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Career of the Week- Camp Director

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Summer is nearly here, which can mean only one thing. It's time for camp! Children all around the United States travel to some of the most beautiful camp grounds in the nation during the summer and enjoy an amazing opportunity for growth and development at camp. It would be easy to see just the fun side of things, but someone needs to coordinate the logistics and ensure a safe, productive environment for the children while they are at camp. This is the role of the Camp Director.

While there are many paths that can lead to directing a camp, one that provides an educational component would be to have a bachelor degree in Elementary Education Foundations or Early Childhood Education Foundations. These degrees would provide an educational background valuable for creating an intentional living and learning community for campers.

If this is something you would like to do, check out these resources on what a camp director does and what these degrees entail:

Elementary Education Foundations
Early Childhood Education Foundations
Camp Director Information (Falls under the category of Lodging Manager)

Google Computer Science Teaching Fellows Practicum!

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Project for Pride in Living Internship Opportunities!

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Safer Strategies Initiative Coordinator & Family Support Intern

Position Title: Safer Strategies Initiative Coordinator (Intern)
Organization: Project for Pride in Living (PPL)
Program: Property Management
Site: PPL Service Center and a variety of PPL housing locations
Supervisor: Property Management Facilities Coordinator
Schedule: 20 plus hours/week, flexible schedule to be determined between supervisor and intern (during business hours: M-F, 8 am-5 pm
Summer Position: June - August (can start earlier if available)
Fall Semester Position: September - December

Program Description:
Formerly homeless and very low income households experience higher rates of chronic and serious health issues including asthma. The Safer Strategies Initiative was launched by PPL to focus on a key trigger of asthma attacks -- pesticides and their increased use in response to bed bug control. Through the use of a nationally-trained canine detection team, strategic prevention inspections, tenant and staff training, and a new low-chemical pest control response, Safer Strategies intends to achieve and demonstrate reduced pest infestations and a safer environment for children. This is an excellent opportunity for a student in the fields of public or environmental health or social work.

Responsibilities & Duties:
• Coordinate communication between pest control inspector, pest control treatment contractor, and PPL Property Managers and Self-Sufficiency Program staff. Manage master schedule of inspections and treatments.
• Assess needs of participating households and support residents to prepare for inspections and treatments: reviewing prep checklist, providing education, demonstrating proper preparation techniques, delivering plastic bags/boxes/quarters, and answering questions. This will be done over the phone and through in-person home visits.
• Develop culturally appropriate materials to education residents on pest control procedures.
• Support project through additional activities as requested, including data collection.

• Experience communicating and working with diverse communities
• Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to engage and reassure residents who may be reluctant due to stigma around issue
• Comfort performing home visits with residents who have been cited with pest control problems
• Reliable transportation
• Quick learner and ability to navigate multiple systems
• Detail orientated and good at managing multiple details
• Background in public health or social work a plus
• Bilingual in Somali a plus

• Mileage reimbursement for internship-related travel
• Stipend available upon successful completion of internship - amount dependent on total number of hours to be negotiated with student before internship begins

Application Process:
Please direct a cover letter and resume to Julie Huck, Volunteer Program Mgr., at The selection process includes an interview, references and background check.


Position Title: Family Support Intern
Division: MFIP Programs
FLSA Status: Stipend available
Summer: 10-25 hours/week (2 positions at 10-15 hrs/wk, or 1 at 25 hrs/wk). Schedule to be arranged flexibly between intern and supervisor between 8 am-5 pm, weekdays.
Fall: 10-15 hours/week. Schedule to be arranged flexibly between intern and supervisor between 8 am-5 pm, weekdays.

