University of Pikeville
Office of Career & Professional Development

Darwin V. Kysor
(606) 218-4467
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Sonia Smith
Campus Employment Specialist
(606) 218-5223
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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.

Benefits to Employers

  • A pool of highly qualified, motivated employees.
  • Release of professional staff from routine tasks to maximize contributions.
  • You can receive fresh new ideas from an intern who is an impartial observer of your operation.
  • Temporary help for employers with seasonal staff needs and special projects contributing to the bottom line.
  • A means of recruiting, screening and training potential permanent employees at a reduced cost before making a permanent hiring commitment.

How to Participate

  • Post your position electronically on Bears@Work and review student/candidate resumes once you are approved, or email the job description and instructions on how to apply to Darwin Kysor at
  • Interview potential interns from the identified candidates.
  • Select your intern from the pool of candidates.
  • Every effort is made to match student qualifications with your requirements and to refer appropriate candidates to you. However, since placement is based on student interest and the number of applicants from each academic department, there is no guarantee that a student will be placed with your organization. The information you submit will be kept on file and remain available to students for future consideration.

Your Organization’s Role

In order to provide the most beneficial experience for the student and the employer, the organization should:

  • Allow the intern to participate in staff meetings.
  • Allow client contact, when appropriate.
  • Allow on-site visits by UPIKE Faculty and/or Carer Development staff when appropriate.
  • Provide a supervisor or mentor to meet with the intern to discuss goals and work, determine progress and evaluate the intern while allowing enough autonomy to grow, experiment and apply classroom knowledge.
  • Decide if the intern will receive remuneration. Typically, summer interns are compensated. Pay scales have ranged significantly.
  • Provide the intern with his or her own desk or suitable work space.
  • When possible, assist the intern with finding housing in the local area if needed. Many interns search for internships in locations near their home or where they have housing.

Your Role as a Supervisor

  • Place the student in a pre-professional position that will contribute to his/her overall educational experience.
  • Provide a job description for the intern.
  • Provide supervised training and assignments.
  • Provide career-related, challenging work experiences.
  • Discuss the organization’s or research project’s goals and objectives with the intern to help him or her better understand the organization or project.
  • Communicate with the faculty sponsor or Career Development staff as needed, and allow for on-site visitation.
  • Evaluate the intern.

Let UPIKE connect you with qualified students and graduates!

BEARS@WORK, powered by Purple Briefcase, is a free job search website that links UPIKE alumni and students to employers with part-time and full-time job opportunities or internships.

To post an opportunity in BEARS@WORK, visit to set up your FREE employer account to begin connecting with qualified University of Pikeville students and alumni.

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.

Job Fairs

UPIKE Career Day – A free job, internship and networking event provides employers the opportunity to recruit, evaluate and benefit from the energy and productivity of undergraduate students and soon to be graduates. 

Spotlight Career Fair – Spotlight Career Fair 2020 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: