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Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services offers programs and services that help students identify and make informed decisions about career and academic goals, develop professional skills
and promote lifelong career management. 

The Global COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all facets of our lives. Communities are re-inventing how we interact socially and maintain the environments in which we live and work. 

Students: The Office of Career Services Staff is available for online appointments through Google Hangouts and Zoom.

 Employers: We are available to discuss your recruiting needs via phone, using Zoom and Google Hangouts.  We look forward to connecting with you!



The West Virginia State University Office of Career Services delivers comprehensive and inclusive career and employment services.

The mission of Career Services is to help students discover their talents and engage through experiential learning to make informed career decisions; to connect them with employers; and to provide skills to successfully obtain employment in a rapidly changing, complex, and competitive world.


WVSU has partnered with Handshake (a career development platform) to serve as your one-stop-shop for launching your career. You’ll use Handshake to discover employers and opportunities, submit applications, and attend career fairs and other events. One of the new features enables you to access personalized job recommendations based on your major and interests. Whether you’re looking for an internship, a full-time job, or don’t know where to begin, Handshake is here to help.  Click here to log in, all you need is your WVSU email and you will be directed to create a password. Your account has already been set up. 

Thank you for your interest in WVSU students and alumni! We listened to your feedback regarding a career development platform and have now moved to Handshake. For those of you who are new to Handshake, the search tools are powerful and offer you the ability to pinpoint and build candidate pools quickly and easily.  

Click here to set up or access your account.
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If you are undecided or are not sure about your choice of career field/program of study, schedule an individual appointment with the Career Counselor. All services are confidential.
Email: or call (304) 766-3250 to schedule an appointment.

If it would be more convenient to work on your own, use the Sigi3 logo below to begin your career planning today. Sigi3 is like a GPS for your career!
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Check out these online resources:
Occupational Outlook Handbook
America's Career InfoNet
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCooperative Education

Co-op graphic. Get Dollars. Gain Work Experience. Build Network.


Earn elective hours (credit) and get closer to graduation through Cooperative Education.
Log in to Handshake to see all the Co-op/Internships available. If your current job is related to your Major, it may qualify for the Co-op program.

Click on the link below for details:

Get more information on the certification process

To qualify for Co-op a student must:

  • Complete 24 semester hours at the 100 level and above
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum of 2.50 in major courses
  • Complete English 101 with at least a grade of "C"
  • Attend a Co-op orientation meeting
  • Have a positive recommendation from the Department Chair for the student's major
  • In some situations, be willing to participate in two semesters of Co-op placement





Handle your recruiting in one system! It's easy, convenient and free to connect with students and alumni. 

Other services offered are as follows:



  • Employer of the Week Program - You may visit the campus and meet informally with students during the lunch period either on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Careers Over Lunch Program - If you are a past graduate of WVSU and are available to visit the campus, please share your career insights during the lunch period. 
  • Annual Student Professional Day and Career Convocations - Volunteers from the business community serve as speakers or provide advice on topics including, but not limited to: First Impressions, Business Etiquette, Work/Life Balance, Interviewing Skills, Social Media and Resume Writing. 
Please contact the office if you would like to participate in any of these programs. 

Employer Forms

Career and Employment Expo Registration 

Criminal Justice Fair Registration 

Teacher Job Fair Registration 
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The Office of Career Services hosts a variety of events during the academic year in order to assist students with their job search and professionally prepare them for life after college.
For more information, contact the Office of Career Services at (304) 766-3250.

Career and Employment Expo
Spring 2021 Career and Employment Expo
Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
A student talking with a recruiter at the career expo.
Registration is through Handshake.

Don't miss this opportunity to promote your company's employment opportunities. 

Student Professional Day
Student Professional Day

Student professional day participants

Teacher Job Fair

West Virginia State University extends an invitation to attend the 51st Annual Teacher Job Fair on ThursdayMarch 11, 2021. This event will take place from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Student speaks with recruiter at the teacher job fair.

