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Job Opportunities

WSAC: Women’s Student Activist Collective
Staff Advisor Position

The purpose of the Feminist Student Activist Collective is to empower women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people to make positive changes in society by eliminating interrelated inequalities that produce oppression, with a focus on gender and sexuality. FSAC is a student-run collective organization at the University of Minnesota.

Click here for the position Listing: Staff Advisor Position

Any questions or comments can be directed to


Illinois Public Interest Research Group(ILPIRG)

Are you someone who hopes to make a positive change on the biggest issues of our time?

 Pirg Campus Action is looking for motivated individuals that are passionate about making a difference on environmental and social issues, everything from climate change to voting rights.  We need people to fuel the power of student activism, win positive change, and build for even more victories in the future.

Go Here to apply and make a difference.



Summer Internship Opportunity with IRS-CI

The Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation is offering an exciting opportunity we are offering this summer to college students.  It is an unpaid summer position working side by side with Special Agents of the IRS.

Student Service Summary

  • IRS provides an opportunity for students to enrich their educational opportunities
  • Gives students early career experiences to guide them in making future vocational choices
  • Student is not entitled to any benefits such as sick or annual leave, health/life insurance, transportation subsidies, or payment of any kind from the IRS

A special agent is a Federal law enforcement position.  IRS Special Agents investigate violations of Federal tax laws, money laundering violations and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, and conduct other investigations relating to the work of the Department of the Treasury.  They participate in multi-agency task forces to investigate other criminal activities such as fraud, organized crime and domestic terrorism. The work involves surveillance; interviewing witnesses; interrogating suspects; searching for physical evidence and clues; seizures of contraband, equipment and vehicles; securing and serving search warrants; making arrests, inspecting records and documents; etc.  Agents must be able to recognize and develop evidence for orderly representation to U.S. attorneys and other legal officers, to meet and confer with persons from all walks of life, to testify effectively in court and prepare detailed written reports.  They must be proficient in the use of firearms, skilled in defensive tactics and be able to exercise judgment, resourcefulness and initiative.  IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents are renowned as the premier financial investigators.

For more information on IRS Criminal Investigation, please visit the following websites:  or to learn more about an IRS Law Enforcement Career.

Funded summer 2016 internships/ Human rights awards

As a part of its commitment to recognizing the achievements of students in human rights and to offering new experiential learning opportunities, the Human Rights Program is pleased to announce its array of awards, financial support, and internships available for students in 2016. Whether students are seeking their Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, or professional degree, the Program is thrilled to be offering a number of ways in which to support their work in promoting and protecting human rights.

  • The Program, in conjunction with the University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Sullivan Ballou Fund, is once again recognizing undergraduate students doing tremendous work in human rights with the Inna Meiman Human Rights Award and the Sullivan Ballou Award. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate students for these $1,000 awards. Self-nominations are also accepted. March 22, 2016 application deadline.
  • Following a very successful 2015 collaboration, the Program is again partnering with the local non-profit Children of Incarcerated Caregivers in seeking graduate/professional and upper-level undergraduate students to serve on an interdisciplinary research team during summer 2016. The team will research the effects of parental incarceration and will advocate for effective policies and programs on this issue. Stipends of $5,500 for graduate/professional students and $4,000 for undergraduates are offered for this FT, two-month internship opportunity. February 26, 2016 application deadline.
  • Last but not least, the Program is offering up to $4,000 of support to select undergraduates and graduate/professional students pursuing the graduate minor in human rights who will be completing a human-rights-related internship in the summer of 2016. February 26, 2016 application deadline.
Much more information on each award/internship as well as information on how to apply is available on the Program’s website. You may also contact Rochelle Hammer in the Human Rights Program with questions related to these opportunities, or 612-626-7947.

MPC’s Summer Diversity Fellowship program

The MPC Diversity Fellowship is designed to help recruit undergraduate and graduate students to work on its U.S. or international demographic data resources. Projects or units with openings include: Terra Populus (TerraPop), IPUMS-International, MPC Information Technology, and a faculty-led research project with Carolyn Liebler on race in America.

