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ODU CareerParents is an online community exclusively for the parents of Old Dominion University students.

The CareerParents program is designed to share with you what you need to know to help your student take ownership of their career through videos, webinars, and an online discussion forum.

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Why would I want to sign up?

Every parent's goal is to see his/her student successfully complete a college education and have a career that will allow self-sufficiency, satisfaction and personal growth. If your student is entering college, or currently in college, you have time to help them understand the importance of creating a career plan, recognizing the job search strategies that will ensure they get the career job they want when they graduate, and the value of using their career center on campus.

ODU CareerParents is a FREE resource to help you and your student achieve the goals you have set for yourselves.

How will this help me help my student?

ODU CareerParents will:

  • Help you understand the issues your student will be facing after graduation
  • Give insight into what your student should be doing from the first day
  • Help you better understand the employment environment
  • Connect you to resources you can use to help get your student engaged in the career planning process
  • Provide you with a support network of other parents who are experiencing the same issues and concerns from whom you can ask career questions and gain input

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What are the goals of a practicum experience?

  • Developing cooperative learning skills through working with a group, especially an interdisciplinary group.
  • Developing competency in oral communication (presentation, small-group communication, organizational communication, etc.).
  • Giving students exposure to and understanding of a multicultural environment.
  • Giving students exposure to international experiences.
  • Giving students an opportunity to contribute to solution of community problems.
  • Giving students an opportunity to experience technology as it is applied in the workplace and to assess its effects on individuals, society and the environment.

How can my class qualify for a practicum experience?

  • The practicum will be clearly related to the major. It may either be related to the student's intended career (including anticipated graduate or professional school) or be practical applications of the intellectual skills upon which the major program is based. Another way of looking at this criterion is to say that the experience will help further the student's career by demonstrating special competence and experience to potential employers or graduate or professional school admissions committees.
  • The practicum will involve significant written work which integrates the practicum experience with the academic discipline (a journal, interim reports, and a final report, etc.)
  • The practicum will carry a minimum of three hours of academic credit within the major, additional credit may be required by the department involved. The experience will be coordinated by faculty, who will approve the structure of the experience, evaluate written work, and assign the final grade.
  • While class meetings can be used to coordinate activities, the practicum experience shall not be incorporated into a traditional class structure. Location of the practicum experience may be either off campus or on campus.

What courses qualify as a CAP experience?

