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Your career journey is a work in progress and often involves change and flexibility. The goal of the UIU Office of Career Development is to help you keep moving in the right direction toward a successful future. The Office of Career Development will assist you in a variety of career services, which are complimentary to current students and alumni.


The Office of Career Development provides student-centered career-related assistance and programs through flexible and multiple delivery systems: general career guidance, choosing a major, resume/cover letter advice, internship and job search, interview preparation, professional networking and branding, applying to graduate school, and more. Students are encouraged to:

  • Accept responsibility for their own career needs and direction.
  • Gain familiarity with the career world.
  • Pursue professional and career goals with both an ethical approach and self-knowledge.
  • Learn to adapt to and thrive in an ever-changing job market.
  • Utilize technology/social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, E-Portfolios).


Handshake is UIU’s new online career management system, where students can find career-related documents, upload their resume, apply for jobs and internships, make appointments with career development staff and view upcoming career development events.

Parker Dewey

Parker Dewey is a platform for students to take part in short-term, professional, paid work experiences through Micro-Internships. Unlike traditional internships, these paid opportunities typically range from only 5 to 40 work hours, and many can be completed remotely.

Career Mentoring Network

Network with UIU alums to expand your career exploration needs.

Did You Know?

Networking is one of the biggest reasons students are able to be successful in their job search.

About Us


Anne Puffett

Director of Career Development


Anne has been with Upper Iowa since the fall of 2012 and obtained her MBA from Upper Iowa in the spring of 2019. Helping students and alums work toward their career goals along with providing them the connections and networking opportunities to succeed beyond their degree and pursue their dreams is a passion of hers. Once a Peacock, always a Peacock – so whether an alum or a student, connect with Career Development with any questions you may have as you explore your career options.


Nikki Kuhn

Career Development Specialist


Nikki has been with Upper Iowa since January of 2019 and is currently pursuing her MPA here as well. With a background in multiple industries, Nikki’s perspective in career readiness comes from years of connecting others with the resources that are best suited for them. Working with students and alums to help them become successful in their chosen path is something that Nikki enjoys most about the Office of Career Development.

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Brianne Fenton ‘17

The mock interview questions were tailored to the position I was applying for and I received valuable feedback from career development staff on how to answer questions more similar to what my employer was expecting. With people having more experience than me, the interview was the most crucial part in landing my current job.