1. What is the function of the Career Services office?

    The Career Services Office helps prepare students for their careers and matches them with employers seeking talent. Some of the services provided are:

    • Career assessments to help students select a career
    • Online job board through Handshake
    • Resume and cover letter help
    • Job shadowing
    • Networking opportunities
    • Practice interview sessions
    • Personalized career advising


  2. Can I talk to someone one-on-one about my career?

    Yes! Please email careerservices@polk.edu to request an appointment, and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.

  3. Where are the Career Services offices located?

    Great question! Career Services advisors are located in Student Services on both the Lakeland Campus (Learning Technology Building – LTB) and Winter Haven Campus (Administration Building – WAD). Please contact careerservices@polk.edu for more information or stop by the Information Desk at any of our campuses or centers and a member of our staff will be happy to assist you.

  4. How do I choose a major?

    • Take a Career Assessment.

    The first step in knowing what you want to do is knowing who you are. As a Polk State College student, you have access to several free career assessments through the Online Career Resource Center, Canvas course shell. Although this site is set up as a Canvas course shell, you don’t have to worry about doing any homework! Instead, you will find an array of information to help you develop skills and abilities sought after by employers. To join the Online Career Resource Center please click here. Once you have completed your assessment you can choose to meet with a Career Services staff member to review your results and receive guidance with your career selection. Please email careerservices@polk.edu  to set up an appointment.

    • Participate in a career development workshop. 

    Recommendation: Every semester the Career Services office organizes a series of events designed to help students develop many of the skills they need to become workforce ready. These offerings are accessible to students via Canvas by enrolling in the free Online Career Resource Center (OCRC) here, or by contacting the Career Services office at careerservices@polk.edu to learn more.

    • Set up a career advising appointment.

    Please contact us at careerservices@polk.edu to set up an appointment or call 863.297.1000 and ask to speak with a career advisor.

  5. Does Polk State offer internships?

    Yes! Check out our internship program by clicking here.

  6. How do I determine the best career for me?

    There are several free career assessment tools that you can access through the ‘homework free’ Online Career Resource Center, Canvas course shell. To access these, please register for the course here and select the “Assess” choice. When taking any of the assessments, be sure to register first; this will ensure your results are saved giving you access to them at any time.

  7. How do I make an appointment with a Career Service Representative?

    Students are encouraged to email us at careerservices@polk.edu to set up an appointment. Students may also call 863.297.1000 and ask to speak with a Career Services advisor or simply visit the Information Desk on either the Lakeland or Winter Haven campus in the Student Services area, and ask to speak with a member of our staff.

  8. How do I find a job?

    The free Online Career Resource Center gives you access to the student job board, Handshake. Please select this choice and register on Handshake to access the many employment and/or internship opportunities available. This is an excellent resource that you can use while attending school and even after graduation, as an alum.

  9. Can I get a job on campus?

    Most on-campus employment is attained through the Federal Work-Study Program and managed through the Financial Aid Office. To learn more, please contact Financial Aid at: financialaid@polk.edu.