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Volunteering + Internship Oppportunities!

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Volunteer Opportunities

PrideAlive is seeking volunteers for their event tonight! Come to MAP, located at 1400 Park Avenue South, between 7:00 pm and 9:00pm in Downtown Minneapolis. in downtown Minneapolis!

Everyone is invited to help distribute welcome bags and resource information to student renters in Marcy Holmes, SE Como and Prospect Park neighborhoods, August 31st - September 1st. This involves a two hour shift on one of these days between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Volunteers will be paired with City Council members, leaders from the neighborhood associations, or other city or University officials. For more information, please email Tichelle Henderson or call 612-624-1559 as soon as possible. If interested, please include the day, shift and neighborhood preference in your reply.

Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) is looking for volunteer mentors to help with career goal development, college application, scholarship application and financial aid application preparation in Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership Program (GGAL). WISE will be holding two open houses to register mentors: one at the Griggs Midway Building, 540 Fairview Avenue North, St. Paul, on September 17th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and one at LEAP High School, 631 Albert St. North, St. Paul, on 9/23 from 2:00 to 4:00.

Volunteers are needed to help with People Serving People's largest fundraiser this year - the Heart & Soul Gala on September 24th. Shifts are available from 9am - 9pm. Volunteers who provide four hours or more of their time will be provided with a meal. Sign up today by emailing kberg@peopleservingpeople.org.


Internships

OutFront Minnesota is seeking Interns for numerous positions. For more information, go to the job website.

Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) is looking for people to join the team! ACES is looking for a Program Quality & Replication Manager, Team Leaders, Tutors & Mentors. Click Here for more information or to apply.

Know of great opportunities for students? Share them with me at engage@umn.edu!

Job Opportunities and Student Activities & Leadership!

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Job Opportunities!

Interested in sustainability? Check out these student jobs: acquisition numbers #97166 and #97169.

LaBreche is looking for talented and skilled individuals to join their team as LeBreche grows it's client base. Check out the new positions that are open now!

Office Assistant position available at Nautilus Music Theater (St Paul).

Student Activities & Leadership

Interested in joining a sorority? Visit the Sorority Recruitment page for more information or for specific information on multicultural chapters, click here.

Interested in joining a fraternity? Visit the Fraternity Recruitment page for more information or for specific information on multicultural chapters, click here.

Check it out! Top Voluntourism Trips for 2012 - What Are They?. Voluntourism is an opportunity to travel while volunteering. What a great way to make a difference in the world while seeing it!

This Wednesday, August 31, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm a candle light vigil will be held at the Loring Park Perennial Garden for anyone who would like to come together to remember those (siblings, parents, friends, etc) who have died from a drug overdose or those who have overdosed and survived. This vigil will be used as part of an Overdose Awareness Day and aims to look at the stigma of drug over dose. Overdose Awareness believes that the inclusion of all drugs is important and more reflective of the reality of overdose.

Have some great opportunities for students? Let me know at engage@umn.edu!

Activities & Volunteer Opportunities + Resources For Success

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On-Campus: Things You Don't Want to Miss

Do you have questions about your apartment, house, or duplex lease? It is Lease Review Walk-In-Week! August 25, 26, 29, 30: 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m., University Student Legal Service staff will review your lease; no appointment needed. Just walk on in at 160 West Bank Skyway.

The University of Minnesota Reuse Program is having their big summer clean-out is leaving them with the opportunity to have Buy One Get one on all chairs, desks, tables, shelving, cabinetry, and file cabinets are buy one get one free!!! Open today 8am - 8pm.


Around Twin Cities

As you may or may not be aware, today is the first day of the Minnesota State Fair! Travel on over to St.Paul and check out all of the wonderful booths, food vendors, rides and so much more!


Volunteer Opportunities

The Hennepin County Library is looking for volunteers for many fun and diverse positions. Library volunteers who have worked a certain amount of hours can receive up to two free tickets to the Science Museum's Omnitheater and admission to the Science Museum. For more information please call 612-543-8539.

Minnesota Aids Project is seeking a volunteer for their Front Desk. If you have daytime availability to help our MN Aids on a regular basis reply them on Twitter @MNAIDSProject or check out their website.


Resources

Looking for a job or internship? The Career Services Blog does a wonderful job at keeping up to date on the latest and greatest opportunities for students. Check it out at: blog.lib.umn.edu.

Share your insights and information with me at engage@umn.edu and be featured in the Blog and Do What Matters Facebook Page!

