Career Center

Employer and student discussing careers at Walk In Wednesdays


Finding a job can be time-consuming and confusing due to the large number of resources available online and elsewhere.

Your St. Cloud State University Career Center has provided resources that will help you focus your current job search.

Keep in mind it's helpful to use a variety of methods when searching for a job, so check our additional strategies and tips

Handshake - Jobs and Internships Website


Students login by clicking on St. Cloud State University sign on button and enter in your StarID and password. Alumni can request an account by contacting us.

Once registered, you'll have access to a variety of information about employment and career resources.

  • Full- and part-time jobs
  • Internships
  • Work study jobs
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Mock Interviews, LinkedIn Reviews and Feedback Fridays
  • Career events and job and internship fairs
  • CareerSpots videos for career preparation
  • On-campus interviews
  • Appointment scheduling

International Student Information

A few of the top employers who have hired SCSU's international students

  • CentraCare Health Systems
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wolters Kluwer Financial Services
  • Veritas Technologies LLC
  • View more

Continuing Education Locations for International Students

Internship Employers for International Students

Information on Optional Practical Training, Curricular Practical Training and the STEM Optional Practical Training Extension, is available through the Center for International Studies.

Job and Internship Search Tips

As an international student, you face certain challenges and restrictions regarding the U.S. job search.

  • Watch Job Searching for International Students which was coordinated by the Career Center.
  • Important: You need legal permission to work before starting. To seek the required work authorization, contact an international student advisor.
  • We suggest you begin your search early.
    • Communication skills are very important.
    • Use every possible opportunity to strengthen your command of spoken and written English. Keep in mind that the Career Center will be happy to assist you with cover letters and résumés, and all other aspects of the job search process.
  • When looking for potential employment, keep in mind that you have unique assets to “sell” in addition to your academic training.
    • Bilingual abilities.
    • Adaptability.
    • Unique cultural background.
    • Professional experience.
  • Networking is even more important for the international student than for a U.S. citizen.
    • We recommend you systematically make personal, written, or telephone contacts with relatives, friends and alumni in the United States and back home who may be able to help you in the search.
    • Fellow students from abroad who have gained some experience with the U.S. job market may be able to help you with your search for a position.
    • It is best to concentrate on employers that have ties (offices, plants, subsidiaries, marketing teams, sales forces) to your country of origin. They often have an interest in you working for them in this country, or to return to your home country after initial training in the United States.
    • Two useful directories available in Miller Center:
      • Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries.
      • Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the U.S.
  • In most cases, you will be eligible for 12 months of practical training related to your studies, but you may find that some employers will be reluctant to hire international students because of their visa restrictions.
    • It is the best policy to be honest about your visa status with employer contacts. Please make your “permission to work” status clear in every letter, résumé or direct contact with a company representative.
  • One of the most invaluable sources you have here in the U.S. is your embassy. Foreign embassies often maintain lists of contacts for employment. Call them!
  • Discuss any concerns you have with an international student advisor.

*Adapted from “Advice for International Students”, Hofstra University Career Center.

Typical values of U.S. employers

  • Self-Promotion.
    • Assertiveness.
    • Confidence in openly discussing goals, personal qualities and accomplishments.
    • Follow-up with employers (telephone inquiries regarding application status, thank-you notes).
    • Appropriate dress/grooming/hygiene.
  • Communication.
    • Open and direct responses to questions.
    • Eye contact with interviewer and relaxed posture.
    • Appropriate space and other non-verbal behaviors.
  • Self-Disclosure.
    • Personal descriptions of experience, hobbies, strengths and weaknesses.
    • Answers to questions related to personality (e.g. leadership style, problem-solving abilities).
  • Career Self-Aware.
    • Demonstrating knowledge of self, career goals and how they relate to the job or internship.
    • Responsible for own career development.
    • Discussion of long-range plans.
  • Finding Employment.
    • Use of wide variety of resources for identifying jobs or internships: friends, family contacts, professional journals and associations, career center, and faculty.
    • Networking.
  • Interview Process.
    • Concerned with image and professional style.
    • Congenial interviewing environment that encourages openness, some joking, and exchanges of information.
  • Time Orientation.
    • Arrive 5-10 minutes before interview appointment.
    • Be specific and accurate with time descriptions.
  • Individual Equality.
    • Egalitarian attitude regarding wealth, social status.
  • Things to remember.
    • Some websites require a subscription and in many cases the subscription is not free.
    • Some websites require a student to obtain a username/password from their career office if the career office is a subscriber to the service (typically students can also get a subscription on their own if their career center is not a member).

Job Search Websites

NOTE: To search for internships on these sites, do a keyword search for "internship."

St. Cloud area and Minnesota

Other University Sites - Good Sources for Internships and Entry-Level Positions

Top Job Search Sites

Entry-Level Positions

Work From Home/Remote Job Search

Other Job Search Sites


Sites Based on Location (including International)

Government Jobs


Other States

Federal - United States

Armed Forces

Army Civilian Personnel

  • CPOL (Civilian Personnel On-line) - Internal Department of Army vacancies open to all permanent district employees and often to other status and noncompetitive appointment eligibles. Search by vacancy announcement number, job category or geographical location.

50-plus Workers

These resources are good for anyone faced with the "overqualified" label or who has decided they need a change.

  • Encore Careers
    • Free information and social tools to help individuals looking to transition to jobs in the nonprofit and private sector.
    • Job database is powered by Prime Careerbuilder, which focuses on baby boomers and can be accessed by the top tab "Find Your Encore Career" and selecting "Encore Career Finder".
  • Experience Works!Low-income seniors training, employment and community service opportunities. No formal jobs, but programs to place seniors back into the work force.
  • RetiredBrains
    Extensive database of jobs requiring senior level experience. Also offers resources on financial planning, health care and senior living.
  • RetirementJobs
    Advice and a résumé database, free job search and a premium job search database. The job database does have some entry level jobs mixed in.
  • What's Next
    Focus on those in mid-career or approaching retirement who want to make a career change. "Tools" section connects to job listings with executive jobs in the private and nonprofit sectors. Requires registration.
  • Work from AARP
    Job database system listed with American Association of Retired Persons powered by, a website that helps job seekers connect with pre-screened age-friendly employers.

Disabled and Differently Abled

These resources are useful for all types of differently abled individuals. Many are geared toward those with physical disabilities.

  • AIRS Job Board Directory - Disabled Individuals
    Free and pay-to-post job board list.
  • Americans With Disabilities Act
    Comprehensive resource for information on the Americans With Disabilities Act.
  • Career Guide for Students with Disabilities
    Maryville University offers an article to aide disabled and differently abled students to begin their post-graduate steps in finding employment.
  • Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
    Consortium of large and small universities, well-known national employers and U.S. government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities. Profiles of employers, employees and students. Their membership directory provides contact information for COSD members in their area or field of work.
  • Disabled Business Persons Association
    Nonprofit with services that include: personal business advisor, business plan and financial assistance packaging, market and product research marketing, advertising and public relations, presentation and proposal documentation, and more.
  • DisABLED Person
    Extensive job board and resources such as blogs, graduate section, news and links to other disability websites.
  • Entry Point
    American Association for the Advancement of Science program offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.
  • Equal Opportunity Publications
    Publisher of CAREERS & the disABLED magazine, EOP also offers a résumé bank and career fairs for the differently abled.
  • GettingHired
    National employment and networking portal that connects job seekers with disabilities with employers committed to hiring them.
  • Job Accommodation Network
    JAN is a free consulting service with information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the employability of people with disabilities. Includes JAN's Document Center with material about the Americans with Disabilities Act and how employers can accommodate people with health problems. Know your rights in the job market, the meaning of "reasonable accommodation" and what to do if you are a victim of job discrimination.
  • National Business and Disability Council
    Post your résumé and search for jobs.
  • National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange
    Helps people with disabilities interested in studying, teaching, conducting research, interning or volunteering abroad to find exchange programs, as well as any disability-related accommodation and accessibility information needed to make the international experience a success.
  • Resources for Business Owners with Disabilities
    This article is a brief summary for business owners with disabilities including the PASS (Plan to Achieve Self Support) program, how to network, and finding funding for projects.

Cognitive disabilities

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association
    • Articles by licensed professional counselors about career and work issues for individuals with attention deficit disorder.
  • Coping with LD/ADD in the Work Place
    From the Vancouver Island Invisible Disability Association. Offers a pro and con list of if and when to disclose to your employer.
  • LD Online
    Leading website on learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Deaf and hard of hearing

  • American Sign Language Teachers Association
    Job listings and resources for American Sign Language teachers.
  • Deaf Education Web
    Interested in working with others who are deaf or hard of hearing? Search their job listings for teaching opportunities.
  • Deaftek USA
    Another job board site with listings in the areas of agency, business, education, interpreters, mental health, and organizations. Focuses on employment opportunities for deaf people and persons that serve this population.
  • Jobs at Gallaudet University
    Search for jobs at the world's only university designed exclusively to educate and serve deaf and hard of hearing people and those who work with them.
  • National Association of the Deaf
    Information and articles on job searching.
  • PEPNet 2
    Advancing educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • The Deaf Resource Library
    A comprehensive collection of online reference material and links on deaf and hard-of-hearing topics. Includes indices of national, state, and private organizations for the deaf as well as schools for the deaf and deaf-owned businesses.

