Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Learn About a Dozen Internship Opportunities thisThursday in Hornbake!

Be Employable: Ask a BSOS Intern 

Thursday, October 01, 2015 • 3:50 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Event Details:
• Are you too shy to address a question to a panelist when all eyes are on you?
• Would you like the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a BSOS student who has internship experience that interests you, or speed network and talk to each presenter?

Attend this workshop and GET YOUR INTERNSHIP QUESTIONS ANSWERED! 

University Career Center & The President’s Promise staff will introduce you to the many resources available to you as a Maryland student. The BSOS Internship Coordinator will answer your questions about where other BSOS students have interned in the past and what internships align with your interests. Other BSOS majors will share their successful internships in a broad array of organizations across the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

INTERNSHIPS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:

· Andalman & Flynn (Maryland law firm)
· Cornerstone Montgomery
· The Department of Justice
· The Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
· The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
· Montgomery County Police Department
· The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism – GIS
· Office of Community Engagement (University of Maryland)
· Office of Maryland Senator DeGrange
· Office of US Senator Mikulski
· The Republican National Committee
· The Washington Capitals


To learn more about this event contact Kathryn Hopps

Global Internet Governance Talk in Van Munching at Noon Thursday

Tim Maurer, Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation will speak at the CISSM Forum Thursday, October 1, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm  in 1203 Van Munching Hall.  

Tim Maurer focuses on cyberspace and international affairs at New America. His current projects center on cyberwarfare and the global cyber-security norms process, transatlantic cooperation on security and freedom in the digital age, Internet Freedom especially in the context of U.S. sanctions and export controls, and research on swing states in the international Internet governance debate.
He is part of New America’s Future of War project and currently serves as a member of the Research Advisory Network of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the Freedom Online Coalition’s Working Group “An Internet Free and Secure.” In October 2013 and February 2014, Mr. Maurer spoke about cyber-security at the United Nations and his research has been published by Harvard University, Foreign Policy, CNN, and Slate among others. 
 
It is open to the public (no RSVPs required) and is supported by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Policy Research. For further information about the CISSM Forum contact cissm@umd.edu 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DSAC Discussion & Lunch with Psychology Professor Nazish Salahuddin

DSAC Discussion & Lunch with Psychology Professor Nazish Salahuddin

The BSOS Dean’s Student Advisory Council will be holding our first Brown Bag Discussion with Psychology Professor Nazish Salahuddin on Wednesday, October 7th at 2:30pm! 

If you are interested in clinical or counseling psychology, research, internships, or just have questions about the field of psychology, please come to our discussion where we will have a complimentary lunch.

PSYC- Dr. Nazish Salahuddin
2113 Chincoteague Hall
October 7th, 2:30pm-3:30pm
*Complimentary Lunch Provided


Dr. Salahuddin is an accomplished researcher who received her Ph.D in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She currently teaches courses on cross-cultural, counseling, and women’s psychology and has experience with victims of discrimination and trauma. 

Dr. Salahuddin is a great resource of knowledge particularly in regards to the importance of research in the sciences here at UMD.

Questions: bsosdsac@gmail.com

START's Community Resilience, Engagement, and Dialogue Fellowship


Have you ever wondered how communities respond to terrorism or work to prevent it? Are you interested in working to prevent radicalization and violent extremism in communities? Then START's Community Resilience, Engagement, and Dialogue (CRED) Fellowship, a comprehensive, two-and-a-half –year, program designed for 4 undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, may be for you! 

Students will enter the program in the middle of their sophomore years, and the program will last through the end of their senior years. The program is designed to train students to work in homeland security-related positions, especially positions related to community engagement, community resilience, and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). 

Apply by 5pm on October 16, 2015. For more information, follow this link: http://ter.ps/9v0.

Rights and Justice Internship with Freedom House

Position Summary
Freedom House is seeking an Intern to assist the Rule of Law and Human Rights (RIGHTS) program team with research, writing, representation at external meetings, program design and implementation, logistical support, project and financial tracking support, and information dissemination. This unpaid, 20 hour per week internship is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Program Officer for Rights & Justice Initiatives.

