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
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.
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!
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).
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.
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
Internship Program Specialist
Emmanuel is the Internship Program Specialist at the NDSU Career Center. In his role, Emmanuel works with the systems aspect of the Internship Program. Emmanuel also reviews internship postings on CAREERlink to ensure the most meaningful experiences are available to students in order to enhance their learning beyond the classroom. Meeting with students and assisting them meet their career goals through internships is one of the most rewarding aspects of his role. Emmanuel holds a BBA degree in Human Resources Management and Management Information Systems from the University of North Dakota and is pursuing an MBA degree at NDSU. Emmanuel is fascinated about cultures and languages so, he enjoys international travel and interacting with people from different socio-cultural backgrounds. Emmanuel also enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, table tennis and lawn tennis.
Career Success Coach
As the Career Success Coach, Amanda assists students in planning for their futures. She is enthusiastic about meeting with students to help them identify their strengths, inventory their talents, brainstorm different options to a fulfilling career path, and to help them realize their full potential! Amanda partners with many faculty and staff throughout campus to assist in implementing the “career-everywhere” model and to ensure that students are able to get connected to Career Center services. Amanda has a bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Sciences from NDSU and a bachelor’s of Social Work from Minot State University. Her passion has always been helping others, previous to her role at NDSU she worked with nonprofits in the community as a Self-Sufficiency Advocate and a Job Counselor. When not working with students or collaborating with her team at the Career Center, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, going for walks, biking, kayaking, gardening, and visiting her family on the farm.