Department Summary
The Family Support Intern provides support to PPL's two Hennepin County MFIP programs, Connections to Work and ChangePoints:
• Connections to Work provides long-term case management services to families where at least one family member has a disability or health condition which prevents full-time employment. Connections to Work assists families in addressing these barriers through strengths-based case management, individualized goal plan development and referrals to various community resources and services.
• ChangePoints provides short-term, mobile case management to families having difficulty meeting MFIP program requirements throughout Hennepin County. ChangePoints engages in proactive outreach attempts to locate these families, who are often in crisis, and connect them to needed support and resources.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are normal for this position. These duties are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.
• Meet one-on-one with program participants to assist in locating needed community resources and services, primarily for (but not limited to) affordable housing and employment. Provide on-going support and follow-up to referred participants.
• Help participants create resumes, set up email accounts and complete job/housing applications.
• Conduct detailed research on various community services and resources as requested and compile information into electronic database.
• Attend home visits to participants with department staff as scheduled.
• Assist with coordination of weekly, on-site participant workshops.
• Compose and publish quarterly CTW program newsletter.
• Maintain accurate and precise case notes and file documentation as directed.
• Participate in and contribute to ongoing development of dynamic programming and services by actively communicating ideas and suggestions during meetings and through individual projects.

Additional Tasks and Responsibilities:
While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other members.
• Answer and route telephone calls and miscellaneous questions from staff, participants, vendors and the public.
• Support PPL's work and mission by accepting assignments for special projects, committees, etc.
• Maintain professional communications with program participants, co-workers and partnered services providers.
• Provide information on assigned functions.
• Perform administrative and data entry duties as requested.
• Perform other duties as assigned or directed.

To perform successfully in this internship, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Minimum Requirements
• Must be a self-starter and comfortable with minimal supervision
• High level of attention to detail and follow-through
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to adhere to HIPAA, ADA and data privacy requirements
• No criminal record of gross misdemeanors or felonies
• Available 10-25 hours per week

Minimum Technology Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required while using technology, equipment and systems.
• Ability to use office equipment including telephone and voicemail system, copier, printer, fax machine and scanner
• Ability to access and navigate the internet and online databases
• Demonstrated proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Outlook
• Ability to navigate computer network (files, drives, and folders)

Education and/or Experience
• Actively pursuing or currently possess a degree in Human Services-related field or have experience working in Human Services-related field.
• High degree of cultural sensitivity; comfortable working with participants from diverse backgrounds.
• Knowledge of mental illness and chemical dependency issues is helpful.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the internship. While performing the internship duties, the intern is regularly required to sit, bend, and communicate. The intern must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10-25 pounds.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions and ability to work under generally safe and comfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors may cause discomfort and poses a limited risk of injury.

To apply: Please email resume and cover letter to Laura Ford, MFIP Programs Manager, at The application process includes an interview and background check.

PPL is a 41-year-old private, non-profit community organization dedicated to working with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services and education.

Start Up Kids Film Screening!

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Join ImprovEDU for the film screening of "Start up Kids" May 7th from 6 to 9pm at the Coffman Union Theater

The film Start Up Kids was filmed by two Icelandic entrepreneurs who wanted to motivate other young people in their country to become entrepreneurs after Iceland's economy suffered. The film contains interviews from the founders of Vimeo, Soundclout, Dropbox, and other organizations you may be familiar with.

Check out the trailer! The Startup Kids

Come and meet Greg Tehven! Greg was one of the founders of the organization Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF). A phenomenal organization that focuses on providing leadership experiences and encourages students to become catalysts for positive change in their own lives, schools, and communities.

There will also be few other sister organizations at the event as well and there will be opportunities for networking afterward.

There will be a small fee of $5 for the event. You can purchase at the door, or click here to purchase online.

Click here for the Facebook Event Page!

New Business Development Representative

EXTERNAL applicants should apply online via

INTERNAL applicants please apply via the ADP self service portal. Contact Holly Corbin at if you do not know your internal login, please do not set up a new account.

The Minnesota Twins seek aggressive, committed, energetic individuals to sell Twins season ticket packages and group tickets. This is a part-time, entry level position. We are looking for individuals that are highly motivated, competitive and committed to developing a career in the sports industry.

• Conduct telephone campaigns to acquire new business, and generate incremental revenue.
• Make a minimum of 75 outbound phone calls per day
• Meet or exceed weekly, monthly and yearly ticket sales goals
• Maintain accurate documentation of all correspondence, prospects and feedback
• Assist customers in securing the preferred programs, seats and events that best fit their needs
• Provide superior service to all customers
• Represent the Club in a positive and professional manner during home games and select events
• Other related duties as required

• Excellent oral communication, customer service and problem solving skills
• Proven ability to meet goals and work well with co-workers and supervisors in a team environment
• Strong organizational and time management skills
• Ability to function in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
• Proficient computer skills including experience with MS Office products such as Word, Excel and Outlook, as well as, ability to learn and master new software programs
• Consistent, punctual and regular attendance
• Available to work flexible hours including holidays, evenings and weekends
• Previous sports and/or sales experience is preferred.
• 4-year college degree is required.