Desired Qualifications
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Demonstrated interest in Freedom House’s mission;
  • Interest in rule of law, human rights, and democracy promotion;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times;
  • Proficiency with MS Office and familiarity with web applications;
  • Outstanding organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to maintain composure, flexibility, and a sense of humor under tight deadlines.

Select Duties and Responsibilities
  • Research and write memos on specific human rights and rule of law thematic issues;
  • Monitor trends and developments in international human rights and rule of law;
  • Prepare materials and logistics to support RIGHTS events and meetings;
  • Attend RIGHTS meetings, as well as other external meetings;
  • Some administrative duties.
Apply here.

CIA Military Analyst Position Appropriate for Recent Grad

Position description

The CIA's Directorate of Intelligence (DI) is looking for candidates with expertise and a deep interest in military forces, strategy and operations, technology, defense industries, and military history to serve as military analysts. These analysts support US policymakers and military commanders with research, briefings, and written assessments. They evaluate the strategic capabilities, intentions, and decision making of foreign national security establishments and non-state actors such as terrorist and insurgency groups, or assess the technical performance and tactical proficiency of foreign weapons systems and forces. Military analysts also examine political-military issues such as civil-military relations, regional security arrangements, arms control and nonproliferation regimes, military diplomacy, and peacekeeping operations.
Analysts also may choose to pursue additional studies in fields relevant to their areas of responsibility. Opportunities exist for foreign travel, language training, professional training, and assignments to other offices in the Agency and throughout the US Government.

Qualifications

A bachelor's or master's degree in international relations, political science, security studies or military history, preferably with a strong regional focus or expertise. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale is required. Excellent analytical ability, solid interpersonal skills, the ability to think about issues on a tactical or strategic level, and the ability to work under tight deadlines are also required. Competitive candidates typically have higher GPAs, relevant experience, and strong verbal presentation and writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to write clear and concise text. Knowledge of strategic and military operational concepts or intelligence analysis is a plus. Candidates must be willing to adapt to the DI's unique writing and tradecraft practices.

Application instructions

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more analytic positions. Please address why you want to work for the DI and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • Two different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic papers that focus on your current area of expertise or interests and are related to your interest in positions at CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.
All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.
To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.
Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.
Make a note of the position(s) that interest you, as you can apply for up to four positions in one application. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.
Apply here.

Boren Program Officer Position Appropriate for Recent Grad

Position description

Boren Scholars and Fellows study throughout the world, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
The Program Officer will serve as the lead for approximately 170 Boren Scholars. This includes managing the application process, monitoring and communicating with the program grantees, conducting program outreach, and facilitating review panels.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Applicant Counseling, Outreach and Review Process
- Serves as a primary contact for potential applicants, as well as campus representatives and interested parties. Responds to both general and specific questions and inquiries through email, phone, or in-person.
- Represents and promotes the program at conferences, on-campus visits, webinars, and other outreach opportunities. Works with the outreach specialist to coordinate his/her own schedule and travel.
- Reviews Boren Scholarship applications for technical eligibility; coordinating any required notifications to applicants. Oversees follow-up to applicants who have not submitted complete applications.
- Facilitates review panels for the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.
- Evaluates and revises applicants' program budgets.
Grantee Monitoring
- Serves as primary contact with Boren Scholars and advises supporting program coordinator on policy and communication questions.
- Evaluates and makes recommendations on all program and budget change requests, tracking approximately 2.5 million.
- Monitors and manages grantees, including grantee payments within IIE databases.
- Responds to emergency situations.
- Communicates with grantee home and host institution contacts (campus reps, deans, registrars) to explain Boren policies.
- Works closely with IIE's Language Flagship team to manage The Language Flagship Boren Scholars and manages the Boren-Flagship language testing process.
- Supervises temporary workers as needed.
- Responsible for complying with applicable contract and sponsor requirements and following all IIE policies and procedures.

