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Coyote Career Kickstart

Coyote Career Kickstart supports career-oriented students with professional development tools, soft skill training and financial support.

Kick Start Your Career

At the University of South Dakota, we are committed to helping you unlock opportunities in and beyond the classroom throughout your four years with us. We even have a program specifically designed to help you find a part-time job, build your network and receive mentorship from USD alumni — all while you're a student.

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For more information regarding the Coyote Career Kickstart program, please contact us at

Explore the Benefits

Coyote Career Kickstart is more than just another group to join; it's a signature program designed to help you get a head start on your career journey as a first-year student.


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


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Career Kickstart

The fall 2022 application is now closed. Come back to this page for updates about future application cycles.

student success story

Success story Evan Sakry smiling.
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

B.B.A. Accounting & Finance '21

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