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Careers and Internships

OS graduates are prepared to do well in a variety of careers, as well as graduate school programs. Graduates and alums who responded to our surveys have worked in a variety of different fields, the top ones being consulting, sales/marketing, and non-profit. Other fields students have entered include education, finance/accounting/ banking, human resources, fundraising, health care, and law. The breadth of fields is a strong indicator that our graduates are prepared to enter a variety of fields thanks to the multidisciplinary perspectives they obtain through their OS degree and a broad liberal arts education. 

Listen to some of our alumni speak about how the program has helped them become successful professionals:

For a list of where our graduates are employed and pursuing graduate school click here.

Your OS pathway not only helps you create a customized degree program that reflects your academic interests. It also serves as a springboard for thinking about your career direction. OS helps you explore careers in a multitude of ways:

  1. From Here to Career, OS Career Workshops: The series features a Career Prep sessions on how to craft your resume and explain the OS degree in cover letters and interviews. The rest of the series offers special topic sessions on various fields where OS graduates have found work. OS alumni share their experience with you, help explain the field more, and provide tips for your job search.
  2. OS Exclusive, Company Info Sessions & Workshops: Companies with successful track records of hiring OS interns and graduates often wish to get to know our students directly and provide workshops and info sessions right on our floor. Deloitte and Citi are booked for fall of 2017. Past companies have also included PwC, Procter & Gamble, DISH Network, and Target. 
  3. Mock Interview and Resume Review: OS alum volunteer their time in September to review students' resumes and do mock interview sessions to help prepare for the job/internship search. Sessions occur remotely.
  4. Malkin Job Shadowing: Thanks to a generous donation of the Malkin Family, we offer students an opportunity to shadow an OS alum at their current job location. The award aims to assist with the additional costs of travel and accommodations that come with the shadowing experience.
  5. OS Weekly Updates:  Organizational Studies sends out a weekly e-mail newsletter to students with news about OS events, career and internship news and events happeding arround campus. 
  6. OS Internship Listing: Organizational Studies advertises internship opportunities for OS students in a weekly e-mail starting in January. 

Internship Resources and Credit

Two main resources for internship opportunities are the Career Center and the LSA Opportunity Hub. Many students also find internships through their own personal contacts. 

Many students complete internships mainly for the experience, but if you wish to or are required to receive academic credit for an internship, there are three methods available.  ORGSTUDY 299 and 499 are open to OS majors only, whereas ALA 225 is open to all LSA students.

  • ORGSTUDY 299 (1 credit; CR/NC): Undergraduate Internship (not counted toward OS major requirements)
    • It is preferred that students notify the OS advisor prior to starting the internship
    • The internship must total at least 320 hours overall in order to receive OS 299 credit.
    • Your supervisor must send an email to the OS advisor at the conclusion of the internship indicating that the internship was completed with 320+ hours worked.
    • After receiving the confirmation letter, the OS advisor will create a permission for you to register on Wolverine Access. Unless you indicate otherwise, the permission will be entered for Fall term following the internship, to avoid additional spring/summer tuition charges.
  • ALA 225 (1 credit; CR/NC): Undergrad Internship (not counted toward OS major requirements)
    • This course is administered by the LSA Opportunity Hub, and details are available on their website.
    • ALA 225 requires fewer hours of internship work than OS 299 (minumum of 6 weeks at 25 hrs per week), but you *must* enroll prior to starting internship, and participate in the course online during the internship.  Credit is posted in the following fall term to avoid additional spring/summer tuition charges.
    • The Hub also offers an internship preparation course (ALA 125) and an internship reflection course (ALA 325).
  • ORGSTUDY 499 (1-4 Credits; graded): Independent Study (not counted toward OS major requirements).
    • This course requires that you find a faculty mentor and create an academic independent study project in conjunction with your internship. For more information, please read the Independent Study Guidelines.