We encourage all majors from the geography department to complete an internship after junior year or during senior year. (Urban studies students: you are required to pursue an internship--see below) Internships give you a real-world opportunity to contribute to the success of a business or organization while gaining hands-on experience to enhance your formal education. It can also help you build your professional network and secure a job after graduation.
Here is a list of some of our favorite resources for locating internships:
- Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is an all-University applied research and technology center at the University of Minnesota that connects faculty and students with community organizations and public institutions working on significant public policy issues in Minnesota.
- CLA Career Services
- League of MN Cities:City-based positions.
- Non-Profit Job Board: job and internship opportunities within the MN and Twin Cities non-profit sector.
- Idealist: internships that make a difference
- MN Office of Environmental Assistance: a compilation of additional job and internship search tools
- National Internships Online: searchable by region
- World Wildlife Fund :(WWF) sponsers many internships for advanced undergraduates and graduates.
If you are doing an unpaid internship, you should consider applying for the CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship.
Urban studies majors are required to complete one internship experience. The internship requirement is intended to help you become familiar with the challenges and opportunities of the working world. The internship experience requires 140 hours of work over the semester or 8-week summer session at a particular agency, organization, or company in either the private business sector, the public service sector, or in a non-profit organization or foundation. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Schedule an appointment with the urban studies advisor, Paula Pentel, to register for the two credit URBS 3900 internship seminar. The seminar is completed concurrent with the internship.
Urban Studies graduates have pursued a variety of internships in a wide range of organizations and agencies. Students are encouraged to pursue internship experiences in areas which match their interests and may provide an ongoing or future source of employment. As in the past, we would like to maintain a reasonable amount of flexibility for those students with special opportunities. As such, arrangements can be made for students who wish to complete internships in other US or foreign cities.
The listing above may be helpful for finding an internship. Additionally, pay attention to the emails from urbs-undergrad. That's where many internships from local agencies will be sent. The University Career Services can help you with resume and cover letter writing. Additionally; students completing unpaid internships may apply for a competative CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship.