Career Services

Blackhawk Technical College takes great pride in offering a wide range of career and professional development services. We are here to help you explore careersprepare for the job application process, and find current opportunities

Explore Careers

Not sure what college program to pursue? Have you forgotten what you really wanted to do in your pursuit of education, earning an income, and/or raising a family? This can be one of your biggest decisions. An interest assessment can get you started in building a career around what you are meant to do.

  • Take the 10-minute Career Interest Questionnaire to find out what Wisconsin Technical College program best fits you.
  • Achieve your potential in school, career, and life through Focus2, an online interactive career & education planning system that combines self-assessment, career exploration and decision-making into one comprehensive program. To get started, visit Focus 2 using "blackhawk" as the access code.
  • Learn more about various careers at My Next Move.

Completing a Career Exploration Workshop is a great step to make sure you are on the right path toward building a career around your skills and passions. Workshops are offered weekly and are free of charge.

Prepare for the Job Application Process

The hiring process can be scary... but we're here to help. No matter what your experience level is with interviews and application materials, our Career Services team is ready to help you prepare.

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Résumé Writing

A résumé cannot get you a job, but it can get you an interview. An effective résumé describes your education and experience in relation to the job you are applying for. Take a look at our Résumé Handbook for tips and guidelines.

Need help? Send in your current résumé via email or upload a copy to the Certificate of Professional Development page in Blackboard.

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Mock Interviews

Our mock interview sessions allow you to practice your interviewing skills with a staff member prior to going out and interviewing with employers in your career field.

Mock interview appointments typically last 15-30 minutes and questions are mostly tailored toward the position you are looking to apply for. Immediately after the interview, we will provide feedback on your communication skills, dress, and more. Students may schedule a mock interview within MyBTC by going to the Starfish card.

Career Closet

The Career Closet provides all Blackhawk students access to new and gently used professional attire for interviews, career fairs, networking events, and the workplace. The goal of the Career Closet is to remove financial barriers that may prevent students with the highest need from looking and feeling their best during the internship and job search process. The Career Closet is open on the first Wednesday of each month from 12–4 p.m. and the first Thursday of each month from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. when classes are in session or by appointment. The Career Closet is located in the CARE Center (Room 2220). 

Certificate of Professional Development (CPD)

We offer fun, interactive, and FREE training programs that enhance professional development and prepare participants for employment. The training programs are self-paced and open to all students, alumni, and community members. Participants who complete the full checklist will earn the Certificate of Professional Development.

Program Benefits:
  • Receive specialized training and feedback.
  • Gain experience that can be applied in the workplace.
  • Take charge of professional development and gain more confidence in the job search/application.

To get started, simply attend any training offered or contact Career Services.

Find Current Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities both on and off campus for students to pursue while attending Blackhawk.

More About Student Employment

View current opportunities and programs:

Create a Handshake account to view internships and job postings online and upload your résumé for employers to view. 

Go to Handshake 

We are here to assist with the internship search process. We can provide resume and cover letter assistance, mock interviews, internship strategies, networking strategies, and tools to navigate the Wisconsin TechConnect™ website.

Why should I do an internship?
  • Gain practical experience
  • Solidify career choices
  • Apply classroom learning to the “real” world
  • Build a professional network
  • Get your foot in the door at an organization
How do I get started?

Interested students should contact Alicia Acker at (608) 743-4423 or

What are Micro-Internships?

Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable students to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right job role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance.

Blackhawk has partnered with Parker Dewey to offer micro-internships for our students.

Learn More

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a campus-based program that is administered directly by the college’s Financial Aid Office. This program allows you to take advantage of on-campus work opportunities based on the amount of financial aid you receive, availability of college funds, and available work opportunities. Check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you are eligible to participate.

To view available work-study opportunities on-campus, visit Handshake.

Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship! Our apprenticeship programs are perfect for determined problem solvers. You’ll get hands-on classroom instruction you can apply right away along with on-the-job training — plus you’ll earn a paycheck from day one while you work your way toward a career as a certified skilled worker in the industrial trades.

Learn more about Apprenticeships

The Blackhawk Scholars program allows you to continue your education at Blackhawk Technical College while gaining valuable work experience with local employers.

Learn more about Blackhawk Scholars


Contact Information

Alicia Acker
Career Services and Leadership Development Coordinator
(608) 743-4423

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Extended hours are available by appointment.

CARE Center
Central Campus, Room 2220
View all resources available in the CARE Center. 

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