Mark, Career Center Director, is spearheading an ambitious plan to increase NDSU’s reputation for producing highly employable graduates. This includes expanding career preparation education and work opportunities to reach all students. The Career Center is pursuing a ‘career everywhere’ model bridging academic departments, staff departments, student groups, alumni, and employers. Mark and his wife Jenny moved to Fargo from Los Angeles in July 2016 where he served as Director of Biola University’s Career Center. He has worked in managerial and teaching roles for the past 15 years in public and private universities in the US and overseas. Prior to working in higher education, he worked in business for 10 years in companies ranging from entrepreneurial startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises. Mark holds a Master of Arts from Biola University, a Master of Business Administration from Marylhurst University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University. When not working, Mark engages in a variety of activities including exploring new places, walking, kayaking, pour over coffee, hidden eateries, wild rock concerts, and reading ancient texts in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.
Assistant Director of Career Education & Internship Program
Jerry South is the Assistant Director of Career Education & Internship Program. His mission is to help develop students into professional employees by engaging them from their first introduction to NDSU through graduation and beyond. Jerry oversees an extremely motivated and talented staff driven to help prepare every student for the evolution from a classroom to a ‘career everywhere’! He holds a Master of Science from DeVry University in Educational Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts from Chapman University, California in Social Science. Jerry recently moved to Fargo from the San Francisco Bay area where he served as Chief of Education & Training at Travis Air Force Base, CA. He retired from the Air Force in 2012 after 23 years of service. He has worked in educational roles for the past 14 years teaching military students and managing five college satellite campuses serving the educational needs of the military, their families, and retired veterans. Jerry and his wife Jennifer are trained financial coaches and enjoy teaching Financial Peace University classes through church and spending time with family.
Satellite Office Hours
CME Building (cubicle by north door)
Wednesdays – 1 – 4 p.m. (during fall and spring semesters only)
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural ResourcesCollege of EngineeringGraduate SchoolExploratory Area STEM
Assistant Director of Employer Engagement and Marketing
Smita Garg works with a resourceful, talented and hard-working team in engaging with internal and external stakeholders to prepare NDSU students for maximum employability. She understands the value of building relationships and is passionate about creating opportunities and connections to fulfill the Center’s ‘career everywhere’ vision, locally and globally.
Smita holds an MBA in International Marketing from Temple University, Philadelphia, and her career has ranged from being a ‘domestic engineer’ to working in the manufacturing sector, language service business, market research industry, immigrant serving agencies, and various aspects of the career services field at a direct service, project and policy level. In her most recent role with government, her primary accomplishment was the development and implementation of an Immigration Action Plan for the City of Saskatoon. ‘Career everywhere’ is her lived experience.
Multi-lingual, with an interest in culture, travel, and unity in diversity, she has lived in six countries over four continents. She recently moved to Fargo with her husband Adi. Their three daughters, Aditi (Chris), Avni and Aneri who live in Canada are her inspiration. Whether you are a student, an alum, a faculty member, or an employer, she encourages you to explore this website and invites you to visit her at 306 Ceres Hall – she looks forward to connecting with you!
As a Graduate Assistant for the Career Center, Emily helps students with resume critiques and job interviews. She also plans educational programs related to careers. She received her Bachelor’s degree from MSUM in Communication and Psychology. After receiving her degree in MN, she decided to “swim across the river” to ND to become a bison and received her Master’s degree in Communication. Currently, Emily is a Ph.D. student in the School of Education. She has taught both public speaking and group communication courses. In her spare time, you can find Emily gardening, running, spending time with family and friends, and drinking coffee.
Coordinator of Employer Engagement & Technology
As the Coordinator of Employer Engagement and Technology, Kim Domholt provides leadership for employer engagement programming including coordination of career fairs, supervision of recruiting functions and administrator of CAREERlink and other technology used by the Career Center. Kim also compiles data for the annual career outcomes report and coordinates the career peer program. She has worked in the Career Center for over 20 years. Her bachelor’s was earned from Minot State University in management information systems and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership at NDSU. Free time is spent with her husband and three children enjoying time at the lake, traveling and appreciating the quiet, fulfilling moments in life.
