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Internships and Careers

So you have a Hamline degree. Now what? The options abound. The majority of the Class of 2008 is working full time, 15% are enrolled in graduate or professional programs, and 7% are engaged in full-time volunteer service. Pipers leave Hamline confident in their skills and ability to lead successful post-college lives. Of those Class of 2009 seniors surveyed about what they gained from their Hamline experience:

83% felt they could relate well to people of different races, nations, and religions.
95% felt they could gain in-depth knowledge of a subject area.
89% felt they increased their ability to write effectively.
92% said they improved their oral communication skills.
91% felt they could formulate creative and/or original ideas and solutions.

The Hamline Plan

A liberal arts education not only prepares students to work, it prepares them to live as thoughtful, engaged citizens. The Hamline Plan, Hamline's nationally-recognized general education program, provides students with a set of flexible, goal-oriented skills and experiences that prepare them to enter the workforce, go on to graduate school, engage in volunteer service, and lead full, balanced lives.

"The most important thing in all my jobs has been the ability to be flexible and think critically. Everything you learn at Hamline is transferrable."
- Brad Baso '01, IT project manager and former music major

View the complete Hamline Plan >


100% of Hamline students complete an internship, service learning project, and/or collaborative research -- not just for fun, but as part of their graduation requirements. Internships can start as early as your first year, and often do. Located halfway between the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Hamline is minutes away from 20 Fortune 500 companies and endless internship opportunities.

β€œThe Twin Cities offers a lot of opportunities for internships, and Hamline has a great program -- the university will help you find all your internships.”
- Mary Wilkowski ’11 (Savannah, Georgia)

Learn more about internships at the Career Development Center >

Career Preparation and Planning

Hamline's Career Development Center provides all students with free, comprehensive career search support for their four years at Hamline and for two years after graduation. Lifetime support services include access to the university's extensive alumni network. The Career Development Center also provides:

  • Signature programs like Bridges Scholars and the Practice Interview Program

  • Individual career counseling and assistance

  • Student groups focused on career exploration and job searches

  • On- and off-campus employer recruiting events

"When you graduate from Hamline, there's no shortage of people to write you recommendations or find you career connections. It's fantastic to have coaches, advisors, and staff who know you and can recommend you to potential employers."
- Phil Brondyke ’07, graduate student at University College London

Explore your opportunities with the Career Development Center >

Graduate School Preparation

Minnesota's private colleges lead in producing the next generation of scientists, doctors, and researchers, according to the Minnesota Private College Research Foundation, and Hamline ranks third among Minnesota schools in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctorates. 

Students interested in pursuing graduate school often find they have a leg-up, having worked one-on-one with professors through Hamline's collaborative research program and/or having presented their own, original research at national conferences.

"I was extremely prepared for graduate school. I completed an honors thesis at Hamline--a rigorous process of developing a research project, gathering and summarizing data, and writing a research paper that I presented at numerous conferences."
- Julie Wroblewski '05, graduate student at University of Washington