1. Study Abroad
We’re glad you’re here! Now go away! The University of Memphis study abroad programs
are designed to provide students with the opportunity to combine a rigorous academic
program with a cross-cultural learning experience that is not available in the United
An internship is a cooperative educational arrangement between a student, the University
of Memphis, and a community partner. Each semester more than 2,000 U of M students
are interning in schools, hospitals, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit
Visit Career Services, one of the Lunch and Learn workshops, and the fall Career Fair
or spring Education Fair (for education majors) or Career Expo to meet with companies
looking for interns and employees.
3. Undergraduate Research
Get involved in research with a faculty member as an undergraduate student by consulting
the Undergraduate Research Database. The database matches students with researchers
in all fields across the University of Memphis, and the surrounding Memphis area.
You can also inquire about research opportunities in your academic department.
4. Commuter Students
Moved off campus? Adult and Commuter Student Services fosters an atmosphere where
students who are juggling college along with work and family responsibilities can
gather and interact in a supportive environment where they can truly connect with
other adult and commuter students
5. Get to Know Your Faculty
Building strong relationships with faculty within your major is important for many
reasons including transformative learning opportunities, career advice, undergraduate
research, networking for internships and other opportunities, and for letters of recommendation
for graduate school or employment.
6. Career Development
Get prepared for your job search by attending Lunch and Learn workshops offered by
Career Services. Career Services also offers tools to improve your resume and interviewing
skills. Still searching for a major that is a good fit for you? The Career and Psychological
Counseling Center provides individualized career planning and job shadowing opportunities.
7. Step Into Leadership!
Academics are important, but you’ll want more to talk about in that interview for
a job or graduate program than curricula. Develop your interpersonal, communication
and leadership skills through involvement. Step into a leadership role in your favorite
organization. Check out all the opportunities offered by the Office of Leadership
& Involvement, including The Leadership Institute, LeaderShape, and Lunch with a Leader.
8. Tutoring Services by ESP (Educational Support Program)
ESP provides academic assistance for classes that students are currently taking at
the U of M. Tutoring and other ESP services are free and available both on-line and
in person in Learning Centers located throughout the University, including in Residence
Halls and at Carrier and Millington Centers. Click on the link for a full list of
9. Work on Campus
Most U of M students work, and working a reasonable number of hours (10-20/week) doesn’t
have to detract from school. What better way to combine learning and working than
to work on campus! Eliminate your commute, and learn the behind-the-scenes operations
of the university at the same time.
Be sure to pay attention to when to apply for competitive jobs like Orientation Guide
(Recruiting) and Resident Assistant (Residence Life). Other big student employers
are the Center for Recreation and Intramural Services and the University Center.
You can also check with your academic department for student employment opportunities.
10. Know Your Deadlines
Many programs require you to file your Intent to Graduate a full year ahead of your
graduation date, so watch for that deadline. Taking the GRE, GMAT, Miller Analogies
Test, or LSAT? These tests are available through the U of M Testing Center. Be sure
to check testing schedules and make appointments early.