Students' job prospects are not limited to their major. Learning about internships in which other BSOS students have participated may expand your ideas about your career path.
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The BSOS undergraduate blog, and Careers4Terps are great resources to which you should subscribe to be aware of the many internship opportunities available to you. The BSOS Program Director for Experiential Learning also maintains a binder of internship reviews by UMD students. Subscribing to your department blog or e-list can help you to keep informed of internship opportunities. Some advisors teach career exploration courses (also offered by the Counseling Center) which can often connect students with alumni who have pursued careers both within and beyond the discipline they studied as undergraduates. Internships are great ways to explore different sectors and different types of professional environments. You may choose to pursue internships for credit toward your major or a minor or as electives. For students interested in an academic or research career, a variety of undergraduate teaching assistance and undergraduate research assistance experiences are available within BSOS.
Part of your development in college is identifying who you are in relation to a future career. The Counseling Center offers help with this process. Knowing how your personality, values, interests, and priorities relate to your career track is important to making good decisions about your future, whether you are choosing/changing your academic major, seeking a career direction, considering your first professional position, or thinking about graduate school. Their services include workshops to help you think about about your professional future, majors walk-in, career courses, and career interest and personality tests.
Try to get a broad array of experience and develop the “skills employers look for” before committing to a permanent position or a graduate program. Here are links to resources covering interests of many students of the behavioral and social sciences: