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Career and Graduate School Planning

Photo of a cuttlefish with the words “We’re here for you in 3D and also via zoom and phone.” Underneath in yellow the text reads “STARTING SEPTEMBER 7
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About the image | Trevor Wardill, assistant professor in the Dept of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, studies how organisms perceive depth. Researchers think we don't give invertebrate brains enough credit. In this research, cuttlefish wore 3D glasses and hunted prey on an underwater screen.

CBS Student Services is here for you!

Connect with us in-person, via Zoom or phone.

  • Starting September 7 - The office is open to all between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.


Students can meet with CBS career staff to prepare for applying to professional, medical or graduate school, launching their careers or researching on campus. Schedule an appointment online to meet with a CBS career staff member.

Career coaching

Meet with a career team member for help with:

  • Exploring industry careers and gap-year opportunities
  • Changing your career plan
  • Understanding your interests and skills through career assessments 
  • Finding a job or internship
  • Navigating GoldPass and other job/internship search resources
  • Salary negotiation and job offer evaluations
  • Résumé writing and cover letter reviews
  • Practice interviews

Consider enrolling in the CBS Career Canvas course for career exploration, pre-health, and graduate school resources

Have questions about career planning?

Pre-health career coaching

Meet with a pre-health career coach for help with:

  • Exploring professional school programs
  • Health careers and health-related gap year opportunities
  • Applying to pre-health programs and health professional schools
  • Preparing for entrance exams 
  • Finding a health-related internship, volunteer or shadowing experience 
  • Résumé writing and personal statement reviews
  • Practice interviews

Have questions about pre-health career planning? Contact CBS Student Services via e-mail at

Graduate school coaching

Meet with a career team staff member for help with:

  • Reviewing the graduate school application process
  • View short videos on the application process including researching programs, financing your education, writing the personal statement, and more.
  • Exploring graduate and professional school programs
  • Applying to Graduate and professional school
  • Preparing for entrance exams (GRE)
  • Résumé/CV writing and personal statement reviews
  • Practice interviews​

Have questions about graduate school planning? Contact CBS Student Services via email at

There are several people you can contact for research support.

Check out the CBS Research Roadmap for assistance with the following:

  • Exploring research opportunities at the U of M
  • Exploring local and national summer research opportunities (REUs)

Schedule an appointment with a CBS Career Team member by calling 612-624-9717 for assistance with the following:

  • Developing professional communication to faculty about research opportunities
  • Reviewing application components for summer REUs
  • Resume/CV, personal statement, research statement reviews
  • Communicating your research experience and skills
  • Practice interviews

Reach out to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for your major for assistance with the following:

  • Navigating the lab and working with faculty
  • Finding funding opportunities for undergraduate research
  • Symposium preparation, including feedback on poster design and presentation skills

Career Resources and Workshops