COLLEGE SUBJECT CODE COURSE NUMBER PRACTICUM TYPE
AL AAST 367 COOP
AL AAST 368 INTERN
AL AAST 369 PRACTICUM
AL AL 367 COOP
AL ANTR 369 PRACTICUM
AL ART 367 COOP
AL ART 368 INTERN
AL ART 369 PRACTICUM
AL ARTH 368 INTERN
AL ARTH 369 PRACTICUM
AL ARTS 367 COOP
AL ARTS 368 INTERN
AL ARTS 369 PRACTICUM
AL ARTS 400 CLASS
AL ARTS 401 CLASS
AL ARTS 407 CLASS
AL COMM 367 COOP
AL COMM 368 INTERN
AL COMM 369 PRACTICUM
AL CRJS 367 COOP
AL CRJS 368 INTERN
AL CRJS 369 PRACTICUM
AL DANC 367 COOP
AL DANC 368 INTERN
AL DANC 369 PRACTICUM
AL DANC 387 CLASS
AL DANC 388 CLASS
AL DANC 487 CLASS
AL DANC 488 CLASS
AL DANC 489 CLASS
AL DANC 499 CLASS
AL ENGL 367 COOP
AL ENGL 368 INTERN
AL ENGL 369 PRACTICUM
AL ENGL 468 INTERN
AL ENGL 668 GRAD INTERN
AL FL 369 PRACTICUM
AL FL 456 CLASS
AL FR 367 COOP
AL FR 368 INTERN
AL FR 369 PRACTICUM
AL GEOG 367 COOP
AL GEOG 368 INTERN
AL GEOG 369 PRACTICUM
AL GER 367 COOP
AL GER 368 INTERN
AL GER 369 PRACTICUM
AL HIST 367 COOP
AL HIST 368 INTERN
AL HIST 369 PRACTICUM
AL HIST 668 GRAD INTERN
AL IDS 367 COOP
AL IDS 368 INTERN
AL IDS 369 PRACTICUM
AL IDS 497 CLASS
AL IDS 498 CLASS
AL IS 668 GRAD INTERN
AL IS 669 GRAD INTERN
AL IS 868 GRAD INTERN
AL MUSC 367 COOP
AL MUSC 368 INTERN
AL MUSC 369 PRACTICUM
AL MUSC 402 CLASS
AL MUSC 404 CLASS
AL MUSC 406 CLASS
AL MUSC 408 CLASS
AL PHIL 367 COOP
AL PHIL 368 INTERN
AL PHIL 369 PRACTICUM
AL POLS 367 COOP
AL POLS 368 INTERN
AL POLS 369 PRACTICUM
AL RUS 367 COOP
AL SOC 367 COOP
AL SOC 368 INTERN
AL SOC 369 PRACTICUM
AL SPAN 367 COOP
AL SPAN 368 INTERN
AL SPAN 369 PRACTICUM
AL SPCH 367 COOP
AL SPCH 368 INTERN
AL TART 273+ CLASS
AL TART 274+ CLASS
AL TART 367 COOP
AL TART 368 INTERN
AL TART 373+ CLASS
AL TART 374+ CLASS
AL TART 473+ CLASS
AL TART 474 CLASS
AL TART 474+ CLASS
AL TART 490 CLASS
AL THEA 273+ CLASS
AL THEA 274+ CLASS
AL THEA 367 COOP
AL THEA 368 INTERN
AL THEA 369 PRACTICUM
AL THEA 373+ CLASS
AL THEA 374+ CLASS
AL THEA 473+ CLASS
AL THEA 474+ CLASS
AL THEA 490 CLASS
AL WMST 367 COOP
AL WMST 368 INTERN
AL WMST 369 PRACTICUM
BU ACCT 317 CLASS
BU ACCT 367 COOP
BU ACCT 368 INTERN
BU ACCT 369 PRACTICUM
BU ACCT 460 CLASS
BU ACCT 667 GRAD INTERN
BU ACCT 668 GRAD INTERN
BU BNAL 367 COOP
BU BNAL 368 INTERN
BU BNAL 369 PRACTICUM
BU DESC 367 COOP
BU DESC 368 INTERN
BU DESC 369 PRACTICUM
BU DESC 476 CLASS
BU DESC 576 CLASS
BU DSCI 367 COOP
BU DSCI 368 INTERN
BU DSCI 407 CLASS
BU DSCI 476 CLASS
BU DSCI 507 GRAD INTERN
BU ECON 367 COOP
BU ECON 368 INTERN
BU ECON 369 PRACTICUM
BU ECON 668 GRAD INTERN
BU FIN 367 COOP
BU FIN 368 INTERN
BU FIN 369 PRACTICUM
BU FIN 431 CLASS
BU FIN 668 GRAD INTERN
BU INBU 367 COOP
BU INBU 368 INTERN
BU INBU 431 CLASS
BU INBU 432 CLASS
BU INBU 433 CLASS
BU INBU 434 CLASS
BU ISYS 367 COOP
BU ISYS 368 INTERN
BU ISYS 369 PRACTICUM
BU ISYS 473 CLASS
BU ISYS 667 GRAD INTERN
BU ISYS 668 GRAD INTERN
BU IT 367 COOP
BU IT 368 INTERN
BU IT 473 CLASS
BU IT 667 GRAD INTERN
BU IT 668 GRAD INTERN
BU MGMT 361 CLASS
BU MGMT 367 COOP
