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University of Pikeville
Office of Career & Professional Development
Darwin V. Kysor
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Campus Employment Specialist
Learn more about Sonia
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 or Sonia Smith by emailing CareerCounseling@upike.edu or call (606) 218-5223InternshipsInterns 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
How to Participate
Hire a UPIKE Bear
Bears@Work, is a free job search website that links UPIKE alumni and students to employers with part-time and full-time job opportunities and internships.
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.
Information Table – Schedule an information table in high traffic areas.
UPIKE Career Day – A job, internship and networking event planned for February Provides employers the opportunity to recruit, evaluate and benefit from the energy and productivity of undergraduate students and soon to be graduates. Cost: Free. – A NEW event for 2022.
A Job, Internship and Networking FairFebruary 2022 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pmHealth Professions Education Building, 7th Floor
At Career Day, students can network with companies of all sizes, interested in a variety of majors to assess student match for internship and job opportunities.
Spotlight Career Fair – Spotlight Career Fair 2022 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
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