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All on-campus opportunities are posted on Rock Valley College's career portal, RVC Jobs (via College Central). To get started, create an account and upload your resume to RVC Jobs. Then, you can start searching and applying for jobs under "postings to my school" and select "Student Employment" as the job type.

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If you are a student interested in student employment at RVC you must:

  • Have a complete financial aid file. This includes filing the FAFSA and returning all requested documents to the Financial Aid office.
  • Be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Not have already earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Have graduated from high school.
  • Not also be employed by RVC as a regular or temporary part-time or full-time employee.
  • Not be in default of a student loan.
  • Maintain a minimum enrollment of half-time status (six credit hours) during the spring and fall terms.

Please note: Some jobs are only available to students with college work study.

The job search process includes four components:

  • Search & apply for a student employee job
  • Interview with a hiring manager
  • Complete new hire paperwork and background check
  • Attend new student employee orientation

An internship is a career-related experience where students take on responsive roles within companies or organizations to enhance their understanding beyond the classroom. An internship is usually a one-time experience that is directly supervised by a professional in the respective field. Students learn by completing established goals and learning objectives throughout the internship.

Internship options:

  • Paid – Employer pays 100% of the student wages during an approved time-frame.  We encourage this option as more student applications will typically result.  Paying interns guarantees full compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Unpaid/Volunteer – Students gain valuable experience for their resume, build a network of work references, and can validate their chosen career path.
  • College Credit (in combination with paid or unpaid) – Student must be pre-approved and complete a minimum 75 hours on-site per credit hour earned. A student must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA to qualify. Tuition will be charged per credit.

Time frames may vary i.e. part-time and full-time for a semester, two semesters, a summer, or possibly longer.

Get a head start on your career with an internship! Student internships can help you:

  • Earn college credit
  • Gain valuable on-the-job experience
  • Develop industry contacts
  • Get a competitive edge for today's job market
  • Build a professional resume or portfolio

To qualify, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend a minimum of two semesters with 20 credit hours completed on/or before the start of an internship.
  • A GPA of 2.0 or better or a 2.5 for internships where academic credit will be earned.

Ready to get started? Students interested in the internship program should complete the Student Internship Application.

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Student employment has many benefits, from reducing debt to networking professionally. And, working 12-15 hours per week on-campus has shown to improve academic achievement.


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A resume is snapshot of your strongest qualifications. It is also an example of your written communication skills, so make sure to have your resume proofread before sending it to employers. Your resume is a means to convince employers that you deserve an interview.

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Formatting & Writing Tips:

  • Resumes may be organized in a chronological or functional order.
    • Chronological: A chronological resume is the most commonly used format, especially among new college graduates. Most employers prefer this format because it is very easy to read. When creating a chronological resume, candidates arrange the sections (education, work experience, and activities) of their resume in reverse chronological order.
    • Functional: A functional resume is utilized when a candidate has had a number of short-term jobs or has had a large gap in employment but has many skills to highlight. The functional resume tends to de-emphasize the dates of employment by putting a larger focus on the skills, achievements, and overall qualifications a candidate possesses. The sections of on a functional resume are often different than a chronological resume. Functional resume sections tend to focus on particular skills sets such as technical skills, leadership skills, project management, etc. These section headings will differ depending on the field. Also, a potential heading could simply be, “experience highlights”.
  • Fonts: The two most common fonts are Times New Roman and Arial. Keep your font consistent between your Resume, Reference Page, and Cover Letter. If using a different style, make sure that it is easy to read. Generally, a font size between 9-12 point font is acceptable, with the exception of your name which may be sized larger.
  • Margins: One inch margins are standard for a resume, but you may choose to decrease the margins to 0.7 to allow for more content to be included.
  • Headings: It is suggested to bold your section headings so that they stand out and are easy for an employer to find.
  • Don't use personal pronouns (such as I, we, our, or my) outside fo the summary or profile section as employers understand you are referring to yourself. Delete added verbiage when possible. For example, delete “the” when appropriate throughout your resume.
  • Don't mention your age, race, political or religious affiliation, or hobbies on your resume. You do not want to provide employers a potential means to discriminate against you.
  • Be consistent throughout your resume, ensuring that if you bold one section heading that all of your section headings are bold. Additionally, if you utilize periods at the end of your bullet points, make sure that there is a period at the end of every bullet point. Furthermore, make sure that you are consistent with use of abbreviations (such as IL) throughout your resume.

Overview of Sections to include:

At the top of your resume, include your first and last name (your middle name or initial is optional), address, phone number, email address, and website if available. (Do not write the words phone and email because they are assumed.)

