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The fast track to success begins today!

More than just another group to join, Coyote Career Kickstart will help you kick start your career and put you on the fast track to success.

Coyote Career Kickstart supports career-oriented students with professional development tools, soft skill training and financial support. Are you a first-year Coyote looking to get a head start on your career journey? Coyote Career Kickstart is just the program for you! 

Program Benefits


Receive mentorship support from a member of the USD alumni community. Students will be matched with an alumni mentor during their sophomore year. The USD alumni community includes 70,000 alumni in all stages of life, industries and occupations, and locations across the country. Kickstart students will have direct access to this network of human resources! 

Classroom Experience 

Kickstart students will participate in three in-class experiences including the first-year experience, Kickstart seminar and financial intelligence workshop. Each of these experiences will give students an opportunity to connect with alumni professionals, learn necessary “life skills,” and participate in hands-on education experiences designed to give them a competitive advantage as they enter the professional world. 

Scholarship Support 

Earn up to $1,250 in scholarship support and bookstore credits during freshman and sophomore years. Scholarships can be used to offset the cost of required Kickstart coursework including first year experience, Kickstart seminar and financial intelligence workshop. 

Paid Work Experience

Secure a paying job from a local employer either on- or off-campus. Not sure where to look? That’s where we come in! In addition to helping you find a job, we will also check in with you regularly to make sure you are having a positive experience and developing core skills and competencies. 

Leadership & Professional Development

Participate in leadership development experiences and gain access to a variety of career and professional development support resources made available through the USD Alumni Association, Academic and Career Planning Center, Student Services and other departments on campus. By the time you graduate, you will have gained the skills and confidence needed to excel during life after graduation. 

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Eligibility and Requirements

Coyote Career Kickstart is a four-year program designed for incoming students who want to kick start their journey toward a successful career. Preference will be given to students who are Pell Grant recipients and to students whose parents have not graduated from college.

Those accepted into the program agree to:

  • Complete all required coursework
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet with mentor regularly 
  • Maintain regular employment while in school
  • Attend and participate in Coyote Career Kickstart events

The application will be available February 22, 2022.

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Beyond the Classroom

  • Coyote Kickstart Evan Student Headshot

    My mentor has helped me with finding resources for job opportunities, putting together some short and long term goals, and has given some insights into how the business world works from his perspective. He also helped me with putting together my LinkedIn profile and gave me some suggestions for interesting reading material.

    Evan Sakry
    Accounting & Finance 2021

  • SESDAC logo

    We’ve always had a terrific relationship with USD and we hire many students and graduates. We are really excited to expand by working with students earlier in their educational journey. The extra resources available to Career KickStart participants help to make them more valuable employees for us.

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