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We’re back with more Internships and many other opportunities.


What’s New?

Span 3606 Human Rights in the Americas in Spring 2017.

It’s an English taught class so there are not any prerequisites unless they are hoping to do coursework in Spanish. Taught by Professor Ana Forcinto.

It will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2:15 p.m.
The course description is below.

Human Rights in Latin America: On Transitional Justice, Testimony and Art

This course will examine the re-democratization process in four countries of the the Southern Cone (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) and will focus on the relationship between human rights and testimonial and artistic practices. We will study the culture of human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective. We will focus on literary texts, theater plays, testimonial literature, art, and film as well as critical readings form different disciplines. We will also discuss memory struggles in relation to human rights demands, and the most important debates about the politics of memory in each of the national scenarios. We will study the role of testimony and testimonial narrative in the reconstruction of memories of the generation of the survivors in non- fiction literature and documentary film, and we will discuss the role that art has in the rethinking of memory and in the struggles for justice, in particular in the new generations of memory. We will study the role of truth commissions, the transformations in the scenario of the law, and the impunity laws, as well as trials and struggles for justice, and the most important cases of human rights violations. We will also examine some of the most important cultural debates about issues such as memory and witnessing, trauma and writing, testimonio and truth, the representation of atrocities, and the role of the artistic practices in the affirmation of human rights.

10% in-class presentation
20% class participation and participation in moodle forums
2 exams, 35% each

U Libraries: Library Research Tutors and Voting

1. Library research tutors have openings to meet with students now! Please share with students!

As we move into and through mid-terms, please share the Peer Research Consultant (PRC) Program (a.k.a. Library research tutors) with students. We have *expanded* and offer appointments and drop-in hours at the Bio-Medical Library (*evening hours*!) along with Walter Library SMART Learning Commons and in Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) in Appleby.

This service is useful for students new to the University, new to academic research, International Students, or anyone who needs additional support. If you would like bookmarks, table tents or posters let us know and we will send some for your office!

The University of Minnesota Libraries partner with the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and the SMART Learning Commons to provide the PRC Program.


2. Students can register to vote at the U Libraries (or online)

In Walter, Wilson, Bio-Medical and Magrath Library (in St. Paul), students can complete and turn in the paper voter registration form. Individuals can also now register online (or at the polls). The voter registration drive on campus provide students with a way to inform them of their rights in voting and of our state’s registration process. We have some new flyers from the MN Secretary of State’s office specifically for college students. Learn more.


Truman and Beinecke Scholarships

Once again the University of Minnesota will be nominating outstanding juniors for the Truman and Beinecke Scholarships this year.  Both of these competitions award $30,000 for graduate study, Truman for students who plan careers in public service and will attend appropriate graduate programs, and Beinecke for students who will enter graduate programs in the Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences.  Successful Truman applicants will have records of significant leadership and community service in addition to strong academic records.  Beinecke applicants must have a record of receiving need-based financial aid and academic records that will gain them admission to top graduate programs in their disciplines.



Internships & Employment


Humphrey School of Public Affairs Junior Summer Institute (JSI)

Considering a master’s degree?
Our summer program will help prepare you.

If you want to explore careers in public policy, urban planning, social justice, or human rights but aren’t quite sure what it takes to get into a top-ranked graduate school, consider the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at the University of Minnesota. This rigorous program prepares undergraduate students to thrive in graduate study and careers in public service.

The Humphrey School JSI is a fully-funded, seven-week academic and experiential learning program open to U.S. students who are entering their senior year of undergraduate study. It is part of the national Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program, which is committed to promoting the inclusion of underrepresented groups in master’s degree programs and careers in public service.

Participants of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs JSI receive:
$1,000 stipend, full program funding, living expenses, and reimbursement for travel to and from the program
Training by deeply engaged faculty members at one of the country’s top 10 graduate schools of public affairs
Access to student resources at the University of Minnesota, one of the world’s leading research institutions

Eligible candidates are current U.S. students at any university or college who will complete their bachelor’s degree between December 2017 and August 2018.
The deadline to apply is November 1, 2016.

Learn More

Research Analyst Position at the New York Fed

Deadline: November 1st

Each fall we recruit Research Analysts to work closely with the economists in our Research group starting the following fall.

