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Recruiting Options at WSU

Learn how you can use the recruiting services and tools offered through Career Services at WSU to find job candidates and interns.

Employers are welcome to recruit in person on our Winona State Campuses and you can learn more about scheduling a visit below.

We are pleased to offer you an individualized employer user account in Handshake Winona State's free online recruiting system for students and alumni. Prevent Handshake from getting marked as junk by adding and to your address book." 

Review the Employer Set-up Support to get started with your account.

If you are a new recruiter taking over for a previous employee, please update your company profile information.

We would appreciate it if you would provide us with current information about your company, including your website address. We look forward to working with you!

If you are seeking volunteers, please contact the WSU Director of Student and Community Engagement at 507.457.2949.

Volunteer positions are not posted in Handshake, unless they are year-of-service positions such as AmeriCorps or Peace Corps).

WSU posts all part-time positions, internships and full-time jobs in Handshake.

Positions posted in Handshake must be connected to a registered business.

Career Services will not post positions such as babysitting and yardwork from individual families or community members.

When posting positions please make sure to provide a detailed description including:

  • Job title
  • Qualifications
  • Required application materials
  • Preferred application process

Internships for credit are housed in the WSU academic departments. Some of the for-credit internships are a requirement of an academic program, while others are an elective option within the academic major.

Students also have the option to seek out a non-credit internship. The means that the experience will not be connected with their academic studies.

If you are interested in sharing internship opportunities with your organization, please post your internship position in Handshake.

When posting an internship, please list whether or not:

  • The internship is paid vs. unpaid
  • Your company is open to working with WSU academic departments to offer credit

Winona State University strongly encourages students to pursue paid internship positions and internships for-credit.

Targeted Internship

If you would like to have your internship opportunity targeted to particular majors and academic departments, Career Services can help.

After you have posted your position in Handshake, please send an email titled Targeted Internship to and list in the body of the email those academic departments you would like to target.

Promote Your Internship

Please consider promoting your internship opportunities at the WSU Career Expo or WSU Summer Opportunities Fair. Learn more about registering for a fair.

Fairs are a great way to build your brand on the WSU Winona campus. These annual events will provide a one stop to collect resumes, interview and recruit qualified candidates.

All on-campus fairs require employer registration in Handshake. These Registration pages are located under the Career Events tab on the top navigation bar in the Handshake portal.

Email Career Services for more information.

See the scheduled fairs and register your business to attend.

Step One: Decide How You Want to Connect with WSU Students

Career Services offers the following options or combination of options:

  • Schedule on-campus or virtual interviews (No Cost)
  • Host an in-person Meet & Greet information session (Rental Fee)
  • Host a table in the WSU Student Union (Rental Fee)
  • Attend an on-campus or virtual job fair (Registration Fee)

WSU Career Services will promote events scheduled through our office across the university.

WSU candidates are primarily seeking full-time entry-level positions or internships.

Please carefully read WSU Employer Eligibility & Recruiting Policy (PDF) before proceeding to step two.

Step Two: Find the Best Available Date

Winona State’s on-campus recruiting season begins the Monday of the second week of classes and ends on the last day of classes for each semester.

Recruiting is not available on observed national holidays or during university break days, including winter break.

Step Three: Schedule Your Visit through Handshake


A typical interview day consists of twelve 30-minute interview times. However, online schedules can be customized to meet your needs.

Please request your interviews in Handshake or call our Career Services Coordinator at 507.457.5340.

You will receive a notification when your interview schedule has been created/confirmed in Handshake.

Employers have the option of pre-screening resumes and selecting the candidates they wish to interview or using an open schedule.

Information Tables or Meet & Greet Sessions

 Employers are welcome to reserve tables or rooms in Kryzsko Commons Student Union to inform students about their organization and open positions.

For more information, including room sizes, availability, and fees please email

Employers who wish to promote their virtual events are encouraged to post them in Handshake.

Employers are welcome to maximize their visit by scheduling multiple visit options.

We recommend that you schedule your visits at least one week in advance to allow ample time for us to promote your events and to ensure availability of space.

Recruiting on the Rochester Campus

Please contact Trent Dernbach at if you are interested in recruiting on the Rochester Campus.

Helpful On-campus Recruiting Resources

Helpful Handshake Resources

The Warrior Success Center welcomes partnerships with employers and community leaders in the Winona and Rochester communities to enhance the career development of WSU students.

If interested in participating in these programs, contact and list Partnership Program in the title of the email.

Employer Q & A Days

A program designed to bring employers to campus to

  • answer questions
  • provide interview tips
  • critique resumes
  • give other relevant job search information
  • share insight into their respective organizations and companies

We welcome representatives from private industry, non-profit organizations and government agencies-- from Fortune 500 companies to local and regional employers.

Networking Events

Networking opportunities are held throughout the academic year.

Career Services welcomes involvement of community leaders, employers and alumni to provide opportunities for current students to learn the value of networking, provide opportunities for networking and learn networking best practices.

Mock Interviews

WSU Career Services hosts mock interview events to help students prepare for job interviews.

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Q: Can I just send you my Job Vacancy description for WSU students to see?

A: For the most effective distribution of your listing, you should register online with Handshake to post your position. Announcements received in our office via email, mail or fax will be added to the online system.

Q: I can't schedule a time to visit WSU, but am interested in hiring WSU students and recent alumni. What are my options?

A: Career Services can still help! WSU students and/or recent graduates who meet or exceed your qualifications may have a resume online in Handshake.

With the implementation of our online job posting and resume system you will be able to do a query and print off resumes of candidates you may be interested in.

Q: I would like to present in a classroom. What steps do I need to take to present?

A: Employer presentations in the classroom are at the discretion of the professor teaching the course.

With only a limited number of classroom hours each semester, faculty who do invite employers into the classroom are often requesting that the employer contribute to the lessons of the day.

Often employers bring in current company scenarios for students to apply what they are learning in the class. Otherwise, an employer may teach on a new technique or method used in the company.

Quick company promotions are not encouraged.

All presentation inquires must be sent through Career Services. We ask that employers do not reach out to faculty directly.



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