CCES Student Support Action Plan

CCES has re-engineered our student support structure in light of the COVID-19 epidemic. It is clear that students continue to need career development during this difficult time. The job market has rapidly changed and some are predicting an unemployment rate as high as 30%. Here are our support structures that exist or are under rapid development:

Virtual Classroom Presentations

CCES sent emails to faculty and deans informing them that we have prepared career-related presentations perfectly designed for remote classroom learning. We are prepared to deliver career content (live and recorded) to classrooms upon request. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Resume
  • Interview skills
  • What Can I Do with a Major In…?
  • Virtual Networking
  • Job/Internship Searching in a Tough Economy, and more

Virtual Advising

Scheduled Appointments

30-and-60 minute sessions with assigned career advisor scheduled via Handshake and conducted using WebEx or Google Hangouts or Google Meet.

On Demand/Drop Ins

Available on first-come, first-served basis. Available hours can be found here.

Mock Interviews

Available on a daily basis and conducted by a staff or peer career advisor.

Innovative Support Initiatives

Career Grants

It is more important than ever to support our students. To increase real-world projects in the classroom as well as career exploration and student professional development, CCES has a restricted account designated for Career Grants available for faculty and staff on the Oxford campus. Proposals for Fall 2020 are now being accepted and are due by Friday May 1st at noon.

Full or partial funding (up to $5,000) can be awarded in two ways:

  1. Academic classes with work-related projects that tie to outside entities (employers or organizations); or
  2. Faculty/staff-led events or initiatives (outside of class) that help students prepare for their careers. You can access the proposal form and the full guidelines at your discretion. Should you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Shelby Summers Ballard at
Summer Internship Awards

Through restricted funding, CCES invites students to apply for internship awards designed to offset costs affiliated with summer 2020 internships. There are three types of awards.

  • Application Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2020
  • Eligibility: Current Miami students must work 15+ hours/week in internship and submit a resume, statement of interest, and an estimated budget outlining need for funds.  Verification of internship will be needed from employer/organization.
  • Application and Other details found here

Virtual Events

pending vFair contract approval

Despite the challenging job market, there are some employers who are still hiring.  We aim to meet their recruiting needs with student interest via virtual events.

Virtual Technical Mock Interviews

For students interested in Coding & Data Science Careers — April 9

Teacher Candidate Virtual Mock Interviews

For teacher candidates — April 2

Teacher Job eFair

(tentative date is April 29 pending vFairs contract approval) Due to cancellation of live event, CCES will invite school districts connect with education majors preparing to enter careers in school districts.

Just in Time Career Fair

(tentative date is May 6 pending vFairs contract approval) A new event for employers still hiring for jobs and internships and students still searching.

Employer eMeet Ups

Some employers set up their own virtual information sessions sponsored by individual organizations and we will promote these to students. 

Employer Town Hall

CCES will offer this event to organizations/recruiters who typically recruit on campus.  The event will serve as a resource to employers who typically hire interns and soon-to-be college graduates with recruiting programs drastically impacted by COVID-19.  The focus will be on how Miami University and the Center for Career Exploration and Success can support them as well as to gather information from them on how the virus will impact their recruiting programs. 

Webinars & 5 Minute Short Videos

Under Development

There will be career topic themes for each of the five weeks following Spring Break.

Under each theme we will conduct live and recorded webinars, social media messaging and (up to) 5-minute LIVE videos via Instagram.

Webinars and events will occur at the same time each day/week and be friendly to all U.S. time zones. Themes include:

  • Resumes/CV’s/Cover Letters
  • Internship/Job Search in a Tight Market
  • Virtual Resources
  • Virtual Networking
  • Interviewing: Remote and In Person

Targeted Populations

selected list; more available

Graduating Students without Placement

CCES and FSB Careers will outreach to all students who are expected to graduate in May 2020 but who did not report they have a first destination set at the time they applied for graduation. 

International Students 

ISSS’s Applying for OPT Work Authorization – Webinar on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

University Studies

In partnership with the CAS Advising Office, CCES will hold virtual chat sessions with students exploring majors throughout the fall registration period.

Graduate Students

Every Friday from 11am-12pm (including spring break Friday) Dr. Rose Marie Ward, Interim Dean of the Graduate School, and Shelby Summers Ballard from CCES will be hosting virtual office hours via WebEx for ALL graduate students.

These virtual office hours are designed to be an open forum for graduate students to voice curriculum questions and concerns for the Dean and ask career-related questions to Shelby.

Additionally, these virtual office hours will help CCES gage graduate student interest and feedback for virtual programming to be offered this spring and summer in order to best prepare our graduate students for the world of work.

Online Resources

Internship and job search platform. THERE ARE STILL ORGANIZATIONS HIRING. Some organizations are conducting virtual information sessions to replace on-campus recruiting. Students can also sign up for appointments, register for events, and complete their profile including selecting their Career Clusters.

Vmock logo

SMART resume platform designed to help students create a powerful resume. VMock leverages technologies like data-science, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing.

Database of Miami Alumni who can provide career and academic advice via phone, video and email.

Interview training website that helps enhance interviewing skills. 

Provides country-specific and U.S. city-specific career and employment information. GoinGlobal's database features 30 Country Career Guides, 41 U.S. City Career guides, corporate profiles and more than 500,000 internship and job listings within the U.S. and around the world.


Self guided career and self assessment tool that helps students understand their personality, career interests and “best fit” Miami University majors. This tool is excellent for students exploring majors or who want to learn career options for specific majors.