UMN Sociology Undergraduate Newsletter


Hey Soc Majors and Minors,

I hope that everyone’s off to a great start for the fall semester. We have a lot of great events coming up in the months of September and October, including an Evening with Angela Davis, a discussion on The Innocence Project, several career fairs, and more! There are also several internship, job, study abroad, and program opportunities for you to look into.

Jobs & Internships

UMN Sociology Front Desk Assistant Position Open

Internships Available with Innocent Classroom

Intern with motivote to help Get-Out-The-Vote

Environmental Justice Project Assistant Open

Workshops, Career Fairs,and Events, oh my!

Think like a Researcher Workshop Series – multiple dates below

Pre-Law 101 Workshops – multiple dates below

Applying to Law School Workshops – multiple dates below

International Student Career Fair Prep Workshops – multiple dates below

Community Involvement Fair – Sept. 17th

Sociology Department Workshop: Rahsaan Mahadeo – Sept. 18th

Power & Privilege Series: An Evening with Angela Davis – Sept. 19th

Health Care Careers Fair 2018 – Oct. 10th

The Innocence Project: Exoneration for Wrongful Convictions Discussion – Oct. 10th

Upper Midwest Law Fair – Oct. 12th

Twin Cities Startup Job Market Event – Oct. 12th

Fall Environmental Justice Symposium – Oct. 17th

Careers in the Public Sector Informational Event – Oct. 18


Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program (SJLC)

Winter Break 2018-2019 Global Seminar: Social Entrepreneurship & Diplomacy in Ghana


AANAPISI Scholarship Open to Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

Some Important Dates and Deadlines

Monday, September 17th, 2018

  • Last day to add full semester without college approval
  • Last day to cancel full semester and not receive a “W”
  • Last day to change grade basis (A-F or S/N) or variable credits in full semester

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

  • Last day to apply for fall undergraduate graduation

Monday, September 24, 2018

  • Last day to receive a 50% tuition refund for canceling full semester classes

Friday, September 28th, 2018

  • Last day to submit 13-credit exemption request

Job & Internships Opportunities

UMN Sociology Department is still hiring front desk assistants!

The Sociology Department is hiring a part-time Front Desk Assistant!

They are looking specifically for students to cover shifts on:

Mondays – 2:15-4:30
Tuesdays – 8:00-11:00
Thursdays – 8:00-10:00
(Other shifts are not available)

Front Desk Assistants are responsible for:

  • Staffing the Department reception area: answer phones, fax, welcome and assist guests, manage front desk email and voicemail
  • Distributing campus & US Mail deliveries
  • Making copies and compiling materials at staff member’s request
  • Monitoring and maintaining printers and fax machines (paper, toner, etc.) – troubleshoot and/or report issues as appropriate
  • Maintaining confidential files, records, and databases
  • Maintaining organization and supplies of Department storage and copy areas
  • Performing special projects and additional tasks as assigned

To apply, turn in the following (hard copy) to Bobby Bryant in 909 Social Sciences Building ASAP:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Fall 2018 class schedule
  4. Summer break availability
  5. Expected graduation date
  6. Screenshot of your accepted Work Study Award

Preference will be given to sophomores who can continue to work for the Sociology department the next two years.

Innocent Classroom Internships


Innocent Classroom trains educators to liberate their students from the weight of negative stereotypes by building authentic and individual relationships, especially with students of color.

They are offering fall, spring, and summer internships in:

Programs & Evaluation

Sales & Marketing


Click the links above to learn more about the positions and visit their website for more information about Innocent Classroom.

Fall Internship Opportunity To Get-Out-The-Vote With motivote


Motivote, a new social voting platform, seeks Fall 2018 campus fellows with a passion for engaging college students in the political process and increasing youth voter turnout. As a motivote campus fellow, you will work alongside staff to build motivote’s presence and increase voter turnout on your campus.  Your work will have a real-life impact on youth political participation and voter turnout. We’re looking for upperclassmen who are passionate and committed to increasing civic engagement and among young people.

