Thursday, October 30, 2014

State Department Human Resources Officer Announcement

The the U.S. Department of State is accepting applications for Foreign Service Human Resources Officer Specialist positions.

Click here ( for more information, and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs.
The deadline to submit completed applications is November 19, 2014.

Potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure they meet all of the requirements for this position, and fully understand the special circumstances involving a career in the Foreign Service before applying. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. 

BSOS Summer Grant Writing Workshop: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Are you a BSOS major and planning to apply to a PhD program in a social sciences discipline after college? Want to prepare a competitive application for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship that will provide an edge in admission and provide funding for 3 years in the program you attend? Associate Dean and Professor Carl Lejuez is offering a summer 2015 workshop to walk you through preparation of an outstanding application for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! This is an incredible opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Lejuez, who is an accomplished researcher and who has had great success mentoring students in preparing funded social sciences grants.

The application will be available soon, and will be due by March 15, 2015
Course Details:
BSOS388N-BL01 (1 cr)
Instructor: Carl Lejuez
BSOS Summer Grant Writing Workshop: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Day/Time: Tuesday 5-7 PM plus online weekly assignments (June 1-July 10, 2015)

Upper-level Undergraduate Interested in Leadership and Social Change? Beyond the Classroom is Accepting Applications!

Priority Deadline for Spring 2015 Enrollment: November 7th
Priority Deadline for Fall 2014 Housing: February 11th 

What makes you stand out?
…Is it your commitment to leadership and social change?
Internship experience? Community Involvement?

Beyond the Classroom is a three-semester program for upper-level undergraduates that offers opportunities to:

  • Explore civic issues that matter to YOU.
  • Engage in community service and civic learning activities.
  • Gain real world experience through competitive internships in the D.C. area and beyond!
  • Develop leadership skills for the non-profit sector.
  • Meet activists with visionary ideas for solving the world's greatest civic issues.
  • Participate in a seminar and documentary film series that addresses major global issues.
  • Work closely with faculty and staff to develop a relevant professional portfolio
  • Take charge of your education and go "BEYOND THE CLASSROOM!"

Take classes, complete an internship, engage in service learning and civic activism.  Live with other BTC students in our optional housing in South Campus Commons.

 Learn More & Apply:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mock Press Conference - Knight Hall

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Knight Hall : Herb Block Room

All are invited to a pre-election dialogue (mock press conference) with Beatrice Tignor, president of the Board of Elections for Prince George's County who is visiting Tamara Cooke Henry's Jour201 class in Knight Hall at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the Herb Block Room. Tignor comes with a wealth of knowledge. She served as both a delegate and a senator in the State Legislature, was chair of the Prince George's County Board of Educations from 2002-2006 and assistant school superintendent in the county.

For more information, contact:
David Guy Ottalini
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
1 301 405 1321

NOAA Hollings Scholarship - Environmental Sciences and Policy

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful sophomore applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with a hands-on research experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education project. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

The National Scholarships Office is offering information sessions for students interested in learning more about the Hollings Scholarship program ­ please write to scholarships@umd.eduindicating which session you plan to attend (if you cannot attend but are interested, write to the same address):

Tuesday, November 4 at 12 noon – ­2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, November 4 at 4:30 pm ­– 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, November 5 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, November 5 at 4:30 pm ­– 2403 Marie Mount Hall

For more information, or for assistance preparing a NOAA Hollings application, please contact the National Scholarships Office at

Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 30, 2015

Socially Responsible Investing Professional Speaker

On October 29th at 5 pm in VMH 1336, International Economics and Finance Society is hosting Michael Davis, head of the Institutional Client Group at Calvert Investments, an internationally recognized leader in the field of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). He will speak about his background, his role at Calvert, the unique approach the firm has to investing, and possible internship opportunities within the firm. Pizza will be served. Business casual attire suggested.

Math Success is Hiring Math Coaches

Do you love math and helping others? Become a Math Coach for the Math Success Program!

The application can be accessed at:

The application deadline is Friday, October 31 at 11:59pm. Please feel free to contact Chantal at or 301-314-7344 with questions

RSVP for the PSYC Alumni Panel: Careers in Mental Health!

