National LGBTQ & Ally College Student Career Conference
September 26-28th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

This conference will feature breakout sessions, workshops, and keynote speeches presented by companies, organizations, and individuals leading the way in LGBTQ workplace inclusion. The conference will give undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to network one-on-one with LGBTQ employees and representatives to discuss being out and open in various industries, organizations, being out on resumes, being out in interviews, being out on social media, and more! The PRIDE Career Fair at the conclusion of the conference will include over 30 companies from a variety of industries promoting their career and internship opportunities. For additional information on the conference including the agenda and session descriptions please visit the Out for Work website.

Application for Financial Support

Any student interested in attending the conference may apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of registration, meals, and lodging by completing the online application here. Applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses what they hope to gain from the conference as well as an updated resume.* Please title these documents with your first and last name.

(Example: JaneDoeResume.docx / JaneDoeCoverLetter.docx)

Applications for financial support are due Friday, August 1st, 2014 by 5:00 pm

Top applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee.  Notifications will be send via e-mail to all applicants.

Note: Any student may apply for financial support.  However, financial support is extremely limited and only the applicants who can best describe what they hope to gain from this experience and who can positively represent SMCM will be funded.   Any students not awarded financial support may still attend the conference with their own resources.

Financial support for this event is provided by the Dean of Students, LGBTQ Student Services, and the Career Center.


Coming Out in the Job Search

Coming out during the job search process is a difficult decision to make, and you should evaluate the specific circumstances for each position under consideration. Some individuals use their resume as a way to screen non-supportive employers by listing involvement in LGBTQ organizations. Others may choose to come out only after being hired, if at all. If you are unsure what to do please come see a member of the Career Development Center staff or Clint Neill, Supervisor for LBGTQ student services.

If you elect not to come out on your resume, you can disguise experiences that may unintentionally out you. For example, if you are involved in St. Mary's Triangle & Rainbow Society (STARS), you can list it as an “Anti-discrimination Club” or a “Cultural Club” instead.  

No matter what approach you take, remember that employers ask questions during an interview about items listed on your resume. Anything you list on your resume is ‘fair game’ for an employer to ask about. Your level of disclosure in answering is up to you. However, it’s important to anticipate the types of questions you might be asked in an interview and practice your answers.  

Finding LGBTQ Friendly Employers

Identifying LGBTQ friendly employers is vital to quality of life and safety. Here are some tips to help you identify how accepting your new employer may be.

Read the details of their anti-discrimination policies, and look to see if any policies specifically note employees who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.  You may also review the Human Rights Campaign’s annual list of Queer Friendly Organizations

Many corporations have LGBTQ organizations for employees. Find out if this is the case at the companies you are applying to.  

Transgender Rights

 The National Center for Transgender Equality provides a wealth of information concerning Transgender rights within the workplace.   Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides federal protection against harassment, discrimination, and ensures access to safe restrooms and other facilities in companies with 15 or more employees.  Several states and local municipalities have similar protections in place.  For more information including information no how to lodge a complaint, please review their pamphlet

Additional Resources

The Career Development Center has been awarded Silver certification through OUT for Work's Career Center Certification Program! Enjoy their free resource library: 

OUT for Work LGBTQ Career Center Library
(Username: outforwork, Password: cccp2013)

OUT for Works Internship & Job Board
LGBT CareerLink 
Pro Gay Jobs 
Transgender: Employment and Transition