Real-World Experience

Life in the College of Liberal Arts isn’t just about the classroom. Throughout your time here you’ll have many opportunities to engage with and prepare for life in the real world, whether that’s by interning and exploring future careers or learning and working with our neighboring communities. There are many more opportunities to gain real-world experience.

Career Preparation

College of Liberal Arts Career Services has all kinds of ways to help you explore majors, careers, and internships. Additionally, as you prepare for post-undergraduate life, you can also recieve help with researching graduate schools and preparing for a job search.

CLA Career & Internship Services will help you:

  • Connect your major to potential careers. You're likely to find options that you didn't know were available.
  • Search for internships and jobs. They'll teach you effective job-search strategies, resume writing, and interviewing skills. They also connect you to an on-campus recruiting program specifically for CLA students.
  • Meet with potential employers at our annual career and internship fairs on campus.
  • Decide if you want to attend grad school and help you apply. CLA Career Services is also the University's pre-law advising office.


As Minnesota’s Land-Grant university, we’re committed to engaging with and learning from the communities surrounding our campus. Discoveries that improve people’s lives? Solutions for problems simple or complex? In the College of Liberal Arts, we take it to the streets. The Twin Cities is your classroom all year long.

If connecting ideas to the real world is important to you, you’ll want to take advantage of the many opportunities for service-learning. We offer 80 service-learning courses across the departments of English, speech-language-hearing sciences, philosophy, psychology, and others.

In addition to putting your values to work, you will also:

  • Be challenged to identify and analyze social problems
  • Be motivated to engage in community issues
  • Think critically about information you receive from different sources
  • Place classroom concepts into a broader social context
  • Deepen your knowledge of diverse communities

“The service-learning component teaches students things that may be lost in the world of academia. I felt as though this experience made me a better student and an aware citizen; and I feel as though all students should be given that opportunity.”