The last day to take advantage of Career Chats in the Career Cubes or Career Express for spring 2024 will be Thursday, April 25. Virtual or in-person appointments will continue through the summer.

Meet the Team – St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg Campus Office Information

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Student Drop-in Hours Available: Monday-Friday from 1pm-5pm
(Except for 2-3pm on Monday for staff meeting)

General Email: | Main Phone: 727-873-4129

GPS Location: 131 6th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Mailing Address: 140 7th Avenue South, SLC 2300, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

As the University of South Florida’s central Career Services office, we are the catalyst for excellence and innovation in career readiness and industry engagement. Our team inspires USF Bulls to take an active role in their career development by leveraging engaging programs, meaningful experiences, and comprehensive services, which are provided in partnership with employers, faculty, staff, and the global community. We support the university’s mission of delivering a world-class educational experience to promote the success of our talented and diverse USF Bulls.

We strive to empower USF Bulls to discover and develop talents as they navigate through their academic, professional, and lifelong career journey.

Explore. Engage. Excel.

These three words break down the Career Exploration and Job/Internship Search processes into manageable steps. Then, we provide tools and guidance to help you choose the right path. 

Lesa Shouse, Director, Career Services

  • Career Coaching, Program Coordination, Strengths Coaching, Assessment, Student Employment

Taylor Snipes, Employer Relations Coordinator and Career Coach

  • Employer Strategy and Connections, Job Fairs, Handshake, Career Coaching

Rita Zwiefel, Coordinator of Internships and Career Experiences and Career Coach

  • Innovation Scholars Career Exploration Program, All Majors Internship Course, Career Coaching

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Lesa Shouse

Director, Campus Career Services

My Career Journey

My goal in going to college was to become the PR/Communications Director for a Girl Scout council. After working on campus in several roles, I found I loved college campuses. After graduation, I worked as a Home Equity Loan Closer and found that I did not love the impersonality of the business world. I loved working with college students, in training and developing them, and I was a total resume nerd! 

My Educational Journey

BA Communication Arts
Emphasis in Public Relations
Defiance College

MA College Student Personnel
Bowling Green State University

My Personality

Top 5 Strengths
Empathy, Communication, Developer, Positivity, Maximizer

Top 3 Holland Interest Codes (RIASEC)
Social, Artistic, Enterprising

Myers-Briggs Type (MBTI)

Outside of the Office

My Hometown
Rawson, Ohio

My Favorite Things
Family, Friends, my #gingerpets (Bella & Percy), my Church, Disney, Junior League, Girl Scouts, reality TV challenge shows, and musicals – I love musicals and going to Broadway shows!  My favorite movie musical is Newsies and the first musical I saw on tour was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in high school. One of my favorite trips was to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in NY and ended up watching four shows in three days. 

My Favorite Quote
“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives, for a reason…Bringing something we must learn…And we are led to those, who help us most to grow if we let them, and we help them in return.”
Lyric in For Good from Wicked


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