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November 2011 Archives

Name: Elisabeth Charboneau
Licensure Program: Secondary English (Communication Arts/Literature); Completed ILP June 2010
Employer: Spring Lake Park High School
Position: English Language Arts Teacher

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Job Search

How did you learn about your current position?
I used websites, such as EdPost, to find out about the job I'm currently teaching.

Describe the application and interview process.
I applied at the end of August, just before school started. I wasn't called for an interview until a few weeks later. The school was waiting for approval from the state to move an English teacher into an instructional coaching position and they were hiring someone to fill that vacant English position. I was interviewed by two associate principals and two English teachers at the school. I was called a couple of weeks later by the principal and had a brief phone interview with him before being offered the position. After a brief transition, I took over teaching classes about six weeks into the school year.

How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
I think I made myself stand out during the job search by researching a lot of information about the school system. I found on their website that they had recently restructured their grading system, so I made sure to ask questions about that in the interview to show that I was well informed.

Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
I think being diligent and optimistic was the most helpful thing during the job search process.

What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a teaching position?
Even when everyone around you seems to be getting jobs, never give up because a great job could be posted at the last minute.

Teaching Position

Describe your current position.
I am a full-time English language arts teacher at Spring Lake Park High School. I primarily teach 10th grade language arts, but I have also taught women's literature and theater.

What do you most enjoy about your position?
I enjoy the collaboration among my colleagues. We have time set aside for meeting with other teachers every day, which is a huge advantage for a first-year teacher.

What are some of its challenges?
Classroom management has been my biggest challenge this year. It is not something that can be learned ahead of time and you have to figure out pretty quickly what your non-negotiables are.

Please share your advice to students entering the teaching profession.
Try to have a sense of humor about things--it makes even your worst days better.

Career of the Week-- Insurance Sales Agents

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insurance-agent.jpgDo you have excellent sales ability, interpersonal skills, and a willingness to learn and/or expertise in a wide range of insurance and financial services? Check out the career of Insurance Sales Agents!

WHAT? This is a rewarding career in which you are able to help individuals, families, and businesses select insurance policies that provide the best protections for their lives, health, and property. Examples of types of insurance sold are property and casualty, life, health, disability, and long-term care. Insurance agents prepare reports, maintain records, and seek out new clients in order to provide them with advice on how to minimize risk as well as best possible options for each client's circumstances. If you enjoy having an impact on individuals lives in a nonmedical environment click here to learn more about Insurance agents.

WHERE? Insurance agents may have the opportunity to have flexible schedules depending on the setting in which they work. Many work in offices, while others create their own schedules and travel extensively to make sales.

HOW DO I GET THERE? For Insurance sales agent jobs, many companies and independent agencies require a college degree in business, finance, or economics. If this career sounds intriguing to you check out the CEHD degree in Business and Marketing. Aside from a Bachelor's degree, be sure to check out license requirements based on the state in which you are applying. Insurance agents must obtain a license in the States where they sell.

Don't forget to check out GoldPass for job and internship searching!

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Public Health Associate Program/ Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Wednesday, January 25th 2012
STSS 518/520

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid fellowship within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Public Health Associates are assigned to state, tribal, and local public health agencies throughout the United States working in all sectors of public health, including STD/HIV; Tuberculosis; Chronic Disease; Environmental Health; Public Health Preparedness; Immunization; Injury Prevention; and Maternal and Child Health. PHAP provides opportunities for promising future public health professionals to gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs.

PHAP is open only to US citizens with a BA or BS degree (or who will obtain degree status before beginning the program). It is anticipated that PHAP will hire 50-65 associates in FY2012 and will receive well over 1000 applications for those positions. Candidates must submit 2 letters of recommendation with their application materials so please allow enough time to get these. Applications open February 1, 2012. You can find more information at this website if you would like:

Attend this information session to:

· Learn first-hand tips and experiences from current CDC fellows

· Steps to the application process and guidance on being a competitive applicant

· In depth program information and positions

The Minnesota Center for Reading Research (MCRR) has a full-time position available with the Path to Reading Excellence in School Sites (PRESS) project. Learn more about PRESS:

PRESS Literacy Coach (Requisition #175239)

The PRESS Literacy Coach will represent the PRESS partnership at the individual building level. It is essential that the PRESS Literacy Coach work collaboratively with building staff including but not limited to the building administrator, teachers, and District literacy coach(es) to establish and sustain effective literacy instruction for all students, including students who are English Language Learners. This position will require a background check

If you're interested in applying for this position, please do so online through the University of Minnesota Employment System: You may search for the posting using the requisition number or simply click on the link provided above.
Please contact Ah Vang-Lo, PRESS Project Coordinator, at or 612-626-6979 if you have any questions.

Tuesday,November 29, 2011
1:00 - 2:30pm (Info session 1:00 - 2:00, Networking 2:00 - 2:30)
518/520 Science Teaching & Student Services

Registration encouraged via GoldPASS

Learn about Retail Internships available Summer 2012! This information session is open to all students. (Students graduating between May 2012 and May 2013 strongly encouraged to attend.) A number of Kraft representatives will be at the info session to meet students, give a presentation, answer questions and to network.

