Internships, externships, part-time jobs, service learning and participation in a Registered Student Organization (RSO) are great ways to develop professional skills, increase your networking and increase your competitive edge for professional positions after graduation. Opportunities are posted year round in Handshake.
An internship is the bridge between the classroom and your professional career— it offers students a chance to learn the skills and practice with the supervision of a more experienced professional. Completing one or more internships will increase your competitive edge.
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. This experiential learning opportunity super charges your major/career exploration.
- 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 is a mutually beneficial endeavor in which course learning objectives are met by addressing community-identified needs--putting 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, meaning that the purpose is to add experiences, opportunities, and an added dimension to your life 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.
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- 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