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Psych Scoop, 4/14/20

April 14, 2020

April 14th, 2020

The Psych Scoop is sent to all Psychology Undergraduate students and alumni every Tuesday throughout the academic school year. 

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Virtual Research Grad Panel

Thursday, April 30th, 2020, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm
Cost: Free

Are you considering graduate school in psychology for research? Join us to hear a panel of UMN graduate students talk about their experiences in various research areas. This is a great opportunity to better understand the process of applying to research-based graduate schools! There will be breakout rooms to talk about how to request letters of recommendation, maximizing the gap year(s), narrowing research interests and building positive relationships with faculty, and personal statements! Don't miss it

2. Psych Peer Chatroom

Psych Advising has started a Peer Chatroom for students to chat with Rucha, one of our peer advisors. The aim is for students to have a place they can check-in, connect with a peer. Please note that Rucha will not be answering academic questions in the chatroom (but you can check out drop-ins if you have academic questions!). The chatroom will be hosted on Tuesday 4/28 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm virtually via Zoom.

Psychology Student Group Announcements

All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psychology student organizations. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend! To learn more, visit our website.

3. Psych Club Updates

All Psych Club communications, events, and updates can be seen in our newsletter. If you are not yet subscribed but interested in keeping up with information related specifically to Psychology Club, as well as resources for all students struggling in any capacity with COVID-19, follow the newsletter link and subscribe today!

Courses of Interest

4. Learn American Sign Language in Less Time during May and Summer

American Sign Language (ASL) May and summer courses are offered for three weeks (vs. 15 weeks during a fall or spring term). This compressed schedule is a good option for students who work during the academic year. Traditionally, ASL classes are offered on campus during the May and summer terms. Choose from ASL 1 (1701), 2 (1702), 3 (3703), or 4 (3704), courses will be delivered online. Learn more about how to register for classes on campus. Our online courses are great for students who aren't able to make it to campus or work full-time jobs, etc. They also are excellent refresher courses for those who are looking to build on their language fluency such as Deaf and Hard of Hearing teachers, ASL professionals, and others. Students interested in taking our online courses will register via the College of Continuing and Professional studies as non-degree seeking students. To view our upcoming course schedule, visit One Stop. For more information, contact

5. Summer CPSY Course Options

Looking for summer courses for the Psych majors? Both CPSY 3301 (Intro to Child Psych) and CPSY 4303 (Adolescent Psych) will be offered this year! These can count as Group B or electives in your Psychology major and also for a Developmental (Child) Psychology minor. Email with any questions.


6. Online Stress Busters

Tuesdays at 12:00 pm (Apr. 21st, 28th), register on website
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing for an informal hour of meditation and light movement. Bakken Center Mindfulness and Wellbeing Instructor Mariann Johnson will guide you through exercises that will leave you feeling physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually rejuvenated. Learn more about the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

7. Pathways to Resilience During Times of Change

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 12:30 pm- 1:15 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online, register here

We live in a world that is constantly demanding our time and attention. And disorienting changes in our personal and professional lives contribute to these demands, which creates stress in our lives. In times of stress and rapid change, it's easy to lose focus on ourselves and stop making simple daily choices that help us bounce back no matter what life throws our way. Join us for a session with Theresa Nutt, Co-Director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching program at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. This webinar will offer an opportunity to reconnect with yourself while you try out practices and skills that are simple to remember, easy to apply, and nourishing for your whole being. Learn more about the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

8. Financial Wellness 101

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online, register here

Are you confident in your ability to make informed, sustainable financial decisions? Money can be a complex topic, and every one of us has a unique story and individual needs, and that was true even before the onset of COVID-19. This session will share strategies to help “launch” you into post-college life, including budgeting, savings, credit, and loans. This session is geared towards current seniors and recent graduates.

9. Now Hiring! 2020 Grads -- Virtual Event

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Interested in learning more about the process of working with a Staffing Agency for your first role after graduation? Join us for the 2020 Virtual Now Hiring Panel! We’ll be posting 2-3 minute introductions on YouTube of various local staffing agencies to help you gain a better understanding of the careers and industries these various agencies represent. We then invite you to join us Tuesday, April 21st, from 2:00-3:00 pm for our virtual panel featuring five individuals representing a wide range of industries to answer your questions about how and why you may want to consider working with a staffing agency to find your first full-time position. Please register on Handshake for this event. Prior to the event, you will be sent a link for the virtual panel. This panel is open to all students although positions that are open are for students with a graduation date of May 2020 or December 2019.


10. MN COVIDsitters

The COVID-19 pandemic directly affects our Twin Cities community. Those on the frontlines in healthcare and public health need YOUR HELP with childcare and running errands so they can continue to serve those affected by the virus. As schools have transitioned to online learning, we are in a unique position to step into these roles and support our community during this unprecedented time. For more information and registration, see the website.


11. The Nonprofit Scholarship

Do you have a dream of working in the nonprofit world? Are you passionate about raising funds for a worthy cause? If so, the Nonprofit Scholarship may help you reach that goal. The Nonprofit Scholarship (up to $1,200.00 award) recognizes and supports students who have a passion for nonprofit work that makes the world a better place. Applications for the scholarship are encouraged from students in all UMTC undergraduate colleges. Detailed information about qualifications and the application process is available at the scholarship application site. The deadline for the completed application is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020.


12. Camp Emerge

Camp Emerge is the focal program of Project Emerge. It is a three-day business leadership camp at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. While exploring what makes the Twin Cities a truly unique learning environment, Camp Emerge participants will gain personal, professional, and cultural leadership training to prepare for the business elements of any career. This selective program will help guide the cohort of participants through their graduate and career exploration. Camp Emerge is designed for people of color, women, LGBTQ, and first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; along with all allies and any individuals interested in advocating for more inclusive and diverse workplaces through leadership development. Current program dates are August 13th-15th. Apply online and learn more here.

Grad School

13. Social Work Grad School Virtual Fair

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free

Register now for the online Social Work Grad School Fair. You can join the fair from anywhere and talk to schools in real-time. If you have any questions, reach out to

14. The Industrial-Organizational Track of the Masters of Arts in Psychology Science (MAPS)

Students in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology track will be trained to be evidence-based practitioners and prepared to pursue doctoral-level training. Through coursework spanning the areas of personnel selection, employee motivation, training and development, performance management and evaluation, and organizational change and development, students will be immersed in scientific research in order to acquire the knowledge and skills to solve a variety of workplace issues. Students will apply these skills through applied projects with real organizational clients to prepare for employment in organizational settings. We are excited to have appeared in several of SIOP’s rankings of I/O psychology master’s programs! We are ranked #4 in student accomplishments, #7 in faculty quality, and #18 in program resources. As a young program, we are especially proud of our growing reputation! Funding opportunities are available to all students, including TA positions. You can visit our website for further information. Feel free to contact us with any questions at

15. Master in Human Resources and Industrial Relations Program

We are reaching out to you to let you know about the Master in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program at the Carlson School of Management. Our program is widely considered to be in the top three in the nation. Taught by world-renowned faculty, the curriculum prepares students for successful careers in the field. Our students are consistently recruited by multinational companies. Other graduates enter jobs in a variety of organizations of all sizes and industries. Our students generally find opportunities for work starting within the first weeks of program entry, and in a typical year, well over 90% of our graduates find themselves in a career-track position. We've found that students with a psychology background excel in our program. That's why we're reaching out to you. Our program provides a great opportunity to put the skills you've learned already to use in a professional setting.

16. M.S. in Applied Psychology - UW Stout

There are currently openings in the Master of Science in Applied Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The program has concentrations in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Evaluation Research, and Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. The program is a two year applied sequence that includes work with real-world clients from the first semester. Graduates go on to successful careers across nearly every sector, using their skills to help organizations gather & use data, make decisions, and serve their clients & employees better. For more information, please visit the program website.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

17. Autism Summer Camp Counselor

Camp Akeela counselors are role models, mentors, coaches, friends, parents, and everything in between to their campers. Along with three other counselors, you'll create the best summer camp experience on the planet to eight campers in your cabin. Akeela provides camp counselors the opportunity to play an integral role in a community that changes kids’ lives. You will gain valuable experience working first-hand with children who need extra social support, helping them develop social skills while forging life long friendships in a traditional summer camp setting. Apply on the website.

18. Behavior Technician

Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides intensive services to children with autism and related conditions. We are currently hiring undergraduate, college graduates, and graduate students from colleges and universities studying in a wide variety of human services fields. We at Behavioral Dimensions believe that the experiences we can offer students give them excellent opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life situations. Students will learn how to implement research-based behavioral techniques to teach young children a wide variety of skills as well as how to prevent and respond to challenging situations. Students receive many hours of training and support from professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. Many jobs in the human services field require a degree, internship, and experience in order to be hired. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience and the internship while students are completing their degrees. For students graduating from human services related fields, our entry-level positions provide an excellent experience in which staff learn valuable, life-long career skills. All of our services are provided in the families’ homes, so we are able to place employees close to their homes throughout the metropolitan area.

19. Direct Care Professional

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING FACETIME/SKYPE INTERVIEWS. We are even hiring temporary workers if you lost your job due to COVID-19. Get some experience and apply today (positions starting now, this summer or even next semester)! You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities (amazing 1:2 ratio). You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students, pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training, and we have locations near campus/all over the twin cities, and you don't even need to have a car! We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that ends with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist! Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

20. University of Minnesota Youth Programs Camp Positions

University Youth & Community Programs has been offering unique and high-quality summer camps to youth, ages 5-15, for 30 years. Instruction in a variety of specialty topics is combined with a well-rounded recreation program that features the resources and facilities of the Twin Cities Campus. A convenient location and extended daytime hours add to the popularity. Youth attend one or more weeks throughout the summer. Age-appropriate groups are kept to a small, 1:7 ratio of adults to youth for a fun summer experience for all. We are currently hiring Group Leaders, a PE instructor, Rock Wall lead, and a Flag Football Instructor. Applicants can click the links and search "Youth Programs." If you are a current UMN student, click here. If you are not a UMN student, click here. Email for more questions.

21. CAPE Peer Coach

Peer Coaches in the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration hold major exploration drop-in hours in the main CAPE office in 511 Bruininks, and at satellite locations on campus. Peer coaches are trained to listen to student's experiences and challenges and offer support and resources for exploring majors. In addition to drop-ins, Peer Coaches also serve as teaching assistants for OUE 2001, CAPE's 1-credit major exploration course. The Peer Coaching position would be an excellent fit for students with a personal and/or professional interest in counseling, teaching, advising, mentoring, and coaching. The start date is August 2020. For more information about the position, please visit the UMN job website and look for job #336179. If you have questions, please email Kai Takatsuka at