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Get Started with Micro Experiences

Micro experiences are short term experiences that give initial insight into a position or career of interest. They are a way to start small with building experience — which can make them easier to fit into your busy schedule. Engaging in these short term projects or experiences will prepare you for more robust experiences such as internships, research, or leadership opportunities, so you’ll be competitive in the job market.

  1. Projects Based Experience: Project based experiences, often called micro-internships, are short-term, paid, professional assignments, typically ranging from 5 to 40 hours, which can be completed at any time, and allows you to start demonstrating your skills and explore career paths — without a big time commitment. Through a University of Minnesota partner, Parker Dewey, students can find and apply for project based work.
  2. Externships: 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 that the student is interested in pursuing. The duration of an externship is much shorter than that of internships. An externship doesn’t require the same amount of time or level of commitment.

Finding micro experiences and more robust experiences like internships and research opportunities takes time, and if you keep trying you will eventually have success. Reach out to a CLA career counselor at any time in this process for additional support. If an opportunity did not work out for you, there are other ways to develop personally and professionally. Watch this video for ideas on how to keep moving towards your career goals.