Friday, February 24, 2017

Interesting Summer Internship for Students Interested in IR AND State Government

Maryland’s Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS), International Division, Annapolis
Summer 2017 Hours: 3-4 days a week 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (can be flexible with hours)

Administrative assistance for the International Division - Works closely with Director and Assistant Coordinator on day to day operations of the Maryland Sister States Program and the Governor’s Subcabinet on International Affairs. The location of the internship is Annapolis. The position is unpaid at this time. The internship provides the participant with hands-on experience and insight into the daily operations and substance of Maryland’s international affairs and government administration.

  • Drafting and sending correspondence, letters, memos, and briefings  
  • Coordinating calendars to schedule meetings
  • Organizing meetings and assisting in setting meeting agendas
  • Sending meeting notices via email and tracking RSVPs
  • Taking and transcribing meeting notes; sending notes as follow up
  • Organizing program contacts and files
  • Assisting with event planning and protocol
  • Updating existing and creating new program databases
  • Updating social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Participating in meetings with senior-level Maryland government officials, foreign delegations, and embassy diplomats
  • Attending off-site meetings and programs to represent the work of the Office of the Secretary of State
  • May assist other OSOS staff, including Deputy Secretary, from time to time

  • Third and fourth year university/college government majors with international relations concentration, or similar, preferred
  •  Familiarity with Excel and Google calendar
  •  Ideal candidate possesses following characteristics: flexibility, reliability, independence, good  writing skills

The Maryland Sister States Program, a program in the International Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, was established to provide a forum for the promotion of international cooperation and understanding.  Through broad-based citizen participation in a wide variety of exchanges in areas of mutual interest, the Sister States Program offers countless opportunities to develop partnerships around the world.  The Maryland Sister States Program was established in 1980 and currently includes 19 relationships in 17 countries.

The Governor’s Subcabinet on International Affairs is chaired by Maryland’s Secretary of State. The Subcabinet is comprised of the Secretaries and staff of state agencies (Commerce, Agriculture, Transportation, etc.,) with international interests.  The Subcabinet meets on a quarterly basis with the dual objective of fostering communication related to international projects and creating a strategic plan for the state’s international agenda.

Start date: May 30, 2017.  Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references by March 26, 2017.  A brief telephone interview followed by an in-person interview is required.  Contact: Ms. Mary E. Nitsch, Director of International Affairs, OSOS;; 410.260.3865  

Research/Administrative Assistant, Economic Policy Studies, with the Cato Institute for Recent Grad

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in DC as an Administrative Assistant. The position provides administrative support to a wide variety of scholars and tasks in a fast-paced environment. The position is primarily an administrative position but may include limited communications and research responsibilities.
Institute Overview:
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
  • Perform general clerical duties to include but not limited to:  answer phones, photocopying, faxing, mailing, document creation/modification and filing (hard copy and electronic).
  • Meet and greet clients and visitors
  • Resolve administrative problems by coordinating preparation of reports, collecting data, and identifying solutions.
  • Manage meetings, conferences and event logistics (e.g. reserve rooms, arrange travel, provide handouts, order lunches, prepare materials, act as point person on day of event, and RVSPs)
  • Provide switchboard coverage for the receptionist
  • Assist with, and keep track of, scholars’ meetings and travel
  • Manage and reconcile expense reports and receipts
  • Managing the website.
  • Work with the mailroom on large print job requests for papers and publications
  • Keep office supplies stocked, and local printers operational (including paper, ink), and deal with other technology issues (e.g. phones)
  • Gather contact information for outside people/organizations
  • Purchase books or other research materials for scholars
  • Ensure that the most recent research is on display
  • Managing multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts for brands including Regulation and, list-building and preparing email communications to allied groups.


  • A Bachelors degree in a social science field such as economics, political science, or public policy
  • A deep understanding of Washington-based think tanks and their staff is a positive
  • Will have basic quantitative skills
  • Must have strong organizational, project management and communication skills
  • Must have the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy, confidentiality
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and telephone protocol
  • Must be detail oriented and able to work well on a team
  • Must possess the ability to work under pressure and meet stringent deadlines.
Apply here.

Paid Summer Internships with the US Chamber of Commerce

The application for the Chamber's summer internship program is now available. Please click here for a list of internship opportunities. 

Please send your resume and application to and please note in the subject line the department to which you are applying. You may only apply for one internship opportunity. This year's summer internship program will run from Friday, June 2, 2017 to Friday, August 11, 2017, and the deadline for applications is April 28.

International students who are authorized to be employed in the United States are eligible for an internship at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  

Read more here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Program Development Officer with Relief International for Recent IR Grad

Location: Washington DC

Reports to:  Vice President, Program Development

About RI: Relief International (RI) is a home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. 