PSYC Alumni Panel: Careers in Mental Health
Monday, November 3
Biology Research Building (BRB) Room 1103 6:00 pm-7:15 pm
RSVP at the following link:

Dr. Marilou Tablang-Jimenez
- Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
- Has her own Private Practice
- Medical Director at the Montgomery County Crisis Center
- UMD ‘80 – Psychology
- MD from De LaSalle University

Dr. Robin Toblin
- Clinical Psychologist in the US Public Health Service
-Clinical Psychologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center working with active duty service members with PTSD
-Research Psychologist at Center for Military Psychiatry
-UMD '01 - Psychology Honors and Criminal Justice
-PhD from University of Southern California

Pediatric Anxiety: Integrating Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Neuroscience

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.
1103 Bio-Research Building

Guest Speaker
Daniel Pine

The Human Rights Crisis at the Border

Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 4- 6 p.m. 
McKeldin Library, Special Events Room 6137

Structural Racism and the Root Causes of Prejudice

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 2 p.m. 
Stamp Student Union, 2203 Colony Ballroom

Guest Speakers
Phillip J. Bowman
Professor, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education
University of Michigan

John L. Jackson, Jr.
Dean, School of Social Policy

University of Pennsylvania

AAMC meeting on the new MCAT

Are you preparing for medical school? Attend the AAMC meeting about the new MCAT exam on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM in 0220 Jimenez. For more information, visit the

Game of Loans - Financial Literacy Workshop

Come tempt your fate with the Game of Loans, a premiere financial literacy experience where you learn to save money on your education and plan for financial independence. It will take place on Wednesday, October 29th at 6pm in the Terrapin Room of the Stamp Student Involvement Suite. Get answers to your questions about student loans, car loans, future home loans and more! This fun, Game of Thrones themed workshop is brought to you by SGA and MADE. Refreshments will be served!

Summer 2015 Research Opportunities for Members of Underrepresented Groups

For students who are members of groups underrepresented in Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Social Sciences research communities Learn about the hundreds of PAID summer placement opportunities offered by National Science Foundation REU’s, National Institutes of Standards and Technology SURF, the CIC SROP, the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP, and other programs.

All session will be in 2100 D McKeldin Library.
  • Friday, November 7, at 11:30 am 
  • Friday, November 7, at 2 pm 
  • Tuesday, November 11, at 9:30 am 
  • Tuesday, November 11, at 12 noon 
  • Friday, November 14, at 4:30 pm 
  • Monday, November 17, at 9:30 am
  • Tuesday, November 18, at 12 noon 
Space is limited - Please let us know by email to which session you plan to attend. 

Summer 2015 Research Opportunities

Are you a freshman, sophomore or junior interested in PAID summer 2015 research opportunities in life or physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, or social sciences?

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research is hosting brief (30 minute) information sessions to introduce students to a wide range of opportunities for Summer 2015:

For all students in the Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Social Sciences – Learn about the hundreds of PAID summer placement opportunities offered by National Science Foundation REU’s, National Institutes of Standards and Technology SURF, and other programs:

All session are in 2100D McKeldin Library.
  • Tuesday, November 4, at 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, November 4, at 12:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 6, at 6 pm 
  • Monday, November 10, at 11:30 am
  • Monday, November 10, at 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 13, at 6:30 pm
  • Friday, November 14, at 10 am
  • Monday, November 17, at 12 noon
  • Tuesday, November 18, at 10:30 am

Space is limited - Please let us know by email to which session you plan to attend.

The Atlantic Council is Accepting Applications for 20+ Internships

This Washington think tank "promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges."   Review and apply for their spring internship positions here.

Internships on Capitol Hill and in Annapolis: a Student Perspective 11/11

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 • 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Event Details:

Are you interested in an internship with Congress or the Maryland General Assembly? Hear about the benefits of these internships and gain valuable tips on how to find and apply for these opportunities. A panel of BSOS students and recent graduates who interned in a wide array of offices will share their experiences and answer questions.

Panelists include: 

Jenna Mason

Government & Politics, ‘14
Former Intern, Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
Press Assistant, Senator Lisa Murkowski

Anitha Mohan

Candidate, Government & Politics, ‘14
Former Intern, Senator Patty Murray (Washington)
Former Intern, Delegate Heather Mizeur (District 20, Montgomery County)

Edoghogho "Doc" Akonawe

Candidate, Government & Politics and Theater, ‘15
Former Intern, Delegate Mary-Dulany James (District 34A, Harford and Cecil Counties)

...more to be added! 