Qualifications

Education/Experience:
- Undergraduate degree in related field, and at least 2 years related experience required.
- Program management experience including managing tasks and responsibilities in a complex, deadline-oriented environment required
- Experience with U.S. Universities, study abroad programs, and/or competitive awards required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to interpret documents such as contracts, policy and procedure manuals and write complex reports and correspondence.
- Ability to interact with all levels of staff and external contacts; sensitive to cultural differences when working with people from other cultures; and ability to exercise discretion on confidential matters and to demonstrate sound judgment in consulting with and keeping others informed.
- Ability to easily adapt to changing organizational needs and a fast-paced work environment; work independently without close supervision and as part of a team.
- High level of job-focused multi-tasking skills and ability to perform under pressure of deadlines.
- Ability to compare and evaluate possible courses of action and recommend or decide appropriate course of action.
- Knowledge of higher education systems and study abroad.
- Intermediate proficiency with MS Office applications including Word, Excel and Outlook.
- Willingness and availability to travel within the United States up to 10%. Valid Driver's License is preferred.
Apply here.

DSAC Student Faculty Dinner

Hey BSOS students! 

Be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 3rd at 5:30pm when your BSOS Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC) will be hosting the 9th annual BSOS Student Faculty Dinner in Riggs Alumni Center. 

The student faculty dinner is a great opportunity for BSOS students to interact with faculty outside
of the classroom and make lasting connections, as well as enjoy a delicious meal!

Look out for an email in next week containing an RSVP form for the dinner. Be sure to RSVP as soon as possible because spots fill up quickly! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Apply for the Maryland Internship Program!

The Maryland Internship Program is designed for students looking to supplement their academic course work with real-world experience in Maryland politics. MIP places 20 to 30 highly-qualified UMD undergraduate students in internships throughout Maryland state government. These internships provide unique internship experiences for motivated and talented students to work within state government. In addition to exposing interns to the governmental process, the program provides Maryland government leaders with research and other professional staff assistance. CAPC has already received a number of internship placement requests from Maryland state and local agencies, but strongly encourages students to think about and research offices that closely match their personal interests. This helps to ensure the student and the office receive the best possible experience.

To apply, click here and open "Spring 2016 MIP Application Due October 20th, 2015"

CIA Directorate of Analysis Diversity Open House

Friday, October 2 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Information sessions and mock analytic exercises; networking opportunities with CIA officers from all occupations; one-on-one consulting sessions, so bring your resume!

Click here for more information.

FBI Employer Networking Session

Monday, October 5 from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (General session)
University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Seeking interns and wanting to talk to UMD students about the opportunities!

Click here for more information.

Apply for On-Campus Interviews with Employers

Looking for a summer internship for a full-time position? Apply for positions and interview right on campus for off campus positions at the University Career Center!

Here are some positions with resume submission deadlines starting the week of September 28th.   



Log into Careers4Terps and use the job/internship ID to search and apply for the positions of interest.

Bound for Graduate School?

Strategies to Gain Admission to Highly Competitive Graduate Programs! 
Monday, October 05, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location: Prince George's Room - Stamp Student Union

All class levels (freshmen- alumni) are welcome to attend and gain tips on how to excel through the graduate school application process in a variety of fields (i.e. PhD, Master’s, MBA, Law, MD, PharmD, PsyD, MFA, Postdoc). As well as learn about scholarship and fellowship options. Our guest speaker, Donald Asher, is amazing presenter and expert in the area of applying to graduate programs.  He is the author of the bestselling book, Graduate Admission Essays. Mr. Asher is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the graduate admissions process. He is the author of twelve books, a contributing writer to the Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal (in addition to many other publications), and leads over 150 lectures a year. Donald Asher’s career biography.

If you are considering graduate school, this event will be well worth your time. Mr. Asher will take questions from the audience after the event!    


