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Search for Employment

The typical job or internship search takes 6 - 9 months.  Career Services recommends you start your employment search early, preferably two semesters before you plan to be employed.  When searching for a position, it is important to first write down your employment goals.  These will help you reduce the amount of time and energy you spend searching.  Ask yourself the following questions:  What types of skill or knowledge do I offer an employer?  What types of positions am I searching for?  What companies or organizations interest me?  What are possible locations for my future employment?  What could my career trajectory look like?

First, prepare the following before starting your search:

Use several search methods to locate your first position, including the following:

Need assistance?  Make an appointment with career staff in the Warrior Success Center!

Warrior Jobs Logo

Warrior Jobs is WSU Career Services Job & Internship Recruitment System. Here you can:

  • Find a job (part-time, temporary, summer, local, work-study, student-help, full-time jobs that require a degree, as well as summer and semester internships).
  • Share your resume with employers seeking to hire
  • Register for career events (interviews, job fairs & special events)

Student Quick Start Users Guide (PDF)

As a job seeker it is important to be aware of online job scams.  Career Services recommends that you review the following links and disclaimer to know how to best avoid these online scams.


- FBI's Internet Crime Prevention Tips
- Graduates Cautioned to Avoid on-line Job Scams (BBB)
- Avoiding On-line Job Scams: Critical Tips for Job Seekers

If you have specific questions or concerns regarding a particular employer, please contact our Career Services department at 507.457.5878 or

Winona State University or its Career Services department does not endorse any of the posted positions in Warrior Jobs. Position and employer descriptions are submitted by the employer. Neither the University nor the Career Services department assumes responsibility whatsoever for neither inaccurate nor misleading information, nor does the presence of a posting on this site indicate the position is appropriate for any student. We strive to provide our students and alumni job seekers with quality employment and internship opportunities; employers are obligated to adhere to the following Terms of Service. Job Seekers are encouraged to use caution and common sense when applying to positions. Do not disclose Social Security numbers, credit card information, or bank account numbers with unknown employers. As a job seeker, when you apply to a position through Warrior Jobs you grant an employer access to view your profile information. Please review your profile information before applying. Below we have compiled some links that provide guidance in avoiding on-line scams.

Many students seek part-time employment during their time at WSU. Before you begin to search for jobs, it is important to understand the different types of employment on and off campus.

On-campus Jobs

There are two types of on-campus jobs: work-study and student help.

Work-study: Only available to students with "FWS or SWS Eligibility" listed as part of their Financial Aid Award. These positions are federally funded and given based on financial need.

Student Help: Available to ANY student on campus. These positions are funded through individual departments on campus.

Learn more about Student Employment.

Off-campus Jobs

There are many local employers seeking to hire WSU students for part-time employment. Often employers are looking for students to work weekend and evening hours.

How to Find On-campus and Off-campus Jobs

1.       Search Warrior Jobs

2.       Print WSU Offices Who Hire (PDF) and inquire with the office manager in these departments.

3.       Visit the following websites for more employment options:

What is an Internship?

An internship is a practical experience that allows beginners of an occupation or profession to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom. It lets an individual explore career options and become familiar with a particular work environment by performing common tasks in a typical work setting.  Individuals are able to establish themselves as professionals in their respective fields while being supervised or mentored by a staff member.

Three common methods to locate and secure an internship:

  1. Networking:  Building professional or personal relationships with others to tap into a hidden employment market.  Networking will help you interact with members of your field, explore career options, market yourself to potential employers and develop a mutual support system.
  2. Employer Sourcing:  Research and identify a list of employers you wish to contact.  Visit their website to learn more and send your cover letter and resume.  Be sure to target your application materials and then follow-up with a phone call.
  3. Internship Postings:  Internships are listed on a variety of databases and websites.  Search and apply for positions by visiting the below links.

Before beginning your internship search through Warrior Jobs, be sure to visit the Resource Library section for tools and resources to help you locate and choose an internship site.

