UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

How to Gain Relevant Experience

Obtaining experience related to your field of study is important before you graduate so that you have noteworthy experiences for adding to your resume. Having numerous experiences related to your field will help you to compete with your peers and professionals with years of experience for desirable positions.

Student Organizations

While being a member of student organizations shows involvementlink, employers are especially interested in students who show initiative by helping with or leading in the coordination of organization activities.

 Internships

Internships through UWRF are coordinated differently within each college. Employers look favorably on candidates who have 1-3 internship experiences.

 Summer, Volunteer, and Part-Time Positions

Use these opportunities to gain valuable experience in your field. Taking a lower wage to gain experience in your field will pay-off long-term and will give you a competitive edge for desirable positions upon graduation. Approaching non-profits to assist with projects is often a foot-in-the-door. Visit Hire-a-Falcon.

 On-Campus Jobs

Target positions on-campus that will enhance skills that are valuable in your field, or will connect you with individuals in your field. Find on-campus jobs and part-time jobs near campus by using resources on our Job and Internship Search page.

 International Experiences

Recruiters find international experiences to be valuable in promoting a global perspective within their organization. Visit the
Global Connections Office to learn about study abroad opportunities.

 Certifications and Related Skills

Obtaining certifications and licensure in areas of expertise related to your field will set your knowledge and experience apart from other candidates. Seeking-out experiences that will add to your set of skills valued in your field are also important through clinics, seminars, and other outlets. For example, a teacher certified in CPR with experience coaching would be in high demand for a school district seeking teachers who can fill multiple roles.