About Us


Contact us

Phone: 727-873-4129
Email: stp-careercenter@usf.edu
Office: SLC 2300
Drop-in Hours:
In-Person: M-F 12pm - 5pm (Except for Staff Meeting on Wed. 3:30-4:30)
Virtual: Call to request a virtual drop in if team members are available 

For information on accessing Career Services resources remotely, see our Virtual Resources & Information Page.

Meet the Team 

Lesa Shouse
Lesa Shouse
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Taylor Snipes
Employer Relations Coordinator


About Lesa

Alma Mater: 

  • Defiance College: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts w/ Emphasis in Public Relations (2004) 
  • Bowling Green State University: Master of Arts in College Student Personnel (2009) 

Favorite Meal: Mac & Cheese 

Favorite Song: For Good from the Broadway musical Wicked 

Favorite Color: Purple 

Myers-Briggs Type: ESFJ 

Your Five Strengths: 
Empathy, Communication, Developer, Positivity, Maximizer 

What’s your favorite thing about the USF St. Petersburg campus?
My favorite thing about the USF St. Petersburg campus is the beautiful campus and the eclectic student body. I love the diversity of interests, values and skills of our students and that I get a chance to help students reach their potential and achieve their goals. 

Why should students visit Career Services?
Students should visit the Career Center early during their college experience to help them align their experiences and goals. We are not just for graduating seniors but are here to assist students with career development, planning, and obtainment. We can help with resumes, cover letters, mock interviews and any and all career questions! We have FREE RESUME PAPER too!! Not to mention we are a really fun office as well! 


About Taylor

Alma Mater: 

University of South Florida: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education 
University of South Florida: Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs
Favorite Meal: Tacos

Favorite Song: Back Pocket, Vulfpack

Favorite Color: Green

Myers-Briggs Type:  ISFJ

Your Five Strengths: Responsibility, Consistency, Harmony, Discipline, and Focus

What’s your favorite thing about the USF St. Petersburg campus?My favorite thing about the USF St. Petersburg camps is the sense of community and the passion students and staff have for the institution. I love walking on campus and knowing the people I am passing. Everyone on campus is always so friendly and willing to work together to better both the USF and the surrounding community.

Why should students visit Career Services?
Deciding and obtaining a career can be challenging. However, by visiting the career center, students can get 1:1 help to ensure they excel in their future careers. Through our fantastic events, resources, and coaching, students can learn about the different ways they can use their major, get resume and cover letter help, and connect with future employers!!


Rita Zwiefel
Rita Zwiefel
Coordinator for Internships & Career Experiences
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Career Services Graduate Assistant


About Rita

Alma Mater:

B.A. in Spanish & International Studies, Florida International University

M.Ed. in College Student Affairs, University of South Florida

Favorite Meal: Pasta in any form

Favorite Song: These Boots Are Made for Walking - Nancy Sinatra

Favorite Color: Yellow

Myers-Briggs Type: ENFJ 

Your Five Strengths: Empathy, Learner, Relator, Arranger, Responsibility

What’s your favorite thing about the USF St. Petersburg campus?
Between the campus location and the community involvement, the St. Pete campus offers so much to our students! 

Why should students visit Career Services? Ultimately, students come to college to help them on their journey towards a career. Career Services offers all the career coaching and job searching resources you'll need -- not just in your senior year! Stop by for resume reviews, mock interviews, and more!


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Career Peers
We employ a team of students who are trained in resume writing, cover letters, general interviews and professional etiquette. (Photo of 2019 Team) 



Career Peer Advisors

Barbara Figueredo

Keyara "Kiki" Augustine

Steven Duverge

Sha'Tina Scott

Peturla Scarlett

Santiago Salazar Parra 

Belle Jones

Patrick Clendenin



All Full-Time Professional staff members are Certified Professional Resume Writers. We train all of our career peers to professional standards. 

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Seeking professional employment on the USF St. Petersburg campus? Please visit Human Resources.

Our Location

The USF St. Petersburg campus Career Services Office is located on the second floor of the Student Life Center (2300) 

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131 6th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-873-4129  / Email: stp-careercenter@usf.edu

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