Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Interested in Public Opinion on the Iran Deal on Both Sides of the Globe? Hear from Experts September 9!

Recent Grad with an Interest in Japan? The U.S.-Japan Council is Hiring!

The U.S.-Japan Council is a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational organization that contributes to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations by bringing together diverse leadership, engaging stakeholders and exploring issues that benefit communities, businesses and government entities on both sides of the Pacific. The Council promotes people-to-people relations as crucial to a strong U.S.-Japan relationship.
The Development Coordinator position will have primary responsibility for administrative and operational support to U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) development activities. This position is in the Washington, D.C. headquarters' office, and provides direct support to the President and Senior Vice President for Development, as well as support to USJC staff directors of USJC initiatives in Tokyo and Silicon Valley and to the Board of Directors Development Committee. The Development Coordinator will interface with donors and related stakeholders. The position reports to the Senior Vice President for Development. The duties include but are not limited to the following:
Development Coordination Activities:
  • Work with Senior Vice President for Development and President to implement development strategies to achieve annual development goals for USJC (US), USJC (Japan), TOMODACHI, and the Silicon Valley-Japan Project.Maintain donor database, record-keeping, and ensure timely acknowledgement of contributions. 
  • Coordinate with Finance Department to ensure monthly reconciliation of donor contributions.
  • Support the Senior Vice President for Development in the creation of monthly and annual fundraising reports.
  • Support the design and production of development-related materials including website information, invitations, donor recognition, donor thank you notes, and annual report.
  • Track and meet grant submission and reporting deadlines in conjunction with USJC Finance Department and Program Staff.
  • Coordinate the gathering of information (budgets, materials, evaluation reports, etc.) to support contribution requests and reporting.
  • Track the fulfillment of grants with program staff and serve as an ongoing liaison to donors.Work with the staff team to implement events to support development, e.g., donor receptions and donor dinners.
  • Assist in organizing other events (public and invitation) to help promote USJC as appropriate.
  • Support the Board of Directors Development Committee.Assist in maintaining donor relationships through keeping donors updated on key USJC and TOMODACHI activities and programs.Identify, qualify, and prioritize potential funders for specific programmatic initiatives.
  • Compile background information and research on potential donors.Other duties as may be assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree is required.
  • Minimum two years of experience in development or related areas required.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with Board members, staff, volunteers, the general public, and donors.
  • Commitment to professional ethics in working with highly confidential, sensitive information.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, the ability to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities, and ability to work well under pressure.
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with the strong ability to successfully multi-task as necessary or requested.
  • Experience with the use of social media for marketing and development support preferable.
  • Demonstrated commitment to an organization's mission and ability to present, inform, and motivate individuals and groups about organizational mission and programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in English required. 
  • Fluency in Japanese language is strongly preferred.
  • Extensive computer skills, including intermediate or higher level proficiency with Microsoft Office (EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Word) and experience working with electronic donor tracking systems/databases.

Application instructions

To apply, please send CV (resume) and cover letter, subject line, "Development Coordinator." Review of applications will begin September 11, 2015. Preferred start date October 1, 2015.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Maryland Student Researchers Program

Learn more about the Maryland Student Researchers program, and review nearly 150 available opportunities by visiting our website at: 
The MSR bulletin board is designed to help undergraduates find research opportunities that are a good fit for their interests and qualifications, and to help faculty members find students to assist with their research project(s). The research opportunities posted on the MSR website typically call for students to spend around six hours a week working under the direction of a faculty mentor on that faculty member’s own research. Participating students learn skills and gain valuable experience that will enhance their graduate school and job qualifications. Most positions are for volunteers, some are paid.
The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research will hold numerous information sessions to assist students who want to use the MSR bulletin board to identify suitable research opportunities, and also to provide advice about additional ways to pursue research opportunities – space for each session is limited so please RSVP to with the date/time of the session you plan to attend:
Schedule for MSR Information Sessions, Fall Semester 2015:
  • Wednesday, September 2, 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 3, 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 4, 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 4, 4:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 8, 4:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 9, 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 10, 11:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, September 11, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, September 11, 1:30-2:00 p.m.
All sessions will be held in 2100D McKeldin Library.

