Work-Related Experiences

Employers expect job applicants to have 2-3 work-related experiences, such as an internship, student job, or volunteer experience, by the time they graduate. 

Action Steps

  • Wondering about the why and how of internships? Look over our guide for a basic introduction.
  • Get ready for your internship by learning your college and major internship requirements.
  • We’ve gathered some great career and internship info just for YOUR major. Look over the Master List and identify four internship sites (employers) that sound interesting. Go to their websites to learn about their missions, opportunities and application processes.
  • Attend a career fair this year and talk to five employers about their organizations and internships. Find fairs on the campus-wide career events calendar and at GoldPASS, the University of Minnesota’s internship and job posting system (click on "events").
  • Meet with a Career Counselor to set career goals, identify related opportunities, prepare application materials and /or practice interviewing.
  • See career resources for students with disabilities, veterans, GLBT students and international students for tips targeted to your life.
  • This year, get a campus job, internship or summer job related to your major!
  • See Getting Academic Credit for Your Internship to draft your internship contract, if required by your major.
  • Apply for funding if your internship is unpaid!
  • Doing research as an undergraduate may help clarify your career goals and will certainly strengthen graduate school applications. Learn this semester about options to do research.
  • Your faculty mentor may have ideas and contacts for internships and volunteer opportunities. Ask them! The name of your faculty mentor is on your APAS.

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