Visually impaired

Education Candidates' Credentials

St. Cloud State University teacher candidates should begin preparing their job search application materials the semester before their student teaching.

During the student teaching semester, students should complete their résumé and reference list and register with Handshake, which makes résumés available to school districts.

Résumé Help

The Career Center offers résumé writing workshops. Once you have a rough draft, you can make an appointment for a one-on-one review of your résumé or cover letter.

Self-Managed Credentials

Teacher candidates will coordinate the materials they will use in applying for teacher positions.

  • Teacher candidates will need to maintain original copies of their materials and send copies to the school districts for positions for which they are making formal application.
  • Credentials often include:
    • Letter of application
    • Résumé.
    • List of references.
    • Three to five letters of recommendation (people who can comment on your ability to be an excellent employee, teacher or colleague.)
      • College professor.
      • Employer
      • Colleague/teacher
      • Organizational adviser
      • Principal.
    • Teaching license (or letter from St. Cloud State University records office stating you have completed your academic requirements and the license is in process).
    • Transcripts.
    • Student teaching reports (you will receive from your university supervisor).

Teaching Portfolios

Teaching candidates should prepare a portfolio to have available to share with an interviewing team. It should be of professional quality and presentation.

A portfolio might include:

  • Table of contents.
    • Profiles of your work.
    • Teaching philosophy.
    • Teaching responsibilities and objectives.
    • Strategies used in teaching (exams, computers).
    • Syllabi and course descriptions.
    • Examples of special programs presented or projects for students.
  • Efforts of achieving quality teaching.
    • Peer and student evaluations.
    • Letter from parent of student taught (unsolicited is great).
    • Teaching workshop participation.
    • Awards received.
  • Achievements acknowledged.
  • Goals.
    • Strategies to try next.
    • Studies outlined.
  • Other
    • Student outcomes (exams, tests and survey scores).
    • Additional materials (letters from alumni, colleague observations).
    • Photos of bulletin boards, classroom projects or experiences or special programs.
    • Videos of classroom instruction or programs.

Job Searching

Candidates should also visit EdPost, the St. Cloud State University education job-posting website, to view current education listings and to look for job requirements as well as individual district application requirements.

Fill out your profile and upload your résumé online at Handshake. You can choose which résumé books you would like to be included in and registered employers will be able to view your résumé for positions in teaching.

MN Department of Education

  • MN Department of Education
    • Minnesota teacher licensing.
    • Minnesota school district directories.
    • School information.
    • Other information pertinent to your career.

Certification Requirements State-by-State

Mark Your Calendar

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, etc.

Our Career Center provides resources and services to meet the career development and job search needs of the university's diverse student and alumni populations.

To take full advantage of our services make an appointment to meet with one of our career counselors.

St. Cloud State University's LGBT Resource Center also provides information and resources.

Job posting websites and resources

  • Human Rights Campaign
    Corporate Equality Index rates companies on how equitably they treat LGBT employees. Website also offers an employer database for nondiscrimination policies and benefits.
  • Pride at Work
    An organization that seeks full equality for LGBTQ workers in our workplaces and unions. We work towards creating a labor movement that cherishes diversity, encourages openness, and ensures safety & dignity. We aim to educate the LGBTQ community about the benefits of a union contract for LGBTQ working people, and to build support and solidarity for the union movement in the LGBTQ community.
  • ProGayJobs
    An easy to use website designed to help gay/lesbian job seeker or consultant find the perfect position with a company committed to diversity in the workplace.

Employer search

Profession-specific resources

Your legal rights

These resources may help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the workplace.

  • To learn what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle the situation, read Handling Improper Interview Questions.
  • If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out tips and information about employment discrimination.
  • Laws protecting you from discrimination:
    • Minnesota law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, public service, education, credit, and business based on sexual orientation, which is defined to include transgender individuals.
    • Although federal law does not protect employees from discrimination based on real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation, many cities, counties, and states have protections. See the Human Rights Campaign’s map of state laws and policies.

Workplace issues

People of Color

  • DiversityEmployers
    Career and self-development website targeted to recent college graduates as well as more experienced job seekers and professionals who seek information on careers, job opportunities, graduate or professional school, internships or co-ops, study abroad programs, and other employment and career advancement opportunities.  Free, practical feature content, expert advice, employer information resources and tools for identifying and applying for jobs with employers who are interested in recruiting a diverse workforce.
  • Career Center
    Find jobs in Minnesota through one of the leading diversity career centers. Post your job or résumé. Must be registered first.
  • DiversityWorking
    Website has an expansive job database for promoting diversity in the workplace. Can either use "search for jobs" tab or "community channels" to browse jobs. Also has international job database as well.
  • Equal Opportunity Publications Inc.
  • Equality Magazine Publishing
    This organization publishes four magazines free to the public: The Black Perspective, Women in Business, Hispanic Today and Veterans Enterprise. Web site and magazine article links to employers' job announcement page.
  • IMDiversity
    Useful resources organized in "villages" where each village focuses on a minority group that provides extensive resources.
  • INSIGHT Into Diversity
    Magazine and articles.
  • Internships, INROADS
    Organization helps ethnically diverse candidates gain entry into the corporate business world. Internship opportunities with its established corporate clients.
  • MinorityJob
    Combines job listing and career information with news and information on civil rights, immigration, education, government and historical information. Job listing review allowed, but registration required for free job application account, which includes adding your résumé to their database.
  • PharmaDiversity Job board
    Web site has an extensive job database for diverse students going into the pharmaceutical industry. Job search is free without registration but résumé posting requires users to be registered.
  • Workplace Diversity

African American


  • Asian Pacific Americans Network
    Organization is dedicated to the advancement of Asian American professionals. Web site has excellent articles on professional development, Asian American news, Asian American culture and media, and a career area. To get to the job database, click on "career center" link on the left hand side and then click on "Jobs at Asian Friendly Employers" on the left middle side.
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals
    A professional development group aimed at advancing careers for Asian Americans through networking tools and resources. Organization offers scholarships, career fairs, networking conventions, webinars, and a job database.


Indigenous, Native Populations, and American Indians

  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society
    Dedicated to the "building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values." It helps American Indian and Native Alaskan students prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering, and business. The web site includes a Career Center with a resume database for members and a job board that is open to the public.
  • Native American SUNY: Western Consortium
    Organization was created to address higher education needs of Native American students and communities. Web site offers two useful features that link to internships and fellowships for students through other institutions and a financial aid directory for public and private education funding for members of the Six Nations: Seneca, Cayuga, Tuscarora, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk.
  • Tribal Colleges
    American Indian Higher Education Consortium


Department of Labor sites


  • Advancing Women
    Skills-building organization, "supporting success in the workplace through strategy and mentoring which help route around traditional barrier." Jobs are provided by CareerBuilder.
  • Association for Women in Science
    Site's Career Center includes database for science, technology, engineering and math jobs.
  • Feminist Career Center
    Organization dedicated to advancing women through research, legal, social and political forces. Web site has excellent resources and social networking events along with a job board focused on non-profits.
  • News on Women
    Jobs through are listed on the left side and a search tool on the right links to Site also offers career blogs and news articles about women in business, science, technology, philanthropy, education, the arts, and more.
  • NOW's Internship Program
    Compilation and information about internship program offered by National Organization for Women.
  • WITI: Women in Technology International
    Job database powered by Organization dedicated to advancing women's careers in all sectors of technology. Resources include networking opportunities, webinars, newsletters, magazine, career development advice and articles.
  • Women For Hire
    Dual job database in conjunction with Career Site Network. Organization supports women through career expos, career coaching, networking, salary negotiation advice, mentoring program and career personality assessment.
  • WomensJobList
    Job database powered by Helpful short career advice on the interview process, résumé, job hunting, professional dress, etc.

Working Parents


Allianz Life Insurance

  • Flexible time scheduling, job sharing, telecommuting
  • On site child development center
  • Paternity paid leave
  • Prenatal class reimbursement
  • Backup dependent care reimbursement

Bank of America

  • 16 paid weeks (plus 10 unpaid weeks) of parental leave
  • $8000 adoption reimbursement
  • $240 child care reimbursement per month


  • 16 weeks paid parental leave
  • Strongly encourage telecommuting and job sharing environment
  • $3000 IVF reimbursement
  • $1000 adoption reimbursement
  • Childcare vouchers


  • 9 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 2 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Sick child care
  • Flextime
  • Telecommute options

Capital One

  • 18 weeks maternity leave
  • 8 weeks paternity leave, adoption/foster care leave, and birth via surrogate
  • Back-Up Child Care Advantage


