UMR student smiling

Career Development Resources

Dedicated student success and engagement professionals collaborate to teach career theory and to create meaningful opportunities for students to help them progress towards their career goals.

The University of Minnesota Rochester is committed to providing resources, services and developmental opportunities that support our student outcomes. 

The Career Spotlight Series provides an opportunity for UMR students to hear various perspectives related to a number of careers. These sessions focus on providing an understanding of the occupation and what it might be like to work as a professional in this field. Additionally, this format provides students with the opportunity to learn about the requirements and education needed for each career. Read the UMR Raptor Report for future Career Spotlight Series events.

If you have questions about these sessions or have ideas about partners to bring to campus, please contact Jenny Casper (

Recent Career Spotlight Series partners:

  • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences - Medical Laboratory Science, Cytotechnology, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography, Radiography and Respiratory Care
  • Mayo Clinic's Medical Scribe Program
  • Des Moines University
  • Olmsted County Public Health
  • Mayo Clinic Surgical First Assistant Program
  • University of Wisconsin La Crosse Physician Assistant Program
  • Mayo Clinic Medical School
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities Master's of Nursing Program
  • Mayo Clinic's Biomedical Engineering and Physiology Program
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Absolute Chiropractic
  • Mayo Clinic Research

Career fairs provide students with the opportunity to interact with representatives from multiple organizations. These events are designed for students to speak with a variety of individuals from specific programs, schools, departments or employers/organizations. Some even offer on-site interviewing. Career fairs can be both in-person and virtual. Students are able to learn about an organization’s culture and the different jobs they have available. Students should take initiative at these events to speak with individuals you’re interested in talking with. It is strongly recommended that you prepare questions in advance as well as research who will be in attendance.

Several virtual fairs can be found here.

While at UMR, students are encouraged to engage in the Rochester community. Students also gain valuable skills and experiences by pursuing internships, on and off-campus research experiences, and employment opportunities. Volunteering is also a great way for students to explore interests and contribute to an organization. Additionally, all UMR students develop career skills as a part of the curriculum.

Components of CLI 1712 Career Exploration and beyond

• Know yourself: strengths, interests and values

• Explore career options in the health sciences

• Conduct online career research

• Participate in career spotlight information sessions

• Engage in classes, student clubs and activities

• Discover volunteer opportunities

• Pursue leadership roles

Components of CLI 2713 Career Development and beyond

• Engage and test drive career options

• Practice professionalism and interviewing

• Create online profiles (LinkedIn & Handshake)

• Enhance resume and cover letter writing skills

• Build professional preferences

• Engage in decision-making and goal setting

Experience and Reflect
Components of CLI 2522 Community Collaboratory, CLI 3712 Capstone Proposal Writing & CLI 4713 Capstone Reflections and beyond

• Collaborate on impactful community projects

• Participate in networking events and career fairs

• Join professional organizations and gain employment experience

• Attend research and industry conferences

• Connect with faculty, advisors and mentors

• Pursue experiential learning (internships, on and off-campus research experiences) opportunities

• Study away

• Obtain additional skills or certifications

UMR students are engaged in their communities, both on and off-campus. With UMR’s focus on the health sciences, students are passionate about helping others and are often working towards applying to programs after their time at UMR. They seek to be leaders and contribute to organizations while gaining valuable experience.

UMR encourages employers to consider developing internship opportunities. The Director of Community Engagement and Career Development can work with you to determine whether the experience should be credit-based or not-for-credit. Internships can be both paid and unpaid.

GoldPASS powered by Handshake is the University of Minnesota system-wide job, internship and volunteer search engine. Employers are encouraged to use this system to:

  • Post jobs and browse for qualified candidates

  • Register for career fairs and events

  • Schedule information sessions

  • Set up on-campus interviews

If you are interested in sharing job, internship and/or volunteer opportunities with UMR students, please contact the Director of Community Engagement and Career Development, Jenny Casper at

To assist you in planning for your future career goals, find resources, including career planning sheets, related to specific careers and/or programs here.

Planning to pursue graduate school, pre-health programs or professional school after UMR? Consider taking CLI 3714 - Preparing a Competitive Health Professions Application. Your Student Success Coach can provide more specific details, help you plan out your timeline and share information on which experiences make a competitive applicant.

Several times a semester there are admissions representatives from various programs that visit the UMR campus. Sometimes these are as a part of the Career Spotlight Series and other times they might have a table set up in USquare. These are great opportunities to connect and better understand the admission process for professional schools. Read the Raptor Report to find out which schools will be visiting.

Student Success Coaches and outside partners provide workshops to help students better understand expectations within health care careers. Helpful information is shared on how to complete and prepare for the application process, including entrance exams. Past examples include Medical School Expectations workshops and Nursing School Options.

Mentorship can be a valuable opportunity for students to develop professionally. Currently, UMR students have the opportunity to participate in two mentorship programs with Mayo Clinic:

  • Pre-Med Insight

  • eMERGing Leaders MERG Mentoring Program

What is Pre-Med Insight?
Pre-Med Insight is a student-run initiative at Mayo Medical School, Rochester MN, which promotes early exploration in the field of medicine for college students of minority and disadvantaged background. Each intern pairs up with a Mayo medical student mentor and builds upon their longitudinal relationship for guidance, support and mutual learning. Interns also engage in clinical and surgical simulations, small group projects and discussions, skill-building activities and interdisciplinary interaction among peers, physicians, patients, faculty, staff and other professionals in the field.

Who is Eligible?
To be eligible, you must identify as a student of minority and/or disadvantaged background, including first-generation college students and students of family income below 200 percent poverty line (as defined by US Department of Health and Human Services). All qualifying University of Minnesota-Rochester students are encouraged to apply. As for program requirements, there are five mandatory Saturday workshops (first two sessions 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., last three sessions 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Transportation will be provided to the Mayo campus by your institution.

Approximately 15-20 students for this academic year will participate.

Other requirements include mentor-mentee interaction, small group community service project, and willingness to explore and challenge limits.

Tentative Dates

  • April 6, 2019: “The Next Step in Medicine” – Application Preparation, and Success

What should I expect?
Pre-Med Insight values low-stress and high-impact activities in a supportive environment that is student-driven, bias-free and open-ended.


What is eMERGing Leaders MERG Mentoring Program?
This is a year-long program between UMR and Mayo Clinic that aims to grow leaders and build their interest in Mayo Clinic. UMR students are matched 1:1 with a Mayo Clinic professional for a mentorship relationship. The matching process attempts to align the mentor/mentee around career interests when possible. eMERGing Leaders attend five-six programming opportunities related to networking and career preparation as a requirement of the program. eMERGing Leaders MERG is a part of Mayo Clinic's Employee Resource Groups (MERGs). These groups celebrate, support and encourage diversity among employees. Learn more here.

How many students are accepted?
Approximately 50 -100 students participate each year.

Ready to learn more?
Contact Jenny Casper regarding your interest and inquiries about eligibility and participation.