CLA Get Ready Internships

The College of Liberal Arts Get Ready Internships program connects sophomore students to a network of CLA alumni and employer partners. This program cultivates student talent with the support, preparation and connections needed to break down common barriers and challenges to internship participation while bridging employers to early talent to meet their diverse workforce needs.

Download a brief overview of CLA Get Ready Internships: Bridging sophomores to professional experience

FAQ for Students: Bridging sophomores to professional experience

This flyer will give you an overview of the program. You can also fill out this google form and select “I want to learn more,” and the CLA Internship Coordinator will set up a meeting with you to answer any questions.

The program has three phases:

Prepare: In this phase, you will enroll in a specific section of CLA 3002, Career Kickstarter: Finding Internships and Other Career-Related Experiences, during the fall semester with a cohort of peers. This course will guide you through the preparations needed to land an internship and connect you to organizations and mentors, many of which have internship opportunities available.
Bridge: In late fall and spring, CLA will continue to connect and support you through the search and interview process for an internship.
Make the Most of Your Internship: Depending on which term you land your internship (spring or summer), you will take an internship reflection course (CLA 3896 or CLA 3890) with the CLA Get Ready Internship cohort also completing internships that term. This course provides you with support from your peers and engages you in guided reflection about the experience helping you to construct meaning and practice articulating your growth and setting you up for future career opportunities.

Complete the Google form and indicate “I’m ready to apply.”  You will need to answer a few questions, share an updated resume and provide a brief interest statement (250 words).

We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until the program is full. You will hear back regarding the status of your application within a week after submitting your application.

CLA 3002, Career Kickstarter: Finding Internships and Other Career-Related Experiences. This 1 credit hybrid course will meet once a week on Mondays from 2:30-3:45 p.m. in fall 2021. The course guides you through how to search for an internship and supports you in creating the application materials needed for success. This specific section reserved for CLA Get Ready Internship participants will offer enhanced support and connect you to local employers interested in accessing talent through CLA Get Ready Internships.

CLA 3896, Internship Reflection: Make the Most of Your Internship. This 1 credit, hybrid course will be taken with your spring or summer CLA Get Ready Internship cohort. This course prepares you for different aspects of your experiences, supports you in building strong relationships and guides you through reflection to be able to articulate your growth and effectively market your skills. The course is primarily online, and will have some synchronous interaction. If you are completing CLA 3896 in the summer, CLA will cover your cost of tuition.
CLA 3890, Internship Reflection: Building on your Summer Internship Experience. This 1 credit, 7 week, online fall course covers similar topics as CLA 3896 in a condensed time frame. Some summer prerequisites are required.

Upon notification of your acceptance into CLA Get Ready Internships, you will receive a permission number to enroll in the designated section of CLA 3002 (Monday, 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.).

Like most internship programs, CLA Get Ready Internships wants to provide students with support, guidance, and structure throughout the process of preparing for, finding, and engaging in an internship. Using the two courses as a delivery method for providing this important support streamlines the process for CLA. These courses are designed to offer this necessary content, and they provide a clear structure for finding a time to work with students, add enhanced networking opportunities and connect students to employers interested in finding early talent.

Learn more or apply by completing this CLA Get Ready Internship Google form or reach out to CLA Internship Coordinator Char Myers at


FAQ for Employers & Alumni: Cultivating early talent

Changes are coming in Spring 2022, in anticipation of all PES sophomores engaging in CLA 3002: Career Kickstarter.

Attracting a diverse pool of candidates is a common challenge for organizations partly because many students experience financial barriers to accessing internship opportunities. In a study by the Center for Research on College Workforce Transitions, issues of pay were cited for nearly 60% of students as a barrier to internships. Providing high-quality paid internship experiences to students early in their college career has valuable impacts for the student and you — allowing your organization to strengthen your brand on campus while developing well-prepared, diverse talent.

Hire CLA Get Ready Internships Students. If your organization offers paid internship opportunities, post them on GoldPASS and let us know. We can apply a specific label to your internship posting(s) so that it is more visible to students in the CLA Get Ready Internships cohort. Make a note of any CLA Get Ready Internships students who apply to your opportunities and consider hiring one (or more) of them for your internship opportunities!
Engage in the Career Development of CLA Get Ready Internships Students. Provide mentorship to CLA Get Ready students through engaging in one or more of our touchpoints throughout the fall semester. A key component of the program is to equip students during their sophomore year with the career development tools necessary to successfully navigate their careers. CLA Get Ready Internships provides an opportunity for employers & alumni to engage in meaningful career development with students.

CLA Get Ready Internships is a partnership with CLA's President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) and MLK programs. PES students are resilient, involved, and accomplished, as well as diverse: Many are the first in their family to attend college, Pell Grant recipients, Black, indigenous, and students of color. The MLK Program has a 50-year history of providing University of Minnesota students with individualized, holistic, and culturally competent advising in support of educational equity, academic excellence, career development, and wellness.

The College of Liberal Arts educates more of Minnesota’s workforce than any other college in the state, with over 13,000+ undergraduate students. CLA students study across more than 60+ majors and minors in the Humanities, Languages, Arts, STEM, and Social Sciences. Visit this page for more information about our students.

This program engages students in their sophomore year who are eager to gain paid professional experience.

Students in the CLA Get Ready Internships program take a career course that prepares them to search and apply for internships. Prior to starting at their internship, students complete an orientation module and participate in a preparation session. While completing their internship, students will be enrolled in a hybrid (mostly online) internship reflection course that guides them through navigating and maximizing their experience. Students will receive ongoing individual support from advisors, instructors, and career counselors.

Organizations will provide the training and support they would provide any intern. Keeping in mind best practices for orientation, onboarding, and managing an intern. The internship site will need to agree to CLA’s Internship Site Expectations. Our Internship Toolkit for Employers is our guide for creating quality internship experiences and includes best practices for preparing for, managing, and skillfully ending an internship. CLA’s Employer Engagement team is also available for consultation at any point.

Students are enrolled in the preparation course during the fall semester. By mid-to-late fall semester, they are ready to begin applying for opportunities. Students are seeking primarily summer internships, though some may be seeking spring semester opportunities. The program allows for flexible timelines.

Students have the choice to pursue part-time or full-time internships. We encourage CLA Get Ready Internship participants to seek the options that best fit their needs. Part-time internships must be 10-15 hours a week or approximately 120 hours over the semester to meet CLA’s minimum standards.

Remote internships are an option. Remote internships can provide meaningful learning opportunities for students while advancing an organization’s mission and goals through creative solutions. Review the Remote Internships: Tips for Success resource sheet for an overview of best practices in offering remote internships. For remote internships, the cornerstones of a quality internship experience still hold true.

Organizations must post their internship opportunities on Handshake. Students will be actively searching Handshake for opportunities during both the fall and spring semesters. If you would like to ensure your opportunity is shared directly with students in the Get Ready Internships cohort, contact the CLA Employer Engagement Team. Interviews and offers are at the discretion of the organization.