Employer Relations Coordinator
As the Employer Relations Coordinator, Karen has been involved in employer engagement for over 16 years. Karen approves employer registrations in CAREERlink in order for them to post positions, schedule on-campus interviews, and be involved in other career events throughout the year. She is very dedicated to building and strengthening relationships with employers. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching Bison sports and gardening. Karen and her husband, Steve, love the Minnesota lakes country, summer and winter.
Guest Services & Employer Relations Specialist
As the Guest Services & Employer Relations Specialist, Bridget touches every facet in the Career Center office from managing the front desk operations, training the amazing Career Peers and collaborating with Employee Engagement, Technology and Recruiting teams. They thrive on keeping their Career Fairs fresh, energetic and resourceful for all stakeholders. Prior to working at NDSU, Bridget was employed with Fargo Public Schools for 12 years. After hours, Bridget and her husband, Kevin, enjoy travel, cycling and attending a variety of cultural and sporting events. Most treasured is spending time with their daughters; Jess (Eric) and Lindsey (Brian).
As the Administrative Assistant, Larissa is responsible for maintaining budgets, finances and administering payroll. With attention to detail and well-documented records, her focus is to maintain office efficiency and ensure finances and personnel records are in order. Larissa has over seven years of higher education experience working as a Program Assistant and GPIDEA Coordinator at South Dakota State University, and as an Associate at NDSU One Stop (formerly NDSU Bison Connection). She has gained experience in financial management, reporting and payroll supervision. Larissa graduated with a B.S. in Public Relations & Advertising and a minor in Business Administration. She is currently a part-time graduate student pursuing a M.S. in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Organizational Communication. Her passion is giving back and she serves as Faculty Advisor for NDSU Colleges against Cancer, volunteers for the American Cancer Society and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Friends, family and faith are very important in Larissa’s life. She loves early morning workouts, watching classic movies, trying new things, sports (#gobison), and is an avid Dan Patrick listener. If she is not in the office, she may just be chasing down the next ice cream truck.
Kate is a Career Educator at the NDSU Career Center. In her role, she teaches and advises students through their career development process and presents in classrooms and to student organizations about various career related topics. She also coordinates educational programming for a variety of student populations, including first generation students, graduate students, and international students. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and public relations from Carroll College in Helena, MT and received a master’s of education degree in clinical mental health counseling from NDSU. While pursuing her graduate degree, Kate held the position of Career Counseling Graduate Assistant in the NDSU Counseling Center. In this role, she gained valuable experience helping students determine a major or career path that aligned best with their interests and goals. Prior to studying and working at NDSU, Kate worked as an admissions counselor at M State in Moorhead, MN. Some of her hobbies include cooking, gardening, composting, drinking good coffee (is that a hobby? Well, it should be) and running the occasional marathon.
Satellite Office Hours
Barry Hall Room 100G
Tuesdays – 8 a.m. – noon (during fall and spring semesters only)
Specialities and InterestsCollege of BusinessCollege of Health ProfessionsExploratory Area Business StudiesExploratory Area Health and Life Sciences
As a Career Educator, Olivia works diligently to provide guidance, tools, and resources to students, faculty, and staff in order to assist students and alumni in their career endeavors. Olivia received her bachelor’s degree in Management Communication from NDSU where she spent much of her time rooting on the Bison as a member of the Gold Star Marching Band. While working towards her undergrad degree she started her journey at the NDSU Career Center as a Career Peer and after working for a year became an Intern in the office. Upon her graduation, Olivia found a permanent home in the Center as a Career Educator where she happily gets to support the bison and assist students in reaching their career goals. Before working with the NDSU Career Center Olivia spent time as a Guest Service Associate with Target where solving problems was the name of the game. In her spare time you’ll find Olivia, experimenting in the kitchen, planning her next adventure abroad, attending her brother’s baseball games, and drinking coffee while catching up with friends.
