Career Management Courses

Here in CLA Career Services, we play a major role in this curriculum through our career-related course offerings. Other entities in the college play a significant part as well.CLA provides a comprehensive career curriculum that is designed to meet all of your career readiness needs, from the beginning of your college experience to its completion and beyond. 

Career Events & Workshops
Each semester, there are many
events and workshops to help
you network and
prepare for a future career!

Online Candid Career Videos
Unable to attend a course
or workshop? Check out these
short Candid Career videos
for useful tips on resumes,
internships, job search, and more!


Career Courses Offered by CLA Career Services

CLA Career Services offers several career courses you can take as you explore your academic and career options, develop your Core Career Competencies and gain experience, and prepare for your life after graduation—whatever it may look like.

ID 2201, Career Kickstarter: Building Career Experiences as a Second-Year Student

This course, geared toward second-year CLA students, helps you become competitive for internships or other career opportunities as you explore connections between your academic interests and career goals.

You’ll develop the skills to successfully apply for an internship or another career-related opportunity. You’ll also explore careers, engage with employers in the class, and develop action plans for building career readiness with your liberal arts degree.

In addition, you’ll learn about the Core Career Competencies that employers expect of successful college graduates, and begin gaining experience through employer engagement within the class.

ID 3101, Major and Career Exploration for Transfer Students

This is a course for CLA transfer students or any U of M student who is considering transferring to CLA.

You’ll explore a wide variety of career options based on your skills and academic interests. You’ll also learn—through employer engagement, in and out of class—how internships, work experience, volunteer opportunities, and other activities can impact your future success.

ID 3201, Career Planning

This is a course for juniors and seniors interested in researching job options for after graduation.

The course gives you the tools to incorporate your Core Career Competencies, values, interests, and experience into your career exploration and decision making. You’ll learn sophisticated job search strategies like marketplace research, strategic résumé writing, and interviewing, and you’ll interact with employers as well.

ID 3205, Law School Exploration

This is a course for those interested in law school. It offers an overview of applying to and attending law school, as well as information on careers and specialties within the field of law.

You also investigate which undergraduate activities and experiences might help you get into law school.

Assignments include informational interviews and off-campus site visits that allow you to examine the reality of attending law school and becoming a lawyer.

ID 3896, Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience

This is an online, interdisciplinary course that is open to any CLA student. It helps you make the most of your internship experience through personal reflection and engagement with classmates to learn about their internship experiences.

You intentionally build your Career Management competency so that you can better navigate the world of work and articulate the value of your internship experience.

This course is one of the primary ways you can earn academic credit for an internship, and you can repeat it for subsequent internships at new internship sites or for new internship positions. The course is offered every semester.

Process for enrolling in ID 3896:

  • Find and accept an internship.
  • Make sure your internship will take place for at least 12 weeks during the term you plan to enroll in the course.*
  • Make sure your internship is a minimum of 10 hours per week, totaling 120 hours worked. 
  • All internships taken for credit in the College of Liberal Arts are required to have the information submitted by the student through GoldPASS powered by Handshake. Directions for how to “Request an Experience” can be found here. You will need information such as your supervisor’s first and last name, email address, and a list of responsibilities to complete the experience form.

*See notes about Fall Deferred Enrollment Section

Requesting an experience through GoldPass powered by Handshake will prompt your internship site supervisor and the course instructor to approve the internship experience. Once your internship has been approved, your course instructor will contact you with a permission number to enroll.

If you need assistance with completing this process, please contact the course instructor.

ID 3896 Fall Deferred Enrollment Section

Students can enroll in the Fall Deferred Enrollment Section for summer internships. Students will begin class activities in the summer, including completion of the CLA Site Agreement and a Learning Agreement in June. Reflective activities and a Final Employer Evaluation are also completed during the summer. Students will then participate in an online course for the first 5 weeks of the fall term.

Registration deadline for ALL Fall Deferred Enrollment Courses is July 1.

Earning Academic Credit for Internships

The online course ID 3896, Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience, is one of the primary ways you can earn academic credit for an internship. It’s offered every semester, and you can repeat it for subsequent internships at new internship sites or for new internship positions.

Many individual academic departments in CLA also offer opportunities for you to earn academic credit for an internship through a designated internship course, numbered 3896.

International Students and Academic Credit for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

If you’re an international student and you need to earn academic credit for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) purposes, ID 3896, Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience, may be a great option for you.

Other Offerings in CLA’s Career-Related Curriculum

Opportunities Through Academic Departments

Many CLA departments offer the option to earn academic credit for internships. Search the 3896 course number and department designator in ScheduleBuilder. Courses can be in-person or online or offered as Individualized Instruction. Generally, internship courses offered through departments have a heavier concentration on the application of major-related theories or concepts during the internship experience. Check with your advisor if you have additional questions.

The First-Year Experience (FYE) Program

The First-Year Experience (FYE) program is required for all first-year students in CLA. FYE is an online, two-credit program that you complete over the course of your initial fall and spring semesters on campus. It includes:

  • CLA 1001, First-Year Experience I—a course in the fall that introduces you to the concept of career readiness.
  • CLA 1002, First-Year Experience II—a course in the spring that focuses on academic planning and engagement, all with career readiness in mind.
  • CLA 3001, CLA Transfer Semester Experience (TSE)—a course that helps first-semester CLA transfer students make a smooth transition and connect with campus resources.

(Note: If you are a President’s Emerging Scholars [PES] student in CLA, in place of CLA 1001 you take CLA 1005, Introduction to Liberal Arts Learning; and in place of CLA 1002 you take CLA 2005, Introduction to Liberal Education and Responsible Citizenship.)

The CLA Career Readiness Certificate

You can take an individual course anywhere within CLA’s career readiness curriculum at any time. Know, though, that if you want to—and we strongly encourage you to do this!—you can take a sequential series of these courses to earn a Career Readiness Certificate.

Similar to a major, the certificate will appear on your official University transcript and will signal to potential employers, graduate/professional schools, and others that you have done all you can to fully develop your Core Career Competencies during your undergraduate experience.

You can earn the Career Readiness Certificate by satisfying a series of requirements through:

  • Active participation in a Career Management curriculum (you’ll complete a minimum of six academic credits).
  • Ongoing development of your Core Career Competencies in your academic courses.
  • Active learning and reflection through co-curricular experiences like internships, learning abroad, community engagement, and research practice, and through enrolling in an academic course related to that experience.
(Note: The current requirements for the Career Readiness Certificate can be found on the U of M’s University Catalogs website. Use the “Search for a Program” link and search for “Career Readiness Certificate.”)

The CLA Career Readiness Guide covers, in depth, all of the career-related topics you’ll need to consider as a liberal arts student. Access the guide online, or pick up a copy in CLA Career Services or in one of the CLA Academic Advising offices.