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Presentation Policies

  • Presentation Request Time Frames: We ask that presentation requests be made as soon as possible, ideally, with 30-days’ notice. Requests made outside of this time frame will be accommodated as staffing allows.
  • Group Size Requirements: Our goal is to provide engaging, informative, and activity-driven presentations. Our presentations work best for groups of 10 or more. Groups under 10 will be scheduled as availability allows. Please estimate attendance so we can prepare the best presentation depending on the size of your group.
  • Presentation Request Maximum: We will facilitate live online or in-person presentations for the same class/group of students up to three (3) times during a given semester. If your course consists of multiple sections, please request a common meeting time. There is no limit for recorded presentations.
  • Presentation Location/Format: Please indicate the format of your class (live online, in-person) and the tool you are using (e.g. Zoom) under “location” in the request form. We also offer recorded presentations. If you would like to know more about this option or would like a pre-recorded presentation, please indicate that in your notes in the location section.
  • Evening Presentation Requests: Our staff is available for presentations Monday-Friday between 8:00 am-7:00 pm. All evening presentations must start no later than 6:00 pm.

Presentation Options

Career-Related Presentations

  • Wildcat 5: This presentation will explore five ways students can get started to help them be career-ready: creating online profiles such as Handshake & LinkedIn, developing a professional resume, growing a personal network, practicing interviewing skills, and seeking help to explore options. (45 minutes)
  • Career Exploration (Ideal for First & Second Year Students Who May Be Undecided on Their Major/Career Choice): This presentation will introduce resources for students to explore potential careers and begin the career planning process. (45 minutes)
  • Resume Writing: This presentation will introduce resources to assist students in writing a professional resume. Activities will encourage participants to reflect upon and articulate professional and academic experiences. (45 minutes)
  • Resume Writing 2.0: This presentation is suggested for students who have a resume and want to further develop their document and tailor it to industries of interest. The presentation will focus on resume strategies across industries, including information on the differences between a resume and a CV, and asks students to reflect on what they want to stand out. (45 minutes)
  • Networking: This presentation focuses on how to leverage your network to discover potential internship and career opportunities. This includes using LinkedIn as well as other ideas for making connections. Methods of effective networking, professional etiquette, and strategies for fostering connections will be discussed. (45 minutes)
  • Job Search: This presentation will provide strategies for initiating a successful job search by finding opportunities of best fit through online resources and networking. (45 minutes)
  • Intro to Internships: This brief presentation will offer insights into internships, student testimonials, and will include some common myths vs realities with the goal of inspiring students to pursue internships and skill-building experiences. (30 minutes)
  • Internship Search: This presentation will focus on strategies students can use when searching for, and applying to internships. We will talk though timelines to apply, strategies for searching, share resources, and will address some FAQs. (45 minutes)
  • Interviewing: This presentation will identify key interview preparation tips as well as discuss how to articulate skills employers cite as most important in today’s job market using the STAR method. (45 minutes)
  • Virtual Interviewing: This presentation highlights tips for mastering a virtual / video interview and discusses how to articulate skills employers cite as most important in today’s job market using the STAR method. (40 minutes)
  • Maximizing Your Opportunities Using Handshake: This presentation will show students how to maximize opportunities through Handshake. (45 minutes)
  • Optimizing LinkedIn: This presentation will show students how to maximize their LinkedIn profile, utilize LinkedIn to locate professionals in fields of interest, and enhance their job search using this platform. (45 minutes)
  • Effective Cover Letters: This presentation includes a breakdown of what goes into each paragraph of a well-written cover letter and details on what to focus on when tailoring a cover letter. (35 minutes)

Leadership Presentations

Leadership workshops are fee-based services. Prices are determined by workshop length and requested topics. Custom-designed workshops may have an additional fee.

  • CliftonStrengths Assessment Workshop: CliftonStrengths is a tool that helps people understand their unique talents and how they are using them in their personal and professional lives. Our facilitators can guide your team through individual reflections and interactive activities to help them understand how to best contribute to the team, how to appreciate others’ strengths, and how everyone’s strengths interact to create a unique team profile. Participants will depart with a better understanding of both their personal strengths and their team strengths, as well as action items for continued development.

Undergraduate Research Presentations

  • Introduction to Research/Finding Research Opportunities:  Interested in participating in research? Not sure where to start? Learn how to find undergraduate research opportunities on and off campus! This presentation will get you started on your journey!
  • Breaking Down the Walls: Busting the Myths about Research: Who does research? What does research entail? It isn’t all people in lab coats mixing chemicals in vials (Okay, some of it is, but there is so much more!) What questions motivate you? What can we learn to move our society forward socially, politically, culturally, artistically, medically, environmentally, ethically? Research takes place in all of these fields! This presentation goes deep into the roots of what research is, who can participate, and what skills are necessary for all researchers to have. We will discuss the importance of diversity on research teams, and explore how critical understandings of culture, arts, and humanities inform our work in science and engineering in many and surprising ways.
  •  How to use your Federal Work-Study Benefit to Create your own Paid Research Experience: Learn how your Federal Work-Study benefit can help you create your own paid research experience. This presentation covers how the benefit works, how faculty benefit by hiring you, and gives you numbers and talking points to negotiate your own position. Don’t miss the next workshop for more tips and tricks on communicating with faculty to create a research experience that will take you to the next level!
  • Communicating with Faculty About Your Research Interests: Are you interested in contacting a faculty member about joining their research lab? Would you like to propose an independent study idea? Do you need to find a mentor for a thesis project? Do you need to ask for a letter of recommendation or other support toward your goals? You don’t need to take this step alone! This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of reaching out to faculty about your research goals — when and how is the best way to approach a potential research mentor, and how to prepare for these conversations.
  • Dealing with Imposter Syndrome: Working in research can place us in a vulnerable space. All researchers come from a place of seeking knowledge, of not knowing the answers. This can feel uncomfortable, especially if you come from a different background or have different lived experiences than others in your research group. You are not alone! This interactive presentation will cover the definition of Imposter Syndrome, teach participants to identify it in themselves and others, introduce skills and practices to help individuals overcome their own sense of Imposter Syndrome, and provide a list of helpful resources. Participants will engage in interactive discussions and reflections.
  • Communicating your Research: Posters, PowerPoints, and Oral Presentations: This presentation will cover technical tips to communicate your project clearly and effectively, explore templates and formats for organizing your information in slides or on a poster, discuss techniques to make your presentation visually attractive, and provide tips on how to prepare and practice your oral presentation skills. Afterward, sign up for a “mock talk” with an Undergraduate Research Ambassador for individualized support and feedback!
  • Student Researcher Panels: Connect with us to request a panel of undergraduate student researchers in your class or club! Student researchers will share their experiences with finding research and getting starting in their positions, as well as presenting and sharing their work.
  • Custom Undergraduate Research Workshop: Groups can request a custom workshop on research skills.  Mix and match from the topics above, or contact us about your unique needs.

Class Assignments

The Career Education team offers assistance in creating custom assignments for your course. These assignments can be in addition to an SECD presentation or related to your own course content around career development. Some assignments created for faculty include resume reviews, online mock interviews using Big Interview, career exploration worksheets, etc.

If you would like to discuss how the SECD team can support your work or assist you in creating a career-related assignment, schedule a consultation and demo of our available resources with our Career Education team at