The Russell Palmer Career Management Center supports all business-interested students of all majors from freshman year through graduation. We are a full-service career management team dedicated to career advising and education. We partner with employers to assist them with the best opportunities to connect with our talented students.
In Broad tradition, we strive to provide best-in-class customer service to both our students and employers.
The Russell Palmer Career Management Center is the central career center for the Broad College and part of MSU’s Career Services Network (CSN). The CSN is a seamless connection of career service professionals located in college-based and centralized career centers across campus. We support students with resources, programs and services related to career development. In addition, we also support recruiters by assisting with job postings, information sessions, career fairs, interview rooms and more.
We enhance student success and development of transformational leaders through:
Some of the student career advising services provided by the Palmer Center staff include:
The Palmer Center provides connections between students and employers through a variety of opportunities:
To help meet the particular needs of international students, MSU’s Career Services Network has partnered with MSU’s Ofﬁce for International Students and Scholars (OISS) to provide centralized online resources. OISS can explain your U.S. work authorization options, assist you with the proper documentation in many instances and give you tips on how to talk to employers about your immigration status. The Palmer Center can also assist international students with a career search within the student’s home country; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
Check out the resources below to access information specifically for international students’ job search:
The Broad College is one of the largest business schools in the country. The size of our top-ranked undergraduate programs gives us the rare opportunity to impact business on a grand scale. Industry leaders across sectors seek out our Spartans.
Handshake is our online recruiting platform that connects MSU students with employers and alumni. Handshake offers a variety of powerful tools for students:
The Palmer Center provides hands-on guidance to help you decide what you want to do and how your education and experiences will get you there. Explore your future with the links below, but remember: Your major is just one of the factors that shapes your future career—your interests, skills, values and personality all play a vital part in finding the best career possible!
Meet with one of our career advisors to develop a strategy for your internship, part-time or full-time job search. Login to Handshake for advising times.
If you are a sophomore, junior or senior, be sure to use VMock to help you get your resume started! Use the artificial intelligence to refine the basics of your resume. Meet with a career advisor or peer coach to further develop a targeted resume.
Note: There are no workshops or advising hours during Career Fair Crash Course: Practice With the Professionals, Careers in Business week, holiday breaks or finals week.
Practice interviews with our experienced career advising staff or peer coaches! Make appointments in Handshake.
Cover letters are a great way to showcase your written communication skills. Have your cover letter reviewed during drop-in hours or via career advisor appointment scheduled in Handshake.
All majors are welcome! Visit Handshake → Events → Find Some Events → Search
After attending a workshop, or if your resume has been built, make an appointment to continue development on your resume.
Make an appointment through the appointments tab in Handshake. Choose an appointment category with the Palmer Center in the Minskoff Pavilion. Please note: advising appointments are not held during Careers in Business week, holiday breaks or finals week.
Peer coaching is also available for drop-in hours:
Connect with your future by attending career fairs, interviewing for positions and negotiating job offers.
The Department of Labor estimates that up to 80 percent of positions are filled without an employer advertising! If you are relying on job postings as your primary job search strategy, you’re only seeing approximately 20 percent of what is out there. Networking takes place whenever you:
To get started on your networking, check out Spartan Links on LinkedIn. It’s a group that connects MSU students to alumni working in their area of interest.
There are many career fairs offered throughout the academic year, and all are open to students in any major. Check the list and attend fairs that fit your personal interests. Don’t forget to prepare ahead of time with resources from the Russell Palmer Career Management Center and Career Services Network.
Great, you’ve got an interview! Now what? First, make sure that you prepare appropriately. Afterward, take the next steps to make yourself stand apart from the other candidates. Take a look at the resources below to make your interviewing experience successful.
If you are stuck in between offers and do not know how to continue, we can help! Join a Palmer Center team member in offer exploration to help navigate your final offer decision for internship or full-time opportunities. Contact the Palmer Center to set up an appointment.
Late cancellations or missed interviews are a hindrance to your success and leave a negative impact on Michigan State University and our relationships with employers. The following policy addresses this concern and the serious implications resulting from a late cancellation or a no-show.
Students registering and submitting resumes on Handshake certify that the information is truthful and accurate.
Michigan State University and the Broad College of Business understand that the recruiting process consists of stringent deadlines for both the employer and students. It is the University’s position that students make the best decisions when offered the opportunity to evaluate all of their options and seek appropriate counsel.
A job acceptance is a major commitment to your new employer. You should only make this type of commitment if you intend to honor it. Reneging is accepting a job offer from a second company while declining an already accepted job offer from the first company. This can severely damage your reputation, not only in the short term, but also for the duration of your career. Reneging also has negative implications on the university’s relationships with the employer and can affect opportunities for other MSU students. The university does not sanction a renege situation on your part for any reason. Please carefully review the reneging policy before accepting any job offers.