Friday, October 21, 2016

National Museum of American History Internship Deadline is Saturday, October 22!

Apply to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for the spring cycle!

Here are a few of our internship projects:
1.       Archives Center
2.       Curatorial Projects (Culture & the Arts; Work & Industry; Armed Forces History; Home Community & Life; Political History; Medicine & Science)
3.       Collections Management
4.       Conservation (Paper, Object, Costume/Textile)
5.       Lemelson Spark!Lab (working with youth 6-12yo)
6.       Wegmans Wonderplace (working with early education under 6yo)
7.       Museum Education
8.       Public Programs (Latino History; African American History & Culture; Music; Theatre; and Food & Agriculture)
9.       Development (Fundraising)
10.   Special Events
11.   Social Media (Blogging)
12.   Exhibition Design
13.   Human Resources
14.   Public Affairs (Office of Communications and Marketing)
15.   And many more!

All majors welcome!

October 22 is the deadline for the NMAH Spring Internships!  (

Be prepared to upload:
Transcripts (can be unofficial)
2 Letters of Recommendation (SOLAA will allow you to put your recommenders names and emails and they will send them an email notification asking them to upload the letter on to your SOLAA profile through a link).
Essay (min. one page – max. two pages) Should be a summary of all your experiences (academic, volunteer, internships and/or paid jobs) as well as your learning expectations for the internship.

Website Resources to help prepare: NMAH Departments (describes the role of each department and division) Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships

New Real Estate Development Minor

Undergraduates interested in careers relating to real estate and the built environment—such as architecture, business, construction management, civil engineering, historic preservation, local government, non-profit housing, public-private partnerships, landscape architecture, urban planning or related entrepreneurial ventures—can now complete a minor in real estate development.

The courses and minor are designed to provide students with an introduction to sustainable development while giving them a working knowledge of the real estate industry. They include a focus on the development process; the basics of real estate finance; urban planning and design; and the unique roles of government and the private sector.

Both the courses and minor will be open to all UMD undergraduates with a GPA of 2.0 or above, who are enrolled in any major and have completed ARCH 271/RDEV 250 with a C- or better, and can be a good stepping stone to more advanced graduate work. Students completing the minor will have a head start in pursuing a Masters of Real Estate Development at UMD: 9 credits for the Master’s will already be satisfied.

Interested students can find more information and an online application at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation's website:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Foreign Affairs, Defense & Trade: CRS internship information!

Interested in internships at Congressional Research Services (CRS)?
Engage in high level research on current events and crises for congressional staff and committees!

Office of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade at CRS
Information Session on Wed. 19 Oct. noon to 1 p.m.

Led by:

1. Senior Official Michael Moodie, Assistant Director for Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade;

2. Liana Rosen, Specialist in International Crime and Narcotics!

Learn about internships at CRS for students interested in foreign affairs, defense, trade, international crime, legislation and Congressional affairs--with skills in research, writing, analysis, etc.!

WHEN: 19 October (12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m.)

WHERE: Federal and Global Fellows Office, 2407 Marie Mount Hall

RSVP: (lunch snack provided)

The Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2017-18 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the past 5 years!!!

A Boren Program representative will make a presentation on campus this coming Wednesday, October 26 at 4 pm, in Marie Mount Hall Room 1310A - RSVP to learn more!

Eligible regions include Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2017-18 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018. 

*The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.*
The UMD deadline to apply for the Boren Scholarship will be January 25, 2017. You can learn more about the BorenScholarship program here:

The NSO has also scheduled a number of information sessions to help you learn more about the BorenScholarship and its application process. Please write to to let us know which session you plan to attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a note to the same address.

ThursdayOctober 27 at 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, October 27 at 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, October 28 at 12:30 – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, October 28 at 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall

All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is JANUARY 25, 2017.

VOICES Event with Marc Lamont Hill

Monday, October 17, 2016

Baha'i Chair Event featuring Prof. Rashawn Ray

You aren't too Late to Apply to Spring Break Study in Japan!

Education Abroad has extended the deadline for select winter & spring break programs to October 20th

Through meetings and activities with government officials, non-profit workers, students, educators, and small business owners in Tokyo, Sendai, Kesennuma, and elsewhere in the Tohoku region, University of Maryland students will learn how Japan’s experiences of disaster—both natural and man-made—have shaped society and government policy. Students will develop broad knowledge of global disaster risk reduction, management, and recovery; and will also develop deep knowledge of Japan’s March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.  Students will find that there are often no easy answers when it comes to disaster, but will finish the program equipped with foundational knowledge and skills to further explore the roles that they might play in disaster risk reduction, management, and recovery within their chosen academic or professional fields.

Students in this program participate in 2 weeks of pre-departure online and in-person coursework in the U.S.; 1 week of study and travel in Japan during spring break; and 2 additional weeks of U.S.-based online and in-person coursework, culminating in a Maryland-based service project designed by the students in order to share and apply in their own community what they have learned in Japan.

Students of all majors and all years are encouraged to apply: disaster affects all sectors of society, and students of all backgrounds can benefit from—and contribute to—this program. Regardless of your major, this program will give you valuable experience interacting with individuals from different cultures in an international setting, learning first-hand how to address real world issues and develop potential solutions.
To learn more about the program:
If you are interested in international or domestic careers related to disaster risk management and recovery, risk communication, social entrepreneurship, economic development, community resilience, or U.S.-Japan cooperation, this program will give you valuable experience in an international setting, learning first-hand how to address real world issues and develop potential solutions. Complete Your Application by Thursday, October 20th!

