Signature Events and Programs

The Hegi Family Career Development Center offers a range of programs and events designed to support your personal and professional growth. Our signature programs and events are carefully curated to bridge the gap between academia and industry, offering you invaluable experiences to shape your career trajectory.

From Networking Towards the New Year and Mocktails with Mustangs to the All Majors Career and Internship Fair, our events provide platforms for you to expand your network, explore diverse career paths, and connect with potential employers. Delve into immersive experiences like the Board Fellows program, where you can gain hands-on experience serving on the boards of local nonprofit organizations or participate in Company Site Visits for a firsthand look into the professional world. 

Whether you're seeking specialized career counseling sessions through Hegi Career Leaders or financial support for unpaid internships with our Unpaid Internship Program, we're here to support you every step of the way. Join us in unlocking new possibilities, forging meaningful connections, and realizing your potential at the Hegi Family Career Development Center.

 

To explore our full range of events, including small group workshops and unique opportunities to interact with employers, visit our events page on Handshake or SMU360.

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All Majors Career and Internship Fair

The SMU All Majors Career and Internship Fair is held every fall in early September and every spring in early February. This exciting event is open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni from all SMU schools. Join approximately 700 fellow students and alumni to connect and network with 90+ employers seeking candidates for full-time and internship positions.

This is your chance to engage with organizations looking for candidates in diverse fields such as sciences, humanities, visual and communication arts, advertising, business, and engineering. Whether you're looking to build your professional network or find your next career opportunity, the fair offers a valuable platform for you.

Networking Events

Networking Towards the New Year and Mocktails with Mustangs

Networking Towards the New Year and Mocktails with Mustangs are annual networking receptions held in the Fall and Spring, respectively, designed for students to practice their networking skills with employer partners. By attending these receptions, you can improve your networking abilities while also getting to know potential employers. By attending these events, you'll have the chance to enhance your networking abilities, connect with potential employers, and make a positive impression. These receptions provide an excellent chance to highlight your skills and interests while networking with companies to identify potential internships and future job opportunities that match your career goals.

Company Site Visits

Company Site Visits offers an exclusive glimpse into the inner workings of a DFW area organization. Immerse yourself in a dynamic company culture and take a guided tour of a exciting and innovative workspaces. These site visits offer engagement with industry professionals eager to share insights into various career paths and opportunities within their organization. This event provides a unique chance to broaden your understanding of the professional landscape, gain practical knowledge, and forge valuable connections that can shape your future. Join us for an enriching experience that goes beyond the surface level, opening doors to new possibilities and growth opportunities.

Resumania

Resumania is your chance to get valuable resume feedback from industry professionals. This event allows current SMU students to learn firsthand how to improve their resumes and increase their chances of success in the job market. By participating, you'll benefit from expert advice and tips that can help you stand out to employers.

Mock Interviews with Employers

The Hegi Family Career Development Center hosts one Mock Interview Day each semester, giving undergraduate students the chance to practice their behavioral interview skills with current industry professionals. This event provides a valuable opportunity to receive meaningful and constructive feedback, helping you to improve your interview performance and boost your confidence.

Board Fellows

The Board Fellows program, started in 2018, offers a unique opportunity for SMU undergraduate students to gain valuable experience by serving on the boards of Dallas area nonprofit organizations. After completing a rigorous application and interview process, selected students are matched with these organizations to serve as ex officio board members. The program aligns with the SMU academic calendar, running from September through May.

By participating in the Board Fellows program, you will have the chance to develop leadership skills, network with professionals, and make a meaningful impact in the community. For questions or to learn more about how to get involved, please contact Lauren Searway at lsearway@smu.edu.

Hegi Unpaid Internship Program

The Unpaid Internship Program is designed to provide financial support to students embarking on unpaid internships with non-profit or government organizations. This initiative aims to ease the financial burden associated with pursuing valuable internship opportunities to enrich your educational journey.

Apply for the Unpaid Internship Program

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student
  • Required to continue as a full-time student for the consecutive fall semester 

Career Closet

The SMU Career Closet is a one day event hosted in the first week of the fall semester which allows students to elevate their professional wardrobe. This event is hosted by the Hegi Family Career Development Center, Cox Career Management Center, and the Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement. Students are invited to browse our collection of FREE business professional attire, including both new and gently used items. Our goal is to provide students with the perfect outfit for interviews, networking events, and important meetings, helping them make lasting impressions in the professional world.

All Majors Case Competition

The Hegi Family Career Development Center's Case Competition is an experience designed to expose non-business majors into an area to share their experience in a pitch style competition. Experience the thrill as students from diverse backgrounds come together to pitch innovative solutions to a panel of esteemed judges, including SMU alumni representing various industries.

Hegi Career Leaders

The Hegi Career Leaders program is an exclusive opportunity for selected students seeking advanced professional development. Through this program, participants gain access to specialized career counseling sessions aimed at defining and achieving their career goals.

Internship Programs

The Hegi Family Career Development Center hosts two unique internship programs for SMU undergraduate students, the Engage Dallas Internship program and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Internship program.