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.”
-Associate Professor, School of Nursing

“…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!
-Senior Lecturer, Veterinary Technology

"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.“
-Professor, Department of Music

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Request a Presentation

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

Interested in Gaining Staff Access to Handshake? 

Handshake LogoHandshake 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

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Resources for Students

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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

Internship Resources

Job Search

Government Job Search

Murray State Department Links

KY & Federal Government/Legislative Internships

Please contact Jordan Smith (jsmith3@murraystate.edu or 270.809.5706), Executive Director of Governmental Relations, to pursue an internship with one of the following opportunities:


Land Between the Lakes Intern & Apprentice Program

Land Between The Lakes’ internship and apprenticeship programs are designed to give students and recent graduates professional experience in a variety of areas including business, environmental education, history, recreation and leisure, wildlife science and safety. Internships receive a $150 weekly stipend and free housing. Apprentices receive a $200 weekly stipend and free housing. Contact them for more information about applying: 270.924.2000 or LBLInfo@fs.fed.us

Current Open Positions (as of 7/09/2018)

More information: landbetweenthelakes.us/about/employment

Academic Internship Criteria & Process


  • Currently enrolled, degree-seeking at the time of appointment
  • 24 credits accumulated at a college or university
  • Earned at least six credits at Murray State University
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Under an unrestricted baccalaureate admission status
  • Enrolled in the program concurrent with employment
  • Willing to pay for the course by the hour at an in-state rate
  • Work experiences may be paid or non-paid


  • The minimum number of hours a student must work in order to receive three hours of credit is 300.
  • Courses numbered 488 are graded pass/fail
  • Courses numbered 489 are letter-graded
  • If taking other courses, no more than 12 credit hours of courses can be taken in addition to 3 hour co-op/internship
  • Individual departments may have more restrictive requirements.


  1. Meet with your Internship Course Advisor to express interest and inquire about opportunities
  2. Develop a resume and cover letter to use for application
  3. Utilize resources in Career Services to identify opportunities
  4. Network with friends, family, alumni and/or professionals in the field about positions
  5. Research companies/organizations of interest to determine application process and deadlines
  6. Interview for positions
  7. Once a position is secured, complete paperwork linked below so you can register for the class

Academic Internship Paperwork

Paperwork Process

  1. Obtain Internship
  2. Complete Internship Form and email, fax or bring to Internship Coordinator (Career Services) for signature
  3. The Internship Coordinator will email a signed copy to Student and Internship Instructor of Record
  4. Complete Job Description Form OR Additional Departmental Forms

State Authorization

If your internship is in another state, it may require State Authorization. Please contact the Distance Education Coordinator (msu.online@murraystate.edu) or State Authorization Coordinator (msu.sa@murraystate.edu) to inquire about compliance.


  • Internship Form: All students who plan to enroll in a for-credit internship should complete this form.
  • Job Description Form: All students completing a GUI 188 or 288 must complete this form. Departmental requirements may vary.
  • Student Evaluation: All students completing a GUI 188 or 288 must complete this form by the last day of classes of the internship enrolled semester. Departmental requirements may vary.
  • Employer Evaluation:All students completing a GUI 188 or 288 must request their Internship Supervisor complete this form by the last day of classes of the internship enrolled semester. (There will be exceptions when some employers have their own evaluation in place.) Departmental requirements may vary.

Walt Disney Internships

Disney College Program: (primarily for freshmen and sophomores) Participants acquire useful, transferable skills by working in an entry-level role at one of Disney's theme parks or resorts and interact with people from around the world. Murray State students seeking GUI 188 or 288 internship credit are required to participate in Disney seminars, collegiate offerings and/or service opportunities. Please review the syllabus for 188 and 288 to understand academic expectations. Apply here.

Disney Professional Internships: (targets juniors and seniors) This program allows you to apply for field-specific internships including finance and accounting, marketing and sales, merchandising, information management, media relations, entertainment management, contracts administration, and resort/hotel/theme park operations, to name a few. Apply here.

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Internship Housing

Office Hours
Fall & Spring: Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Summer: Monday – Friday | 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Walk-In Appointment Hours
Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Summer: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
Walk-In Appointments Available: Resumes, Cover Letters, & Basic Questions
Scheduled Appointments
Please schedule appointments on murraystate.joinhandshake.com or call us at 270.809.3735.
Scheduled Appointments are required for Major/Minor Counseling, Career Assessments, & Mock Interviews. 
100 Oakley Applied Sciences Bldg | Murray, KY 42071 | 270.809.3735 msu.careerservices@murraystate.edu
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