Student Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities + Internships

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Student Leadership: Through a Job or Class

Are you looking for challenge that will build your leadership, interpersonal, team building, group facilitation, communication and presentation skills? If you are available Tuesdays from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm to meet, apply today to become a Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence Ambassador! Application deadline is September 2, 2011. If you have any questions contact Anise McDowell, amm@umn.edu.

Want a fun, engaging 3 credit class to balance your class load? Check out this awesome class from Educational Policy and Administration:

Fall 2011
EdPA 3010: Engaging in Community Action and Change
Section 002
Class number 95121
Tuesdays 3:30-6:00PM
University YMCA, 1801 University Ave, Minneapolis (across from campus)

The Instructor: Robert Shumer- rshumer@umn.edu, contact Robert with any questions you may have regarding the course.


Volunteer Opportunities

MN Hands & Voices is seeking volunteers to help with the distribution of a statewide, well-respected newsletter for families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Requirements:
Time commitment of a four hour day, once a month.
Attention to detail a great organizational skills a must!
Ability to be self directed and motivated.

To apply please send cover letter and resume or application by mail, e-mail, or fax at 651-227-0621.

Lifetrack Resources
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
709 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55104

On Saturday, August 27, from 9:00am to noon, Youth Farm will host a work day for community members and volunteers to come out and help build a farm. The farm is located at 501 Lafond Avenue in St Paul, at the corner of Lafond and Mackubin (across the street from the Church of St Agnes.) Everyone is invited to attend this event to help start the new farm and make the space beautiful! Visit the Youth Farm website for more information.

Internship Opportunity

The Family Partnership is looking for interns to work with our Somali Community Organizer, our PRIDE program, our volunteer engagement office, and communications director. For more information or to apply, visit The Family Partnership Website.


Have information that students shouldn't live without? Share it with me at engage@umn.edu or our Facebook Page!

Jobs, Jobs & More Jobs! + An Internship Opportunity

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Job Opportunities. Apply Today Before it is Too Late!

Project Footsteps, a non-profit organization located in Minneapolis that works with youth to help inspire and empower them to be change agents and social leaders in todays changing society, are looking for facilitators (college students) to lead those group of youth to become the change they want to see in their lives.Today and tomorrow, Project Footsteps is holding recruitment from 5pm-9pm, at the St. Paul Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. If you have any questions or require more information, please feel free to contact Ge Pao Moua at 612-353-6927 or ge@projectfootsteps.org.

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance has two fantastic job opportunities for college students or recent grads:

Student Graphic Designer: join the Producing Director and Marketing Team in promoting the fantastic programs and productions that happen in our department throughout the year. Find more info and apply online.

Dance Program Administrative Specialist: full-time administrative specialist to support administration, academics, students, facilities, human resources and fiscal activities in a dynamic undergraduate program serving 100 undergraduate major students, 5 tenured/track faculty members, and an academic staff of over 40 working dance artists and scholars. For more information visit their website.

The American Indian OIC (AIOIC) is looking for a Counselor in Health and Human Resource Services to provide quality training and employment services that will improve the long-term earning potential of the Native Americans and others, and to further increase the economic security of their families to break the cycle of poverty. To learn more or apply, visit their website.


Internship Opportunity

The Ordway Theatre is looking for some people to fill their great internship positions, which are for the Fall Semester! The Ordway is looking for people interested in Social media, PR, marketing and MORE! Check out all of their positions on their website or apply here. More interested in volunteering? Learn all about it on their volunteer page.


Have an Job or Internship opportunity that students should know about? Email me at engage@umn.edu or share a link on the Do What Matters Facebook Page!

Student Employment & Activities

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Student Employment

Looking for a job on campus? Positions are open with Student Unions & Activities Office for multiple areas including retail, marketing, a/v, art galleries, and more. Apply today!

To search for more on-campus student jobs, visit the Employment Website (make sure to login with your X500) or GoldPass.


Activities you Don't Want to Miss!

Ongoing all through this week, August 22nd - 24th at the Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen Minnesota, the Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews symposium provides an occasion for exchanging teachings between Western and Anishinaabe cultural frames. In addition to manoomin will include sessions on water (nibi) at this symposium. For more information about the symposium and online registration, please visit the website. You can also contact either Craig Hassel or Karl Lorenz.

