Happy Graduate Student Appreciation Week!

Celebrate with our graduate students with campus-wide activities and fun!

This week, we celebrate our 1,417 graduate students whose creative and scholarly contributions make CLA—and our world—a better place. Your work is important and we are so excited about how you are making a difference in the world. We’re proud of you.

Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week 2024

In celebration of our graduate students, we’re offering you a week of career-focused programming. We hope you can join us!

Round-table Discussion, “The New PhD in Practice”: Monday, April 1, 2024 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | 412 Pillsbury Hall

  • We will lead off the week with a round-table discussion, “The New PhD in Practice” facilitated by the author of “The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education," Leonard Cassuto

Career Consultations with Mackenzie Sullivan: Tuesday, April 2, 2024 | 2:00 - 3:34 PM 

  • Have a quick question?  Or want to start a career conversation? Sign up for a short consultation with Mackenzie Sullivan, Director of CLA Graduate Career Services.

Career Consultations with Maria Hofmann: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Request a 20-minute time slot with Maria Hofmann, Associate Director of Graduate Career and DEI Initiatives, to learn more about the academic job market, how to get started on your materials, or even just to learn what CLA Grad Career services are available to you. 

Careers Beyond Academia: Resumes and Cover Letters: Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

  • During this Q&A session, Mackenzie Sullivan and Carolyn Vue (Senior Career Coach, CEHD), will answer questions related to jobs beyond academia, focusing on resumes and cover letters. This session is offered in partnership with The Graduate School, and all U of M Graduate Students are invited to attend. Prior to attending the workshop, participants should review Session 4 from this Canvas site, and submit questions using this form by March 31st, 2024. These pre-submitted questions will be prioritized during the Q&A session. 


Find the Right Internship for You!

We'll help you find one, and we'll fund you if you need it! Take the opportunity to gain experience in a profession beyond the tenure track, reflect upon what is important to you in a career, explore how your academic training might translate into various career options, and build additional skills that will translate across sectors and jobs. Visit the Graduate Student Internship Program to learn more! 

"My team was super amazing and taught me so much as an intern, as a coworker, and as a person. They are incredibly talented people with a passion for this work, and it was exciting to work with them in all aspects."

Lisette Horne

Invest in Graduate Interns

Internships help our students develop the skills they need to grow and become the faces of the future. Make a gift today and show your support for the next generation! 


Our graduate students are constantly working on game-changing projects. Check them out!

"As I take this experience with me into the future, I believe I will be able to have a positive impact on young students across the Midwest in addition to other researchers at the U."

Madelaine Walker


Get the Career Support You Need

We have an office to support our graduate students with your careers! In addition to your department, we can provide whatever help you need, with both academic jobs and careers outside of academia. Just visit the Graduate Student Career Services and make an appointment! 

In the Community

Our graduate students know how to take the skills they've learned and give back to the local community!


"Our role is to figure out how to be as good a partner as we can be in the work that needs to be done."

Claire Halpert, Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Linguistics

Adventures and Achievements of Our Alumni

"Treasure and enjoy your time in CLA. Life moves pretty quickly afterwards. Go for that cup of coffee, invite a classmate to lunch, attend your colleague's presentation. The connections you make now may be some of the most meaningful of your life and career."

Patricia Marroquin Norby

Upcoming Events

Here are some more events happening campus-wide! 

Rhythm Cycle Class: Monday, April 1, 2024 | 12:00 to 1:00 PM

  • We invite you to fun Rhythm Cycle Class at Recwell! Sweat it all out and relieve all your stress! This event has limited spots, so sign up soon! 

Professional Headshots at St. Paul Campus: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

  • The headshots will take place in Borlaug 548! Slots are limited, so sign up now!

Happy Hour at Stub & Herbs: Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 6:00 to 10:00 PM

  • We invite you to Happy Hour at Stub & Herbs, celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week!

"Disrupting Hierarchy in Education: Students and Teachers Collaborating for Social Change": Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | 9:30 to 10:30 AM

  • Join co-editors and co-authors Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, Hana Huskić, Christina Noto, and Daniel Jones as they discuss their new book! Join in via Zoom! 

Taco Thursday! Lunch (with a side of networking): Thursday, April 11, 2024 | 11 AM to 1 PM at Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

  • In recognition of the contributions that you make to the University of Minnesota, you’re invited to attend a special lunch & networking event! Celebrate with tacos and time to socialize with fellow grad and professional students at Taco Thursday, featuring catering by Trickster Tacos!

Graduate Student Commencement

This year's Master's and Doctoral Degree Student Commencement will take place on Friday, April 26, 2024! CLA and CSE master’s, doctoral, and postbaccalaureate certificate students are invited to attend. 

Header of the 2024 commencement announcement

College Resources for Graduate Students

Visit CLA’s website for graduate students to learn about collegiate funding opportunities, student support, career services, and more.

This story was edited by an undergraduate student.

Edited by Jennifer Nguyen

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