Go to the Jobs Database of GoldPASS and search on position #69451 to learn more about the internship and to apply. Application deadline is December 2, 2011. Bring your questions about the position to the info session!

For more information search the 'Career Events' section on GoldPASS.

Click here ( for more information, and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs.

Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is January 13, 2012.

Potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire vacancy announcement to ensure they meet all of the requirements for this position, and fully understand the special circumstances involving a career in the Foreign Service before applying. All applicants must be American citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

Looking for a paid summer internship at a top company? Pursuing a college degree in business, accounting, actuarial science, engineering, computer and information sciences, sales, marketing, communications, allied health, healthcare management, supply chain, finance, or retail store management?

Then join the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) and the Career Development Network (CDN) Diversity Committee for an INROADS information session! This information session will be held from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7 at 518/520 Science Teaching and Student Services Building (STSS). An INROADS advisor will be present to answer your questions about the great internships available, eligibility requirements, application process, etc. Also, a career services professional will discuss resources available on campus to help you with the internship search process.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Jasmine Omorogbe at by Monday, December 5.

What is INROADS?
The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS is the nation's largest non-profit source of paid internships for undergraduate, diverse youth. By providing the skills, support, and network students need to obtain an internship at a top company, INROADS prepares students to lead and contribute from Day 1.

Qualifications for INROADS:

Career Interest in Business, Engineering, Computers and Information Sciences, Retail Store Management, Sales, Health, or Marketing

Must be pursuing first undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university

Full-time undergraduate with at least 2 summers or 54 credit hours remaining after Spring Semester

College 2.8 Cumulative GPA

H.S. senior applying or already admitted to an accredited college or university

H.S. 3.0 cumulative GPA


A paid multi-year Internship with a top company ($4,000 - $10,000 per summer)

Customized skills development training to prepare you to contribute from day one

Unparalleled networking opportunities with career-minded peers, corporate executives and INROADS alumni

Gratifying community involvement

Year-round professional and personal coaching and guidance from your INROADS advisor

A corporate mentor who takes a personal interest in you

Access to scholarship opportunities

Free tutoring

Great potential for a full-time career after graduation

Please see the attached flier and for further information.

INROADS PAID Recruit Flyer.pdf

* This information session is also listed at

PPL helps people gain housing stability, employment, family stability and youth achievement.

Since 1972, thousands of low-income people have built brighter, stable futures and stronger communities as a result of PPL's innovative approach of helping people help themselves. PPL's mission is to: work with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services, and education.

This spring semester PPL has several internships available with the Family Literacy Program. There are four program areas: early childhood education, elementary literacy, teen tech literacy, and adult education/ELL. Some sites can offer these as work study positions.

You will find the position descriptions attached.

Family Lit Pre-K Leader Internship - University of Minnesota - Spring 2012.doc

Family Literacy Adult Ed Tutor-Intern - University of Minnesota - Spring 2012.doc

Family Literacy Elementary Intern -University of Minnesota - Spring 2012.doc

Teen Technology Empowerment Intern - Colleges- Spring 2012.doc

PPL (Project for Pride in Living)
1035 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-455-5101 - fax

Paid Summer Internship with Breakthrough Saint Paul!

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"I love the feeling you get after a class in which you have really taught the kids something. The sense of satisfaction that is brought by knowing you have touched a child's life is one words cannot describe." - Angela, Breakthrough Teacher

Breakthrough Saint Paul helps motivated students overcome adversity to prepare for college with the support of older students passionate about education. The organization is seeking a diverse group of talented undergraduate and high school students (juniors/seniors) to apply for a paid summer teaching internships, complete with training and classroom teaching experience.

Open to all majors! This internship was ranked as one of the TOP TEN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS by the Princeton Review.

Please check out the attached documents and visit our website for more details!

Application Deadline: February 27th, 2012 (Interviews granted on a rolling basis)



Full Time Data Collection Position

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The Department of Epidemiology and Community Health is announcing a full time data collection position. This position begins January 3rd, 2012 and applications for this position are being accepted now.

The position is with NET-Works, an obesity prevention research study, and it is hiring a 75-100% Community Program Specialist / Data Collection Coordinator to serve on and supervise a data collection team to recruit and conduct measurements on 500 families of 2-4 year olds. This position requires flexible day and evening hours (some weekend days might be required). Data collection training including working with human subjects and HIPAA will be provided and is required.

Work Days
30-40 hours/week with some evenings or weekends

Apply now, hiring in December, to start by January 3rd 2012. Data collection runs through 2016

Position requires prior experience working on a research study and the ability to work well with participants, as well as supervise other data collection staff. Bachelor's or equivalent required, M.P.H. or similar preferred. Spanish fluency would be ideal.

Data collection activities

Telephone eligibility screening

Home data collection visits including:
Administering survey
NDSR dietary recall
Anthropometrics (height, weight, waist circumference and skinfold)
Data entry and cleaning

For more information

Please contact a NET-Works staff member (Annie Hotop (612-626-9174) or Sara Veblen-Mortenson (612-624-9378) if you would like more information about this position, or apply through the Office of Human Resources:

Requisition Number 174933

Velocity Sports Performance- Internship Opportunities

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The Velocity Sports Performance in Champlin, MN runs an internship programs year round for both Performance Coaches and Sport Management (operations, sales and marketing). The company is looking for students during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters who are looking to complete a minimum of 250 credit hours of training.
A second location in Bloomington will be opening during the last week in November, with potential to have interns at both locations.