Women's Equality Day is on August 26, please join Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE) at our 4th annual Cultural Art Imbizo, a celebration of friendship, soul and women. Our Imbizo starts at 4:00 p.m. and ends on 8:00 p.m.. It is located at the beautiful park surrounding Hamline Park Plaza, 570 Asbury Street, St. Paul, MN 55104.

Scholarships & Volunteer Opportunities

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Apply for Scholarships

The Office for Equity and Diversity is now accepting applications for the Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards.


  • Deadlines:

  • Undergraduate students: Monday, September 26, by 4:30pm

  • Graduate and professional students: Monday, October 10, by 4pm

For more information on how to help pay for school with scholarships and grants, check out this website!

Here are some links to great scholarship websites:
scholarships.com
students.gov
collegescholarships.com


Volunteer Opportunities: Save the Date and Go Help Out!

Multicultural Kickoff needs Volunteers for Aug 30-31. Sign up here: bit.ly/pbEKGZ

Eat For Equity is looking for volunteers for their food focused event this weekend, Saturday August 27th from 6:00 pm till 9:00pm. Plus it is a great way to meet people. Sign up for the event at http://t.co/U1Qr7Nh

The Children's Museum is asking for your help with their booth at the Minnesota State Fair. If you would like to volunteer at the fair, e-mail kiirsten.preble@childrensmn.org.

Got an event, activity or opportunity that students should know about? Contact me at engage@umn.edu to have it promoted on this blog or our Facebook Page.

Volunteer Opportunities, Advocate Training and Weekend Activities

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Volunteer This Weekend!

Join HandsOn volunteers at the Children's Museum this Sunday, August 21st from 12:30-4 pm. Volunteers at this project make a difference in helping to greet and staff areas in the museum that get the most traffic. Help make the museum experience a great one for kids and their families by registering for Day at the Museum today!

State Fair Volunteer Opportunties

Volunteer with Minnesota Renewable Energy Society at the State Fair for an offer you don't want to miss. Not only will you be able to help spread awareness about alternative energy sources and opportunities to be more involved in a green society, MRES will offer you:
A ticket into the Fair for the day of your shift(s)
An Eco Experience t-shirt (if you don't have one already)
Solar Training to build your beefy brain.

Just work at least one 4 hour shift while providing Minnesotans with unbiased solar knowledge without a sales pitch. Volunteer training will be on August 22nd.To sign up for one or more shifts please go to the MRES website.

Volunteers are needed to help out the Northstar Sierra Club at their State Fair Booth. Register online, and make sure to fill out all of the information as the Sierra Club would like to send you an admissions ticket for helping out!


Sexual Violence Advocate Training

Green Dot Bystander Training takes place on Saturday, August 20th in Bloomington. Green Dot is an approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence, creating "Green Dot Bystanders" who are actively working to prevent power-based personal violence. This training is FREE and all are welcome! There are still spots available. Call 612-871-5100 x13 to register today!


Do Some Arts & Crafts to be Featured in Festival of the Arts

Want to do some art that will be featured in the upcoming Festival of the Arts Day in downtown Minneapolis? Join Free Art Minnesota on Saturday, August 20th from 9-2:30pm. Send an email to: esther@freeartsminnesota.org for more information!

Music & MLK Unveiling Tonight + Weekend Activities

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Today & Tonight

All are invited to join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Advisory Council, and public officials at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park right now to celebrate the unveiling of the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC and the local kick off to bring Dr. King's legacy to the park. The event will take place from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and includes the re-dedication of Freedom Form #2, a sculpture donated by New York artist Daniel LaRue Johnson that was originally dedicated to honor Dr. King in the park in 1970. The afternoon will include speakers, musical entertainment, storyteller, spoken word and refreshments. Hurry and you can still get there on time!



I went to see this concert two years ago. It was an awesome time!

Set in the museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, "Mill City Live" features seven great evenings of outdoor music and tonight is the last night to see Mill City Museum. From 6 till 8 p.m. see Curtiss A & the Jerks of Fate. There is a $5 fee which includes concert and museum admission from 4 to 9 p.m. In case of rain, Mill City Live goes on indoors!


This Weekend

On August 19th & 20th, Somertown Music Festival will begin bringing glory to all listening ears! Drive on over to neighboring Wisconsin to join in on the fun. Get directions, Tickets, more information on the bands, or visit the website for general inquires and questions. The general schedule is listed below:
Thursday August 18th - Camping Opens at 4:00pm.
Friday August 19th - Gates Open at 2:00pm. Close at Midnight.
Saturday August 20th - Gates Open at 12:00pm. Close at Midnight.

