The Minnesota Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair is geared toward sophomores and juniors seeking summer internships and seniors seeking full-time careers and employment upon graduation. Employers from more than 250 organizations will be available to discuss potential internship and career opportunities. Organizations represent the business, human service, nonprofit, government sectors, and more.
Job searching involves using a variety of resources to find employment and internships. Many students do not realize they need to do more in their job search than just applying online. In fact, most positions are found using other strategies.
Here are 4 tips to help you develop an effective job and internship search plan:
Identify your talents, interests, and skills – Many job searchers fail to focus on their career goals, and that can make searching for a job or internship extremely overwhelming. Before you begin your search, you need to have an idea of the kind of position you would like to have. Spend time thinking about how your strengths, interests, skills, and values relate to work environments. Have an idea of possible position titles or career fields you might want to pursue. If you struggle with thinking about this, a career coach in the Strommen Center can assist you with this step.
Resume – Make sure your resume is up-to-date and tailored to the position you are applying to. Your resume should be easy to scan quickly while containing enough information to reveal essential details about you and your skills. The Strommen Center can assist you with a resume review. Make an appointment with a career coach on Handshake or take advantage of our resume drop-in hours.
Take advantage of networking –Networking involves connecting with people who work in a field you are wanting to learn more about or break into. It is the most effective way to learn more about job and internship positions and obtain them. We recommend talking to everyone about your job search or career path. Your odds of finding a job or internship increase with the more people you tell. Informational interviews can help you meet people and learn more about positions or companies you’re interested in. Create a LinkedIn profile and use it to make connections.
Interview preparation-Preparation is key! Research the company and the people you are interviewing with and don’t be afraid to ask questions about interview logistics such as dress code, parking, etc. Use Big Interview, an online platform where you can practice answering real interview questions before you have to do the real thing. You can video record your responses to interview questions to review yourself or send them to a friend or professor to provide you with feedback.
Searching for a job and internship can be stressful and we are here to support you. Make an appointment with us on Handshake. Once you secure an internship, remember to register it so that it fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement.
Connections between Augsburg alumni and students can make a great impact in the career development of students and their transition to the workplace. The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, the Alumni Board, and Institutional Advancement staff work to bring together Augsburg alumni and current students. We strive to provide opportunities for current students to tap into the alumni network. Those points of contact are meaningful in a student’s vocational exploration and career decisions and help students become more confident in their career plans.
Alumni-Student Networking Event featuring a panel of innovative professionals and time for informal networking.
Ethelind Kaba who is a member of Augsburg’s board will moderate the panel.
Alumni are invited to share their insights on resume building, interviewing, mentoring, and tips that can help current students as they navigate their career pathways. In particular, we invite you to participate in the upcoming Alumni-Student Networking Event.
Alumni can register for the February 16th event and identify other ways they want to help by completing this short form.
Securian Financial has recently hired Augsburg students for Summer 2023 internships.
Vincent Banks, pictured here, will join Securian as an Engineering Analyst intern. Vincent is a junior Computer Science major and is excited to gain valuable experience working with Securian this summer. He sees it as an opportunity to apply the work he has done in his courses. When asked what advice he has for st
udents about looking for an internship, Vincent said, “GO TO YOUR CAREER FAIRS!”
Kate Errickson, Talent Acquisition Campus Recruitment at Securian said, “We are excited to have Augsburg students intern at Securian Financial this summer. Through the interview process, we found them to be well-prepared, articulate, and enthusiastic. I can’t wait to see what they can accomplish!”
It is important to continue to learn and develop skills even if you are not able to get a job or internship over the summer. Wondering where to start? Enroll in a free online course or training module through Coursera. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has partnered with Coursera to provide free career-focused, online learning resources to Minnesotans.
Coursera offers 3,800 courses and training modules from over 200 top business and universities, including more than 60 courses from the University of Minnesota. These learning opportunities are aimed at preparing people for in-demand jobs.
For example, students can earn certificates from Google, IBM, and Cisco in such areas as architecture, IT support and SAS programming to prepare for entry-level technology jobs. There’s also room for personal interests, including languages, arts and humanities. Coursera’s most popular course, called the Science of Well-Being, is taught by a professor at Yale University.
The Coursera platform can be used on mobile phones and is available in multiple languages. For those without internet access at home, the courses can be downloaded and accessed offline.
If you are a Minnesota resident and have interest in using Coursera, you must register before September 30, 2020 and will have access to the platform through March 31,2021 and they will be available for a fee after that. Enroll at https://www.careerforcemn.com/coursera.
If you are interested in other job training or career exploration opportunities or want to learn more about what training or education pathways are right for you, schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in Handshake or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.)
UpTurnships 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.
INROADS 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.
This guide offers suggested career preparation actions you can take over the course of your time at Augsburg. Use this as a general reference – we recognize that every student is different. If your own needs do not align perfectly with the four years outlined here that is just fine.