Our goal is to prepare students so that when they graduate, they are confident, competitive job applicants. We achieve this by providing unique real-world opportunities and hands-on experiences that are resume ready.
Legislative Intern Program
Southeast students are highly sought-after in the Missouri Legislative Internship Program. Students are paired with Missouri legislators and intern in their legislative offices in Jefferson City. The reputation of the program leads to requests for SEMO students and experiences lead to real, resume quality experience and job offers.
If you see yourself in a publishing, editing, or writing career in the future, you’ll sharpen your skills working at the Big Muddy or The Cape Rock, literary journals. The University Press serves both as a first-rate publisher in our under-published region and as a working laboratory for students interested in learning the art and skills of literary publishing. And finally, students can gain professional experience working at the Center for Writing Excellence, assisting their peers.
Solving Cold Cases
That’s what our anthropology students do. It’s kind of the ultimate in a real-world experience. Students set out to solve the cold case of remains found in Southeast Missouri in 1979. The team used forensic genealogy and worked with a lab that specializes in extracting DNA from degraded bone to solve the mystery. They’re currently working on their next case!
That’s what we do
D.C. Think TankIf public policy excites you, do we have an opportunity. Southeast is the only university in the nation invited to a week-long program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Students spend a week at the global think tank working through major policy challenges like food shortage, climate change, and cybersecurity.
Disney College ProgramHow about hands-on learning and career development opportunities at the happiest place on earth: Walt Disney World. Southeast has had multiple students participate in the Disney College Program, a unique program allowing participants to network with leaders, take part in career development classes, and build critical. Each role is a paid internship and provides a unique and diverse learning and working experience for one of the world's largest brands.
Historic Preservation Field SchoolExplore French culture and architecture, learn to interpret and understand your finding, all while preserving a little bit of history? That’s the goal of the Historic Preservation Summer Field School, an incredible opportunity for Southeast’s grad and undergrad students to get hands-on experiences in a historic landscape.
Concierge ServicesThe great thing about learning on a college campus is it’s basically like a small city with an abundance of potential clients for whatever experience you’re trying to gain. That’s the premise behind communications studies students offering their skills as communications consultants for the campus community.
Sometimes you can get that real-world experience without leaving the nest. Southeast has professional organizations located on campus that also offer job experience for students. The Center for Faulkner Studies and the Center for Regional History offer research or professional experience for students. The Law Enforcement Academy has provided specialized training for more than 2,800 officers since it was established.
The hands-on experiences you’re likely most familiar with are internships. Southeast programs all offer the opportunity to complete an internship--at times for credit, required for a major, or even paid. These internships are located across the country and highlight the talent and skill SEMO students have.
We know sometimes you need to leave the nest to learn. That’s why we’ve got study abroad opportunities in more than 50 locations around the world. Short term, whole semester, for credit, or for the experience—whatever the learning opportunity you’re interested in, there’s a program to match.