This is the first weekend of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The theme? Italian Carnivale. Here's what will be going on:

3rd Annual National Bird Show
Bocce Ball Tournament
Arabian Horse Show
Bear Ceremony
Garlic Farmer and Demos
Spaghetti Eating Contest
Mask Fashion Show

For more information or tickets, call (952) 445 - 7361 or email info@renaissancefest.com

Start Your Morning Off Right: Volunteer Opportunities to Plan For

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Tomorrow
Help create an evening of fun for assisted living residents at Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills. HandsOn Twin Cities volunteers will play bingo with residents on Thursday, August 18th from 6:30 pm -7:30 pm. Take a turn as bingo caller, help participants understand and follow the game, and spend time getting to know the residents. For more information or to register, visit the HandsOn website.

Coming-up Soon
The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and City of Minneapolis have joined forces for the "We Want You Back" campaign, which invites un-enrolled young people to come back to school, complete their credits and get their diploma. Volunteers are needed on Saturday September 10th Day of Action to help reach young people who did not finish high school. To sign up to volunteer, click here, or if you know a young person who would like to re-enroll, contact Jo Haberman via email or at 612-673-2720. For more information, visit the We Want You Back website.

The Works will be at the University of Minnesota's Math & Science Family Fun Fair on November 19th from 10 am - 4 pm. The Works needs volunteers to help us staff our booth and help make Sound Sandwiches- wacky wind instruments (well, noisemakers) made from a few popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and drinking straws. There are two shifts available: 10 am - 1 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm. Register today to have a great time interacting with science and Minnesota families.


Volunteering makes a difference: "The estimated dollar value of volunteer time in 2010 was $21.36 per hour as established by Independent Sector. The value is based on the average hourly earnings of all production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls (as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Be the change in your community and learn not only more about those around you, but about yourself.
The referenced article about the economic value of volunteering was tweeted by Smart Givers Network>

Now & Later: Student Engagement Opportunities You Can't Miss

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Now: Student Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

The University of Minnesota's ReUse Program is hiring. They are looking for current U of M undergraduate students to work Tuesday and Thursday mornings and various shifts as needed. Apply online at employment.umn.edu, requisition #171897.

CornerHouse needs volunteers! If you or someone you know is interested in donating four hours of your time at least twice a month, go check out the volunteer page at:cornerhousemn.org.


Coming up!: Weekend Events and Activities

West Bank Music Festival 2011 from Adrienne Peirce on Vimeo.

Wristbands are required for entrance and will be $5 until 9:30pm; $10 after 9:30 pm. They can be purchased the day of the event at the following locations: Cedar & Riverside and Cedar & 6th Street. S. Want to volunteer for the event? Click here!

Sunday August 21st will be the second year for the Homegrown Experience, which is and event organized by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB). This event focuses on sustainability, connecting people to the land and providing healthy and enjoyable experiences. Participants will be able to sip, sample, purchase and, most importantly, learn about local, sustainable and organic foods. See who the exhibitors of the event will be or order tickets online for a discount.


Later: Plan Ahead and Get Ready for These Student Opportunities

Are you a striving photographer or like to take pictures? Become a part of the 2011 "So Far From Education" Photography Exhibit:"This exhibit will use of photography to tell compelling stories of lives around the world without education, under the "So Far From Education" theme. All UMN students are welcome to participate in this exhibit.

Along with photo submission, please include the following:

• Your full name, a contact telephone number and your email address.
• A title for the photograph
• A brief description of the image, including where and when it was
taken, any information on the person or other details in the image,
and any relevant stories

Only digital photo submissions will be accepted. Photos must be submitted electronically as a high resolution image, of up to 2200 pixels at 72 dpi, maximum file size is 2MB in .jpg format. Photos can be in color or black and white, and must be appropriate for printing as a 16 x 20 inch print. Winning photos will be printed and featured in exhibit in front of Coffman plaza. Silk Road will accept up to 7 photographs per person.

Submission Deadline is September 16th (only one month away!). Email submissions to minnesota@gosilkroad.org. For more information or questions, contact Yongxi at wuxxx596@umn.edu.

Get college credit and a global experience by registering for a May term class: Global Healing in Peru. Participants will learn from local Amazonian indigenous healers about traditional healing paradigms and indigenous healing arts of the jungles of Peru, and how they compare and contrast with our modern medicine. Participants will explore the role of medicinal plants and spirituality in healing.