Position Summary: Responsible for providing wide range of support to both the Program Development team with research, communications, editing, external contacts, data tracking, proposal production, and other tasks as needed.
  • Support recruitment process of candidates for inclusion in RI proposals
  • Create, update, and/or maintain databases of consultants and proposal candidates
  • Assist in preparation of proposals, including, but not limited to editing and review of proposal narratives, budget preparation, and annexes
  • Conduct research related to specific program sectors, as needed
  • Research and evaluate potential international partners
  • Track and update potential PD opportunities and awards
  • Provide analysis of donor trends 

  • Bachelor’s degree –International Relations or related field preferred but not required
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and carefully review work for accuracy
  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to act independently to identify and analyze problems and recommend solutions
  • Must be able to work in the United States for any employer without requiring sponsorship
 Apply here.

First Semester BSOS Students - Send us your Grad Plans by March 1st

As a first semester student in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, you are required to attend a graduation planning workshop and submit a graduation plan by Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Without an approved plan, you will have a block placed on your record which prohibits you from registering for Fall 2017 classes.

If you submit your graduation plan by March 1st, we guarantee that your registration block will be lifted prior to your early registration date. However, if you submit your graduation plan after March 1st, there is NO guarantee that your block will be lifted prior to your registration date.

How to Complete your Graduation Plan

First: Attend an in-person Graduation Planning Workshop.

  • These are offered several times a week and led by BSOS Advisors and Peer Mentors to explain the process and importance of developing plan. 
Then: Turn your completed Graduation Plan in to the BSOS Advising Center in 2148 Tydings Hall by Wednesday, March 1st.

If you are currently enrolled in a BSOS section of UNIV 100, you will create your graduation plan in your UNIV course and do not need to attend the graduation planning workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact the BSOS Advising Center at (301) 405-1697 or visit us in 2148 Tydings Hall.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Paid Internship with NASTAD

Job Summary 
The Intern, Communications supports NASTAD’s Communications team in all internal and external communications activities. Tasks may include, but aren’t limited to, updating websites, writing copy online and offline platforms, scheduling social media, building eblasts, graphic design, video editing, assisting with project management, and document design and layout. 

Essential Duties 

  • Support the Communications team in keeping the organization’s web-based platforms (e.g. websites, blogs, and social media) up to date
  • Assist in the design and formatting of NASTAD products (online and print) and contribute to writing projects such as op-eds and blog posts
  • Assist digital lead with optimizing content and engaging audiences strategically for NASTAD’s online platforms
  • Follow trends and news on emerging technologies and social metrics as needed for internal review
  • Assist with project management, including scheduling meetings, creating agendas, taking notes during calls, and keeping track of deadlines 
Qualifications Experience/Education 
  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an accredited bachelor or master degree program, working towards degrees in communications, journalism, marketing, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position
  • One year of intern or professional communications or marketing experience 
Minimum Competencies,Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities 
  • Solid project management, research, writing, editing, and communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to take on multiple projects at once
  • Basic understanding of social media and online content practices, including an understanding of audience behaviors by channel and platform
  • Basic personal and professional experience in creating content for online communities
  • Ability to adapt to shifting and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment 
Additional Competencies, Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities 
  • Knowledge of document design and experience using Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite,
  • and/or Canva to create web-ready content a plus
  • Experience with content management systems (e.g. Drupal), email marketing tools (e.g.Mailchimp), social media management tools (e.g. Sprout Social), and basic knowledge of HTML and CSS a plus
  • Experience with video editing software such as iMovie a plus 
Additional Information Environment and Scheduling 
  • Able to commit to at least 15-20 hours per week
  • Intern will be paid $15/hr
  • We will work with candidates to recieve college credit(s) where applicable
  • To Apply, use form to submit a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should address: 
  • What experience do you hope to gain from your time with NASTAD
  • What unique talent would you bring to the team
  • Your interest in working with a national HIV and Hepatitis public health organization
  • Your interest working with and/or an understanding of communities impacted by HIV and Viral Hepatitis, such as people of color, men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender communities

  • Apply here.

    Paid Refugee Policy Advocate Internship for Recent Grad

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is seeking a Refugee Policy Advocate Intern who will assist the Advocacy Office in expanding its capacity to conduct outreach to the new Administration and the 115th Congress, on religious minorities who are fleeing persecution. Reporting to the Refugee Advocacy Officer, you will engage with LIRS staff members and LIRS constituencies, networks, and coalition partners. Located in LIRS's Washington DC Advocacy office, this a full time (40 hours per week) opportunity for a duration of one year with an expected start date of April 2017. The intern will be compensated $15 per hour and is eligible for full medical benefits. 


