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Psych Scoop, 8/8/17

August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. We're Hiring a Student Office Assistant! 

Psychology Advising is hiring a Student Office Assistant to start this Fall! We are looking for students who are available 15-20 hours per week during regular office hours (8:00-4:30 M-F) starting Fall 2017. The Student Office Assistant position is treated as a professional role that focuses on career development. Students are expected to take on increased responsibilities relating to direct student services/peer advising. 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 those of you interested in student services, higher education, policy making, teaching, or other student programming! Students from diverse and/or underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. For a full job posting and to apply, visit the UMN Employment Website (Click "Students") and search for Job ID 319011 

2. Course Announcement: PSY 3996 - Psychology Internship (4 credits)

We are pleased to announce a great opportunity for students to receive Psychology credit -- PSY 3996 (Psychology Elective credit) -- while you work in a Fall 2017 Internship. If you are planning to complete an Internship in the Fall semester, you may be eligible to sign up for PSY 3996: Internship in Psychology - Section 002 (4 credits). The purpose of this applied course is to integrate students' academic, personal, and career development in the context of an applied community internship. Students will explore their own interests and values, identify and build desired career readiness competencies, and build digital literacy skills through creation of a capstone internship "story." Focus will be on self-reflection and professional development, as well as application of psychological principles to internship experiences. Psychology majors received an email from on August 7th with more information about the course - please refer to that email (subject line: Announcing Fall 2017: PSY 3996) for more details.

Courses of Interest

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology. If you are unsure how a course will fit into your academic program, please consult your college advisor.

3. Science Fair Mentoring at a Local Middle School - Gain PSY Credit!

The University of Minnesota is partnering with the Murray Middle School Science Department to support 6th, 7th and 8th graders as they design, implement and present a science fair project for the Murray Middle School Science Fair. Our target audience is students from backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in the scientific workplace. Our goal is to create a science learning community that is inclusive and inspiring! The class, led by Professor Cheryl Olman, meets two afternoons a week; meetings are on the U of M campus in September, and at Murray Middle School for the rest of the semester. Students will earn course credit via PSY 3996 - section 003 (3 credits), which counts as an elective in the Psychology major. (Please note, this is a different course than the PSY 3996 course mentioned above). To learn more, check out the class details and syllabus. Please email Professor Olman at if you have questions or are ready to enroll! 

4. ID 2201 - Career Readiness for CLA Students - Plan for future career success with this 1-credit option!

Attention Sophomores and transfer students who have taken CLA 3301: Have you (or a family member) asked the following questions? What can I do with a major in psychology? How do I find an internship to start gaining professional experience? What is networking? How can I improve my resume?

There's a NEW 1-credit, in-person course being offered this fall just for you! ID 2201: Career Management for CLA Students will prepare you answer those questions, and more. Talk to your Academic Advisor about how to add this to your fall schedule - this class is just 1 credit, in-person, and will put you on the right track for your future career! Visit the CLA Career Courses webpage for more information. 

5. New Minor Begining Fall 2017 - Racial Justice in Urban Schooling

The new Racial Justice in Urban Schooling minor is designed for students interested in the intersections of race, social class, language status, gender or sexual orientation, and how those impact educational equity and social justice. The minor supports students’ exploration of their interest in graduate work in teacher education, activism, and educational policy. This undergraduate minor will appeal to students who are deeply interested in education as a social issue, whether or not they want to become a classroom teacher. To learn more and apply, visit

Graduate School

6. Psychology Diversity Recruitment Weekend at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology Diversity Recruitment Weekend 2017 will take place October 19-21, 2017. The Diversity Recruitment Weekend provides promising ethnic minority undergraduate students from around the country with information about graduate school in psychology. The Diversity Recruitment Weekend will consist of a series of workshops, panel discussions, and individual meetings specifically designed to prepare students for the graduate admissions process in psychology as well as introduce students to the graduate psychology programs at the University of Michigan. The Recruitment Weekend includes sessions on writing a successful statement for graduate school, faculty perspectives on doctoral study, and what constitutes a strong application. Students will also met individually with faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan who share similar research interests. Students will receive an intensive overview of all of the graduate programs in psychology offered at the University of Michigan. To learn if you are eligible and to apply, visit the Diversity Recruitment Weekend Webpage. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 8th. 

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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7. 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 the Peer Advisor position description for details. Applications must be submitted via the University's employment website (use job ID 318894) and are due Friday, August 18th. Contact Katie Peacock, with any questions. 

8. Cognitive Trainer Positions Open in Twin Cities Metro - Paid Internships Available

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Cognitive Skills Trainer at our centers in Chanhassen, Maple Grove and Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our part-time Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick thinking, high energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4PM-8PM. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Internship credit available along with starting pay of $14/hr plus bonus potential. Training is provided. For more information and to request an interview email your resume and availability for the position to

9. Teach for America is Hiring 2 Recruitment Interns for 2017-18

Campus Campaign Coordinators, or CCCs, enhance Teach For America’s campus recruitment efforts by managing Teach For America’s brand and building a high quality pipeline of future corps members. The CCC role is ideal for students with an interest or prior experience in marketing, recruitment, communications, nonprofit organizations, and social justice. CCCs develop valuable skills in event planning and management, physical and social media marketing, and professional communication. CCCs will also develop a foundational knowledge of Salesforce, a widely used client relationship management application used across the private and nonprofit sectors. More information and application instructions can be found on the Campus Campaign Coordinator GoldPASS posting (#200993)