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Applied Liberal Arts Courses

The LSA Opportunity Hub offers three courses in the Applied Liberal Arts (ALA). Whether you are interested in learning how to prepare for the internship search, how to make the most of an internship experience, or how to prepare for opportunities beyond college, these courses will help you move forward on your professional goals.

ALA 125: Positioning Yourself for a Successful Internship

This one-credit course helps you become competitive for internships as you explore connections between your academic interests and professional goals.

In this course you will:

  • Articulate goals, investigate options, and create actions plans.
  • Connect your experiences, interests, and coursework to the competencies employers look for.
  • Identify, engage, and expand your professional networks.
  • Locate and make use of assistance and campus resources.
  • Communicate your story in a compelling way for professional audiences.

Take this course if ANY of these describe you:

  • I’m a freshman/sophomore/junior still focusing my interests.
    • (Seniors, see ALA 325: Putting Your Education to Work)
  • I want to build connections between coursework, extracurricular activities, and professional competencies.
  • I’ve had zero to moderate experience preparing to apply for internships.
  • My major is undecided and I’m exploring options.
  • I’m progressing in my major and I’m exploring where it might lead me.
  • I’m planning on applying for an opportunity/position soon or at some point.

ALA 225: Undergraduate Internship Course

In ALA 225, you'll become part of a cohort of Michigan undergrads interning in the U.S. and abroad. As part of the one-credit course, join an online community where you reflect on your internship experience, share insights, and hone your writing skills. Credit is earned via the academic requirements associated with the course.

Remember, you must sign up for ALA 225 before your internship start date.

In this course you will:

  • Learn and anticipate the common stages of an internship.
  • Establish personal and professional goals.
  • Develop networks within and outside the organization.
  • Contribute to an online forum to make meaning of your experiences.
  • Incorporate the experiences and competencies you gain into written and oral communication, such as résumés and pitches.

 Take this course if ANY of these describe you:

  • I’d like to gain a sense of what to expect during a typical internship.
  • I’d find it useful to be in touch with other interns and Hub staff/instructors during my internship.
  • I’d like be able to communicate what I will learn during my internship experience.
  • I have been accepted for an internship that meets the criteria.

To be eligible to enroll in ALA 225, your internship must meet the following requirements:

Spring/summer internships must be a minimum of 6 weeks in length and must require that you work at least 25 hours per week throughout the course of your internship.

Fall/winter internships must last throughout the course of the semester and must require that you work at least 10 hours per week.

ALA 225 may only be applied to one internship per term. (For example, if you have two internships in one summer, you can only take ALA 225 with one of them).

ALA 225 can be taken no more than 2 times over the course of your undergraduate career.

You must sign up before your internship begins. Learn how to enroll in the course with an override.

ALA 325: Special Topics: Putting Your Education to Work

This one-credit course is designed with LSA juniors and seniors in mind as they prepare to meet their goals beyond graduation. Classes are interactive, and the course is structured so that students prioritize and progress toward individual goals.

At the heart of the course is developing fluency in articulating the value of the LSA degree. At the end of the course, you will be able to articulate nuanced answers to the question, “How has your college experience prepared you for your career?”

In this course you will:

  • Create a search strategy for jobs, mentors, and funding
  • Reflect on academic experiences, interests, and coursework and create coherent narratives about your time at college to be used in application materials and interviews.
  • Engage campus resources and U-M alumni networks in prospective industries, fields, and/or location.
  • Produce application materials, including grad school applications, résumés, cover letters, and profiles.

Take this course if ANY of these describe you:

  • I’m a junior or senior planning for opportunities beyond graduation.
  • I’d like to be able to confidently communicate the value of my degree.
  • I’m deciding which opportunities I want to pursue after graduation.
  • I’d like to engage my professional networks, improve my interviewing skills, or communicate more fully in my application materials.

Juniors who would value this course may be given an override by contacting Enrollment preference will be given to LSA seniors.