St. Bonaventure University

Competitive Edge Certificate


The Competitive Edge Certificate (The EDGE) is a program that provides participating sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to develop professional skills sought by employers and graduate schools.

Students at an EDGE completion ceremony
Students have a year to complete a diverse series of six one-hour seminars that address such topics as self-awareness, professional communication, networking, interviewing, and workplace dynamics.

Program participants get a step ahead of the competition for intern and job opportunities by developing confidence in their ability to communicate and to present themselves in professional settings. Those who complete the program earn a certificate that is a prestigious addition to any resume.


Requirements & Recognition

  • Interested sophomores, juniors and seniors must register to participate. Registration runs for about a two-week period at the start of the fall semester. Space in the program is limited and early registration is strongly encouraged.
  • All program requirements must be completed by April of the spring semester. Students who complete all program requirements will receive a certificate, be recognized at a reception and awarded a letter of achievement from the president of the university.
  • An EDGE with Distinction certificate awaits those who attend six seminars and complete four of six available credentials, which include completing::
    • a CPRC-approved resume
    • a cover letter
    • a LinkedIn profile
    • an elevator pitch
    • a practice interview
    • business cards

2019-20 EDGE program participants

These 2019-2020 sophomores, juniors and seniors completed a diverse series of seminars designed to help them develop professional skills sought by employers and graduate schools.

An asterisk at the end of a name means the student graduated from the EDGE program with distinction.