Career Counseling & Planning

Career Development Courses

The Office of Student Affairs offers career counseling in cooperation with program directors. Underwood offers various courses related to careers, internships, and supervised ministry, as well as offering Optional Practical Training and Curricular Practical Training courses to graduates and postgraduates.

Career  Counseling and Planning

The University provides advisors that can help students with academic and career counseling. Advisors help students identify and understand career paths open to their general education and degree paths. 

Internships and Volunteering Opportunities


Students are provided with volunteer opportunities with local and international organizations and businesses in order to gain useful work experience for their future careers. The University has strong connections with the local business community and international organizations that provide experiential learning opportunities locally and internationally. Students are encouraged to seek field- specific volunteer opportunities that will help them gain experience in a particular career field or help specific causes in their communities. A connection to a missions and ministry network is provided for mission training, job opportunities, and volunteer work.

Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training


Underwood’s Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program, offered as part of the Department of Business Administration curriculum, is designed to allow graduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to experience real-world training and practice that directly reflects the material they are learning in regular coursework. Enrollment in a CPT course must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor, the Director of the Department in which the student is enrolled, and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Designated School Official (DSO). See the Master of Business Administration Program description in the Underwood University Catalog for more information.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a program through which international student undergraduates in good academic standing may obtain work that is related to their degree within a 60-day period from their date of program completion. Students who are approved for the program are allowed to work for up to one year following their graduation. Students interested in OPT should contact the Administration Office.