BU MGMT 368 INTERN
BU MGMT 369 PRACTICUM
BU MGMT 668 GRAD INTERN
BU MKTG 367 COOP
BU MKTG 368 INTERN
BU MKTG 369 PRACTICUM
BU MKTG 407 CLASS
BU MKTG 668 GRAD INTERN
BU MSCM 367 COOP
BU MSCM 368 INTERN
BU MSCM 369 PRACTICUM
BU OPMT 367 COOP
BU OPMT 368 INTERN
BU OPMT 369 PRACTICUM
BU OPMT 432 CLASS
BU PADM 668 GRAD INTERN
BU PAS 368 INTERN
BU PORT 668 GRAD INTERN
BU URBN 668 GRAD INTERN
BU URBN 868 GRAD INTERN
BU URBN 898 CLASS
ED COUN 468 CLASS
ED COUN 494 CLASS
ED CSSE 367 COOP
ED CSSE 400 CLASS
ED CSSE 454 CLASS
ED CSSE 485 CLASS
ED CSSE 486 CLASS
ED ECI 290 CLASS
ED ECI 297 CLASS
ED ECI 301 CLASS
ED ECI 359 CLASS
ED ECI 469 PRACTICUM
ED ECI 485 CLASS
ED ECI 486 CLASS
ED ECI 569 GRAD INTERN
ED ESSE 369 PRACTICUM
ED ESSE 400 CLASS
ED ESSE 454 CLASS
ED ESSE 485 CLASS
ED ESSE 486 CLASS
ED ESSE 500 CLASS
ED EXSC 368 INTERN
ED EXSC 368W INTERN
ED EXSC 369 PRACTICUM
ED HE 369 PRACTICUM
ED HMSV 468 INTERN
ED HPE 485 CLASS
ED HPE 486 CLASS
ED OTED 297 CLASS
ED OTED 485 CLASS
ED OTED 486 CLASS
ED OTED 488 CLASS
ED OTS 367 COOP
ED OTS 405 CLASS
ED OTS 471 CLASS
ED OTS 472 CLASS
ED OTS 473 CLASS
ED OTS 474 CLASS
ED OTS 475 CLASS
ED PE 368 INTERN
ED PE 368W INTERN
ED PE 369 PRACTICUM
ED RLS 366 CLASS
ED RLS 368 INTERN
ED RLS 369 PRACTICUM
ED RLS 401 CLASS
ED RLS 402 CLASS
ED RLS 403 CLASS
ED RTS 366 CLASS
ED RTS 368 INTERN
ED RTS 368 INTERN
ED SEPS 297 CLASS
ED SEPS 367 COOP
ED SEPS 405 CLASS
ED SEPS 485 CLASS
ED SMGT 366 CLASS
ED SMGT 368 INTERN
ED SMGT 368W INTERN
ED SMGT 369 PRACTICUM
ED SPED 486 CLASS
ED SPED 586 CLASS
ED TLED 290 CLASS
ED TLED 301 CLASS
ED TLED 369 PRACTICUM
ED TLED 485 CLASS
ED TLED 486 CLASS
ED TLED 586 CLASS
EN AE 667 GRAD INTERN
EN AE 668 GRAD INTERN
EN AE 669 GRAD INTERN
EN CE 367 COOP
EN CE 368 INTERN
EN CE 369 PRACTICUM
EN CE 403 CLASS
EN CE 403W CLASS
EN CE 404 CLASS
EN CE 667 GRAD INTERN
EN CE 668 GRAD INTERN
EN CE 669 GRAD INTERN
EN CEE 367 COOP
EN CEE 368 INTERN
EN CEE 369 PRACTICUM
EN CEE 403 CLASS
EN CEE 403W CLASS
EN CEE 404 CLASS
EN CEE 667 GRAD INTERN
EN CEE 668 GRAD INTERN
EN CEE 669 GRAD INTERN
EN CET 367 COOP
EN CET 368 INTERN
EN CET 369 PRACTICUM
EN CET 425 CLASS
EN CET 455 CLASS
EN CET 475 CLASS
EN CET 475W CLASS
EN ECE 367 COOP
EN ECE 368 INTERN
EN ECE 369 PRACTICUM
EN ECE 485 CLASS
EN ECE 485W CLASS
EN ECE 486 CLASS
EN ECE 487 CLASS
EN ECE 488 CLASS
EN ECE 489 CLASS
EN ECE 489W CLASS
EN ECE 667 GRAD INTERN
EN ECE 668 GRAD INTERN
EN ECE 669 GRAD INTERN
EN EET 367 COOP
EN EET 368 INTERN
EN EET 369 PRACTICUM
EN EET 480 CLASS
EN EET 480W CLASS
EN ENMA 667 GRAD INTERN
EN ENMA 668 GRAD INTERN
EN ENMA 669 GRAD INTERN
EN MAE 367 COOP
EN MAE 368 INTERN
EN MAE 369 PRACTICUM
EN MAE 434 CLASS
EN MAE 435 CLASS
EN MAE 667 GRAD INTERN
EN MAE 668 GRAD INTERN
EN MAE 669 GRAD INTERN
EN ME 367 COOP
EN ME 368 INTERN
EN ME 369 PRACTICUM
EN ME 434 CLASS
EN ME 434W CLASS
EN ME 435 CLASS
EN ME 667 GRAD INTERN
EN ME 668 GRAD INTERN
EN ME 669 GRAD INTERN
EN MEM 367 COOP
EN MEM 434 CLASS