Please view the attached documents for overviews for each of the internship opportunities.

Interested students may contact Nate Michalowski at
regarding the Peformance Coaching Internships and Christina Gilbert at for the Sport Management Internships.

Velocity Sports Performance
8900 109th Ave Suite 700| Champlin, MN 55316
Phone: (763) 390-6622| Fax: (763) 390-6639
Follow Us: Facebook Velocity, Youtube

Intern - Performance Coach Profile - CG 11.16.11.pdf

Intern - Sport Management Profile - CG 11.16.11.pdf

Internship Opportunities with the Sanneh Foundation

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Attention Sports Management and Kinesiology majors! The Sanneh Foundation has new internship opportunities. Please take a look at the attached position descriptions:

Communications Intern.docx

Foundation Description intern.docx

Fundraising Intern.docx

Intern cover.docx

Media Intern.docx

sanneh soccer intern.docx

school intern.docx

Please join us at noon TODAY! All University of MN students are welcome to attend.

Information Session: Jobs and Internships with the U.S. Department of State
12 - 1:30pm Room 180 Humphrey School

Diplomat in Residence Doria Rosen, currently assigned to the University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss State Department Careers & student opportunities. She'll be available to answer any questions you might have.

Please visit This site highlights the opportunities across all majors for students and professionals interested in a career in public service at the U.S. Department of State.

Jane Vega
Employer Relations Coordinator
Career Services
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
t 612-624-1440
f 612-626-0002

University of Minnesota
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Youth Education Program Intern - Spring Semester

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Clouds in Water Zen Center is a community of lay practitioners that offers support for
meditation and mindfulness. We are located in the Northern Warehouse building in Downtown Saint Paul where we offer meditation instruction, classes, workshops, communal meditation, retreats, community events, and Youth Practice programming every other Sunday morning.

The Youth Practice Program consists of 5 different volunteer-teacher led classes (Pre-K, K-1, 2-3, 4-6, & Junior High School) which use music, movement, meditation, and mindfulness as ways to help students become more joyfully aware and connected to others. We aim to make the principles of spiritual life accessible to all our students through experiential learning opportunities including singing songs to foster community and lift the spirit, mindful arts and crafts, service learning and community projects, as well as using yoga and meditation to calm our bodies and minds.

We are looking for an energetic, passionate, and creative Youth Education Intern for 5-12 hours per week to assist with our Spring Semester programming. In return for your service to our Youth Practice Program we will provide you with training, guidance, and academic credit (if your school offers it) in the following:
Program Design
Lesson planning
Event Planning
Writing & Editing
Classroom Management
Experiential Education

Duties will include but not be limited to:

• Assist with programming every other Sunday from 8am to 12pm from January 22, 2012
to May 13th, 2012 (or the end of your school's academic semester, whichever comes
• Meet in person with the Youth Practice Program Manager 1-2 times/week to discuss
planning and implementation.
• Design a lesson plan for one of the five classes every two weeks.
• Attend meetings with staff as necessary.
• Participate in strategic planning and execution of community events, marketing,
fundraising and outreach.
• General clerical duties including copying and assembling class materials.

We are looking for an individual who has a passion for and/or interest in education,
experiential education, meditation, music, yoga, art, crafts, cooking, and child development. We value direct, honest, and sensitive communication. The intern should be pursuing an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Education or a related subject.
The ideal candidate will be mature, punctual, possess strong organizational, time
management, and writing skills, and be joyful in their approach to learning and teaching.

The position requires a commitment of 5-12 hours week (work load will vary), some of
which can be done remotely and successful completion of a criminal record
background check.

While we are a Zen Buddhist institution, the position is open to all people regardless of
ideology, religion, race, gender, or age. Your most important qualifications will be enthusiasm and a talent for working with youth.

Please send a cover letter stating what you hope to learn from and bring to the position, your resume, and any relevant samples of your work to:

Rachel Sear
Youth Practice Program Manager

Please include Spring Youth Education Program Intern in the Subject Line.

Career of the Week-Market and Survey Researchers

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Market and survey researchers gather information about what people think. They are also called market research analysts. They help companies understand what types of products people want, who will buy them and at what price. Market research analysts have the freedom to devise the methods and procedures for obtaining the data they need. They also get to help develop advertising brochures and commercials, sales plans and product promotions.

Market and survey researchers enjoy the benefits of structured work schedules. They are able to work alone when writing reports and preparing presentations, however they are still able to work as part of a research team. They may also have frequent contact with the public depending on how they are designing their research. They can choose their level of contact with others in ways such as choosing to administer a survey or interviews.

The Business and Marketing degree from the U of M is a great degree if you are considering this career. Employment in this field is expected to grow much faster than average.