Law, Legal & Advocacy: Networking Night

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: Atrium, Stamp Student Union

The Law, Legal & Advocacy: Networking Night connects students with UMD alumni and employers working in a variety of career fields throughout the DC Metro area.
  • Expand your professional network with alumni and employers working in the fields of law enforcement, legal and advocacy  
  • Learn how to network and job search effectively in Washington D.C.
  • Market your skill sets and gather information on opportunities that await you
Professionals will be available to chat individually with students. Remember, over 60% of job seekers cite networking as the most successful strategy when gathering career path information as well as to identify job leads, so don’t miss this amazing event. Business casual attire recommended. Light refreshments.
***All class standings and majors are welcomed. Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior level students are especially encouraged to attend.***

Review these tips to make the most of the event! 

ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATING:
Law Enforcement:
  • United States Secret Service
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Supreme Court of the United States Police
  • Prince George's County Police Department
  • Montgomery County Police
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
  • Target- Asset Protection 
  • HHS- Office of Inspector General 

Legal:
  • Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement- Senior Counsel
  • University of Maryland, Assistant General Counsel
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • The Law Office of Miguel Palmeiro
  • House of Ruth, Staff Attorney
  • Venable, Associate Attorney
  • Skipper Law, LLC, Attorney

Advocacy:
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Maryland
  • UMBC's The Choice Program
  • City Year, Washington, DC
  • House of Ruth Maryland
  • Urban Alliance
  • UMD: CARE to Stop Violence

Department of State, Bureau of IIP Employer Networking Session

Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Looking for interns in graphic design, web development, user experience, video production, strategic planning, communications, and journalism!

Click here for more information.

Terportunity Carnival


Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 
Time: 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. 
Location: Atrium- Stamp Student Union 

Want to know more about the many opportunities Maryland has to offer?

Then come to the Terportunity Carnival! We know that as students, it can be frustrating to know where to begin when it comes to looking for ways to get involved on campus. But with the Terportunity Carnival, you'll have fun discovering experiential learning and employment opportunities on-campus. Come and find out more about opportunities such as study abroad, service learning, research, internships, and more! By participating in these opportunities, you'll gain invaluable skills that can translate into your future career. There will be snacks, games, and chances to win prizes, so come on out and have fun!

RSVP here!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Be Employable: Ask a BSOS Intern

Be Employable: Ask a BSOS Intern 

Thursday, October 01, 2015 • 3:50 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Event Details:
• Are you too shy to address a question to a panelist when all eyes are on you?
• Would you like the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a BSOS student who has internship experience that interests you, or speed network and talk to each presenter?

Attend this workshop and GET YOUR INTERNSHIP QUESTIONS ANSWERED! 

University Career Center & The President’s Promise staff will introduce you to the many resources available to you as a Maryland student. The BSOS Internship Coordinator will answer your questions about where other BSOS students have interned in the past and what internships align with your interests. Other BSOS majors will share their successful internships in a broad array of organizations across the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

INTERNSHIPS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:

· Andalman & Flynn (Maryland law firm)
· Cornerstone Montgomery
· The Department of Justice
· The Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
· The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
· Montgomery County Police Department
· The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism – GIS
· Office of Community Engagement (University of Maryland)
· Office of Maryland Senator DeGrange
· Office of US Senator Mikulski
· The Republican National Committee
· The Washington Capitals


To learn more about this event contact Kathryn Hopps

Spring 2016 Internships with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

DESCRIPTION
START offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of research projects and teams. During the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information related to the study of terrorism. They are versed in the critical questions tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and are mentored in a professional environment geared toward student success. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security scholars and practitioners through real-world research experience.

START’s internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. Each internship lasts for one term. Participants work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer. Our internships can be undertaken for academic credit, and this is highly encouraged. Interns participate in a program of enrichment and career development opportunities. All interns are required to work onsite with their research project staff. Because interns work directly with our researchers and staff on current research projects, the internship positions vary depending on our research portfolio.

Spring 2016 Internship Program Notes and Application:

Priority Application Deadline: October 30, 2015 (Please note that for some projects, this is the FINAL deadline. See project descriptions for more details.)
Final Application Deadline: November 13, 2015
Mandatory Intern Orientation: January 21-22, 2016
Final Day of Program: May 6, 2016
Questions? Contact internships@start.umd.edu.

