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Support Augsburg Young Professionals on Give to the Max Day 2019

The Legacy of Clair and Gladys Strommen

In 2009, the Clair and Gladys Strommen Center for Meaningful Work was established to recognize Mr. and Mrs. Strommen’s personal commitment to creating meaning and purpose in work and life. The Strommen Center became the fourth of Augsburg’s Centers of Commitment that lift up our core values and live out the institutional vocation. The four Centers of Commitment include the Christensen Center for Vocation, Center for Global Education and Experience, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful work.

On Give to the Max Day 2019 we are continuing Clair and Gladys Strommen’s legacy by supporting Augsburg students as they develop personal and professional skills and enter into the world of work.

The 21st century workplace is looking for candidates who think critically, work in teams, process information, communicate across differences and cultures, and are technically proficient. These skills are attained by every liberal arts student during their undergraduate studies. However, new integrated systems of learning that connects the student experience in and outside of the classroom to career readiness are necessary to ensure acquisition of professional skills, understanding of potential professional pathways, and organizational fit. The career center is transforming into an agency that creates partnerships and programs to ensure professional development is fully integrated.

Support students today!

You can support Augsburg students at the Strommen Center’s Give Campus site.

A gift from you means

  • Bringing in experts from different industries and sectors to provide training and guidance for students.
  • Organizing site visits for students so they can explore what it might be like to work in a particular organization or company.
  • Career readiness training like mock interviews, networking, and developing a LinkedIn profile.

A gift from you means supporting students as they grow as individuals and professionals and learn how to apply their skills, knowledge, and passion to work in the world.

Making the most of Augsburg’s Career Fair

I came to the career fair to solidify my future career

Hasna Ali ‘20 said about the fall Career and Internship Fair, “I came to the career fair to solidify my future career and with all of the amazing employers I met today I believe I achieved that goal”. Nearly 200 of Hasna’s peers joined her to engage with employers like Best Buy, U.S. Bank, 3M, Travelers, and Wells Fargo to search for their next internship or job at the On-Campus Career and Internship Fair hosted by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work and supported by the Wells Fargo Foundation. Employers at this career fair are intentional about partnering with the Strommen Center and recruiting Augsburg students. Many of the employers participate in programming and events throughout the year to provide additional value to students by hosting discussions about career choices, offering technical training, and providing helpful tips about interviewing. 

The career fair is also an opportunity for students to explore career options and open up additional possibilities they were not considering or did not even know about. Reggie Agyen-Boateng ‘21 reflected, “I came in looking for internships related to Sociology and I realized that I can apply the skills that I have learned in my Sociology courses in other disciplines such as Marketing or Human Resources”. Engaging with employers is one way that students are able to identify jobs they might be interested in. Alumni and professionals coming to campus to speak to students also helps students explore career options and understand how their degree can lead to many different types of jobs.

I learned how to represent myself

The Career and Internship Fair also helps students grow as individuals and practice new skills. Ma’Rissa Rowe ‘21 said “Not only did I learn about internship opportunities I learned how to represent myself and be more confident in front of employers”. For many students, this event is the first time they have to present themselves in a professional setting to other professionals. It can be an anxiety provoking experience as noted by Simone Rask ‘20 who said,  “I was super nervous at first, but I used the Strommen Center’s resources and prep video to prepare myself to give my best first impression to employers”. Following the Career and Internship Fair students completed 88 on-campus interviews for jobs and internships with these employers. For students who have an interview coming up they may want to take a look at the interview prep resources on the Strommen Center’s website (

Even though 71% of employers are recruiting right now for 2020 jobs and internships there is still time to find an opportunity. Visit Handshake to see open internships and job opportunities and mark February 27, 2020 for the Minnesota Private College Career Fair.

New Career Programs Launched by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Latinx panel of professionals
ALAS hosts Latinx panel of professionals at recent meeting

Career Readiness and Professional Development Programs Launched this Fall

Augsburg University’s Clair and Gladys Strommen Center for Meaningful Work is leading the way in preparing and empowering a diverse group of future workers through critical career readiness programs to meet the demands of employers. In 2018, Augsburg University President Paul Pribbenow and the Board of Regents launched the Strommen Initiative to usher in a new era of career services that builds on the hallmarks of a liberal arts education. The 21st century workplace is looking for candidates who think critically, work in teams, process information, communicate across differences and cultures, and are technically proficient. These skills are attained by every liberal arts student during their undergraduate studies. However, new integrated systems of learning that connects the student experience in and outside of the classroom to career readiness are necessary to ensure acquisition of professional skills, understanding of potential professional pathways, and organizational fit. The career center is transforming into an agency that creates partnerships and programs to ensure professional development is fully integrated. 


Through a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, the Strommen Center is launching two campaigns, Augsburg Works and Auggies Explore, during the 2019 and 2020 academic year focused on internships, post academic employment, and career exploration.