Register to attend the Teacher Job Fair via Handshake.
It is our sincere hope that your school system can take advantage of the recruiting opportunity offered by this Annual Teacher Job Fair.

Criminal Justice Fair
Criminal Justice Fair

Students speaking with a recruiter at the criminal justice career fair.

Internship Fair
Internship Fair

Internship fair registration. 

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowFour Year Career Planning Guide
The Four Year Career Planning Guide is to assist you with developing a career path that will help you make the most of your academic, personal and career growth!  Remember that you should begin your career planning early (during your freshman year!) and continue to work that plan each year by visiting the Office of Career Services office often to best prepare yourself for a great career after graduation!

To get started, click on the links below for steps you should be completing each year: For a complete guide click here.
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If you have decided to apply to graduate or professional school, you will want to check out a timeline for the application process. The application materials include the following:
  • Application form (with appropriate fees)
  • Official transcripts
  • Admissions essay/personal statement
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (two to three)
  • Entrance exam scores
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Click here for details.

I hope you are on the road to career success.  West Virginia State University was honored to have you obtain your degree(s) from our institution. Our goal is to prepare you to assume productive roles in society by contributing to the 21st century global economy. To that end, the Office of Career Services would like you to complete the on-line Graduate Exit Survey.

Your feedback regarding your post-graduate employment or continuing education experiences is extremely important to WVSU future students. Your responses will remain confidential and no individual will be identified in the summary report.

As a small token of thanks for completing the survey, the Office of Career Services will enter your name in a drawing for a prize from the WVSU bookstore. If your name is drawn, you will be notified by a phone call and your prize will be mailed to the address you provide on the survey.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Click here to access the survey.

If you would like assistance with your job search or career goals, please contact me at or 304-766-3250 to schedule an appointment.

Log into Handshake to explore your options.

Check out agency/company webpages for details on the opportunities listed below:
U.S. Department of Energy EERA Energy Storage 
The White House Intern 
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs 
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) Intern

POC Capitol Interns 
West Virginia Governors Internship 
Chick-fil-A: Marketing Intern
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance: Financial Representative Intern

Speedway Corporate, Regional and HR Internships
Target Executive Internship

Other Internship Sites  - The Student Conservation Association
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Office staff assists you with your job search skills including resume development, interviewing skills and job search strategies.


Looking for a job?  Gain access to hundreds of employers with jobs and internships through Handshake

Join the leading professional network:
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Student Job Search Resources
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Career Center
Resume Tips 
Elevator Pitch
Interview tips

TMCF Resume Template
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image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowWork Study

The Federal College Work Study program is a form of financial aid that provides the opportunity to earn more than minimum wage working on campus or at a community service site. 

If you are interested in this program, you must first request work study in the Financial Aid Office.  Work study placement is coordinated through the Office of Career Services.

In order to participate in this program you must be eligible for financial aid.  Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for the eligibility requirements.  Once awarded College Work Study funds, you may contact the Office of Career Services for placement.  Most of the work sites are on campus, however there are a few community service sites off campus.  The amount of the award received will determine the amount of hours worked.  The pay rate is $9.00 or $9.50 per hour, depending on the job site.  If you receive the maximum award ($2,250 per semester), you will work approximately 15-16 hours per week.  To be placed, you will be required to complete an application packet and be interviewed by the Placement Coordinator. All first-time work study students will be required to participate in a Customer Service training program.


Work Study Supervisors
If your department would like to employ work study students for the next academic year, please complete a job request form (see below) by the end of July. A separate form must be completed for each type of job assignment.

We will do our best to meet your requests. However, there is no guarantee that the number of students requested will be provided. Most students are assigned during the first three weeks of the Fall semester. However, some students students may be assigned later in the Fall and Spring semesters once their financial aid paperwork is complete. Students are assigned based on whether their skills match those indicated on your job request form.

At the end of the academic year, or once the student has ceased working in your department, please submit a performance evaluation form (see below).