To learn more about this exciting career, visit:

Marketing Research Association :
Council of American Survey Research Organizations,

About the Position: The school is looking for individuals who enjoy working with young people and are interested in pursuing a career in the field of education. For this position, you would be supervising a group of children while doing many engaging activities such as; outside games, crafts, and computers.

Qualifications: self-motivated, reliable, and love working with children

Location: Golden Valley, Minnesota
Hours: Monday - Friday (2 pm - 6 pm) We are very flexible on the schedule (days and times) but you must be able to work at least 2 days per week. There is also the opportunity for full time work during school breaks and summer.
Hourly Rate: starting at $8.00 per hour
Contact Information: Kim Whitehouse (School Care Coordinator)
763-545-4285 ext. 815 or

Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association
The Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association (HAMAA) was incorporated in September, 1990, as a non-profit organization to serve all Hmong-American people in the Twin Cities with the mission to:

1. promote leadership in the Hmong Community;
2. promote educational advancement for Hmong youth and teens;
3. encourage Hmong refugees to be self-sufficient and contributing members of their Community, and;
4. promote and maintain Hmong cultural heritage.

After School Teaching Assistant position


Youth and High School Internship USA Rugby

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The primary focus of this position is to assist the USA Rugby Youth and High School Department in their efforts to help foster and grow grassroots rugby in America. Interns will be provided with a thorough education in youth rugby development and non-profit organization operations.

USA Rugby's Youth Intern reports directly to the Youth Manager and the Youth and High School Director. The goal of this position is to support and assist in the management of programs related to expanding the number of pre-collegiate rugby players in the USA. Interns must possess a passion for youth development through sports, strong customer service abilities, interpersonal and computer skills, and comfort in physical education and youth sport environments.

Responsibilities include:

• Protect the interest of USA Rugby's Youth and High School members
• Support Youth and High School staff in the management of youth events such as tournaments, camps,
clinics and educator workshops around USA Rugby's featured events (i.e. National Championships,
Domestic Competitions) through help with planning, organization, and actively participating in various
activities (i.e. Leading Rookie Rugby trainings for students, parents, teachers, etc.)
• Assist the department in the creation of game development materials used by coaches, referees,
parents, teachers, players and administrators to start new programs, as well as improve those already in
• Assist in the planning and implementing of meetings and conferences dedicated to youth and high
school development (i.e. Youth Development Conference)
• Assist in the development of a youth and high school rugby presence through social networking (i.e.
Facebook, Twitter)
• Manage 'Rugby-in-a-Box' inventory and orders
• Conduct online research
• Perform office administrative tasks such as mailing, inventory, data entry, etc.
• Provide customer service
• Other duties as assigned

Percentage of duties:
40% - Event and initiative support
20% - Original content creation
15% - All other duties assigned
15% - Customer service by, email, phone and in person contact
10% - Website, marketing and mass communication development

• Customer service and organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail
• In depth understanding of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft

Outlook required
• Understanding of social networking websites, simple graphic design, and virtual work environment
skills are preferable
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Highly motivated and strong work ethic - self starter
• College junior or senior preferred
• Experience in sports, youth sports, or recreational environment

• This is an unpaid internship and candidates must confirm eligibility for college credits, or
ability to satisfy other academic requirements, to be considered for this internship.
• Internship runs January through June 2012.
• Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.
• Relocation expenses will not be provided by USA Rugby.

Apply online at: under the 'about us' section

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you able to receive college credit for this internship?
2. Do you have any rugby experience?
3. Are you willing to relocate at your own expense?

Join a Virtual Information Session!

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Can't make it to one of our in-person events? Join us for a Virtual Information Session hosted by an Achievement First talent recruiter. We will discuss:

Achievement First's history, mission, and core values
Training and professional development opportunities
Opportunities to join our team for the 2012-2013 school year
Application process and qualities of a successful candidate

Teaching Opportunities with Achievement First
November 29, 2011; 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern

RSVP here.

Starting Your School Leadership Career with Achievement First
December 5, 2011; 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern

RSVP here.

Teaching Opportunities with Achievement First
December 13, 2011; 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern

RSVP here.

Meet Achievement First on the Road

Throughout the year, our team visits cities across the country in search of the best teachers and school leaders. Below are cities we'll be visiting this month; please email us at to learn more.


· December 1 - Boston, MA

· December 2 - New Haven, CT

· December 10 - Charlotte, NC

Achievement First is Hiring!

For the 2012-13 school year we will hire over 250 amazing teachers and school leaders throughout our Brooklyn and Connecticut schools! Learn more and apply here.

Career of the Week-- Child Care Workers

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Do you love working with children? Do you see yourself owning your own childcare center someday? Check out a career as a Child Care worker. Your options are endless!

WHAT? If you have a passion to work with children and are interested in a rewarding career, click here and check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) to learn more about being a Child Care worker. Child Care workers have a variety of duties including providing basic care, teaching duties, caregiving activities, and contact with parents or guardians. You get to take part in a child's development as you assist them in healthy development by helping children grow, learn, and gain new skills. It's so rewarding! The work hours of this career vary greatly. This can be appealing for many especially if you have a family. You may even be able to set your own hours if you own your own childcare center someday.

