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April Opportunities 2021

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CAHSS Student Assistant

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences is looking to hire a Student Assistant! Duties would include but are not limited to: use of Microsoft Outlook, Word & Excel; answering and routing phone calls; taking/delivering detailed messages; greeting and assisting office visitors; mailing items; filing physically and digitally; scanning and copying documents. This position is 10-15 hours per week during business hours. Students would start 5/10/20 and work through the summer and fall semesters. If you are interested, you can apply here.

US Foreign Service Internship

Established in 2014, the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP) is a merit and need-based opportunity that offers two paid summer internships to expose undergraduate students to U.S. diplomacy and the Department of State at large.

USFSIP consists of participation for two consecutive summers. In the first summer, participants come to Washington, D.C. for three weeks of training including U.S. diplomatic history, writing skills, and professional development. Following the training, interns work for seven weeks on policy desks in regional and functional bureaus at the U.S. Department of State. The second summer is a ten-week assignment to a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas. In the intervening year, USFSIP interns must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA and take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) to gain a better understanding of the Foreign Service assessment process.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and currently enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students in an accredited academic institution at least half-time with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or above. Students must be rising juniors or seniors when they start the program (i.e., in their sophomore or junior year when applying). Students must be able to obtain a Secret security clearance and be available to participate in Summer I program dates between June and August.

This is a paid position. If you would like more information please contact your local Diplomat in Residence. You can find their contact information here. 

CFA Institute Free Webinar

The CFA Institute is offering a free Minnesota & Dakota schools student CFA Program info webinar on Wednesday 21, 2021 at 4:30-5:30 pm central. There will also be a recording available to students who register but are not able to attend at that time. This webinar will provide general CFA Program information and updates as well as news of a new CFA Exam schedule. You are now able to get started on a CFA Program immediately after graduation. The CFA program is a great opportunity for students interested in investing or finance. If you want to learn more about CFA and the opportunities the program provides you can register for the webinar through this link.

Paid Intern | USDA Agriculture Research Service

This position is an 8-10 week position over the summer months. 

Biological control of pest species via predation is one of the most important ecosystem services that native beneficial insects provide to cropped ecosystems. Quantifying this service and how much predation pressure is being exerted in the field is difficult though. Sentinel prey—artificial or live prey items whose consumption can be monitored over time—are a welcome solution to this problem and have been useful in providing a direct measure of predation under real, field conditions. However, many questions on best practices remain.

In this project, one undergraduate student (GS-3 level) will quantify predation levels of artificial caterpillars that mimic a variety of Noctuids (e.g. corn earworm) within corn and soybeans under conventional till and no-till practices. Duties will include: (1) preliminary reading of scientific literature on sentinel prey, (2) learning to make artificial caterpillars from modeling clay, (3) creating a reference database of attack marks on caterpillars in the lab, (4) behavioral observations of insect taxa attacking caterpillars, (5) deploying caterpillars to pre-existing field plots, (6) scoring predation marks on caterpillars, and (7) writing up a final progress report. The candidate will work in a team environment to achieve research objectives and will receive mentorship on experimental design, field methods, and data curation during weekly progress meetings with the principal investigator. The proposed project will occur in parallel with other research measuring insect communities and will indicate how predation of artificial prey correlates with other measures of natural enemy behavior.

The deadline is April 21, 2021 and 5 pm. To apply please send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this internship, along with your resume to

Financial Planner Intern | Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual is looking for a couple of summer interns for summer 2021. You'll find that the Northwestern Mutual Internship is more than a summer job. It's a truly meaningful experience that builds your business skills and helps clients achieve their hopes and dreams. With support from your network office, you'll work for yourself, but never by yourself. Our interns come from varying academic backgrounds and experiences to build rewarding practices and relationships with their clients. As a Northwestern Mutual Intern, you will receive extensive training and coaching and participate in joint work with experienced advisors to help you build the skills and knowledge base to succeed. Every day, Northwestern Mutual Interns help individuals and businesses build and execute financial plans specific to their goals and expectations. But it’s more than crunching numbers. It’s about helping people establish and improve financial literacy, and giving them the information, tools, and confidence to help achieve their financial goals. Our interns focus on the education of their clients to help them live a financially secure lifestyle that will impact generations.

For more information contact

Grain Merchandiser | Gavilon 

Gavilon is a commodity management firm based in Omaha, Nebraska. This is a full-time position in Kimbal, SD. If you are interested in grain merchandising or want more information contact Ariel Keating at 402-980-4730. 

Admissions Ambassador | South Dakota State University 

Admissions Ambassadors are selected through a competitive application and selection process held each spring. Admissions Ambassador positions are offered to current SDSU students who will have completed at least one year as a full-time college student at SDSU when they start their position in August of the academic year. There will be information sessions Wednesday, March 31, 2021, from 3-3:45 p.m., and Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from 4-4:45 p.m. Applications will be screened April 9, 2021 and interviews will be held on April 13, 14 and 15.

Find the application here.

Find the Zoom link for the information sessions here.

Harms Oil Company

Harms Oil is in need of employees for their 24/7 truck stop Vivian, SD for the summer months. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking for retail experience or interested in the following majors:

  • Accounting – Bookkeeping/Cashier – Understand supply chain of finances for a store
  • Retail & Merchandising – Cashier/Food Service – Assist with the merchandising of products and different franchise items
  • Hospitality Mgmt – Be a part of a multi franchised kitchen and understand supply chain of the food service for a high paced environment.

If you would like more information about the position please contact Andrew Royer via email at

StateWide Insurance

Statewide Insurance is looking for someone to fill the position of a previous employee who handled marketing programs for their company. If you would like more information about the position, please contact Jeff Jacobson by emailor phone at 605-692-6444

Daktronics Opportunities

Student Part-Time Opportunities: 

The Daktronics Student Program offers current students a part-time 15 hr/wk job relating to your major so you can get professional experience while attending school! Talk to your advisor if you wish to obtain academic credit for your student role. Visit our Student Page to learn more!

Internship Co-op Opportunities:

The Daktronics Internship Program offers students a seven month, 40 hr/wk paid position where you will function like a full-time employee and jump-start your career with in-depth work experiences. Many interns earn academic credit for their internships, but we do not require that. May be done semester following graduation. These internships run 7 June – 17 December, 2021. Visit our Internships page to learn more!

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