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Career Planning


Career planning involves much more than choosing a major and searching for a job. Check out these great opportunities and resources that will help you learn to make professional connections and explore career and internship options. The experiences support classroom learning and encourage students to take a proactive approach to designing their professional futures.


College to Career Program

The College of Design's College to Career Program connects students to professionals through opportunities including tours, portfolio critiques, networking panels, and more.

Career Tours
Students visit, explore, and learn about organizations and companies in their field of study. This is an excellent opportunity to begin exploring your discipline and get an inside view of a variety of organizations.

Portfolio Critiques and Career Panels
These events introduce students to professionals where they can receive advice about their discipline and get feedback on their work. 


CDes Mentor Program
Students have the opportunity to be paired with a mentor who is working in their area of interest. For more information visit

Annual Programs
Each year we offer two annual events which feature speakers from various design industries: Dirty Laundry and Design in 7. Both events have received awards from the U of M Alumni Associtation.


Career and Internship Services

Experienced career counselors are available to help students in deciding major/career plans, locating internships/experience opportunities, effective job searching, and graduate school selection and application.  Additional information about the center can be found at


Career and Internship Preparation Courses

Students are encouraged to register for one of the career classes created especially for CDes students to prepare for the internship/job search.  Topics in the course include preparing effective discipline-specific resumes, interviewing techniques, job searching, and salary negotiation.


Career Fairs and Networking Events

Additional Involvement and Engagement Opportunities




Professional Organizations and Associations


Student Involvement


Student Organizations

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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