Graduate Student Career Services

The CLA Office of Research and Graduate Programs offers comprehensive career services for Ph.D and Master's degree-seeking students and graduate alumni. As graduate students consider what they would like to do after their program, the CLA Graduate Student Career Services director provides confidential services including:

  • One-on-one graduate student career advising
  • Effective and job search strategies
  • Interview techniques and mock-interviews
  • LinkedIn profile creation and enhancement
  • Academic and nonacademic career exploration 
  • Resume, curriculum vitae, and cover letter development
  • Assistance with identifying and developing relationships with faculty, professional organizations, student groups, and employer

For departments and graduate student groups, we offer customizable workshops that can be either stand-alone or a part of courses or seminars.  Workshops can address any of the above topics. Workshops are usually 50-90 minutes in length.  Contact Mackenzie Sullivan, CLA Graduate Career Services Director, to arrange a workshop.


  • Graduate Student Internship Program Announced for 2022

    CLA is excited to present its second annual Graduate Student Internship Program. The Internship program offers graduate students the opportunity to gain experience in a workplace and in a profession outside of traditional faculty positions, explore how their academic training might translate into various career options, and build additional skills that will translate across sectors and jobs. The intention of this program is to provide funding for low-paid (or possibly unpaid) internships that students would otherwise not be able to accept. This is a small, cohorted program, enrolling and funding up to 12 graduate students. Students will receive group and individual support from the Director of Graduate Student Career Services, and guidance through the process of finding, applying and securing an internship for summer 2022. Indigenous, underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students, women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, gender nonconforming students, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Program details and the application are available online.
    Submission Deadline:  Dec. 13th, 5:00 PM Central time, 2021

Career Communications

Graduate Career Resources

  • Beyond the Professoriate
    An online platform that helps grad students and PhDs leverage their education into meaningful careers, whether in academia or beyond.

  • Imagine PhD
    A career exploration and planning tool for the humanities and social sciences.

  • Center for Writing
    The center offers free online writing consultations for all University of Minnesota students, including reviews of job application materials.

  • Graduate School Academic & Career Development Workshops
    The Graduate School offers a variety of seminars and events dedicated to professional development.
    • LinkedIn Learning
      An online learning platform to help develop personal and professional skills including project management, user experience design, PowerPoint, Excel and much more. Log in using your U of M.