Career Center

Researching programs

Things to Consider

Commitment to a master's degree or a doctoral program is a major decision. To be confident in your choice of a program you will want to investigate your options in relation to personal, academic and professional factors. Among the most important factors to keep in mind as you research programs are:

Career Crawls

Career Crawls are casual networking events that connect you with Michigan alumni and employers representing various industries throughout the world. Expand the reach of your Michigan community and join a Career Crawl!

Cover Letter Resources

Cover letters introduce your story and create a first impression for employers. They link your resume to the position, showcasing your knowledge of the organization and highlighting relevant skills. Start by researching the organization, considering what intrigues you and what you have to offer.

What to include

Your cover letter should include 3-4 paragraphs with the following information:

First Paragraph

The main purpose of the first paragraph is to introduce yourself and tell why you are writing. You want to grab the employer’s attention: why you are interested in this position and/or why this organization. Use your community: if someone has referred you to the organization (a current employee, friend, family member) include his or her name in the first sentence.

Salary and Relocation Resources

Getting a job offer is exciting, but it also brings its own challenges. How do you know if a salary is competitive? How much salary do you even need in the area where you'll be living? And what is involved with relocating to a new area? The web provides a wealth of resources to help with these questions, including the links below.


Hold Harmless Agreements

In some instances, employers may insist that an offer for an internship is contingent upon the completion of a Hold Harmless Agreement between you and the University. It is the University’s policy not to sign these agreements. If an employer does ask you to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement and you would like to evaluate your next steps for a discussion with the employer, please contact Geni Harclerode (, Assistant Director, Experiential Learning and Employer Development, at The Career Center 734-764-7460.