UMN Sociology Undergraduate Newsletter


Greetings Sociology Majors and Minors,

I hope that everyone has had a successful semester thus far. We are quickly moving past the midpoint of the semester and you may feel like the list of things to do is growing faster than you can cross stuff of it. Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Take advantage of Boynton’s stress check-ins! Grab a cup of coffee with a friend or your beau, hit the gym, or just take a night to relax.

In this week’s newsletter, we will be featuring new internship and volunteer opportunities (U.S. Postal Inspection Service & MN Homeless Study), events (UMSA’s Halloween-themed grad panel and several career fairs), and program application openings (TRIO’S 2019 McNair Scholars)!

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

Happy Spooktober and have a great weekend!


Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

United States Postal Inspection Service Spring Internship

Apply for the 2019 Capitol Pathways PAID Internship

Volunteer for the Minnesota Homeless Research Study

Lindahl Academic Center Tutors Needed


October UMSA Events:
Midterm Matinee Movie Night – Thursday, October 15th
Haunted Horrors of Applying to Grad School: Q & A panel – Thursday, October 25th

Justice Talks: Education and Social Justice – Monday, October 15th

Breaking Into the Public Sector Informational Event- Wednesday, October 18th

Government and Non-Profit Career Fair – Friday, October 19th

Careers in Non-Profit/ Social Advocacy – Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The CIA is coming to the U!

CIA Information & Security Clearance Sessions – October 16th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

CIA Recruiter In Residence Hours – October 17th, 11:00am to 3:00pm

CIA Simulations: Analytic Simulation – October 17th, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

CIA Clandestine Operations – October 17th, 7:30pm to 9:00pm


Applications Open for the 2019 McNair Scholars Program

2019 Harvard Kennedy School’s Public Policy Leadership Conference

Employment, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities

United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
Spring Internship

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) in Minneapolis is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for one spring internship position.  Successful applicants will gain unique and valuable experiences working in a federal law enforcement setting while completing independent projects exploring the career field.  Interns will assist agents with financial crimes and narcotics investigations resulting in both federal and state prosecution.

Please note the application deadline of November 2, 2018.

The USPIS internship is unpaid and students must receive university credit for their experience.

Find the application here.

P.S….If you have questions about this internship, contact Emma Pederson, the Peer Adviser, as she is a former USPIS intern.


The Capitol Pathways Internship Program is a PAID spring internship (January – May 2019) for college students who identify as Indigenous or as a person of color. Students must have second year (Sophomore) – fourth year (Senior) status or have the equivalent number of academic credits as one to apply. We do not accept any high school PSEO students at this time. This internship is open to all international students with J1/F1 visa and undocumented students.

If accepted into the program, students will work a minimum of 10hrs/week and be paid a minimum of $15/hr.

Our student application for the 2019 legislative session is NOW OPEN! Please refer to our website at: for instructions on how to apply.
The application deadline is October 31st at 11:59pm.

Minnesota Homeless Study with Wilder Research

Join more than 1,000 volunteers to conduct face-to-face interviews with people experiencing homelessness. We are seeking qualified volunteers at more than 400 shelter locations throughout Minnesota and for a companion study on Minnesota American Indian reservations.

Study purpose
-Provide an accurate picture of homelessness in Minnesota for service providers, policymakers,and the public to help inform plans to end homelessness.
-Support funding requests for programs that serve people experiencing homelessness.
-Promote efforts to create more permanent, affordable housing for all Minnesotans.

Most surveys take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Most interview assignments involve a 4-hour time commitment, and many begin in the afternoon or evening. Assignments earlier in the day are also available.

Volunteers must be age 21 or older and bring openness and flexibility to the volunteer
experience. We also ask that you commit to completing the training with the materials sent to you prior to your volunteer shift.

FFI and to sign up:

Hiring for the Lindahl Academic Center Tutors!


The Lindahl Center is hiring subject tutors for assistance in the following courses:

SOC 1001
SOC 3211W
SOC 3801
SOC 4106
SOC 4966W

A subject tutor is responsible for breaking down concepts to a student for a particular course. The tutor must be able to explain the course material in an easy-to-understand manner and in a variety of ways. The tutor is not required to have taken the course personally; however, the tutor must be knowledgeable on the subject matter. Subject tutors typically meet for weekly sessions, so a consistent schedule is preferable. Subject tutors are able to tutor as many subjects as he/she feels comfortable tutoring.

To apply: Fill out the online application and email your resume, copy of your transcript, and cover letter to

More information can be found here.


UMSA October Events!

Midterm Movie Matinee – Thursday October 18th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

1114 Social Sciences Building

Pick your poison for our Midterm Movie Matinee on October 18th. Vote here for what documentary you’d like to watch. See the trailers below!
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power –
11/8/16 –
Welcome to Leith –
13th –
Crime + Punishment –

The Haunted Horrors of Applying to Grad School –
Thursday, October 25th, 5pm – 7pm

1114 Social Sciences Building

Join us in costume to ask current Sociology PhD students about tips and tricks for applying to grad school. Bring your questions, your cat ears, and your sweet tooth!

