Career Services

About Career Services

Proverbs 28:19 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." In Career Services at Piedmont International University, we want to connect your classroom efforts with a larger sense of purpose. If it's clear why we do things, then the disciplines of how we go about them on a daily basis will be more readily acquired.

Career Coach Brian Eshleman is on campus on Wednesdays from 8am to 5pm in the George M. Manuel Library. We can help clarify goals, confirm them with testing, counsel toward the appropriate internship, and help you complete your academic journey with job placement in line with your gifts. Whatever you are about to cross, people have done this before.

Assessment and Job Exploration Resources

The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you gain insight into how your interests match with particular jobs. There, you can explore the skills you need to be developing in order to be ready for the jobs that the O*NET market outlook suggests will be available over the course of your career.

With a vision for our big goal, discerning where to start can still be daunting. At CareerOneStop you can map out your contacts, hone your networking skills, and plan for confirmation through informational interviews. You can also explore employers and salaries, and even sketch out a resume to fill in as you add new skills and experiences in college.

Finding Internships

Carving out the time to make internships count toward your career goals can be challenging. As with so much else, Google can help.

You know how to search, say, for marketing internships in Winston-Salem. But did you know Google offers to perform that search FOR you and to send you the results? Having those new emails ready when we are really help on days when it seems like the present is all we can handle.

Logged into the email address you will be using when your mind is in work and school mode, you can search Google for a term like "accounting internships Winston-Salem" and see the search results. You will also see an option at the bottom of the list on the left asking you if you would like Google to send you alerts. When you indicate on the slide switch that you would, Google then helpfully suggests that you can change options with the Alerts tab at the top. This way, you can customize how often you want to get alerts.

Although the alerts will keep in the email box until you are ready to act, don't wait very long. The posts go stale or are pulled down very quickly. Come see Brian Eshleman in the library on Wednesdays or email me through We can look over your resume, or develop one if you don't have one. We can think through any questions in the application process you have trouble answering.

Career Planning Timeline


Further Reading

Internships are not only an important first step in our career paths, but can also be instrumental in figuring out paths you don’t want as much as paths you do.

— Lauren Lucitt and Madelyn Merchant, Forbes

91% of surveyed students claimed that connections were the most important factor in landing an internship and 93% reported that that it would be smarter to choose an internship that opened doors vs. one that promised a fat paycheck. Of those who had previous internships, 43% had relied on family connections to land an interview.

— J. Maureen Henderson, Forbes

We stress the importance of gaining experience because it helps you define who you are and what drives you. The process of elimination is crucial to deciphering your true vocation. We can now testify the reward is not in the trivial tasks you must perform daily, it’s the realization that a successful product is built on seemingly trivial tasks.

— Lauren Lucitt and Madelyn Merchant, Forbes

Blog Posts

Benefits of Volunteering in College


Here are some of the benefits, to you and to others, of volunteering while in college: “College students are less likely to volunteer than their parents and high school students, and they volunteer fewer hours.”— Galaxy Digital Consider that it may not take as much time as you initially think to stand out from your […]

Best Practices with Faculty Mentors


Having faculty mentors can contribute to a richer college experience. Although mentoring involves a two-sided relationship, here are some practices you can institute in order to make the most of it. “Participate in any on-campus social events or optional programs that suit your passion. As a result, you will be able to interact with professors […]

Asking for an Informational Interview


An informational interview is a chance to ask questions for background information on a field or position of interest. Considering these practices can help you maximize the benefits. Ideally target people in the role you want, in the company you want to work for. People working in smaller companies may be more accessible. Begin by […]

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