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Students of Color

The following resources are designed to assist you in your career development. If you want to further discuss these, or any other questions you may have about how race or ethnicity might influence your career decisions, make an appointment with the career development coordinator for disability, diversity, and veteran initiatives, Tatiana Leavitt.

When applying for internships or employment, there are a number of questions to ask in your search for an inclusive workplace:

  • How do I know if an employer is truly committed to diversity?
    • DiversityInc compiles an annual list of the Top 50 Companies for diversity, companies make the list based on their talent pipeline, talent development, commitment of leadership, and supplier diversity. Companies on this list are considered to be the most inclusive for employees.
    • Glassdoor allows you to see what actual employees have to say about any company, simply search and find out what people are saying about company culture and climate.
  • What are some resources to help me with my internship or job search?
    • Jopwell is an employment platform that connects underrepresented ethnic minority professionals and students to jobs they will love in industries like tech, finance, education, management, and medicine.
    • INROADS is a national organization that provides students of color with career development training and internship experiences to prepare them for future leadership positions.
    • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities offers the HACU National Internship Program to connect students with corporate and federal opportunities.
  • How do I go about finding a mentor?
    • Take time to reflect, either on your own or with a professional from the Center for Career Development, to identify the areas you would like to develop with the help of a mentor. These could be specific personal skills, information about an industry or position, or a desire to gain connections in the city of your choice.
    • Next, determine what a successful mentoring relationship would look like for you. Identify some goals you could realistically achieve with the help of a mentor and a timeline that would work with your schedule, go into the search for a mentor with these in mind.
    • Identify a few mentors of interest, and reach out to them for an informational interview. Discuss the goals you would like to achieve, and the possibility of future communication.
      • Connect with people of interest on LinkedIn- send a brief message with your statement of interest and an invitation to chat
      • With the assistance of the Center for Career Development, reach out to UT alumni in your field or location of interest
      • Consider professionals you already know and reach out to them to discuss career related issues, suggest a continuing mentorship

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