Engagement

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.

E1-Student Groups

Purpose

The purpose of this Action Guide is to help you explore student groups on campus.  The U has hundreds of student groups to join and this guide can help you start thinking about the types of group(s) you want to join.

Description

One way to get involved on campus and meet other students is by joining a student group. In addition to meeting new people, student groups can help connect you with people who share similar interests, develop leadership skills, or explore new opportunities. It can also be a great way to gain valuable experience that may help you figure out your major or career interests.

E2-Leadership Opportunities

Purpose:

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.

Description:

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

Purpose:

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.

Description:

Volunteering allows you to deepen your connection and understating of the Twin Cities community and the people that make up that community and it is a great way to gain experience, explore career options and meet new people.  The University recognizes that volunteering 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 & Away

Purpose:

The purpose of this Action Guide is to encourage you to explore the possibility of leaving campus to study in an area of the city/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.

Description:

The Learning Abroad Center is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide. 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. HECUA offers local off-campus programs that address important issues around social change.

E5-Undergraduate Research

Purpose

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

Description

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

Purpose:

The purpose of this Action Guide is to encourage you to “test drive” a career and build skills by pursuing an internship.

Description:

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, and is frequently cited by professionals as a key "stepping stone" in helping them land their first full-time position after graduation.