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The best way to build your visibility and recruit successfully in CLA is to regularly connect with students in a variety of ways. CLA’s Employer Engagement Team is your partner, and together we can develop a comprehensive recruiting strategy that works for you and your organization, both now and in the future.

Letter from Director

Letter from Director

Dear Employer Partners:

In these unprecedented times I am extremely grateful to work with our dedicated career counseling and employer engagement teams to provide excellent career management support to CLA students and to engage partners like you in new and creative ways. Below I outline some of our current priorities, ways to engage with us now, and initial ideas about fall semester planning—plus a few solid details we can already confirm for fall. (Hint: Please save the date for our Virtual CLA Internship & Career Fair on October 1.)

Our work cannot be done without the active commitment and dedication of our employer and alumni partners. We thank you and are tremendously grateful for your contributions to supporting the career management of CLA students, and for continuing to work with us as we navigate this new environment. Our focus remains on what is possible and what we can accomplish together!

As a team, College, and University, we are also critically examining our role and influence in making positive and lasting change in our community to advance our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please be in touch if you would like to engage with CLA Career Services in a more purposeful way in this work, such as via involvement in our new CLA Get Ready Internships: Early talent program, which connects employers with accomplished and diverse second-year students in our President’s Emerging Scholars program.

What to expect for fall semester
This fall, President Gabel has announced that “the University will resume in-person instruction and re-open residence halls, dining facilities, and other campus services for Fall semester, but things will look different in light of physical distancing and other public health guidance.” Academic course delivery in the College of Liberal Arts will be a mix of in-person, online, and blended courses for the Fall 2020 semester, with remote learning when necessary (more on Fall 2020 the CLA Way here). In alignment with public health guidance, fall semester will move to 100% remote instruction at Thanksgiving.

We don’t yet know any specifics about re-opening our CLA Career Services office and Interview Center in Bruininks Hall and having staff and employer partners physically back on campus. However, we have started planning how we can best serve our students and employer partners across a range of scenarios. Our team has done a flawless job pivoting quickly to remote operations, and I am fully confident in our ability to deliver robust events, programs, and services this fall in any mode.

A reopening would include extensive plans to promote physical distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to ensure the safety and health of all of our students, faculty, staff, and campus guests—and we will center our decisions on how we can achieve the best outcomes for our students and employer partners. We will provide further details as they become available. To aid in our planning, we welcome hearing from you about the ways you welcome engaging with us in the year ahead.

Current opportunities for fall and beyond
Amidst the uncertainty, we have some new and exciting initiatives planned for fall. We hope you will join us at our first ever virtual CLA Internship & Career Fair on October 1. We are launching CLA Get Ready Internships—a program in partnership with President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) designed to remove barriers for students seeking paid internships—and are here to help you connect with CLA students in new ways, such as virtual office hours, info sessions, and interviews.

We look forward to supporting your recruitment needs, engaging you in our work with CLA students, and navigating this time together. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions at or by contacting me directly at

Thank you, stay safe, and be well.

With gratitude,

Maggie Heier
Director — Career Services
College of Liberal Arts
University of Minnesota


CLA Career Services coordinates many options for on-campus recruiting events during both the fall and spring semesters. Connect with the CLA Employer Engagement team at to discuss your organization’s campus recruiting strategy.

COVID-19 Fall Campus Recruiting FAQ

Q: Will students be on campus this fall?
A: Yes. U of M leaders have developed a flexible framework to resume in-person instruction – with options for robust remote learning – and re-open residence halls, dining facilities, and other campus services, in a manner consistent with public health guidelines.

Q: Will the timing of fall semester be adjusted?
A: Fall semester will begin on the Twin Cities campus on September 8, and all in-person instruction will conclude by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 25, 2020). All classes will be online after the Thanksgiving holiday. Fall semester ends December 23.

Q: Will employers be allowed on campus for in-person recruiting events and/or interviews?
A: As of now, on-campus recruiting and engagement through CLA Career Services will be 100% virtual for fall semester. If you have questions or would like to talk about options, please let us know. For information on campus-wide plans for fall, visit or view the webinar Hire & Recruit at the UMN: Navigating Career Services Virtually.

Q: Will the CLA Internship & Career Fair be held in-person or virtually?
A: The CLA Internship & Career Fair will be held virtually on October 1, 2020. See below for more details about the fair.

Q: Are there new recruiting or engagement opportunities for employers this fall?
A: This fall there are new opportunities for employers to connect with CLA students, including a virtual info session library and CLA’s Get Ready Internships (see the Engage section below for more information). Connect with the Employer Engagement team to talk about other new ways to virtually connect with CLA students this fall.

