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Job Opportunities

Office of International Programs, CFANS

We invite you to apply for the student position (308917) in the Office of International Programs (OIP) in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences.  This dynamic position will provide administrative, communication, and research support to study abroad programming and internationalization efforts in OIP.

Learn more about the position and apply at the University of Minnesota employment websiteJob ID: 308917

Applicants must have an interest in study abroad, possess excellent communication skills and be equally comfortable with research and data organization. The ideal candidate would have previous study abroad experience, be familiar with CFANS majors and study abroad programs, and possess experience with web sites and social media tools.

Anticipated start of the position would be May through the summer with the possibility of extending through the fall semester.


Summer Job in the Dept. of Commerce

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is seeking a paid full-time student worker for the summer to assist in analyzing criminal investigations.
This position will support the work of Commerce special agents and analysts. The student worker will:

Be expected to partner with agents and analysts on criminal investigations.
Be assigned time sensitive tasks as well as perform analysis of financial or other records.
Split time between working with agents and analysts.
To learn more and/or apply, click here.


 The Office of Minnesota Attorney General

The Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson Information Session
Monday, April 18th
Bruininks Hall Room 518
GoldPASS event link:

Representatives from the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson will be visiting campus to meet with students and discuss career opportunities for post-graduation. The information session will provide students an opportunity to hear more about the work of the Attorney General’s Office and learn about a career that serves Minnesotans through advocacy at the chief legal office for the State of Minnesota.

The Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson On-Campus Interviews:
Job Title: Analyst
Job Type: Full Time Entry Level
Application Deadline: April 27
Interview Date: May 5 & 6


The Innocence Project of Minnesota, Nonprofit Management/Development Intern

Application Deadline: 5/24/16
Contact: Heather Ring,
Summer Internship, 15-20 hours/week
Find out more and apply through GoldPASS, job posting: 158783

The Non Profit Management / Development Intern at the Innocence Project of Minnesota will work directly with the organization’s Executive Director on all administrative and development projects and tasks. The Intern will share responsibility for the financial bookkeeping, gift processing, donor management and general administration of IPMN. Candidates should be professional, responsible, self-motivated, and able to work on challenging projects independently. This position will offer tremendous “on the job” experience, and offers opportunities for the execution of intern driven projects.
The intern will work at the IPMN offices – Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN.

Office of Senator Al Franken, Internship Opportunities

Washington: The intern program in Senator Franken’s office strives to fully immerse the interns in the legislative process. Interns will be paired with a legislative assistant who matches their issue area of interest, and will assist this staffer with policy research, as well as attend committee hearings and other Senate events. They will be a vital component of keeping the office functional, by assisting with the constituent mail process and managing the front desk.

Minnesota: The internship role in Senator Franken’s Minnesota offices requires individuals who are professional, articulate, and responsible with an interest in government service. Based on the individual’s availability, interests, and skills, interns will work with outreach staff, case workers, communications staff, and administrative staff. Interns will serve as a vital component of keeping the office functional by assisting with the constituent mail process and managing the front desk. Senator Franken offers internships in the following Minnesota offices: Saint Paul and Duluth.

Learn more here!


Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar

Full- and part-time unpaid internships are available in both Senator Klobuchar’s Minneapolis office and her Washington, DC, office.
Our internship program offers promising college students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain real-world experience in government and politics. Over the course of a semester, interns gain a deeper knowledge of the federal government while strengthening their communication, problem solving, and time management skills.
Interns work closely with staff to serve the people of Minnesota. Our goal is to provide a meaningful experience that will help each intern achieve his or her long-term career goals through a rigorous curriculum, clearly defined expectations, and constructive feedback.
Learn more here!

Volunteer Opportunities

Hennepin County Juvenile Probation Volunteer Positions

Contact: Barbara Ritchie,
Court Navigator–Monday 12:45-3:30pm, Tuesday 9-11:30am, Wednesday 7:50-10:30am
Gun Offender Program Assistant–Tuesdays 4-7pm, Thursdays, 4-7pm
Menu of Services Project Assistant–15-20+ hours/week during traditional business hours

Hennepin County Mentors for Success Volunteer Position

Contact: Joe Durocher,
Mentors meet with their mentees for a minimum of 1-2 hours/week for a year. The mentors serve as positive role models to youth in Hennepin County to help them achieve academic and personal success.

Council on Crime and Justice, Crime Advocate Volunteer Position

Contact: Lisa,
Volunteers must complete two training days and commit for at least one year of volunteering for at least 3 eight hour shifts/month. Work from home!

Volunteers provide crisis counseling, support, guidance, and information to victims, witnessess, and other concerned persons who call the 24 hour hotline.

MnCoSA (Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota Circles of Support & Accountability) Circle Member Volunteer Position

Contact: Sarah King, and Kevin Nelson,
MnCosa is based on a successful, nationally-recognized restorative justice model. A circle is made up of Circle Member (volunteers), a Core Member (released individual convicted of a sexual offense), and and Outer Circle (professionals).

Volunteers must complete 15 hours of training, commit to 1 year of involvement (circles meet 1-2 hours/week for an average of 4 hours peer month).