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesCollege of Human Development and EducationCollege of Science and MathematicsExploratory Area Liberal Arts, Communication, & DesignExploratory Area Social Science, Human Services & Education
Events and Marketing Coordinator
As the Events and Marketing Coordinator, Amanda oversees logistics of planning, implementing, and marketing a variety of career fairs and special events to support both student and employer success. Passionate about event planning, Amanda has experience planning a multitude of events both large and small. With ten years of combined experiences and opportunities as an event planner, marketer, and graphic designer, Amanda values the opportunity to be creative while also creating positive experiences for event participants and guests. She values connections with people and is very active in the Fargo/Moorhead and NDSU community. Amanda currently serves on the Fargo Theatre Board of Directors, Startup Weekend Planning Team, and on NDSU Staff Senate. In her pasttime, Amanda enjoys biking with her husband and relaxing with her two cats.
As a Graduate Assistant, Emma meets with students to help them register their internships for academic credit. She also works with students on resume development and assists with mock interviews. Hearing about exciting internship experiences from students she meets and working on a variety of projects are two things she really enjoys about her job. Emma earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Winona State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counselor education at NDSU. Prior to working at the Career Center, Emma served as an Office Assistant for the Geoscience and Physics departments at Winona State. Outside of the office, Emma enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring national parks, and kayaking or sailing on Minnesota’s 10,000+ lakes.
Sara Van de Streek
As the Internship Coordinator, Sara works with students, faculty, staff and employers to answer questions on the basics of internships, and help students register internships for academic credit. In addition to coordinating the internship program, she also works with students and alumni on resume preparation and interview strategies both in the classroom and in 1:1 appointments. One of her favorite things about her job is helping with mock interviews. Sara earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Mass and Speech Communication from NDSU and is a proud member of the Bison family. Before working in the Career Center, Sara spent 2 years working in the NDSU Office of Admission as an Admission Counselor. Prior to that she spent 6 years/7 seasons working full-time for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, a minor league professional baseball team, in a variety of roles including Director of Graphic Design and Merchandising. Sara and her husband Tristan are the parents to two active and outgoing elementary school kids and one easy-going black lab rescue. Sara enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the gym and binge watching the latest Netflix series.
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources
Events Assistant & Marketing Coordinator
As the Events Assistant and Marketing Coordinator, Jamie assists in coordinating career events, managing the Career Center’s social media presence, and oversees and coordinates all outreach, promotional and marketing initiatives, and visual brand for the Center. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, both from NDSU. In the last year of her undergraduate experience, Jamie started at the Career Center as the Marketing and Public Relations Peer Advisor. After graduation, she became the Events Assistant and Marketing Coordinator. Prior to working at the Career Center, she gained marketing experience as a Marketing Intern at Erbert and Gerbert’s and the Communications Assistant at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. As a graduate student, Jamie doesn’t have much free time, but when she does, she enjoys being on the lake, traveling, crafting, exercising, and sharing a laugh as much as possible.
As a Graduate Assistant, Andrew advises students on resumes, cover letters, and job interviewing. Being able to interact with individual students, both one on one and in classroom settings, and seeing their development during each appointment are two things he really enjoys about his job. Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services with a concentration in criminal justice from Valley City State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counselor education. Outside of the Career Center, Andrew enjoys watching different sporting events, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies with a big bowl of popcorn.
As the Internship Manager, Alli oversees all aspects of the Career Center’s Internship Program. In this role, Alli works collaboratively with key stakeholders, including staff, faculty, employers, and alumni to ensure high quality internship opportunities and experiences are available for all students. She also works to increase the prominence of the internship program on campus and beyond, adding to the Career Center’s vision of a “career-everywhere” model. Alli holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Concordia College in Moorhead and is pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Affairs at MSUM. Prior to coming to NDSU, Alli spent four years as a high school English teacher and also served as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Development Center at MSUM. In her spare time, you can find Alli on the golf course with her husband, Brock, or spending time with their rescue pup, Stella