The most exciting part of being in college is being able to experiment within your major and gain hands-on experience in your field of interest! Internships are amazing opportunities, that embody the principle, "learn by doing." They are extremely beneficial as internships not only allow students to test potential career choices, but also serve as a great way of gaining leadership skills in diverse work environments. Internships also help students build their professional networks, which in turn proves to be an asset during job search after graduation.
You can find internship opportunities from GoldPass, which lists about thousands of opportunities just for U of M undergraduate students or you can stop by the CLA Career Services to check out all the great resources the U has to offer!
For this fall, I was awarded a Barbara Newsome Award from the Sociology Department at the U for my internship with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota. My work with NAMI Minnesota has helped me become more informed about the Minnesota Legislation since NAMI is an active participant in advocating, addressing and supporting issues important to people living with mental illnesses and their families. Working as a Policy Research Intern at NAMI Minnesota has exposed me to the mental health legislation and is continuing to prepare me to challenge the system in my future career as a public health lawyer (JD/MPH).
So, stop by the CLA Career Services today and start finding opportunities for the Spring or Summer! Here is the link to access the application for CLA Internship Scholarships!