Lakeland University Career Readiness & Professional Development

Career Readiness & Professional Development

Here at Lakeland, we have full-time career development professionals who are well-trained and focused on helping you find meaningful cooperative education placements and/or internships - and, upon graduation, fulltime careers in your field of study.

We work closely with some of the area’s most renowned corporations to secure critically important positions for students. 

Your post-Lakeland career starts before you set foot on campus.

Services Offered

A significant benefit of a Lakeland education is that our relationship with you will be personal and ongoing. The services our office provide include:

  • On-going career counseling, to help you determine what types of careers interest you most
  • Resume and cover letter reviews
  • Assistance with setting up job shadowing opportunities
  • Multiple classroom visits by area workforce leaders
  • Facilitating mock interviews with potential employers
  • Setting up tours of area companies
  • Preparation for graduate school entrance exams
  • Multiple career-related colloquiums
  • Helping set up and improve a professional LinkedIn profile
  • Personalized reviews of job application materials
  • Negotiating salary and benefits
  • ...and more!
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Find Your Next Job

Jobs From Over 200k Employers

Lakeland University has partnered with Handshake, the largest career community for students and recent graduates. 

How it works: 

  • Log in to Handshake
    • Download the app or sign into your account at
  • Complete Your Profile
    • Add your work experiences, skills, interests and organizations
  • Discover Jobs For You
    • Browse collections of jobs based on your profile and interests
  • Connect with Career Services
    • Schedule appointments, interviews and career fair visits on Handshake
Co-op & Internship Placements

Student Employment

Lakeland offers numerous on-campus employment opportunities, allowing students to connect with the school, earn money and build their résumés.

If you have questions regarding student employment at Lakeland, contact the Career Readiness & Cooperative Education staff at!

Frequently Asked Questions:

All on-campus student positions will be accessible on Handshake. Handshake is a nationwide platform for college students where you can share your employment history and career documents, and apply for any on-campus positions!

Students can also follow the Lakeland Cooperative Education & Career Readiness page on Facebook for updates on open positions and any other student employment news.

We encourage supervisors to connect with interested students in July and early August and make offers so that students can plan out their fall schedule accordingly. Most positions are filled prior to the start of each term, but there are frequent ongoing/changing needs that can be hired at any point in time.

Full-time traditional undergraduate students and international graduate students can work on-campus, but priority is given to students with Federal Work Study and students in the Cooperative Education program.

Almost every department on-campus employs students. Most departments depend on students to help with daily operations. For example, students work in Dining Services, the Fitness Center, the Library, the Academic Resource Center, Marketing, etc.

**Please note: the positions listed here may or may not be available.**

List of Positions (Full-Time Students)

During the academic year, students can work 10 hours per week and 18 hours per week in positions that don't have consistent weekly hours, such as tutoring services or ambassadors. During times when there is no school for a full week, students can work up to 29 hours – this occurs during winter break and spring break. During the summer, students may work up to 40 hours per week.

Yes, supervisors are understanding of class schedules. Some positions have early morning or evening positions available and other departments allow you to break up your hours during the day. Schedules can be determined prior to working to fit student needs.

During the academic year, students start at $8.00 per hour their first year of on-campus employment and wages increase 25 cents per hour each year they hold an on-campus position, reaching a maximum of $8 per hour. A few positions offer a higher pay rate.

Students are paid twice a month. The payroll schedule for the academic year can be found on under the "Employee Info" tab. Lakeland University requires mandatory direct deposit for all employees. To set up direct deposit, a voided check or banking document with routing and account numbers and account type is required.

Once you have been hired, your supervisor will notify Human Resources. Human Resources will then contact you via your Lakeland email to setup an appointment to complete paperwork. You will need to bring the following documents to this appointment:

  • Documentation to complete an I-9 form— these documents must prove your identity and your citizenship
    • The most common for identity are: driver’s license or student ID
    • The most common for proof of citizenship are: social security card or a birth certificate
    • A passport would count for both forms of documentation
  • Direct deposit will also be required—see question #7 for details on what to bring.
  • A copy of your résumé

Students are not able to start working in their on-campus position until this paperwork has been completed.

Absolutely! The Career Readiness & Cooperative Education team has excellent relationships with area employers who like to hire Lakeland University students and graduates. Email to schedule an appointment!