Faculty/Staff Information


“…I believe the advice given by Career Services has made our graduating nursing students feel more comfortable and confident in their resumes and interviewing skills as they go out and seek jobs.” 

“…There are so many positive impacts with the knowledge you share with our students…. (they) motivate the students to shine with upbeat, positive attitudes, in not just interviews, but in everyday life!” 

"Career Services has provided my students quite a few useful services such as practice with mock interviews, professional headshots, and advice on resumes & job applications. It has been helpful for our music students to meet friendly staff who are outside our subject area but who are well-versed in all aspects of professionalism.“ 

Career Services is Here to Help!

Request a Presentation

Career Services professional, paraprofessional and well-trained student staff members are available to give presentations on a wide-variety of topics. Presentation requests should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date requested. Possible topics include:

  • Career Services Overview
  • How to Choose a Major
  • Resume Writing
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Job Search Strategies (can be major focused)
  • Interview Strategies
  • Networking Strategies
  • Dining and Business Etiquette

Handshake Logo

Handshake is our online job platform that students can utilize to search for full-time and part-time jobs, on-campus jobs, internships, register for career events and career fairs, meet with our office and more! 

We would like to extend an invitation to any faculty or staff member that would be interested in accessing Handshake. Faculty and staff can utilize Handshake to post jobs for their department, research companies and job postings, look at career fair attendees and more! If you would like to gain access to Handshake feel free to check out our Department Guide on how to do this, or feel free to reach out to our office at 270.809.3735 or msu.careerservices@murraystate.edu

An internship integrates practical experience with education in a structured, supervised work environment. Internships are available year-round and typically last one semester. They can be paid or unpaid; for class credit (consult academic or faculty advisor for approval) or not. Contact Career Services with any questions: 270.809.3735.

The benefits of participating in an internship are vast. When you intern, you have the opportunity to do the following:

  1. Enhance your resume and be more marketable for the full-time job search

  2. Build your professional network

  3. Expand understanding about your chosen industry or field

  4. Develop general work functions and workplace etiquette

  5. Gain exposure to organizational culture, latest trends, technologies and practices

  6. Develop transferable skills: communication, time management, report writing, customer service, etc.

Learn more about internships.

The Student Employee of the Month award was established by the Career Services Office in the Fall 2022 semester. The goal of the Student Employee of the Month program is to recognize members of the Racer community who embody the mission, vision, and values of Murray State University, as well as their respective residential colleges, academic programs, and work departments. 

In April, during National Student Employment Week, a Student Employee of the Year is named during a banquet celebrating all student employees of Murray State. 

Have a student employee you want to nominate? Nominate them at this link: Student Employee of the Month Nomination Form

Jordan Sinkler

January 2024 Student Employee of the Month: Jordan Sinkler

Jordan is a Junior Organizational Communications major with an Advertising minor from Millstadt, Illinois. Jordan works in the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work. Jordan was nominated by Katy Hancock for her communication, dependability, and creativity. Congratulations Jordan! 


Zoe Knight

December 2023 Student Employee of the Month: Zoe Knight

Zoe is a Junior English Literature major from Murray, KY. Zoe works in the School of Engineering and was nominated by Molly Embry for her time management, dependability, and organization. Congratulations Zoe! 


Emma Roach

November 2023 Student Employee of the Month: Emma Roach

Emma is a Senior Agriculture major focusing on AgriScience and Technology from Murray, KY. Emma works in the Education Abroad Office. Emma was nominated by Steven Guns and by Christy D'Ambrosio for her dedication, trustworthiness, and effective communication. Congratulations Emma!


Olivia Yaste

October 2023 Student Employee of the Month: Olivia Yaste

Olivia is a Senior Pre-Med and Japanese double major from Bowling Green, KY. Olivia works in the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work. Olivia was nominated by Katy Hancock and Dee Gupton for her communication, teamwork, and organizational skills. Congratulations, Olivia! 


Austin Collie

September 2023 Student Employee of the Month: Austin Collie

Austin is a Junior Design Engineering Technology major from Murray, KY. Austin has been working in the Housing Office since his Freshman year and was nominated by two of his supervisors (one direct, and one indirect) for showing initiative, professionalism, and critical thinking skills on the job. Great job, Austin!

Sample Career Services Assignments

Career Services is happy to work hand in hand with faculty to develop career-oriented assignments and tasks for your students. We have put together some of the more popular activities past faculty have used and invite you to take advantage of these pre-made resources. (NOTE: The “Audience” column is merely a suggestion and can always be modified)

We are always happy to work with our students - it’s easiest if we have a heads-up that things like the following will be included on your syllabus. On a related note, consider having us come and speak to your class - We can spend as little as 5 minutes or as long as an entire class session. Simply fill out our handy presentation request form to get the reservations process started. 




Follow-up/Assignment verification

Career Discovery

Freshmen/Sophomores/Undecided students

  1. Take the Focus2 Assessment on the Major Exploration/Career Direction page (Access Code: racers).
  2. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor at Handshake to go over your results.
  3. Come in for a 15-30 minute consultation/interpretation to discuss your results.

Report run by Career Services

Career Exploration

Freshmen/Sophomores/Undecided students

  1. Use Candid Career and What Can I Do With This Major? to research various careers and paths for their particular major.
  2. Write a small assignment detailing what they were surprised by in their research and if they feel drawn to any particular field of study..

Write-up turned in by student

Resume Review

Most underclassmen

If students don't have a resume, we recommend referring to our Career Services Handbook to develop a rudimentary version.

If a student does have a resume, they can email it to msu.eresume@murraystate.edu to have it reviewed by one of our staff.

Student could turn in updated/refreshed resume

Handshake Activation

All students

  1. Students can log in to Handshake (myGate username and password).
  2. Have them complete their profile to 100%.
  3. Education Section (click the pencil next to the name and make sure they have your Major and Start/End Dates filled out).
  4. Fill out their Work Experience (make sure they have a Job title, Employer, Time Period and Location). 
  5. Add an Organization and Extracurricular Activities.
  6. Add multiple skills, documents, courses, projects.
  7. Add a profile picture.

Students can turn in a PDF or printout of their profile

Mock Interview

Juniors/Seniors/Graduate Students

  1. Schedule a mock interview via Handshake (Note: interviews can be in-person or virtual).
  2. Fill out the appointment documentation.
  3. Go through said interview.

Report run by Career Services


Contact Us

Office of Career Services

phone icon  270.809.3735

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location icon  100 Oakley Applied Science

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Office Hours & Appointments

Office Hours

Fall and Spring
Monday — Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday — Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walk-In Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Summer: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Walk-In Appointments Available: Resumes, Cover Letters and Basic Questions

Scheduled Appointments

Please schedule appointments on Handshake or call us at 270.809.3735. Scheduled Appointments are required for Major/Minor Counseling, Career Assessments and Mock Interviews.


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