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Career Services Faculty + Staff

Partnering with faculty to embed career competencies into the curriculum

Faculty Resources

Career Competencies in the Classroom

To be competitive in today’s job market, Emporia State University students must obtain both knowledge and competence in their field of study, as well as professional skills, or “career competencies”. Career Services is committed to helping students build those career competencies that are highly valued by employers.

We would love to partner with you to embed career competencies into your courses. There are two ways to partner our services with your curriculum:

  1. Classroom Presentations
    Career Services professional staff can tailor a career presentation based on your needs.
    List of presentation options.pdf
    Request a classroom presentation form
  2. Course Assignments
    Many ESU faculty create a course assignment that requires students to utilize the services in Career Services. You may want to require your students to complete individual appointments with our staff members. Examples of course assignments include career counseling, testing, mock interviews, cover letter reviews and resume reviews. We would be glad to partner with you on this project. To coordinate the details of your course assignment, and please complete the Course Assignments Online Request Form.

Faculty Guide to Employer Outreach and Student Referrals

Faculty are important partners in building employer relationships and sharing opportunities with students. It is important that all ESU faculty and staff follow ethical and legal guidelines when working directly with employers and sharing opportunities with students.

Here are two important guidelines to follow:

  • When you receive announcements about internships and employment opportunities, it is important to share the information with Career Services. Simply email the information to Career Services at A Career Services staff member will contact the employer and assist them with posting that position in Handshake, providing equal access to all ESU students.
  • When sharing opportunities with your students, it is important you share the same information with all of your students, as handpicking students or referring your “top” students to an employer is illegal. Once a position is posted in Handshake, you can promote it to students.

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) provides clear guidance on these issues in the “Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Employment” document. Please take time to review the guidelines for working with employers and sharing opportunities with all students.

Employer Outreach

Emporia State faculty and staff frequently engage with employers and hiring organizations. This outreach is so valuable in building our employer partnerships and opening doors to opportunities for our students and alumni. Emporia State University has a strong Corporate Engagement Initiative to support faculty and staff in this employer outreach.  

As you engage with employers and external organizations, feel free to share our Employer Guide with these organizations.  The Employer Guide outlines many ways that employers can engage in recruiting and share opportunities with our students.  

In addition to recruiting, organizations will often partner with Emporia State in many other strategic ways that align with missions of both ESU and their organization. These include research projects, employee tuition benefits, philanthropic giving, and targeted classroom projects to name a few.  If you have questions or would like to enhance your employer outreach, feel free to contact Joel Ewy at


Career Services is excited to partner with HANDSHAKE as our online career management platform. Students use HANDSHAKE to:

  • Request and Schedule appointments with Career Services
  • Connect with and research employers, jobs and internships
  • Submit applications for employment opportunities
  • View ESU Career Fairs & Events
  • Sign up for On-campus Interviews & Practice Interviews
  • View sample resumes, cover letters and other Career Services resources

Students and alumni view Student/Alumni FAQs about Handshake. When working with students, please refer them to the Handshake tile on our main Career Services page.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to request their own student account in Handshake.  Having an account allows you to assist students, view important career fairs and other career development events, and search jobs and employers.  To request a Handshake account, simply email your request to our staff at  

Part-Time On-campus Job Postings

All part-time on-campus jobs are posted in Handshake. This allows students to use one system, Handshake, to search for all employment opportunities: part-time, internships and full-time jobs. To post an on-campus part-time job for your department, you will first need to create your ESU Handshake account, then you will post the job within Handshake.

*If you need assistance with starting the process, please contact Career Services at 341-5407.

Career Fairs and On-campus Recruiting

Career Services hosts professional recruiting events each semester focused on connecting students with internships and employment. To view the list of upcoming career events, select Career Fairs + Events from the main page menu.

Internship and Full-Time Job Postings

Employers post internships and full-time jobs in Handshake. This system allows students to view opportunities, upload resumes, view employers registered for career fairs, and sign up for on-campus interviews.

Internship Program

Emporia State University strongly believes in and promotes high impact learning for students. One of these high impact learning initiatives focuses on student internships. Internships can be managed through academic departments, as well as through Career Services. For departments that offer and manage their own internship program, students will work directly with department faculty. For departments that don’t offer their own internship program, please direct students to schedule an appointment with Joel Ewy in Career Services for more information on completing an internship. Students can contact Career Services at 620-341-5407 or, or contact Joel directly at

Guidelines for Providing References

What a faculty member can say or write (NACE).pdf

Tips for Providing References.pdf

Sample Faculty Reference Letter (NACE).pdf