We offer a stipend to cover cost of promotional materials and events. We’re looking to hire asap so please apply today at

Questions can be directed to Rachel Konowitz at


Student Position Available:
Environmental Justice Project Assistant

The Sustainability Education office at the Institute on the Environment is seeking a student worker to support a grant-funded Environmental Justice project to be completed during the 2018-2019 academic year. The project aims to “strengthen the teaching of and communication about environmental justice courses and curriculum, including experiential or community-engaged learning” on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, across all colleges and departments. The idea for the project emerged out of faculty and student discussions on enhancing campus teaching and research on environmental justice, as well as research about environmental justice efforts of other colleges and universities. The position reports to Beth Mercer-Taylor, who serves as Sustainability Education Coordinator, with guidance from lead members of the faculty group who applied for the grant.

More information at:

Workshops, Career Fairs,and Events, oh my!

The Innocence Project:
Exoneration for Wrongful Convictions

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
103 West Hall, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104

The Innocence Project is a nonprofit legal organization with a mission to exonerate those in the United States who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes and to reform the U.S. justice system to prevent future injustice. There are 2,257 recorded exonerations in the US to date, totaling more than 19,790 years in lost productivity, family and community life, and human dignity.

Julie Jonas, J.D., Legal Director at the Innocence Project of Minnesota, will discuss the investigations and processes, successful exonerations, and current criminal justice issues on Wednesday, October 10, 7:00-8:30 pm at 103 West Hall, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.

This program is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. 2 standard CLE credits are available for lawyers.

Sponsor: FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Co-sponsors: Center for Justice and Law at Hamline University and World Without Genocide at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

More information –  or 651-695-7621.

The event is sponsored by World Without Genocide. WWG promotes education and action to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those affected by genocide.


Upper Midwest Law Fair

Friday, October 12th 10am – 12pm
St. Thomas School of Law, Downtown Minneapolis

The UMLF is co-hosted by the three Minnesota law schools and is held at alternating schools each fall. The event was conceived in 2010 with the intent to provide prospective students and pre-law advisors access to Midwestern law school admissions professionals in a law school setting, with informational breakout sessions about the law school application process and opportunities to meet with each law school in attendance. The UMLF is free for all attendees.

Register here.

#pre-law #criminal justice

Twin Cities Startup Week Job Market EventTwin Cities Startup Networking

Friday, October 12th, 2018
Carlson School of Management Atrium
1:00-2:30pm – Job Market

Connect with startup, early-stage, and small companies seeking talent to grow their businesses. Informal gathering of Twin Cities startup companies looking to hire students and job seekers in the Twin Cities.
Make connections, get career advice and learn about the needs, opportunities and recruiting practices of leading Minnesota startups.


Fall Environmental Justice Symposium

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Hosted by the undergraduate student group, Voices for Environmental Justice (VEJ) and sponsored by the Institute on the Environment, this unique event will bring students and faculty together with community leaders to discuss the importance of environmental justice as well as how UMN can become a cutting-edge site for EJ scholarship and meaningful community partnerships in the future.

More info here.

Considering a Career in Local Government?

Learn more about public sector careers in Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota at the Hennepin-University Partnership’s informational event on October 18th, 2018. The event will be located at Bruininks Hall 114 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

This interactive event will include:

  • Networking opportunities,
  • Panel discussion,
  • and application tips!

Learn more and register at


The Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program (SJLC)

The Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program (SJLC) is a year-long interdisciplinary program for undergraduates that will explore issues of social justice for those who are interested in being agents for positive social change.

  • Students will develop an Action Project based on an area in which they would like to create meaningful change.
  • Completion of the Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program students will receive a notation on their Engagement Record.
  • We are now accepting applications for the Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program.  Applications will be open from August 10, 2018 through September 18, 2018. Please click on the link “Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program” to apply!

If you have questions, please contact Multicultural Student Engagement at

Social Entrepreneurship & Diplomacy in Ghana:
Winter Break 2018-2019


Program Information Session on Thursday, September 27th, 2018
from 3:30-4:00pm at 214 Heller Hall.

Learn more at:


AANAPISI Scholarship Open to Asian American or Pacific Islander Students!

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Until next time,

Emma Pederson, Peer Adviser