Friday, March 17, 2017

BSOS Advising Center hours over Spring Break

The University of Maryland College Park will be closed for Spring Break on 
Monday, March 20th, Tuesday, March 21st, and Wednesday, March 22nd.

The BSOS Advising Center will be open on 
Thursday, March 23rd, and Friday, March 24th 
with limited advising available. 

There will not be Walk-In Advising during the week of Spring Break,

Have safe and happy Spring Break!

Immigration in the Age of Trump

No RSVP Required; Contact with any questions

Development Project Assistant Position with the Atlantic Council for Recent Grad

The Atlantic Council seeks an inquisitive, nonprofit development professional to help drive the development operations work of an expanding fundraising operation supporting global policy programs. The Project Assistant, Development Operations is an integral member of the development department, focusing on day-to-day gift processing and database management with additional responsibilities in support of the annual development work plan and overall development strategy. The Project Assistant, Development Operations will work closely with each member of the department and is expected to be proactive in ensuring that activities from the annual development work plan are undertaken in a timely, strategic manner.
The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, communicate effectively, and enjoy the complexity of building a new and rapidly growing program. The candidate should preferably possess a solid understanding of donor relations and database management through professional experience and academic work. The position requires a strong record of organization, excellent administrative and communication skills, superior writing ability, attention to detail, and a proven aptitude to manage day-to-day logistical aspects of the department.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Update and maintain constituent records in the constituent relationship management system (CRM).
  • Perform database maintenance and clean-up projects to improve data integrity and database performance.
  • Work with the Assistant Director to oversee day-to-day gift operations, including tracking payments, gift entry in the CRM, running financial reports, and reconciling deposits.
  • Work with the Assistant Director to oversee timely donor acknowledgements.
  • Complete donor-related documentation and maintain an organized filing system.
  • Help to update constituent records prior to email communications, including campaign letters, invitations, and more in the Pardot email marketing system.
  • Create mailing lists and email send analytics reports when needed.
  • Assist with conducting research on prospects, including individuals, corporations and foundations identified by development officers for specific projects at the Council.
  • Prepare development staff in advance of foundation donor/prospect meetings with background materials and provide appropriate follow up, including tracking updates in the CRM.
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 0-2 years in a fundraising environment, or comparable experience
  • Experience and daily usage of a CRM, Salesforce preferred
  • Experience working with an email marketing system, Pardot preferred
  • Experience working with fundraising research tools, WealthEngine and FindWealth 8 ratings preferred
  • Commitment to the Atlantic Council mission
  • Desire to learn, develop new skills, and build development experience
  • Proactive, takes initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player, with ability to work with all levels of staff and external partners
  • Highly organized, with ability to work in a fast-paced environment and on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong communications skills
  • Goal-oriented
  • Well-versed in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Salesforce or other donor database
Apply here.

Lavender Leadership Applications and Retreat

The Lavender Leadership Honor Society, an initiative of the LGBT Equity Center, is inviting you to join in on a few of our events!

1. Apply for LLHS Membership! 

Have you been involved in leadership or volunteerism with the LGBTQ+ communities? Even if leadership took an atypical form, please consider asking the student to apply for the Lavender Leadership Honor Society today.  

Students may apply here:  

Here, you will also find additional details about the honor society and answers to your questions at the link. Applications are DUE by the end of Friday, March 31st

2. Register for Lavender Leadership Retreat: Developing Diverse LGBTQA+ Communities!
LLR is a day-long on-campus retreat for UMD undergraduate and graduate students interested in leadership for LGBTQA+ communities, with conversations around racial justice and racial diversity as key components of this work. Breakfast and lunch are included! 

When: 9am-5pmSaturday April 8th
Where: Prince George's Room, STAMP
Cost: $5 (waived for financial need)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Summer Internships with RTI International

The Governance and Economic Development (GED) Division Internship Program at RTI provides outstanding students the opportunity to work side-by-side with senior international governance experts to develop new tools and approaches to some of the most challenging issues in developing countries. Interns will gain exposure to all aspects of the business development process in governance and are encouraged to propose ideas for independent research or business development projects.

Internship Tracks Offered
Business Development Track (1 position available, Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC): The intern will concentrate on market/business research, business capture, proposal development, strategic positioning activities, and competitor tracking and analysis.