Where? Iquitos, Peru
When? May Term, 2012
How Much? Around $4400. Contact Carla at cmantel@umn.edu or 612-624-5166 for further information, or look at the Study Abroad Page.
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Want to be famous and know of something going on that other students should know about? Share it with to be posted on the Do What Matters Blog or Facebook.


Student Leadership

Interested in becoming a Positive Leader? The Minnesota AIDS Project is recruiting applicants for the 2011-2012 Positive Leaders programming year. Positive Leaders is a policy and advocacy project intended to develop and engage individuals living with HIV to be leaders in HIV advocacy. Attend an information session on Tuesday, August 23 at the Minnesota AIDS Project (directions) from Noon till 1:00 pm to learn more about the Positive Leaders Program. Contact Kate Nelson at kate.nelson@mnaidsproject.org or call 612-373-9162 to request an application or if you have questions.

No experience is necessary to enjoy a fun camping outing to Camp Menogyn in the Boundary Waters for Wilderness Week from August 18th to the 22nd. Wilderness Week is a program for all international and U.S. students who would like to experience camping, canoeing, campfires and hiking in the woods of Minnesota. Make new friends, connect with UMN staff, increase your confidence, and gain outdoor skills in a safe and fun environment. The cost is $395 which includes meals at camp, lodging, transportation, instruction and group equipment. Fill out the registration form or call Jon at 612-625-3128 with questions or to request more information.

Internship Opportunities

Planned Parenthood is looking for a Marketing Coordinator Intern to help with market research, social media, analysis of marketing strategy, blogging, field research, and more. For more information or to apply, contact volunteers@ppmns.org or call the Planned Parenthood Office at 612-821-6113.

Project Footsteps is looking for a team of 10-15 interns to work in areas such as Human Resource, Community Relations, Program Relations, Program Outreach, Program Operations, and Program Assistant for ImGettingBullied. Interns will work independently and through collaborative work for approximately 10 to 15 hours a week. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to jobs@projectfootsteps.org or visit the website and fill out the involvement application. First Round Interviews will occur on August 23rd, 24th and 25th. If you have any questions or require more information, call the Project Footsteps office at 612-353-6927 or email Ge Pao Moua at ge@projectfootsteps.org.

Volunteering and Arts & Crafts

Free Arts Minnesota is seeking volunteers to work as a part of its weekly mentor program, which strives to bring positive and artistic expression to at-risk kids in the Twin Cities. The weekly mentor program is about a 2 hour a week commitment for 32 weeks, September-May, with opportunities during the day, evening and weekend. Free Arts Minnesota works with volunteers to find what works best for their schedule and interests and encourage people of all backgrounds to share many forms of art with the children we serve. If you're interested in volunteering please apply here. For more information visit the website or contact Rebecca at Rebecca@freeartsminnesota.org with specific questions.

Artists in Interact Visual Arts are currently building Giant Puppets and masks and costumes for the upcoming Fall Uniquiox festival and are seeking assistance from volunteers from 10 am - 3:30 pm today, Monday August 15th, through this Friday. Any and all, from 'no experience' to 'highly artistic' are encouraged to join the fun - from 'no experience' to 'highly artistic.' Please email Stephanie at stephanie@interactcenter.com for more information or on how to volunteer.


Have an opportunity everyone should know about? Or do you have a fantastic job, internship or volunteer activity you really enjoy? Share your stories with engage@umn.edu to become a Do What Matters Star!

On-Campus Internship, Off-Campus Fellowship & High Heel Dash

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The Internship: the one thing almost every professional and professor will recommend to you during your time here at the University. What's all the fuss about? "Internships," states Katharine Hansen, an educator and partner of Quintessential Careers, "are phenomenally important." In her article College Students: You Simply Must Do an Internship (Better Yet: Multiple Internships)! Hansen details 13 reasons why college students should complete one, if not more, internships before graduating:

1. Employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college grads they hire.
2. Employers increasingly see their internship programs as the best path for hiring entry-level candidates.
3. You may get paid more when you graduate if you've done one or more internships.
4. You could earn college credit toward your degree.
5. Internships enable you take your career plan for a test drive.
6. You'll gain valuable understanding of your major field and be better able to grasp how your coursework is preparing you to enter your chosen career.
7. You'll develop skills galore.
8. You'll gain confidence.
9. You'll build motivation and work habits.
10. You'll build your network.
11. You will build your resume.
12. Growing numbers of colleges require internships,
13. You might make money.

