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CNAS Junior

Junior: Fall

Attend the Third Year Career Plan Workshop and stay connected throughout the year with a career counselor.

Continue to work with HPAC. (Pre-Med and Health Professions Track)

Continue to participate in the Job Discovery Series and Social Networking Week.

Update resume.

  • Highlight new experiences. No more high school information!

Research and apply for internships.

  • Use all of your resources (i.e., UCR Handshake, career counselors, friends, family and professional associations) to target relevant internships.
  • Attend our Nuts and Bolts of Internship Workshop to learn strategies on how to search for opportunities.
  • Browse through listings in Jobs sectionand CareerShift through UCR Handshake, Social Media (i.e. LinkedIn).
  • To receive academic credit for an internship, check with your academic department for a 198-I or 298-I course. Click here to learn more.

Attend the Graduate and Professional School Info Day.

  • Representatives from graduate and professional school programs from across the nation will be present to give application and admission information.

Discuss career options.

  • Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss/identify your options. For appointments, call (951) 827-3631.

Practice your interview skills.

  • Attend an Ace the Interview Workshop and/or schedule a mock interview appointment with a counselor.

Investigate. (Pre-Med Track)

  • Medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Diversity and Inclusion (AAMC) to get information on groups that are underrepresented in medicine.
  • When considering a gap/bridge year, research a meaningful paid or volunteer medically-related experience to complete during that time.

Review graduate school application requirements and determine deadlines. (Graduate School Track)

Practice introducing and marketing yourself to employers.

  • Network with industry professionals by attending the STEM Career Fair and the Career Expo Diversity Job Fair.  RSVP the events on UCR Handshake.

Junior: Winter

Apply for internships.

  • Browse through listings on Jobs section and CareerShift through UCR Handshake.


  • The top skill employers search for is communication. Practice public speaking and basic conversational skills.  Learn more about networking.
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Fair and the Internship & Nonprofit Job Fair. Check out Events tab in UCR Handshake for details.

Target career optionsE

  • How can you locate opportunities in a specific industry or location? Attend a Where Are the Jobs? The Hidden Job Market Workshop to learn more.

Contact references for letters of recommendation for graduate school (Graduate School Track) and medical/health professional schools

Study for the GRE exam  (Graduate School Track) and MCAT exam.

Discover our On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program.

  • Employers interview UCR students at the Career Center for internship and full-time positions. Attend an OCI workshop for application instructions. Learn more.

Junior: Spring

Apply for internships and/or research opportunities.

Participate in our On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program.

  • Employers interview UCR students at the Career Center for internship and full-time positions. Attend an OCI workshop for application instructions. Learn more.

Attend the Last Chance Job Fair

  • Practice introducing and marketing yourself to employers.  Attend a Networking Your Way to a Job workshop.

MCAT Exam. (Pre-Med Track)

GRE Exam. (Graduate School Track)

Personal Essay (Graduate School Track)

  • Draft personal statement or statement of purpose for graduate school and have it critiqued by faculty or a trusted person for content and grammatical errors.

Junior: Summer

Summer experience (intern, research, work part-time, volunteer).

  • Be curious about the job opportunities in your environment. What are the different positions available? What are the qualifications for those jobs?

Complete the AMCAS application (Pre-Med Track)

Take/retake the GRE or MCAT exams 

Review & Set Goals.

  • Reflect on what you’ve experienced so far and identify next steps.

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