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To see a list of Advising Drop-in hours for the remainder of the semester, click here.

UMSA Events

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UMSA social
Join the officers and members of UMSA for a study break with hot cocoa, cider, donuts.
December 14th from 11-1pm in 915 Social Science Building


Job Opportunities

Department of Sociology

We are inviting you to apply for a student worker position opening shortly in the Department of Sociology. This position requires that you have work study funds you will allocate to this position and you must be registered for at least six credits. This is a part time opening for 10 to 15 hours per week. We hope to hire a student who will continue with us from 2016-2017. There would also be an option for some summer hours and work over breaks.

For spring 2016, we are looking for a student with work study funding who can work Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-1:30.

Directions on how to apply (and more information) are here.  Sophomores and Juniors are encouraged to apply.

Peace Corps

Peace Corps currently has 1740 openings for volunteer positions lasting 27 months in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth in development in over 60 countries around the world.  Peace Corps programs depart every month of the year, and Peace Corps pays for the airfare, training, a living stipend, and full medical and dental coverage.  Volunteers also get vacation days and can defer federal loans.  After completing their service, Volunteers get non-competitive eligibility for one year when applying to any federal position, a readjustment allowance of ~$7,500, and the option to take advantage of graduate school perks with over 200 graduate school programs across the nation.

The next big application deadline is January 1, 2016 for any programs departing in July, August, or September of 2016.  Please find below a list of how many openings there are in each sector area and the types of majors who can be competitive for the openings .

Agriculture (~255 openings)
Agribusiness, Agriculture Economics, Any degree, Business, Economics, Management

Community Economic Development (~210 openings)
Accounting, Any degree, Architecture, Banking, Business, Business administration, Computer science, Finance, Geography, Information systems, Management , Public administration, Public policy, Urban studies, Urban/regional planning

Education (~495 openings)
Any degree, Any foreign language, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Early childhood education, Elementary education, Engineering, English, General Science, Math, Middle school education, Physics, Preschool education, Secondary education, Special Education, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Teaching English as a Second Language

Environment (~225 openings)
Any degree, Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Natural Resources, Management, Recreation/Park Administration, Watershed Management, Wildlife, Biology, Wildlife Management

Health (~360 openings)
Any degree, Civil engineering, Environmental engineering, Health, Nursing, Nutrition, Pre-med, Public health

Youth in Development (~195 openings)
Any degree, Child development, Social Work

History Museum Fellows program


The “History Museum Fellows Program” is designed to engage students in studying the challenges related to the under representation of communities of color and American Indian Nations in historical organizations, museums, and public history graduate programs. Communities need to “see them-selves” in the work of cultural organizations in order to identify with their missions. For museums, diversity is not about political correctness. The demographic shifts in American society require the leaders of state historical organizations and museums to diversify the perspective of their organizations in order to truly fulfill their missions.

HMFP Fellows Flyer 2016


Minnesota Daily

We truly believe that in order for the Minnesota Daily to fully represent the voice of the University of Minnesota, we should have staff members from across a wide variety of departments and programs.

This December, we want to reach out across campus and bring in students from all fields of study. As long as as an applicant bring the smarts, we’ll teach them the rest — and learning to write a news story is just a single benefit of working at our student newspaper. The Minnesota Daily has opened job applications for the spring semester. Those will close on Dec. 11.

Minnesota Daily Recruitment


Northwestern University offers a unique JD/PhD Program for interested students. The program provides an integrated JD/PhD experience for a few outstanding students each year, with full funding for both law school and graduate school, including tuition and living expenses for six years and five summers. It is designed for students who intend to pursue an academic or research career and whose teaching and research will be enriched by both degrees. I hope you will tell your best undergraduate students with research and teaching career plans to apply to the program.

For more details on the program, please click here to view the JD-PhD brochure. You can also go to the program website.

Cross- Discipline Courses related to Sociology

The Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is offering its first ever Forensic Anthropology course in Spring 2016. The course will be taught by David Carlisle, a forensic anthropologist with the Minneapolis Crime Lab. It will meet on Mondays from 6:00 – 8:30 in Anderson 250.

Forensic Anthropology (ANTH 3980, Section 001). Forensic Anthropology explores the many applications of anthropological science to the legal and criminal justice system. From crime scene investigation to forensic archaeology, the methods and knowledge-base developed by anthropologists in their study of the human species comprise a powerful set of tools for aiding in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals. This course, taught by a practicing forensic anthropologist, will survey many of these applications, including identifying human remains, blood spatter analysis, trauma assessment and many others. This will be a lecture only class.

Grand Challenge Courses

Sociology will accept the following Spring Semester Grand Challenges courses for credit as an elective for Sociology majors:

  • GCC 3007/5007 Toward Conquest of Disease
  • GCC 3010/5010 The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change
  • GCC 3012/5012 Structural Violence and Medication Experience

Child Psychology

CPsy 4334W

Children, Youth in Society
Monday, Wednesday 1:00 – 2:15
Burton Hall 125

This class will be taught by Professor Arthur Reynolds who is the Director of the Chicago Longitudinal Study. Professor Reynolds’ research interests include:

  • early childhood intervention on children’s development from school entry to early adulthood;
  • family and school influences on children’s educational success; and
  • evaluation research and prevention science

If you are interested in registering for the class, or would like more information, please contact Zack Haas at

Research Opportunities

University of Maryland-

Department of Homeland Security- 

  • Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
  • DHS HS-STEM 2016 Summer Internship Program

For more information, see the “Research” and “Internship” tabs at the top of this website.

Internship Information

$5,000 Internship Award for CLA Students

CLA Career Services introduces the Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity will combine the hands-on experience of a summer internship with an internship reflection course, enhanced career coaching and alumni mentoring opportunities.

Application deadline is December 15. No need to have an internship secured by the time of application. For more information and to apply,


The Largest Job and Internship Fair in the State

JIFFriday, February 19
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center
Don’t miss the biggest student carer fair in Minnesota! More that 300 companies and organizations will be there recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships. This event is open to all U of M students – both undergraduate and graduate – who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program. The event is also open to U of M alumni from the past three years (2013 – 2016). Get a FREE professional headshot photo for your use with LinkedIn and other social media! Cost for pre-registration (by February 12) is $10, and $25 day of the fair. All pre-registered students will receive a FREE box lunch.