Career Resources for First Generation College Students

Group of First Generation Students

First Generation College Students are usually defined as students whose parents have not graduated from a four-year college or university. They are often the first in their immediate families to earn a bachelor's degree.


Career & Internship Services

Career counselors are here to support you in all things career. Appointments may be arranged to discuss:

  • Major and career exploration
  • Internship planning
  • Job searching
  • Interview prep and practice
  • Grad school planning

We also offer drop-in resume and cover letter reviews.  Make an appointment to receive individualized career assistance.

What is an Internship?

An internship is a position that allows you to gain experience in the field you are considering. Typically the position allows you to develop new skills and offers both training and supervision. Getting an internship is a great way of gaining entry into a new career.  Check out our job and internship resources to get started.

Networking Made Easy

It's not just what you know, it's also WHO you know! Networking is not about asking everyone you know for a job, but can be asking for general job search advice, information, tips and referrals. To start building your professional network during your first couple of years at the University of Minnesota, consider joining a mentor program – either in your college or through one of the special interest offices such as the LGBTQIA Mentor Program.

Student cultural centers that are a great way to meet people, build leadership experience, learn more about the university, and explore things in which you may be interested. Additionally, you may be interested in joining one of the over 900 registered student groups.

It is important to start reaching out to professionals in your field or area of interest for informational interviews early in your college career to build your professional network. Not sure how to get connected with professionals? Brainstorm previous teachers, current professors, career counselors, academic advisors, family, friends, and co-workers – often, your network is larger than you initially imagined!