Below are some great websites for searching for student internships:
Find an Internship, volunteer work or part-time jobs in Minneapolis: click here.
Search "Internships" in "Minneapolis, MN", click here.
For a more customized internship search, click here.

On-Campus Internship and Off-Campus Fellowship

The GLBTA Programs Office is currently hiring Student Interns for 2011-12. Responsibilities of these fun, flexible positions include communications, outreach, clerical duties, and assistance with planning and delivery of programs, trainings and events. Must be a current U of MN student (work-study funds preferred), and be able to work 8-12 hours /week. A full position description can be downloaded on the homepage of the GLBTA Programs Office website, or a hard copy can be picked up from the office at 46 Appleby Hall. If interested, please send the following to Ross Neely by email at neely010@umn.edu or mail/deliver to 46 Appleby Hall: cover letter expressing your interest in the office and position, current resume, and your fall semester 2011 work availability.

The Urban Youth Development Office (Urban 4-H) will be hosting Promise Fellows to work with various partners across the Twin Cities area. Fellows will work with Urban 4-H interns and volunteers, as well as school staff, to develop "projects through community," helping youth discover their interests and connect those interests to future possibility. To apply, complete an application and email/mail/fax a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references by September 6, 2011 to: Kathryn Sharpe at shar0056@umn.edu.


Although internships are important, so is having fun while raising awareness. Participating in events and activities that benefit not only yourself but the community as a whole; like the the 2nd Annual High Heel Dash, which is tonight! Men and women of all ages are welcome to compete in the 25-yard dash wearing a pair of high heels (heels must be a minimum of three inches) which will benefit two charities- Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) and Project Footsteps.

The High Heel Dash is at Peavy Plaza and will begin organizing teams around 4:00 pm. Races will begin at 6:00pm. Don't leave afterwards, because an after-party will be thrown for all that attend.

Do you have an internship or participating/hosting an event? Share your stories to engage@umn.edu and be featured as a Do What Matters Star!

This Week: Fun Focus on Volunteering

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Volunteering is one of the most rewarding activities that a person can do; an almost obvious statement for Twin Cities residents as we rank 3rd in the nation for volunteerism. "Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger," David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, states in an Americorps article on volunteer research. "More than 61 million Americans volunteer to improve conditions for people in need and to unselfishly give of themselves. While the motivation is altruistic, it is gratifying to learn that their efforts are returning considerable health benefits."


Current Opportunities to get out there and Do What Matters!:

Want a free ticket to the State Fair and like the environment? Volunteer with the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and get a free ticket for helping spread inspiration about our earth and commitment to preserve and protect the environment of Minnesota and the world around us. Fill out the application form online.

All local young professionals take a look at this opportunity -- The Twin Cities Rotaract is currently preparing for a three-month volunteer commitment with Free Arts Minnesota. The Mentorship Program runs from October through December. Volunteers will work in teams of four to six people; each volunteer on the team commits to spending one and a half hours on-site each week and approximately one hour doing preparation work each week. The volunteer application and reference form are due on Wednesday August 17th!

Find Your Way is a one day volunteer extravaganza put on by the United Way. On August 18th take time out of your day and join United Way in volunteering to make our community a better place for all. Just show up whenever you can, and speed volunteer for as few as 15 minutes to help those in need. Or get on a bus which will take you on a journey that will transform the lives of thousands of people in your community.


Volunteering doesn't have to be serious activity. It can be fun, enjoyable and completely change your life. Guest Blogger Micheal Nealis stated on Hands On Network's blog today that, "Sure, everyone has probably had a bad experience or two volunteering at one point or another, but we either give it another shot or move on to something that better fits our abilities and what we want to do."

Get out there and find something that you're passionate about and do. Do. That is the power you have to make a difference everyday, for yourself and someone else.

Opportunities to Volunteer, Jobs & Ongoing Activities

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Volunteer & Job Opportunities

Domestic Violence Group is seeking volunteers who speak Spanish to help Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) with childcare during group meetings. They currently meet on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., but will be starting up another group most likely on Wednesdays during the day. Contact Eva Landeros for more information at elanderos@clues.org or call her at 612-746-3539.

