Thursday, December 14, 2017

Take a GVPT course over the winter term with UMD!

If you're looking for something to do over the winter break, consider getting GVPT major credit by taking one of our 10 courses being offered over the winter term! Winter courses are a great way to spend your break productively while advancing progress towards you degree. You can choose between required courses for the major (like GVPT201 or 241), or numerous interesting special topics courses (like Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation, or Inequality and Political Representation)! See the flyer below for more information on our featured winter courses.
Winter term runs January 2nd - January 22nd, and registration is now open. The deadline to register is January 2nd. Please note that winter courses are not included in your fall or spring semester tuition, and immediate payment is required upon registration. You have up until January 1st to drop any Winter Session class with a 100% refund.

More information about winter-term classes can be found here. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the GVPT office if you have any questions!

December or Recent Grad Interested in Peace & Security? Apply to the Scoville Peace Fellowship!

Job Description
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine-month fellowships for recent college and graduate school alumni to work on international peace and security issues with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and do public education and advocacy on a range of issues including arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, conventional arms trade, environmental and energy security, defense budget, diplomacy, and peacebuilding and peacekeeping. They may also attend coalition meetings, Congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, and media.


Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences; those with a graduate degree are also eligible to apply. They must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and to non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have engaged in advocacy as well as those who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.
See our video describing how the Scoville Fellowship helps launch careers in international peace and security at

Application instructions

Salary and Benefits
Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $37,200 ($3,100 per month), and receive health insurance, mentoring, a small stipend to attend conferences or courses, and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship. 
Application Deadlines 
Fall 2018 Fellowship: January 5, 2018
Spring 2019 Fellowship: October 1, 2018
Submitting Applications
See for complete information and application requirements.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BSOS Students are invited to the Accenture Innovation Challenge!

This event combines a hands-on consulting experience with the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community. Freshman, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. 
If selected to participate in this multi-round event, you will have to use your analytical, strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills to innovate – and possibly help implement – solutions to real-world challenges that are faced by our non-profit partners.  
We are excited to announce we will work with non-profit partner, CARE International, and will be hosting Round 1 on 2/16/2018 in Arlington, VA. Click here  to watch highlights from past challenges. 

Deadline for registration is January 8, 2018

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Enter Raffle for FREE Self-Paced Course from The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is excited to offer a free self-paced course (valued at $199 - $1,999 dependent on test type) to THREE lucky winners!

Our self-paced study for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT offers flexible, comprehensive online prep and study tools, including:
• Material covered in our Ultimate courses
• Strategies designed to help you gain points faster
• On-demand lessons available any time, day or night
• Practice tests and drills
• A personalized online dashboard

Enter the raffle by filling out our Google form This raffle ends at 12:01 am on Friday, December 22, 2017.

Raffle link:

Academic Success Strategies: Winter 2018 Online Course

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Spring National Committee on North Korea Internship with Mercy Corps

DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  January 2018 –May 2018 (flexible)
LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  4 Months (flexible)
FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP: This is an unpaid internship
Mercy Corps responsibilities
For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:
  • Training and supervisory support
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken
Intern responsibilities
Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:
  • Travel to and from Mercy Corps HQ
  • Laptop for working remotely
  • Accommodation, travel and living expenses
  • All other costs associated with this internship
The National Committee on North Korea (NCNK), a project housed in the Washington, DC office of Mercy Corps, seeks a part- or full-time intern to provide research assistance; maintain the NCNK website; attend meetings on North Korea and regional affairs; and provide administrative support for the program.
Over the course of this internship, the intern will:
  • Gain a detailed understanding of U.S. policy toward North Korea.
  • Have opportunities to conduct in-depth research on specific policy issues.
  • Become familiar with new research tools and sources.
The Intern will support the team through the following activities:
  • Research and gather materials on North Korea.
  • Write or update NCNK Issue Briefs.
  • Attend congressional hearings, meetings, and seminars on North Korea and East Asia, and prepare oral and written presentations of content.
  • Maintain the NCNK website and update its events calendar on a weekly basis; help organize and transfer files and webpages for the pending website redevelopment.
  • Assist in the preparation and drafting of periodic reports and newsletters; proofread and edit publications.
  • Assist with planning and hosting NCNK events and activities.
  • Conduct fundraising-related research, as needed.
  • Demonstrated interest in Northeast Asia.
  • Either a graduate student or a well-qualified undergraduate; relevant degree programs might include, but are not limited to, political science, history, or international relations.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Fluent in oral and written English.
  • Able to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work with a team.
  • Must be detail-oriented, organized, and efficient.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Korean is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Experience working with website content management systems is a plus.
Apply here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

