Employment and Opportunities with CACS

 

Welcome to Northwestern State University’s offices of Counseling and Career Services; and Job Location and Development website! The primary goal of this office is to assist students excel within their academic curriculum by providing employment resources and professional development opportunities.

 

Northwestern State University does not discriminate in its admission policy, program or activities on the bases of race, color, creed, handicap, national/ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation or disabled veteran/Vietnam era veteran status in its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, or employment practices and programs. In additional to meeting fully its obligations of nondiscrimination under federal and state laws, NSU is committed to maintaining a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and mutual respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, regardless of differences in economic status, ethnic background, political views or other person characteristics and beliefs.

 

Contact 

NSU students enrolled in the Student Personnel Services programs who are interested in an internship or assistantship at the office of Counseling and Career Services should contact:

         

          Rebecca K. Boone MA, NCC, LPC-S, LMFT

          Sylvan Freidman Student Union, Rm. 305

          (318) 357-5621

          booner@nsula.edu

 

        

Employment and Opportunities with CACS

Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistantships are available for highly qualified graduate students.  To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, the student must:

  1. Be accepted into a graduate degree program (master’s or specialist)
  2. Achieve “regular admission” status
  3. Be considered a “full-time” student at Northwestern State University

The minimum credit course load for graduate assistants in the fall/spring semesters is 9 semester hours of which at least six semester hours must be for graduate credit.  The maximum course load for graduate assistants is 12 semester hours.  To be eligible to retain the assistantship, the student must:

  1. Maintain a “B” average in all graduate courses
  2. Meet all other stated requirements of the Graduate School

Out-of state tuition, if applicable, is waived for graduate assistants.  Applications for assistantships should be directed to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Being a graduate assistant is an opportunity for graduate students to gain valuable “real-world” experience and work closely with the staff.  GA’s will balance working for the offices of Counseling, Career Services, and Job Location and Development along with their own course load.

Responsibilities

  • Service of 20 hours per week for assistantship
  • Active participation in Counseling and Career Services activities (career guidance, mock interviews, resume writing assistance, career fairs)
  • Timely completion of projects
  • Adherence NSU Counseling and Career Services policies and mission
  • Adherence to ethical guidelines of the college personnel profession and American Counseling Association.

Assistants are expected to portray a professional image for the named offices and adhere to the State of Louisiana, NSU, and CACS guidelines.

Internship

The Northwestern Student Personnel Services/Counseling master's level training program is designed to provide an opportunity for NSU students to gain knowledge about the structure and function of a University counseling and career center as an integrative and integral part of the mission of the University.

Interns will develop their own learning objectives with the collaboration of the site supervisor and their internship professor. They will participate in individual supervision sessions with their site supervisor as well as group supervision in the internship class.  Emphasis will be placed on skill building in the areas of communication, decision-making, ethical practices, job knowledge/professional development, planning, team building, interpersonal relationships, self-awareness, and tools and technology.

Students who participate in a counseling internship experience at the office of Counseling and Career Services have the opportunity to learn and develop through their experiences in the following areas:

  • psychoeducational outreach programming
  • individual and group counseling
  • consultation (in conjunction with a senior staff member)
  • supervision
  • experience with organizational and system dynamics
  • familiarity with the interrelatedness of counseling services to the larger University community.

Responsibilities

  • Service of 20 hours per week for internship and 20 hours per week for assistantship
  • Active participation in Counseling and Career Services activities (counseling, career guidance, mock interviews, resume writing assistance, career fairs)
  • Timely completion of paperwork
  • Adherence NSU Counseling and Career Services policies and mission
  • Adherence to ethical guidelines of the college personnel profession and American Counseling Association.
Federal Work-Study

Student employees are individuals who are enrolled at the university during a respective semester and who are employed within the scope of these procedures.  Student employees are short-term employees and their primary goal is academics.  The purpose of having student employees is to assist with the administration of basic functions in various areas on campus.  Compensation to student employees does not include fringe benefits such as sick leave, vacation leave, holiday pay, group insurance, or retirement benefits.

Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) – Only those students eligible for federal aid (Title IV) may be employed in this category.  (Students employed in the FWS Program must be enrolled in at least 6 hours for a fall/spring semester; and at least 3 hours for a summer semester or be pre-registered for the following fall semester)

Student Workers are essential to the day-to-day operation of programs and services provided by the office of Counseling and Career Services.  The on-the-job experience for student assistants is viewed as an extension of the student's educational experiences while attending the University.  Student workers are expected to portray a positive image for the Counseling and Career Services and adhere to the Federal, NSU, and CACS guidelines.