    • Communicate and represent LIRS's legislative policies and positions, with respect to religious minorities who are persecuted to Congress, the Administration, LIRS constituencies, networks, and coalition partners.
    • Develop written materials, legislative analyses, action alerts and updates to inform LIRS constituencies and networks in advocacy campaigns.
    • Track assigned issues, concerns and policy developments and report on these to the Advocacy unit and other LIRS staff.
    • Contribute to coalition advocacy plans and activities, advancing substantive policies while fostering strong and collaborative relationships.
    • Performing other job-related duties as assigned. 


    • Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners.
    • Bachelor's degree in a related field. 
    • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes. 
    • Ability to quickly master substantive subject matter, implement legislative strategies, and work independently and under pressure. 
    • Experience synthesizing and communicating complex legislative issues and processes to LIRS staff and coalitions. 
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to tailor persuasive messages to different audiences including policymakers, constituents and colleagues
    • .Ability to maintain and nurture collegial relationships with congressional staff, coalition partners and Lutheran partners. 
    • Familiarity with nonprofit advocacy work. 

    To be considered, please apply online and submit a resume and cover letter by close of business Friday, March 10, 2017 hereFor more information about LIRS, please visit

    Early March Deadlines for Fall Study Abroad Applications and Gilman Scholarships!

    Application deadlines for summer & fall programs

    Did you know that barely 10% of all study abroad students take advantage of fall semester programs? That means there is less competition for study abroad scholarships and that it is easier for students to find sublet housing when they return in the spring!

    March 1 applications due for:

    March 15 applications due for: Visit our website to learn more about all the ways to just go away...and study abroad. Click here.

    Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships - Applications due March 7th! Awards of up to $5,000 for:

    • U.S. Citizens.
    • Pell Grant recipients
    • Students studying abroad for 4 weeks or longer
    Visit the Gilman website for more information
    UMD's National Scholarship Office offers application support for applicants! Students can fill out the NSO interest form or Email for more information.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    M-NCPPC Position for Recent GIS/GEOG or ENSP Grad

    This position may be filled at either a Principle Planning Technician or Planner level. A Planning Technician plans, organizes, and prioritizes their work in the context of established standards under general supervision. In addition to this, a Planner performs professional entry level planning work involving limited responsibility and complexity. This position is associated with the intake and processing of various types of regulatory plans.
    The successful candidate will be required to review development applications for consistency with our submission requirements; identify problems and changes needed for applications to be complete; and work with developers, professionals, and the general public to identify and explain submission requirements.  Work requires the ability to learn development review procedures and become familiar with the county zoning and subdivision codes.  Knowledge of county geography and familiarity with the use of GIS are also needed.
    Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Ability to understand and apply a system of procedures and rules.
    • Organized, self-motivated and works well within a team environment.
    • Experience in the use of computer databases for entering and extracting information.
    • Ability to communicate with individuals on matters relating to permit/application processing and code compliance.
    • Experience with a variety of computer programs and applications for word processing, spreadsheets, electronic plan reviews, map production graphics, data entry or tracking systems.
    • Ability to work efficiently on assigned tasks while also providing general service to customers and responding to phone calls and voice mail.
    Examples of Important Duties:
    • Reviews submitted development applications for compliance with submittal requirements, accuracy, and completeness; includes applications that are submitted both electronically and by paper.
    • Checks and updates the department's application database and associated GIS layers that contain application related information.
    • Communicates regularly with developers, builders, engineers, architects, and attorneys to explain application procedures and submittal requirements.
    • Identifies application deficiencies and changes needed for compliance.  Prepares and disseminates detailed written review comments on application issue and discusses them with applicants and their representatives.
    • Calculates and collects application fees.
    • Performs various other tasks related to the Division's Regulatory Coordination role.
    Minimum Qualifications:


    1.  Bachelor's Degree in planning, architecture, environmental science, geography, or related subjects; and
    2.  One year of directly related work experience; or
    3.  An equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Apply here.

    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel

    Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: University Career Center, 3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing 

    Ever wondered what the Peace Corps is REALLY like? Come listen to some volunteers who lived it! Join in the fun and learn about the challenging, rewarding, inspirational, and hilarious moments from a panel of returned Peace Corps Volunteers. To celebrate Peace Corps Week, learn about the benefits, challenges, and rewards of service. Meet with multiple volunteers from different countries of service to have your questions answered and gain tips to guide you through the application. 

    To RSVP for the panel, please click here.

    Email with any questions.

    For additional information about this event:
    Contact Michael Maiden at