Click here to complete a job request form.
Click here to complete a job performance evaluation.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowTest for Credit Options



You can save time and money by earning credits toward your degree  through the CLEP and DSST program.

The CLEP allows you to receive college credit by taking a standardized test over material covered in an introductory course.
The following is a list of exams available from the College Level Examination Program.

Composition and Literature - American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, College Composition (essay required), College Composition Modular, English Literature, and Humanities.
History and Social Sciences - American Government, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Educational Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Introductory Sociology, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Social Sciences and History, U.S. History I: Early Colonization to 1877, U. S. History II: 1865 to the Present, Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648, Western Civilization II:1648 to the Present.
Science and Mathematics - Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, College Algebra, College Mathematics, and Natural Sciences.
Business - Financial Accounting, Introductory Business Law, Information Systems, Principles of Management, and Principles of Marketing.
World Languages - French Language (Levels 1 and 2), German Language (Levels 1 and 2), and Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2).

The DSST tests allow you to receive college credit by taking a standardized test in a specific subject area. The following is a list of exams available:
Business  Business Ethics and Society, Business Mathematics, Human Resource Management, Computing and Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Money and Banking,Organizational Behavior, Personal Finance, Principles of Finance, Principles of Supervision
Humanities Ethics in America, Introduction to World Religions, Principles of Public Speaking*
*In addition to a minimum score of 47 on the multiple choice test, an examinee must also receive a passing grade on the required speech section. A special test date/time will be scheduled for this test on an individual basis.
Technology - Technical Writing
MathematicsFundamentals of College Algebra, Principles of Statistics
Physical Science - Astronomy, Environmental Science, Health and Human Development,  Principles of Physical Science I, Principles of Statistics
Social Sciences -  A History of the Vietnam War, Art of the Western World, Criminal Justice, Fundamentals of Cybersecurity, Foundations of Education, Substance Abuse, Fundamentals of Counseling, General Anthropology, Human Cultural Geography,  Introduction to Law Enforcement,  Lifespan Developmental Psychology, History of the Soviet Union, The Civil War and Reconstruction

For more details click on the links below:



To get credit for WVSU courses: 
Click here for available tests and passing scores

Both the CLEP and DSST exams are given in 108 Wallace Hall.

Registration Form

If special accommodations are needed, please contact West Virginia State University Accessibility Services at 304-766-3083.

To schedule a testing appointment,  please call 304-766-3250 or email:

CLEP - The fee is $89.00 per test.  Prior to the test date, you will need to create an account through the My Account Registration portal on the CLEP website and submit payment directly there (plus administration fee; see below).

DSST- The fee is $85.00 per test which will be required on the test date (plus administration fee; see below).

A $15.00 (per test) administration fee in the form of a check or money order payable to West Virginia State University will be collected on the test day. DO NOT include with registration form.

Test scores will be available upon completion of the examination (with a few exceptions). 

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowWork Study Employment
Department:  Accounting
Duties:  Student will assist with filing, copying, typing, running errands, maintain computer lab, answer the phone and other duties as assigned.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing receptionist/telephone, Microsoft Word, Excel, research on the Internet, can operate a copier.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Athletics
Duties:   WVSU Athletics is looking for office assistants along with person(s) interested in being equipment manager/ film manager/ practice-game assistant.
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, can officiate athletic events.  Must be available to work home sporting events at nights and weekends.  Lifting of water jugs, towels, etc.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Biology Core Lab Worker
Duties:  Students will help prepare laboratories for student taking Biology laboratory classes. You will be required to help with preparation and cleaning of items used in these laboratories. You will be trained on cleaning protocols, solution preparation, and some microbiology. Students learn how to navigate a Biology Lab and along the way they learn many useful skills that will help them during their time at WVSU.
Days/Hours:  No specific times
Qualifications & Skills: Science related major is helpful but not required.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Chemistry- Core Lab Prep Assistant
Duties:  Clean and organize glassware and labs. Shelve chemical jars/bottles and equipment. Assist in preparation of course materials and equipment. Assist in breakdown of used course materials and course waste management. Follow all safety practices and procedures.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, organization. Some laboratory experience preferred but not necessary.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Chemistry - Core Lab Worker
Duties:  Clean and organize glassware and labs. Shelve chemical jars/bottles and equipment. Refill water carboys, replenish supplies of safety glasses and gloves. Help maintain inventory and SDS. Administrative help. Run errands. Follow all safety practices and procedures.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, organization. Prior laboratory experience is a plus.
Position:  Closed
Department:  College of Arts and Humanities
Duties:  Assist with basic troubleshooting, manage front office space in keeping the office tidy, professional and functional. Greet visitors and determine to whom they need to speak with. Assist faculty and staff in making copies, answer telephone and perform other duties as assigned.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Microsoft Word and Excel.
Position: Closed

