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Psych Scoop, 7/11/17

July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017

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Research Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Research opportunities listed below may be volunteer, for-credit, or paid. Not all opportunities are affiliated with the Department of Psychology. If you are receiving credit for a research experience outside the Psychology Department, you will need to check with Psychology Advising about how it will fit into your academic program.

1. Seeking Research Assistants for Study of Moral Values, Identity, and Politics

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to start work as soon as possible. This position would be on a volunteer basis during the summer, with the opportunity to continue as a for-credit 5993 position in Fall 2017. RAs will assist primarily in collecting data for a doctoral dissertation study that explores the psychological underpinnings of individuals' moral convictions. The project combines methods from social and cognitive psychology, and is intended to have applications in the political domain. Responsibilities will include scheduling timeslots, running subjects through the experiment, and working with supervisors to navigate complications that emerge during these tasks. Hours during the summer will be flexible, but RAs should have at least 5 hours of availability during the work week (9 AM - 5 PM, Mon. - Fri.) If you'd like to apply, follow this link and fill out our Research Assistant questionnaire.


2. New Student Organization - Association of Black Psychology Students

A student group is being organized to support black psychology students at the University of Minnesota. This group is affiliated with the Association of Black Psychologists, which provides black students with professional networking opportunities through their Student Circle. These opportunities include access to scholarships, research studies, jobs and internships. Black students in psychology and related disciplines at the University of Minnesota are encouraged to participate in our weekly meetings this fall. Please contact Harris Pack ( and Zeke Cowan ( if you are interested. For more information on the Association of Black Psychologists, visit

Campus Resources

3. SMART Learning Commons Summer Tutoring

Taking summer classes? SMART Learning Commons has tutoring available for various courses throughout the summer. Tutoring hours are Monday-Thursday 10AM-3PM in Walter Library SMART Learning Commons (2nd floor). Check out TutorTrac for an up-to-date schedule of courses and tutoring times. For help navigating TutorTrac, check out this TutorTrac tutorial video.

Courses of Interest

4. Seats Still Available in Fall 2017 Health Career Exploration Courses

The Health Careers Center offers credit courses to help students explore health career options, gain insights into the health professions, and prepare for application. Fall 2017 courses include: AHS 1102: Orientation to Health Careers (1 cr), AHS 1600/1602: the Future Physician (1 cr), AHS 2400: Writing a Personal Statement (1 cr) and AHS 3101: The New Health Professions Team (2 cr). More information can be found on the Health Careers Center 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.

5. Serve a Year with Youth as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow

Centennial Middle School, located in the north metro in Lino Lakes off highway 35W, is seeking AmeriCorps Promise Fellow candidates to serve for the 2017-2018 school year. Promise Fellows provide academic, behavioral, and attendance support and interventions to a focus list of 30 at-risk youth in grades 6-8. The position includes training through the Minnesota Alliance with Youth and a 1 to 1 counselor supervisor on-site at Centennial Middle School. The Centennial Promise Fellow program includes a structured daily schedule, supportive staff, and extensive educational resources such as sharing your own classroom with a team of Promise Fellows. This position is an excellent starting point to careers in education, counseling, youth work, and more! If you are interested in more information, please contact Mariel at with any questions about the experience of serving as a Promise Fellow or Mike Macken at to apply at Centennial! Visit to learn more about the Promise Fellow model.

6. Executive Operations/Student Services Specialist at UMN English Language Programs (Full-time)

English Language Programs in the College of Continuing Education is seeking applicants for a full-time Executive Operations/Student Services Specialist. This position provides student service and administrative support to the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) and Program in Translation and Interpreting (PTI). The person in this position plays an important customer service role. The position provides information to prospective students, processes applications, advises prospective and current students, serves as a liaison with other programs on campus, and helps with marketing programs. Daily responsibilities include assisting students and advising on registration and AZ hold requirements, processing student applications, coordinating the office technology needs, managing social media for the programs, managing office supplies, and coordinating front desk operations. The person in this position reports to the senior international student advisor, and requires strong interaction and collaboration with MELP and PTI program directors, faculty, and many university departments and offices. Apply online at: (Job opening ID 318302)

7. Virtual Student Foreign Services Internship Program

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year there are more than 1,000 vacancies with more than 30 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and exposure to job opportunities within the U.S. government. Applications for the 2017-18 VSFS program are open between July 2 and 26 on  Real experience is waiting for U.S. college students across the federal government, including NASA, Smithsonian, State Department, CIA, National Parks Service, and others. You can see the projects offered at by clicking on “See All Projects” at the top!  To apply, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, and upload a transcript.  Learn more at the VSFS website.