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Minnesota Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair, February 22

The Minnesota Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair is geared toward sophomores and juniors seeking summer internships and seniors seeking full-time careers and employment upon graduation. Employers from more than 250 organizations will be available to discuss potential internship and career opportunities. Organizations represent the business, human service, nonprofit, government sectors, and more.

Wednesday, February 22, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Photo of employers at tables talking to students at a job fair.

Minneapolis Convention Center

1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Registration is required via Handshake. There is no cost to attend and there will be a free shuttle running between Augsburg and the convention center on the day of the fair.

After you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the list of employers and more information on the MPCC job fair website.

The Strommen Center has prep sessions scheduled (February 7, 15, 16, 17, and 20) to help you be ready for the fair. Check Handshake for more details.

Tips for finding a job or internship

job and internship search best practices

Job searching involves using a variety of resources to find employment and internships. Many students do not realize they need to do more in their job search than just applying online. In fact, most positions are found using other strategies.

Here are 4 tips to help you develop an effective job and internship search plan:

  1. Identify your talents, interests, and skills – Many job searchers fail to focus on their career goals, and that can make searching for a job or internship extremely overwhelming. Before you begin your search, you need to have an idea of the kind of position you would like to have. Spend time thinking about how your strengths, interests, skills, and values relate to work environments. Have an idea of possible position titles or career fields you might want to pursue. If you struggle with thinking about this, a career coach in the Strommen Center can assist you with this step.
  2. Resume – Make sure your resume is up-to-date and tailored to the position you are applying to. Your resume should be easy to scan quickly while containing enough information to reveal essential details about you and your skills. The Strommen Center can assist you with a resume review. Make an appointment with a career coach on Handshake or take advantage of our resume drop-in hours.
  3. Take advantage of networking –Networking involves connecting with people who work in a field you are wanting to learn more about or break into. It is the most effective way to learn more about job and internship positions and obtain them. We recommend talking to everyone about your job search or career path. Your odds of finding a job or internship increase with the more people you tell. Informational interviews can help you meet people and learn more about positions or companies you’re interested in. Create a LinkedIn profile and use it to make connections.
  4. Interview preparation-Preparation is key! Research the company and the people you are interviewing with and don’t be afraid to ask questions about interview logistics such as dress code, parking, etc. Use Big Interview, an online platform where you can practice answering real interview questions before you have to do the real thing. You can video record your responses to interview questions to review yourself or send them to a friend or professor to provide you with feedback.

Log into Big Interview at https://augsburg.biginterview.com. You will use your Augsburg University credentials to log in.

Searching for a job and internship can be stressful and we are here to support you. Make an appointment with us on Handshake. Once you secure an internship, remember to register it so that it fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement.

Contact us at: careers@augsburg.edu or stop by the Christensen Center, Suite 100

Alumni-Student Networking Event ~ February 16, 6:30 p.m.

Augsburg student at a career fair talking to an employer.Connections between Augsburg alumni and students can make a great impact in the career development of students and their transition to the workplace. The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, the Alumni Board, and Institutional Advancement staff work to bring together Augsburg alumni and current students. We strive to provide opportunities for current students to tap into the alumni network. Those points of contact are meaningful in a student’s vocational exploration and career decisions and help students become more confident in their career plans.

Alumni-Student Networking Event featuring a panel of innovative professionals and time for informal networking.

Ethelind Kaba who is a member of Augsburg’s board will moderate the panel.
The panelists include:

 

Thursday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Hoversten Chapel

Students can register for the event here.

Alumni are invited to share their insights on resume building, interviewing, mentoring, and tips that can help current students as they navigate their career pathways. In particular, we invite you to participate in the upcoming Alumni-Student Networking Event.

Alumni can register for the February 16th event and identify other ways they want to help by completing this short form.

Auggies do Internships: Securian Financial

Securian Financial has recently hired Augsburg students for Summer 2023 internships.

Vincent Banks, pictured here, will join Securian as an Engineering Analyst intern. Vincent is a junior Computer Science major and is excited to gain valuable experience working with Securian this summer. He sees it as an opportunity to apply the work he has done in his courses. When asked what advice he has for st

Photo of Vincent Banks wearing a hat
Vincent Banks

udents about looking for an internship, Vincent said, “GO TO YOUR CAREER FAIRS!”

Kate Errickson, Talent Acquisition Campus Recruitment at Securian said, “We are excited to have Augsburg students intern at Securian Financial this summer. Through the interview process, we found them to be well-prepared, articulate, and enthusiastic. I can’t wait to see what they can accomplish!”

FUTURE OF WORK FELLOWS

The Strommen Center team has worked with the regional economic development organization, GREATERMSP, over the past several years to support building access to opportunity for emerging talent. ConnextMSP is a new strategic initiative of GREATERMSP and is intended to continue to provide opportunities for alumni of college to career readiness programs like Genesys Works, Right Track, and Step Up. Lee George, Executive Director of the Strommen Center, is one of the co-captains of the early career intervention team.

This spring, ConnextMSP welcomed the first cohort of “Future of Work” Fellows. This talented group of young professionals of color will work with organizational leaders across the region to build and launch ConnextMSP, focused on transforming the early career system in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) region. Two Augsburg University students, Gabriel Ijjo and Sumaiya Azeez, were selected to be members of this first cohort.

 

Augsburg student Gabriel IjjoGabriel Ijjo

B.A Political Science

Minor International Business & International Relations 2021

Ciresi Walburn Scholarship Cohort 2019

“I wanted to join the ConnextMSP Future of Work Fellowship for several reasons. One notable reason is the support and potential to develop great relationships with employers and leaders throughout Minnesota. The second reason is due to the opportunity for career building and being able to learn from others above me. Lastly, I wanted to join the fellowship because I know that this work will help to tear down the many barriers that impede BIPOC individuals today.”

 

Sumaiya Azeez

Augsburg student Samaiya Azeez

 

B.A Communications Studies, Minor Marketing, 2022

Certified Direct Support Professional, Genesis Group Homes

“I wanted to gain a mentorship experience while connecting and networking with the BIPOC community who is very underrepresented in the workforce and professional field. I would like to gain insight on ways I can contribute to helping overcome these barriers and give BIPOC an equal opportunity as well as a stepping stone into the professional world.”

 

 

 

 

 

The ConnextMSP Future of Work Fellowship is a leadership opportunity for young professionals launching their careers in MSP. During this 6-month paid professional experience, Fellows will help re-design early career recruiting, hiring, and onboarding practices in MSP. Fellows will expand their professional opportunities by building relationships with top employers in the region, and accessing tailored career development and mentorship.

Members of the ConnextMSP coalition — including top MSP employers, colleges and universities and career pathway programs — are working to address systemic barriers that young people of color face when launching their careers. Fellows will work alongside these organizations so their voices and perspectives are at the center of regional solutions to better recruit, hire and support thousands of their peers.

 

Learn and Develop Skills with Coursera

 

Coursera Skill Development

It is important to continue to learn and develop skills even if you are not able to get a job or internship over the summer. Wondering where to start? Enroll in a free online course or training module through Coursera. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has partnered with Coursera to provide free career-focused, online learning resources to Minnesotans.

Coursera offers 3,800 courses and training modules from over 200 top business and universities, including more than 60 courses from the University of Minnesota. These learning opportunities are aimed at preparing people for in-demand jobs. 

For example, students can earn certificates from Google, IBM, and Cisco in such areas as architecture, IT support and SAS programming to prepare for entry-level technology jobs. There’s also room for personal interests, including languages, arts and humanities. Coursera’s most popular course, called the Science of Well-Being, is taught by a professor at Yale University.  

The Coursera platform can be used on mobile phones and is available in multiple languages. For those without internet access at home, the courses can be downloaded and accessed offline. 

If you are a Minnesota resident and have interest in using Coursera, you must register before September 30, 2020 and will have access to the platform through March 31,2021 and they will be available for a fee after that. Enroll at https://www.careerforcemn.com/coursera

 For more information, please review the following resources: Connecting You With Career-Focused Learning Opportunities and Out of work? Looking for a better job? The state will pay for online classes

If you are interested in other job training or career exploration opportunities or want to learn more about what training or education pathways are right for you, schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in Handshake or email careers@augsburg.edu.  

Augsburg Student Employment in the COVID-19 Era

Augsburg University COVID-19

At the end of March 2020, Minnesota saw a precipitous decline in job posts resulting in a 30% decrease in new job postings from the week of March 22-28, 2020 compared to the previous week and a 25% decrease in new job postings compared to the same time-frame last year 1. At the same time Minnesota saw the unemployment rate steadily increase and jump to 8.1% in April 2020 2

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the economy and on the individuals who make up the workforce. Augsburg University students have not been immune to the consequences of the pandemic. The Strommen Center conducted a student employment survey of day undergraduate students from April 29 through May 11, 2020. The purpose of the survey was to understand how COVID-19 has impacted student employment and experiential learning opportunities for the spring semester and the summer. 151 students completed the survey. 