CLA Employer Relations Assistant Position

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Employer Relations Assistant Position
Part-time student position in CLA Career Services. This rewarding opportunity supports the work of CLA's Employer Relations team in building strong relationships with a variety of employers who are interested in recruiting CLA students. Primary responsibilities include assistance with managing GoldPASS and employer relations-related projects.

The start date for this position is May or June 2013. Priority deadline for students to apply is May 3rd.

Students should apply via the HR Job Center web site (search on requisition #184167, Employer Relations Assistant, CLA Career Services).

View the position description on the HR Job Center web site here:
Students may also view and apply for the position via GoldPASS at Search on job posting ID #94289.

All qualified, registered U of M undergraduate students (sophomore or junior year preferred) regardless of undergraduate major/college may apply. CLA students in their sophomore or junior year are strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions? Please contact Beth Lory at or 612-624-7387.

LAST Peace Corps Information Session!

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Do you want to spend your next two years abroad? Are you looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Do you want to gain a skill set to make your knowledge transferable in our global economy? Do you know someone who does?

Come hear stories from two Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Bolivia and Morocco on May 2nd from 5:00 - 6:00pm in 214 Heller Hall.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers serve in education, health, business, environment, agriculture, and youth development projects. This link will take you to additional information about various assignments as well as how to qualify.

How do I apply?
Please note that the application process takes 9-12 months, so I suggest applying a year before you are ready to depart

What are the benefits?
Peace Corps services provides many personal and professional benefits. This link will take you to information about the financial, medical, educational, and career benefits.

Teaching English Abroad Info Session

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Interested in teaching abroad after graduation?Then you should attend an information session on Teaching English Abroad hosted by the Learning Abroad Center

The information session will include information and resources for learning about teaching opportunities abroad and how to go about searching for positions.

There will be a great group of panelists that have taught all over the globe on various types of programs. Please promote to interested students!

The session will be held on Friday, April 26th at 4pm in 110 Heller Hall.

For any questions please contact Lindsey Lahr at or 612.625.8827.

On-campus Interviews with Shakopee Schools

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On-campus Interviews with Shakopee School District:

Interview date on-campus: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
12:00pm-4:30pm (candidates are pre-selected by the employer in GoldPASS)
All applicants must apply through GoldPASS.

Science Teacher| Shakopee School District
Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2013 at 12:00pm

Math Teacher| Shakopee School District
Deadline to apply: May 1st 2013 at 12:00pm

Physical Education & Health Teacher| Shakopee School District
Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2013 at 12:00pm

Music Teacher| Shakopee School District
Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2013 at 12:00pm

English Language Learner Teacher| Shakopee School District
Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2013 at 12:00pm

Shoreview Parks & Recreation are seeking for some qualified, enthusiastic personal trainers!

We are specifically looking for someone who can work weekends and evenings, but the schedule is flexible. The pay rate is $17-$20 per hour depending on experience/qualifications. We do require either a Masters Degree in Kinesiology or a related field or a Personal Training certification.

Here is a link to our job posting:

Here is a link to our facility:

Parenting Time Program Intern

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Epicor has part-time and full-time opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Looking for students interested in the Epicor Software Corp!
Employment Open House on April 24th from 6-8 pm.

Details are posted in the 'Career Events' section of GoldPASS (#1864).
Click on this link to read the event description:


Applicants must provide an updated resume, cover letter, references, and recent transcript; final candidates must pass a criminal background check. Apply by May 1st.

For more information and to apply, go to and search for requisition #183232.

Students who have strong leadership, communication
and interpersonal skills are encouraged to apply!

