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Career and Professional Development

» Career Preparation Certificate Programs

Students that successfully complete certificate program requirements receive a certificate of completion, professional headshots and invitations to exclusive networking opportunities, including Chapman's Bi-Annual Certified Student/Employer Mixer.

Each certificate program ranges from 4-8 sessions long and are offered every semester.

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Upperclassmen: Summit Career Institute

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are encouraged to participate in Chapman's premier career preparation certificate course, the Summit Career Institute. Through presentations led by industry leaders, University stakeholders, and one-on-one meetings with career advisors, participants will develop business and leadership skills that prepare them for professional success. Topics covered include: designing exceptional resumes and cover letters, interview best practices, professional dining etiquette, networking and personal branding, professional communication strategies, time management and offer negotiation.
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NCAA Athletes: Playbook

Did you know... Chapman is the only DIII School that offers a career preparation course specifically for its NCAA athletes? Learn how to turn your sports experience into a career. Identify those transferable skills that will empower you for a life beyond the classroom and the field.
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Undeclared Majors: Atlas

Atlas provides self-exploration opportunities to aid in the process of major selection and career exploration. Activities include certified self-assessments, experiential exercises and opportunities to participate in career-related activities. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to identify and describe personal strengths, talents, skills, major(s) of interest and corresponding career visions. Students will learn to develop and apply connections with peers in the process of exploring career and major options, social branding techniques, team-building strategies and a working plan to integrate individual talents and skills with academic and career interests.
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International: Passport

Passport is designed to help students develop the tools necessary for earning an internship or job in the U.S. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to: create a professional resume and cover letter appropriate for the western job market; facilitate informational interviewing; network successfully; identify and describe personal strengths, talents and skills; develop connections with peers who are also in the process of pursuing career goals; develop and apply social branding tools; and formulate a plan to integrate individual talents and skills with academic and career interests.
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Transfers: Compass

Compass is designed to help transfer students connect their previous experiences with professional and educational opportunities at Chapman and to facilitate a successful transition into the Chapman Family. Students will learn how to “Think Chapman First” when searching for resources and support, build a community of peers who share the transfer experience, develop and apply social branding tools, create a professional resume and cover letter, facilitate informational interviewing, network successfully and balance time efficiently.
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First Gen: First & Foremost

This program is built specifically for first generation students. Students will learn the tools needed to be successful at a university and in a real-world setting.

Career & Professional Development

(714) 997-6942


Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Drop-In Hours

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Interterm 2020
Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Spring 2020
Most Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Please note that we are closed:
December 20 - January 1, 2020
January 20, 2020
March 27, 2020
May 25, 2020
July 3 - 6, 2020


342 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
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Career & Professional Development
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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