Career Resources for First Generation College Students

First Generation College Students (FGCS) are usually defined as students whose parents have not graduated from a four-year college or university. They are often the first in their immediate families to earn a bachelor's degree. It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of college students are FGCS.


Career Advising Appointment

Career Advisors are here to support you in all things career related. Individual counseling sessions may be arranged to discuss career exploration and decision making, resume writing, cover letters, experiential learning, work and study abroad, job hunting, mock interviews, and graduate school. Don't know what you specifically want to ask your career advisor? No problem! Review the Career Preparation Checklist to learn more about your career preparation throughout college, make a career advising appointment to receive individualized career assistance.

What is an Internship?

An internship is a position that allows you to gain experience in the field you are considering. Typically the position allows you to develop new skills and offers both training and supervision.

How do I Find an Internship?

Check out the Online Job Search Tools section of our web site or visit GoldPASS, the job posting site for students and alumni, to view internship listings. In addition to using online job search tools and networking as job search strategies, you can also utilize social media sites. Increasingly, employers are utilizing social media sites to advertise and recruit employees. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are the three most commonly used social media sites. To get started with internship searching on social media sites, focus your efforts on building an up-to-date, comprehensive, professional profile on one site initially.

Networking Made Easy

It's not just what you know, it's also WHO you know! Networking is not about asking everyone you know for a job, but can be asking for general job search advice, information, tips and referrals. To start building your professional network during your first couple of years at the University of Minnesota, consider joining a mentor program – either in your college or through one of the special interest offices (e.g. GLBTA Mentor Program). It is important to start reaching out to professionals in your field or area of interest for PDF iconInformational Interview early in your college career to build your professional network. Not sure how to get connected with professionals? Brainstorm previous teachers, current professors, career counselors, academic advisors, family, friends, and co-workers – often, your network is larger than you initially imagined!


Academic Advising

Advisers are here to help you set academic goals and stay on track for graduation. Click here for academic advising offices.

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is a campus-wide resource that provides culturally-sensitive advice, and coordinates programs for individuals and groups on academic, financial, personal, and career concerns.

Student Centers

There are student cultural centers that are a great way to meet people, build leadership experience, learn more about the university, and explore things in which you may be interested. Additionally, you may be interested in joining one of the over 900 registered student groups at the University of Minnesota.

The MCAE Instructional Center provides group and individual tutorial assistance for help in courses and skills such as mathematics, sciences, statistics, economics, writing, and library research.

Financial Resources

U of MN Office of Student Finance - One Stop financial aid website
Financial Aid Basics Infographic - Explains the 3 types of federal student financial aid
Financial Aid Process Infographic - Explains the federal financial aid process for students
Financial Aid Eligibility Infographic - Explains the eligibility requirements for students to receive federal financial aid

Health and Family

Balancing Family Responsibilities

The Student Parent HELP Center is a resource that provides academic, financial and family support to students with kids and financial aid to low-income students, including childcare grants.

Personal Counseling and Support

Many students experience academic and personal difficulties while working on their degrees. This is due to many reasons including dealing with a new academic system, a new culture, pressure to succeed, a change in role, a change in financial situation, your first romantic relationship, and the first time being away from home. If you feel like you need someone to talk to, personal counselors are trained to help you.

Additional Resources