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Junior Initiatives


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 States.

2. Internships

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 organizations.

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 services.

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.

Important Retention Initiatives

ACAD 1100
Academic Advising
Academic Status & Retention
Adult and Commuter Student Services
ALEKS Math Placement
Career Services
Early Intervention Reporting
Leadership Programs
Fresh Connections
Helen Hardin Honors Program
Living Learning Communities
Psychological Counseling
Student Success Programs (TRIO, First Scholars)
Tutoring @ ESP

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Last Updated: 2/21/12