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  • Advising Topics
    The Career Development Office staff can help you with a variety of career-related topics including:
    • Resume and Cover Letter Development
    • Major and Career Exploration
    • Interview Strategies
    • Part-time Job Search
    • Internship Search
    • Full-Time Job Search
    • Graduate and Professional School Applications
    • Personal Statements
    • Networking Tips
    • And more!
  • How to Make an Appointment
    To schedule an appointment, login to your Handshake account and click “Schedule a New Appointment”. Select “College of Social Science” to see all of the available topics and sign up for the time that works best for you. You can also visit an all majors or exploratory advisor in the Student Services Building by selecting “All Majors & Exploratory Majors.”
  • Electronic Resume Reviews

    Current College of Social Science students have the option of having their resume reviewed electronically by a trained Career Consultant or Career Peer Intern. Receive a response with feedback on your document within one week. Resume reviews are also available in person by scheduling an appointment through Handshake at Before submitting, make sure you review the resume pages in the Career Handbook below.



  • What Can I Do With This Major

    This site will help to answer many of your questions about possible career opportunities as well as give you strategies to be a top candidate in your field.

  • First Destination Survey

    Every year, MSU surveys graduates to find out where they’re heading after graduation. These survey results offer a snapshot of job titles, employer names, and graduate schools of our College of Social Science grads.

  • Handshake

    Handshake is our online career management platform with thousands of job and internship postings. Using Handshake, you can search job (both part-time and full-time, on and off campus) and internship postings, find employer information, and find out about upcoming on-campus recruiting events, information sessions, and career fairs. Handshake is also where you will go to schedule a career advising appointment with a Career Consultant.


  • LinkedIn
    • LinkedIn is a professional social media platform. Similar to other platforms like Facebook, you add others as “connections” to help build your network. Your LinkedIn profile is built with all of your professional experiences and achievements and can be seen as an extended version of your resume.

    • LinkedIn is a great play to stay updated on your connections careers, but it is also a great way to make new LinkedIn provides job and internship postings and employer pages to gain more insight on an organization. Similarly to Facebook, you can join groups to connect with others in related fields or who have similar interests. Get started in a group by joining Spartan Links which helps to connect students and alumni.

    • LinkedIn also offers information on Michigan State alumni. By searching for “Michigan State,” you can see “Alumni”. You can search the alumni database by location, employer name, type of work, or what they studied. Using the alumni database is a great way to make new connections and to reach out to fellow Spartans that are working for a company you’re interested in or doing the type of work you would like to learn more about. Click on an alumni’s profile and select “connect” and “add a note” to send them a quick message about what you would like to talk to them about. Spartans love helping fellow Spartans!


  • Americorps Programs
    • Americorps is a civil service program designed to help make an impact in our communities. There are a variety of Americorps programs throughout the country working in areas like disaster response, education, environmental stewardship, grant writing, and community engagement.

    • Americorps positions are paid and provide a small living stipend. After completion of service, members are also eligible for an education award that can be used towards future education or repayment of qualified student loans.

    • Michigan State runs an Americorps program, MSU College Advising Corps, which places MSU graduates in high schools across the state to empower students to achieve postsecondary education.


  • Online Job Search Tools
    In addition to Handshake and LinkedIn, there are a number of helpful job search websites available. Some of the most popular include:
  • For-Credit Internships

    All College of Social Science students are required to complete an experiential learning experience before graduation. One option for this experience is a for-credit internship. The Experiential Learning office offers credit for qualifying internships in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. For more information, visit the Experiential Learning page.