Thursday, July 11, 2019

Summer Retreat: Uplifting Immigrant Joy

On Saturday, July 20th from 9 am - 3 pm the UMD Undocumented Student Program will be hosting the third annual summer retreat at the University of Maryland. This year we will be focusing on Uplifting Immigrant Joy as we acknowledge the need to continue to build community across immigrant experiences and how crucial it is to continue to have conversations about mental wellness, joy, and resilience. 

This retreat is open to current or incoming students (graduate students too) that identify as immigrants as well as alumni. This could include TPS holders, folks in mixed-immigration-status families, DACA recipients, first-generation immigrants, and currently or formerly undocumented students and alumni. 

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This years summer retreat will serve as an opportunity to play games outside, engage in conversation about Joy with leaders from the UndocuBlack Network, build relationships, and share a meal with peers from and outside of UMD, including students from Georgetown. 

This retreat is FREE, however, to ensure that we have enough food and materials folks must SIGN UP HERE to confirm their participation. I will follow up with folks who RSVP on 7/15/19 with final location details and the agenda.


Fall 2019 Internship, Security and Defense Policy with the German Marshall Fund of the US

Position description

GMF’s Washington, DC office seeks an intern to join the Security and Defense Policy (SDP) team. GMF’s SDP work comprises a stream of research and convening activities furthering objective analysis and debate on key foreign policy and security questions facing the transatlantic community. The team’s work spans regional and functional issues, from NATO affairs to energy security, including challenges and opportunities in Europe’s East, the strategic environment in the Mediterranean, and the role of Turkey as a transatlantic partner. The SDP program also supports the office of the Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy.

The job of the SDP intern is to work closely with GMF program and senior staff, providing event assistance, research, and daily logistical and administrative support. The SDP intern will also receive database training to help manage GMF’s contact portfolio. The internship will provide avenues to gain greater insight into the Washington foreign policy environment through contact with policy experts and access to various foreign policy events. 
This SDP internship is unpaid, but offers an ideal opportunity to acquire substantive professional experience for those interested in a career in public policy or international affairs.  
Key Areas of Responsibility:
  • Assist with program’s convening schedule, act as internal point of contact for GMF staff, and coordinate external communication with meeting participants
  • Provide and assist with research and office support to SDP’s staff and fellows
  • Administrative and logistical duties as assigned
  • Manage contact information in a CRM database, maintaining database integrity (duplicate checking, style guide consistency, etc.)


  • Full time availability preferred
  • Strong interest in transatlantic policy issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong attention-to-detail and multi-tasking skills; must be organized, committed, and responsible
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter
  • Ability to function well in a team setting
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Experience in event management a plus
  • Experience in database systems preferred
  • Fluency in English required
  • Second language skills are desirable, but not necessary
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Start and Length of Internship:
  • Preferred start date: September 4, 2019
  • Preferred length of internship: 3-4 months
Apply on the GMF employment website.

Paid Fall Policy Internship with Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

SIECUS is now accepting policy internship applicants for Fall 2019. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Policy Internship Application – [Your Name]” no later than July 26, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls or drop by’s please.

Since 1964, SIECUS has been advocating for the rights of all people to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services.
We believe that sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change. Our focus is on advancing comprehensive sexuality education as a means of building a foundation for a long-term culture shift that will positively impact all levels of society, particularly issues of gender equity, sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, consent, personal safety, and autonomy. SIECUS applies an intersectional lens to ensure people’s real lived experiences inform our policy, education, and strategic communications work.
All SIECUS internship opportunities are:
  • Offered for an estimated 20 hours per week
  • Paid positions with a minimum stipend of $3,000
  • Flexible in start and end dates, but require a minimum ten week commitment
  • Intended for current students or recent grads of both undergraduate and graduate programs

Policy Internship

SIECUS Policy internships are available part-time and full-time during each semester and summer in our Washington, D.C. office. Policy interns will assist the SIECUS team with a variety of activities including, but not limited to:
  • researching, monitoring, and tracking federal and state laws and policies impacting sex education and sexual and reproductive health and rights more broadly
  • supporting advocacy projects by: analyzing proposed bills, developing letters or position papers, drafting fact sheets and other collateral, identifying decision makers and stakeholders, and participating in outreach to allies and stakeholders
  • participating in coalition meetings on behalf of SIECUS
  • liaising with Congressional offices, including through logistical planning for Hill meetings and briefings
  • assisting with special projects as needed