For more information contact Kathryn Hopps

Monday, October 27, 2014

Summer Internships with the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts!

Production and Sound
Application Due: November 1, 2014
Overview: The Wolf Trap organization is opening its door for Spring interns. This opportunity will give the intern experience in the setting up and running of a diverse concert schedule in the Barns at Wolf Trap. Check out their website for more information about the internship as well as their requirements.

Communications and Marketing
Application Due: November 1, 2014 
Overview: The Wolf Trap organization has made many opportunities available to those that desire to work in the field of communications and marketing. That department had internships available in marketing/social media, advertising sales/group sales, graphic design, web communications, and much more. If any of these peak your interest, be sure to check out their website to learn more about the internship and its application requirements.

Application Due: November 1, 2014
Overview: The Wolf Trap non-profit organization is searching for interns that are interested in administrative positions in donor relations and special events/rental events. These are full-time (35 hours/week) internships. Be sure to check out the internship information page to learn more about the internship and its application.

Education Institute
Application Due: November 1, 2014
Overview: The Wolf Trap organization is looking for interns that are interested in contributing to the planning of the educational programs for all ages that the Wolf Trap Education programs facilitate and promote. Visit their website to learn more about the internship and its application. 

CEPR Wants a Recent Graduate or Grad Student

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is currently looking for a full-time Spring 2015 Research and Outreach Intern. The internship will start in January and end in May.

The intern will assist with a variety of research, outreach, and communications activities related to the U.S. economy and domestic policy. This may include outreach to the press, advocacy organizations and Congress, along with some research on upcoming papers and economic opinion pieces. Other tasks include communications duties such as generating website content and tracking CEPR’s appearances in the media.

The responsibilities of interns vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will have the opportunity to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Qualifications: We are looking for a recent college graduate or graduate student for this full-time position. Applicants should have a general understanding of economics and domestic policy, and an interest in economic justice. Excellent writing and communications skills are required. Previous research, outreach, or media experience is helpful. The intern will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment and should be a self-starter, independent learner, and will receive limited supervision.

Stipend: At least $1,588 per month, plus up to $250 for health insurance reimbursement per month.

Closing Date of Position:  November 14, 2014.

To Apply:  Send cover letter, resume, and your response to the following writing prompt via email to

“Clip one chart from a recent report or media story about some aspect of the economy and, in no more than 300 words, explain why you think the information displayed is important.”

No telephone calls or faxes please.

English/Spanish Interpreters Needed for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Opportunity for community service! Paint Branch Elementary School is seeking Spanish-speaking translators to communicate with parents about their children’s academic progress. Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 11th. Volunteers are asked to sign up for hour-long time-slots between 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Volunteers can give the gift of any amount of time. This is a great opportunity to get involved with one of UMD's community partners! To volunteer or to find out more information, please contact Laura Russell in UM’s Office of Community Engagement.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 11th
Commitment: 1-hour shifts (8:30am - 4pm)
Location: Paint Branch Elementary School, College Park 

"Pay as You Earn" Public Comment Period on Student Loans Closes Soon!

The Department of Education (ED) invites the public to share thoughts and/or offer comments on the president’s proposal to expand the “Pay As You Earn” repayment program and to target this option to those borrowers who would otherwise struggle to repay their loans. 

The Pay As You Earn proposal would allow even more students who have borrowed Federal Direct Loans the ability to cap their Federal student loan payments at 10 percent of their income.  
ED will also accept written comments regarding additional issues surrounding Pay As You Earn that should be considered.

To read the president’s memorandum posted on June 9th, 2014, and learn more about efforts to help student loan borrowers manage their debt through Pay As You Earn, visit here.  The Department's official response to this memorandum was posted in the Federal Register.

If you are interested in offering feedback/comments, the opportunity to do so is available through November 4th and can be done in one of two ways:

Comments about these proposed regulations can be submitted electronically by clicking on the blue, “Comment Now” box in the upper right hand corner of this webpage.

Comments about these proposed regulations can also be mailed to Wendy Macias at the U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St NW, Room 8017, Washington D.C. 20006. 

