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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Career & Professional Development

As a DSU student, you are preparing for a rewarding career every day. But the market-ready skills you learn in the classroom are just part of the equation. Career & Professional Development (CPD) is a partner through every step of your educational journey.

Our team approach combines personalized career advising with a wide variety of innovative programs, resources, and opportunities to assist you in finding a career path while enhancing the skills and abilities you need for both personal and professional success.

DSU students and alumni have complete online access to resources like Handshake and can attend networking events, career and internship fairs, and interactive workshops.

The "real world" is now

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Whether you're exploring your career options or gearing up for a life-changing job interview, we've got your back. In addition to hosting career and internship fairs, networking events, onsite recruiting, and interactive workshops, the Career & Professional Development staff can help you:

  • Write or edit a resume, cover letter, or CV
  • Polish your LinkedIn profile or web portfolio
  • Practice in-person or virtual interview techniques
  • Find a faculty or professional mentor
  • Connect with employers
  • Prepare for and find internship opportunities with employers
  • and much more

“Every industry – from education to healthcare to banking – expects the power of technology to transform their impact and success in their field, and they look to our graduates to innovate their processes.”

DSU President José-Marie Griffiths
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Handshake is the central portal for DSU students and alumni to search for jobs and internships. Opportunities range from on-campus work-study positions to internships and elite professional roles posted by our wide network of business, government, nonprofit, and academic contacts.

Hello, dream job: log in now

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We take great pride in the outcomes of a DSU education. In 2021, 99 percent of graduates were employed or continued to professional or graduate school. Many programs boasted a 100 percent placement rate.

Check out our stellar stats

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A DSU Degree Is One of the Most Beneficial Investments You Can Make

Attending a public university improves a student’s lifetime earnings and shows a positive return on investment (ROI). Degrees in technical fields like those offered at DSU show the largest return on investment. In addition, 70% of all careers will require a college education by 2027.


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Contact Us

Career & Professional Development Office
(605) 256-5122