Friday, February 12, 2016

Travel to South Africa This Summer and Earn Resident Credit Learning From Area Experts!

Following on the legacy of luminaries such as W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, Eslanda Robeson and Martin Luther King Jr., this program builds on the African American Studies Department's commitment to understanding race and social inequality in international and, in particular, Black diasporic contexts. This exciting study abroad opportunity will expose you to the many dimensions of social inequality and the consequences for well-being in post-apartheid South Africa, while traveling to Johannesburg and Bushbuckridge.  
Dr. Sangeetha Madhavan is the Program Director, an Associate Professor in African-American Studies, and Associate Director for the Maryland Population Research Center. She considers South Africa her second home. Dr. Madhavan has taught at WITS University, has been engaged in research in both rural and urban contexts for 15 years, lived in Johannesburg and Bushbuckridge, and has conversational fluency in Shangaan, the language of Bushbuckridge.(link sends e-mail, is the Program Director, an Associate Professor in African-American Studies, and Associate Director for the Maryland Population Research Center. She considers South Africa her second home. Dr. Madhavan has taught at WITS University, has been engaged in research in both rural and urban contexts for 15 years, lived in Johannesburg and Bushbuckridge, and has conversational fluency in Shangaan, the language of Bushbuckridge.
Vusi Dlamini is the co-director and holds an MA in Development Studies from Sussex (UK) and was born and raised in Bushbuckridge. Vusi has years of experience in rural development work in South Africa and is, therefore, ideally suited to co-direct this program. He is also well known in all the villages in which students will be staying for their homestays.
Partial, need-based scholarships are available through the African American Studies Department.  
Learn more here.

Peace Corps Information Session Wednesday

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: University Career Center - 3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing

Event Details:
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join us at this information session to learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Food provided!


Appropriate Attire:
Minimum attire for ALL sessions with employers present is business casual unless otherwise specified.

For additional information about this event:
contact Caroline Lee at clee91@umd.edu

Measure What Matters: Marketing Analytics 101 Workshop Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 • 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Event Details:
 Come learn about digital marketing analytics from Washington Women in Public Relations! This event is perfect if you are interested in public relations or marketing and want to learn about a skill that can set you apart from the pack!

For additional information about this event:
contact Caroline Lee at clee91@umd.edu

Register Now for US Department of State Employer Networking Session Tuesday February 23!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 • 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise (3rd Floor, Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Event Details:
Join the State Department’s Diplomat in Residence to learn more about the agency and it’s internship and full-time opportunities. 
*Students can sign up for 30 minute timeslots in Careers4Terps*

Appropriate Attire:
Minimum attire for ALL sessions with employers present is business casual unless otherwise specified.
For additional information about this event:
contact Caroline Lee at clee91@umd.edu

Program Assistant Position for Recent Grad with the International Rescue Committee

JOB OVERVIEW/SUMMARY:
The Research, Evaluation and Learning (REL) Unit helps the IRC serve people with the most effective and efficient programs suited to a particular context. The REL unit supports the IRC to use existing research to inform strategic plans and develop high-quality intervention models based evidence around what works. We also build capacity of staff to interpret and apply existing research and to conduct evaluations.
The Program Assistant position is a new role created to provide core research and administrative support in the areas of travel, communications, procurement, and budget management. The post will be based in the New York HQ office. The position is a full-time post for one year and may be extended depending on funding.
The Program Assistant will provide research and administrative support to the REL unit. This position reports directly to the Program Officer for REL.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Core Research Support
* Support research team in core activities, including developing and maintaining a research project tracking system
* Contribute to the development and rollout of guidelines and tools to support research processes and partnerships
* Conduct literature review searches and other research administration tasks
* Manage REL documents / resources and serve as a key resource to IRC staff seeking information regarding research and evaluation activities
* Core Administrative Support
* Logistics
* Scheduling and administrative assistance to Senior Director, REL
* Comparing and choosing sites for events; sourcing venues, obtaining quotes for services, reviewing contracts, finalizing all procurement requirements
* Coordinating content and developing conference materials
* Reserving and booking flights, booking accommodation, procuring visas (including completing paperwork where possible), liaising where necessary with IRC Country Program staff to arrange in-country travel logistics.
* Assist in onboarding new hires
* Scheduling REL meetings and conference rooms
* Budget and finance
* Processing and tracking payments and reimbursements
* Expenditure tracking for grants and operations
* Support the REL Grants Coordinator to track annual budgets, provide reforecasts, check expenditures for accuracy, follow up and correct errors in the BVAs. Create and update portfolio documents tracking all grants.
* Procurement
* Serve as the focal point for procurement requests
* Manage the administration of procurements
* Tracking and initiating procurement requests
* Tracking and initiating requests related to hiring consultants
* Assist the Policy and Communications Officer in maintaining and updating content on Rescuenet

GENERAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
* Maximize efficiency of REL through providing strong research and administrative support in the areas of budget and finance, logistics, procurement, and communications.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
* Bachelor’s degree preferred
* At least 2 years of related work experience, preferably for an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO).
* Excellent organizational skills: the ability to work independently & productively in a fast-paced environment and ability to effectively see projects through from start to finish.
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with a variety of people in a multi-cultural environment and work on a virtual team;
* Flexible work attitude, proactive and demonstrated creativity: the ability to work productively in a team environment, anticipate issues before they arise, and problem solve creatively with minimal guidance;
* Fluency in English, both verbal and written is required;
* Excellent Computer skills: proficient in all MS Office, and some knowledge of database management and website development would be an asset.

Apply here.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Graduating in May? Speak Arabic or French? Like Working with Teens? Fancy a Summer in Morocco?

Legacy's Arabic Language Institute (Morocco) - Resident Advisor / Trip Leader


Legacy International's Arabic Language Institute offers both summer programs for high school students AND academic year programs for students who recently graduated from high school. Both offer US students the opportunity to increase their knowledge of Arabic while exploring Moroccan culture. It is interactive, academic, and culturally diverse, exposing the students to many facets of Moroccan life. (Legacy's ALI program is part of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. )
Legacy International is currently seeking three qualified staff to mentor and lead 30 American teens and recent high school graduates during our summer language-culture study program to Morocco. The groups will be based in Marrakesh and Rabat.
Dates: June 8 - July 28, 2016 (This includes staff orientation in Washington, DC and wrap-up, also based in DC.)
Resident Adviser Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for effectively managing the group dynamic and ensuring safety throughout the program, beginning with the pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. until the group's return to the U.S.
  • In collaboration with Center for Language & Culture (CLC) staff, create a warm, harmonious learning environment for the youths, maintaining standards of health, safety, and program quality consistent with program goals, and offering consistent guidance and discipline as necessary. (CLC is Legacy's partner in Morocco.http:www.clcmorocco.org//.)
  • Monitor students' academic progress. (May periodically attend Arabic classes. No language instruction is required, but staff do, at times, help with homework.)
  • Closely monitor behavior in host family settings reporting potential problems to CLC staff and Legacy's Program Director.
  • Conduct weekly individual and group debriefs with students to deepen learning and evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Send weekly progress reports to Legacy's ALI Program Director.
  • Travel with the group on all outings.
  • Design and plan recreational activities and short over night excursions periodically throughout the semester in consultation with CLC staff and Project Director.
  • Mentor youths, helping with cultural adjustment and offering behavioral guidance; making sure timely communications with parents have occurred; solving any host family / roommate problems; monitoring cultural and religious needs. Anticipate the needs of the youths. Be proactive. Report problems and adjustments to Legacy's Program Director.
  • Create opportunities for cultural sharing and exchange, and facilitate cross-cultural communication.
  • Oversee evaluation processes and assist with post program activities.
  • Manage a modest travel budget and reconcile balance at the end of trip. Returns all documents to Program Director in a timely manner.

