First Year Guide: Career Planning

The College of Design, in conjunction with partners across the campus, offers you many opportunities to extend your learning beyond the classroom and help you make the transition from college to career.

Career planning is much more than choosing a major, writing a résumé, and searching for a job. It can begin even in your first semester. Take advantage of the many events and programs that CDes provides.   

Career & Internship Services

Career & Internship Services provides you with career resources and counseling directly related to your major. We recommend you meet with a career counselor at least once a year throughout your academic career. Their services include the following:  

  • Career appointments and referrals
  • GoldPASS: Online job and internship listing service
  • Online career resources
  • Internship and job search assistance
  • Electronic portfolio guidance
  • Online workshops
  • Career courses
  • Résumé and cover letter review
  • Career fairs
  • Informational interview assistance

College-to-Career Program

The College of Design College-to-Career Program sponsors a variety of professional development and career networking activities, including...

Major-Related Tours and Site Visits

Tour firms, organizations, and sites related to your field of interest in order to expand your professional network, learn about career paths for your major, and ask questions of professionals to gain a better understanding of your field.

Portfolio & Networking Events

Begin making connections with current industry professionals and get feedback and suggestions on your professional portfolio.    

Mentor Program

The College of Design and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) give you the opportunity to be matched with a professional in your field of interest in order to help you with career exploration, networking, and skill building. This program is open to third- and fourth-year students. Applications are made available in summer.