Communications Track (1 position available, Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC): The intern will work with either our Business Development team or with our Global Center for Youth Employment to promote governance work through social media, newsletters, and other methods as needed.

Monitoring & Evaluation Track (1 position available, Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC): The intern will assist with establishing monitoring & evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management systems for Governance & Economic Development projects to effectively capture information, share lessons learned, and best practices. The intern will work with the M&E and Learning team to develop and implement tools, methodologies, and systems for knowledge management for on-going projects and/or new project proposals’ monitoring and evaluation system. This could include conducting external research, reviewing internal practices for best practices, and working with the teams on implementing a knowledge management system.

Research Track (3 positions available in Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC): The intern will primarily focus on supporting rigorous technical research, writing, and tools development for strategic areas such as:
  • Middle East and Africa Initiatives (region and country-specific research)
  • Latin America Initiatives (region and country-specific research)
  • Governance and sectoral service delivery
  • Demand-driven workforce development and global value chains
  • Extractive industry and development
  • ICT and innovation in service delivery systems
  • Micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) development
  • Governance in transition and fragile states
  • Youth, security and crime prevention programming
The GED Internship is open to graduate-level and undergraduate-level students (having completed their junior year course work) pursuing degrees in the fields of:
  • Political Science
  • Public policy
  • Political economy
  • International development
  • Economics
  • Public administration
  • Urban planning
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Other related fields
Additional Information
This unpaid Summer 2017 internship, located in either our Washington, D.C. or our Research Triangle Park, NC office, will begin in mid-May 2017 through mid-August 2017. This internship requires a commitment of 40 hours per week.

Kindly apply online by submitting the following in one PDF document:
  • Cover letter stating: interest, learning objectives, course credit, program requirement, or external funding, desired track and location, and schedule availability.
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample (5-page maximum)
  • Currently enrolled advanced undergraduate (Junior or Senior) or graduate student studying accounting or finance.
  • Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Self-starter with effective organizational and time management skills.
Apply here.

Register Now for Summer 2017 Terrorism Studies Courses!

Join START this summer online! Courses are offered to students from any university through the UMD Office of Extended Studies at

Gain Knowledge:
  • Earn Analytic Reasoning credit through Terrorist Financing Analysis and Counterterrorist Finance in BSST 370 (3 credits).
  • Earn credit for your summer internship through an experiential learning course in Terrorism Studies, BSST 386 (3-5 credits).

Special Topics in Terrorism Studies:
  • Investigate the different forms of hostage taking and understand negotiation tactics in Terrorist Hostage Taking: BSST 338A (3 credits).
  • Understand factors and motivators that lead to mass shootings and evaluate real-world cases in School Shooter and Spree Killers: BSST 3380 (3 credits).
  • Discuss foundational concepts about propaganda, ideology and narratives used by violent extremists in Extremist Propaganda: BSST 338D (3 credits).

Register through Testudo! For more information, visit

Contact with questions.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Apply for Global Fellows or Federal Fellows Now!

Want an internship in Washington, D.C.? Interested in global or domestic issues? Apply now to the Global Fellows or Federal Fellows Program! Earn Scholarship in Practice credit and a Fellows Program notation on your transcript!

Both programs combine a fall seminar course in an issue area with a spring internship in Washington D.C. Some of our concentrations include: Critical Regions and International Relations, Responses to Global Challenges, Energy and Environment, and Science Diplomacy. Past internship locations include Department of State, embassies, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, White House, U.S. Helsinki Commission, and many more. Year-round activities include trips to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, professional development workshops, and conversations with policymakers.

APPLY NOW!!! Application Link: Online Application

For details regarding the application requirements, go to and/or or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. First wave of applications will be reviewed on April 7Rolling admissions thereafter.

