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Our Career Counselor, Katy Hinz, has drop- in hours every Thursday from 1:00pm- 4:00pm in the Social Science Building room 968.

Katy can help with Internship/ Job searches, Graduate School planning, Resume reviews, connection with Alumni, and much more!

If you wish to schedule an appointment with Katy, click here.


 UMSA Events

UMSA will be having its semi- annual social! Join us and eat ice UMSA2cream meet fellow students, and hear about an exclusive conference opportunity in Chicago for Sociology majors.

New this year: we will be making cards for the Make A Wish Foundation  at the social which will then be donated!

The Social will be on Monday, February 1st from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in 915 Social Science Building.

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Summer Serve and Learn

The Summer Serve and Learn volunteer program offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience in international development work in Africa. Our volunteers take part in 16-day sessions working alongside local staff to reach common goals. Our programs are each designed to complement our year-round programming and the skills and expertise of our volunteers. By volunteering, you will have the opportunity to learn from the local community and gain profound insight into life in rural Ghana. You will benefit from the Twi language lessons, discussions on pertinent topics and cultural exchanges, such as meeting the village chief, a drumming and dancing workshop, and traveling to sites such as the historic Ghanaian cities of Kumasi and Cape Coast. To learn more, check out our website.

Session Brochure 2016
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Sociologists Needed Internationally

INDIA: Micro-finance & Qualitative & Quantitative Analysis.
This Micro-finance institution was inspired by and models itself after Grameen Bank.
They want Sociologists who can help them learn how to crunch the numbers in determining if each micro-finance self help group is succeeding and monitor if they are achieving their goals. They would also like Sociologists to help with initial research on their Livable Cities program

MONGOLIA: Teaching  qualitative and quantitative analysis.
The director of this acclaimed public policy organization said: “We are a young democracy.  We would like to gather all the Mongolian NGO’s and learn how to do qualitative and quantitative analysis. We have no idea of how to measure if our programs are achieving their goals; and to determine what the actual community needs are.”

SRI LANKA: The variables that determine quality of life & transform life in the slums.
This organization, founded by an urban planner, does a phenomenal job transforming the slums. They do an an extensive survey of the needs and conditions in each community and then they methodically tackle each of the variables. They would love Sociologists that can teach them qualitative and quantitative analysis.

RWANDA: Prisoners.
This organization works with disenfranchised and marginalized populations. Come help then in the work they do with people in prison.

Help this social work program evaluate the needs of the youth that they serve;
and develop tools and measures if they are achieving their program goals.

Interested? Please read NGOabroad website and send answered Questionnaire and resume to:

Job & Internship Opportunities

WorkArt Fellowship

The Center for German & European Studies has a summer 2016 fellowship opportunity available. The WorkArt Fellowship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with a strong interest in art and design to gather valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector at one of Germany’s over 300 community-based nonprofit art associations and galleries. The application deadline is February 5th.

You can find further information about the internship on their website, as well as from the documents listed below:
Application form WorkArt_2016
WorkArt_2016 fellowship brief


Department of American Studies

Research Assistant job for student with work-study ($12/hour, 8-12 hours/week).

Seeking an undergraduate student with work-study funds to transcribe interviews conducted as part of an interdisciplinary research project on the politics of agricultural development.

Applicants must be detail-oriented. Excellent typing skills and 3.5 or higher GPA preferred. Spring semester with possible extension into summer.

Please contact Aaron Eddens in the Dept. of American Studies ( for more details. Please only apply if you have work-study funds available.



MinnPost, one of the country’s leading nonprofit news organizations, is looking to hire a data/investigative reporter. 

They’re looking for someone who can find great stories — especially in the mass of data that surrounds us — and tell those stories using a mix of writing and visualization. The perfect candidate will be someone with at least a couple of years of experience who will produce data-driven pieces on a wide range of issues that are important to Minnesotans, from politics to criminal justice to urban planning.

Skills required:

Finding and requesting data from official sources will be a big part of the gig, of course, so you should have experience filing FOIA/DPA requests. You should also know your way around a spreadsheet and have some familiarity with basic statistical concepts. And, ideally, you should be familiar with the tools for presenting data on the web.

All that said, more important than any specific technical skill is having the ability and enthusiasm to find, follow and report great stories. If you’re not interested in picking up the phone or tracking down real live humans, this isn’t the job for you.