Department:  College of Business & Social Sciences
Duties:  Filing and other office work using Word and Excel, help answer phones, especially during lunch hours, monitor the computer lab, assisting professors and adjuncts when needed and run errands when asked. Also need students to help with college web page and college newsletter for the Dean
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone. Must be responsible and self-motivated.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Communications and Marketing 
Duties:  Student will assist the Department in various aspects including but not limited to writing, social media and videography.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, knowledge of graphic design and newspaper/editing skills. 
Position: Closed

Department:  Counseling & Accessibility Services
Duties:  Answer phones, take messages, run errands, assist with campus events and be confidential.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone.  Walking and lifting 25 pounds.
Position:  Closed

Department:  Drain-Jordan Library
Duties:  Staff the Circulation desk and Reference desk Greet patrons coming into the library and direct them accordingly. Add new patrons to Virtua. Check in/out items. Check cataloging record of all new books for accuracy. Assist patrons with printers. Assist Cataloging Department- processing new books.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Duties:  This job requires a high level of customer service and answering the phone, as well as filing, sorting, and other office duties. It requires the utmost confidence in student privacy. You will not be able to discuss student matters with anyone outside of the office.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, and receptionist/telephone skills.
Position:  Closed
Department:  First Year Academic Advising Center
Duties:  The student will serve as a knowledgeable office assistant to the FYAAC. The student will be proactive in serving the needs of FYAAC by being organized, receiving and welcoming visitors to the Office, and performing clerical duties.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 or 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone. Maintain a neat/professional appearance and attitude during work. Strong communication and people skills, good organizational and multi-tasking abilities and problem solving skills. Ability to handle confidential matters.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Financial Aid
Duties:  Students will perform front desk duties such as answer phones, greet students and answer financial aid questions. Students will also file, work on general reports and prepare files for counselors.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, and receptionist/telephone skills.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Housing and Residence Life
Duties:  Answer phones, check-in visitors as they enter Keith/Dawson Hall, answer questions from residents, relay concerns to Resident Assistants and Director. Distribute mail to students from the mailroom.
Days/Hours:  Mailroom (10-6 pm) and Front Desk (6 -12 am)  Monday – Sunday 
Qualifications & Skills:  Receptionist/telephone.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Human Resources
Duties:  Maintaining computer system by updating and entering data, compiling reports and preparing spreadsheets.  Answer telephones, greet visitors in a courteous and professional manner, photocopying, delivering, picking-up and distributing mail, light typing & filing, and running errands and other duties as may be required.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Familiar with Microsoft Office software.  Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
Position:  Closed

Department:  Mathematics & Computer Science - Computer Lab Assistant
Duties:  Assist students, staff, and faculty with logging in.  Report any network, hardware or software problems.  Answer general questions regarding software.  Maintain an orderly and open computer lab.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, typing, receptionist/telephone.  Familiar with Windows and Microsoft Word.  Can operate a computer and printer. 
Position:  Closed
Department:  Printing Services
Duties:  Assist with daily operations in the University Print Shop. Answer the phones, assist with billing, pre-press and press work and deliveries to on campus offices.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone, knowledge of graphic design, accounting/bookkeeping and newspaper/editing.
Position:  Closed
Department:  Student Life and Engagement
Duties:  Assist with daily operations to include answering phones, filing, supervise the operation of the Fitness Center and information desk. Also, help with campus activities/events and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone, can officiate athletic events, knowledge of graphic design, newspaper/editing.  Familiar with InDesign software.
Position:  Closed