SIECUS Internship Qualifications
With the fast-paced, never-a-dull-moment nature of our work, we are looking for interns who can balance both big picture thinking with precise to-do list checking. Self-starting, creative, and–most importantly, passionate–candidates are encouraged to apply. 
We also prioritize interns with the following qualifications:
  • Basic understanding of how the U.S. and state government works
  • Previous public policy and advocacy experience and interest
  • Previous professional experience in team and/or office settings
  • Superb analytical and writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills (interpersonal, organizational, and public)
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software
  • Commitment to the SIECUS mission
  • A sense of humor

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Student Assistant Wanted for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Office within ADS

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) office within the University’s Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) is looking for a student to work between 10-15 hours a week to assist the DHHS Manager. Ideal start date would be Mid-August of 2019 but may consider a September 2019 start. We are looking for a student who is very organized, takes initiative and has strong problem solving skills. Attention to detail, strong writing skills, and being comfortable with Excel are a must. 
While this paid position is specifically to assist the DHHS Manager, at times the student assistant may be asked to help support other functions within ADS such as the front desk and testing office. 
Job duties include but are not limited to:

Drafting emails and assignment details
Data entry in both Google Calendar and Excel databases
Assisting with scheduling
Assisting with captioning requests 
Answering phone calls/taking messages
Monitoring emails
Creating and mailing out documents 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Cassandra Lytle, DHHS Manager by July 19th for best consideration.

Increase your employability by gaining Data Science Skills with the BSOS 223 course this fall!

Fall 2019 Data Science for the Social Sciences Course -- Register today!
BSOS 233 Data Science for the Social Sciences
TuTh 12:30 pm-1:45 pm
Instructor: Brian Kim
*Must be enrolled in a BSOS Major, or permission of the instructor

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences wants to offer you the opportunity to gain important data science skills and earn elective credit. By building your resume with these valuable skills, you will become more marketable to employers.  

Course Description: 
An introduction to modern methods of data analysis for social scientists. This course emphasizes teaching students who have no previous coding experience how to analyze data and extract meaning in a social science context. Students will gain critical programming skills and learn inferential thinking through examples and projects with real-world relevance.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

International Study, Research, Teaching, and Language Scholarships

 Are you interested in conducting research, studying, teaching English, or learning a critical need language abroad? The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Boren Awards, and the Critical Languages Scholarship program provide opportunities in these areas. 

----Fulbright: Opportunities for research, study, and English teaching in 150+ countries

----Boren Scholarships and Fellowships: Longer-term (two semesters) critical language study abroad (summer only option for STEM majors) - for students interested in US Government service

----Critical Languages Scholarship: Summer-only, all-expenses paid critical language study abroad

Eligibility: These programs are open to undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students who are U.S. citizens.

You can learn more about these programs at an information session next week. Please RSVP to If you are interested and unable to attend, please contact us at the same address.

WHEN: Tuesday, 7/16, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
WHERE: 1130 Plant Sciences Building

Monday, July 8, 2019

Paid International Development Research Internships for Recent Grads

IMPAQ is seeking Research Interns who will provide support across a broad range of activities including data analysis, program assessments, project monitoring and evaluation, business development and proposal coordination, operations, survey deisgn, technical recruiting, project management, and other technical tasks within its International Development Division, in areas including, but not limited to: economic growth, democracy and governance, education, health, civil society, agriculture, food security, land tenure, natural resources management, energy, workforce development and child labor.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a part-time basis.  Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position
  • Provide operational, technical, and administrative backstopping for IMPAQ’s International Development portfolio. 
  • Lead literature reviews of technical and professional publications.
  • Contributes to the creation and maintenance of high quality institutional proposal material, including organizational qualifications, developing technical skills matrices, customizing CVs, creating infographics and charts, budgets, and contributing to technical narratives.
  • Support members of the ID team in creating customized and presentation-quality reports from data analysis results.
  • Support the ID team in writing, compiling, and editing assigned portions of project reports and portions of technical proposals. 
  • Conduct research, gather intelligence, support preparation and coordination of technical proposals, support international recruitment, and other Business Development-related activities.
  • Contribute to and advance IMPAQ's international reputation as a leading research, evaluation, and technical assistance firm.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, International Affairs, Political Science or similar field required.
  • Relevant field experience in a developing country context highly desired.
  • Relevant prior experience working in an international development for-profit or non-profit desired. 
  • Experience in proposal preparation, particularly for USAID, USDA, DOL ILAB, MCC desired.
  • Experience and knowledge of data analysis and data management techniques using SAS, SPSS, STATA, Access, Excel, and/or other databases is desirable but not required. 
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent oral and written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet critical deadlines.
  • Advanced expertise in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Foreign Language skills, particularly French, highly desired.
Apply on the IMPAQ careers website.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Fall Japan Chair Research Internship with Center For Strategic And International Studies