Augsburg Works


71% of employers are hiring now for 2020 interns and employees, Augsburg Works helps students understand recruiting timelines for 2020 jobs and internships as well as connect them to the career readiness programs they will need to be successful candidates. 


Highlights of Augsburg Works

  • Resume Round-Ups to assist students in developing their resumes.

    Augsburg Works
    Events happening during Fall 2019 to prepare students for jobs and internships
  • Part-Time and On- Campus Job Fair to connect students to employment and professional opportunities on and off campus.
  • 3M Innovation Center Site Visit to hear from a panel of professionals on what it’s like to work in technology at 3M.
  • Latinx Professional Panel hosted by Augsburg’s Latin American Student Organization to hear about navigating careers as a Latinx professional.
  • Intro to Resumes hosted in partnership with Augsburg’s Trio programs to support students who are developing their first resume.
  • Accounting and Auditing Conference connecting students to professionals and opportunities in financial services. 
  • On-Campus Career and Internship Fair connecting nearly 200 students with 38 employers to secure 2020 jobs and internships.
  • Employer info sessions held in classrooms to help students understand organizational culture, recruiting timelines, and tips on applying for positions. 
  • Twin Cities Startup Week Job Market connecting students to entrepreneurs and local startups to find internships and jobs.
  • Speed Mock Interviews to help prepare students for their job or internship interview.
  • Queering Career in partnership with Augsburg’s LGBTQIA+ student services hear from a dynamic panel of LGBTQIA+ professionals about their professional journeys as queer identified people.
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services providing panelists from a variety of human services fields to speak to students about careers in this sector. 
  • Government and Nonprofit Job Fair connecting students to jobs and internships in these sectors.
  • Professional Networking hosted by Augsburg’s Latin American Student organization in partnership with UpTurnships.
  • Internship Peer Panels with students who have completed successful internships hosted by Augsburg’s Business Organization and in partnership with UpTurnships


Auggies Explore


We also know that 61% of employers want to hire employees with relevant work experience. The second part of Strommen’s new campaigns is Auggie Explores which focuses on career exploration and helping students understand potential career pathways. Career exploration is a critical component to the career readiness journey. According to a recent Gallup report that surveyed over 2,020 college students, 637 hiring managers, and 1,037 parents, it was reported that students wait too long to begin their career exploration. 82% of respondents noted that it is important that their work fits with their values. Gallup also found that employees with a high sense of purpose are more productive. 


Auggies Explore is a spring initiative to help students learn about companies, career opportunities and pathways, and connect to professionals in the field. This program also provides companies with an opportunity to educate students on the culture, values, and opportunities within the organization. 


Upcoming Events:

  • Augsburg students will be travelling to Chicago for the  United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) National Conference to network with professionals and students from across the United States. 
  • Alumni will be hosting students from Augsburg’s Business Organization in Chicago over spring break and speak to them about their careers and professional journeys.
  • Augsburg’s LGBTQIA+ student services will be bringing students on a number of site visits to queer owned businesses to speak with entrepreneurs about their business and career.


And there is more to come! The Strommen Center is excited to be working with employers on additional programming for students to help them explore careers in many industries and sectors.

MN Private College & Internship Fair

Thursday, February 21, 2019
9 am-2 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center


Why Attend:  

  • Many Augsburg students find their internships and first jobs at the fair!
  • Be more than a resume – talk to employers looking to hire you – 260 employers under one roof!
  • Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, and Dec 2018 graduates) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.  Open to all majors!
  • Get your free professional LinkedIn Photo taken at the fair!
  • Special Presentation: Jobs and Internships for International Students (Hear advice and tips from international alumni from the private colleges on how they navigated searching for internships and jobs in the U.S.)

Learn more and see what employers are registered:  Visit the MN Private Colleges Job Fair Website!

Professional Development & Internship Partnerships

UpTurnships is a nonprofit that prepares college students for success through training, coaching and paid internships during college. We are a group of experienced business executives who became concerned about the rising cost of college tuition, a reduction in training and paid internships, and a generation who is suffering the consequences. We believe one solution is to create more opportunities for college students to get the skills, paid work experience and confidence they need during college so they are prepared for the new business reality at graduation.

Internships lay the foundation for your future career. As an INROADS intern, you’re connected with some of the world’s leading industry innovators for paid – yes, paid– internships. You’ll be challenged academically and professionally, and we’ll give you the tools to rise to the occasion. As an INROADS intern, you’ll have access to our dedicated team of trainers, mentors, and recruiters, all of whom are here to connect you with your greatest goals for success. 82% of our graduating college seniors accept a job with their sponsoring company, and they’re already moving up the pay scale when they sign that first offer.