HOW DO YOU GET THERE? Wondering how to get the most out of this career, better pay, and more opportunities. Check out a degree in CEHD Early Childhood Education. Having a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education will give you the background you need to pursue your dreams as a Child Care Worker. Depending on the environment you are in you may be required to obtain a certificate as well. Be sure to get as many experiences and take part in as many opportunities as you can to set yourself apart from others in the same field. Check out volunteer opportunities as well as conduct informational interviews with others in the field to learn more about the path they took to become a Child Care worker and any tips they have.

WHERE? There are a variety of options in which to carry out a career in Child Care. You could work in your private household, children's homes, in providers' homes, and child care centers, which include Head Start, Early Head Start, full-day and part-day preschool, and other early childhood programs.

Don't forget to check out GoldPass for job and internship opportunities as well!!!

Career of the Week-Recreational Therapists

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Do you like to help and work with people? Would you like a career where you know your work is making a difference? If so, you may enjoy the Recreational Therapist career!

What?: Recreational therapists provide treatment services and recreation activities for individuals with disabilities or illnesses. They get to offer these services in a variety of ways including: arts and crafts, sports, games, dance, animals, music, community outings and more. Their goal is to improve and maintain the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their clients. Therapists also help people with disabilities integrate into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities.

Where?: Recreational therapists may provide services in special activity rooms or travel to local community resources and activities with their clients. They also do some planning and preparation in offices. They generally work a 40-hour work week.

How?: A major in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota is a great way to get training for this exciting career! Some states such as Oklahoma, North Carolina and Utah require a license. Even if the state does not require a license, obtaining a certificate will highly increase your ability to find a job in this field. This can be obtained from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and is called the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist credential.

To learn more, visit:

The Occupational Outlook Handbook

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

American Therapeutic Recreation Association

A conversation with

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

Thursday, November 17
1 to 2:30 PM
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Freeman Commons (Room 205)

Dr. Reuben Brigety supervises U.S. refugee programs in Africa, assisting over 11 million people. Join us to talk about Dr. Brigety's work, his career path, and professional opportunities in international affairs and humanitarian relief.


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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.

What are your top 5 talent themes?
My top five themes are: Responsibility, Input, Connectedness, Developer and Activator.

Which talent themes fit you best and why?
Responsibility is a natural part of who I am, and it plays an important part in my life. As the oldest child in a family of eleven, I took on duties at a young age generally reserved for adults. For example, before I left for school, it was my responsibility to cook for, clean and clothe all of my siblings. Consequently, responsibility has been a trait that I value since a very young age. My sense of responsibility has also shaped my professional life. Every day I strive to give my all. Hence, it is very important to be a dependable team member by taking responsibility for my actions and maintaining a positive attitude. In conclusion, responsibility is an important trait to me personally, professionally and spiritually. Prior to taking the strength finder assessment, I did not realize that responsibility was a strength of mine.

In what ways do you use your talents each day?

I truly believe that things happen for a reason. As a result, I believe that my role as a multicultural coordinator is exactly the position that I should be in. During my daily interactions with student, I always try to pass on values that have helped me throughout my academic and professional career. These values include Responsibility, Input, Connectedness, Developer and Activator. I inform students of color that it is their responsibility to be a developer and activator for their communities. With their connectedness to the community, they can provide great input into the discussion of equity and diversity at the University.

How have you worked to developed your talent themes?
As previously mentioned, I have benefited from the StrengthsFinder assessment because I was not aware of some of the strengths that I possess. Now that I am aware, it is my responsibility to develop a "StrengthFinder" workshop for the various student groups that I work with. Often, students of color are not aware of their strengths. Along the same lines, many students of color do not realize what they have to offer to the university. Just as the StrengthFinder assessment informed me of my strengths, this tool may help students of color realize the potential strengths that they have hidden. An increase in self efficacy can be very beneficial to the retention of students of color at the University of Minnesota. For these reasons, I plan to invest my time into developing a "hands-on" workshop modeled after the StrengthFinder assessment.


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Overview: Idunna Fitness provides a meaningful internship to interns in a health, wellness, and rehabilitation environment. Idunna is a supervised exercise facility that focuses on fitness for the aging population. Idunna Fitness uses primarily Medx equipment which was created by Arthur Jones, legendary founder of Nautilus. This equipment has been scientifically validated as the top medical line of fitness equipment. Interns can get experience in other areas of interest since Idunna is adjacent to Brookdale Health, a chiropractic, physical therapy and massage therapy clinic.

We offer students the opportunity to:
• Work in a rehabilitation setting
• Learn and correct operational technique of MedX equipment
• Perform regular fitness assessments
• Gain one-on-one experiences with cliental
• Opportunity to observe Physical Therapy, Message Therapy, and Chiropractic
• Work with the an aging population
• Learn how to adapt and create exercise prescriptions for various populations and conditions
• Record clients' daily progress
• Focus on the importance of health and wellness

Description of Intern Positions:
Part-time intern position:
• 12-15 week internship period
• 8-12 hrs/week, will work around your class schedule
• Spring (Jan.-April), Summer (May-August), Fall (Sept.-Dec.)
• Unpaid
• Must be earning credits for the internship

Performance Evaluation:
Intern supervisor will conduct a mid-point and final evaluation for each intern. Interns are asked to inform the supervisor of any specific university evaluation processes.

