Government and Social Services

Career Interest Cluster

Government and Social Services careers involve serving individuals and communities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Occupations within the government and social services cluster incorporate knowledge of society and people.

Industries in the Government and Social Services Cluster include:

  • Advocacy
  • Community Organizations
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • Government
  • International Development/Humanitarian
  • Law
  • Military
  • Ministry
  • Public Policy
  • Social Justice

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If you are interested in information about the Government and Social Services cluster, choose this cluster in handshake to receive notifications about opportunities, events, and more.

A tutorial on choosing and changing clusters on Handshake can be found here.

Pre-Law Assistance

The Pre-Law program at Gustavus Adolphus College has a long and successful history. Gustavus offers advising, events, and campus visits by law school admissions office representatives to all students who may be interested in attending law school in the future. Gustavus graduates often attend law school in the Midwest (University of Minnesota, University of Iowa, Drake, St. Thomas, Mitchell Hamline), though many have studied law at other law schools including Harvard, Georgetown, the University of Chicago, and more.

Student advising is conducted by Dan Currell, the Gustavus Adolphus Pre-Law Advisor. Students looking to learn more about law school and preparing while at Gustavus Adolphus should contact Dan at and the Pre-Law Assistant, Kayla Mortenson at

The Fall 2017 Pre-Law Seminar will meet on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. for the second half of the fall semester. 

Law school admission office representatives should contact Dan Currell at



Explore the Cluster

Résumés and Cover Letters

Internships and Job Search


Student Organizations

Professional Organizations


Explore the Government and Social Services Career Interest Cluster

There are many websites where you can explore careers. Links to start with are listed below. These resources allow you to learn information about careers such as the nature of the work, education required, pay, job outlook, work environment and related occupations. You can also follow companies and organizations related to your career on social media. LinkedIn, facebook, and twitter are good resources for you to learn about companies and keep up on current trends in the career fields you are exploring.

Other Ways to Explore:

Take an Assessment

Informational Interviews

Job Shadowing


Graduate programs for the Government and Social Services Career Interest Cluster vary depending on the specific industry. Utilize the following resources to learn more about graduate school options:


Résumés and Cover Letters


Cover Letters and Professional Communications

Sample Résumés

Create your federal résumé

References and Letters of Recommendation

LinkedIn 101 For Young Adults


Internships and Job Search

Search for Internship and Job Opportunities by cluster area

Gustavus semester Academic Internship information and January Career Exploration information

Other resources:


Year of Service Programs



Minneapolis Idealist Grad Fair - Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 5-8pm. FREE EVENT! 

Careers Possible - usually held during the last week of September. 

Government and Nonprofit Fair *Gustavus students must register through Handshake

Minnesota Private College Job and Internship Fair *Gustavus students must register through Handshake


For a complete list of all Career Development sponsored events, log in to your Handshake account.


Student Organizations

For a complete list of Gustavus Student Organizations, go to:


Professional Organizations

Professional organizations are a great way to begin networking and explore your career field. Professional organizations often have discounted membership rates for students. These organizations, specific to industry, offer events, job fairs and listservs that can provide information and networking opportunities.

You can also join similar groups on LinkedIn or follow professional organizations on twitter or facebook. Professional organizations on social media offer articles, current industry information, discussions and networking opportunities.



Lindsay Anderson-Smith, Career Development Specialist - Government and Social Services

To schedule an appointment, call 507-933-7575 or email


 Updated10/02/17 LA