Introduction to Career Development

Career development is a journey, and your time spent at DSU is your first step in this journey. Wherever you are in the process, we offer one-on-one assistance to help you plan for and achieve career success. We strongly encourage you to take a proactive role in career exploration early in your DSU experience utilizing Career Development’s services.

Want to discuss your Career Development options?

Please email, call 701-483-2290, or text 701-401-3949.

Career Development Services

Career Development offers a variety of services:

  • Access to employment opportunities, internships, and volunteer work
  • Resume and cover letter creation
  • Interview preparation
  • Career exploration
  • Access to job fairs
  • Professional development and networking

To utilize these services, please set up an appointment by emailing, or stop by the career development office in May Hall 209C.

Career Exploration

Focus 2 is an online portal that will guide you through a reliable career and education decision-making model. Focus 2 will help you choose a major, explore occupations, and make informed decisions about your career. The program is FREE for DSU students.

FOCUS 2 provides valid and reliable assessments including Work Interests, Personality, Values, Skills, Leisure Interests, and Career Planning Readiness. Assessment results are matched to supporting majors and career options with over 1,000 occupations and up-to-date career information.

You can register for your account online at: and use access code bluehawk. If you have any questions contact the Career Development office at

On-Campus Employment

DSU offers on-campus employment opportunities for qualified students. There are two types of on-campus employment, federal work study and institutional work study.

Federal Work Study

Federal work study may be available to you as a student if you demonstrate financial need through your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A work study award indicates that you are eligible to seek federal work study employment; however, it is not a guarantee of a job. Jobs span across the entire campus and to some eligible off-campus employers as well. Positions may vary from clerical work to research, from service to security. Eligible students must apply for a federal work study position at > About > Employment > Open Positions. Students may submit applications for more than one position that is marked (FWS).

Institutional Work Study

Institutional work study is not based on financial need. Positions are available on-campus, and wages vary depending on the job. Students must apply for an institutional work study position at > About > Employment > Open Positions. Students may submit applications for more than one position that is marked (IWS).

Benefits of Work Study Positions

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Additional financial resources
  • Acquire valuable work experience for your resume
  • Reduce necessity for student loans
  • Opportunity for networking with college professionals
  • Opportunity to sample different career paths
  • Valuable and practical career-related experiences
  • Opportunity to enhance fundamental work skills
  • Develop a sense of community and involvement with DSU

Off-Campus Employment

There are many job opportunities available in Dickinson and the surrounding communities for current students and recent graduates that are looking to build on their professional experience. You can access resources for local employment through the North Dakota Job Service. You are also welcome to stop by the Career Development Office, May Hall 209C, to discuss job openings. Please utilize the Resources on this page for other online resources for finding job opportunities.

Student Job and Internship Fairs

Each year DSU hosts student job and internship fairs that attract local, state, and regional employers. Students are encouraged to attend these events to explore internship and employment opportunities. These events will be listed on the DSU event calendar, and advertised to your DSU student email.

Employers are welcome to attend job and internship fairs. Whether you are looking for part-time or summer help, or looking to help a recent DSU graduate get a head start on their career, we invite you to come and speak with our students about your work place goals. Please contact Career Development for more information at 701-483-2290 or Employers are also welcome to set up a table session in the Student Center. Hosting an informational table is a great way to advertise your organization and share internship and/or employment opportunities with DSU students. The Student Center is a popular student hang-out area. Please contact Career Development for more information.

Career Resources by Department

What Can I Do With This Major?

Having a difficult time picking a major? Unsure of the career opportunities with your current major? What Can I Do With This Major is a great resource at any stage of your academic career. 

Tools For Success

Are you diving into the workforce or applying for graduate programs? Stop in to Career Development (May Hall 209C) for guidance on writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for an interview, learning networking skills, or finding a job after college. You can also check out our helpful tips and guidelines!

Write a Resume

Write a Cover Letter

Interview Preparation

Networking Effectively

Transition after DSU

Graduate School Resources

If you are looking to continue your education after you complete your undergraduate degree, graduate school should be considered. Meeting with an advisor in Career Development, or in your academic department is the best way to start your search for a graduate or professional program. Together, we can discuss your options and develop a plan for completing the application process. In Career Development, we offer individual graduate school advising and critiques of personal statements and application essays.

Dickinson State University offers Graduate degrees in the following areas: