Internships & Employment

Below are paid and un-paid internship opportunities as well as full or part time jobs – both inside and outside of the University.

You may received academic credit for internships via CLA Career Services, or in some cases the Department of Political Science or the Department of Urban Studies – both have internship classes that are open to all majors.  See Sociology Advising for details.

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Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC)

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC,, a grassroots organization building power in under resourced communities and communities of color, is looking for interns in a number of different departments. Internships at NOC are fast-paced, fun, and designed with you based on your interests and needs. If you’re interested in social justice work, political organizing, or just getting some experience on your resume, this is a great opportunity to learn a ton and affect meaningful change in the Twin Cities.

Interns at NOC assist the field team in general organizing work—research, data entry, canvassing, phone banking, and other tasks as necessary, with a flexible schedule. Interns also commit to attending a 4 hour training session on Saturdays once a month to learn organizing fundamentals and build relationships with other interns. This internship is unpaid. All of our internships are made-to-order and arranged in collaboration with the applicant, so that we can ensure our interns have an experience that fits them well.


Contact, or check out our website for more information!

The Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP)

My name is Amber Jones, and I am a 2015 alumnae of the University of Minnesota. I am reaching out to you with an amazing opportunity.

The Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP) has recently formed an Executive Committee to establish a Black-Led Credit Union in North Minneapolis. This is a historic opportunity to support the formation of the proposed credit union through Internships for college students in the following areas: Social Media/Marketing, Community Engagement, Office Management & Operational Support.

Preferred fields of study are Communications, Journalism, Sociology, Political Science, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, and Cooperative Management; however, if you believe you have the skills, please don’t hesitate to apply.

Attached is a document that goes into detail about the internship program. Please send a Cover Letter & Resume to Me’Lea Connelly at, Subject: Internship Program.


Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

BCA’s internships are an unpaid position; providing students with professional work experience and exposing them to a career in law enforcement and state government.    Students who intern with us must be fulfilling an academic requirement and/or receiving academic credit.  We offer Spring, Summer and Fall internships   Attached is information relative to our program along with application deadlines and instructions on how to apply.


If you do have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

651-793-1105  (W)

Fall Internships at Second Harvest Heartland

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allows income-qualifying
families to receive assistance in buying groceries each month, ensuring that individuals don’t have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table. Unfortunately, in Minnesota only 65% of eligible households receive these benefits, and many of those missing out are children and seniors.

The SNAP Outreach Intern will work in the community through contact with Second
Harvest Heartland’s partners, including food shelves, health clinics and social services
organizations. Interns will interact directly with clients, prescreening interested individuals and families for food and health programs and referring them to application assistance. The SNAP Outreach Intern will gain experience relevant to community organizing and outreach, nutrition education and social services.

Second Harvest SNAP Internship Application

Fund for the Public Interest

Apply by August 11th!

As a canvass director for the Fund, you’ll run a campaign office in one of dozens of cities across the country. You’ll recruit, hire and manage a campaign staff of 10 to 40 people. You and your staff will raise money, sign up members, and build clout in that community through canvassing neighborhoods to educate citizens about the issues and get them involved in campaigns to win real change. You’ll also work with our partner organizations to use campaign tactics outside of canvassing, such as petition drives, coalition building, letter writing, phone banks, media work, or news conferences.

In essence, your job is to build a team of committed activists who mobilize thousands of citizens to take action. You give leading groups the people power they need to win.

It’s definitely not your typical entry-level job. It’s a campaign environment, and we’ll give you more responsibility than you probably thought you could handle. So you’ll have to think on your feet and be ready to put in the hours it’ll take to make a difference on these campaigns. But the most rewarding part of the job is that at the end of the day, you’ll know you’re making a significant difference — not just on the issues you’re working on, but also for the staff you’re training and the people you’re talking to in the community.

Pay and Benefits

The target annual compensation for canvass directors is $27,000 – $30,500 in the first year, depending on the position. The Fund offers a competitive bene ts package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Sounds like the job for you? Click here to apply.

World Without Genocide

World Without Genocide is a human rights organization headquartered at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN. We provide education about past and current conflicts and advocacy at local, state, and national levels for policies and legislation to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those whose lives have been affected by genocide.

We address conflicts in the past, those occurring today, and the challenging problems of child soldiers, human and weapons trafficking, gender-based violence, and climate change as a cause and multiplier of conflict.

More information at

How to apply: Please send a resumé and cover letter to by August 15.

Click here for complete internship description

Student Admin/Support Services: Job Code 2222

ABOUT THE POSITION: The Student Office Assistant position is treated as a professional role that focuses on career development. Our hope is to hire a student who will work as an office assistant, but eventually move up into a peer advising role. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in student services, higher education, counseling, teaching, or other student programming!

WORK HOURS: Must be available for 15-20 hours per week during regular office hours, M-F 8:00AM-4:30PM.


  • Students with an interest in Psychology (major or minor) will be given preference
  • Preference will be given to students with a planned graduation of Spring 2021 or Spring 2019
  • Students from diverse and/or underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Work study is strongly preferred but not required

To read the full job description and to apply, visit the UMN Employment Website (Click “Students”) and search for Job ID 319011, or follow the appropriate link below: 

Positions at Center for Community-Engaged Learning

Work-study Positions with the Center for Community-Engaged Learning
The Center for Community-Engaged Learning is currently seeking Peer Advisors to work with the Community Engagement Scholars Program, advise students seeking volunteer opportunities, and support service-learning courses.
This is a great position for students looking to expand their experience with and knowledge of non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities.  Students in these positions also gain extensive skills in advising their peers, leading reflection and training sessions, and program development.  Positions are approximately 10 hours per week and applicants must have work-study.
See position description for details.
Contact Katie Peacock, with any questions.
Applications must be submitted via the University’s employment website (use job ID 318894and are due Friday, August 18th.
The CCEL is ALSO hiring an undergraduate Communications Assistant. The student will be responsible for managing our social media accounts, interviewing other students and community partners about their off campus engagement experiences, and support in event planning.
$10.50/hr. 10-15 hours a week. Must be work­study eligible. Begins Fall 2017 with possibility for continuation until graduating as an undergraduate student.
See position description for details.
Students can apply by emailing cover letter and resume to