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You CAN afford to Study Abroad!

Do you want to study abroad, but aren’t sure how to afford it? Come learn how!
You CAN Afford to Study Abroad
Information Sessions:
Study Abroad Scholarships and Financial Aid
Friday, Sept 20 Thursday, Sept 26
Part 1: 1-2 pm Part 1: 3-4 pm
Part 2: 2-3 pm* Part 2: 4-5 pm*
214 Heller Hall 214 Heller Hall
Part 1: You CAN Afford to Study Abroad- Here’s How (1st hour)
Get an overview and tools that will help you choose an affordable program and apply for scholarships & financial aid- all important parts of making your dream of studying abroad a reality.
Part 2: Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Info Session
Do you currently receive a Pell Grant? Attend to learn about this study abroad scholarship (up to $8000!) open to Pell Grant recipients. The session will cover eligibility requirements, application deadlines, process, resources, and tips.
*Gilman scholarship only open to Pell Grant recipients.
If you have any questions, contact Amanda Fischer in the Learning Abroad Center at or 612-625-9370 with questions.

Disability Services Workforce Recruitment Program

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Disability Services is excited to announce our partnership with the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) this fall semester! The WRP is a recruitment program for students and recent graduates with disabilities and serves as a primary pipeline for bringing new talent into the federal government.
Participating in the WRP is an excellent way to: Find an internship or permanent position at federal agencies, explore careers in the federal service and gain interviewing experience.
To find out about eligibility or for more information, visit our website or the Department of Labor for more information.
Registration begins August 19, 2013 and ends October 16, 2013. Phone interviews take place between October 22, 2013 and November 8, 2013.

Health Careers Week 2013

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Health Careers Week 2013!
Monday, September 30 through Saturday, October 5
Special health career exploration events every day of the week! Health Careers Week will start out with a Kickoff Party on Monday, September 30th in the Health Careers Center, 2-565 Moos Tower. Join us for games, prizes, treats, giveaways, and more! Students can learn more about all the events going on throughout the week, while challenging HCC staff to a game of Gopheropoly. Full details listed on HCC website.
Many of the Academic Health Center health degree options will also be hosting special information sessions throughout the week. Some sessions may include a panel of current students, alumni, or faculty. These sessions can be found on the Health Careers Center info sessions and events pageor on the Google calendar link.
More events to come! A Google calendar of all the Health Careers Week events can be found here! You will need to go to the week that begins in Sept 30 to see the events.

Health Careers Fair 2013

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Wednesday, October 9
1:00 – 4:00pm
Coffman Great Hall

Mark your calendar for the 11th annual Health Careers Fair! This will be the biggest one yet, with over 60 tables for students and guests to visit with, which include health degree options from the U of M and beyond, U of M pre-health student groups, and opportunities for experience both on and off campus.
Stop by – ask questions – get answers! While you’re there, ask HCC staff your questions, and relax with the therapy animal teams from the U of M Landscape Arboretum which include therapy dogs and a therapy chicken!
Visit our website for more information!


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You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! This event provides students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Learn about volunteer and internship positions in fields such as: youth education and mentoring, ELL/ESL tutoring, the environment, animal rights, healthcare / public health, law / criminal justice, housing / homelessness, political organizing, public policy, family services / family violence, the arts, GLBT communities, and women and gender issues.
Join us Wednesday, September 18, 2013
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

Please visit our website for more information including a list of organizations that will be in attendance.
This event is coordinated by the Community Service-Learning Center. Event sponsors include Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union and these University of Minnesota entities: Student Unions & Activities: Coca-Cola Academic Initiative Grant; Office for Student Affairs; Office for Public Engagement; Office of Government and Community Relations; Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Office for Student Engagement.

