Georgia Tech’s Custom Career Portal

This week, will be the final part of our Georgia Tech resource series specifically focusing on the Georgia Tech Career Center, but do not worry, our following articles will continue to explore other opportunities offered by various groups and centers at Georgia Tech. To close out our Career Center segments, we are emphasizing the main tool that employers can utilize when recruiting Georgia Tech students, CareerBuzz.

What is Career Buzz?

CareerBuzz is Georgia Tech’s specific online career portal open to current students, alumni, faculty, and employers. Similar to other hiring platforms, CareerBuzz allows employers to create an online employer profile where they can upload open job opportunities. These employer profiles will be visible to Georgia Tech students and alumni, and they describe your company’s industry, size, and location. Creating a detailed employer profile is a great way to connect with students who might not have heard of your group or visited your company at a career fair.

After creating an employer profile, you have the capability of uploading open positions onto the platform which students can find through independent searches. For example, if your group is looking to hire an intern for Human Resources during the next academic semester period, Georgia Tech undergraduates majoring in Business Administration will come across your job posting if they search for Human Resource related positions as well. In contrast with other online job boards, CareerBuzz will allow you to customize the job listing for specific Georgia Tech majors, degree types (undergraduate, graduate, or alumni), and years in school (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior). These unique features make recruiting students significantly easier if your group is targeting a specific age range of students.

How to Access CareerBuzz?

First make sure to visit the Georgia Tech Career Center page and read the previous articles in our series to learn more about the various resources available to employers engaging with Georgia Tech. Then follow the steps listed below from the Career Center:

Georgia Tech uses CareerBuzz to manage all of its job, internship, co-op postings, and on-campus interviews.

To ensure all students and recent alumni within 2 years of graduation have access to all job postings we ask that employer use our FREE online job posting and management system (CareerBuzz).

Step one is to set-up your account and employer profile on Careerbuzz.

New users should log on to CareerBuzz and click on “New Employer Registration.”

Returning users can log on to CareerBuzz with their username and password.

After you have created an account, you will receive an approval message with your log-in information within 48 hours, at which time you can post a job.

Step two is to create your job posting.  Log into your Carerbuzz account.  Under the “My Quicklinks toolbar on the right select “Create a New Job Posting.”

If you are interested in posting a job and/or internship or co-op, and HOLDING INTERVIEWS ON CAMPUS please go to our On-Campus Recruiting tab for additional information.

Whether your company is looking to hire a next round of student workers, or your group is attempting to start a brand new internship or co-op program, CareerBuzz is an easy place to begin. By posting your jobs on CareerBuzz, you are guaranteed to tap into a network of Georgia Tech students eager to gain valuable work experience and contribute to your company’s overall mission.


Are You Using These Best Recruiting Practices?

Over are the days where interns act as personal assistants, fetching coffee for the office and filing paperwork. Internship programs today have evolved into comprehensive programs that employers can utilize to recruit talented college students, create a positive atmosphere of mentorship within their workplace, and complete technical projects for a fraction of the costs. Today marks part one of our series on the best practices for recruiting students and the opportunities provided by Georgia Tech for employers to engage with.

What are Student Workers?

Unlike their portrayal in TV shows and movies, student workers today can be assigned complicated and in-depth office tasks equivalent to entry level employees. College students are eager to gain real-world work experience while still pursuing their undergraduate degrees, and most students will even push back their graduation date if it means strengthening their resume to increase their odds of receiving a full-time offer post-graduation. The two most popular ways to hire student workers today are to create either an internship or a co-op program. These programs can be as involved or basic as you want to make them, but it’s no secret that establishing an intern or co-op program opens the door to endless benefits for both student and employer.

Internship vs. Co-op Programs

When looking to hire student workers, companies should first analyze their needs and capacity when deciding what program would best fit their environment. While internship and co-op programs both involve student workers, they pose unique opportunities that can be customized per a company’s unique needs.

Internships are a single semester opportunity for students to be employed in order to gather tangible work experience. A usual internship will range from either 6-8 weeks and can either be paid or unpaid. Internships are also unique in that they can be offered as either part-time or full-time.  Employers can use internships in a number of ways. Perhaps you’ve been looking to revitalize your website, but your entire staff is bogged down with work for the foreseeable future. You could hire a summer intern majoring in computer science or web design whose focus would be to create a unique web experience for your customers. Another example of a potential internship would be hiring a new marketing or content production intern each semester to manage your weekly newsletters, blogs, and social media.

Whereas internship programs are offered over a single semester as either paid or unpaid positions, co-op programs are a three-semester agreement between students and employers. Students are hired as full-time workers (35+ hours a week) on a rotating semester basis. If a student is hired to begin their co-op for a fall semester, then they will work full-time during the fall, return to campus to take class for the spring semester, work for your group over the following summer, take class over the fall, and finish their final term with your group in the next spring semester. Co-op programs are always paid, and as opposed to internships, they offer students long-term projects and expose them to various facets of the company. A consulting firm, for example, may have a co-op student working on internal projects over their first term as they get acquainted to company and by their second and third terms directly engaging with customers providing detailed data analysis and proposals.