Highest performing individuals may be offered a permanent job position after completion of our internship program.

Kamau Larry
Business Manager
Intern Supervisor

Idunna Fitness
5740 Brooklyn Blvd. #200
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

Success Story | Caity Sweet, Kinesiology

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Caity Sweet
Kinesiology | Clinical Movement Science
Spring 2011 Graduate
Northwestern University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy Student

How did you learn about your graduate program?
When I was researching physical therapy programs I found a number of schools around the country that I was interested in. After looking into the schools I decided to apply to Northwestern because of their great facilities, faculty members, clinical opportunities, and reputation in the field of physical therapy.

Describe your graduate program.
The DPT program at Northwestern University is a 3 year program, for the next year I will be studying anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and clinical decision making processes while working on a research project. The second year of school I will study a variety of clinical management courses specific to different types of injuries and illnesses. The final year of school I will be placed full-time in physical therapy clinics completing 2 clinical internships.

What steps did you take in the application process?
I applied to a number of schools through PTCAS, the centralized physical therapy school application system. In my application I included transcripts, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. After applying some schools offered interviews or require a supplemental application.

How did you help yourself stand out from other applicants?
To make myself stand out as a competitive applicant I made sure I had good GRE scores and grades. All of the schools I applied to require that you have shadowing hours so I obtained a variety of experiences in different types of settings. During my time at the U of M I made sure to get involved on campus in a variety of ways. Working in CEHD Student Services the past 4 years has taught me how to work in a professional environment, develop conflict fluency, and maintain professional relationships. Through my campus involvement, physical therapy experience, and time spent studying abroad I was able to draw from a lot of experiences to make my personal statement unique and memorable

Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during the graduate school application process?
The Academic Health Center on campus has a great online course called 'Personal Statements for a Health Program' that prepares you to write your personal statement. The course had a number of worksheets and tools to help me organize my thoughts. The APTA and PTCAS websites had great information as well. They had information about applying to each specific school and the program requirement as well as basic information such as location, cost, and size of the different schools.

What did you learn during the graduate school application process?

Through the application process I've learned a lot about myself including my strengths and weaknesses, why exactly I want to pursue a career in physical therapy, and what in physical therapy gets me excited. The self-awareness I gained from the application process helped me to choose the school that fit me the best.

Do you have any words of wisdom to share with others about your experience?
I would start studying for GRE early! Summer is a great time to take the test. I also recommend getting a variety of physical therapy experiences starting early. Getting to know physical therapists and your professors is important; you'll need recommendations from them. And remember to ask earlier rather than later for recommendations.

Did you utilize career services? If so, what was your experience like?
I met with Angie in career services to go over my personal statement and then again before an interview. She was so helpful in organizing my thoughts into a cohesive statement. We also did some mock interview questions that helped calm my nerves and gave me practice!

Teacher Career Profile

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Are You Interested in Becoming a Teacher?


Teaching is a rewarding profession which offers a variety of opportunities to share knowledge with future generations. Those striving to be teachers should have a strong foundation in their subject area, good judgment, and strong communication skills. Teachers should be also be comfortable working with students from diverse backgrounds and students with varied achievement levels.

Educators work in both public and private elementary schools, secondary schools and preschools. They typically specialize in a subject area such as math, science, special education, English as a second language, etc.

Teachers follow a lesson plan and manage classroom behavior. Most have a block of time each day, called a professional period, to plan lessons and grade papers. Teachers must be accessible to parents and communicate regularly on student progress. Many work more than 40 hours each week during the school year (generally 10 months out of the year) performing extra-curricular activities outside the classroom.

Individuals who would like to teach must obtain a degree from a university or college and receive a teaching license through their state department of education. Teachers, like other licensed professionals, are required to continue their education after they receive their license, a process known as continuing professional development.

How Do You Get There?
Pursue a master of education degree through a teacher preparation program at the College of Education and Human Development. Look for volunteer opportunities in schools to gain valuable experience. After completing the teacher preparation program, find teaching positions on GoldPASS.

Job Outlook
The job outlook for teachers varies depending on license and region. Be sure to research job market data for the license and region you are considering. Then read success stories to learn how past CEHD students found teaching positions.

To Learn More

1) Research teaching careers:
Preschool & Kindergarten Teachers
Elementary School Teachers
Middle School Teachers
High School Teachers
Special Education Teachers
Adult Education Teachers
2) Look at teacher job descriptions on employment sites like GoldPASS and EdPost.
3) Conduct informational interviews with current teachers and principals.
4) Network by talking to current students in the CEHD teacher preparation program, advisers, faculty, and alumni about their experiences in the education field.

Tuesday, November 29th
10:00am-11:00am (information session)
11:00am-12:00pm (informal interviews
518/520 Science Teaching and Student Services Building (STSS)

Work Effects is recruiting spring 2012 interns for Human Resources Development, IO Psychology Analyst, Marketing, and Programmer. Work Effects organizes its practice into three areas: Leadership Development, Organization & Culture, and Performance Management. They work with some of the largest organizations in the world and leverage the combined expertise of a highly-talent group of consultants to help us deliver exceptional results for our clients.