EN MEM 435 CLASS
EN MET 367 COOP
EN MET 368 INTERN
EN MET 369 PRACTICUM
EN MET 410 CLASS
EN MET 434 CLASS
EN MET 435 CLASS
EN MET 435W CLASS
EN MET 436 CLASS
EN MET 436W CLASS
EN MET 437 CLASS
HS CHP 369 PRACTICUM
HS CYTO 415 CLASS
HS CYTO 424 CLASS
HS CYTO 428 CLASS
HS CYTO 442 CLASS
HS CYTO 444 CLASS
HS CYTO 445 CLASS
HS CYTO 446 CLASS
HS CYTO 448 CLASS
HS CYTO 455 CLASS
HS CYTO 458 CLASS
HS CYTO 468 CLASS
HS CYTO 478 CLASS
HS DNTH 301 CLASS
HS DNTH 306 CLASS
HS DNTH 316 CLASS
HS DNTH 411 CLASS
HS DNTH 412 CLASS
HS DNTH 417 CLASS
HS DNTH 417W CLASS
HS DNTH 418 CLASS
HS DNTH 512 CLASS
HS ENVH 403 CLASS
HS ENVH 404 CLASS
HS ENVH 405 CLASS
HS HTEC 367 COOP
HS HTEC 368 INTERN
HS HTEC 369 PRACTICUM
HS MEDT 404 CLASS
HS MEDT 405 CLASS
HS MEDT 406 CLASS
HS MEDT 407 CLASS
HS MEDT 445 CLASS
HS MEDT 451 CLASS
HS MEDT 452 CLASS
HS MEDT 454 CLASS
HS MEDT 455 CLASS
HS MEDT 456 CLASS
HS MEDT 458 CLASS
HS MEDT 464 CLASS
HS NMED 440 CLASS
HS NMED 450 CLASS
HS NMED 460 CLASS
HS NURS 303 CLASS
HS NURS 305 CLASS
HS NURS 307 CLASS
HS NURS 321 CLASS
HS NURS 331 CLASS
HS NURS 341 CLASS
HS NURS 351 CLASS
HS NURS 371 CLASS
HS NURS 381 CLASS
HS NURS 421 CLASS
HS NURS 431 CLASS
HS NURS 441 CLASS
HS NURS 451 CLASS
HS NURS 471 CLASS
HS NURS 487 CLASS
HS NURS 487W CLASS
HS NURS 491 CLASS
HS NURS 493 CLASS
HS OPHS 337 CLASS
HS OPHS 350 CLASS
HS OPHS 420 CLASS
HS OPHS 421 CLASS
HS OPHS 422 CLASS
HS OPHS 423 CLASS
SC BIOL 367 COOP
SC BIOL 368 INTERN
SC BIOL 369 PRACTICUM
SC BIOL 487 RESEARCH
SC BIOL 488 RESEARCH
SC BIOL 491 RESEARCH
SC BIOL 492 RESEARCH
SC BIOL 494 RESEARCH
SC BIOL 497 CLASS
SC BIOL 667 GRAD INTERN
SC BIOL 668 GRAD INTERN
SC BIOL 669 GRAD INTERN
SC CHEM 367 COOP
SC CHEM 368 INTERN
SC CHEM 369 PRACTICUM
SC CHEM 491 RESEARCH
SC CHEM 492 RESEARCH
SC CHEM 667 GRAD INTERN
SC CHEM 668 GRAD INTERN
SC CHEM 669 GRAD INTERN
SC CS 367 COOP
SC CS 368 INTERN
SC CS 369 PRACTICUM
SC CS 410 CLASS
SC CS 411 CLASS
SC CS 411W CLASS
SC CS 491 RESEARCH
SC CS 667 GRAD INTERN
SC CS 668 GRAD INTERN
SC CS 669 GRAD INTERN
SC GEOL 367 COOP
SC GEOL 368 INTERN
SC GEOL 491 RESEARCH
SC GEOL 667 GRAD INTERN
SC GEOL 668 GRAD INTERN
SC GEOL 669 GRAD INTERN
SC MATH 367 COOP
SC MATH 368 INTERN
SC MATH 369 PRACTICUM
SC MATH 667 GRAD INTERN
SC MATH 668 GRAD INTERN
SC MATH 669 GRAD INTERN
SC OCEN 367 COOP
SC OCEN 368 INTERN
SC OCEN 369 PRACTICUM
SC OEAS 367 COOP
SC OEAS 368 INTERN
SC OEAS 369 PRACTICUM
SC PHYS 367 COOP
SC PHYS 368 INTERN
SC PHYS 369 PRACTICUM
SC PHYS 491 RESEARCH
SC PHYS 492 RESEARCH
SC PHYS 493 RESEARCH
SC PHYS 667 GRAD INTERN
SC PHYS 668 GRAD INTERN
SC PHYS 669 GRAD INTERN
SC PSYC 367 COOP
SC PSYC 368 INTERN
SC PSYC 369 PRACTICUM
SC PSYC 370 CLASS
SC PSYC 371 CLASS
SC PSYC 487 RESEARCH
SC PSYC 488 RESEARCH
SC PSYC 489 RESEARCH
SC PSYC 491 RESEARCH
SC PSYC 492 RESEARCH
SC PSYC 493 RESEARCH
SC PSYC 494 RESEARCH
SC PSYC 667 GRAD INTERN
SC PSYC 668 GRAD INTERN
SC PSYC 669 GRAD INTERN
SC STAT 367 COOP
SC STAT 368 INTERN
SC STAT 369 PRACTICUM

Reference letters, what do employers want?

Dear [Name of Employer]:

This reference letter is provided at the written request of [name of student], who has asked me to serve as a reference on [his/her] behalf. It is my understanding that [name of student] is being considered by your organization for the position of [job title]. Please be advised that the information contained in this letter is confidential and should be treated as such. The information should not be disclosed to [name of student, if student has waived access] or anyone in your organization who would not be involved in the hiring decision regarding this individual. Additionally, the information should not be disclosed to anyone outside of your organization without the consent of the student.

I have known [name of student] for the past [number of months, semesters, years] as [he/she] has taken the following courses which I teach: [list courses, give brief description of content of course]. As [his/her] professor, I have had an opportunity to observe the student's participation and interaction in class, and to evaluate the student's knowledge of the subject matter. I would rate the student's overall performance in these subjects as average. This is evidenced by [his/her] grades-[state the grades].

[One or two specific examples of the student's performance may be appropriate.] As part of [his/her] grade in [name of course], the student was required to prepare a paper. The paper was designed to measure the student's ability to research, to analyze the results of the research, and to write. [Discuss how the paper submitted by the student indicated to you the student's skills in these areas.] Based upon this, I rate the student's skills as competent, but not excelling.

The one area in which the student performed above average was in oral communications. [Give specific example to support this.]

Based upon the student's academic performance and my understanding of the position for which the student is applying, I believe the student would perform (place overall evaluation here).

If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

[Name]

[Title]

[Affiliation]

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Prescreening candidates, what does it really mean?

If the career center or faculty prescreen candidates, they are, in effect, acting as an employment agency, and the relevant laws that apply to an agency would apply to the career center or faculty member.

Although federal anti-discrimination provisions typically apply only to "employers," many states have adopted similar provisions that encompass individual employees and third parties. These state law provisions often make it unlawful for any individual or entity to "aid or abet" discriminatory employment practices. Additionally, educational institutions that accept federal funding may run afoul of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and/or the Equal Protection Clause by implementing or endorsing discriminatory prescreening practices.

Once career services staff or a faculty member participate in the selection process, they may have to justify the criteria upon which the screening was based, just like an employer or an employment agency. Problems occur when the criteria are facially discriminatory or have a discriminatory impact, such as when a career services office is asked to refer only minority students or a faculty member is asked to refer just female candidates. A career services staff member or faculty member could not defend the action by saying the employer "told me to do it."

The less directly involved the career services staff and faculty are in making choices for employers, the less likely the staff and educational institution will become embroiled in administrative claims and litigation if a student believes that he or she was discriminated against as a result of not being selected to interview.

by Edward Easterly, Esq., Norris, McLaughlin, & Marcus, Reprinted from the August 29, 2012, Spotlight