Academics + Experience = Opportunities
Employers who recruit University of Nebraska students point to academic achievement and experience as the two top qualifications they seek. There are many ways to gain experience including internships, research, education abroad, student organization leadership and civic engagement. Focus on your academics and at the same time build skills and gain real-world experience to enhance your opportunities after graduation.
You don’t have to know where you’ll end up to get started.
Strong careers evolve over time and the range of existing career fields changes almost daily. Knowing yourself, understanding career paths and how to identify, network and market yourself for opportunities lets you adapt and succeed long after your first job.
Here are a few resources to get you started.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, you have a network of people
invested in your success personally, academically and professionally.
Academic & Career
Professional college advisors who will help you identify your interests and strengths, explore majors and minors, career paths and identify ways to build skills and gain experience while at Nebraska. We’ll help you make your own success plan.
Connect with these experts for curricular information and opportunities in the department for research, student organizations and honoraries, internships, graduate school questions and more!
University Career Services
Specially trained career advisors who can help you identify your interests and prepare for the job or internship search. Get help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing and more while connecting to employers through Husker Hire Link.
Not all internships are alike. They can be for academic credit or not, full-time during the summer or part-time with your classes, local or far from home, paid or unpaid. But all internships combine a learning component with real-world experience in a career area of interest. Your Major Advisor is a good place to start to learn how an internship might connect with your curriculum.
Career Services located in 230 Nebraska Union can also help identify opportunities, then provide assistance with resumes, cover letters and interviewing. They offer career fairs and programs as well as Husker Hire Link, the university’s online job search service connecting you to hundreds of employers with jobs and internships in all areas.
Engaging in undergraduate research at Nebraska allows you to engage your curiosity, practice innovation and discovery, utilize your creativity and connect with world class faculty as mentors. UCARE undergraduate researchers work with nationally and internationally renowned faculty, honing and refining valuable research skills along the way. The UCARE website also offers a list of other research opportunities across campus.
Some examples of research opportunities in the College include:
- Biological Sciences
- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Research (Chemistry)
- Chemistry research opportunities
- Communication Studies
- Computer Science & Engineering
- Earth and Atmospheric Sciences UCARE
- School of Natural Resources UCARE
- Political Science UCARE
- Psychology Labs
There’s no better way to expand perspective than to immerse yourself in a foreign country.
Leadership & Involvement
Find opportunities for personal and professional development through programs, services, and events.
Service and Civic Engagement
Advance community priorities and inspire a lifelong commitment to personal and social responsibility.