Work Effects Intern Positions- Spring 2012

About our Intern Program

The purpose of our Intern Program to develop students and young professionals through hands-on experience combined with career development and industry networking opportunities. This program aims to provide interns with relevant experience, connections to practitioners within their field of study, and in-depth knowledge of the market in which we operate.

Through our internship, we offer to students:

Real world experience and skill building
Constant performance feedback
Opportunities to connect with practitioners in our field
Projects that are aligned with both the student's professional and academic development goals and with our company's objectives
Recommendation letters, forms of completion, internship evaluations, and any other documents necessary to fulfill academic requirements.

Internship dates: January 23rd 2012 - May 11th 2012
10-15 hours/ week
Compensation: competitive hourly pay

Application Process:
To apply, please submit cover letter and resume through our career site: by December 15th, 2011.

IO Psychology Analyst Job Description

Work Effects is currently seeking a self-directed, highly motivated, fast-learning individual who is eager to take on new challenges to serve as our IO Psychology Analyst. The ideal candidate is a Master's or PhD student in I/O Psychology who has experience in the professional services environment and possesses knowledge of the corporate world. We seek a combination of excellent executive presence combined with suburb analytical and creative skills.

- Statistical analysis to continuously improve our assessments and impact of trust
- Research coordination with academics
- Designing report displays
- Deploying and managing feedback suggestions

- Currently pursuing a Master's or PhD in IO Psychology
- Strong SPSS Skills
- Superb analytical and creative skills
- Excellent executive presence
- Working knowledge of 360o assessments and employee surveys

HRD Intern Job Description

Work Effects is currently looking for an energetic, organized, detail-oriented undergraduate or graduate student to serve as our HRD Intern. This person will assist in creating leadership development curricula, training materials, and administrative guidebooks to support our suite of Leadership and Organization Development products.

- Creating a leadership development curriculum
- Creating administrative guidebooks for 360 survey product
- Developing Train-the-Trainer Materials and training presentations
- Compiling end-user support materials
- Writing articles for our blog

- Pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in Human Resource Development, Organizational Development, Leadership Development, HRIR, or related field
- Experience in curriculum design
- Demonstrated ability to work independently
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Demonstrated problem-solving and analytical skills
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office
- Experience with 360 assessments preferred

Marketing Intern Job Description

Work Effects is currently looking for a detail-oriented student with expertise in marketing and an interest in HR and consulting. This intern will be responsible for performing a variety of marketing communications, graphic design, and sales-related activities in an HR consulting context.

- Writing articles for our Leadership Development and Performance Management blog
- Contacting professional publications to publish materials
- Creating professional and visually appealing user guides and reports for clients
- Assisting in generating sales leads to develop organization's business

- Student or recent graduate in marketing, HR, advertising, design, journalism, public relations, or related field
- Excellent written communication skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work independently
- Strong computer skills, which includes proficiency with Microsoft Office
- Interest and familiarity with HR and Consulting preferred

Programming Intern

Do you enjoy a dynamic, entrepreneurial atmosphere where you can make a meaningful contribution? Do you possess a variety of data management and technical expertise including .Net, SQL, or JQuery? Are you looking to gain hands-on experience in your field through challenging projects that will produce real results? If so, we would like to speak to you.
Our ideal intern candidate is a highly motivated problem solver with diverse technical skills. The IT intern will be responsible for creating, enhancing, and maintaining database driven web applications that serve our clients.

- Modifying and extending existing web applications on a Microsoft stack
- Building, integrating, and deploying new ASP.NET and Web Forms applications
- Adding client-side interactivity with JQuery
- Writing and editing SQL Server 2008 stored procedures
- Report design, building, and deployment
- Infrastructure configuration management

- Expertise in .Net programming
- SQL skills
- Excellent analytical skills
- Diverse technical knowledge including SQL Server, ASP.NET, or PHP,
- Pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science or related field
- Preferred experience in programming with complex database interfaces
- Consistent reading and participation in technical blogs a plus


UNI Overseas Job Fair for Educators

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The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is pleased to announce the 36th annual UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair. The UNI Fair will be held February 3-5, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa. The registration DEADLINE is January 13 and this event is open to U of M Teacher Licensure candidates.

More than 120 American international K-12 schools attend the UNI Fair. All registrants must be certified elementary or secondary educators (or will secure certification prior to fall 2012). Candidates average 5 interviews each during the event. Teachers of all disciplines are needed.

All interested educators can obtain a registration packet from the UNI web site The registration deadline is January 13, 2012.

Project Footsteps is a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis with a mission to inspire, empower, and prepare youth and community to be change agents, social leaders, and volunteers. Available upcoming spring internships include: Human Resource Assistant, Community Relations Assistant, Program Relations Assistant, Program Operations Assistant, Program Outreach Assistant, and Program Assistant- IGB. Interested individuals for a Spring semester internship should email jobs@projectfootsteps for more information.

We are also looking for Program facilitators, which are individuals who go to various locations throughout the Twin Cities and conduct youth programs to young people of all ages; all with the common goal of getting young people to realize their social leadership capacity and take responsibility for making the changes they want to see in our community.

