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An internship in Chicago that connects you to your dream job. A semester in Europe that opens the world to you. A service project that changes lives in the local community. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, your starting place is here: the Alma College Center for Student Opportunity.

The CSO provides both support services and access to practical experiences that enhance your education. We’ll show you how to succeed in the classroom, but also assist you as you plan your personal Venture – an individual experience that could take you across the globe. We’ll teach you important financial skills that position you for personal success, while also giving you the chance to serve others. We’ll help you plan for life after Alma, but also aid you in becoming a responsible leader. Put simply: the CSO is where it all comes together for you.

We’ve got the practical tools you’ll need to turn your dreams into reality:
And we’ve got the opportunities you want (plus connections all across campus):

The CSO and the Alma Commitment

The CSO also coordinates all aspects of the Alma Commitment. We work closely with academic advisors to help you stay on track for four-year graduation; provide year-by-year guidance, which includes the First Year Guide program and the annual All-Class Conferences; help you plan your Venture and apply for up to $2,500 to support your experience; and prepare you for graduation with comprehensive career services. For more information, visit the CSO in person or call 989-463-7247.

Upcoming CSO Events

March 2, 2015

  • Image preview 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Intern in Washington D.C.!

    Meet Heather in the CSO to learn more about this Alma-approved Internship Program.

    Learn - Lead - Network through American University’s Washington Semester Program.  

    Intern opportunities for studies in New Media, Journalism, Business, Public Policy, American Politics, Justice, Public Law, Foreign Policy, and more.  
    Gain internship experience while earning academic credit! 


March 3, 2015

  • Image preview 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Resume Development Workshop

    A great intro to building a polished, professional resume! For personal resume critiques, see the peer consultants Mon-Thurs from 4-8pm in the CSO. Note that it takes 2-3 weeks to develop your personalized resume.

March 4, 2015

  • Image preview 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Give me Credit
    Students will learn about credit cards, credit reports, and credit scores. They will also learn how to use and review each of these items, and the importance of having them.
  • Image preview 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Financial Literacy Kick-Off Event
    Financial Literacy Marathon Month Kick-Off Event! Come earn Cash Course Coins by playing financial literacy bingo in the CSO. There will also be ice cream snacks.

March 5, 2015

  • Image preview 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Identity Theft
    Students will learn about identity thefy, what it is and how to protect themselves.