Learning Experiences

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Learning Experiences

At CLA, learning doesn’t stop at the classroom — not with the Twin Cities at our doorstep! We’re in the heart of it all.

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Get Outside the Classroom

With the State Capitol, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Guthrie Theatre, and 18 Fortune-500s as neighbors, we can help you find the best learning experiences in town and far beyond. 


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Internships are experiential learning opportunities that are connected to your education and career goals as well as your professional growth—especially your continuing development of the Core Career Competencies that signify your career readiness as a CLA student.

Internships can be paid or unpaid, taken for credit or not for credit, and can vary in hours or duration. 

Learning Abroad and Away

At international or domestic destinations, you can find a learning away program that matches your personal interests and goals —  whether it's studying in your major, interning, volunteering, conducting research, or participating in service-learning projects.


The University of Minnesota is a top research institution with an international reputation. The opportunities for you to engage in research experiences here are almost endless.

First and Second Year Experiences

Student Leadership

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Opportunities to lead are all around you. Many of them are right here in the College of Liberal Arts!

CLA Student Board is the official undergraduate student government in CLA. Contact clauge@umn.edu if you are interested in joining.

CLA Student Ambassadors talk with prospective students about life in CLA. Contact clarecruitment@umn.edu if you are interested in joining.

Peer Advisors work in CLA Student Services to assist students with their academic advising questions. Contact class@umn.edu if you are interested in joining.

Career Peers work in CLA Career Services to assist students with their career planning questions. Contact clacareer@umn.edu if you are interesting in joining.

FYE Section Leaders are mentors to students in CLA's First-Year Experience courses. Contact claose@umn.edu if you are interested in joining.