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Student Resources

The Career Development Office offers several services and resources for our students:  

Major & Career Exploration

FOCUS 2 Career is an online tool that will empower you to make informed decisions about your major, education and career. You may access it 24/7 and use it on an ongoing basis while at SDSU. The access code is: jacks. Once you've completed FOCUS 2 Career, schedule an appointment with a career coach to discuss your results and how to plan your next steps. To schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, sign into Handshake, select Career Center, then Appointments.

Career Advising Appointments &
Drop-in Hours

Appointments and Drop-in Hours provide students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a career coach to discuss any career-related questions you may have. To schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, sign into Handshake, select Career Center, then Appointments.

During Drop-in Hours, students are seen in 20-minute increments on a first-come, first-served basis. Our Drop-in Hours schedule will be posted on our Facebook page. NOTE: *Drop-in Hours are not offered during the summer. Instead, we encourage you to schedule an appointment by signing into Handshake, selecting Career Center, then Appointments.

Career Fairs

Career Development hosts a variety of career fairs to help students connect with employers about job and internship opportunities. Details of upcoming career fairs are available here.

Resume & Cover Letter Reviews

Bring a copy of your document(s) for review by one of our staff members during drop-in hours or by scheduling an appointment on Handshake. Samples and resources for resume and cover letter writing can be found here.

Interview Preparation

Participate in an interview preparation workshop, visit us during Drop-in Hours, or schedule an appointment for help preparing for your upcoming job or professional school interview. To schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, sign into Handshake, select Career Center, then Appointments

Part-Time, Work-Study, & Seasonal Jobs

Many students choose to work during the school year or the summer, either on campus or in the community. To find part-time work, be sure to search the postings in Handshake. Additional online resources are South Dakota Department of Labor's job site or the Live in Brookings job board. You also can contact employers directly. Please see our FAQs if you have any questions. 

The Career Development Office will host its annual Student Part-time Job Fair on Sept. 1. Watch your Jacks email and our social media for details to come.

Internship Information

An internship is an opportunity for students to obtain relevant work experience. Internships can be completed throughout the year, but are typically offered over the summer months. 

Contact your advisor or department internship coordinator to determine when to complete. This is your first contact for help identifying possible internships. Next, check Handshake for current opportunities. For additional help, visit us during Drop-in Hours or schedule an appointment. To schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, sign into Handshake, select Career Center, then Appointments.

Professional Career Positions

To search for full-time, professional positions, begin by searching in Handshake. For additional help, visit us during Drop-in Hours or schedule an appointment. To schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, sign into Handshake, select Career Center, then Appointments.