. The plan allows you to participate in full-time study (12 hours of course work) and part-time work (20 hours per week) during the semester. The work schedule is assigned by the Office of Career Services. 

Benefits of Cooperative Education

For the Student
  • Integrates classroom theory to actual work experience.
  • Creates an awareness of interest and career goals.
  • Helps you develop powerful skills and experiences that make you marketable upon graduation.
  • Cultivates maturity, self-confidence, human relations skills and a sense of responsibility.
  • Accumulates job seniority which can lead to full-time employment.
  • Offers an opportunity to build a network of contacts.
For the Employer
  • Improves personnel selection process by using actual on-the-job performance as a basis for permanent hiring decisions.
  • Provides an opportunity to select top students.
  • Improves workforce diversity Increases retention rates among permanent employees recruited and hired through a Co-op program. Brings highly qualified and motivated employees with fresh talent and ideas.
  • Increases cost-effectiveness of recruitment and training.

    Roles of Career Services, Faculty, Student And Employer

     Career Services (OSC)
    • Verify student is registered with OSC
    • Verify GPA and number of credit hours
    • Verify the Departmental Approval Form is on file. If not, provide to the student.
    • Contact Dean of Students’ office to verify student has no disciplinary action
    • Create Co-op folder on shared drive
    • Send job verification form to company supervisor to complete if applicable
    • Provide student with Academic Credit Approval Form; Job description must be attached.
    • Once approved, submit form to Registrar’s office
    • If student is on the Alternate Plan and on a scholarship, OCS must submit letter to Financial Aid to place scholarship on hold.
    • If student is on the Parallel Plan, OCS must complete work schedule and submit to company supervisor
    • Add student to Co-op placement spreadsheet
    • Career Coach will schedule mandatory one-hour Code of Conduct and Workplace Etiquette training
    • Assist with relocation
    • Follow-up with phone call in two weeks to supervisor to check on student
    • Submit mid-term and final evaluations to employer
    • Review mid-term and final evaluations
    • Refer any work related issues to director.
    • Counsel students with work related issues or any areas in which they fall below standards on evaluation
    • Submit a copy to faculty liaison and departmental advisor
    • Submit job description on letterhead to career coach; this applies to jobs obtained outside of OSC
    • Submit Academic Credit Approval Form and job description to academic advisor for approval; must get all signatures required
    • Return completed form to career coach
    • Meet with academic advisor to establish learning objectives
    • Attend mandatory one-hour Code of Conduct and Workplace Etiquette training
    • The first day on the job, send supervisor name and phone number to career coach
    • Immediately notifies career coach first of any potential absences or illness. The career coach will direct the student to notify employer
    • Abides by company and university policies and procedures
    • Dresses appropriately for the position
    • Arrives at agreed upon time and maintain regularly scheduled hours
     Faculty Liaison
    • Approves all students that participate in Co-op and summer internships
    • Approves all job descriptions to ensure the experience is related to the academic major.
    • Completes learning objectives with the student
    • Determines electives that will be credited and note on academic credit form
    •  Reviews student assignment and evaluations.
    • Assigns letter grade for academic credit
    • Accompany Job Developer on local site visits, if available
    • Attends employer wrap-up sessions for on-campus interviews
    • Provides a job description to career services
    • Pays students a competitive wage commensurate with the student’s major, abilities and job responsibilities.
    • Completes interviews and make selection at least one week prior to the close of registration
    • Offers relocation assistance and recommendations if applicable
    • Maintains a safe, harassment and discrimination free workplace
    • Places the student under the supervision of a qualified manager who can provide effective guidance and mentoring
    • Assists student with adapting to work environment and organization
    • Offers ongoing feedback to the student about his/her work performance
    • Completes and submits mid-term and final evaluation to the career coach
    • Permits job developer/faculty liaison to visit the work site to review the program and assess student progress
    • Contacts career coach with any concerns or issues with a student

    What is my obligation to hire a student at the end of the work experience?
    When you hire a Co-op/intern student it is for one term at a time, coinciding with the beginning and ending of a school term. At the conclusion of a term, you have the choice to retain the student for another term or permanently, if the student is graduating.

    Interested in hiring a student for an internship or co-op position? Log into Career Connections.

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    Post a Job

    Posting a job in Handshake is easy!

     Go to Handshake by clicking the logo below:

    1. Follow the steps in Handshake to post the position(s).
    2. Coordinator will review the posting and an approval confirmation will be sent by email.
    3. Once the position is approved, students will have access to view posting.
    If you have trouble logging onto the site, please contact us at 870-575-8461 or

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    Employer Testimonials

    “If you are searching for top talent and a wonderful staff, then look no further.  The students and faculty at UAPB are “Top Notch.”  As a Human Resource professional for 10-plus years, I would highly recommend getting involved and recruiting your next leadership team from The University of   Arkansas at Pine Bluff!”
    -Dustin Laroux, Talent Acquisition Manager

     “I am pleased to be able to describe the mutually beneficial relations enjoyed by The Strong Company, Inc. and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Office of Career Services.  Our company has been very impressed with the quality of the students, their intelligence, maturity and willingness to complete the work assigned to them.  I would enthusiastically encourage any employer to take advantage of this resource in our community for the betterment of their company and the students.”
    -Tim DeJarnette, President

     “We are so excited by the results of the internship program we have established.  With six UAPB interns with us this semester, we are confident our future recruitment efforts will certainly include the university as our first and primary source when seeking new engineers, supervisors and managers.”
    -Patrick Fenton, Corporate Director of Human Resources

     “Our experience with UAPB is always the best.  Career Services is on top of their game.  Every visit to UAPB is organized, on time, and full of professional, eager students ready and willing to start their career!”
    -Andrew Harman, Project Manager

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