  • 14 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 8 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options
  • Emergency backup dependent care

Dow Jones & Co

  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 12 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options

Ernst & Young LLP

  • 16 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 6 weeks paid paternity leave
  • 10 days of paid time off for family care
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Adoption and surrogacy reimbursement
  • Free lactation pumps, travel kit, and accessories
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options


  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 6 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care

Grant Thornton

  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options


  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 6 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Flextime


  • 16 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 6 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Private lactation rooms
  • Flextime

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

  • 15 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 3 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options
  • Nursing Moms Program


  • Mandatory maternity health program
  • 10% daycare discount
  • Scholarship for dependent children


  • Free maternity health support program, with additional 10% discount on baby items
  • $5000 adoption reimbursement
  • 8-10 week paid maternity leave
  • Paternity leave
  • Childcare discount
  • Daycare flexible spending account

U.S. Bank

  • 13 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 4 weeks paid paternity leave
  • $10000 adoption reimbursement
  • Dependent care flexible spending account

Wells Fargo

  • 16 weeks paid parental leave for primary caregiver
  • Four weeks paid parental leave for secondary caregiver
  • Five days per year for sick days for yourself or child
  • $5000 adoption reimbursement
  • One scheduled workweek of paid family caregiving leave
  • Scholarships for dependent children

Info as of July 2017

Resources by College or School

College of Liberal Arts



Entertainment and Music

  • Backstage
    Behind-the-scenes jobs in the live entertainment industry.
  • EntertainmentCareers
    Jobs, internships and career information in the entertainment industry.
  • Media Match
    Online jobs board for TV and film production jobs.
  • ShowBizJobs
    Film, television, recording and attractions industry jobs. Wide variety of occupations.

College of Science and Engineering

Animal Science



Computer technology

Engineering and technology

Environmental and Earth Science

Manufacturing and mechanical


Math and Sciences

  • Career Cornerstone Center
    Career information, job resources for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing and health care. 
  • Entry Point
    American Association for the Advancement of Science program offers internship opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for students with disabilities.
  • Global Vision International
    Field work, job opportunities abroad for students and graduates in biology, zoology, environmental science, geography, education, marine biology and related subjects.
  • Go Green With Your Career
    Guide with strategic avenues to blend individual’s innate strengths with sustainability objectives.
  • Minnesota High Tech Association
    Internship board for positions in science, technology, engineering, math.
  • Natural Sciences
  • Science Careers
  • SciTechsperience
    Connects college students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines with paid internships.

Physical Sciences

Herberger Business School

Accounting, Finance, Economics, Insurance


Management, human resources and training

Marketing and sales

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Real Estate

School of Education

Education & Instruction

Certification and licensure information

ESL (English as a Second Language) resources

  • Dave's ESL Cafe
    Dave Sperling's website offers three job boards for teaching jobs in China, Korea, and internationally as well as grammar lessons, student forums, international jobs forums and more.
  • ESL Authority
    Guides for all countries popular for those looking to teach abroad, complete with interviews, salary information, etc.
  • ESL Job Link
    Teach in Korea with ESL Job Link. Meet your local recruiter on the St. Cloud State University campus to find a best-fit teaching position in South Korea.
  • ESL Jobs
    ESL, TESL and TEFL jobs and resumes.
  • ESL Jobs World
    Jobs for English teachers around the world.
  • ESL Teachers Board
    Website has an extensive job board for ESL teaching positions in China, Korea and worldwide. It also has ESL resources, ESL schools, blogs for living and teaching abroad and professional and career tips. Make sure you read website disclaimer before applying for jobs as some jobs have been reported as scams.
  • Footprints Recruiting
    Free ESL teacher placement services to native English speakers from around the world.
  • Mark's ESL World
    Hundreds of ESL jobs all over the world. Also has lots of resource information for ESL teachers.

General educational resources

International teaching

Pre-K-12 teaching and administration


School district information

State/Region sites

U.S. teaching positions

  • EducationAmerica
    Teaching and education job opportunities in public and private schools across the U.S.
  • K-12Jobs
    Job listings as well as links to state licensure, job fairs, salary guide, and association sites.
  • Teach for America
  • Teachers-Teachers
    Register your resume online and send cover letters to schools via e-mail.
  • Teaching Jobs Today
    Teaching jobs from across the U.S. Jobs include positions from Kindergarten to the college level.

School of Health and Human Services

Communication disorders/speech pathology

Hospitals and clinics

Medical and related fields


Social Services

Sports and Recreation

School of Public Affairs

Criminal justice and law


Travel - Tourism - Hospitality