We hold tryouts twice a month for the facilitator position and the next available tryout is Wednesday, November 16 and Tuesday November 22 at 3:30 at 1917 Logan Ave S (St. Paul Episcopal Church).

If interested in attending tryouts or for an internship interview please email us at or call us at 612-353-6927 to RSVP or if you have any questions or concerns. Also, feel free to check us out at for more information on facilitating, volunteering, special fundraising, internships, and more!

Open House with 3M

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The North Star STEM Alliance will host a Industry visit at the 3M Innovation center on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Round trip transportation will be offered from campus.

The program consists of the following:

Innovation Center Tours 4:00 -5:30 tours will be offered on the half hour on a first-come, first-served basis
Networking Reception 4:30 - 5:30, Visit informally with 3M scientists and engineers to learn about their work and opportunities at 3M
3M Welcome 5:30 - 6:00, Meet 3M leaders and learn about STEM careers
Mentoring with Industry Professionals, 6:00 - 7:00. Representatives of the African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American Employee Resource Groups will provide an overview of career opportunities at 3M and reflect on their own career pathways in STEM.

Please register online at if you would like to attend!

Season Ticket Sales & Service Representative


As a member of the Ticket Sales & Service department of a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise, this position is primarily responsible for securing new full and partial season ticket sales for the organization as well as delivering superior customer service to season ticket holders in order to maximize yearly renewal and account maximization.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

· Prospects, identifies and secures new full & partial season ticket business and new group sales business in order to achieve prescribed ticket & revenue objectives.

· Maximizes new sales opportunities through constant and consistent sales/prospecting techniques as well as effective B2B and B2C sales calls and presentations.

· Services and manages assigned season and group accounts in order to achieve prescribed retention and account maximization objectives.

· Provides consistent and superior customer service in all dealings with existing and prospective customers.

· Adheres to the established policies and procedures in performing all account creation, invoicing, payment, ticket-printing and distribution functions.

· Adheres to the established policies and procedures in utilizing CRM solution and any other technology-based tools.

· Maintains strong, cooperative inter/intra-departmental relationships.

· Participates in various sales promotions, events, and existing/potential client entertainment activities, as required.

· Cooperates in collecting and forwarding any premium seat, sponsorship, advertising, and team promotions leads to supervisor.

· Maintains and is able to produce on a regular basis accurate reports regarding sales, service, appointments and other activities.

· Works in conjunction with the entire Ticket Sales & Service team to uphold the mandates of the department regarding sales & service goals and objectives.

· Assists with game day operations as required.

· Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills, Experience & Abilities

· Prior sales experience working for a professional sports franchise is preferred.

· Prior ticket sales and account management experience, including direct sales presentations and telephone sales, is preferred.

· Excellent relationship building and people skills, with the ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients at all levels within the organization.

· Superior communication and presentation skills, with the confidence and ability to deliver persuasive presentations.

· Proficient in Microsoft Office products

· A commitment to service excellence and customer satisfaction.

· Ability to multi-task and meet required deadlines.

· Assertive, confident, persistent and results-oriented.

· Team player with excellent interpersonal skills

· While looking to succeed personally, you must be able and interested in supporting a team environment and adhering to the Ticket Sales & Service department's objectives, goals and mandates.

· Familiarity with event ticketing system and CRM system a plus.

· Ability and willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required.

Physical Requirements

· Able to lift and carry boxes & promotional equipment weighing as much as 50 pounds

· Must be able to walk steps to visit fans during games

· Must be able to work in a seated position for majority of work day

· Must be able to be productive utilizing a computer keyboard and telephone

· Must be able to be productive in an work environment where the noise level can be high at times

Interested EXTERNAL applicants should apply online via

Kraft Foods Information Session!

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Attend the Kraft Foods information session and learn about retail internships available for summer 2012!

Tuesday, November 29th
Room 518/520, Science Teaching & Student Services
Presentation/Q&A: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Networking: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. (If you can only attend part of the meeting due to class/other commitments, please attend as much of the session as you can.)

This information session is open to all students. (Students graduating between May 2012 and May 2013 strongly encouraged to attend.) A number of Kraft representatives will be at the info session to meet students, give a presentation, answer questions and to network.

Go to the Jobs Database of GoldPASS and search on position #69451 to learn more about the internship and to apply. Application deadline is December 2, 2011. Bring your questions about the position to the info session!

We strongly encourage business professional attire (no jeans or sweatpants).

Questions? Contact Beth Lory, CLA Employer Relations at or 612-624-7387.

Thank you! We hope to see you there!

About Kraft Foods
Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT) is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands people love. Proudly marketing delicious biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, grocery products and convenient meals in approximately 170 countries, Kraft Foods had 2010 revenue of $49.2 billion.

Twelve of the company's iconic brands - Cadbury, Jacobs, Kraft, LU, Maxwell House, Milka, Nabisco, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Tang and Trident - generate revenue of more than $1 billion annually.

A leader in innovation, marketing, health & wellness and sustainability, Kraft Foods is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor's 500, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index. Visit and

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