To apply:

Send a résumé, some samples of your work (URLs are fine) and a short note explaining your interest in the job to MinnPost Executive Editor Andrew Putz at No phone calls, please.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

UROPThe Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) supports research or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member. Financial awards of up to $1,700 are offered twice a year to full-time undergraduates. These grants provide students an excellent opportunity to receive a stipend for work on a research project of their own design.

Eligibility: You must be a declared sociology major, in good academic standing, and conducting research or a creative project in partnership with a faculty member.
Apply: Visit the UROP website or stop by their office in 511 Bruininks Hall for more information.
Deadline: Visit the UROP website for details about upcoming deadlines.

Applications for Summer and Fall 2016 are due Februrary 29th, 2016.


Acara Challenge D Prize

The Acara Challenge provides challenges topics, funding, and mentorship for students designing new social enterprise solutions to distribute an effective poverty solution. Challenge areas may include girl’s education, energy, government and infrastructure, global health, general education, or your own challenge area. Visit our website to select your Acara D-Prize challenge.

What: Students identify a challenge, develop a social venture solution, and compete for funding to address global poverty challenges.

Who: All current degree-seeking UMN students who are up for the challenge. Must have an idea for a social venture to apply. Applicants may be individuals or teams.

Apply: See competition webpage to apply. This initial short google form application is due by Jan 22, 2016. The final plans are due Feb 12 and the final competition will occur Mar 3, 2016.

Questions: Contact Fred Rose at


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Other Events

1. U.S. Department of State Information Session

Attend the general information session to learn more about careers with the U.S. Department of State and how you can serve your country by living and working in any one of more than 270 diplomatic locations around the world, including embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations.  There are many career paths to choose from, including Foreign Service Officers, Foreign Service Specialists, and Civil Service professionals.  There are also internship and fellowship opportunities.  After the information session, stick around or drop by to speak to the recruiter during the open house.
  • Wednesday, January 27 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Bruininks Hall, 518/520
2. The Medical School Office of Admissions will be hosting Information Sessions for prospective students on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:30 – 5:00 Mayo 3-125
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 5:30 – 7:00 Mayo 3-100
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 Moos 2-520


3. New First-Year Program: Rewind

Do you know a new student who is looking to connect with more students? Make sense of the first semester? Get a fresh start? Contribute to the new student transition experience? Orientation and First-Year Programs is excited to introduce Rewind!

Rewind is a new first-year program (enhanced and inspired from First-Year Photo Project) designed to help students reflect on their first-year experiences and share their stories through conversations, pictures, community, and social media.

Rewind is designed to help students:

  • Meet new people and connect through shared experiences
  • Reflect on their first year at the U
  • Help new incoming students understand what they may experience upon starting college through the shared stories of program participants
  • Help OFYP better learn about the first-year experience so that we can better proactively serve students
  • Discuss steps for a smooth transition into the second year at the U

Encourage students to sign up at by Thursday, January 21. The first Rewind meeting will be held Thursday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m. with additional meetings on select Thursdays (February 18, March 10, March 31, and April 21) from 5-6:30 p.m. Students will also be assigned to a small group that will meet occasionally. OFYP will send all participants further program details upon signing up.

Have any questions? Email


4.You CAN Afford to Study Abroad: Info Sessions about Scholarships & Financial Aid

Want to study abroad but aren’t sure how to afford it? If so, attend one of our very popular information sessions about a variety of scholarships and financial aid options that will help them make your dream a reality.

You CAN Afford to Study Abroad Info Sessions:
Thursday, February 182-3 p.m., 230 Heller Hall
Friday, April 112-1 p.m., 230 Heller Hall


5. Peace Corps Information Session

Tuesday, January 26th. Coffman room 305. All are welcome!
Part I: 6:15 PM
Part II: 7:30 PM

Peace Corps is a great way to develop career skills, learn a new language, and challenge one’s self.  Peace Corps covers all costs and is currently looking to fill several positions.
This information session will go over the basics of Peace Corps, have a featured presentation by Pat Williams (who served in Burkina Faso and is earning a Master of Public Health here at the U), and will conclude with a panel of Returned Volunteers who served in Guinea, Uganda, Lesotho, and Peru.
At 7:30, part II of the evening will begin, where we will explore what it’s like living and working in Asia.  This part of the evening will include a presentation by a UMN International Student from South Korea and  Returned Peace Corps Volunteer/UMN student who served in Mongolia.  This event will include snacks.

6. NEDA Walk