March 2017

Summer Internships

Internships are a pivotal component in a student’s career development journey. The Toppel Career Center is committed to providing students with the opportunity to find internships in which they will gain and develop skills as well as measure their interest in a particular role or company/organization.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, graduates applying for full-time jobs prior to graduation were far more likely to receive a job offer, and to be compensated at a higher level in a full-time position if they had internship experience (NACE, 2016).

Here are a few tips for parents and students when it comes time to apply for internship opportunities.

  • Plan ahead: It is important to consider what kind of internship or what kind of skills a student would like to gain. Many internships are posted a semester (sometimes two) ahead of time. Not all industries have set timelines, nor do all industries operate on academic calendars. An upcoming program that might help your student(s) is How to Rock Your Summer Internship. Students should also schedule an advising appointment to discuss the best ways to search for opportunities.
  • Network: Have your student ask around to find opportunities. Family members/friends may be excellent sources of who is hiring interns. LinkedIn can be a phenomenal tool when trying to connect with alumni of the University of Miami or representatives from companies/organizations. Encourage your student to seek out networking opportunities on campus.
  • Prepare to apply: Your student will need to create an updated resume and will need a well-written cover letter. The Toppel Career Center offers walk-in appointments for students Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm for this very reason.
  • Prepare to interview: Interviews can be intimidating, especially if your student has never had one before. Toppel offers opportunities for students to engage in practice interviews to help them prepare for this experience. We will tailor the questions to the experience and provide feedback on performance, responses, body language and more! Professional Dress is a huge part of the process as well. Toppel and Student Government have collaborated to offer students Sebastian’s Closet, a FREE clothing rental service. If you would like to donate to Sebastian’s Closet, please contact us.
  • Maximize the internship experience: The Toppel Career Center wants to ensure that students are making the most of their internship. We encourage students to take ownership of their experience and ask for more responsibility as well as capitalize on their contacts. Students can obtain free academic credit for their internship experience in the form of a one-credit transcript notation by participating in the Toppel Internship Program.

Please feel free to contact the Toppel office at (305) 284-5451 if we can be of any assistance to your or your student(s).

‘Cane Talks

‘Cane Talks
The University of Miami introduces ‘Cane Talks- lively ten-minute presentations by leading thinkers in the UM community illuminating big questions we face in the next century, including faculty leaders, alumni, and accomplished students.

Watch the ‘Cane Talk with former UM faculty member Tarell Alvin McCraney, and author of “Moonlight” here

Office Spotlight—UMPD


The University of Miami Police Department’s focus on crime - prevention, monitoring and combatting is paying off for the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus.

Crime on campus continues to sustain a downward trend that began more than a decade ago. “Part 1” crimes reported to UMPD in 2016, the overwhelming majority of which were thefts of unattended items, dropped nearly 18 percent from 2015, a 73 percent decline since 2003. Almost no violent crimes occurred in 2016, making UM one of the safest private universities in the South. UMPD Chief David Rivero attributes the positive trend to the continued efforts towards community engagement; the creation of a robust investigative unit that actively maps and analyzes crimes; the installation of a state-of-the art camera monitoring system; the addition of Student Patrol Aids, who act as extra eyes and ears for patrol officers; the deployment of contract security guards; and a relentless Crime Prevention Education Program.

“I tell parents that I wouldn’t send my kids here if I didn’t think this campus was safe,” explained Rivero, who has two daughters graduating from UM in May and a son that is a freshman. “This is one of the safest campuses in the South, and our officers care. We provide a law enforcement service you get nowhere else.”

UMPD safety programs include emergency “Blue Light” Phones, Safety Escorts, U-Guardian a smartphone safety app, self-defense classes, and bike registration and lock program. The programs are all free to members of the University of Miami community. Family members of UM students’ are encouraged to visit the UMPD web site at to learn more about each program and have discussions with their student family members.

Under the leadership of Chief David Rivero, UMPD employs a community-policing model, embracing opportunities to interact with our campus community and its various organizations on a daily basis. To further develop and nurture these valuable partnerships, the department also offers numerous educational events and outreach programs throughout the year. For more information on UMPD, please visit their web site or call (305) 284 – 6666 to talk to someone directly.


Family Weekend Save the Date

Family Weekend Save the Date

The University of Miami is excited to invite you to attend Family Weekend 2017 from Thursday, September 21, 2017 through Sunday, September 24, 2017. This weekend provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in numerous activities and events that are planned for your enjoyment, including a University of Miami Football game against Toledo University on Saturday, September 23, 2017! Go 'Canes!

Registration for Family Weekend will open on June 15th. Visit for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you in September!

  • If you have any questions about Family Weekend, please contact the Family Weekend staff through the Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement at 305-284-5646 or by email at

Black Awareness Month (BAM)

Black Awareness Month (BAM)
This year’s Black Awareness Month (BAM) was called “Roots” and began with the Opening Ceremonies celebrating the United Black Students (UBS) organization’s 50th anniversary. In order to commemorate such a momentous occasion, UBS brought back the founders of the organization to share some of the struggles in creating the organization and to provide words for future action. On February 18, students from all over the university participated in BAM Day of Service to bring literacy to 1st-3rd graders from Earlington Heights Elementary School. Student volunteers lead story telling activities, reading circles, and historical scavenger hunts all while providing some wonderful mentorship to the young scholars.
Black Awareness Month (BAM)

Black Awareness Month continued with notable events connecting the roles Black alumni play in student life at the university, and the House of Black Culture event. During House of Black Culture, students from the university community learned more about natural hair, Haitian culture, and exhibits highlighting important components of Carnival.

As we continually strive to create and maintain a culture of belonging at the University of Miami, we encourage all families, friends, and guardians to share discussions about the importance of Black History Month and the bevy of opportunities there are to learn from those within our diverse community.
BAM For more information about Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) visit


Email: multicultural.studentaffairs

Twitter/Instagram: @UM_MSA

Important Dates for Fall 2017

August 17

Housing Available for Continuing Students

August 21


August 30

Last Day for Registration and to Add a Course

September 4


September 21- September 24

Family Weekend

October 13

Last Day to Apply for Graduation for Fall

October 12 – October 15


November 18 – November 26


December 13


News at UM

University Reaffirms Support of Transgender Community-

UM’s First Black Graduates Recall Triumphs Over Adversity-

Scholarship Students Thank Donors for Making Magic Happen-

Housing plan to increase capacity, foster on-campus community-


The University of Miami | Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement
Shalala Student Center, Suite 203 | 1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-5646 |