Back Door Jobs
CIS Abroad
Cool Works
Cross Cultural Solutions
Global Links

HECUA: Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (Social Justice Internships)
IES Internships
Intern Sushi
Intern Match
Intern Web
Internship Programs
Intern Abroad
Making the Difference

Minnesota State University Student Association: Fellowship / Internship Opportunities
Minnesota International Center Internships
Minnesota Senate Internships
Minnesota House of Representative Internships
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Internship Board
Minnesota Children's Museum
U.S. Department of State Internship Program and Pathways Programs
Washington Internship Institute

The Professional Cooperative Education Program offers students the opportunity to work for a progressive company in the Winona area throughout their college career. This special experience will help students pay for their education while building a competitive resume before they graduate!

The Professional Cooperative Education Program allows students to:

  • Confirm choice of major by experiencing it first-hand
  • Enhance classroom learning with transferable, real-world work experience
  • Explore career fields and responsibilities by rotating to different areas of the company
  • Build a network of peers, mentors and potential references
  • Improve employment prospects at graduation
  • Increase professional confidence and know-how
  • Earn money for college expenses
  • Perform work that is progressively responsible with mentoring along the way

Participating Employers:
Information on the Cooperative Education Program at Fastenal.
Information on the Cooperative Education Program at Riverside Electronics

Student Forms:

If you have questions please contact:

Charlie Opatz, Career Counselor / College of Business Liaison
WSU Career Services
Maxwell 314
PO Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987

Below are the top employers of WSU graduates based on the results of the Minnesota State Graduate Follow-Up Survey. 

Mayo Health Systems

Mayo Health Systems comprised of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Saint Mary's Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital, is the world's largest, private medical center, providing the highest quality, compassionate care at a reasonable cost through a physician-led team of diverse people working together in clinical practice, education and research in a unified multi-campus system.  Mayo Health Systems is recognized as one of the most successful regional health care systems in the nation.


Fastenal is an industrial and construction supplier. Since 1967 Fastenal has grown from a small-town fastener store into a Fortune 1000 company and a member of the S&P 500, creating opportunities for everyone in the company along the way.

Rochester Public School District

Rochester Public School District is located in Rochester, a city of over 100,000 residents in southeastern Minnesota.  The city's sustained growth has been supported by the ongoing expansions of Mayo Health, IBM and many other high-tech and supporting businesses.


Target Corporation serves guests at more than 1,700 stores throughout the U.S. and at Target will open over 100 locations in all 10 provinces across Canada in 2013. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with additional headquarters locations in the U.S. in Arizona, New York, South Dakota and Utah; in Bangalore, India; and in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week.

Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with more than 8,500 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets and more than 264,000 team members. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, more than 12,500 ATMs, online (, and mobile devices.  Headquartered in San Francisco, but decentralized so every local Wells Fargo store is a headquarters for satisfying all our customers’ financial needs and helping them succeed financially. Wells Fargo does business with one in three U.S. households and operate in 35 countries to support customers with their global financial needs.


IBM is a worldwide industry leader in the invention, development and manufacturing of the most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, storage systems, and microelectronics.

Menards, INC.

Menards, Inc., based out of Eau Claire, WI, is a leader in the home improvement retail industry.  Menards is a privately held company which owns and operates four distribution centers, thirty manufacturing sites and over 260 retail stores throughout fourteen Midwestern states and is continually growing rapidly.

Sanford Health Medical Center

Sanford Health Medical Center is dedicated to the work of health and healing. Every day, that commitment is shown by delivering the highest quality of care to the communities served. We are leaders in health care and strive to provide patients across the region with convenient access to expert medical care, leading-edge technologies and world-class facilities.

Gundersen Lutheran

Gundersen Lutheran (now Gundersen Health System) is a comprehensive healthcare network including one of the nation's largest multi-specialty group medical practices, regional community clinics, hospital, home care, behavioral health services, vision centers, pharmacies, and air and ground ambulances.  Gundersen Health Systems has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for 2013.

McGladrey LLP

McGladrey LLP is a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. We guide our clients through complex business challenges by understanding their needs and bringing together the right team to address them. With more than 6,700 people in 75 U.S. cities and access to more than 32,000 people in 100 countries through our membership in RSM International, we can meet your needs wherever in the world you do business.

Winona Health

Winona Health is a nonprofit healthcare provider and a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Winona Health is governed by a board of community volunteers who adopts governance policies and practices to guide the organization's fulfillment of its mission: to improve the health and well-being of the community and the patients it serves.