Career Interest Cluster


STEMScience, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers are connected to solving abstract problems, analyzing ideas, conducting research, and utilizing technology. Opportunities in STEM can be found in all sectors including corporate/for-profit, nonprofit, and not-for-profit/government. Industries include:

  • Science (Agriculture, Animal, Biology, Chemical, Environmental, GIS, Research/Laboratory)
  • Technology (Computer Science, IT, Software)
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics (Data Analysis, Statistics)
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Career Development Specialist - STEM, Jill VanOsdol, 507-933-7575
To schedule an appointment, call 507-933-7575.

Specialized Program Faculty Advisors

Actuarial Science — Laura Boehm-Vock (MCS);

Architecture — Betsy Byers (Art & Art History);

Chemical Engineering — Amanda Nienow (Chemistry);

Engineering — Paul Saulnier (Physics);

Materials Science — Chuck Niederriter (Physics);



Explore the Cluster Résumés and Cover Letters Internship and Job Search
Events Professional Organizations Student Organizations


Explore the STEM Career Interest Cluster

There are many great websites where you can start exploring 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, twitter and pinterest 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



Résumés and Cover Letters


Cover Letters and Professional Communications

References and Letters of Recommendation

Sample Geology Résumé 1 Sample Geology Résumé 2  
Sample Geography Résumé 1 Sample Geography Résumé 2 Sample Geography Résumé 3

Internship and Job Search


Year of Service


Graduate School


Careers Possible

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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.

Student Organizations

Involving yourself in student organizations is a way to meet peers, gain leadership skills and learn about careers. Many student organizations are built around career or major interests. A few examples here at Gustavus that you could join would be Tri Beta or the Society of Physics - for a complete list click here.

Updated 10/5/17 JV