Internships helped launch her career

Alumna Micah Starr shares her UMKC experience
Micah Starr at her workplace

UMKC Grads are Everywhere.

Our students graduate with much more than a diploma. They leave UMKC with the practical knowledge, real-world experience and skills that help them land jobs they love.

Micah Starr ’15

UMKC Major: Urban Planning and Design
UMKC Athletics: Women's Golf
Current job: Account Manager

What did you most appreciate about UMKC?

I believe what you hold onto illustrates what you value most. Today, I am still in contact with my coaches, professors, teammates and friends at UMKC.

Favorite thing to do while you were a college student?

My favorite thing to do was go to the top of the Student Union and lay out overlooking campus, the Nelson Atkins, and the Plaza.

If you had an internship during college, how did it help prepare you for your first job?

During my college career, I had two internships — one with an architecture firm in Northwest Arkansas and one with an engineering firm in Kansas City. These two internships were instrumental in my career as they taught me about the real-world application of what I was learning in school and propelled me into the job I received after graduation.

“Have an open mind. Get as many internships as you can — even be open to internships in slightly different fields than your exact degree.”

Best career advice you’ve received?

I heard this a lot but it’s absolutely true — it’s not what you know but who you know. So always put your best self forward in every situation no matter what.

What advice do you have for students entering your field/profession?

Have an open mind. Get as many internships as you can — even be open to internships in slightly different fields than your exact degree. Know that someone is always watching. Remember the beginning of anything is always the hardest, so just keep going!

Published: Feb 6, 2019