Your time spent outside of the classroom can also be used to help you explore majors and careers. Use these Action Guides to explore the many ways to get engaged on and around campus through leadership, student groups, volunteering, internships, undergraduate research, and learning abroad.

E2-Leadership Opportunities


The purpose of this action guide is to challenge a few myths about leadership and connect you with opportunities that will make a difference in your own leadership development.


For many people, when they think of leadership, they may think of a CEO, an executive director for a non-profit organization, or the president of a student group. Many people think that leaders are born (not made), that leaders have to have charisma to be effective, and that leaders need to hold formal positions of power. The truth is that leadership is everywhere, and that anyone can be a leader.

E3-Volunteer and Service Learning


The purpose of this Action Guide is to help you find campus resources that can assist you in finding opportunities within the Twin Cities community.


Do you know someone who's ALWAYS extending a hand to others by volunteering? It's almost like it's in their DNA. Are you that person? The University recognizes that this type of engagement is a "win-win." It strengthens our community, and builds positive relationships with our neighbors. Students report when they apply what they've learned in the classroom to "real life situations," it gives them a sense of purpose and helps clarify career goals.

E4-Learning Abroad & NSE


The purpose of this Action Guide is to encourage you to explore the possibility of leaving campus to study in an area of the country/world that is different from what you're used to. Students who have taken advantage of these programs repeatedly say this was one of the best experiences of their life.


National Student Exchange (NSE) is a consortium of U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Students who attend a school that participates in NSE can go on exchange to any other member school. The Learning Abroad Center in 230 Heller Hall (on the west bank) is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

E5-Undergraduate Research


The purpose of this Action Guide is to get you connected to the programs and resources on campus to help you explore research opportunities


Research at the University of Minnesota is not just for graduate students or Ph.D. Fellows. The benefits of getting involved in undergraduate research are abundant. The University of Minnesota believes that all undergraduate students can benefit from personal experiences working with faculty mentors in research and creative activities.

The Undergraduate Research Office in 233 Appleby Hall helps to coordinate a wide variety of research opportunities for undergraduate students. Research is being conducted in the Arts & Humanities, the Life Sciences, Physical Science and Engineering, and in the Social Sciences.

So don't be deterred. Look into the myriad of opportunities that exist, and get started today.

E6-Exploring Internships


The purpose of this Action Guide is to encourage you to "test drive" a career by pursuing an internship.


Many employers use their internship program as a recruiting tool, while students use the experience as a way to apply what they've learned in the classroom in a real world environment. The responsibilities you accept will help you build your skill set, allow you to get connected professionally with others in your chosen field, and is frequently cited as a key "stepping stone" enabling you to get where you (ultimately) want to go.