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
  • 30 Hours per Week for Four Weeks: Internships or shadowing experiences must be a minimum 30 hours per week for the four weeks of Interim, totaling 120 hours
  • Credit and Course Level: Students will receive 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.*



Career Exploration Application Deadlines

  Domestic Career Exploration International Career Exploration
Interim 2019 November 29th, 2018 September 29th, 2018

 


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:

  1. Confirm Career Exploration Site to complete 30 Hours per Week for Four Weeks: Internships or shadowing experiences must be a minimum 30 hours per week for the four weeks of Interim, totaling 120 hours
  2. 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. 
    1. Determine Learning Objectives with Faculty Sponsor (designated faculty are listed below)
      1. Utilize this template to assist with completing your application.
    2. Start completing the online Career Exploration Application form through Handshake AND the Internship Agreement and Release
  3. Find Faculty Sponsor: Connect with the Faculty Sponsor who has been assigned to serve students in your major.
    1. Sciences: Eric Elias
    2. Mayo Innovation Scholars: Sanjive Qazi – Research Professor in Biology
    3. Social Sciences: Laura Bowyer - Senior Continuing Assistant Professor in Accounting
    4. Humanities and Fine Arts: Sarah Wolter – Professor and Chair in Communication Studies
    5. Local (St. Peter/Mankato) Interim Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Programs: Heather Banks – Career Development Specialist
      1. Students wishing to work with Heather Banks MUST have gone through a formalized application and approval process directed by Heather Banks
  4. 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.
  5. 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


Assignments

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

Registration:
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. 
Deadlines:
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. 



Questions?

Contact Jess Franta jfranta@gustavus.edu 507-933-7509

09/18/17 JF