Debate Watch Party

United Nations Environment Programme Communications Internship

Posting Period:14 October 2016 - 28 October 2016
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The United Nations Environment Programme's North America Office, is one of six regional offices .The mission of the office is to assist in carrying out UNEP’s global program by fostering cooperation and building partnerships on environmental issues between the North American region and the broader international community.

To achieve this mission, the office promotes collaboration between UNEP and all sectors of North American society, including the U.S. and Canadian governments, the private sector and civil society groups and stakeholders.
UNEP North America Office Internship is for minimum of 3 months, with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Organization.
The internship is full-time and UNPAID. Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.

The responsibilities of the UN Environment Communications internship involve:
•Assisting the Regional Information Officer and other staff in the timely delivery of materials and information to members of the media and other key stakeholders
•Assisting the Regional Information Officer in the organization and preparation for special events
•Daily updates to social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter
•Updating the regional external web site and intranet pages
•Assisting with outreach campaigns and activities
•Assisting with development and production of quarterly newsletter
•Undertaking research for speeches and presentations
•Preparing advocacy materials
•Updating and maintaining contact lists of media, civil society and other UN Environment partners
•Distributing daily regional news report
•Writing memos and taking minutes
Core Competencies:
-Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
-Places team agenda before personal agenda
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client
Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; 

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Desired Qualifications:
•Background in environmental issues, international relations, and/or communications/journalism
•Social media abilities
•Design skills and knowledge of online programs (Adobe, InDesign, etc.)
•Excellent writing and editing skills
•Knowledge of U.S. and Canadian media desired
Work Experience
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date. Apply here.

Part-Time Job with Global Integrity for MPP Candidate

We are seeking an Independent Contractor to join our work in the role of Research Associate. This
part-time, contractor position will entail up to 15 hours of work a week focusing on the management of the Africa Integrity Indicators (AII) research, working closely with the Director of Partnerships and Programs, the AII program team, and an international network of contributors to produce, analyze, and disseminate high quality research on transparency, accountability, governance and human development issues. AII entered its fifth round of research in July 2016; this role will play a key role the research management and quality control processes. The role will begin as soon as possible, and conclude on April 7, 2017.
About Global Integrity
We’re a small team of motivated professionals dedicated to supporting progress toward open and
accountable governance in countries and communities around the world. We believe that citizens have the right to shape the rules that govern their lives. Moreover, when governance is open and citizens are part of the process, societies are better able to address challenges such as corruption, poor service delivery, environmental degradation, and persistent poverty. Open and accountable governance is fundamental to inclusive and sustainable development. We support progress toward more open governance through a combination of data and research, country-level engagement and global advocacy
Job Responsibilities
The contractor role will require work based in Washington, DC (at the OpenGov Hub), and will report to the Director of Programs and Partnerships, being responsible for the following:
● Recruiting and virtually managing teams of in-country contributors and respondents.
● Performing detailed, high-intensity quality control over the resultant data points (in the
thousands), including fact checking and editing.
● Providing capacity building, training, and providing detailed feedback and guidance to
researchers and contributors.
● Coordinating all logistical tasks associated with such research projects (including contracts
management, payments management, and deadline management).
● Managing relationships with assigned contacts, sectors, and/or countries of focus.
The person filling this position will have the
opportunity to learn about managing a key portion of the Africa Integrity Indicators work.


There is no cookie cutter ideal candidate for any position at Global Integrity. We are instead more
interested in an individual’s drive, professionalism, and entrepreneurial energy. For this particular
position, the following factors will strengthen an applicant’s candidacy:
● Excellent written and spoken French and English are required.​ No exceptions.
● Relevant first experience in journalism, international development, political science, and/or
related fields.
● In progress or recently completed graduate degree in a relevant area of study including, but not
limited to, journalism, public policy, international relations, comparative politics, or development
● Experience working on research and ensuring consistent application of evidence-based research
● Exposure to transparency, accountability, governance and development issues at the national,
sub-national, and/or sector levels is strongly preferred.
● Knowledge and experience working in Africa is strongly preferred.
● Resourcefulness performing online research and disposition to provide guidance to others.
● Experience and interest in project management, including tracking contracts, payments,
deadlines, workflow design, and virtual management of large teams of researchers.
● Excellent writing and editing skills, preferably with experience in both short and long form (from
blog posts to white papers).
● Exceptional attention to detail, ability to perform on tight deadlines, and proven ability to
communicate clear and concise instructions.
● Proven ability to set priorities, manage time effectively, handle multiple ongoing projects.
● A commitment to Global Integrity’s mission.
Our Culture
Our office environment requires openness, collaboration and flexibility. Our staff has an uncommon
diversity of responsibilities: from high-level strategy to online messaging to logistics issues; everyone
contributes. You will develop new skills in this job; expect to learn and adapt constantly. We are very
much a learning organization. International literacy and cross-cultural sensitivity are considered core competencies
Time commitment and term
The contractor is expected to complete the work assigned to him/her in no more than 15 hours weekly, which should be worked on-site at the OpenGov Hub (1110 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC, 20005). At times where needed, additional hours may be worked if agreed mutually in advance with the supervisor.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and set at an hourly rate. 
Apply here.