Circle members work in teams of 4-6 with a Core Member and are supported by an Outer Circle of professionals. Circles meet regularly to provide support to the Core Member as he/she begins to lead a responsible, productive, and accountable life while working on reintegration into the community–finding housing, employment, transportation, medical assistance, mental/chemical health care, friendship, and acceptance.


Sociology News & Events

Law Enforcement Opportunities 25th Annual Career Fair

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Education Center
9110 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445-2410

Phone: 952-232-4839

The Career Fair provides an opportunity to learn about careers and job openings in local, county, state and federal law enforcement, criminal justice and corrections.

This event is free and open to the public.
Visit for more information

 Eating Disorders in Context – Research Study

My name is Emily Haugen and my research focuses on the experiences of young women with subclinical eating disorder symptoms. This means they may have some difficulties with body image or their relationship with food, but do not have a clinical eating disorder diagnosis. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the feminist-informed protective factors that might mitigate symptoms before they develop into clinical disorders. To learn more about this, I will be interviewing women between the ages of 18-25 regarding their experiences with eating disorder symptoms in order to develop a theory of the process of symptom mitigation. My long term goal is to use these results to help inform treatment and prevention efforts for eating disorders.

Individuals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are invited to take part in a research study. Participants should be women ages 18-25 who are currently experiencing eating disorder symptoms but have no history of a clinical diagnosis or treatment. This study involves a brief questionnaire and in-depth interview which will take approximately 2 hours. Participants will receive a $20 Target gift card for their participation. The goal of this research is to develop a theory related to protective factors that might delay or stop eating disorder symptoms.

Participation is voluntary and all information associated with this study will remain confidential. This project has been approved by Virginia Tech’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (16-049). If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, please contact the researcher by email or phone (651)-317-9724.

Now Hiring: 2016 Grads!


This event provides University of Minnesota graduating seniors (12/2015-8/2016) the opportunity to explore job opportunities and learn creative job search strategies directly from staffing agency employers.
  • Free! And light refreshments provided
  • Open to all graduating seniors from the U of M – Twin Cities Campus
  • Registration appreciated via GoldPASS/The Edge (GoldPASS Event ID: 2928, Edge Event ID: 2760)
  • Business casual attire required


Hire BIG 10 Virtual Career Event

Tuesday, April 12th – Wednesday, April 13th
April 12th, 8:00am EDT – April 13th, 6:00pm EDT
Cost: FREE! – Register through link below!

Connect with over 50 employers looking to hire talent from the network of Big 10 colleges. For a list of participating employers and to register, click here.For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#2924).


Undergraduate Research Symposium


Philosophy Camp

Philosophy Camp is the affectionate nickname given by students to the University of Minnesota course Philosophy 4326/5326—Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community (4 credits, 3 weeks). A small group of students and instructors meet daily, from May 22nd through June 12th, and create a residential living-learning community experience at a retreat center on the prairie outside of Windom, MN. Participants in this course gain a fresh perspective on questions of self, vocation, education, sustainability, health, and community while enjoying simple living on the prairie of southwestern Minnesota. Students and instructors learn to investigate their own and others’ responses to questions such as these: What is an authentic self? What is my work in the world? What kind of community do I want to have around me? What do I bring to my relationships and community? It’s a fantastic experience to add to your undergraduate (or graduate!) time, and is a great opportunity to make friends and learn about yourself.

Other important details about Philosophy Camp:

  • Open to first-years through graduate students
  • Comprehensive program fee is $2300 ($2100 if you’re willing to share a room)
  • Transportation to and from Windom will be available
  • Need-based diversity scholarships may be available
  • Fulfills: Arts/Humanities Core & Civic Life and Ethics Theme

Visit or email us at for information on this course including application process, cost and financial aid info.


ASA Presents its 6th Webinar of the 2015-2016

Department Affiliates Webinar Series:Building Your Career with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology
April 21, 2016
3:00-4:30pm EST
Click here to register

In this webinar former sociology students will share how a degree in sociology shaped their career path and how sociological principles are employed in their positions on a daily basis. The presenters include three young professionals who began their careers with a BA in sociology. Sushama Rajapaksa, a research associate and Alexis Mesko, a probation officer, are both featured in the booklet “21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology, 2nd Edition.” David Deloach, a surgical consultant at an ophthalmology practice in Orlando, is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida. Their comments and advice to sociology students will be supplemented by Dr. Mary Senter, Professor of Sociology at Central Michigan University, who will be presenting national data about sociology majors and their career trajectories. In addition, Professor Senter will suggest ways in which students can use information from the surveys to assist them in their job search efforts. There will be ample time reserved for Q&A


Grand Challenge Curriculum

The University’s new Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) offers interdisciplinary, solution-oriented courses about important global issues. All classes are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors with unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored. Read more about what makes GCC courses unique or watch this short video, and then register for one of the Fall 2016 courses!

All GCC courses:

  • Are 3 credits
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines
  • Meet a Liberal Education (LE) theme
  • Fulfills an Honors Experience for Honors students

Fall 2016 Grand Challenge Courses:

  1. Can we feed the world without destroying it? (GCC 3001/5001)
  2. The fracking boom: Challenges and perils of the hydrocarbon renaissance (GCC 3004)
  3. Seeking solutions to global health issues (GCC 5003)
  4. Global Venture Design: What impact will you make? (GCC 5005)