Category: Support Services

Summer Internship Stipend Program

By , February 10, 2015 11:42 am

Roo Career NetworkAre you planning to take an unpaid internship position over the summer, but aren’t sure you can afford to?  The UMKC Career Services Internship Stipend Program allows current UMKC students to receive assistance while working an unpaid internship. The program provides four students with a $4000 stipend to support an unpaid internship of at least 300 hours during the summer semester.

In order to qualify for the stipend, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a UMKC student in good standing and have completed at least 24 college credits
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Have been offered an unpaid internship
  • Complete an application and submit all required documents and materials
  • Preference will be given to undergraduate students
  • Preference will be given to students in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have never been awarded a UMKC Career Services Internship Stipend


The application deadline for the stipend is April 1, 2015. Any questions you might have can be directed to Erin Christensen at


Etiquette Dinner Tickets still available

By , October 7, 2014 8:44 am

EtiquetteImagine sitting down to a formal meal at a job interview or scholarship reception only to be confronted with an array of utensils and a barrage of glassware.  Which fork do you use?  Which small plate is yours?  Where do you put your knife?

Don’t let such questions make you nervous in front of your prospective employer or scholarship donor.  Attend UMKC Career Services’ Etiquette Dinner on Wednesday, October 15th in the Student Union from 6-8pm.  Learn proper etiquette so you can focus on making a good first impression!

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance—if you haven’t gotten yours yet, there’s still time:  deadline is October 9th.   Stop by UMKC Career Services in the Atterbury Student Success Center (2nd floor).

Career Fest 2014

By , September 16, 2014 1:34 pm

Career FestJoin UMKC Career Services for a 2-day Career Fest in the Student Union, room 401, 9am – 1pm:

*  Monday, September 29th is for all Majors

*  Tuesday, September 30th is for STEM Majors

This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with a variety of employers–see which companies are participating by logging-in to your Roo Career Network account!

Tips and suggestions:

  • Bring multiple copies of your resume
  • Dress professionally–conservative dark suits and dress shoes are ideal for this setting
  • Prepare a 30-60 second “values statement” to concisely–yet definitively–stand out from the crowd
  • Meet with as many of the employers as you can–you may be surprised at a potential fit you hadn’t thought of before
  • Don’t miss out!

Questions?  Contact UMKC Career Services at 235-1636, stop by their office at the Atterbury Student Success Center (2nd floor), or visit


Fall 2014 Seminars for your Success

By , August 26, 2014 3:10 pm

DestinationGraduationYour Destination:  Graduation!  Join us for a full-slate of seminars on success-topics throughout the semester.  Interested in tips to polish your writing skills?  need to know about all the resources UMKC provides?  how to manage stress and test anxiety?  smarter ways to study?  how to make your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd?

Click here for the full schedule of success seminars.

These topics and more are covered during weekly seminars hosted in the Atterbury Student Success Center by Academic Support and Mentoring, Career Services, MindBody Connection, UMKC Central, UMKC Libraries, and the Writing Studio.

Roo Career Network — new features for your job search

By , April 8, 2014 10:40 am

roo-career-networkRoo Career Network – Are you using the new features?

Students and alumni are using Roo Career Network to assist them in finding summer internships or full-time positions.  In addition to job posts and resume reviews, UMKC Career Services wanted to remind you of some additional features available to you in the system.


Mock Interview Module

Conduct a mock interview any time of day in Roo Career Network.  The Mock Interview module is fully integrated into the system.  Quickly and easily build the perfect mock interview from thousands of pre-recorded interview questions and record your performance.  Then, watch it back and/or request feedback from Career Services staff.


In the Documents section of Roo Career Network, you also have an option to create an e-portfolio by pulling information you have included in your profile.  You may also include your resume and other documents for display to employers.

For more information about how to use Roo Career Network in your internship/job search, please request an appointment with Career Services.  We would be happy to help you develop a personalized career development plan.

Career Services is located in the Atterbury Student Success Center and can be reached at 816-235-1636 or check them out online at

UMKC Hosts Largest LGBTQIA Conference

By , February 4, 2014 9:28 am

mblgtacc2014[The following was provided by the Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.]

More than 2,500 college students from across the country are expected to attend the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference or MBLGTACC, also known as “Mumbletalk,” from Feb. 7 to 9 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Now in its 22nd year, MBLGTACC is being hosted for the first time in Missouri.

“We are honored that UMKC is hosting this transformative conference — it’s an incredible opportunity for our students and campus” said Jonathan Pryor, coordinator of UMKC LGBTQIA (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning Intersex Ally) Programs & Services and co-adviser of MBLGTACC. “I was a small-town Kansas kid in college when I first attended this conference several years back, and to be surrounded by hundreds of other people like me was incredible.”

UMKC hosting this important conference makes sense, say student leaders, because Kansas City’s university is globally recognized for welcoming LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff and administrators. Korean television and The New York Times have noted UMKC’s policy for inclusivity of student identities and building design. Newsweek named UMKC No. 5 in its Gay-Friendly College Rankings. Alumni and friends of UMKC have been generous and donated money for Pride scholarships for LGBTQIA students.

“As thinkers and doers, it is up to us to take measure of not just our academic and scholarly efforts, but of our devotion to justice and equality,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “Those values require more than talk. They must be lived out in our classrooms, on our athletic fields, in our residence halls and any place where all students deserve respect.”

MBLGTACC features four keynote speakers including regional celebrities: Chely Wright, native Kansan and American country music artist; writer and transgender activist Janet Mock; Iraq War veteran Rob Smith; and designer and “Fashion Star” winner Kara Laricks, a Kansas City area native.

MBLGTACC will host workshops led by students, faculty and professionals to educate and motivate students to action. Participants will attend five sessions from a list of more than 90 workshops with topics such as safe sex, activism basics, creating change on campus and ally-community building.

The group of UMKC students organizing the conference bid for and were awarded the rights two years ago. Ever since, they have been busy planning what is expected to be the largest convergence of the conference ever, with attendees from nearly all 50 states.

The conference theme ‘Jazzing It Up’ is multifaceted with its origin rooted in the rich jazz culture Kansas City is known for, said UMKC senior Roze Brooks, the student chair of MBLGTACC.

“With the implications of the carefree, soulful music genre, we also interpret this theme for our LGBTQIA community,” Brooks said. “The conference weekend is all about acknowledging and celebrating our accomplishments. As student leaders and activists, we deserve to take a moment and commend ourselves on the work we’ve done. Although there are always steps to be taken and changes to be made, assessing how we’ve reached each milestone is paramount to understanding how to continue moving forward.”

For more information about the conference or to register, please visit

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