Alumni and Constituent Relations Office
UMSL alumni, now numbering more than 62,000, help shape the future of not only the university but the entire St. Louis region. The Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations work together to promote the St. Louis campus and build mutually beneficial relations between the university and its alumni and friends. Membership in the Alumni Association is open to all graduates and former students with payment of modest dues.
The Alumni Association sponsors several scholarship funds for UMSL undergraduate and graduate students, provides special funding of certain campus projects, and works as an organization to obtain increased public support for the university. For more information, call (314) 516‑5833.
A historic and elegant setting, the Alumni Center, located at 7956 Natural Bridge Road across the street from the main campus entrance, offers students, faculty, staff, and alumni a gathering place for community receptions and other social events. Contact the Alumni Center at (314) 516‑5722 for more information and reservations.
Career Services works in partnership with employers and the campus community by helping students and alumni to develop, implement, and evaluate job search strategies.
Career Readiness/Coaching, Career Counseling & Exploration and other programs are available to all degree seeking students and recent graduates of UMSL. Career Services hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (314) 516-5111, or visit 278 Millennium Student Center.
Make an appointment with a Career Services Coordinator to get assistance in your job search. A professional is available to assist in guiding students and alumni in the job search for internships/co-ops and full-time degree-related positions.
Career Counseling & Exploration
Meet with a staff member to evaluate your career development. Career development services are designed to help you with choosing a major and/or career. We offer career assessments, on-line resources and individual assistance to guide you in your career decision-making. Visit the Career Services website to access a variety of job search related information. Click on the Occupational Outlook Handbook to get job outlook information, access “What can I do with this major?” to help connect majors with careers, review salary survey information, and link to numerous job search related links.
We have a web-based software system that enables students and alumni to conduct a job search on-line 24/7. You will have access to job leads (internships, co-op, part-time degree-related and full-time degree-related positions), on-campus interview opportunities and resume referrals to employers. To be activated in this system, UMSLCareerKey, come into 278 MSC to initiate the process. General, non-degree-related employment opportunities that are received in Career Services are available on the Career Services website.
Career Services assists students with connecting to on-campus job opportunities (jobs posted through the federal work-study program and jobs posted by individual departments that are open to all students).
Career Services holds four annual job fairs; UMSL Summer Teacher Job Fair in July (for teaching candidates); UMSL Fall Internship & Job Fair in September (for all majors); UMSL Teacher Job Fair in February (for teaching candidates); UMSL Spring Internship & Job Fair in March (for all majors). Admission is free to UMSL students/alumni who pre-register.
Register on-line for workshops related to the job search process, including Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills, and Job Search Strategies.
Internship/Cooperative Education Positions
Internships and Co-ops give students the opportunity to combine classroom studies with work experience in a field related to their education and career goals. These degree related positions offer students an excellent opportunity to gain professional job experience and earn money to help with expenses while in school. Through these opportunities, students begin to understand what career choices they might make, gain valuable contacts in their field, and, in many cases, get paid for their work. They graduate with a college degree and an impressive resume. Throughout this program, Career Services, and academic departments work with students and employers to ensure that positions are linked to curriculum and career development. These work arrangements are available to UMSL students at all levels in all majors. Contact Career Services for more information at 516-5111, or visit 278 Millennium Center.
Following is an overview of internships and practicums available through various academic departments:
4325-4329, Internship in Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Folklore, Museum Studies, Physical Anthropology - elective, for credit; placement with outside organizations; junior standing required. Positions available on competitive basis as lab and research assistants, teachers/facilitators, and interns/assistants - optional, noncredit.
Human Origin and Cultural Diversity program offers internships in educational anthropology and diversity education.
3699, Undergraduate Internship in Biotechnology - optional as part of certificate program, for credit or noncredit, enrollment in certificate program required.
4299, Practicum in Conservation - required as part of certificate program, for credit, enrollment in certificate program required.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Opportunities are available to pursue research with faculty members for credit during the academic year. Normally requires enrollment in Chemistry 3905. Stipend available in some cases. Expanded opportunities available in the summer through the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, which is typically funded by the National Science Foundation and local industry. In some cases students may conduct Chemistry 3905 research at a local company through collaborative arrangement between a faculty members and an industrial chemist.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
3280, Internship in Criminology and Criminal Justice - elective, for credit.