Qualifications

  • Minimum bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • Conversant to fluent Arabic language ability. (Working knowledge of French is also acceptable instead of Arabic, and an asset.)
  • Previous youth work experience, preferably with teens. Proven ability to work with and lead young adult students, preferably in a travel program setting.
  • Previous travel or living in Morocco required.
  • Proven ability to adapt to cultures / settings different from one's own. Preference given to those who have traveled in Arab world.
  • Ability to mentor others and facilitate creative and self-motivated learning. Facile with creating multiple strategies for keeping the group engaged in a long term learning process.
  • Demonstrated practical, working knowledge of: group management, discussion leading, creative/critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively with others, including the media and community-at-large, serving as a representative of Legacy International.
  • Receptive to and knowledgeable of delegates' cultural, spiritual, and personal needs.
  • Ability and aptitude to properly administer the group's travel funds, maintaining accurate expenditure record following Legacy's fiscal requirements.
  • First aid and CPR certified (current).
  • Stamina and sound health to work in hot North African climate. (Those hired will be required to submit a current medical history.)
  • U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S. (green card)

Application instructions

Please send a cover letter/email & resume by April 1, 2016 to: Leila Baz, HR Coordinator: staff@legacyintl.orgPlease note "ALI" in subject line.
Interviews will begin in April, with final hiring decisions made by early May.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Paid Summer Internship in Labor Market Policy

As an intern in the labor market policy issue area, you will report directly to Ben Gitis, Director of Labor Market Policy at the American Action Forum. Gitis has extensively researched and written about the minimum wage, wage subsidies, regulatory cost burdens on businesses and workers, and the labor market consequences of the Affordable Care Act. His work has been referenced by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, Reuters, and others.
Labor Market Policy interns will primarily focus on policy matters related to employment, pay, and workforce training. This focus will also include efforts to better understand and communicate how national and local economic policies interact with the labor market. As part of this effort, interns will work on general macroeconomic issues.
A few examples of potential projects include:
  • Research, analyze data, and draft reports on key elements of economic and labor market policy, including local minimum wage increases, union organizing trends, workforce training, and public assistance programs
  • Compile, organize, and analyze labor market datasets
  • Track upcoming labor laws and regulations, such as local minimum wage increases, Department of Labor rulemaking, and National Labor Relations Board decisions
  • Compose issue briefs on emerging areas of labor market policy
Responsibilities
As part of the internship, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Research assistance: Interns will provide research assistance and data collection for their issue area director when in the office
  • Event attendance: Interns will attend Capitol Hill hearings, private speaker events, and events held by other DC think tanks to analyze and report on the information presented
  • Forum event support: Interns will help promote, run, and evaluate all Forum events
  • Semester project: Interns will write a paper on a topic of their choice to be completed by the end of the semester. Issue area directors will assist the interns with their research and writing - the final papers will be published on the Forum’s website
Hours and Compensation
  • Interns must be available for 20 to 29 hours per week
  • Interns will be provided an hourly wage
  • Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment
  • This is a part-time, paid internship
Qualifications
  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills
  • An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
  • Self-starting attitude
  • Quantitative skills are required
How to Apply
Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and writing sample of less than 1,000 words. Apply here.

Paid Summer Internship with New America's Open Technology Institute

Do you build tools to teach people about how technology works? Or dream about protecting free speech and encryption on the Internet? Do you write blog posts about how to build community online? Does analyzing and visualizing 600 million data points on Internet quality get your blood pumping? Do you thrive on making complex ideas accessible to a more general audience? Do you love the challenge of A/B testing messaging and website usability? You should think about an internship with the Open Technology Institute.

New America’s Open Technology Institute seeks enthusiastic, motivated college/graduate students or individuals with equivalent experience for internships for summer 2016 in our Washington, DC office. Applicants must be passionate about tech policy and interested in learning about complex issues in a fast-paced environment. Internships are for pay unless credit is required.