GoldPASS Schedule ID: 2860
Deadline to apply: April 28th

The Office of the Minnesota Attorney General is accepting resumes from upcoming 2013 college graduates who have the professionalism, capabilities, and motivation to perform outstanding work on behalf of the people of Minnesota as a Consumer Analyst.

Consumer Analysts perform important work that makes a difference in the lives of Minnesota citizens as part of a highly committed team of professionals. Our Consumer Analysts assist and advocate for Minnesota citizens on an array of different issues. Analysts research and analyze complex laws and problems and communicate with a variety of different parties to help forge solutions that benefit individual consumers.

TRiO Upward Bound is hiring!

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Like working with youth?
Need a job and a place to live for the summer?

Apply to become a TRiO Upward Bound
Residential Youth Counselors
for Summer 2013!

Residential Youth Counselors are live-in positions on the University of Minnesota campus for the duration of TRiO Upward Bound's 5-week experiential summer program.

RYC's must be available for the following dates:

Orientation: Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 (5:00-9:00 PM) or Saturday, June 8th, 2013 (9:00 AM--1:00 PM)
Training Week: Monday, June 10th--Friday, June 14th, 2013 (8:00 AM--4:30 PM daily)
Program Dates: Sunday, June 16th, 2013--Friday, July 26th, 2013 (hours vary)

For more information and to apply, go to and search for requisition #183232.

Applicants must provide an updated resume, cover letter, references, and recent transcript; final candidates must pass a criminal background check. Apply by May 1st.

Now Hiring: 2013 Grads!

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Attention ALL seniors!

Join us on Tuesday, May 7th at the Carlson School Atrium from 2:00-4:00 PM to connect with employers from a wide range of industries who have open positions with their organizations. Now Hiring: 2013 Grads! provides University of Minnesota graduating seniors the opportunity to gain personal connections, explore job opportunities, and learn creative job search strategies directly from employers.

Attend this event to meet and connect with 20+ employers who are looking to hire University of Minnesota seniors and recent graduates!
This event is open to ALL graduating seniors from the U of M Twin Cities.

This free event is for the Twin Cities campus only and is not a job fair. Business casual attire is required. Refreshments provided by The Cookie Cart and door prizes available. To register visit GoldPASS or The Edge and search the event Now Hiring: 2013 Grads! (GoldPASS Event ID #1856; The Edge Event ID #1980)

Now Hiring: 2013 Grads!
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Carlson School Atrium
1:45 Registration
2:00 Employer Panel: Creative Job Search Strategies
2:30 Employer Introductions
2:45 Networking

For more information on resumes, job searching, upcoming events, and how to prepare for this event, visit your career center (
This event is sponsored by the Career Development Network.

Like working with youth? Need a job and a place to live? TRiO Upward Bound is hiring Residential Youth Counselors for Summer!

Residential Youth Counselors are live-in positions on the University of Minnesota campus for the duration of TRiO Upward Bound's 5-week experiential summer program.

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RYC's must be available for the following dates:
Orientation: Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 (5:00-9:00 PM) or
Saturday, June 8th, 2013 (9:00 AM--1:00 PM)

Training Week: Monday, June 10th--Friday, June 14th, 2013 (8:00 AM--4:30 PM daily)
Program Dates: Sunday, June 16th, 2013--Friday, July 26th, 2013 (hours vary)

Applicants must provide an updated resume, cover letter, references, and recent transcript; final candidates must pass a criminal background check. Apply by May 1st.

For more information and to apply, go to and search for requisition #183232.

Career of the Week- Daycare Instructor/Director

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Taking care of children can be one of the most rewarding experiences one can have. The early childhood years are some of the most important ones in a person's development. Having qualified individuals to take care of and instruct infants and toddlers can be essential to lifelong development.

Working at a Daycare can be a way to live out this meaningful career path. Typical work includes caring for, nurturing, and instructing children too young for the educational system. While a degree is not required, a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Foundations can be a great place to start. This also opens up the door to managing or owning a Daycare.

For more information on this career path or what is necessary to manage/own a Daycare center, check out the links below.

Daycare Ownership/Management

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

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Still looking for a summer internship? Checkout the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits website to browse for internships, volunteer opportunities, and full time positions.
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Step Into the Picture Video Contest!