Friendship Ventures is looking for volunteers to fill our Summer Camp Session. Volunteers work with professional staff and up to 20 campers - helping them with: playing games, doing puzzles, sports, arts and crafts, swimming and music. Volunteers help set up meals, engage campers in activities, and get to know our staff and campers. If interested, please visit our website for an application or email Samantha at info@friendshipventures.org. Hurry because the Summer Camp runs June 6-August 20th! Volunteers generally come on a Saturday and stay until a Friday. You pick your week or weeks.

The College of Design is seeking an Editorial intern position in their Communications Office. Check out their blog for more information. To apply, please submit the following: cover letter addressing what you hope to gain from the internship and describing coursework or experience you have that would make you a valuable intern, resume, and three writing samples (no term papers) to: Laura Walton at cdescomm@umn.edu.


Activities: Ongoing and Put-on-your-calendar

This weekend is one of the busiest for art! City Pages' has a great article and all of the great creative opportunities for you to get involved in this weekend! Not artistic? or creative? Don't worry. There is a different kind of festival, day and event for everyone.

The Fringe Festival is going on all this weekend and next week! Be sure to see the great talent of up and coming or emerging artists. Visit Fringe Festival for more information on show times and prices.

What could be more romantic than a night on the beautiful Mississippi River (or something platonically fun to see with friends)? See the blossoming of young love between Johanna and Anthony in 'The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.' at the U of M's Theatre and Dance. Now thru August 27th on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat.

Want to do some art at the upcoming Festival of the Arts Day? Get your paint brushes, color pencils and molding clay ready to do some art at the upcoming Festival of the Arts Day on Saturday, August 20th from 9-2:30pm. Interested? Send an email to: esther@freeartsminnesota.org for more information.

Fringe Festival & Links for Jobs Perfect for Students

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Fringe Festival 2011

Forget your camera and your put your phone on silent, prepare yourself for a week worth of unmoderated art and performance at the 2011 Fringe Festival! Never heard of it? Organizers state, "we believe everyone has the capability to make great art--and, more importantly, everyone should get their chance to try. Our job is to give our artists a welcoming, affordable option to produce their own shows...Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell."

Visit the Fringe Festival 2011 Volunteer! Volunteer alone or as a group (everything is better with friends, right?). Volunteers receive free tickets to events and a chance to win great prizes.


Part-Time Job Opportunities

Like kids? Or maybe young adults trying to get through mounds of homework? Studying to be a teacher, leader, student organizer? Register to find great babysitting and tutoring jobs in the Twin Cities area.

If pets and animals are more your thing, many families and busy professionals need help giving their pets all of the love and attention they deserve. Pet Care is a great way to put a cuddly pet in your life and get paid for doing so!


Do you know of student opportunities on-campus or in the Twin Cities? Let me know at engage@umn.edu.

The school semester is drawing nearer as more events and opportunities are flooding my inbox. Check out some of these neat things to do, see and get involved in the first week of August.

Job Opportunities

  • Sabe español? Mount Olivet Day Services will be needing a very part-time Spanish teaching, on morning per week, starting in mid-September. Classes are 20 minutes in length with 7 to 12 two-four year old students in each. The teacher will be paid $3.50 per child, per class. If you're interested in this position, please call Katie at (612) 861-8812, after August 2.
  • Looking for an on-campus job? Become a Undergrad Program Assistant for CLA 1001. Job description found at https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=489967
  • The Minnesota Daily is hiring for Fall positions. Applications are now open and will be open until August 15th. Students interested in news, sports, opinion and arts & entertainment writing, photography, video, copy editing, and design as well as non- journalism majors are encouraged to apply. Apply at mndaily.com/jobs and include any writing samples you may have. Questions? Contact Taryn Wobbema, editor in chief: twobbema@mndaily.com.

    Self-promotion & Art

  • The Women's Center has begun organizing for the fall 2011 Appleby Hall Art Gallery showcase. If you or someone you know is an artist and a U of MN student or alumni, and are looking for a great space to display a piece or two of artwork, please contact women@umn.edu.
  • Do you identify as male and need to know what your suit size is? Cost-co is hosting a Men's Custom Suiting Event at the Costco in St. Louis Park August 5th - 14th. Search "menssuits" on www.costco.com to schedule your appointment or just walk-in.

    Event: McNair Scholars - 19th Annual Poster Presentation

  • On Tuesday, August 2nd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, in the Mississippi Room (third floor) in Coffman Memorial Union, McNair Scholar student's will present their research posters.

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