UMN Sociology Undergraduate Newsletter


Hello hello, Sociology Majors and Minors!

We are back this week with another sociology undergraduate newsletter. This week, I’m going to highlight a few upcoming events (October UMSA events), new job postings (Target, History Day), and exciting new program opportunities (PPIA & NSE)!

At the end of this newsletter, check out the list of things you may have missed from the last Soc Scene.

Good luck on your first exams and papers, and Happy Homecoming!


Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Target wants you, SOC Majors & Minors! Hiring part-time Protection Specialists.

Count Votes for the 2018 Election with Hennepin County!

History Day is Hiring for their Mentorship Program!


October UMSA Events:
POST Board Info Session
Midterm Matinee Movie Night
Haunted Horrors of Applying to Grad School: Q & A panel

Educational Psychology Graduate Program Workshops coming up!


Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program

Deadline to Apply for National Student Exchange is October 1st!

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Hiring! Target Protection Specialist (TPS)

Recently, Target reached out to the Sociology Department looking to hire current Sociology majors for part-time Protection Specialist positions. They want students who would be interested into transitioning into a full-time position in Assets Protection upon graduation.


They are hiring at the following locations:

Lake Street Target Store
Shoreview Target Store
Vadnais Heights Target Store
North St. Paul Target Store
Roseville Target Store

You can apply at

If you have other questions or want more information, contact

Oct 31 thru Nov 6: Count Votes for the 2018 Election

Hennepin County seeks UMN students to help process thousands of absentee ballots for the 2018 mid-term elections. This amazing opportunity includes an educational module on the role of absentee balloting in the US and Minnesota.

Student volunteers qualify for a $50 VISA gift card.

Register here:

History Day is now Hiring for their Mentorship Program!

If you are interested in working with kids, wanting some work experience and are needing a little extra cash, this is a great opportunity for you.

History Day is a project for students in grades 6-12 where they learn to do primary and secondary research, analyze their information, and present their findings. We have approximately 27,000 students that participate in this program statewide.

If you are selected you will be part of a group of students who work with students as mentors in a one-on-one setting, offering help and feedback on their History Day projects.  We encourage students of all backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.

Those selected will be provided with training throughout the year, with the expectation that they commit to 100 service hours from roughly Thanksgiving through the end of April. We pay $1,500 total, in two lump sums, with up to $114 in travel reimbursement.

If you feel like this is the right experience for you please apply using this online link.


October UMSA Events


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Soc Students: Double majoring or minoring in Psychology or interested in Psych grad programs? These are for you!

Information Session on Special Education M.A. with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 4:00-5:00pm
325 Education Sciences Building

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Academic Development, one in every ten people in the United States is living with some kind of disability.

Learn how you can prepare to meet this growing need by attending an information session on our MA in special education with an emphasis applied behavior analysis (ABA). This new degree will prepare you to become a board certified behavior analyst. You’ll work with people with disabilities—such as autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities—to recognize and analyze problem behaviors and recommend actions to improve their daily lives.

RSVP to the Informational Session here.

Information Session:
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology

Monday, October 22, 2018, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
325 Education Sciences Building

With an M.A. in counseling and student personnel services, you’ll be qualified to counsel others throughout their lifespan. Become a school counselor and help students develop academically, personally, socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college and student personnel counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or become a mental health professional and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master’s in CSPP leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good.

Contact: Rachel Brovold,

Information Session:
Project PACT MEd and Licensure Funding

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Are you interested in a teaching license in Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS), or cross collaboration between the two? Learn how you can apply to Project PACT to get the funding you need to support your tuition throughout your graduate program!

American Sign Language interpreters will be provided.

Please RSVP by November 12 to Debbie Golos ( or Kathy Seifert (

#psych #infosession #ASL


Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Program


The deadline to apply for Summer 2019 is November 1, 2018.
Additional information on the JSI Program
JSI Program FAQ’s

The application for 2019 PPIA Junior Summer Institute Application is now open and due on November 1, 2018.

Interested in National Student Exchange (NSE)?

Do something different next year!  Exchange to another school in the US, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands for a summer, semester, or year!  Take new classes!  Meet new people!  Have new adventures!  Most students pay U of M tuition, receive financial aid, and all students will earn credits towards their degree!

Visit for more information and a list of NSE schools.  Or contact us at or visit us in 240 Appleby Hall.

The preferred application deadline for the spring 2019 semester is October 1st.

Other upcoming events that you may have missed from the last Soc Scene:

Pre-Law Workshop Series
Wednesday, October 3rd, 12pm – 1pm

Health Care Careers Fair 2018
Wednesday, October 10th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

The Innocence Project Discussion
Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Upper Midwest Law Fair
Friday, October 12th, 10am – 12pm

Twin Cities Startup Job Market Event
Friday, October 12th, 1pm – 2:30pm

Applying to Law School Workshop
Tuesday, October 16th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Fall Environmental Justice Symposium
Wednesday, October 17th, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Breaking Into the Public Sector –
Thursday, October 18th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

“Pre-Departure” Workshop for South Korean Military Students
Friday, November 2nd, 12pm – 1:30pm

Don’t Forget!

Deadline to apply for the Global Seminar: Social Entrepreneurship & Diplomacy in Ghana Winter Break 2018 is October 15th, 2018.

Applications for the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution Scholarship Program are due November 1st, 2018.