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Employer Spotlight | Minnesota United FC

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Describe your organization.
Under new ownership and rebranded at the beginning of the 2013 Season, Minnesota United FC is dedicated to making professional soccer sustainable in the state of Minnesota. Our position as a growing sports franchise creates a unique atmosphere where "start-up" meets pro sports team.


Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?
Our company culture is smart, fast-paced, and hardworking. We are very much in a start-up culture, and growing quickly. Sometimes this is good, and sometimes it is challenging. There is a lot of opportunity to launch new ideas and projects, and improve on what was done before. We can only work within the capacity we have as an organization, so sometimes we have to make choices about priorities and timing. There are two distinct times in our workyear - the season and the offseason. Priorities are different in each one.


When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?
Generally, we look for people who have bachelor's degrees, preferably in sports management, business, or communications. We always like sports-specific experience, and look for people who have done at least one internship during school.


What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?
Generally, we begin with phone interviews, and then in-person interviews. Sometimes we will do a second interview, and usually conclude the hiring process within a month. Many people participate in the interviews, including a representative from human resources, the hiring manager, and other executives in the front office.


What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?
Passion is good, but doesn't go a long way in making a candidate stand out in the application and interview process. It's great if someone likes or plays soccer, but since we are not hiring soccer players, we are more interested in what non-soccer skills our employees will contribute toward making ours a successful club.


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Minnesota United FC representatives at the 2014 School of Kinesology Job and Internship Fair

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Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science
Internship | The Hoarding Project


How did you learn about your current position?
I got the chance to learn about this position from my major advisor's (Jessie Rudi) information list. She usually forwards lots of useful emails about internship positions that are relevant to our major. After reading the email, I learned more about the position from the organization's website.

Describe your position.
My position is a hybrid internship working both with individuals, couples, and families in the community addressing a variety of needs and concerns related to hoarding disorder, as well as conducting research. The organization I am working for is called The Hoarding Project.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
My passion is the interactions between couples and parents- children communication; it drives me to explore more about family therapy counseling work in community. This position is definitely a great chance for me to learn more about the clinical work, research and education to individuals who hoard and their communities, as well as to mental health and other professionals who work with hoarding, and the media. It provides me a chance to connect our textbook knowledge to the practical life.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I think the most important part is to be well prepared in both resume and interview. Before handed in my resume and cover letter to my employers, I have gone through all the materials with career service's advisor several times. It really helped me to show my strength in the paper work. In addition, I have looked through the online interview training from career service website. It helped me to build up confidence and be flexible with the answer I prepared.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Our CEHD Career Services is the most helpful resource that helped me to search and be prepared for the internship.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Show your confidence to employers during the interview. It is a good way to leave a positive impression to the employers. Also, don't forget to send a thank you letter for follow-up with employers after interview.

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Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science
Internship | The Hoarding Project

How did you learn about your current position?
I got the chance to learn about this position from my major advisor's (Jessie Rudi) information list. She usually forwards lots of useful email about internship position that relevant to our major. After read the email, I started to search more about my passion position from their organization's website.

Describe your position.

My position is a hybrid internship working both with individuals, couples, and families in the community addressing a variety of needs and concerns related to hoarding disorder, as well as conducting research. And the organization I am working for is called The Hoarding Project.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?

My passion is about the interactions between couples and parents- children communication; it drives me to explore more about family therapy counseling work in community. And this position is definitely a great chance for me to learn more about the clinical work, research and education to individuals who hoard and their communities, as well as to mental health and other professionals who work with hoarding, and the media. So it could provide me a chance to connect our textbook knowledge to the practical life.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

I think the most important part is to be well prepared in both resume and interview. Before handed in my resume and cover letter to my employers, I have gone through all the materials with career service's advisor several times. It really helped me to show my strength in the paper work. In addition, I have looked through the online interview training from career service website. It helped me to build up confidence and be flexible with the answer I prepared.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?

Our CEHD Career Service is the most helpful resource that helped me to search and be prepared for the internship.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

Show your confidence to employers during the interview. It is a good way to leave a positive impression to the employers. Also, don't forget to send a 'thanks letter' for follow-up with employers after interview.

Qian.jpg
Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science
Internship | The Hoarding Project

How did you learn about your current position?
I got the chance to learn about this position from my major advisor's (Jessie Rudi) information list. She usually forwards lots of useful email about internship position that relevant to our major. After read the email, I started to search more about my passion position from their organization's website.

Describe your position.

My position is a hybrid internship working both with individuals, couples, and families in the community addressing a variety of needs and concerns related to hoarding disorder, as well as conducting research. And the organization I am working for is called The Hoarding Project.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?

My passion is about the interactions between couples and parents- children communication; it drives me to explore more about family therapy counseling work in community. And this position is definitely a great chance for me to learn more about the clinical work, research and education to individuals who hoard and their communities, as well as to mental health and other professionals who work with hoarding, and the media. So it could provide me a chance to connect our textbook knowledge to the practical life.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

I think the most important part is to be well prepared in both resume and interview. Before handed in my resume and cover letter to my employers, I have gone through all the materials with career service's advisor several times. It really helped me to show my strength in the paper work. In addition, I have looked through the online interview training from career service website. It helped me to build up confidence and be flexible with the answer I prepared.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?

Our CEHD Career Service is the most helpful resource that helped me to search and be prepared for the internship.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

Show your confidence to employers during the interview. It is a good way to leave a positive impression to the employers. Also, don't forget to send a 'thanks letter' for follow-up with employers after interview.

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