MPC Diversity Fellowship Summer 16


Volunteer Opportunities

Call for Volunteers

The Council for European Studies (CES) calls for student volunteers to serve at the 23rd International Conference of Europeanists, to be held at the DoubleTree hotel in Philadelphia, PA from April 14-16, 2016. All volunteers who provide one day of conference support receive a complimentary lunch on their day of service and a waiver of the conference registration fee, allowing them to attend the two remaining days of the conference for free.

The CES conference offers interested students a unique opportunity to meet and interact with the leading international scholars, researchers, and policy specialists focused on Europe. Because volunteers perform a variety of functions, from staffing exhibit tables to providing technical assistance to ensuring that sessions run smoothly, the experience of serving can be both challenging and rewarding.

Only non-presenting students are eligible to serve as volunteers at the CES conference. Anyone scheduled to present may not also serve as a volunteer.

To express interest in volunteering at the 23rd International Conference of Europeanists, students should register for the conference as a “Volunteer” using the Council’s online registration form: CES staff will be in touch with all potential volunteers to confirm their interest, ensure eligibility, and arrange for volunteer assignments. 

For more information, visit or contact CES at:


Ms. Henrike Dessaules
Assistant Director of Programs
Council for European Studies | Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, MC 3307
New York, NY   10027
T: 212-854-4172 | F: 212-854-8808


Research Position

University of Minnesota Research Study

The Auditory Perception and Cognition Lab is looking for volunteers to participate in our study on pitch perception and musical ability. We are seeking a wide range of participants, from the musically impaired to expert musicians, so all ranges of musical ability are welcome to participate. If you are interested in participating, please complete our screening procedure by clicking on the following link: 

The screening is a short online procedure, where you will fill out a few questions about yourself and complete a listening task. The entire screening will take approximately 15 minutes of your time.

By participating in our online screening, you are eligible to partake in a raffle for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

If you have any questions, please contact the graduate student researcher, Kelly Whiteford, at


News- worthy Items

Race in America: Then and Now

A summer course called “Race in America: Then and Now”  is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the Civil Rights Movement by visiting many of the historically significant sites around the US South and meeting with former leaders.
Course Number: ID (Interdisciplinary Studies) 3574
Course Name: Race in America: Then and Now
Number of Credits: 6
Instructor: Lena Jones, political science faculty member at MCTC
Course Dates: June 6 to June 27, 2016
Course Cost: $3,400 (includes tuition, airfare to/from Mississippi from MSP, lodging, most meals, ground transportation – Financial Aid may be available)
Course Location: The program is based in Jackson, Mississippi, and is offered in collaboration with the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at COFO on the campus of Jackson State University.


Course Description: The summer of 2014 saw the beginning of a dramatic shift in public conversation around racein the United States. As the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Sandra Blank, Jamar Clark, and other unarmed black men and women dominated the news, powerful protests forced Americans to confront the twin realities of institutionalized racism and police brutality. Protests spilled onto the highways of major cities, occupied shopping malls, and dominated digital spaces, framing dissent around a single rallying cry, originally posted as a Facebook status by 33 year old Alicia Garza: “Black lives matter.”

Race in America: Then and Now dives into questions of racial justice in America today, and the continuing role of race in the United States. Students meet with civil rights activists who were active in the 1960s and those who are active now, as well as lawyers, politicians, educators, and youth. Field experiences open up connections among issues related to education, incarceration, distribution of wealth, health care, housing, employment, and the environment. By the end of the month, students have a profound understanding of the Civil Rights Movement—its motivations, strategies, successes and failures—and they have also developed ways to make meaningful contributions to their own communities.

This course is for students that want to learn the history of the Civil Rights Movement but also be part of today’s renewed struggle for racial equity and justice in America.

MSID Information Session

Tuesday, March 1st
12:00 – 1pm
Heller Hall 110Pizza will be served
RSVP: mollym@umn.eduMSID (Minnesota Studies in International Development) is a unique semester-long study abroad opportunity. Students spend six weeks in a major city studying the complexities of international development followed by six weeks in a rural community completing an internship at a local non-profit organization. Program locations include: Ecuador, India, Kenya, Senegal and Thailand. Students choose to focus their studies by selecting one of the following tracks:

  • Arts and Cultural Studies
  • Education and Literacy
  • Entrepreneurship and Alternative Economies
  • Public Health
  • Social Service

Sustainability and the EnvironmentFor more information, visit or contact Molly Micheels ( in the Learning Abroad Center.