Research Analysts play an integral role in both the policy and research functions of the Research and Statistics Group. Our economists, whose specialties include banking and payment systems, capital markets, international economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics, work closely with Research Analysts. Upon leaving the Fed, Research Analysts who choose to apply to graduate school are consistently accepted by top programs; others pursue a wide variety of public and private sector opportunities. In recent years, our RAs have gone on to pursue PhDs in Economics or Finance at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, and Wharton, among others. Previous RAs have also gone to law and public policy programs at Harvard Kennedy School, Princeton, Yale, and others.

We seek candidates who have records of superior scholarship and academic curiosity. Research Analysts usually come from strong economics, policy, mathematics, or computer science backgrounds, though a major in one of these fields is not a necessity. Successful candidates often have previous research experience, and many are considering careers in economic research, public policy, or other related fields.

In addition, we seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in economics. It is important to us that we succeed in recruiting a diverse cohort of research analysts each year. Thus we encourage many students with varying experiences and backgrounds to apply. As a representative of your institution and student body, we ask that you please help us in passing this message along to any candidates you may know who may be otherwise hesitant to apply.

Click Here To Apply


Applications now available: 2017 Orientation Leaders

Develop personal and professional skills through a unique, résumé-building leadership experience, and help create a seamless transition for the Class of 2021. Information about the Orientation Leader position and application process can be found at www.ofyp.umn.edu/ol

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 31.

Orientation Leaders are selected based on their ability to work well with others, communicate effectively, and commit to a rigorous schedule. They must display public relations skills and maturity of judgment. Additionally, they need to have patience, flexibility, strong organizational skills, and be willing and ready to learn. They should be resourceful and capable of assuming a leadership position with little supervision.

Humphrey School of Public Affairs – Survey Project

Job ID: 312502
Job Title: Student Job: HHH Undergrad RA Neighborhood Environment Outreach
Location: Twin Cities
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Part-Time

About the Job

Students will work under the close guidance of the Dr. Yingling Fan (Principal Investigator) and Kirti Vardhan Das (Project Manager).

The study is aimed at better understanding how:

1. Neighborhood environment affects global and domain-specific life evaluation status of residents.
2. Neighborhood environment affects daily activity choices and emotional well-being of residents.

For the study, the research team will use a smartphone based survey instrument to conduct interviews in different neighborhoods and cities in the Twin Cities Metro area. Through their work students will gain experience in survey methods, using smartphone based survey instruments for complex data collection, community engagement, data analysis and data interpretation.

Tasks conducted for the study will include:

1. Working with community organizations and local contacts to recruit respondents for the survey.
2. Making home visits to train and set up respondents for the week long survey.
3. Acting as point contacts for troubleshooting respondent issues and responding to questions.

How To Apply

Student positions are a form of financial support while pursuing an education at the University of Minnesota.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647)

Job ID: 312502     http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs

International Affairs + Public Policy Internships in Washington, DC

Want to spend your Spring 2017 semester in Washington, DC through the Capital Semester program. This program is ideal for students interested in International Affairs and Public Policy.

Please pass the announcement below to students who may be interested in gaining professional internship experience while earning 12 academic credits. The final deadline is November 10, 2016.

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, with academic credit provided through George Mason University, Capital Semester is an academic internship program that offers undergraduate students a first-hand look at international affairs and public policy through:

• An internship placement in foreign affairs or public policy
• A full time course load in international economics and government
• Exclusive lectures, briefings and professional development seminars
• Housing just steps from the Supreme Court and Capitol buildingIt will be an exciting time to be in Washington – students will be in Washington for the Presidential Inauguration and the first few months of a new Administration.Please visit www.DCinternships.org/CS for more information on the program. Thank you for your time and consideration. I may be reached at Semester@tfas.org or 202.986.0384 with any questions.Pat DiFrancesco
Coordinator, Capital Semester
The Fund for American Studies
www.DCinternships.org/CS *********************************************************
Capital Semester – International Affairs + Public Policy
January 17 – May 5, 2017
Final Deadline: November 10, 2016
** Scholarship Funding Still Available**

Have a front row seat to history – It’s not too late to spend your spring semester in Washington, DC
The eyes of the world will be on Washington, DC this spring semester. Imagine being in DC during the Presidential Inauguration and the first few months of a new Administration! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to be in the heart of the action.