Reap the Benefits!

So why bother creating a program at all? Hiring student workers offers employers a countless number of opportunities to develop their own workplace environment as well as to transform their recruiting practices. Below are our reasons why you should begin creating a student worker program today.

  1. Internships and Co-op programs often lead to full-time job offers once students graduate. While it’s not guaranteed that employers give their interns full-time offers, an internship or co-op can serve as an extended interview period. After working with a student for one to three semesters, employers can easily gauge if they want this person working for them full-time.
  2. Expand your recruiting pool. Having a popular internship or co-op program is a well-known fact amongst college students. If you offer a competitive and enticing program, students are more likely to apply for full-time positions after graduating if their friends enjoyed their time working for you as an undergraduate.
  3. You can further introduce a positive environment of mentorship into your workplace. While they operate independently, interns and co-ops are looking for as much real-world experience as they can get. By having them work in tandem with your employees, you can introduce values mentorship in your office space by coaching and guiding the next generation of your field.
  4. Give back to your community. You can continue to create community partners with local colleges and universities. Help your brand grow by constantly hiring new, young talent on a rotating basis.
  5. They’re cheap. With dual ambitions to both be paid and to gain a competitive edge amongst their peers, interns and co-ops are almost always paid less than a full-time employee. If you have a project or series of projects you need completed, consider hiring an intern to fulfill the task at a fraction of the cost.

So, How Do I Get Started?

At this point, creating an internship or co-op program might sound like a unique opportunity for your group. Make sure to return to our blog next week for the best tips and tricks in creating an internship or co-op program and the resources offered by Georgia Tech to help you get started.

Georgia Tech Resources Available for You

Over the next several weeks, the Atlanta MBDA Centers will be highlighting individual resources and services provided by Georgia Tech for companies and industry leaders to further engage with the university. As a client of the Atlanta MBDA Business Center or Advanced Manufacturing Center, individuals not only have access to a developed network of industry professionals with top-notch expertise in accelerating business growth, but companies also take a step into the greater Georgia Tech community and the multitude of benefits that can only be accessed by partnering with a leading research and engineering institution.

The Atlanta MBDA Business Center and Advanced Manufacturing Center operate within Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2). EI2 is currently the largest university-based business outreach program, and it prides itself on offering its clients primary expertise in business and industry assistance, technology commercialization, and economic development. The Enterprise Innovation Institute’s vision to redefine the service role of the technological research university in the 21st Century economy parallels the greater mission of Georgia Tech which is to develop leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. As clients of the Atlanta MBDA Centers, business leaders around the country have the opportunity to adopt a new role as partners in Georgia Tech’s overall mission.

Today, Georgia Tech bolsters a colorful array of rankings, which only validate the tremendous and innovative initiatives that occur on campus every day.

According to the US News Georgia Tech Ranks

  • #35 in National Universities (tie)
  • #4 in Most Innovative Schools
  • #8 in Top Public Schools (tie)
  • #4 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #5 in Computer Science (tie)
  • #3 in Co-ops/Internships
  • #19 in Senior Capstone (tie)

These rankings can only partially capture the ingenuity and drive that defines Georgia Tech faculty, students, and alumni. All those who have at one point or another cheered on the white and gold continue to pursue lasting legacies for years to come. Over the next few weeks, the Atlanta MBDA Centers will be highlighting different ways that our clients can engage further engage with the Georgia Tech community. Readers can expect to learn ways to recruit Georgia Tech Interns, Co-ops, and recent alumni as well as how to further engage in professional development and research opportunities through the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute.

Georgia Tech Career Center

The 2011 Georgia Tech Career Fair was held at the Campus Recreation Center (CRC).

The Georgia Tech Career Center is a multifaceted group that not only engages Georgia Tech students and alumni, but it also serves as a resource for employers looking to hire interns, co-ops, and recent graduates from Georgia Tech. By helping distribute internship and co-op opportunities via CareerBuzz (Georgia Tech’s online career portal), allowing companies to purchase student resumes, and hosting recruiters at a handful of career fairs throughout the year, the GT Career Center is an amazing resource for employers to engage with the current Georgia Tech community.



Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute

The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) is one of Georgia Tech’s

Advanced Manufacturing Facility on 14th St.

11 interdisciplinary research institutes (IRI’s), and an integral part of the broader Georgia Tech research enterprise. As an IRI, GTMI works with all of Georgia Tech’s colleges, other IRIs, including the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and affiliated programs like the Enterprise Innovation Institute and the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership in a cross-discipline way to fully harness GT’s strengths and resources.

To learn more about all the different opportunities to engage the Georgia Tech Career Center as well as the GTMI, make sure to check out the resource section of the Atlanta MBDA Centers’ newsletter as well as our blog.