Real-World Experience

For additional opportunities &
workshops, check out the
Golden Gopher Workshop Database

Your College of Liberal Arts experience should go beyond the classroom. From interning and exploring future careers to learning from and working with our neighboring communities, we encourage you to take advantage of the many ways to prepare for life in “the real world.”


If you are planning to attend graduate or professional school, or if you are interested in learning about a subject in more depth, a research opportunity should be on your short list of things to do.


An internship is your best chance to test out potential career choices. You'll get real-life experience doing the work of an employee in an organization.

  • CLA Career Services - Connect with this office to learn everything you need to know about internships, why you'd want one, and how to find one.
  • Departments - Your academic department may advertise internship opportunities. Find information about opportunities for internships on bulletin boards, in departmental emails and newsletters, and by talking with your departmental advisor.

Student Employment

A job on campus is more than a way to make money. Make connections within the University community, learn work and leadership skills on the job, and reflect on your experiences through the framework of the Student Learning and Development Outcomes.

  • Student Employment - Apply for campus jobs online, learn about employment policies.
  • Work Study - Learn about this form of financial aid and whether you qualify.
  • GoldPASS - Find jobs and internships on campus and in the community.

Service-Learning and Volunteering

Service-learning and volunteering are both ways to build skills, gain experience, and meet new people, all while you make a difference in the local community. Learn more at the Center for Community-Engaged Learning.

  • Service-Learning Classes - These classes combine volunteer work with classroom studies. You'll volunteer for 2 or 3 hours a week at an organization that does work related to the class subject.
  • Community Engagement Scholars Program - Get official U of M recognition for public service. Students in this program volunteer, take service-learning classes, and do a final project. At graduation, you receive special honors.
  • Volunteering in the Twin Cities - Interested in a volunteer position somewhere off campus? Get help finding one that matches your interests, values, and goals.

Leadership Opportunities

Good leaders aren't born, they're made. They learn how to see different points of view. They find ways to motivate others. They work toward their goal despite occasional setbacks. In fact, if you have the drive and passion, you can become an influential and effective leader. Learn how you can develop your leadership skills. Serve as an officer of an existing group or take the lead by launching a new student group around an interest or issue that sparks you. The College of Liberal Arts and the University have a number of opportunities.

College of Liberal Arts Student Groups and Boards