Justice Talks: Education and Social Justice


Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Education Sciences Building, Room 325

Join us for a student-led discussion on education, teaching, and social justice. Join the conversation in changing the culture of education to value the wealth of cultural diversity that students and educators bring to the classroom. We will create a space to discuss education as a social justice issue and create equity for all students. Be apart of the solution.

-Explore how race and ethnicity impact education, equity, and social justice.
-Discuss education as a social justice issue.
-Address how to support education equity through alternative approaches.

Register here.

Considering a Career in Local Government?Public Sector Informational Event

Learn more and register at

Government & Nonprofit Career FairGov and NP career fair flyer

Friday, October 19th, 10am-3pm
Great Hall, Coffman Union

The Career Fair allows Government and Nonprofit agencies to meet with candidates and alumni from the 30 participating Minnesota 4-year colleges and universities and participating regional colleges.

Find more information here.

Careers in Non-Profit/Social Advocacy:
Alumni-Student Networking Event

Tuesday, October 23rd, 5:45pm – 8:30pm
Blegen Hall

The University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Student Board and CLA Alumni Society welcome CLA students, alumni and other professionals for an evening of networking. Professionals pursuing various careers in non-profit organizations or in social advocacy are encouraged to share career advice with current students.

Learn more here.

Central Intelligence Agency at the U!

ciaCIA Information & Security Clearance Sessions

Tuesday, October 16th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
125 Willey Hall

Interested in protecting our nation’s security and countering terrorism, proliferation, cyber threats, illicit finance, narcotics, and foreign corruption? Then join us for an information session from 1:00 – 2:30 PM!

Come learn more about the Central Intelligence Agency, our internship and full-time job opportunities, and the application process. CIA is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study to fill open internship, co-op, and full-time job opportunities for over 100 occupations.

Learn more about the info session on GoldPASS.

Security Clearance Info

Every position at the Central Intelligence Agency requires a security clearance. Stay after the info session from 3:00 – 4:00 PM to learn more about security clearance.

This session will be helpful whether you are interested in a position at the CIA or another job that requires a security clearance. CIA officers will walk you through the process and discuss the things that most often prevent people from obtaining a security clearance. Come with your questions!

Learn more about the security clearance session on GoldPASS.

CIA Recruiter In Residence Hours:
Face-To-Face Meetings With The CIA

Wednesday, October 17, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The CIA will be hosting informational face-to-face meetings with students October 17 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm in room 524 (Interview Center) Bruininks Hall.

Sign up for a time slot on GoldPASS. Go to GoldPASS > Jobs > On-Campus Interviews.

Students can either schedule a meeting or simply drop-in without an appointment between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

CIA Simulations: Analytic Simulation

Wednesday, October 17th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
110 Tate Hall

Learn more about the Directorate of Analysis by participating in an analytic simulation.

During this casual exercise, you will play the role of a CIA intelligence analyst assigned to a team to investigate a potential emerging problem. It will help you learn how you can apply your background, problem solving, and critical thinking skills to develop objective, meaningful and usable intelligence assessments on national security issues.

CIA Clandestine Operations

Wednesday, October 17th, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
220 Bruininks Hall
Learn more about CIA’s Directorate of Operations and what a clandestine career entails during this interactive presentation.

You will explore situations from an operational standpoint and learn how make operational decisions in a fluid, ambiguous and consequential environment in support of national security objectives.


McNair Scholarship Program Accepting Applications for Summer 2019!


The U of M Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is now  accepting applications for  summer 2019.

The application deadline is January 28, 2019. Below is key information about the McNair program.

McNair Program At-a-Glance:

The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into graduate school.

During the 10-week summer research program students:

-Develop a great relationship with a professor that is essential for applying to graduate school.
-Receive a $3,500 stipend.
-Conduct research with a professor.
-Develop a quality research paper.
-Receive guidance through the graduate school process (e.g. identify graduate programs, write a personal statement, create a curriculum vitae).
-Present research at poster sessions held on campus.

-First generation and income eligible (typically Pell Grant eligible), or from an underrepresented group
-GPA of 2.75 and above
-Full-time undergraduate sophomore or junior and a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
-Students with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) focus are strongly encouraged to apply to the McNair Scholars Program, as are student veterans.

Apply here! Find more information at 

Harvard Kennedy School’s 2019 Public Policy Leadership Conference Application Open!


Harvard Kennedy School has launched the application process for the 2019 Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC). The mission of the conference is to prepare future leaders, particularly those form historically under-served communities and people of color, to enter the fields of public policy and international affairs. The program is designed for first and second-year undergraduate students who are U.S. Citizens, permanent residents or DACA recipients.

Applicants to the program must have at least a 3.5 GPA and an interest in public service.

Students who are accepted into the program have the opportunity to come to HKS for a three-day conference, which is created and run by current MPP students at HKS. The conference includes a resume and cover letter workshops, fellowship information sessions, student and faculty panels, policy sessions, leadership, and communications workshops and Keynote speakers.

The deadline to apply for the conference is Friday, November 2. All costs to attend the conference (travel, hotel stay, and food) are covered by HKS.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, please visit this link.
Any questions regarding the conference can be directed to pplc_admissions@hks.harvard. edu.

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

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

Info Session: Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology
Monday, October 22, 2018, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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

Info Session: Project PACT MEd and Licensure Funding
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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.