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Before closing, let me discuss with you a pressing issue that must concern us all. That is the need to balance training for a job with being educated for life. The strength of American higher education—which is still the enemy of the world—with its core of the liberal arts.

When I go to the Legislature of an Ag leaders' breakfast or a rotary club luncheon, I always promote our role as the state's only public research university. I talk about our deep and wide economic impact. But employers continually and loudly tell me that many of those jobs demand the skills of the liberal arts and humanities: writing, communicating, critical thinking and analysis, working in teams, wrestling with and solving problems.

This University is about much more than training a workforce for today—although we do a very good job at that. It is about creating the ideas and innovations, the thinkers and leaders, and the economy and culture that will ensure our success for tomorrow—and for the day after, and the day after that.

Excerpt from President Kaler's State of the University Address given March 1, 2012, about the value of skills attained through the liberal arts

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Use it to post full-time and part-time jobs, internships, or volunteer positions for thousands of students to see. You can also use GoldPASS to access student resumes. For more information about GoldPASS, review theGoldPASS Employer User Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Advertise My Open Positions to U of M Students?

The best way to do this is to post your position on GoldPASS, the online job and internship site available to U of M students. This is the website we tell students to search when they're looking for jobs or internships. You can post full-time and part-time jobs, internships, and volunteer positions. Please contact CLA Employer Relations at with other recruiting questions.

Does the College of Liberal Arts do On-Campus Recruiting?

Yes! The CLA Career Services office coordinates on-campus recruiting for College of Liberal Arts (CLA) students. We schedule on-campus recruiting during fall and spring semesters. You can do on-campus recruiting for full-time positions that require a bachelor's degree, as well as for internships and co-op positions that require students to be working towards a liberal arts degree.

Can U of M Students Receive Credit for Internships?

The ability for students to receive academic credit for an internship can vary by major. While some departments offer credit, others may not. It is the responsibility of the student to determine if academic credit is an option within his/her degree program.

How Much Should We Pay Our Intern?

There is no set range for intern salaries. It's helpful to research your field to get a sense of how much other organizations in your industry pay interns. Many internships listed through our office are paid. Some unpaid internships offer other compensation such as parking reimbursement or a stipend. Feel free to contact Employer Relations at to discuss this further.

Staff Articles

Translating A Liberal Arts Education Into Language Employers Understand

Paul Timmins, Director of CLA Career Services

Students are often deterred from a degree in liberals arts, causing students and parents alike concern about the value of a liberal arts degree in terms of employment. Employers, however, value liberal arts degrees now more than ever. Paul Timmins, Director of CLA Career Services, examines the disconnect and how to help CLA students see the career opportunities that a liberal arts degree can provide.

The Ethical Implications of Using Facebook to Assess Job Applicants
Beth Lory, CLA Employer Relations Coordinator

Some employers use Facebook to screen applications during the recruiting process. Employers may wish to consider the related ethical implications. Beth Lory, CLA Employer Relations Coordinator, analyzed this topic in a paper published by the NACE Journal (National Association of Colleges and Employers).

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