Happy Friday!

I hope everyone is enjoying their first couple weeks of school!

We want to highlight some important dates, events, and opportunities! Stay connected and take advantage of the many resources available to U!

Be sure to check out all the Internship and Employment Opportunities https://sociologyundergrad.wordpress.com/internships-employment/

University of Minnesota Sociological Association (UMSA)


Stay tuned for upcoming UMSA events

Sociology’s student organization:

  • provides a voice for the needs of sociology majors and minors on campus
  • organizes programs of interest to sociology students
  • facilitates understanding and interactions among undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty
  • is committed to valuing a diversity of viewpoints and experiences

The best way to get involved in our student group is to attend the events organized by UMSA officers. If you are interested in helping to plan events, email our officers at umsa@umn.edu. We also post our upcoming events on Facebook and in the sociology department’s e-newsletter. Attending events regularly constitutes membership of UMSA, and all events are open to all sociology majors and minors. There is no application or fee to join.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides grants of up to $1,800 for undergraduate students either to carry out a project of the student’s own design in close collaboration with a faculty sponsor or work with a faculty member on her/his scholarly or creative project.

Thousands of students and faculty across the University have already discovered the benefits of these hands-on research opportunities in laboratories, studios, libraries, and field sites. Participating students have developed detailed knowledge of research methods while their faculty sponsors have gained the assistance of enthusiastic and capable students.

To find out more about undergraduate research and the UROP program, visit http://ugresearch.umn.edu/opportunities/urop

Application materials for UROP are available on the web at http://ugresearch.umn.edu/urop/application-process

The application deadline for spring 2017 projects is October 10, 2016.

UROP stipends are now paid as scholarships rather than as payroll. Please check with Financial Aid to determine if this will affect your aid package for the year.

If you have questions about UROP, please contact
Wendy Nicholson-Kotas

Dropping/Adding Courses

Starting 9/13, students will need instructor permission to add a course.

On 9/20, students need both instructor AND College approval – permission numbers will no longer work.

Add/Drop/Refund dates here:

National History Day in Minnesota is looking for undergraduate students interested in history, history education, or community service!

The History Day Mentoring Program is a PAID internship where undergraduates have the opportunity to mentor middle school and high school students as they create original projects.

Working with the History Day program will help you build your resume, introduce you to career opportunities in education and public history, and support connections between the U and the community.

A short application for prospective mentors can be found ONLINE.

If you have any questions, please contact John Little at littl448@umn.edu.”
The deadline for applications is Friday, September 23rd.

Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is Hiring Undergraduates for IPUMS-DHS


  • excellent quant skills and an interest in data
  • hard-working
  • responsible
  • detail-oriented
  • able to work extra hours locally during the summer
  • pays around $11/hour, with flexible hours

Dr. Miriam King
Project Manager, Integrated Demographic and Health Surveys (IPUMS-DHS) project
Minnesota Population Center
University of Minnesota
225 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

U of M Office of Measurement Services are Hiring 30 Student Interviewers to Work on Fall Omnibus study Along With a Spring Nutrition Study

Full/Part-time: Part-Time
Position Category: Student – On-Campus
Campus Location: 879 29th Avenue SE in Minneapolis just off of Como Ave near a bus stop
College: Budget & Finance
Requisition Number: 312614
Pay (and paid training): $10.50 an hour

The U of M Office of Measurement Services is administering a statewide study of Minnesota residents. We are seeking students to conduct telephone interviews.

Must be able to communicate effectively in English
Have a friendly phone voice and have prior customer service experience.

For more information:
Contact Deb Grillo at
612-625- 3892

Career Services Drop-in Hours in Soc Department

Do you have questions about your internship search, job search, resume, cover letter, networking, interviewing, what you can do with a major in Sociology, graduate school planning, or anything else career related? Come to drop in hours in 915 Social Sciences Building to grab a cookie & talk to Katy Hinz, CLA Career Counselor who works particularly with Sociology students. Yes, there will be cookies!!

Career Services Drop-in Hours:
09/29     1-4pm 915 Social Sciences
11/01     1-4pm 915 Social Sciences
11/16     3:30-5pm 915 Social Sciences
If drop-in hours don’t work for you you can always make an
appointment by visiting
or calling 612-624-7577

CLA Internship & Career Fair

Some employers of potential interest to Sociology students who will be attending, include: Dakota County, Hennepin County, Planned Parenthood, Project for Pride in Living Inc., The Arc Greater Twin Cities, Volunteers of America, College Possible, Fraser

Friday, September 30th
10:00am – 2:00pm
Great Hall – Coffman Memorial Union
Cost: FREE! Preregistration encouraged on GoldPASS

Attend the CLA Internship & Career Fair to connect with employers who will be recruiting liberal arts students for internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities. This free event is only open to current College of Liberal Arts students and recent graduates. Register on GoldPASS. We look forward to seeing you there! For a list of CLA Internship & Career Fair prep events click here.

For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#2959).

Minneapolis TRANS* Equity Summit

Thursday, September 22nd
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Cost: FREE! Register HERE!

Hosted by the City of Minneapolis in partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The theme for this year’s Summit is employment, with sessions covering topics of interest to employers, employees, and community members interested in learning about and furthering transgender equity. All are encouraged to attend.

For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#3115).


Minneapolis Health Department: Public Health Specialist I – Youth Development

The Minneapolis Health Department has posted an opening for a Public Health Specialist I – Youth Development. The position will provide support for the “Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Youth Violence by Addressing Shared Risk and Protective Factors” project and will be housed in the Adolescent Health and Youth Development Division.

Interested applicants can apply through the City’s employment WEBSITE.

$ 22.20 – 30.98 / hour
Public Service Center, 250 South 4th Street, Minneapolis

Deadline: 9/23/16 until 11:59pm central


Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NCO)

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC, www.mnnoc.org), a grassroots organization building power in under resourced communities and communities of color, is looking for interns in a number of different departments. Internships at NOC are fast-paced, fun, and designed with you based on your interests and needs. If you’re interested in social justice work, political organizing, or just getting some experience on your resume, this is a great opportunity to learn a ton and affect meaningful change in the Twin Cities.

Interns at NOC assist the field team in general organizing work—research, data entry, canvassing, phone banking, and other tasks as necessary, with a flexible schedule. Interns also commit to attending a 4 hour training session on Saturdays once a month to learn organizing fundamentals and build relationships with other interns. This internship is unpaid. All of our internships are made-to-order and arranged in collaboration with the applicant, so that we can ensure our interns have an experience that fits them well.

Contact tony@mnnoc.org, or check out our website for more information!

Interested in Graduate School?

Some things to think about:

You can divide graduate school as a whole into two camps – academic and professional.  They are similar in that they are both comprised of advanced course work beyond your undergraduate education that give you additional skills and knowledge.  However the similarities end there.

Academic graduate school programs are the ones you are probably most familiar with already – that is what your TA’s are doing and that’s what your professors did (e.g. Ph.D in Sociology).  Many of our graduate students will say that the main difference from undergrad, along with the increased reading and writing load, is that you need to go beyond just showing you understand other people’s ideas and create your own via research and working closely with your faculty advisers.

Professional programs are ones that you are probably not as familiar with but comprise the majority of graduate programs in existence.  These would be programs that prepare you for employment in a specific sector (e.g. a Masters in Social Work or a Masters in Business Administration).  People typically enter a professional graduate program with a purposeful career direction in mind.

Online Resources:

Graduate Programs here at the U of M Twin Cities:
Be sure to look at the Minnesota Advantage Program (MAP)

Testing help (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc):