How and Why to Get an Internship: A Personal Story

by Teri Fritsma

Diane Kulseth is a junior marketing major at the University of St. Thomas.  She has benefited from several internship experiences, including positions at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the University of St. Thomas Career Center, and Three Deep Marketing in North St. Paul.  Diane offers good advice for students weighing the pros and cons of internships.



I began my internship search during my sophomore year of college. I knew internships were important, so I wanted to prepare early. Even if I didn’t get a position that summer, I knew the experience of interviewing with employers would be essential for my future job search endeavors.


I searched for internships through my school’s career center, which has a great program of interviewing on campus, and a job board which hundreds of organizations use. I also attended the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair to get a feel for what a big job fair was like. It was a great experience. I would highly recommend that anyone thinking of an internship attend this year.  

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Favorite Career and Job Sites

by Denise Felder

Update: the voting period for the DOL Challenge is now closed. However, you can still visit the DOL Challenge web site to see how your favorite career or job web sites did in the voting or to view the comments people posted about them.  Thanks for voting!


The good news is: there are a lot of resources available to job seekers on the Internet.  The bad news is: it’s difficult to separate the good Web sites from the less helpful ones.  Search the phrase “job seeker” on Google and you will get about 15,600,000 results.  The phrase “career help” pulls up 223,000,000 Web pages.


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wants you to find the best job board, career information sources, and other online tools that help you find or advance your employment. DOL is compiling a list of online resources though its “DOL Challenge.”

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