Career Planning

At the College of Design, setting career goals starts the moment you begin your studies. With our comprehensive career services you will learn to make professional connections, build your resume, and explore your career options. Learn more about our career services below.

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 look at 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. 

College of Design 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 Association.

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 Organizations