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The Urban Studies degree requires all majors to complete one internship experience. The internship requirement is intended to help students become familiar with the challenges and opportunities of the working world. The internship experience requires 12-15 hours of work per week at a particular agency, organization, or company in either the private business sector, the public service sector, or in a non-profit organization or foundation.

The seminar, UrbS 3900, is required for Urban Studies students doing internships. All students in this course must have an internship arranged prior to the start of the semester, and must have spoken to Paula Pentel before registering for the course. Students must register for, attend classes, and complete the course requirements for URBS 3900, "Internship Seminar" concurrent with their internship. The seminar course is intended to help students relate their internship experience to their academic coursework and to prepare for the professional world outside of the University.

Urban Studies graduates have pursued a variety of internships in a wide range of organizations and agencies. We encourage students to pursue internship experiences in those areas which match their interests and may provide an ongoing or future source of employment. As in the past, we would like to maintain a reasonable amount of flexibility for those students with special opportunities. As such, arrangements can be made for students who wish to complete internships in other US or foreign cities.

The internship experience is an important and enriching part of your education and career development. It is important for each student to consider how they can best use these opportunities to serve their particular needs and goals. Therefore, it is necessary to plan early. The Urban Studies Program does not place students in particular internship positions. However, we can help direct students to those organizations at the University and in the metropolitan area that do provide students with reference materials and opportunities.

Internship Contacts

The following agencies offer guidance for many kinds of non-classroom learning experiences, including fieldwork/internship, and postings on current placement openings in a variety of agencies.

CLA Career Services
Phone: 612-624-7577 Located in 411 Science Teaching and Student Services Building

The CLA Career Development Office provides assistance to liberal arts undergraduates and alumni who seek help in formulating and implementing career plans. A variety of services are offered such as workshops on career development concepts and practices; vocational testing; one-to-one counseling; placement services; career resources library; and job postings.

Nonprofit Job Board
Job and internship opportunities within the Twin Cities non-profit sector.


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