Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the Office of Career Planning & Development (CPD) provide to students?

The Office of CPD helps students with career/major decision-making and exploration, job/internship search strategies, resume and cover letter writing, and more. We provide services that help you discover your strengths, develop career paths based on your personal interests and goals, plus many more services that help you achieve lifelong career fulfillment.

When is CPD open?

Office hours are 8:30 – 6:00, Monday and Friday, and 8:30 – 7:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

I am a first year student. When should I begin using CPD?

Right away!! The CPD can help you succeed in every phase of your career exploration. Come visit us as soon as you can in order to take advantage of our many resources and services.

How can a Career Counselor help me?

If you have questions or concerns about any career-related matter, such as help with your resume, job searching, interviewing, major/career goals, applying to graduate school, etc., we encourage you to meet with a Career Counselor.

How can I make an appointment with a Career Counselor?

Appointments can be made in person by visiting the Office of CPD. Advisement appointments are usually scheduled for 30 minute intervals, but can be longer depending on the type of assistance you need.

How do I find an on campus job?

To find out if you are eligible for federal work study, you will need visit the Office of Financial Aid in the Campus Center, Room: H100a
or you can contact them by phone: (516) 876-3223/4.

For more information regarding other on-campus employment, please visit us at Campus Center H-211.

How do I find a job after graduation?

You should register and create an account on the Panther Career Link. You should also make an appointment with a Career Counselor to get assistance/advice prior to graduation so you are properly prepared for your job search.

How can I get help with my resume?

Visit the office at Campus Center H-211 for resume samples. Once you have a draft completed, you should make an appointment with one of our counselors. 

Where can I find a list of all CPD upcoming workshops and events?

A schedule of upcoming events can be found on events tab in Panther Career Link as well as in the Office of Career Planning & Development. Posters and flyers will be displayed around campus to promote our events and workshops.  

Watch for announcements about upcoming events and workshops via campus digital signs, and student connections pad.

Also, find and “Like” us on Facebook:  SUNY College at Old Westbury Career Planning & Development.

Follow us on Instagram: @ow_cpd

What is a mock interview?

A mock interview is a practice interview with a Career Counselor, staff or faculty member, alumni, or outside professional. A mock interview can help you learn how to apply effective interviewing skills and gives you the chance to receive valuable feedback and critiques. To practice online, visit and register for InterviewStream

What is an internship and how do I find one?

An Internship is a monitored work or service experience usually related to a student’s major or career goal which allows one to build and enhance marketable skills, reality-test tentative career choices and network with professionals in a particular field. It can be paid or unpaid and/or for credit. The most effective internship search utilizes a variety of different search strategies. A great place to start is the Panther Career Link. For more information about internships, stop by our office located at Campus Center H-211.

How do I get academic credit for my internship?

It may be possible to get academic credit for your internship, but not from the Office of CPD. Only academic departments can offer credit, and policies differ from one department to the next so it is best to speak to an academic advisor or professor for information.