UMN Sociology Undergraduate Newsletter


Hello Sociology Majors and Minors,

Happy Hallow-week! This week’s Soc Scene includes numerous volunteer and internship opportunities with places like the Minnesota Writing Project and the St. Paul Police Department. Also find information on upcoming events like the Tribal Justice and “More than a Word” film screenings. Lastly, if you are interested in joining the Midwest Sociological Society, look in the “Program” section below for more information.

Feeling scared about exams, papers, and deadlines? Form a study group, head to office hours, or visit a peer tutor at one of the SMART Learning Commons centers on campus. Feeling scared about a loved one, friend, or roommate? October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; you are not alone. Reach out to the Aurora Center for help and support by calling 612-626-9111.

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

Have a safe and boo-tiful week, Soc students!

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with the Minnesota Writing Project
Intern with the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Apply for the St. Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Pathways Program
Behavioral Health Personal Advocate Position Open with Cigna
Become a Peer Tutor for SMART Learning Commons


“More than a Word” Documentary and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 30th

First Annual Equity and Leadership Conference:
Gender and Equity in the Workplace
Friday, November 2nd

Tribal Justice Film Screening
Monday, November 5th


Join the Midwest Sociological Society now at a special student group rate!

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for the Minnesota Writing Project


We at the Minnesota Writing Project (of the UMN Center for Writing) are facilitating the MN Writing Region for the the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national competition recognizing the work of youth in grades 7-12.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help adjudicate the writing submissions.
Judging youth writing will require no more than 1-3 hours and can be done online. Writing will be assigned to judges on Jan. 4. Judges will have until Jan. 18, 2019 to read student work and enter scores.

If you are interested, please sign-up here.Everyone who signs up will receive an email confirmation in December.

Please feel free to contact MWP Assistant Director Lee Fisher ( if you have any questions.

Intern with the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Management


The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Management is looking for interns starting now and next spring. The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) connects, educates, strengthens and advocates for volunteer engagement leaders and their organizations to positively impact communities. MAVA has over 700 members statewide. MAVA works to build capacity for hundreds of organizations and government entities. MAVA seeks to benefit from diversity of volunteer backgrounds, skills sets and knowledge base.

The internships are unpaid but you have to opportunity to earn college credit if you like. We also offer a free membership to MAVA where interns will have the opportunity to take trainings that can result in a certificate, and the networking is spectacular.

Open positions include:

Development and Membership Intern
Membership Connector Intern
Partnership & Development Intern
Public Affairs Intern
Communications and Design Coordinator

Find more information here or email

Saint Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Path Academy (LECPA)


The Saint Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Path Academy (LECPA) is for young adults who are interested in becoming Saint Paul Police Officers but face financial and/or other barriers to attending college and finding employment. The Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) working together with Community Action Partnership and Century College, has developed a comprehensive program that gives participants an opportunity to become Saint Paul Police Officers. Eligible participants will earn an hourly income while they learn life skills, attend college, and receive the necessary social support services to allow them to achieve a successful career in Law Enforcement.

Eligible Participants must meet all of the following requirements:

1.  Must be at least 18 years of age by January 7, 2019
2.  Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
3.  Must pass a criminal history check
4.  Must be able to participate in moderately strenuous physical exercise
5.  Must attend two orientation sessions hosted by the SPPD. The sessions will be held the
evenings of Tuesday, December 4, 2018 and Thursday December 6, 2018.
6.  Participants will be notified of session times and locations and will be disqualified from the program if they do not attend both sessions.

Submit a City of Saint Paul online application no later than November 30, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Learn more about the pay scale and structure of the program here.

Contact Sergeant Jim Yang for more information at or 651-266-5861.

Hiring! Behavioral Health Personal Advocate at Cigna


The title of the position is called a Behavioral Health Personal Advocate with National independent behavioral health care company, called Cigna Behavioral Health, located in Eden Prairie.  The company specializes in management for all behavioral health problems and mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses. The Personal Advocate will provide resources to employees of the organizations who are covered under the behavioral health program. The position has always been a great stepping stone for those Psych, Sociology, Social Science who want to use their degree in a business setting. 

