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Get professional work experience to grow your workplace and leadership skills, and help leverage your success for your next opportunity. You can accomplish this throughout your time at Northland.

In addition, think about taking a student leader position. Build the professional training and experience that will make you stand out from the crowd when seeking graduate school admission or employment after graduation.

The following summarizes some of these great possibilities to pursue:

Be a Campus Leader

Dedicated and talented people help move groups and organizations forward. As students, you bring a variety of leadership experiences with you to college which can benefit both campus organizations and the Chequamegon Bay region. The leadership opportunities available at Northland College will provide you with new learning opportunities and the chance to put that learning into action.

We encourage you to explore your possibilities, build on your interests, and also stretch yourself a bit to try some new options.

Some student leader opportunities at Northland College are:

  • Northland College Student Association
  • student club or organization leader
  • athletics leadership positions
  • Academic & Student Affairs leadership positions
    • resident assistant and head resident assistant
    • teaching assistant
    • FYE leader
    • outdoor orientation trip leader
    • sustainability campus work team
    • student tutor
  • Outdoor Orientation steering committee members

Internship Experiences

An internship is a learning opportunity in the work place that allows you to apply academic curriculum in a career-related setting. Interns report many benefits from these experiences, including clarifying career goals, building skills, references, and resumes, gaining a competitive advantage for graduate school, and in some cases, receiving a job offer after college.

Searching and applying for an internship requires the same techniques one uses to find a permanent job. Interview, resume, and cover letter guides, as well as many more resources are located in Career Development (Academic and Career Planning> Career Development).

Internships can be paid or unpaid, for-credit or not. The most important aspect of an internship is that it provides students with skills and experiences related to their academic or career goals.

Almost every type of organization or business offers internship opportunities, from the National Park Service, to public schools, to law firms. Northland works with alumni, friends, and organizations to develop internships which are exclusive to Northland students. These opportunities are posted on jobs board.

To receive academic credit for an internship, or for more information about what experiences can count for credit, the Internship and Field Experience Registration Form and Fact Sheet are located at (Registration and Books>How to Register>Special Courses> Internship and Field Experience Registration Form).

The Office of Applied Learning is available to assist with any questions related to internships. If you’re not sure what you want to intern in or if you can’t find an opportunity that fits your professional goals, contact Stacy Craig, Coordinator of Applied Learning, at scraig@northland.edu or (715) 682-1232.

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Campus Jobs

Some jobs on campus, especially leadership positions, are offered outside of work study. These jobs don’t rely on a financial aid award. Take a look at the various positions that fall outside of the work-study postings.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates

Northland faculty are engaged in a variety of research opportunities, which offer undergraduate students outstanding research experience. Generally speaking, faculty engaged in the various research options will recruit/promote their positions via their respective disciplines. Remember to check with your faculty member as to these opportunities as well as the application process and associated timelines.

Moving from the institution to a larger national perspective, the National Science Foundation funds a variety of competitive summer research programs in the United States for undergraduates studying science, engineering, and mathematics.

Most programs are hosted by colleges and universities and provide funding for students to engage in a faculty member’s research project. The Northland College Career Education Center recommends that any student with the goal of entering graduate school should consider an REU for the summer before their senior year.

A directory of active REU Sites, along with contact information and how to apply, can be found here.