Career Management Courses
On This Page:
- Career Courses Offered by CLA Career Services
- The CLA Career Readiness Certificate
- Other Offerings in CLA’s Career-Related Curriculum
CLA provides a comprehensive career curriculum that is designed to meet all of your career readiness needs, from the beginning of your college experience to its completion and beyond.
Here in CLA Career Services, we play a major role in this curriculum through our career-related course offerings. Other entities in the college play a significant part as well.
CLA Career Services offers several career courses you can take as you explore your academic and career options, develop your Core Career Competencies and gain experience, and prepare for your life after graduation—whatever it may look like.
CLA 3002, Career Kickstarter: Finding Internships and Other Career-Related Experiences
For sophomores and juniors. This course helps you explore and apply for internships or other career-related opportunities for undergraduate students (e.g., undergraduate research, leadership, etc.). You'll have opportunities to begin learning and gaining experience through employer engagement within the class.
Assignments include researching internship options, writing cover letters, and learning how to network as a student.
CLA 3101, Career Exploration for Transfer Students
For CLA transfer students or students considering transferring to CLA. This course helps you learn about campus career resources and your CLA core career competencies, write cover letters, and connect career fields and CLA majors with careers.
Assignments include learning about and using campus career resources, writing cover letters, and exploring career fields common to CLA students.
CLA 3201, Career Planning, Preparing for Your Post-Graduation Plans
For juniors and seniors. This course helps you plan and prepare for your post-graduation plans, such as finding a job or applying for graduate school.
Assignments include preparing for interviews, conducting informational interviews, and crafting your personal brand for cover letters and/or personal statements.
CLA 3205, Law School Exploration
This is a course for those interested in law school. It offers an overview of applying to and attending law school, as well as exploration of careers and specialties within the field of law. Discover how your Core Career Competencies and your Liberal Arts Advantage prepare you for and make you competitive in the field of law.
Assignments include informational interviews and off-campus site visits that allow you to examine the reality of attending law school and becoming a lawyer.
CLA 3896, Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience
This is an online, interdisciplinary course that is open to any CLA student. It helps you make the most of your internship experience through personal reflection and engagement with classmates to learn from others’ internship experiences.
You intentionally build your Career Management competency so that you can better navigate the world of work and articulate the value of your internship experience.
This course is one of the primary ways you can earn academic credit for an internship, and you can repeat it for subsequent internships at new internship sites or for new internship positions. The course is offered every semester.
Here’s the process for enrolling in ID 3896:
- Find and accept an internship.
- Make sure your internship is a minimum of 10 hours per week, totaling 120 hours worked during the term you will enroll in the course.
- All internships taken for credit in the College of Liberal Arts are required to submit information through GoldPASS powered by Handshake. Learn how to “Request an Experience”. You will need information such as your supervisor’s first and last name, email address, and a list of responsibilities to complete the experience form.
Requesting an experience through GoldPASS will prompt your internship site supervisor and the course instructor to approve the internship experience. Once your internship has been approved, your course instructor will contact you with a permission number to enroll.
If you need assistance with completing this process, please contact the course instructor.
CLA 3890, Internship Reflection: Building on your Summer Internship Experience
The course instructor will provide you a permission number to enroll in August, only after you complete the following prerequisites:
- Completion of a Site Agreement by July 1 (z.umn.edu/studentinstructions).
- Completion of a non-credit online Canvas module done concurrently with your internship which includes activities such as a Learning Agreement and Final Evaluation.
- On track to complete 120 hours at your summer internship before fall semester begins.
CLA’s Internship Coordinator will contact you once your Site Agreement has been approved to support you with completing the prerequisites.
You can take an individual course anywhere within CLA’s career readiness curriculum at any time. Know, though, that if you want to—and we strongly encourage you to do this!—you can take a sequential series of these courses to earn a Career Readiness Certificate.
Similar to a major, the certificate will appear on your official University transcript and will signal to potential employers, graduate/professional schools, and others that you have done all you can to fully develop your Core Career Competencies during your undergraduate experience.
by completing the Career Readiness Certificate declaration form.
You can earn the Career Readiness Certificate by satisfying a series of requirements through:
- Active participation in a Career Management curriculum (you’ll complete a minimum of six academic credits).
- Ongoing development of your Core Career Competencies in your academic courses.
- Active learning and reflection through co-curricular experiences like internships, learning abroad, community engagement, and research practice, and through enrolling in an academic course related to that experience.
(Note: Look in the University Catalogs for the current requirements for the Career Readiness Certificate. Use the “Search for a Program” link and search for “Career Readiness Certificate.”)
Opportunities Through Academic Departments
Many CLA departments offer the option to earn academic credit for internships. Search the "3896" course number and department designator in ScheduleBuilder. Courses can be in-person or online or offered as individualized instruction. Generally, internship courses offered through departments have a heavier concentration on the application of major-related theories or concepts during the internship experience. Check with your advisor if you have additional questions.
Earning Academic Credit for Internships
The online course ID 3896, Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience, is one of the primary ways you can earn academic credit for an internship. It’s offered every semester, and you can repeat it for subsequent internships at new internship sites or for new internship positions.
Many individual academic departments in CLA also offer opportunities for you to earn academic credit for an internship through a designated internship course, numbered 3896.
The Office of Student Experience (OSE)
The Office of Student Experience houses two programs: the First Year Experience (FYE) program which is a required, two-credit course for all first-year students in CLA and the Transfer Semester Experience Program (TSE) which is an elective, one-credit course for CLA transfer students.
- CLA 1001, First-Year Experience I—a course in the fall that introduces you to the concept of career readiness.
- CLA 1002, First-Year Experience II—a course in the spring that focuses on academic planning and engagement, all with career readiness in mind.
- CLA 3001, CLA Transfer Semester Experience (TSE)—a course that helps first-semester CLA transfer students make a smooth transition and connect with campus resources.
(Note: If you are a President’s Emerging Scholars [PES] student in CLA, in place of CLA 1001 you take CLA 1005, Introduction to Liberal Arts Learning; and in place of CLA 1002 you take CLA 2005, Introduction to Liberal Education and Responsible Citizenship.)
If you’re an international student and you need to earn academic credit for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) purposes, ID 3896, Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience, may be a great option for you.