Sober SLAM

In partnership with MICA and the TOTUS Spoken Word Program, the University of Maryland Health Center is proud to present our first ever Sober SLAM -- Celebrating Stories of Addiction, Recovery, and Sobriety on the UMD Campus, and we want YOU to share your story! Pitches are being accepted now at

Women Leading Women

Women Leading Women
Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 6 p.m.
Frank Auditorium - Van Munching Hall
Robert H. Smith School of Business
College Park, Md.
Marguerita (Rita) Cheng
Marguerita (Rita) Cheng, '93
Women Leading Women is an annual event that celebrates and showcases our fearless female alumnae and other enterprising women in business from the classroom to the C-suite. The event, centered around a one-on-one discussion, inspires and challenges attendees to realize and reach their full potential.
This year's honoree is Marguerita (Rita) Cheng, a 1993 Smith School alumna and founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth in Rockville, Md. Find out how this enterprising executive made the successful transition from the sales floor at Nordstrom to founding her own company.
The event closes with a raffle drawing for some exciting giveaways, followed immediately by a networking reception.
Raffle Sponsors:
CentricPandoraWomen in Cable and Telecommunications
You must be present to participate in the raffle drawing.
Women Leading Women is complimentary and open to all Smith School and University of Maryland women, including alumnae, faculty, staff and students, their guests and friends. The event caps a lineup of month-long activities in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Previous Women Leading Women honorees:
Andrea BrodyAndrea Brody, '87
SVP, Global Marketing
Brenda FreemanBrenda Freeman, '87, MBA '91
Chief Marketing Officer
National Geographic Channel
Kristen WelchKristen Welch, '90, MBA '96
SVP, Global Content Operations
Discovery Communications
Lisa AndersLisa Anders, MBA '95
VP, Business Development
McKissack & McKissack
Women Leading Women is presented by the Office of Diversity Initiatives at the Smith School.
Office of Diversity Initiatives

Africa Center Program Assistant Position with the Atlantic Council for Recent Grad

The Atlantic Council seeks a talented and entrepreneurial program assistant/assistant director to assist in implementing a growing array of projects and initiatives related to Africa within a dynamic and fast-paced center at the Council. The assistant director will play a central role in developing and organizing program activities including: high-level speaker series, policy workshops, conferences, strategy sessions, task forces, and coordinating publications and other initiatives. The candidate must have a strong educational background in African political, economic, or security affairs, and will preferably have at least one year of educational, volunteer, or professional experience on the African continent (preference for sub-Saharan Africa). The candidate must be an excellent writer, exceptionally organized with strong interpersonal skills, and capable of working in a fast-paced and culturally diverse environment.
The candidate must be able to conduct graduate-level research on a wide variety of Africa-related topics, while acting as the primary provider of administrative and logistical support for the Center’s public and private events. S/he will report to the Center’s director and deputy director, work closely with the Center’s associate director, and interact daily with Africa Center interns.
The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, communicate effectively, and enjoy the fast pace of building upon an established but rapidly growing program. Demonstrated expertise with the region and issues including security policy and conflict prevention, energy and economic growth, poverty reduction and assistance programs, and other priority concerns is vital. The position requires a strong record of organizing programs and events, excellent administrative and communication skills, a positive attitude about tackling complex and dynamic problems, superior writing ability, attention to detail, and a proven aptitude for international security and defense issues.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Assist Center’s director and deputy director with administrative tasks including scheduling, timesheets, and financial reconciliation as assigned.
  • Assume lead responsibility in organizing more than forty Center events per year, including workshops and conferences; liaise with office of external relations and other centers to ensure successful execution of and publicity for Atlantic Council programming and events; provide support to senior Atlantic Council staff and Board members; coordinate travel arrangements and prepare substantive briefing material for guests coming to Washington and for Council trips abroad.
  • Draft, edit, and proofread correspondence in accordance with the Atlantic Council style guide, including event invitations, thank you notes, and follow-up correspondence.
  • Conduct background research on various topics and be able to condense research materials into digestible written form and oral briefings; serve as rapporteur to Council task forces and workshops; assist in drafting various Atlantic Council publications.
  • Delegate activities to and provide guidance for program interns.
  • As time allows, provide and deliver expert commentary and analysis on US-Africa policy issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in African studies, international relations, or a related field; Master’s degree a plus
  • 0-2 years of relevant experience
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills in English; French fluency highly desirable
  • Excellent telephone presence and interpersonal skills, including ability to work well with both interns and senior officials
  • Proven organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to “go with the flow” and react quickly and professionally to changing circumstances
  • Self-starter; comfortable with ambiguity and taking charge to problem-solve
  • Highest attention to detail
  • Proven research experience and expertise/interest in the African continent
  • Interest in and understanding of transatlantic relations, the Atlantic Community, and the core mission of the Atlantic Council
Apply here.