How is Your Fall Semester Going?

Register for the October 7th Project Success Workshop 


District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) Research Internship Program: Paid Hourly Research Opportunity

The Howard University Transportation Research Center (HUTRC) is recruiting interns for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT)’s Research Internship Program. The program is managed by HUTRC and engages full-time students to work on specific research topics around the agency. The internship program allows DDOT to conduct research into topics of interest while also serving as a resource for students to acquire practical skills. 

OVERVIEW 

DDOT has started and is enhancing its data driven decision making process for curbside management. Interns selected for this project will be focusing on analyzing patterns and trends of curbside utilization operations. Example work will include analyzing big data regarding parking meter usage, parking citations, carsharing operations, among other data sets, in order to provide planners and operation manager’s feedback on the utility and effectiveness of proposed and existing curbside management programs. Additionally, interns will collaborate in developing easily obtainable primary data and proxy data to determine curbside parking utilization and turnover.

 Intern Skills: 

  • Undergraduate or graduate student (majors in engineering, planning, geography, GIS, public administration, political science, or similar) with interest or specialization in transportation 
    • Interest in transportation data collection and management
  •  GIS skills and basic statistics required 
    • Must have completed at least 9 credit hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level GIS coursework 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to display data in a clear and relevant manner 
    • Organized and able to work independently after receiving limited instruction 
All undergraduate and graduate students should have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and 3.5 respectively. The internship is scheduled to run from October 2015 to May 2016. The internships will be located at the DDOT office, 55 M Street, SE, Washington DC 20003. 

These are hourly, paid positions with a maximum of 20 hours a week with no paid holidays, no sick leave, and no overtime. All candidates are required to have basic computer skills and basic knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. 

To apply: Please email your resume and a copy of you most recent transcript to hutrc@howard.edu. Your resume must identify the position(s) you are applying for and include your current GPA. The deadline to submit ALL documents will be Friday, October 2nd, 2015. All candidates who are granted an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Winter, Spring, or Summer 2016 Internship with the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission

DESCRIPTION
The US World War 1 Centennial Commission was set up by Congress to provide opportunities to the people of the United States to learn about the history of World War I, the United States’ involvement in that war, and the war’s effects on the remainder of the 20th century, and to commemorate and honor the participation of the United States and its citizens in the war effort. [Pub. L. 112-272, Section 2(7), Jan. 14, 2013]

The World War I Centennial Commission is largely a volunteer-based organization. Our interns are largely our only full-time assets who augment our staff and hundreds of volunteers. Due to this unique structure our interns become the center of our culture and reliability in all activities. This provides you with broad exposure and a chance to initiate change in our organization. We will provide you experiences you can use moving forward in your professional life. 

We are currently looking for interns to assist with: 
  • Social Media 
  • Historical Research 
  • Program and Project Coordination 
  • Other opportunities available
Are you interested in Honoring, Educating, and Commemorating the Centennial of WWI? Do you have unique interests and skill sets that you can put to use with us? Opportunities like this don’t come around often. Does this sound like you? Would you like to join our team?

One of recent intern is quoted as saying, "Interning for the World War One Centennial Commission was really worthwhile - I got significantly more hands-on experience than many internships offer." We strive to have all our interns echo that sentiment as they leave our program and look for work in the professional world.

The position does require exceptional communication skills, both written and verbally (in-person and over the phone). We are still accepting interns for Winter 2016. We will be accepting interns for every semester (including summer) until Spring 2019.

Find out more about the position, and how to apply, at Careers4Terps

Student Resources

Now that the Fall Semester is in full swing, BSOS Advising wants to remind all students of the Student Resources that are available on campus. These services are here for you to make your student experience successful. If you have any questions about these, or other resources at UMD, come and see us in 2148 Tydings Hall.

