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Professional Development Resources for Transfer Students

Your journey as a transfer student is something that should be celebrated. The skills, experiences, and perspectives you bring with you are part of what make you unique, both personally and professionally. Our mission is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to achieve your career goals and aspirations at LSA and beyond.

We understand the immense opportunities, but also the challenges, that come with being a transfer student. Between transitioning to the College of LSA, integrating into the vast U-M community, and planning your future, a day in the life of a transfer student can be overwhelming at times. But that’s why the LSA Opportunity Hub is here: to help LSA undergraduate transfer students explore career possibilities.  

Below, please click on one of the + signs below to see the many different ways to engage with professional development at the Hub.

Meet with a career coach

Schedule a virtual coaching 45-minute appointment with a career coach or drop-in for a 25-minute virtual session to get one-on-one support. Examples of topics you can discuss:

  • Learn how to highlight your pre-transfer achievements and experiences on a resumé and other application materials.
  • Find out where to look for on-campus employment or co-curricular activities.
  • Share where you are in your career journey, whether you’ve got clarity about your career interests or are still exploring, and develop a plan to reach your career goals and aspirations.

Connect with LSA alums and employers

  • Access the global LSA alum network through the College’s networking and career mentoring platform, LSA Connect
  • Get to know Hub employer partners through virtual Employer Connection sessions and make valuable connections with employer reps
  • Attend live, informal conversations with both recent grads and more experienced alums, called Alum Connections, where you can just listen in or participate

Explore internship opportunities & get funding support

Get in-the-field experience through a summer internship—either virtual or in-person—by exploring and applying for summer internship opportunities on the LSA Opportunity Network. Receive up to $7,500 of support for your internship through the LSA Internship Scholarship

Take the Hub’s Applied Liberal Arts courses

These ALA classes organize the whole process of career exploration in a seamless way and helps you consider and prepare for an internship experience.  Courses are as listed:

  • ALA 125: Learn how to define career goals, search for opportunities, and navigate the application process. 
  • ALA 225: Earn academic credit by participating in an online, interactive reflection process about your internship.
  • ALA 325: Juniors and seniors prioritize individual goals and perfect their job materials, like a resumé, cover letter, or grad school admissions essay.

Access online skill-building and career-learning resources

Attend live, coach-led sessions that involve some active participation on general topics like how to prep for an internship search or how to do early career exploration. These interactive workshops support you in taking critical career-building steps.

There's also online resources that you can review on your own time 

Get in touch

Got questions about career support? Feel free to reach out to Colleen Towler, the Hub’s transfer student lead and coach, at

If you’re looking for general support on transitioning to LSA, please reach out to the LSA Student Transfer Center by emailing



This is our promise to you: through the learning tools below, we will be a helpful guide as you explore careers in the Liberal Arts, encourage you to seek outside-of-the-classroom learning experiences, and be a support as you shape your professional identity.

Online Canvas Modules

Create a list of your top universities, craft your personal statement, and explore career options available to Liberal Arts Degree holders—access this learning through the Hub's online Canvas modules. Engage with videos, digital worksheets, and discussion boards to explore what you want from your transfer experience, build relationships with others in the transfer process, and receive feedback and support from a career coach.

Fill out this 3-question form to access these modules.

Transfer Bridges Run Down Videos

What transfer students have to say

Don’t take it from us. Hear directly from current and past transfer students on the kind of professional development opportunities they’ve benefited from personally and as incoming transfer students, get actionable advice on how to make the most of your experience.

Aakash Ray
Senior, Winter ‘21
B.S. Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience and minor in History of Law & Policy
Transferred from Michigan State University

“My engagement with the Liberal Arts has led me to take challenging courses, find friends with similar interests, and has ultimately gotten me involved in a lot of different organizations. One thing I think transfer students should know about professional development is the U-M alum network. It’s one of the largest in the world and can be accessed via the Hub’s LSA Connect platform so you can meet and connect with LSA alums anywhere in the world. I also recommend other Hub services such as Alum Connections, ALA 325, the Student Advisory team, and one-on-one sessions with Hub coaches.”

Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos
Junior, Winter ‘23
B.A. International Studies with minors in Translation Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Transferred from Henry Ford College

“Never underestimate the skills that a community college can provide you with. Transferring helped me become more goal-oriented, independent, and proactive. These skills prepared me for a demanding academic environment like the one at U-M. Also, don't forget that your time as an undergrad is all about learning, both in and outside the classroom. I remember being afraid to do research because I lacked experience but I just needed to be open to learning. The truth is that no one expects you to be an expert. If you limit your expectations about what you "should" be able to do, you'll feel like you have room for mistakes—and thus, you’ll learn.”

Stephany Mendez Ortega
Senior, Winter ‘22
B.S. Neuroscience, B.A. - Communication & Media with a minor in Latina/o Studies
Transferred from Grand Rapids Community College

“My advice to incoming transfer students is to be open-minded about asking for help on what professional development is and how to engage in opportunities. Prior to transferring to U-M, I had no idea that students could engage in career exploration, so I would really encourage incoming transfer students to talk to academic advisors or visit the Hub for resources and ideas on how to get started.”

Cindy Lin
Alum, Winter ‘20
B.A. Political Science and minor in Asian Studies
Transferred from State University of New York at Binghamton

“The biggest and most important piece of advice I can give is to seek out help whenever necessary! I highly recommend booking a one-on-one coaching session with a Hub coach because you develop such a lovely relationship with your coaches since they grow to know you, get familiar with your chosen career path, and try to support your interests. I was really grateful to have so much support as everyone at the Hub are the kindest people, who truly do want to see you succeed. There are so many amazing resources on campus and beyond: large events like the Internship Forum and Social Impact Fair, and smaller, skill-oriented workshops for topics like building your resumé, LinkedIn profile, or networking ability.

There are tons of people whose full-time jobs are to help you and the best part is— they want to! Ask questions whenever possible, conduct informational interviews to get to know folks in your fields of interest, reach out to friends, coaches, and professors for help because people genuinely want to help you and watch you succeed—don't forget that!”

Seth Renn
Alum, Fall ‘20
B.A. Political Science
Transferred from Michigan State University

“No single formula for professional development exists. Everyone charts their own course, and it's up to us to make our own unique experiences based on whatever it is that makes us want more for ourselves. No one knows this more than students who decide to transfer to new universities to achieve their goals. My own professional development was different from the mainstream in that I relied heavily on finding part-time work, taking Hub ALA courses, and using independent study courses to participate in research opportunities. One thing I wish I knew about professional development before going to university is that it does not take place in isolation. I don't think anyone can get far by trying to make it alone. Some of my most valuable experiences happened when I collaborated with and listened to my peers, professors, and others.”