Department:  Student Support Services and Upward Bound - Lab Assistant/Tutor and Office Assistant
Duties:  To assist in the TRIO computer labs. Sign students into the lab, provide assistance with printing, answer questions, maintain clean work areas. Help with Office and clerical duties such as answering the phones, making copies, shredding files, making and distributing flyers and assisting with promotional tables. Provide mentoring and tutoring. Assist in coordinating and implementing community services and TRIO activities.
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, and receptionist/telephone skills.
Position:  Closed
Department:  University Advancement
Duties:  Assist with mailings, answer phones, data entry and other duties as assigned.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm, Will work with class schedule.
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone. Familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.
Position:  Closed

Off Campus Community Service Sites
Organization:  Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council
Title: Marketing and Communications Assistant
Duties:  The Marketing and Communications Assistant will support the council's marketing and communications projects by creating graphics, crafting social media content, brainstorming engaging campaigns and collaborating to increase and retain membership of volunteers and Girl Scouts by improving their experience. For more information or to see the complete position description, please contact Julie Morgado at
Days/Hours:  Flexible
Qualifications & Skills:  Strong written and verbal communication skills, experience managing multiple projects, deadlines and details, must be a self-starter and possesses working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Must be able to pass a background check. Access to reliable transportation.
Position:  Closed
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowYellow Jacket Career Ready Program
The Yellow Jacket Career Ready Program will provide you with skills and preparation to succeed in finding your passion and in developing a road map for future career success.

Choosing and Changing Your Major Learn about your personality and other factors that will help you stay on the right track to graduation.
My Major & Career Options Explore the career possibilities and develop a road map for success.
Career Exploration Experience Participate in a 2-hour Company site visit by shadowing a Company employee.
Dress for Success Fashion Show Come join us for mocktails, food and fun and check out our EMSA staff and student models on the do’s and don’ts of professional dress.
Career Readiness Skills Learn what they are and develop an action plan on how to acquire these skills. 
Exploring Graduate School Learn what factors to consider and how to navigate the overview of application process.
Writing a CV (or Curriculum Vitae) Learn the basics of writing an effective CV.
Writing a Personal Statement Learn the tips and strategies for formatting and content creation for an effective statement.
Establish Your E-Brand Learn to manage the information that appears in the search engines, create appropriate social networking profiles and effectively use electronic technologies.
Networking Learn how to network effectively to advance your professional and personal life.
Writing a Federal Resume Learn how to showcase your past career positions and skills to apply for a position with the Federal Government.
Get LinkedIn!  Learn how to create a strong professional social media presence.
Resume Building Session Learn how to showcase your past responsibilities, accomplishments, qualifications, strengths and skills to land an interview.
Writing a Cover Letter Learn what to include that will showcase your personality and fit for the specific career opportunity.
Ace the Interview Come join us to learn about tips and tricks on interviewing. 
Student Professional Day “Jeans to Suits” Learn from the business professionals regarding job search skills.
From Student to Employee Transitioning into a Career position can be challenging. Learn to better understand employer expectations, develop a workplace persona and drive one’s career.

*Check e-mail for announcements of dates and times

Our Team

Teresa Casto
Administrative Secretary, Senior
Sandhya Maharaj
Tammy  Morton
Administrative Associate
West Virginia State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex/gender, national origin, ancestry, age, blindness, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status or other category that is protected under federal, State, or local anti-discrimination laws as protected characteristics. Current Students Career Services Cooperation Education

108 Wallace Hall 
Phone: 304-766-3250 Facebook emblem
Fax: 304-766-5195

Hours of Operation: 
8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Evening appointments available upon request.


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