Privacy Note
The Department's policy is to make all comments received from members of the public (including those comments submitted by mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery) available for public viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available.

The deadline for comments is November 4th.

Helpful Tips While Registering

The Early Registration Period is right around the corner, here are a few tips from the BSOS Advising Center to keep in mind before and while you register for Spring 2015!

Have you Completed your Major Benchmarks or LEP Gateways?
When planning your schedule, check your student record to make sure you are registering for your benchmark or gateway courses that you have not yet completed. If you have questions about completing this requirements on time, please make an appointment with your Major advisor. 

Registration Block:
A block is a hold placed on student records to prevent registration. Registration blocks may be frustrating for students who need to register for classes. Therefore, each semester, students are expected to log on to Testudo and check their registration time and blocks. It is the student’s responsibility to take appropriate actions to remove blocks in order to register on time. Please visit the Registration Restrictions and Blocks webpage for explanations of different registration blocks.

Credit Overload:
Prior to the First Day of Classes and Schedule Adjustment Period, students are limited to registering for no more than 16 credits. On the First Day of Classes this limit is raised to 20 credits. Students who wish to exceed these limits must meet with a BSOS college advisor to discuss a possible exception to university policy.

Time Conflict:
Students can obtain permission to take courses that have a time conflict in two ways: 1) Obtain approval from both of the instructors on University of Maryland letterhead, then bring both copies to the BSOS Advising Center in 2148 Tydings Hall; or 2) Obtain approval from both of the instructors and have them send an email directly to a BSOS advisor from a University of Maryland email account.

Prerequisites; A course which must be completed in order to take a more advanced course. It is your responsibility to check the Undergraduate Catalog or Schedule of Classes to determine possible prerequisites for any given course. 

Duplicate Credit: This is used to indicate two courses with the same course content. Note: students cannot receive duplicate credit. Be mindful of credit you have received through AP/IB or through transfer from another institution. Also, you can view the Schedule of Classes where courses are marked: "Credit only granted for", to see duplicate courses. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Excellent Paid Summer Internship for Sophomores & Juniors Who Like Numbers!

  • Are you interested in learning more about how data is collected?
  • Are you good in math?  Do you like to play with numbers as a way of learning about the world?
  • Do you have a strong academic record (at least a 3.5 GPA) so far in college?
  • Would you like to learn more about a career in survey methodology and large social and economic information systems?
If you answered "yes" to all the above questions, apply to the 2015 Junior Fellow Program.  

The Junior Fellow Program is a unique internship experience that gives you a paid research assistantship, plus educational benefits that can expand the horizons of what you can do in your career.
Junior Fellows will be placed at one of the Federal Statistical Agencies. Junior Fellows will be expected to work 40 hours a week (May 26, 2015 - July 31, 2015) on tasks associated with the development, deployment, and analysis of surveys. Each fellowship is unique and tasks vary significantly from cognitive interviewing to data cleaning to interviewer training to imputation to data analysis. In order to ensure a rewarding experience for all, we attempt to match Junior Fellows with positions based on interest and experience.
In addition to working, Junior Fellows will attend weekly seminars covering a variety of aspects of survey methodology as well as visit other Federal Statistical Agencies to broaden their understanding of and exposure to the Federal Statistical System. Finally, you'll meet graduate faculty of the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) and technical leaders in the industry who will answer questions you may have about advanced education and career paths.
Each Junior Fellow will be paid between $11.25 - $12.50 per hour ($4,500 - $5,000 for 10 weeks). Housing is also provided as part of the fellowship.  The application deadline is December 31, 2014, 5:00 p.m. ET.

Internship Opportunity at the Supreme Court

POSITION:  Internship in Justice Sotomayor's Chambers at the Supreme Court of the United States

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  November 7th (for January - March Session)
                                                    January 30th  (for April - June Session)

DESCRIPTION:  Selected candidates will have an opportunity to work as an intern in the Chambers of the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  It is a 3-month internship during either January-March or April-June that will involve working directly with the Justice and with her staff.  While this internship in unpaid, the student may be eligible to receive academic credit, if their university offers this kind of program.  The selected interns will be responsible for their own living arrangements and transportation to and from the Court.

