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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your organization’s campus recruiting strategy.
COVID-19 Campus Recruiting FAQ
Q: Will students be on campus this spring?
A: 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. For more information, consult the System-wide Return to Campus webpage and CLA-specific Return to Campus webpage.
Q: Will the timing of spring semester be adjusted?
A: Spring semester will begin on the Twin Cities campus on January 21, 2021. Spring break has been pushed back to April 5-9. Spring semester ends May 13.
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 spring semester. If you have questions or would like to talk about options, please let us know. For information on campus-wide plans, visit career.umn.edu or view the webinar Hire & Recruit at the UMN: Navigating Career Services Virtually. For information about the virtual UMN Job and Internship Fair, go to jobfair.umn.edu.
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 GopherLink.umn.edu.
Q: Can students complete internships in person during spring semester?
A: For Spring 2021, students interested in completing in person internships for academic credit will need to pursue an exemption. Exemptions require that organizations 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
CLA Internship & Career Fair
Fall career fair
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 Upcoming Recruiting Events
Please check back later for information about other campus recruiting opportunities this fall.
The U of M Job & Internship Fair
February 26, 2021
For more information visit http://jobfair.umn.edu/
The U of M Job & Internship Fair has gone virtual! This Spring will look different as we work to ensure health and safety through social distancing for candidates, staff and employers. You will be able to network with talented candidates seeking full-time positions, part-time positions, and internships through Handshake's virtual platform.
Campus Career Fairs & Events
Find UMN career fairs and events 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 email@example.com.
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.
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. For information about connecting with student organizations during the 2020-2021 academic year, please reference the COVID-19 Campus Recruiting FAQ section above.
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.
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!
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.")
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.
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.
Equal Employment Opportunity — GoldPASS User Agreement
At the University of Minnesota, equity, diversity, and inclusion are fundamental to everything we do. We, in career services stand with the University of Minnesota and the Office for Equity and Diversity in calling for sustained, meaningful action and change. As career services, we are supporting students and employer partners in their quest to dismantle systems of oppression through equitable employment practices. We encourage open dialogue between all employers and candidates, and encourage job seekers to thoroughly research each organization to ensure alignment with their personal and professional values.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, or gender expression.
By moving forward and using GoldPASS powered by Handshake, 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. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to refuse services through GoldPASS to employers due to any of the following: dishonesty; breach of confidentiality; fraud; misrepresentation; abuse orother harassment of University of Minnesota students, alumni and staff; failure to adhere to these Career Services policies and/or any other violation of University of Minnesota rules and regulations, and local, state or federal laws; or any other behavior or conduct which, in the discretion of Career Services staff, warrants denial of service. Career Services reserves the right to refuse service to any employer who imposes fees upon applicants, or otherwise requires applicants to make financial commitments, including but not limited to employers who require the purchase of a franchises, engage in multi-level marketing, or require "start-up" investments.
The University of Minnesota does not endorse any organizations participating in use of GoldPASS, nor do the views and policies of these organizations reflect the views and policies of The University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota requires that all participating organizations event abide by the University of Minnesota’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action statement (https://eoaa.umn.edu/policies), as well as the Principles for Professional Practice as set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (www.naceweb.org/principles).These include compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity standards, as well as compliance with all federal and state employment regulations.
Share Your Organization's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Share your organization's diversity, equity, and inclusion statement with potential candidates. Statements will be shared with students here.
We stand with the University of Minnesota and the Office for Equity and Diversity in calling for sustained, meaningful action and change. As career services, we are supporting students and employer partners in their quest to dismantle systems of oppression through equitable employment practices. Here are some resources for you:
- Information on bias and racism in resume review
- Career services is social justice work
- Our job posting guide and tips for writing an inclusive job post
- Check out the Diversity Recruitment Resources on our central website: http://career.umn.edu/employers
Find more resources on our Connect with All CLA Students page.
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.
To express interest in the below opportunities, indicate your availability by completing this interest form. CLA Employer Engagement will confirm participation beginning in January 2020 until filled. If you have questions, please contact Emily Loudon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
March 17 from 11:00am - 2:00pm CST
Help CLA students practice conducting informational interviews as a networking strategy. Volunteers will conduct informational interviews virtually with 3-4 students. Interviews will be organized by career field and spring semester will feature Tech, Non-profit & Advocacy, and Education. No preparation required and details provided in advance
Navigating Job Offers Programming
CLA Career Services is seeking employers to assist in new programming on the topic of Navigating Job Offers. While the format and final details of this program are still being developed, we envision having an employer panel and/or some workshops related to the following topics: how to evaluate an offer (including the benefits package), what is typically expected during the negotiation process, tips for salary negotiation (and potential practice sessions with students), updates on how COVID-19 and the current job market has impacted the negotiation process, and the potential consequences of candidates reneging on job offers.
Careers in Environmental Policy & Sustainability
Seeking alumni and employers to participate in a webinar in late January to help students understand and explore the career functions and opportunities in environmental policy and sustainability. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in sharing their personal experiences in this industry, knowledge of the field, and advice through a Q&A session. The session will be facilitated via zoom by career counselors; more details will be shared with interested volunteers as the format, date, and time are finalized. This event will be targeted to students in the: College of Liberal Arts, College of Design, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and College of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Careers in Business
Seeking alumni and employers to participate in a webinar in early/mid February to help students understand and explore the career functions and opportunities in business. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in sharing their personal experiences in this industry, knowledge of the field, and advice through a Q&A session. The session will be facilitated via zoom by career counselors; more details will be shared with interested volunteers as the format, date, and time are finalized. This event will be targeted to students in the: College of Liberal Arts, College of Design, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and College of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Careers in Healthcare
Seeking alumni and employers to participate in a webinar in March to help students understand and explore the career functions and opportunities in healthcare. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in sharing their personal experiences in this industry, knowledge of the field, and advice through a Q&A session. The session will be facilitated via zoom by career counselors; more details will be shared with interested volunteers as the format, date, and time are finalized. This event will be targeted to students in the: College of Liberal Arts, College of Design, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and College of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Ask an Employer
Time Commitment = approximately 15 minutes on your own time
Answer questions from students for our monthly newsletter. Participating employers will provide written responses to a one-time survey of student questions. The participating organizations, questions and answers will be featured in our monthly career newsletters.
Alumni Guest Editors
Time Commitment = approximately 15 minutes on your own time
Be a featured guest editor for our career newsletter! The process is easy — we’ll share a draft of the newsletter content along with prompts for your review. You simply share your feedback and reactions to the content. Our communications team will feature you and incorporate your feedback in our spring guest editor edition of the newsletter.
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
- General Large Scale 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.
Internships During COVID-19
Students are still actively seeking ways to gain experience. Students interested in completing in person internships for academic credit during Spring 2021 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 piloting 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.
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. Learn more here and get connected by contacting Emily Loudon (email@example.com).
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, develop talent, 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.