End of Semester Reminders

The BSOS Advising Center will not offer afternoon Walk-In Hours after classes end for the fall semester on MondayDecember 11th. Walk-In Hours will resume when class begins for the spring semester on Wednesday, January 24th.

Advising appointments are always available throughout the Winter Break, so please stop by 2148 Tydings Hall, call 301-405-1697, or CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment!

Don’t forget to complete your course evaluations at

If you are graduating, see information about the ceremonies at

Reading Day is Tuesday, December 12th 
Final Exams begin on Wedesday, December 13th and run through Tuesday, December 19th.

You can check your exam times and locations by going to Testudo and clicking on “Final Exam Schedule”

Mental Health De-Stigmatization & Wellness campaign

The Department of Resident Life is taking on an initiative to launch our first official Mental Health De-Stigmatization & Wellness campaign. The idea behind this campaign is to open up the topic of mental health, to encourage Terps to share their stories, and to work towards a thriving campus where everyone can seek help.

As we take the first steps toward launching this campaign, we are seeking individuals who would be willing to share ways they take care of themselves, how they have helped others, and success stories about accessing resources or opening up about mental health challenges. We will use these stories in a variety of written, photo, and video outlets and will contact contributors to discuss further how we would want to share their particular story.

The soft launch is scheduled to take place in January 2018 at the beginning of the spring semester. If you would like to share yourstory, you can access the interest form here.

Feel free to contact Dr. Leslie Krafft, North Campus Residential Case Manager at with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this campaign or process.

Apply to be a Consult Your Community Spring '18 Business Analyst

Paid Position on Campus with the Office of the Vice President for Administration & Finance

Opportunity for Students: Paid position
Office Assistant and Communications Support, Spring 2018
Position Type: On-Campus, Part-Time or Full-Time


The Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance seeks an energetic, highly motivated, and detail-oriented student to assist with administrative tasks and other projects as assigned. Must be available to work between 10-15 hours/week. This is a paid position.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

-Answering phones, greeting guests, processing mail, and other clerical duties as needed.
-Assisting with communications projects, including, but not limited to:
o Drafting documents, electronic newsletters, and other communications materials
o Assisting with logistics for meetings and special events
o Designing posters, flyers, and other outreach materials
o Supporting ongoing website projects for the Division (updating websites via Drupal CMS, writing
and editing website content, conducting research on website development and design, etc.)
-Assisting with special projects related to data management, employee engagement initiatives, and more.

Must be a current University of Maryland graduate or undergraduate student with at least sophomore
standing. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is recommended. All applicants with the requisite skills will be considered, butstudents with an area ofstudy related to communications, journalism, marketing, business administration, or graphic design are strongly encouraged to apply.

-Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Attention to detail
-Willingness to learn in a professional setting
-Ability to maintain a consistent and reliable schedule
-Discretion, and an understanding of the confidentially associated with a Vice President’s office

-Basic photography skills
-Knowledge or experience with website and/or database management
-Experience with online research
-Familiarity with MailChimp, Drupal, InDesign and Photoshop a plus

Please submit a resume and cover letter by email to:
Division of Administration and Finance
University of Maryland
2119 Main Administration Building
College Park, MD 20742

Applications and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.