·         A recent college graduate or college senior is preferred  
·         Legal training is not required
·         Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple assignments under pressure in an efficient and timely manner
·         Excellent keyboarding skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
·         Impeccable judgment and professionalism
·         Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with others at all levels of the Court
·         Ability to deal with the public effectively
·         Must be assertive, self-motivated, and detail-oriented
·         Must work well with others and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
·         Aspirations to attend law school and/or a commitment to public service are preferred
·         All candidates must have a driver’s license

RESPONSIBILITIES (list is not exhaustive):
·         Assisting Justice Sotomayor and Justice Sotomayor’s Conference Secretary, Scheduler/Personal Assistant, Law Clerks, and Chambers’ Aide, as needed
·         Escorting the Justice’s guests around the Court and Chambers, including national and international high level officials
·         Assisting with basic secretarial duties, including filing, photocopying, answering the phone, and taking messages
·         Prepare and distribute correspondence between Chambers and Court offices
·         Drafting, editing and filing of correspondence
·         Filing and cataloguing petitions and memos
·         Run errands outside of the Courthouse (a driver’s license is a must)
·         Preparation of lunch and meals for the Justice

To apply for this position, please send the following materials to
1.       1. Updated resume
2.       2. Unofficial academic transcripts
3.       3. Writing sample

4.       4. Two letters of recommendation

Walk-in Wednesdays: University Career Center @ BSOS

Wednesday, October 29

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
2148 Tydings Hall

BSOS students are welcome to walk-in without an appointment Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (last student will be seen at 11:45 a.m.). Students will have 15-minutes or less with a career consultant to discuss résumés, how to research a career field, networking questions, etc. This event is for BSOS majors only. Questions? Contact Crystal Sehlke,

Racism in Sports: How far have we really come?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Become a Better Public Speaker and Network with Toastmasters

Do you need an encouraging environment to practice your public speaking? You may easily find the support you need on campus, in College Park, or close to your home.  

Language House has a Toastmasters Club which meets Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., in St. Mary's Multipurpose Room. For more information, contact Shifra Erez.

College Park Toastmasters is hosting an open house Wednesday:

For more information and to RSVP email

If you would prefer a chapter closer to home, Toastmasters International has a “Find a Club” feature. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paid Spring Internships with SmithBucklin! Apply Now

SmithBucklin has four paid internship positions for the 2015 spring semester in Education Programs, Event Management (2) and Marketing.  To apply, click on the appropriate link to an internship announcement.  The deadline is October 31st.

Brief Survey: Chance to win an Amazon Gift Card!

An MPH grad student is conducting a survey study on texting and driving public service announcements (PSAs), and would love your input! For less than a 20-minute commitment, you could gain a greater understanding of your driving behaviors, while helping others benefit through an improved understanding of texting and driving, helping to inform educational campaigns and future research. However, there are no direct benefits of your participation.
Interested? Just click the secure link below to get involved!
You must be 18 years or older, an English-speaking undergraduate student at UMD, and a licensed driver.
For your time, you’ll have a 1 in 50 chance of winning a $25 Amazon gift card!
For questions, contact:
Samantha Watters
Graduate Student in Community Health Education, MPH
Department of Behavioral and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of Maryland, College Park

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Interfaith Engagement for Global Peace: Navigating Commonalities & Differences Seminar 6:30 pm

Beyond the Classroom presents a talk by Dr. Jing Lin, Professor of International Education Policy, University of Maryland, Thursday, October 23rd, 6:30PM-8:30PM South Campus Commons Building 1, Room 1102 (

Interfaith engagement—the act of reaching across religious differences and value systems in pursuit of cooperation and partnership—is essential for understanding and responding to many of today’s most complicated issues, from ISIS, to the Israeli/Palestinian divide, to debates on marriage equality.

Viewing the world from another person’s perspective is rarely easy, but working across religious divides can be particularly delicate. This free public seminar will investigate how knowledge of religious commonalities and differences is necessary for the pursuit of a more peaceful, prosperous world. More info at:

About the Speaker
Dr. Jing Lin is Professor in International Education Policy at University of Maryland. She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan. Her publications include Love, Peace and Wisdom in Education: Vision for Education in the 21st Century (2006), Educators as Peace Makers: Transforming Education for Global Peace (2008), Spirituality, Religion, and Peace Education (2010), and Transformative Eco-Education for Human and Planetary Survival (2012).