Program Components

International Relations Internship: Intern 30-35 hours a week at a think tank, NGO, or government agency and gain insight and practical experience in foreign policy and international affairs career tracks. Issue areas that you could be working on this fall include:
o Public diplomacy between U.S. & Muslim countries
o Reducing poverty in Africa through economic development
o Syrian relief operations
o Combating human trafficking
o Financial development and monetary aid in Asian countries
o Global climate change and renewable energy
o The rise of international terrorism
o Integrated strategies for national security threats
o Human rights advocacy
o Democracy building and conflict resolution in the Middle East
o Russian expansion in Eastern Europe
o Free-trade agreements with BRIC countries
o Or many other exciting options in humanitarian relief, aid and development, international trade and commerce, global health and education, defense and national security or peace building and conflict resolution, history and public policy• International Economics and Government Coursework: Combine theory and practice and take courses on international economics and government for 12 credit hours through George Mason University.
Exclusive Lectures and Site Briefings: Engage in debate and discussion on salient issues in foreign policy and international affairs with prominent scholar-practitioners, and attend exclusive briefings at key Washington institutions including the State Department, World Bank and foreign embassies.
Small Group Networking: Meet with seasoned practitioners including CIA Analysts, Foreign Service Officers, USAID Agents, Peace Corps Volunteers, UN Aid Workers, and various other foreign policy professionals to learn about career paths in international affairs.
Mentor Program: Connect with a seasoned practitioner in your field of interest who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. He or she will provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts.

Housing: Students will live in furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC and are matched with other Institute participants as roommates. The apartments are located steps from the Capitol building, Supreme Court and Library of Congress, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.What Our Alumni Are Saying

“If you have even the slightest interest in living in DC, definitely send that application in! You benefit on all fronts from the program – academically, personally and professionally. It’s such a great compliment to your college experience; you spend so much time figuring out what your interests are and being exposed to new ideas and people. This program provides you with an incredible ability to expand and grow.”
Breanna Santella, Emmanuel College
Internship: Women in Government
“CS is more than the classes or internship: you live with a great group of interesting, fun, and politically engaged fellow students, you take trips to both the historic Mount Vernon and the fast-paced media organization Politico, you get to see what it’s like to live and work in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Once there, the experience is what you make of it: don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions! Chances are, they’ve been an intern too, and are more than willing to grab a cup of coffee.”
Kara Morgan, Northeastern University
Internship: Environmental Protection Agency: Office of Environmental Education
“The CS experience was a defining moment in my life so far. If you don’t know what you want to do, or aren’t exactly sure where you want to end up, this experience in DC will help do away with any doubts and make it clearer about where you should be.”
Dan Rockey, Texas A&M University
Internship: House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space & Technology
Application Instructions + Scholarship Information
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of November 10. Please visit www.DCinternships.org/CS for more information and to begin an online application. Questions may be directed to admissions@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.Generous partial scholarships are available to students based on financial need and merit. More than 70% of students receive scholarship funding and over $1 million in scholarship funding is awarded annually.

Graduate School

UMN Master of Human Rights – Accepting Applications

A two year professional degree which prepares students for careers in human rights practice at the global level. This degree is being offered jointly by CLA and the Humphrey School.

We are recruiting students for the 2017 academic year.

We have two upcoming webinars to provide interested applicants with more information about the application process as well as the program in general.

November 3, 2016 8 pm (GMT -5) register at: http://z.umn.edu/18iq
November 4, 2016 8 am (GMT -5) register at: http://z.umn.edu/18io

To be eligible for merit based aid, students should apply by December 15, 2016.



2017-2018 FLAS Fellowship

The Institute for Global Studies and its partner centers, the African Studies Initiative and the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, are proud to offer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. FLAS fellowships promote language study – particularly less commonly taught languages – paired with international and/or area studies. See our website for more information.

FLAS fellowships help students build their foreign language skills through courses at the University of Minnesota, programs at other US Institutions, and intensive language programs abroad. Forty-six FLAS fellowships were awarded in summer 2016 and AY 2016-17 for the study of languages from Amharic to Zulu. Students from eighteen different departments received FLAS fellowships to study twenty languages in seventeen countries.

We invite all UMN students interested in foreign languages and area studies to consider applying for a FLAS. Applications for summer 2017 and AY 2017-18 are due by February 6, 2017. For more information, please join us for an information session: HERE