Q: Can I partner with student groups this fall as I have in the past?
A: Employers should work with student groups directly to learn what that group’s plans are for fall. The public directory of student groups can be found at, and updates for Fall 2020 can be found at

Q: Can students complete internships in person during fall semester?
A: For Fall 2020, students interested in completing in person internships for academic credit will need to pursue an exemption. Exemptions require that organization are following guidelines by the MN Department of Health and the CDC. There are no University restrictions for students completing internships NOT for academic credit.

CLA Internship & Career Fair & Recruiting Events

2020 CLA Internship & Career Fair

October 1, 2020
Virtual Fair
Register on Handshake
The CLA Internship & Career Fair connects for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations in many industry sectors with CLA students across all 65+ majors. At this event, employers can connect with liberal arts students and recent alumni who are exploring internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities. CLA students also attend this event to develop and practice networking skills, and to get advice about internships, volunteer positions, and full-time careers. Visit this page for more information.

Other Fall Recruiting Events

Please check back later for information about other campus recruiting opportunities this fall.

The U of M Job & Internship Fair

Spring 2020 date TBD
For more information visit
Find these events and others in the "Fairs" and "Events" sections of GoldPASS or visit this page for a complete list of campus wide University of Minnesota recruiting events.

Interview on Campus

Request on-campus interview space in our Interview Center (free of charge!) for full-time positions that require a bachelor’s degree or for internships that require students to be working toward a bachelor’s degree.

You can manage virtual interview schedules through CLA Career Services using Handshake as well. Learn more about virtual interviewing below.

Submit requests early because space fills quickly. To request a date, create an account in GoldPASS and click on “Request an Interview” on your home dashboard. CLA Employer Engagement staff will be in touch with you to coordinate details after your request has been received.

Before requesting a date, check the UMN’s academic calendar (choose “Twin Cities” and the year) to avoid selecting a date during student breaks. After you’ve conducted on-campus interviews, please report your hiring results to CLA Employer Engagement at

Virtual Interviews

You can conduct virtual interviews (via computer or phone) for your full-time and internship opportunities. Virtual interviews can be requested and managed through Handshake, just like in-person interviews.

When requesting a virtual interview schedule in Handshake, indicate virtual in the schedule title (for example, “Your Organization’s UMN Fall Virtual Interviews”). CLA Employer Engagement staff will be in touch with you to coordinate details after your request has been received.

GoldPASS powered by Handshake

GoldPASS powered by Handshake is the University of Minnesota’s job posting system where you can post employment opportunities (internship, full-time and volunteer opportunities)—for free—collect candidate résumés, register for events, schedule on-campus interviews, and more.

Find more information about GoldPASS powered by Handshake, helpful articles & tutorials, and best practices by visiting this page.

Connect with Student Organizations

The U of M has hundreds of student organizations. Contact these student-led clubs to inquire about presenting at one of their meetings or co-hosting an event. You can focus on CLA-affiliated groups specifically, or tap into the entire range of groups across the University.

Virtual Info Session Library

Share information about your organization and opportunities by creating a brief video. We’ll post your video in our Virtual Info Session Library. View examples and best practices here.

Plan an Event of Your Own

Do you have an idea for a recruiting event you’d like to try—either something new or an event you’ve done successfully on other campuses? We can partner with you and make it happen! Sample recruiting events:

  • Information Sessions. If you’d like to host an information session for CLA students, we can help promote it. Contact CLA Employer Engagement to discuss space, organizational, and promotional options for your session. Or, try a virtual info session.
  • Recruiting Tables. Reserve a recruiting table in the main student center for the Twin Cities campus, Coffman Memorial Union to promote your organization and its opportunities to all U of M students. To reserve a table, contact Coffman Memorial Union directly. After you do so, let CLA Employer Engagement know, and we can help promote your visit to CLA students!
Recruiting Guidelines & Policies

When You Extend Offers: A Recommended Timeline

In CLA Career Services, we believe that the best employment decisions for both students and employers are those that are made without pressure, and with the greatest amount of information.
It is the College of Liberal Arts’ policy that employers provide students with a reasonable amount of time to make a decision on an offer. In many cases, this may be a minimum of two (2) weeks after receiving a job/internship offer.
Students should not be pressured to make a decision before the two-week period concludes, nor should they be penalized for waiting until the deadline to make a decision.

Reporting Hires

Have you hired College of Liberal Arts (CLA) or other University of Minnesota candidates? Click here to let us know!

Reporting your UMN hires helps us evaluate and update the services we provide to employers recruiting on campus. Thank you for reporting!

Requesting Dates

Requests for on-campus interviews are accepted through Handshake, typically beginning in late July for fall semester recruiting (interview dates between late September and mid-November) and December for spring semester (interview dates between late February and mid-April). Space is limited, and requests are addressed on a first-come, first-served basis. On-campus interview requests will not be accepted during UMN breaks or study & final exam days (reference the Academic Calendar to see specific dates for each semester).

Classroom Speaking Permission

Employers must have the instructor's permission to speak about your organization’s opportunities before, during, or after a class, per University of Minnesota policy ("All guests...may not attend class...without permission from the instructor.")

Equal Employment Opportunity — University of Minnesota User Agreement

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
By engaging in recruiting with CLA Career Services, you hereby affirm your organization is an equal opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

GoldPASS Approval Timeline

Organizations and job postings on GoldPASS are reviewed by UMN Career Services staff daily, and our goal is to respond (approve, decline, or request more information) within 2 business days, although this time frame can vary depending on volume and staff capacity. If more information is requested, employers have 2 weeks to make any requested updates or the organization/posting will be declined.
Click here to see all GoldPASS employer policies.

Attending Events

Attendance by an organization at CLA Career Services hosted events such as the CLA Internship & Career Fair is for recruiting purposes only and does not signify endorsement by CLA Career Services, the College of Liberal Arts, or the University of Minnesota.


Recruiting success requires consistent involvement, intentional relationship development, and thoughtful brand building. Candidates (especially students) need to know you and see you. CLA Career Services invites you to connect with CLA students through a variety of ways including our career management programming.

Volunteer Opportunities

To express interest in the below opportunities, indicate your availability by completing this interest form (priority deadline of August 16, 2020). CLA Employer Engagement will confirm participation beginning August 21, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Emily Loudon (

Employer Career Chats (virtual)
Time Commitment = 20 minutes
Partner with us to record a 15-minute moderated Q&A to provide advice and insights on a career topic of your choosing. These videos will be embedded throughout CLA’s career curriculum. Select the topics you'd most like to talk about and we'll follow-up separately to schedule a time to record in late August. (No live audience.)

  • Interviewing Insights
  • Strategies for Gaining Experience
  • LinkedIn Tips
  • Networking Virtually
  • Virtual Recruiting
  • Preparing for and Building your Professional Identity at a Career Fair
  • Navigating Identity During Career Conversations
  • Your Experience as a First-Generation Student

Virtual Employer Panels (by career field)
Time Commitment = 45 minutes
Participate in a moderated Zoom employer panel to share insights and advice with students enrolled in our career classes. Discussion topics include organization and/or industry culture; skills, interests, and experiences needed for entry-level positions in your industry; example career paths; and what students can do to make themselves successful candidates. No live audience.

  • SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTHCARE: October 12 from 10:00 - 10:40am
  • NONPROFIT & ADVOCACY: October 12 from 11:00 - 11:40am
  • GOVERNMENT & LAW: October 13 from 9:30 - 10:10am
  • ARTS & EDUCATION: October 13 from 10:30 - 11:10am
  • BUSINESS & COMMUNICATIONS: October 13 from 2:00 - 2:40pm

Informational Interviews Practice
Time Commitment = 2 hours in late October
CLA Career Services is piloting a new event to help CLA students practice conducting informational interviews as a networking strategy. Volunteers will sign up to hold informational interviews virtually with 3-4 students in late October. Informational interviews will be organized by career field and during fall semester will feature Business & Communications and Healthcare & Science. No preparation required, and we will provide more details, structure, and resources for conducting informational interviews in advance.

Virtual Practice Interview Feedback
Time Commitment = Anticipated 2-3 hours of review time during November 1 - November 20
Provide feedback to liberal arts students on their interviewing skills through the InterviewStream platform. Students will record their practice interviews in advance and volunteers will review interviews and provide feedback through the InterviewStream platform. Your expertise as an interviewer is what’s most important to us! No preparation required, and we will provide more details, structure, and resources for conducting informational interviews in advance.

Spanish Speaking Virtual Employer Panel
Time Commitment = 45 minutes
The Spanish & Portuguese Studies department is hosting a Spanish speaking employer panel for their Intermediate Spanish course (SPAN 1004). If your organization has Spanish speaking employees who would be willing to participate in a panel conversation about their career journey, utilizing language skills, how language skills are an asset to organizations, and the role of diversity in the workplace, please let us know! No preparation required.