You can find the job description here.

Email your resumes to Maria Queenan at and find the job description on GoldPass.

SMART Learning Commons is hiring Peer Tutors for Spring 2019


In addition to seeking applicants for our historically high-demand courses (MATH, PHYS, CHEM, ECON, CSCI, STAT, ACCT, BIOL, Writing, and many more), we are also seeking tutors who can specialize in ESCI, PSY, ASL, PHSL, NSCI, and any other challenging courses for which students might seek support.  Students with successful backgrounds in those subjects who also have backgrounds in other math or science classes would be particularly competitive applicants.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (and maintain that enrollment status throughout their employment period, if offered the position)
  • maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA (3.5 or above is recommended)
  • have received “A” grade(s) in the course(s) in which they hope to tutor:
    • Competency equivalents (AP Exam scores of 4 or higher, comparable CLEP Exam scores, transfer credit, etc.) are also accepted
    • “A-” grades may be considered, provided SMART receives a faculty endorsement letter on behalf of applicant for each “A-” course

The priority application deadline is Monday, November 12th at 8AM. Find more information and apply here.

Upcoming Events

More than a Word: Documentary and Panel


Tuesday, October 30th, 12:00 – 2:30pm
Mayo Auditorium – Mayo Building, East Bank
(Lunch at 11:30am; film will start at 12:00pm)

Join the CLA Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program and Department of American Indian Studies as we explore Native American-based mascots and their impact on real-life attitudes, issues, and policies.
The documentary “More than a Word” will be shown and followed by a panel, featuring one of the filmmakers, John Little, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Other panelists include Charissa Blue-Downs (citizen of the Dakota Nation – Upper Sioux Community) who is an advisor for MLK Advising/American Indian Studies, a University of Minnesota undergraduate student (TBA), and a faculty member from the American Indian Studies department (TBA).

Co-sponsored by: CLA Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program and the Department of American Indian Studies

Attend the First Annual Equity and Leadership Conference:
Gender and Equity in the Workplace

Friday,  November 2nd
9:30am – 3:30pm
Carlson School of Management

The Women’s Center is excited to partner with the Carlson School Undergraduate Program on the first annual Equity and Leadership Conference: Gender and Equity in the Workplace. Dr. Aida Martinez-Freeman will be this year’s keynote speaker, helping student learn about strategies to engage in critical conversations about equity and inclusion. This conference is free and open to all University of Minnesota students.

Register here or find more information at

Tribal Justice Film Screening

Monday, November 5th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library

Join University Libraries for a screening of Tribal Justice, an award-winning documentary about tribal judges who create compassionate and effective justice systems. A panel discussion with Justice Anne McKeig, Judge Laurie Vilas, and the film’s director Anne Makepeace follows the screening. 6 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library. Reservations and more information.


Interested in joining the Midwest Sociological Society?


The Midwest Sociological Society is pleased to announce a special student group rate for undergraduate students not participating in the MSS Annual Meeting. The intention of this group rate is to introduce undergraduate students to the MSS and provide them a glimpse into a lifelong sociology “home” as they pursue their degree.

Students need not be MSS members to be part of an eligible group. The group must be sponsored by a professional-level MSS member who is also attending the meeting. The undergraduate student rate does not apply to those presenting papers, roundtables, posters, or otherwise participating in the meeting in such a way that their name appears on the program.

Read more about this 2019 offer on the Registration page. Feel free to share this information with others who may be interested!

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

“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!

Applications for the Capitol Pathways Program are due Wednesday, October 31st at 11:59pm. 

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

Apply for the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Spring Internship by November 2nd, 2018.

Applications for the Harvard Kennedy School 2019 Public Policy Leadership Conference are due by November 2nd, 2018.

Apply for the McNair Scholars Program by January 28, 2019.

Volunteer for the Minnesota Homeless Study!