Responsibilities:
  • Contribute research, writing, technical or web/software development expertise (as appropriate) to projects that may include a broad range of Internet policy issues, including but not limited to net neutrality, broadband access and adoption, cybersecurity, government surveillance, Internet governance, copyright reform, and consumer privacy;
  • Conduct in-depth research and writing on a variety of topics;
  • Identify and analyze emerging issues in tech policy;
  • Assist with administrative tasks and event staffing;
  • Other tasks as directed.
Qualified interns will have the opportunity to author or co-author blog posts, articles, research papers, or open source code. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend educational events in Washington, DC, and to accompany OTI staff members attending meetings in Congress and administrative agencies.
Qualifications:
Ideal candidates for the internship position will possess the following characteristics:
  • Current student at accredited college or university or possessing relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated interest in relevant technology or policy work
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Technical knowledge of Internet related tools and infrastructure a plus.
Application Process:
Submit a resume, one-page cover letter, a brief writing sample, and if applicable a link to your coding samples and/or portfolio. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.  Apply here.

Consulting Internship with the Winvale Group

The Winvale Group is a leading professional services firm specializing in government contracts and the GSA Schedule program. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Washington, DC, we have over 500 successful client engagements and are recognized as one of the fastest growing companies by SmartCEO and Inc. magazines. As a continuation of this growth, we’re excited to announce an internship opening for an entry level Consultant.

As a consultant intern, you will be managing and advising multiple clients in a variety of industries. This position will focus their time providing daily support to senior consultants by preparing government and GSA (General Services Administration) Schedule proposals, participating in client meetings and government negotiations, analyzing business processes and metrics, managing client files, and creating winning offers in accordance with company policies and contract requirements. Candidates should enjoy strategic thinking and consulting, while making a dramatic impact in our client’s business and being instrumental in our future growth!

In order to be successful, internship candidates should posses:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • A focus on customer satisfaction with the ability to build relationships;
  • An organized and detail-oriented individual who is able to multi-task;
  • Enjoy working in a team environment and capable of supporting project deliverables;
  • Enrolled in a college or university and working toward a Bachelors degree
  • Prior internship or business experience preferred;
  • An in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel;


For consideration, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to: meghangallagher15@gmail.com. The Winvale Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Policy and Communications Associate Position for Recent Grad with Israel Policy Forum

Israel Policy Forum is seeking an experienced Policy and Communications Associate. The Policy and Communications Associate is responsible for managing IPF's strategic communications, analytical content, digital outreach efforts, and social media presence. This position will report to the Policy Director and will be located preferably in Washington, DC, though New York is also possible.
Key Responsibilities
  • Website Management: Maintain and update IPF's website with fresh content using creative, multi-media elements and provide direction to web development vendor.
  • Social Media Strategy and Development: Develop an overall strategy for social media within the organization, with existing and/or new tools. Create content and develop campaigns for IPF social media outlets, including Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • Electronic Communications: Prepare effective e-communications and manage new media campaigns. Create a systematic calendar for e-communications.
  • Analysis and Strategic Communications: Manage IPF's collaborative blog, assist in the design and format of IPF products, both online and print, and contribute as needed to writing projects such as opinion editorial and blog postings.
  • Support for Policy Director and PR Specialist: Provide administrative and other support to the Policy Director on the full range of IPF's activities and events. Assist PR Specialist in media outreach, news monitoring, press events, and other assignments as needed.
  • New Initiatives and Special Projects: Conceive and administer new projects that expand and enhance the range of IPF's activities and help to grow the organization's reach and profile.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 1-3 years of policy communications/website experience in a non-profit, political campaign, trade association, Congressional office, or similar environment.
  • Strong understanding and experience with new media and other on-line technologies.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Capacity to work both independently and as part of a multi-city team
  • Knowledge and passion for the subject of Israel and the Middle East peace process.
  • Experience with bulk email/database management software a plus.
  • Proficiency with web-based content management systems, website and blog maintenance strongly preferred. Proficiency with Adobe design products, including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as photography/video/audio editing skills, a plus.
  • B.A. required, advanced degree preferred.
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Preferably based in Washington, DC.

Application instructions

Please send cover letter and resume to  info@ipforum.org