Marshall and W.Va. Department of Homeland Security unveil joint initiative to put students in state jobs

West Virginia Homeland Security and students at Fusion Center in Charleston, WV.

Marshall University President Brad D. Smith joined West Virginia Department of Homeland Security (WV DHS) Sec. Jeff Sandy today to launch an initiative to put Marshall college students to work within the department’s agencies.

Sandy said the program provides opportunity for cooperative synergy.

“We are excited to announce, here at the Fusion Center where we have many Marshall graduates working, that we are collaborating to provide eligible students with hands-on, paid learning opportunities while also filling open positions across our department,” Sandy said. “Working under the leadership of Gov. Jim Justice and working in concert with President Smith, we have developed an innovative program to place students into jobs and hopefully create career pathways to keep them here after graduation.”

The partnership provides selected Marshall University students with an hourly rate of $16.00 and flexible hours, with the ability to work full-time during breaks and summers. Some of the available positions include human resources, purchasing, case manager, counselor, GIS technician, emergency services specialist, data analyst, public relations and fleet management.

“I want to thank Secretary Sandy for this innovative partnership and shared commitment to advancing amazing opportunities for both our students and our state,” Smith said. “This shared vision is a win-win for West Virginia — a win for Marshall to place our students into real-life jobs that could possibly turn into lifelong careers and a win for our State to get talent into open positions.”

Marshall students who are interested in this opportunity can learn more by contacting April Darnel, Assistant Director for Human Resources for WV DHS at 304-352-0189 or april.m.darnell@wv.gov or Rodney Sanders with Marshall’s Office of Career at 304-696-6051 or sanders28@marshall.edu.