STEM career and internship resources

College of Sciences encourages students to plan their approach in exploring options of internship and undergraduate research. Doing an internship or participating in undergraduate research not only gives you a sense for what certain careers are like, but also provides valuable experience to include in your job and graduate school applications.

Preparing for a Career in STEM Regardless of whether you intend to get a job or pursue graduate studies after you graduate, you will find yourself in a competitive market. Doing an internship or participating in undergraduate research not only gives you a sense for what certain careers are like, but also provides valuable experience to include in your job and graduate school applications.

  • Many companies hiring STEM majors list prior work experience related to the position as a minimum or preferred qualification.
  • Graduate programs now routinely ask about undergraduate research experiences and research publications as part of the application process.

Undergraduate research

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in any STEM-related field or intending to work in a research laboratory after graduation are strongly encouraged to seek out research opportunities, ideally in their junior year. Such opportunities are also valuable experiences for math and science teaching majors.

Paid versus credit-bearing internships

Both paid internships and credit-bearing internships provide valuable work experience in preparation for a future career. You should not assume that companies without established internship programs are not open to hiring interns. Such companies may still be interested in having an intern, particularly if the student is receiving college credit for the internship rather than monetary compensation.

Below you'll find information and links to resources to assist you in preparing for your future careers.

Researching Resources Careers ~ Undergraduate Research~ Internships

STEM career readiness

The University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering has job search resources with comprehensive information for students interested in STEM careers. You can access information on writing a cover letter, getting career-related experience before you graduate, applying to graduate and professional schools, searching for internships and jobs, interviewing for industry positions, researching for employers and industries, and writing a résumé.

Researching STEM careers

Information and computer science

  • Contact Ismail Bile Hassan for more information
  • Target
  • 3M
  • General Dynamics
  • Mission Systems
  • Fidelity Information Systems
  • Mayo Clinic
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Honeywell
  • Cray
  • Crayola LLC
  • MTS Systems
  • Design Ready Controls Inc.
  • Vital Images Inc.

Mathematics and statistics

Sciences

Research

On campus

Many faculty in the College of Science are working on research projects and would be very interested in supervising undergraduate students. Talk with faculty in your program to find out about this possibility.

Off campus

Internships

Search for internships in a range of fields at:

Examples of internships

Information and computer science

Mathematics and statistics

Many of these opportunities are located on indeed.com.

  • Willis Towers Watson (Actuarial)
  • OneBeacon Insurance Group (Actuarial)
  • Allianz (Actuarial)
  • Nielsen (Market Research)
  • C.H. Robinson (Enterprise Business Analytics)
  • UnitedHealth Group (Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst)
  • Country Financial (Financial Analyst)
  • Travelers (Financial Management Leadership Development Program, Business Intelligence)
  • NextEra Energy (Data Science)
  • Uline (Business Operations Analyst)
  • MN Twins (Operations Research/Statistics)
  • 3M (Statistics/Data Science)
  • U.S. Bank (Data Analytics)
  • Securian Financial Group (Data Analytics)
  • Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center
  • SciTechsperience

Sciences

Environmental and life science

Health