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The Office for Student Engagement announces the "Step Into the Picture Video Contest." Tell us your story about how you have been engaged in co-curricular activities on or off-campus during your undergraduate experience. Have you had a meaningful experience volunteering with a local organization, studying abroad, working with a faculty member on a research project, completing an internship or working as U of M student employee? Tell us about it! If you're video is chosen as the winner, you win a Kindle Fire LCD! Click here to learn more!

Become a Wilderness Trip Leader!

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Job Description:
Camp Kamaji, a Northern Minnesota residential summer camp for girls, is looking for experienced Wilderness Trip Leaders (can be female or male but must be at least 21 years of age) to work in Kamaji's out-of-camp adventure trip program. The vast majority of trips are canoeing and range from an easy overnight trip on the Mississippi River to a week long extended trip to Quetico Park, north of Atikoken in Ontario, Canada. The trips are graded for difficulty and are based on camper age, experience, and skill mastery. In addition to canoe trips Kamaji also has climbing trips on the north shore of Lake Superior as well as overnight horseback riding trips and kayaking trips. Trip Leaders should expect to lead an average of 2-4 trips each week. For more information please go to Kamaji's website at and/or email

• Minimum of 21 years of age - required
• One to two years wilderness trip leadership preferred
• Experience working with children in a leadership role preferred
• Significant experience or education in the areas of camping, outdoor pursuits and small water craft
operation and instruction
• Current Wilderness First Aid and Lifeguarding certifications (or willingness to obtain)
• Ability to teach camping/canoeing/kayaking skills to campers and/or staff
• Desire and ability to work with children outdoors
• Valid driver's license and clean driving record (will be verified by camp's insurance carrier)
• Possess exemplary character traits including but not solely limited to integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm,
sense of humor, patience, self-control, good judgment, leadership and decision-making skills
• Possess a commitment to excellence and to doing no less than one's best
• Ability to accept supervision and guidance
• Possess a commitment to excellence and to doing no less than one's best
• Teaching experience preferred, either in a classroom or outdoor setting.

Compensation Details:
Competitive Salary based upon education, experience, qualifications, etc. Salary begins at $2100 (plus travel allowance, board and room) for contractual period beginning June 1st and ending August 12, 2013.

Organization Description:
Located in Northern Minnesota, Camp Kamaji is a sleep-away summer camp for girls ages 7 to 15. Oh -- but it is so much more than that!! Kamaji is a fun place . . . a happy place!! A place full of girls and young women, without whom, camp wouldn't be camp!! For it is the campers and staff who make Kamaji a truly special place; it is they who bring camp alive every summer; whose joy and laughter echo throughout Kamaji long after the end of each summer; whose friendships with each other know no boundaries be it distance or age.We promise you Camp Kamaji will stay with you well beyond your childhood; it will be forever -- in your memories and in your heart. It will become a part of who you are . . . from the moment you become a part of Kamaji!!

Application Method Details: For more information please go to Kamaji's website at and/or email

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Thursday, May 9th, 2013
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
140 Nolte Center

Get your questions answered!

-What is a field experience or directed research?
-Why is gaining professional experience important?
-Where do I start looking for opportunities?
-Are there resources to help me?

Space is limited!
Register today at

MTS Banaadir Academy is seeking for Reading Buddies!

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Do you love working with kids?
Are you looking for worthy cause?
Do you have a spare hour?

We may be the place for you!

Banaadir Academy is seeking adult volunteers to participate in our Reading Buddy program. Tutors will meet with our students one-on-one and spend time with the student reading aloud to them, as well as working with the student on basic reading strategies. We can work with you and your schedule to find a time slot that works for you. We will provide books, reading materials and guidance. Serious inquiries only.

• Volunteers will be given the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship with a child by assisting that child in developing an essential skill in today's society.
• Volunteers are invited to engage their creativity and innovation to facilitate learning literacy skills.
• Volunteers will receive relevant experience for careers in education, childcare, and literacy related fields.
• Knowing that your time and energy are making a difference in a child's life.

Orientation and Training:
• Volunteers will attend an orientation where they will meet teachers and go over tutor expectations.
• Supplemental materials will be made available concerning reading skills and dealing with children's varying ages and backgrounds.
• The volunteer coordinator will be available to discuss and to address any concerns.
• The coordinator will conduct regular check-ins and provide continual support.

