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University of Pikeville
Office of Career & Professional Development
Darwin V. Kysor
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Campus Employment Specialist
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UPIKE offers employers a talented pool of students from a variety of backgrounds. Our employer services are free, easy to use and comprehensive. The Career Development staff will make work to assist you in meeting your human resource internship, part-time and full-time employment personnel needs.
UPIKE students may choose from over 30 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs – www.upike.edu/academics/
These include Accounting, Biology, Communication, Education, History, MBA, Social Work and more. Click on the link above to see the full listing of available minors, majors and emphasis programs.
UPIKE offers employers a talented pool of students from a variety of backgrounds. Our employer services are free, easy to use and comprehensive. The Career Development staff will make work to assist you in meeting your human resource internship, part-time and full-time employment personnel needs.Connect with UPIKE students! Interested in recruiting on campus? Contact Darwin Kysor by emailing CareerCounseling@upike.edu or call (606) 218-4467
Interns work in substantive, pre-professional positions which support their academic and career goals. Students are given responsibilities in their position and work as “professional trainees.” An internship should promote critical thinking, inquiry, observation and application of classroom theory.
Students can do internships for credit or not for credit.
Benefits to Employers
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) utilizes Handshake as our career management platform. We ask that employers create an account to manage the following:
Click on the “Employer” area at upike.joinhandshake.com/register. You will be asked to pick your company from a list or create a new company. Any company whose email domain matches yours will be suggested. For example, if your email is “email@example.com”, all companies using “handshake.com” will be suggested.
These are the options depending on your situation:
Claim Company: If you are the first user from your company to sign up for Handshake, then you can claim your company. We will then be notified of your request and verify your account, allowing you to take most actions in the system.
Join Company: If your company already exists and you are not the first user, select your company from the list of suggestions. One of the other Handshake users at that company or the Career Development Office will need to verify you before you can access most site features. Notifications of your request to join will be sent to ensure that it is handled in a timely manner.
Create Company: If your company doesn’t exist, you can create a new company. It will start out with the same name as your email domain. For example, if you signed up under “firstname.lastname@example.org”, the company would be named “email.com”. Click on the company name, then click “Edit” in the upper-right corner to update your company
Log in to your Handshake account.
Click on “Job Postings” on the left-hand side, and then “New Job” in the upper-right hand corner.
Complete the fields to “Create Job“
You can distribute the job posting to one or more universities at which you wish to recruit. The “Schools“tab will allow to do so. Select the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) in the options to post the job for UPIKE students and alumni.
Jobs need to be approved by the Career Development Office before they can be seen by students.
Please note: Handshake is best viewed with completely updated web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari).
The UPIKE Career Development Center reserves the right to determine the eligibility of a posting and to delete postings deemed unsuitable for our students. We will not post jobs that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. All positions requiring a fee for training or participation in a work experience or for any other reason are unacceptable and will not be posted. Any position that does not support the interests of the University or our students will not be posted.
The Career Center strongly encourages employers to compensate interns in order to create a more competitive applicant pool. Otherwise, you may prevent some of our highly qualified students from applying. Companies positing unpaid internships must make it clear that the position is unpaid, or may be eligible for academic credit.
Third Party Staffing firms must provide the name of the client within the job description and choose the appropriate functions/tasks in the Job Function area when entering the position description. Student information must not be provided to any other employer or used for any other reason than the original recruiting purpose. Third-party recruiters charging fees to UPIKE students will not be permitted to post positions or have access to any Career Center services.
The UPIKE Career Development Center does not post non-professional positions on Handshake. If you are currently recruiting students for a paid position that is unrelated to academic pursuits, consider other websites.
Information Table – Schedule an information table in high traffic areas.
UPIKE Career Day – A job, internship and networking event planned for each spring semester provides employers the opportunity to recruit, evaluate and benefit from the energy and productivity of undergraduate students and soon to be graduates.
Thursday, 3/23/23 – 11:00am to 3:00pmHealth Professions Education Building, 7th Floor This is a free event to attend
To access the registration link and for more information:Students Employers
For any questions or additional information: 606-218-4467 or email@example.com
Spotlight Career Fair – Spotlight Career Fair is an annual career fair sponsored by the 20 private colleges and universities in Kentucky as well as Hanover College in Indiana. Spotlight provides an opportunity to meet outstanding college seniors, internship candidates, and recent alumni from 21 colleges in one day. Spring event held in Lexington. Cost: For-Profit Organizations: $400; Non-Profit Organizations: $225 Visit: www.spotlightcareerfair.com
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Practice
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Employers must always use corporate email addresses, not personal email address, for posting purposes; Gmail, or Yahoo, etc. domains are not accepted.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Career and Professional Development at the University of Pikeville promotes equal opportunity employment and provides all students access to all services and job listings.
Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Darwin Kysor has over 30 years of experience in higher education and has been a member of the professional staff at the University of Pikeville since 2020, serving as Director of Career & Professional Development. Previously, he was the Director of Career Services and Internships at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, Coordinator of Job Placement & Cooperative Education at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD and the Cooperative Education Coordinator/Career Counselor at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.
Darwin graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and M.A. in Counselor Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University where he wrote his dissertation on the career benefits of cooperative education/internship experiences. He has been a National Certified Counselor since 1998 and in 2007 was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. – Germany International Education Administrators Program.
Professionally, Darwin is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, National Career Development Association, Kentucky Association of College and Employers, Kentucky Career Development Association and the American Counseling Association. He is a Program Reviewer for both NACE and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Darwin’s family includes spouse Patricia, daughters Riley and Summer and sons Roman, Connor and Pierce.
Sonia Smith, M.A
Sonia has more than 10 years’ experience in higher education, providing career guidance to students on their journey as they explore how they want to live and craft a meaningful life. Utilizing reflection, listening, curiosity, questioning, experiential learning, and holistic exploration she has developed opportunities and created and managed programs for students to connect their studies, major, interest, responsibilities, work and what they are curious about doing in the world in order to better design their life. Sonia integrates and utilizes her background and experience in ministry, human resources, work with non-profits, internship and job development, volunteer services, and student employment to engage students, connecting their desire for work with interests in studies and life.
Guided by a professional interest and emphasis on “How Do I Do What I Say I Believe in the World,” Sonia enthusiastically works with students to design a life with purpose and meaning. Sonia has certifications to work with and interpret the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory in addition to grant writing. Her educational background includes psychology, understanding human development and counseling as well as teaching and administration along with curriculum development. She holds a M.A.C.E. from Union Seminary and B.A in Psychology from Meredith College. Professionally she has taught college classes and presented at conferences for organizations including the national conference for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) “Fostering Student Vocational Discernment through Clearness Committees” (also awarded a grant for this) and Career Development Professionals of Indiana, state conference, on a marketing case study.
At the University of Pikeville, Sonia enjoys helping students find where they are supposed to be as they connect their education with employment. She served as a mentor for the national NASPA Undergraduate Fellow Program (NUFP) and oversees the university’s participation in the “Student of the Year” national award including winning the KY state award two years in a row. For fun, Sonia appreciates cooking, reading, traveling (in person and virtually) domestically and internationally, spending time with friends and family, and keeping up with her nieces, ages 6 and 21.
To contact Sonia: firstname.lastname@example.org or 606-218-5223