4990, Internship in Applied Economics; not required; 3 hours maximum.
4890, Independent Writing Project - internships offered in areas such as journalism, public relations, advertising, publishing, and technical writing; for credit, enrollment in Writing Certificate Program required.
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Positions as tutors in language lab available on a competitive basis - paid, noncredit. Students of German can apply for summer internships abroad through the German-American Student Exchange Program - noncredit. Information available in department.
4001, Special Readings - internships occasionally available with historical agencies; department chair and/or undergraduate coordinator must approve to obtain credit.
Mathematics and Computer Science
Career-related work arrangements for students majoring in math and/or computer science are primarily administered through Career Services located in 278 Millennium Student Center. These positions are paid and non-credit-bearing.
Physics and Astronomy
The department funds research internships in the department in both physics and astronomy. The awards are competitive, and preference is given to students who have completed the Physics 2111/2112 sequence.
3940, Public Affairs Internship - required, for credit, for bachelor of science in public administration program. It may also count as an elective, for credit, within the bachelor of arts in political science program and is open to all majors. Placements include municipal, state, and federal governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, courts, and political campaign offices.
3295, Selected Projects in Field Placement - elective, for credit.
3390, Research Assistant
4800 and 4850, Supervised Field Experience in Social Work I and II - required, for credit, admission to B.S.W. program and prior consent of instructor are required
4385, Internship in Sociology - elective, for credit.
College of Business Administration
Career Services works in partnership with the College of Business Administration to assist students in securing career-related work arrangements for students majoring in all areas of business. These positions can be paid or unpaid and credit bearing or non-credit bearing. Those students choosing to receive academic credit through one of the courses listed below must contact the College of Business Administration Internship Coordinator.
BUS AD 3090, Internship in Business Administration
BUS AD 3289, Internship in International Business
BUS AD 3390, Internship in Logistics & Operations Management
BUS AD 3490, Internship in Accounting
BUS AD 3590, Internship in Finance
BUS AD 3690, Internship in Management
BUS AD 3790, Internship in Marketing
BUS AD 3890, Internship in Management Information Systems
BUS AD 3990, Internship in Business Law
College of Education
Internshjps (4989) required for 3 hours credit for most programs and Student Teaching (4990 and 4991) required for 12 hours creditin all degree programs. Students enrolled in the Career Transition Program student teach in the St. Louis Public School District while teaching as a full time classroom instructor. Information can be obtained on the College website, under “Career Options.” As well, students employed full time in districts are also able to complete student teaching. For more information, contact the Teacher Certification and Advising Office at Deborah_Ballard@ums.edu or at 314-516-6710.
College of Fine Arts and Communication
3387, Professional Internship for Art History majors only-elective, for credit
3388, St. Louis Art Museum Internship for Studio Art or Art History majors only – competitive position elective for credit.
1193, 1194, Practicum in Applied Communication, Debate/Forensics
4393, Internship in Applied Communication
1194, 1195, 1196, 1197, 1198, Practicum in Media Studies, in Applied Communication, Debate/Forensics, Radio, and Television/Film - required, for credit. On-campus positions, as available.
3394, 3395, 3396, 3397, 3398, Internship in Media Studies, Advertising, Journalism, Radio, and Television/Film- elective for credit, Senior standing, 3.0 GPA, and faculty recommendation required; off-campus positions.
4920, Internship – required , for credit, enrollment in bachelor of music business required. Department sponsored internships available for all majors at St. Louis area arts institutions.
UMSL/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program Career-related work arrangements for students majoring in all areas of engineering are primarily administered through Career Services. These positions are paid and non-credit-bearing.
College of Nursing
Clinical courses are required in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. These experiences are limited to nursing majors only.
Internships chosen by Honors College students, or arranged by their major departments, are valuable opportunities to broaden educational experience while also meeting the honors independent study requirement for graduation. Visit Career Services, 278 Millennium Student Center, or call (314) 516-5111 for more information on these programs and other work arrangements available.