Sunday, July 27, 2014

Maryland English Institute Speaking Partner Program

Volunteering as a speaking partner provides the opportunity to expand one's world view, learn about other cultures, and make new friends. The partnership involves meeting with an MEI student on campus for conversation. Most partners meet once a week for an hour of light conversation or to participate in an on-campus activity together.

If you would be interested in volunteering (and earning credit toward a service learning requirement) click here to learn more and submit and application.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Research Assistant Positions - Family Involvement Lab

The Family Involvement Laboratory is looking for bilingual  (Spanish/English) undergraduate research assistants for the fall (3 Credits). The Family Involvement Lab is currently conducting a study on Latino immigrant mothers, fathers, and children to understand how mothers’ & fathers' values, goals, & beliefs influence their children’s social skills & academic competencies.

Research assistants will code mother-child and father-child play and reading interactions, conduct short literature reviews, collect and enter data, recruit parents, and schedule visits. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in the social sciences. Depending on interest and skill-level, there will be opportunities to write honors theses and participate in papers for publication. If interested please send your resume & unofficial transcript to Jenessa Malin at

Thursday, July 24, 2014

UMD Department of Psychology Summer Diversity Conference

The UMD Department of Psychology is hosting its second annual, FREE one day Summer Diversity Conference on July 29 from 9:30am to 1pm in the Prince George's Room of Stamp Student Union. Presentations will focus on current directions in research and practice on cultural competence and diversity, with a focus on its link to psychological processes across disciplines.

The public and all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Free breakfast and lunch will be served to registered attendees.

Clink here for more information and to register.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

OUT for Work: LGBTQA College Student Career Conference

Don't miss the 10th Annual National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally (LGBTQA) College Student Career Conference scheduled for September 26-28, 2014 at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. This conference will feature panel discussions about sexual orientation, gender identity and coming out in the workplace, skill building workshops and guest speakers, including John Berry, Donna Rose, Jonathan Capehart, Joe Solmonese, Gary Gates, Chai Feldblum and many more! Read more about the conference agenda here
The University Career Center & The President’s Promise and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Equity Center are proud to announce that we will again partner with OUT For Work to sponsor University of Maryland LGBTQA students to attend the conference. As a partner, the University of Maryland has a limited number of spaces for students to participate FREE OF CHARGE. This includes conference materials and meals. The normal fee is $55.
NO SHOW POLICY: This event is FREE for University of Maryland College Park students while space remains; however, since space is limited, and the UMD co-sponsoring departments are paying to sponsor each participant registration, if you fail to check-in at the conference, the University of Maryland will have to charge your UMD student account $55 (the normal registration price for an individual student).
If you are interested, please email Kate Juhl at with the following information:
  • Name
  • UID
  • Email
  • Resume (please attach as a Word or PDF document)—to be shared with employers attending the PRIDE Career Fair
  • Pick ONE site visit: Out in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Out in Government, Out in Non-profit, Out in Education, Out in Business

Monday, July 21, 2014

Attention Freshmen & Sophomores - Fall Course on the Psychology of Getting Hired!

The Psychology Department and the University Career Center are offering a new online course: "The Psychology of Getting Hired." PSYC123 (1 credit) in fall 2014. 

Open to freshmen and sophomores, the course is structured as six modules that guide students through contemporary psychological research, engage you in hands-on training (e.g., Careers4Terps, online tools, mock interviews, major-specific resources) and provide you with critical feedback on professional materials (e.g., resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, career development plan).  More details and a copy of the syllabus are available on

Attention Alumni - United Nations Young Professionals Exam!

The U.S. Department of State announces for all qualified U.S. citizens: The United Nations Young Professionals Program (YPP) Examination

Eligibility Requirements (all must be met)

1.  32 years old or younger as of December 31, 2014

2.  Hold at least an undergraduate degree (advanced degree is an advantage) in one of the following occupational fields or related areas:

·         Economic Affairs
·         Human Rights
·         Information Systems & Technology
·         Photography
·         Political Affairs
·         Radio Production (Arabic/Chinese/Kiswahili/Russian/Spanish)
3.   Fluency in English and/or French 

NOTE:  Admission to the exam may be limited to the 40 most qualified Americans per occupational group.  Potential employment offers depend upon test results, interview, number of vacancies, and competitiveness of applicants from other nations. 

Application Deadlines

 Information Systems & Technology ● Political Affairs
August 13, 2014
 Economic Affairs ● Radio Production
August 20, 2014
 Human Rights ● Photography
August 26, 2014

 Application and Exam Details:
 The examination will be given on December 4, 2014 in cities throughout the world, including New York City.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CNN Fall Internships in DC!