Volunteer Tutors must enjoy spending time with children, be 18-years or older, have basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), and be able to read, write, and speak English. You do not need to be a teacher or have previous tutoring experience! Volunteers need to be able to spend at least one hour per week until the end of the school year (June 6th 2013) and attend a mandatory orientation and tutor training (usually 20-30 minutes in length) before volunteer work begins.

Organization Description:
We are a free K-8 charter school connected to MTS (Minneapolis Transitions Charter School). Located in North Minneapolis, our school is focused on serving 300+ East African students in our community. Our desire is for our students to be provided with an environment that is safe, caring, and conducive to learning. Since we have many English learners, our ELL staff strives to provide instruction for academic and linguistic competence. We also offer free Arabic lessons to all of our students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Email or call (612) 928-2496

Virtual Career Fair

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Looking for a Job? Attend the fair from anywhere! Be Recruited Online & Enter the iPod Nano Drawing Students, Post-docs, and Alumni are invited to attend the Virtual Career Fair, a unique virtual event that helps job seekers meet employers in a time efficient, virtual way.

Why Participate?

  • Get interviews without ever leaving your computer

  • Avoid waiting in long lines

  • Save your valuable time by searching for a job online

  • Meet employers searching for candidates with advanced degrees

  • Register and upload your resume to automatically be entered into the Nano drawing

What students-alumni are saying who participated in other CareerEco Virtual Career Fairs. Go to the Chat Sessions!!

"The virtual career fair went great. I got one interview already and I am expecting more. I think that this was a great idea and I hope that our school does it again next year."

"I just want to say thank you for help putting on this event. I think this event has been a success for me. The chat provided more of a one on one environment for me to sell myself to the company over a normal job fair. I personally would love to see more of these events for future students and alumni!"

"This straightforward approach allows me to find out exactly what type of talent these companies are looking for without having to fill out countless online profiles."

"How great of an idea this is for employers in addition to potential job seekers. It provides one more point of contact for potential candidates with the companies that they are interested in"

"I knew the time slot, I get on the computer, and make that connection right away with the recruiter"

"This virtual career fair can be the thing that changed my life. I can't even describe how excited I am, and how much I appreciate your efforts."

Register here


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Did you miss the last Peace Corps Information session? No worries our next Peace Corps Information Session is THURSDAY April 11th!

Peace Corps has been called "The Hardest Job You'll Ever Love!" Come hear what that means from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Two RPCVs will share their stories and advice from their services in Mozambique and Bolivia.

Come join us at: Thursday, April 11th, 2013 5:00 - 6:00 pm 214 Heller Hall

Making the Most of Your Internship (CFAN 3096)

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Ideal for students seeking support and/or credit during their summer internship experience
1 Credit, Open to any major!
Spring registration & introductory sessions ensures NO summer tuition!

This course covers topics that will help you have an excellent summer internship experience including:

  • Mentoring and support from a professional "coach" throughout the internship experience

  • Helping students resolve internship challenges and build relationships with co-workers

  • Learning how to successfully market your internship to future employers

  • Creating clear internship goals with your site supervisor

  • Learning about professionalism and strategies for ensuring success on the internship

  • Online reflection and discussion with peers to learn and gain support from classmates

  • Activities to help you network with professionals at your internship site

For more information about this course please contact:
Leslie Svacina, Internship Coordinator at

Mental Health Awareness Day

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Join us for a presentation from Dr. Shane Lopez Senior Scientist, Professor, who is a psychologist,leading researcher in the area of "Hope", Gallup Senior Scientist and architect of the Gallup Student Poll which measures the hope of hundreds of thousands of students each year to determine how hope drives well-being and achievement. He has authored 60 peer-reviewed articles, 34 chapters and seven books including The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology. His newest book, "Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others" was recently published.

"Ripples of Hope"
The tiny ripple of hope you set in motion can change the path of someone's life. It can make their future better.