“Currently, I don’t have any money to provide for myself and my parents cannot provide for me as they pay bills, food, basic needs, and my brothers rent. If the career center could help me get a job ( as I am currently unemployed) that would be very helpful.”

-Augsburg Student

 

Of the students that responded:

  1. 54% lost a job, internship, or other volunteer experience during the spring semester because of COVID-19
  2. Only 17% of those that lost a spring opportunity were able to secure a new opportunity
  3. 46% lost a summer job, internship, or other volunteer experience because of COVID-19
  4. 61% are now seeking a job, internship, or other opportunity this summer
  5. Loss of income was selected as a stressor by the most students followed by lack of quiet and secluded space to do work and participate in Zoom meetings and classes
  6. Lack of quiet space and increased responsibilities at home were stressors selected by the most students that might prevent them from securing a job, internship, or other opportunity this summer
  7. Mental and emotional well-being programs were selected by many students when asked what programs and services would be most helpful this summer.

In addition to this information students also said they would like self directed ways to engage this summer (44.3%) as well as Zoom or virtual opportunities (46.3%). Only 9.4% said they did not want to engage at all.

The majority of students (51.4%) said they want to engage in programming and resources just when they want to. 

“I think overall I’m unsure about my summer employment since that may be cutback more now due parents being laid off and not being able to afford childcare. As well as the impact of how social distancing can affect students in a variety of ways. “

“My internship for this summer was shortened due to Covid and my spring internship was canceled at start of Covid. I am able to work at augsburg library but my original plans are no longer a thing.”

-Augsburg Students

The information students shared in this survey is helping the Strommen Center craft resources, programs, and services this summer. The Strommen Center is in operation all summer and is offering virtual career coaching appointments, workshops, virtual career fairs, and online resources. Students can visit Handshake to make appointments and register for events.

 

1 COVID-19 Job Market Impact April 3, 2020. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.realtimetalent.org/2020/04/03/covid19-april-3-2020/

State and National Employment and Unemployment. (2020, May 21). Retrieved from https://mn.gov/deed/data/current-econ-highlights/state-national-employment.jsp

 

Support Augsburg Young Professionals on Give to the Max Day 2019

The Legacy of Clair and Gladys Strommen

In 2009, the Clair and Gladys Strommen Center for Meaningful Work was established to recognize Mr. and Mrs. Strommen’s personal commitment to creating meaning and purpose in work and life. The Strommen Center became the fourth of Augsburg’s Centers of Commitment that lift up our core values and live out the institutional vocation. The four Centers of Commitment include the Christensen Center for Vocation, Center for Global Education and Experience, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful work.

On Give to the Max Day 2019 we are continuing Clair and Gladys Strommen’s legacy by supporting Augsburg students as they develop personal and professional skills and enter into the world of work.

The 21st century workplace is looking for candidates who think critically, work in teams, process information, communicate across differences and cultures, and are technically proficient. These skills are attained by every liberal arts student during their undergraduate studies. However, new integrated systems of learning that connects the student experience in and outside of the classroom to career readiness are necessary to ensure acquisition of professional skills, understanding of potential professional pathways, and organizational fit. The career center is transforming into an agency that creates partnerships and programs to ensure professional development is fully integrated.

Support students today!

You can support Augsburg students at the Strommen Center’s Give Campus site.

A gift from you means

  • Bringing in experts from different industries and sectors to provide training and guidance for students.
  • Organizing site visits for students so they can explore what it might be like to work in a particular organization or company.
  • Career readiness training like mock interviews, networking, and developing a LinkedIn profile.

A gift from you means supporting students as they grow as individuals and professionals and learn how to apply their skills, knowledge, and passion to work in the world.

MN Private College & Internship Fair

Thursday, February 21, 2019
9 am-2 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center

REGISTER THROUGH HANDSHAKE & PAY THE $12.00 FEE

Why Attend:  

  • Many Augsburg students find their internships and first jobs at the fair!
  • Be more than a resume – talk to employers looking to hire you – 260 employers under one roof!
  • Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, and Dec 2018 graduates) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.  Open to all majors!
  • Get your free professional LinkedIn Photo taken at the fair!
  • Special Presentation: Jobs and Internships for International Students (Hear advice and tips from international alumni from the private colleges on how they navigated searching for internships and jobs in the U.S.)

Learn more and see what employers are registered:  Visit the MN Private Colleges Job Fair Website!

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