Position description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.


CSIS is seeking full time research interns to support the Japan Chair during the Fall 2019 semester. The Japan Chair was established to provide a venue in Washington for the study of U.S.-Japan relations and increasing mutual understanding. As Japan's role in Asian and global affairs continues to grow, the Japan Chair is charting a new direction to define a strategic agenda for the U.S.-Japan relationship in a bilateral, regional and global context. The current research agenda covers a broad range of themes including Japanese domestic politics, U.S.-Japan security and economic ties, and U.S. strategy in Asia.


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

•Conduct research on issues animating U.S.-Japan relations and U.S. policy in Asia
•Draft presentations, conference reports, event summaries and other materials for program staff
•Provide logistical and administrative support for program events and research projects
•Perform other general tasks to support office functions

•Must be at least a college junior, graduate student, or recent graduate in Japan studies, International Affairs, or Political Science with a demonstrated interest in Asia
•At least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
•Eligible to work in the United States
•Strong communication, research, and writing skills
•Ability to work independently and with a team
•Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines
Apply on the CSIS recruitment website.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Fall Public Policy and Advocacy Intern with Save the Children

Position description

The Public Policy & Advocacy (PPA) department is looking for an accomplished student to serve as a Public Policy & Advocacy Intern. This individual will support PPA’s mission to advocate for the most marginalized and vulnerable.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties) 
  • Contribute to information gathering, research, and analysis in relation to global policy processes, advocacy and fundraising opportunities.
  • Assist in conducting research on priorities and demonstrated interests of key decision-makers, such as Members of Congress, USAID focal points, and US government officials.
  • Write background briefs, talking points, fact sheets, policy briefs, and communications materials, including social media content, in furtherance of PPA objectives.
  • Assist in preparations and execution of strategic events, including internal and external facing workshops and meetings, related to Save the Children’s public policy and advocacy objectives
  • Attend both internal and external meetings and events and assist in note-taking and follow up of action points
  • Provide support on fundraising projects and proposals for the department
  • Provide administrative support as needed to the Public Policy & Advocacy department (scanning, mailing, copying, etc.)


  • Must be an actively enrolled undergraduate student or have graduated within 6 months of start date
  • We are looking for someone who has demonstrated interest, experience, and/or academic training in one or more of the following areas:
    • Global gender policy
    • International development sector, such as health or education
    • Humanitarian policy
    • Government Relations
    • Public policy
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and current trends in US foreign policy, and international development
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize and report on large amounts of information quickly and accurately
  • Experience in organizing and executing events, including logistics and promotion
  • Must be a quick learner, able to multi-task and switch gears easily, and able to prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, creativity, flexibility, and self-motivation; able to work both independently and part of a team
  • Experience in internal and external communications, including targeted social media in a professional setting preferred
  • Positive, can-do attitude and mature inter-personal skills
  • Possess strong written skills, solid interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Currently eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Please attach resume and cover letter

Literacy Internship with the Judge Alexander Williams Jr. Center for Justice, Education, and Ethics

Through the implementation of the Saturday Literacy Enrichment Program (SLEP), the Judge Alexander Williams Jr. Center for Justice, Education, and Ethics seeks to eliminate the literacy gap of emerging children who are functionally illiterate by creating a community in which reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking serve as the foundation for life-long learning. 

SLEP is a sequential, cumulative, and multi-sensory reading intervention program that will apply the instructional techniques used with students exhibiting specific learning disability to 35 children between the ages of 5 – 8 years-old attending Springhill Lake Elementary School in Greenbelt, Maryland. 

The Center is currently accepting applications for SLEP, with the deadline being July 22nd. To apply, please see the SLEP application below with the relevant information about the internship opportunity.