You don't have to take a big, bold action or raise a ton of money to spark change. You can start small. You merely need to create momentum where there was none.
Making ripples starts with you. You know that irksome feeling you get when you see a problem that no one is doing anything about? Or the pang you feel when someone is left behind by life? That's where you start.
To spread hope, you have to get off the sidelines. Sure, you can influence people and events from a distance, but starting a ripple of hope requires some action, some force. Here is what you need to do:

  • Catch yourself thinking or saying, "I wish someone would do something about that" or "I wish that problem would go away" or "I wish that person would catch a break." Turning that wish into hope starts a ripple.
  • Recruit one or more friends to help you define and address the problem. You may need to borrow their hope when confronting the issue. You will give each other energy as you develop your plan.
  • Make one visible change that addresses the problem. Ripples of hope stand out. They grab attention. They inspire others to start ripples of their own.
Come and join us and discover your hope! Tuesday, April 16th Campus Club Conference Rooms A/B/C Keynote 2:30PM - 3:30PM Q&A 3:30PM - 4:00PM Open to all U of M students.

Career of the Week: Preschool Teacher

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Do you love working with young children? Are your strengths patience and the ablity to explain new or different information in a way that young children can understand? If so, then preschool teaching may be your ideal career.


Preschool teachers often work with children aged 3-5 in helping them learn basic concepts in reading, speaking, and learning proper social skills. Preschool teachers work in a variety of work environments including schools, religious organizations, and child care centers. The profession is growing and projected to continue growing at a faster than average rate for most careers. If you are pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education Foundations and Elementary Education Foundations, this may be the perfect job for you!

Minnesota Education Job Fair

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Be sure to check out the Minneapolis Public Schools at the Minnesota Education Job Fair to learn more about the opportunities in education related careers!

Licensure areas include: special education, physics, mathematics, English and many more.

For more information about this great opportunity and to schedule and appointment for an interview contact Agustina Martinez at:

612-668-0559 or at

Click here to learn more information about the Minnesota Education Job Fair on April 15th.

Career of the Week- Special Education Teacher

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In the year 2012, 13.4% of students in Minnesota k-12 schools were in special education. This equates to over 111,000 students who are in the special education program in Minnesota. These students need instructors who are specifically trained to work with them and help them be successful through additional support.

This growing field is a great place for a person looking for challenging yet rewarding work. There is no such thing as a normal day as new experiences come with each sunrise. While a license in special education is required to enter this field, a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education Foundations from CEHD can be a great entry point into the profession.

If you are interested in learning more about teaching in general or special education in particular, check out the links below!

Special Education

Philosophy Camp is the affectionate nickname given by students to the University of Minnesota course
Phil 4326/5326--Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community (6 credits, 4 weeks). Students and instructors meet daily, May 28th through June 21st, 2013, and create a residential living-learning community experience.


Participants gain a fresh perspective on questions of self, vocation, education, sustainability, and community while enjoying simple living on the prairie of southwestern Minnesota. Students and instructors form a community for living and learning to investigate their own and others responses to questions such as these:

What is an authentic self? Who am I? What is vocation? What is my work in the world? What kind of community do I want to have around me? What do I bring to my relationships and community? What makes communities resilient, able to flourish through change and conflict? We'll eat healthy foods, live simply and thoughtfully, work to create and maintain rich nourishing social spaces and discuss how to grow as individuals, community members, and citizens.

We create the syllabus democratically based on our interests. We share stories. We share meals together. We learn from each other. Students and instructors also meet local residents to learn how they are living the answers to life's important questions and creating lives worth living. Philosophy Camp is now taking applications for the upcoming 2013 May-term.

Other important details about Philosophy Camp:

  • Open to first-years through graduate students

  • Small community of at most 18 students and 5 instructors

  • Meets requirements for these LEs: Arts/Humanities & Civic Life and Ethic

  • Comprehensive program fee is $2300 (less than regular tuition for 6 credits during may/summer)

  • Transportation to and from Windom will be available

  • Contact OneStop to verify that your financial aid will be available

  • Need-based diversity scholarships will be available

  • Permission number given upon completed application is required to register

Visit for information on this course including application process, cost and financial aid info. Interested students should contact the Philosophy Camp Student Adviser in the Community Service-Learning Center before April 5, 2013. (, 612-626-2044).

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