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 Resources 

The University of Minnesota has developed a website with comprehensive information for students interested in STEM careers. From this website, you can access information on the following: 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 resume.

Researching STEM Careers

Information & Computer Science (Contact Larry Gottschalk 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 & Statistics


Research Opportunities


  • 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. 


Searching for Internships

From the sites below (even the ones that reference mathematics), you can search for internships in a range of fields:

  • American Mathematical Society
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
    • Inroads is a national organization that works with undergraduate students from minority populations, providing career-related training and mentoring, and ultimately internship placement in corporations and organizations. Inroads has a branch office located in Roseville.

Examples of Internships

Information & Computer science:

  • Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center
  • SciTechsperience
  • 3M IT Internship (Maplewood)
  • Blue Cross IT internship (St Paul)
  • Amplifon IT Summer Intern (Plymouth)
  • Target Corp Software Engineering Intern (Minneapolis)
  • Medtronic Computer Engineer (BS Level) Summer Internship (Minneapolis)

Mathematics & Statistics: Many of the following opportunities are located on

  • Willis Towers Watson (Actuarial)
  • OneBeacon Insurance Group (Actuarial)
  • Allianz (Actuarial)
  • Nielsen (Market Research)
  • C.H. Robinson (Enterprise Business Analytics)
  • UnitedHealth Group (Mergers & 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


  • Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center
  • SciTechsperience
  • 3M

Environmental and Life Science

  • Bell Museum of Natural History
  • BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
  • Dodge Nature Center
  • Entry Point!
  • Eureka Recycling
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • LifeScience Alley
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Environmental Partnership
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge
  • Sierra Club - North Star Chapter
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
  • MN DNR
  • Xcel Energy
  • Metropolitan Council (water quality monitoring)
  • 3m Internship Mn Jobs
  • Cargill
  • Mn Children's museum

Health Related

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • American Red Cross: Twin Cities
  • Annex Teen Clinic
  • Children's Hospitals and Clinics
  • Family Tree Clinic
  • Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
  • Careers home - HealthPartners
  • Courage Center
  • HealthEast Care Systems
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Department Research Program
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Medtronic Careers
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • NovaCare Rehabilitation
  • Park Nicollet Health Services
  • People's Center Health Services
  • Regions Hospital
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • West Side Community Health Services
  • MN Hospitals (general)