Internships, externships, part-time jobs, service learning, and participation in a Registered Student Organization (RSO) are great ways to develop professional skills and build your network. Opportunities are posted year round in Handshake.
An internship is the bridge between the classroom and your professional career— it offers you a chance to learn the skills and practice with the supervision of a more experienced professional. Complete at least one internship while at WMU.
Part job shadow, part informational interview, these one to three day site visits with employers can help you understand various work environments, corporate cultures and daily job tasks.
- On-Campus - Consider working in academics, the Library, Dining Services or program offices throughout campus. Campus contacts can serve as references for internships and professional employment after graduation. Work Study options may also be available based on your financial aid package.
- Off-Campus - Many area retail stores, restaurants, and non-profit organizations seek student employees each year. In addition to references, you will build skills to use in future positions.
Service learning addresses community-identified needs, and it allows you to put academics into practice. Service learning always includes critical reflection of the work, interactions, and learning regarding the service. It is a collaboration among community partners, students, and professors/instructors/staff.
Leadership programs are co-curricular; they add experiences and opportunities outside of the classroom. The ultimate goal is for you develop into a well-rounded leader and be able to transfer the leadership skills that you acquire to life beyond and outside of WMU.
Career Exploration Tools
- FOCUS 2.0 is a self-guided career and education planning tool which will help you identify WMU majors that fit with your interests.
- Connect your major to careers and see sample employers who hire your major.
- Research careers by skills or interests; learn about growing occupations and research salaries.