Truman Scholarship for Public Policy and Public Service

Learn about the Truman Scholarship ( which honors President Harry S. Truman by recognizing juniors with outstanding potential for making contributions to the public good and to public policy.

The Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 toward relevant graduate studies, plus exceptional internship opportunities and other important benefits. Maryland nominees have won Truman Scholarships in 3 of the past 4 years!

WHO CAN APPLY: US Citizens or nationals (by March 2016) - Juniors, 3rd year Seniors - GPA of 3.5 or higher recommended - All Majors. ­ All candidates for Truman Scholarships must be nominated by their university.
To learn more about the Truman Scholarship and Maryland's nomination process please attend one of these upcoming information sessions:
  • Tuesday, September 8 from 12 noon to 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
  • Wednesday, September 9 from 3 pm to 3:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
  • Friday, September 11 from 12 noon to 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
  • Friday, September 11 from 4 pm to 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
If you are interested but cannot attend on these days/times, contact Francis DuVinage at to schedule an appointment.

Study Abroad Award for Pell Grant Recipients

Are you thinking about studying abroad or interning abroad in Spring 2016? Are you a US citizen receiving a Pell Grant (a federal need-based educational grant)?

The GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP provides up to $5000 for study abroad for students who receive Pell Grants. In the past three years more than 100 Maryland students have won Gilman Scholarships!

To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship and the application process join us on for a panel session with returned UMD Gilman Scholars and staff from the National Scholarship Office and Education Abroad. Food will be served!

The panel will take place Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00 pm, 3105 Susquehanna Hall. Please RSVP to

 If you are unable to attend the panel on Wednesday, September 9, we will hold four information sessions in our offices. Please rsvp to and indicate which session you plan to attend.

Thursday, September 3 at 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, September 7 at 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, September 8 at12:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, September 11 at 12:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Eligibility Requirements: US Citizens - Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - All Majors - Must be studying abroad for at least 4 weeks - Must be receiving a Pell Grant.

Application Deadline: October 6, 2015

Voices of Social Change - Angela Davis

Thursday, September 24 | 5:00pm | The Stamp, Grand Ballroom

Passport Day - Free and Subsidized Passports!

UMD Education Abroad and CIEE are partnering to provide free and subsidized passports for UMD students on September 10.

We believe in eliminating barriers for Terps to study abroad and want to help create access to important international experiences.

Limited availability so register today at

Questions? Contact Education Abroad - 301.314.7473.

Asian Pacific American Community Welcome

Friday, September 11, 2015 | 5:00-7:00pm | La Plata Beach turf (in front of Eppley)
  • Enjoy fun games and performances from our Asian American Student Union organizations!
  • Network and engage with our organizations to see who we are and what we do
  • Everyone is welcome to celebrate the start of the school year
Visit or contact for more information



Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship

For the 2015-2016 academic year, we are excited to offer the Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship to undergraduate students participating in fall 2015, spring 2016, and summer 2016 unpaid internships with government agencies and non-profit organizations!    

Bright Futures Fall 2015 Application Now Open
Deadline to apply: Monday, September 21    
The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid internships. 
Help us spread the word & please forward this email to your students!
Eligible Candidates 
All registered University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students returning to campus for the spring 2016 semester, who have an internship for fall 2015, are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors (December 2015) are not eligible. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors and to those who have not previously received an award. In order for a student's internship to qualify for funding support, it must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Unpaid on-campus or off-campus internship with a non-profit organization or government agency
  • Offered during the fall and completed by Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization
To Apply:
Submission Deadline: September 21, 2015 at 5 p.m.    

Erica Ely

Program Director, Internships
University Career Center & The President's Promise

The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship is generously funded by a grant from The President's Fearless Fund and receives ongoing significant support from the University Career Center & The President's Promise.


Apply Now for Department of State Summer 2016 Internships!

Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State Summer 2016 Student Internship Program. Please visit for more information about the U.S. Department of State Summer 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is October 16, 2015. 

Visit to view the announcement: U.S. Department of State Summer 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

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