2013 Etiquette Dinner

Manner up!
Build your confidence and character in any situation at the U of M Alumni Association’s Etiquette and Career Dinner on October 17th at 5 p.m. You’ll say “thank you” after a three-course meal and advice from etiquette and career experts. Register here.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
5 p.m. Registration
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Program & Dinner
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

2013 Sports Internship & Career Fair

The Minnesota Twins Baseball Club will host the ninth annual Sports Internship & Career Fair on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 12- 3PM at Target Field!
This event provides individuals who aspire to have a career in sports to meet with many teams and sports related organizations from throughout the upper Midwest. Participants have the opportunity to learn about available internship and career opportunities, as well as, network with these sports related organizations.
For registration information and event details please visit or call 1-800-33-TWINS. The fair will be exclusive to participants who register for the event in advance at a cost of $25.00. Space is limited, so register today. This year’s Sports Internship and Career Fair promises to be yet another successful event!

St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
10:00am – 3:00pm
North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center

Attend this career fair intended to help students and employers connect regarding full-time jobs and internships. Fields represented include agriculture, animal science, banking/finance, bio-based products, business, communication, food industry, marketing, sales and retail. Open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni from all University of Minnesota campuses!
Fields Represented:
Agriculture, Animal Science, Banking/Finance, Bio-based Products, Business, Communication, Food Industry, Marketing & Sales.

Success Story | Reid Anderson, Art ILP

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U of M program: Art Education
When did you graduate? Summer 2013
Employer: Eagle Ridge Academy (Eden Prairie, MN)
Position: Full-time K-6 Art Teacher
1. How did you learn about your current position?
I learned about the job before it was posted through a contact that I had within the school, and once I saw the official posting on EdPost and on the school’s website, I applied.
2. Describe the application and interview process.
I started frequently checking EdPost, K12JobSpot and district websites in March, but I got serious about applications in May when I was done with student teaching and had all of my letters of recommendation in hand. I attended the career fair at the convention center in April, and while that did not directly lead to any job opportunities, it gave me the motivation that I needed to finish my portfolio and gave me valuable experience interviewing and giving my “elevator speech” to district representatives. This experience was helpful, because I was able to anticipate the types of questions that interview committees would be asking and I also tweaked my portfolio after the job fair.
3. How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
If you are looking for your first teaching job, it can be hard to stand out because employers are looking for “experience”. Beyond my student teaching experiences, I highlighted teaching-related jobs and volunteer experiences in my resume. The hiring committee noted an interest in my experiences as an undergrad with the Children’s Theatre Company and performing in puppet shows for kids at the Minnesota Zoo. I made my experiences relevant to teaching and showed an ability to be versatile, which they liked. Beyond that, I think that the U of M 5-year path that I took helped me stand out. As an undergrad I majored in art and was in DirecTrack to Teaching, and in my 5th year, I was enrolled in M.Ed. coursework.
4. Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
I talked with a lot of current teachers. They helped me to understand the general hiring timeline of school districts and also gave me some ideas of what to highlight in my portfolio and in the interview. When I got the interview for this job, I researched the school’s website, Facebook account, teacher websites, and principal blogs. I also consulted a job search handbook that I received at a career services event, which had a lot of sample interview questions. Because of my thorough (at times crazy) research and preparation, I felt confident during the interview and was able to anticipate some of the questions that they asked me. Preparation is huge.
5. Did you utilize career services (on-campus interviews, career events, appointment(s), online resources)? If so, what was your experience like?
I frequently consulted the career services website when constructing my resume and writing cover letters and thank you emails to interviewers. I also had career services review my resume with me, which was a huge help.
6. What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a position?
Be confident in your education, your abilities, and your experiences. For every position there will be a lot of great applicants, but YOU are one of them…don’t forget that. Think about the things that make you unique, appear versatile and willing, and be persistent. The only jobs that I heard back from were the ones where I emailed principals and stayed in communication with the district. Of course, there is a fine line between being annoying and persistant, but a follow-up email/phone call 5-7 business days after applying is usually acceptable.
Also, if there is a school or district that you really want to work for, keep your eyes on their website, and if at all possible, make an inside connection. Some postings never make it to EdPost, and staff within the district always know about job openings before they hit the general public.

Start Up Kids Film Screening!

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!