These are a few of the fall internships available with CNN in Washington this fall:

Fall 2014 Medical Unit Intern (143033BR)
Fall 2014 Investigative Programming Intern (143034BR)
Fall 2014 CNN Situation Room Intern (143035BR)
Fall 2014 CNN Situation Room Intern (143036BR)
Fall 2014 Crossfire Intern (143037BR)
Fall 2014 Crossfire Intern (143038BR)
Fall 2014 The Lead Intern (143039BR)
Fall 2014 The Lead Intern (143040BR)
Fall 2014 Newsgathering Intern (143041BR)
Fall 2014 Newsgathering Intern (143042BR)

Fall 2014 CNN State of the Union Intern (143065BR)
Fall 2014 C
NN State of the Union Intern (143066BR)
Fall 2014 Newsource Intern (143046BR)
Fall 2014 CNN PR intern (142747BR)

To learn more about CNN internships in all locations, visit:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Israeli/Palestinian Experiment Course still has Seats!

Professors Edy Kaufman and Manuel Hassassian celebrate their 20th Team-Teaching Anniversary at UMD this second Summer 2014 Session. Sponsored by GVPT, CIDCM and ISRL, the duo will be continuing their partnership in GVPT309X: Conflict Resolution – The Israeli/Palestinian Experiment. This course serves as a groundbreaking interactive immersion that provides exploration of a range of perspectives, including contending historical and political views. These views inform analysis of a variety of topics including Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, water rights, border disputes and security concerns.

Since their academic partnership in 1992, Professors Kaufman and Hassassian have sought to explore and expound on the dynamics of the conflict while providing open and honest dialogue about the issues at hand. 

Prof. Manuel Hassassian, a resident of the West Bank, has been the Executive Vice-President of  Bethlehem University and is currently the ambassador of the Palestinian Authority in the United Kingdom.

Prof. Edy Kaufman is a Senior Fellow and former Director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at UMD, and is the former director of the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The course will meet from August 4th to August 22nd [3 credits] on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9:20 pm in TYD 1101.  Spaces are still open!

For further information, contact or search for the five segments of “Israeli Palestinian Team Teaching” on Youtube.

Position Announcement Appropriate for Recent Grad

Coordinator Position 119437

The University of Maryland, College Park is seeking a Coordinator to help support two exciting, high impact experiential learning programs, Federal Semester and Global Semester in Washington, D.C. These programs take advantage of our location in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to prepare talented, diverse undergraduate students to excel in significant internships and become leaders in the international or domestic arena. The programs combine theme-based fall seminar courses taught by industry experts on such topics as health policy, homeland security policy, and U.S. foreign policy; professional development workshops; field trips; and other policy-related learning experiences; with spring internships supported by coursework and reflective exercises. 

We seek a full-time Coordinator who will actively contribute to the programs’ goals to prepare students for informed and responsible global and domestic leadership and citizenship. A key responsibility of this Coordinator will be the crucial operations of database management and enhancement for these two programs; this includes using the database to generate ad hoc reports. Other important responsibilities include event planning and programming (including field trips and final capstone event); managing the admissions review process; assisting with student advising on resumes, cover letters, and self-reflective posters; and providing course support, including monitoring student assignments. The Coordinator will serve on the strategic advisory team for these programs. The office is collaborative, high-energy, and good-humored. For information about our programs, please visit our web sites at and

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities in Local Hospice

Community Hospice is committed to providing quality end-of-life care for patients in the advanced stages of life-limiting illness, ensuring that they live in comfort and with dignity. Our volunteers play a very important and valued role in the care of our patients.
Below are several areas in which one may choose to provide volunteer assistance. [Note that volunteer experiences can be excellent learning experiences for first year students who don't yet qualify to earn academic credit for internships, as well for students whose schedules don't permit the time commitment required for many internships.]

HOME CARE VOLUNTEER: Provide non-medical support through companionship and friendly visits to patients and caregivers in their home or long term care facility. Visit may consist of reading, assisting with letter writing, light preparation of meals, helping families with limited shopping and errands, listening to a patient share their thought, or just being there to hold a hand.

INPATIENT UNIT VOLUNTEER (IPU): Provide non-medical support services to patients in the IPU and their families to include: companionship, sitting with actively dying patients, providing emotional support, assisting by serving patient's meals, changing water in pitchers, and assisting in taking patients outside and around the facility. IPU volunteers also assist with front desk duties, to include answering the phone and greeting visitors.  

HOUR VOLUNTEER: Provides support and a caring presence for hospice patients and their families when a patient is at the very end of life. This role would be supplemental to the Nurse, Social Worker, Chaplain, or other hospice professionals attending a patient. Requires advanced training.

ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEER: Provide clerical assistance to the hospice staff, including answering phones and dispatching calls from families to the appropriate nurse or staff member, filing, assisting with mailings, organizing medical supplies, assembling administrative packets and other tasks on an as-needed basis.

QUALITY ASSURANCE VOLUNTEER: Makes calls to patients and/or family members to follow up on their care and assist in addressing any questions or concerns.

BEREAVEMENT VOLUNTEER: Makes follow up calls to family members of patients who have died. (Requires advanced training). 

These opportunities are ongoing and located in Washington DC and Prince George County. Training will occur on September 25th, 26th, and 27th. 

For more information about becoming a volunteer with Community Hospice of Washington or Maryland, please click on the logo above or contact Jordan Asrat at (301) 560-6006 or email