  • Do not include “references available upon request on your resume.” Employers understand that they can request your references at any point.
  • Instead, create a separate reference page and include it as the second page of your resume or bring it with you to an interview and say, “Here is a list of my references, please feel free to contact them at any point.”
  • When creating your reference page, utilize the same heading as your resume to ensure a clean and consistent application.
  • Write the word “References” either centered or left justified under your heading. (see example below)
  • You should include between three to five references.
  • Make sure to contact your references in advance and ask if they will indeed be a positive reference for you in your job search.
  • Examples of references could be past or current supervisors, professors, co-workers, or college staff members. Your relatives should not be listed as references.
  • When listing your references, make sure to include their employers name, their title at work, their employer’s address, their telephone number, and email address if available. 

Example Reference Page:

Your Name
Your Street Address
City, State, and Zip Code
Your Email Address
Your Phone Number


Joe Smith
Manager of Student Life
Rock Valley College
3301 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114

Cindy Jones
Clinical Supervisor
Rock Valley College
3301 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114

Kayla Brown
Wesley Willows
4141 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103

The cover letter serves as the introduction to your resume. It is recommended to send a cover letter with your resume. Just like your resume, your cover letter should be created separately and individually for each position for which you express interest. Your career objective should be included in the cover letter not the resume. By including it in the cover letter (which has to be written separately anyway), you can tailor the objective to the advertisement to which you are responding or to the “hot tip” you received through your professional network.

Studies indicate that your cover letter has a life expectancy of about eight seconds, so it must be brief, yet informative. The letter should have three recognizable parts. First, the opening should explain why you are writing and what interests you in the specific opportunity. This paragraph is designed to grab the employer’s attention through demonstrating your knowledge of the position and/or company. Second, the main body lists two or three of your major accomplishments and gives the reader good reason to want to interview you. Lastly, the closing paragraph expresses a desire for future communication. Be sure your letter draws a connection between the needs of the current job opening and the skills you can bring to the job.

While the experience of the applicant in the sample on the next page is undoubtedly different from your own, you can adapt the format shown below to suit your individual career search needs.

General Outline for a Cover Letter:

  • Heading – Use the heading of your resume to ensure documents are consistent.
  • Date of Letter
  • Employer's Name and Title
  • Employer's Address
  • Salutation – Include an opening such as "Salutation:" or "Dear hiring committee:".
  • Opening Paragraph – You should state why you are writing; the name, position, or type of work for which you are applying; and mention how you heard of the opening or organization. Also, make sure to demonstrate your knowledge of the position and/or organization when you explain why you are interested in working for this employer, and specify your reasons for desiring this type of work. 
  • Middle Paragraph(s) – If you have had relevant work experience or related education, be sure to point it out, but do not reiterate your entire resume. Emphasize skills or abilities you have that relate to the job for which you are applying. Be sure to do this in a confident manner and remember that the reader will view your letter as an example of your writing skills. 
  • Closing Paragraph – You may refer the reader to your enclosed resume (which gives a summary of your qualifications) or other media you may use to illustrate your training, interests, and experience. Have an appropriate closing to pave the way for the interview by indicating the action or steps you will take to initiate an interview date. 
  • Complimentary Closing – Include a closing such as "Sincerely," or "Respectfully,".
  • Your Name (typed)
  • Enclosure – if a resume or other enclosure is used, note in the letter.

View Sample Cover Letter

Utilize transferrable skills when developing your resume and tailoring it to specific positions for which you are applying.

  • Communication: Speaking Effectively, Writing Concisely, Presenting Information, Summarizing, Listening Attentively, Facilitating Group Discussions, Teaching, Expressing Ideas, Providing Feedback, Selling Ideas/Products, Negotiating, Mediating, Persuading, Reporting Information, Coaching, Delegating Responsibilities, Interviewing, Editing, etc.
  • Problem-Solving: Identifying Resources, Forecasting, Researching, Imagining Alternatives, Developing Evaluation Strategies, Reconciling, Defining Needs, Interpreting Data, Managing Conflict, etc.
  • Human Relations & Supervision: Developing Rapport, Cooperating, Developing Patience, Perceiving Nonverbal Questions, Describing Feelings, Empathizing, Managing People, Counseling, Encouraging Others, Providing Support, Motivating Others, Mentoring, Treating Others Fairly, Recruiting, Supervising, Developing a Team, Training Staff, Effectively Disciplining, Collaborating with Others, Empowering Others, Clarifying Misunderstandings, etc.
  • Additional Work Skills: Making Decisions, Accepting Responsibility, Promoting Change, Setting & Meeting Deadlines, Enforcing Policies, Being Punctual, Scheduling, Organizing, Attending to Detail, Taking Initiative, Expediting, Managing a Budget, etc.


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