3C Fellows 
The Central Corridor College Fellowship (C3F) was established by the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership to connect college students who are pursuing studies in health care, health services, business, accounting, finance and information technology, with local employers. C3F assists students in gaining entry-level employment at participating health care and business institutions. Fellows meet the workforce needs of employers and gain meaningful work experiences prior to graduation. The C3 Fellows program also coordinates on campus events, speakers, and industry tours to connect fellows, mentors, and employers.

Scholar Perspectives

Vivieng Xiong ’14, Account Manager, Cox Insurance Associates


“Travelers EDGE is more than just a scholarship program. Through Travelers EDGE, I expanded my network, made a connection with a mentor, attended workshops to help prepare myself for life after college and obtained an internship. Being busy during college is inevitable, but Travelers EDGE provides the perfect balance to succeed.”

Vivieng Xiong ’14, Account Manager, Cox Insurance Associates




Dustina Granlund ’14, Project Administrator, Travelers


While other programs gave me the tools to graduate and the knowledge to find a career after college, Travelers EDGE brought it further by showing me how to apply what I had learned. Travelers EDGE also offered me the opportunity to apply for competitive internships only Scholars had access to. It was through those internships that I discovered what career paths I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy as much. These experiences led me to my current position at Travelers.

Dustina Granlund ’14, Project Administrator, Travelers




Maya Vue ’13, IT Agile Scrum Master, UnitedHealth Group


“One of the biggest challenges that I faced as a first-generation college student was not knowing what to expect after college. Travelers EDGE provided me with mentoring, networking, and development opportunities to prepare me for a career within the financial services industry. I had many supporters in the program who wanted me to succeed and who provided me with the right tools to get me to where I wanted to be.”

Maya Vue ’13, IT Agile Scrum Master, UnitedHealth Group

The Travelers Companies, Inc. – Travelers Edge Scholars

Augsburg University is a Travelers Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment (EDGE) partner institution and has been awarded a substantial grant to support the following goals:

  • Increase the pipeline of underrepresented students to the University
  • Help students from underrepresented communities complete a bachelor’s degree
  • Build awareness of careers in the insurance and financial services industry

Travelers EDGE® supports a cohort of students at Augsburg each year with professional development opportunities and scholarships of up to $12,500.

We are not currently accepting applications for Travelers EDGE, please check back in March 2019.


As the company’s signature education program, Travelers EDGE provides a holistic approach to education through partnerships with colleges and universities, as well as community-based programs, to increase the pipeline of underrepresented students who complete bachelor’s degrees and prepare them for a career at Travelers or in the insurance and financial services industry.

Travelers EDGE Scholars benefit from a broad range of support services including financial support, career and business advice from Travelers employees, internships and job shadowing, and professional development workshops.

Programming for the scholars has included:

  • A mentorship with a Travelers employee
  • Events at Travelers (job shadowing, Professional Development Institute)
  • Financial literacy programming
  • Career exploration focused on the insurance and financial services industry, in which scholars work on resume development, skills assessments, informational interviews, networking, etc.
  • One-on-one meetings with career coaches in the Strommen Career and Internship Services office
  • Opportunities to give back to the community and share personal stories with St. Paul youth

Resume Writing Assistance-Drop In Hours

Are you looking for an internship or summer job? Stop in for a 15 minute drop-in appointment (no need to schedule) at Strommen Career & Internship Services (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s) to have your resume reviewed by a Peer Adviser.

Mondays – Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fridays – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.

International Students Steps to Register Internship & Augsburg Experience


International students in F-1 status wishing to complete an off-campus internship opportunity, must register their internship for academic credit and apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) prior to beginning an internship experience. Below is a step by step guide to registering your internship experience. For additional information on regulations for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Employment page or contact an ISSS Advisor.

1.  Attend a CPT Group or 1:1 Advising Session

2.  Report Your Internship Site

3.  Complete One of the Following Registration Forms

  • All internships for credit (2 or 4 credit): Internship Registration Form
    • Discuss your internship with your faculty supervisor and department chair and collect their signatures before bringing the form to the Strommen Center.
  • All 0-credit internships: Augsburg Experience Internship Form
    • Schedule a 15 minute registration appointment with Sandy Tilton in Handshake for approval and signature.

4.  Meet an ISSS Advisor for CPT Authorization

  • Bring the completed CPT Request and Verification Form and the job offer that includes the position title, employer name and address, work hours/week, etc. to your meeting with your ISSS advisor.
  • You will receive a new I-20 form with the CPT authorization printed on the 2nd page. Page 2 of this new I-20 form serves as the legal proof to your off-campus employment eligibility during the time period you are authorized.

5.  You May Begin Your Internship.

  • Due to government regulations, you must have CPT authorization before you begin your internship. You can not start training, orientation, or work before you complete your paperwork with Strommen and ISSS.