Alumni Engagement Opportunities

Explore Consulting Webinar (Alumni Opportunity)
CLA Career Services is seeking CLA alumni who work as consultants and who are willing to participate in a pilot to help introduce CLA students to the field of consulting. This opportunity is designed to give students a broad understanding of consulting within a variety of career fields (i.e. management consulting, arts/media consulting, freelance consulting, IT consulting, etc.), and help CLA students understand the advantages their liberal arts education brings to the field of consulting. While specific details are still being developed, participating alumni will be asked to participate in either a live Zoom panel or submit a short video to be included in a webinar scheduled for mid to late-October.

Careers in Economics (Alumni Opportunity)
The Economics Department is seeking U of M economics alumni (less than 10 years post-undergraduate) for a Careers In Economics event. We are interested in a diverse representation of careers from our alumni. The event will be an opportunity for current Economics majors to explore career paths. If you are interested in participating and/or receiving more information, please let us know!

University of Minnesota Alumni Association Opportunities
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) is composed of 496,000 alumni worldwide. 63% of alumni of system wide alumni reside in Minnesota. Our alumni fuel our local economy and workforce, if you are looking for recent grads to experienced hires then look no further. Here is a snapshot of alumni career engagement opportunities with the UMAA. Select from the list of opportunities you’re interested in learning more about:

  • Ask a Recruiter or Hiring Manager Series
  • Navigating Your Identity Series Panel
  • Industry Based Panel & Networking Series
  • Diversity and Inclusion Networking Event (Employer and Alumni networking event)
Share Your Story

Build your brand by being featured in CLA Career Services communications. Share advice and insights with current students through a feature in one of CLA’s eight career field newsletters. Complete this brief form (select 'Employer Testimonial' or 'Alumni Testimonial' as appropriate) and provide responses to the prompts. Not all of the prompts are required, and complete only those that are most relevant to you and best address how you'd like to share about your organization. If you are not able to access the form or have already prepared content and/or images you'd like to share, please let us know.

Host a Site Visit

Invite a group of CLA students to your organization for a site visit — in person or virtually — that includes a tour, a presentation, and perhaps even networking with your employees. It’s an excellent way to connect with students, build your brand, and discuss the value of a liberal arts degree and the range of career paths the liberal arts prepares graduates for.

Sponsor a Career Event or Resource

Organization sponsored networking events, on or off campus, in person or virtually. are a great way to build brand awareness. Financial gifts of all sizes benefit CLA students and increase your organization’s name recognition. Speak with an Employer Engagement representative about your goals and interests.

For UMN Alumni

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s Maroon and Gold Network is a free online platform that allows you to offer career advice to current UMN students and alumni.

Join the CLA LinkedIn group to network with the more than 8000 members.

Connect with more alumni activities through CLA Alumni Relations and through the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.


Important Updates

The internship landscape is still evolving amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19, and students are still actively seeking ways to gain experience. For Fall 2020, students interested in completing in person internships for academic credit will need to pursue an exemption. Exemptions require that organization are following guidelines by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. For students seeking internships not for academic credit, there are no University restrictions, and it is up to the student’s discretion to pursue remote or in person experiences.

Remote internships can provide meaningful learning opportunities for students. Consult our guide, Remote Internships: Tips for Success.

Whether an experience is remote or in person, for academic credit or not, we offer CLA’s Internship Toolkit for Employers as a guide to creating successful internship experiences.

CLA Get Ready Internships

In partnership with President’s Emerging Scholars (PES), CLA is excited to pilot an internship program to help reduce systemic barriers for historically underserved students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, seeking opportunities to gain paid experience. CLA Get Ready Internships offers organizations a tangible opportunity to help address inequities in their workforce and provide meaningful experience for this talented group of students from historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds.

We are looking for organizations willing to partner with us in bridging students to professional opportunities and economic inclusion by offering paid, meaningful, and inclusive internships to these high achieving sophomores either in spring or summer 2021. As part of the initiative, partner organizations will have unique opportunities to connect with and help prepare these students during their fall semester cohort experience. Learn more here and get connected by contacting Emily Loudon (

Micro Experiences

Micro experiences are short term experiences that give initial insight into a position or career of interest. They offer another way to provide meaningful experience, build a talent pipeline, and get work done.

Project Based Experiences

Micro-Internships facilitated through a U of M supported vendor partnership with Parker Dewey are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place anytime, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are completed within one week to one month. Find more information or post a project here.


An externship is an opportunity for students to engage in practice-based learning and observation in a specific field of interest. In its most simple form, it is the opportunity for students to shadow a more experienced professional in the industry. The duration of an externship is much shorter than that of an internship, typically occurring for about a week.