January Interim Career Exploration

Career Exploration

Career Explorations are full-time opportunities to job shadow or intern that take place over the four weeks of January.
  • Sophomore Status: Interim Career Explorations require at least sophomore status to receive credit
  • 2021-2022 J-Term: J-term experiences must be 30+ hours per week for the entire J-Term. Timelines and perimeters must be approved by the Career Office and Faculty Sponsor prior to start of experience. 
  • Credit and Course Level: Students will receive one (1) Interim academic credit for the experience at the 200 course level. 
  • Multiple Sites: It is possible to participate in a Career Exploration at more than one site as long as the time requirement will be met between locations and it is approved by Career Development.
  • International Career Explorations: Career Explorations located at any site outside of the United States have an earlier registration deadline and students must complete both the standard registration process below and register with the Center for International and Cultural Education. 

*If you are you an international student looking to complete a Career Exploration in your home country of record, follow the domestic procedures and deadlines.*

Interim Career Exploration - 4 weeks
 1 credit = 30+ hours per week


Career Exploration Application Deadlines

  Domestic Career Exploration International Career Exploration
Interim 2022 November 26th, 2021 September 25th, 2021


Application & Registration: A two-step process

Step 1. Pre-Registration:

Registering for a Career Exploration requires pre-registration. When online registration for Interim classes opens up (late October or early November) register for NDL-068 in order to reserve your place. Do this instead of signing up for a class, even if you don't have the Career Exploration details ironed out - we can assist you with that. Use these resources to help get you started:

Step 2. Registration:

  • Confirm Career Exploration Site to complete 2021-2022 J-Term: Internships or Shadowing Experiences. Internships and Shadowing Experiences must total TDB hours. Timelines and perimeters completing these hours must be approved by the Career Office and Faculty Sponsor prior to the start of internship or shadowing experience. 
  • Application and Learning Objectives: Once you have a commitment from a site for your Career Exploration, schedule a meeting with your designated Faculty Sponsor to determine Learning Objectives. 

Determine Learning Objectives with Faculty Sponsor (designated faculty are listed below)

Utilize this template to assist with completing your application.

Start completing the online Career Exploration Application form through Handshake AND the Internship Agreement and Release


Designated Faculty Sponsor for Career Exploration January 2022:

Business: Cathy Harms, Economics and Management, charms@gustavus.edu
Health ProfessionsHeather Banks, Senior Health Professions Specialist, hbanks@gustavus.edu and Heidi Selzler-Bahr, Health Professions Specialist, hselzlerbahr@gustavus.edu
Mayo Innovation Scholars Program: Dwight Stoll, Chemistry, dstoll@gustavus.edu 
Research and Fine Arts: Marta Podemska-Mikluch, Economics and Management, mpodemsk@gustavus.edu
Social Sciences and Humanities: Sarah Wolter, Communication Studies, swolter2@gustavus.edu
  • Submit Online Career Exploration Experience Application Form via Handshake: The completed Career Exploration Experience form must be submitted via Handshake for approval by the registration deadline.
    1. Utilize this template to assist with completing your application.
  • Career Exploration Approval: Career Development will review online application and submit the form to the designated Site Supervisor and Faculty Sponsor for approval. Once approved, the Registrar's Office will complete your Career Exploration Registration.
    • It is the student's responsibility to ensure Faculty Sponsor and Site Supervisor complete the approval process


Career Development CANNOT REQUIRE that you complete assignments throughout your Internship or Career Exploration. ASSIGNMENTS AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES ARE DETERMINED BY FACULTY SPONSORS. 

Career Development suggests that students complete the assignments below to facilitate reflection on your experience:

  • Reflections Reflection assignments are designed to help you reflect on your internship and learn to articulate what you have learned and gained from your experience. These skills will be crucial when interviewing for your next internship or a job after graduation. Students are requested to complete two reflections throughout their experience, all reflections must be submitted via GoogleForms:
    • Mid-term reflection assignment guides can be found here.
    • Final reflections assignment guides can be found here.
    • Students must submit all reflections via GoogleForms.
    • Faculty sponsors may require specific reflections, journaling and writing prompts. Assignments dictated by faculty sponsors should be completed in leu of the reflections above.

International Career Explorations 

*If you are an international student looking to complete a Career Exploration in your home country of record, follow the domestic procedures and deadlines.*

Students who register to earn credit for a Career Exploration at any site located outside of the United States must complete the applicable Registration Forms and also complete registration through the off-campus study online application system through the Center for International and Cultural Education (http://gustavus.studioabroad.com/). Additional fees will apply. 
The registration deadlines for international Career Explorations are earlier than those for domestic Career Explorations. See the Registration Deadlines section above for specific deadlines.
International Travel Documents and Travel Warnings:

Passports can take up to 14 weeks for processing. Visa can take even longer and may require in-person arrangements at the appropriate embassy (typically in Chicago or Washington D.C.). View a list of embassies

Gustavus will NOT sponsor or approve registration for academic credit for an internship in a country with a current travel warning. The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of countries with alerts and warnings. 


Contact Career Development, career@gustavus.edu, 507-933-7575

9/27/21 JR