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'Tis the Season of Internship Fairs

It is that time of year again! Many of the colleges are hosting job and internship fairs this month. This is in addition to the U of M Job and Internship Fair, which showcases hundreds of employers from around Minneapolis and the nation. Are you ready?

Even for second-year students, job and internship fairs are important! Employers are looking for college students of all levels and majors. They want to give you the chance to learn skills that you do not learn in the classroom, so take advantage of this opportunity! Job and internship fairs are a good way to get an experience lined up for the summer and build connections with potential employers.

How Well do You Know Your Faculty Members?

Professors are valuable resources. Many professors come to the U of M after gaining years of experience in their field and they are here to share their knowledge with you. Your professors can also provide you with a reference for future jobs, internships, and graduate programs. Here are some ways on how you can start getting to know your professors:

  • Take advantage of your professors’ office hours. Office hours are mandatory for professors, and students often miss these one-on-one opportunities!
  • Ask questions to show your curiosity and willingness to learn. Professors are here for their love of teaching and passion for their subject matter. They will welcome and appreciate your questions.

All About the Money

College is the time to start learning about money management! Start thinking about the difference between what you want and what you need. If you spend your money wisely you may be able to afford something you really want – like a trip for spring break!

An Alternative Spring Break Experience

If you are looking for something different to do over spring break, why not consider an extended volunteer experience? Commonly known as an “alternative spring break,” many organizations lead volunteer and service trips over spring break specifically for college students. Consider traveling with the University of Minnesota Habitat for Humanity chapter or Students Today Leaders Forever.

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Considering graduate or professional school? Explore options, begin planning to meet any academic or experiential requirements, and foster relationships with faculty who will be your recommenders.


If you have an internship offer for an unpaid opportunity, check with Student Services in your college for information about possible supplemental or scholarship internship funding.