CLA alumni will be the most desirable graduates available
What is the best way to help liberal arts students prepare for the world after college? The College of Liberal Arts has found an answer in Core Career Competencies, a model designed to help students intentionally develop and articulate how their experience in the liberal arts allows them to obtain the the competencies employers say they want and need in future employees. Students will be competitive post graduation and have the confidence to achieve their goals. The Core Career Competencies are developed in curricular and extracurricular experiences and reinforced through an ongoing process of reflection, articulation, translation and evaluation that is becoming an integral part of the College of Liberal Arts.
Joseph Spanjers, an economics and global studies double major, spent a semester as an international trade intern for the U.S. Commercial Service, a branch of the Department of Commerce. “This internship is the most relevant experience I could have found in Minneapolis,” said Spanjers. “CLA’s Internship Grant was very helpful and definitely took off some financial pressure; it’s a great program.”
Spanjers then secured a paid internship this summer at the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis, an opportunity passed on by colleagues from his previous unpaid internship. He worked on economic issues in the trade section of the consulate, a position he hopes have in the future with the American government abroad. Deferring graduation, he accepted the National Security Educational Program’s Boren Scholarship to study Arabic in Morocco for an academic year.
“It’s incredible to see how opportunities have lined up,” says Spanjers. “The connections I’ve made and experiences I’ve gotten though these internships are all leading me to where I want to go, and I’m truly grateful for the CLA Internship Grant that helped me get started.”
“Our students are entering into an information-based economy of tremendous complexity. We can remain true to the liberal arts mission of unhindered inquiry and creativity while providing our students with additional information and guidance about how their educational experience can connect to their life after the University of Minnesota.”John Coleman, Dean - The Road Ahead Address