Learning Assistance Services
2202 Shoemaker Building
301-314-7693

Counseling Center
Shoemaker Building
301-314-7651

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE)
1101 Hornbake Library, South Wing
301-405-5616

University Health Center
across from Stamp Student Union
301-314-8180

The Writing Center
1205 Tawes Hall
301-405-3785

Math Department Tutoring
0301 Mathematics Building
301-405-5047

Disability Support Services (DSS)
0106 Shoemaker Building
301-314-7682

Oral Communication Center (OCC)
0105 & 2117 Skinner Building
301-105-3137

Academic Achievement Program
2204 Marie Mount Hall
301-405-4736

Math Success Program
Oakland Hall Enrichment Center
301-314-6284

Honors College Tutoring
               
Division of Information Technology
1400 Computer & Space Sciences and McKeldin Library Help Desk
301-405-1500

Apply by Thursday to Study Human Trafficking in Thailand Winter 2016!

Human trafficking, while not widely understood, ranks among the most severe and lucrative of criminal enterprises around the world. During this course, you will be exposed to the consequences of and reactions to human trafficking in an international context, specifically in Thailand. You will spend your time in the Northern region of the country, visiting both Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Highlights of the two-week trip will include cultural excursions, speaking engagements with knowledgeable people on the state of human trafficking in Thailand, and volunteer work at the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre, an NGO that works primarily to prevent and to protect children and youth from being trafficked into exploitative labour conditions. Through these activities, you will gain exposure to and an understanding of human trafficking in a way that is not possible in the United States.
If you are interested in the topics of criminal justice, comparative justice, human rights, child exploitation, and victim advocacy, you will likely find this experience enlightening. Additionally, those interested in law enforcement, other first responder capacities, or with at-risk populations, will especially benefit from this experience - as a major challenge in the United States is recognizing the signs of trafficking and identifying victims. This unique first-hand experience will provide you with cues to aid in the recognition of these types of crimes.

Students participating in this course will travel to Thailand after completing preliminary readings, online discussions, and a pre-departure orientation.  Once in Thailand opportunities will be available for cultural exploration; however the main focus of the trip will be to volunteer at the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Subregion (DEPDC/GMS).  This non-profit, non-governmental organization provides education, vocational and life skills trainings, and outreach and leadership development in the northern region of Thailand.  Through the volunteer work students will gain an understanding of what trafficking looks like in Thailand.  I expect this experience to be eye-opening, not only to see the committed work of the NGO but also the devastating consequences of various forms of trafficking in this country.  

More information here.

APPLY NOW—DEADLINE October 1, 2015!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Think B1G...Think Orientation Staff 2016

Think…having a positive impact on thousands of incoming students and their families. Think…representing the University of Maryland. Think…bringing your strengths and energy to make our staff one-of-a-kind. Think…lifelong friends and a summer you’ll never forget.

Throughout the 2016 summer, you will work directly with the incoming students and their families, Orientation Staff members, administrators, department heads, deans, and faculty members to assist in the orientation and transition of new students to the university.

Staff members receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes summer housing, a summer membership to the ERC, a summer parking pass, a $3,000 stipend, $250 in Terrapin Express, and Terp Gear!

For more information about the job and how to apply, visit orientation.umd.edu. Applications are due in person at 1102 Cole Field House by October 2nd, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Study Politics in Argentina (Where it will be Summer) this Winter!

This winter, study local politics in Latin America from within. The political landscape of Latin America has changed dramatically in the last twenty five years, as most authoritarian regimes in the region gave way to democratic ones. In these democratic environments, political conflicts have increasingly emerged between national and local political institutions. In this course you will explore the tensions between federal and local politics in the third largest federal country of Latin America: Argentina. The seminar will combine class lectures, cultural immersion, and considerable on-the-ground interaction with scholars, activists, and politicians in the Pampas and Patagonia.

This program will take place in several cities of Argentina, including Buenos Aires, Neuquen, and San Carlos de Bariloche.

The program will be directed by Dr. Ernesto Calvo, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Government and Politics, a native of Buenos Aires. Highlights of the program:

  • Close interaction with Argentine local, provincial, and national decision-makers
  • Guest lectures by leading Argentine scholars
  • Opportunity to develop Spanish language skills and vocabulary important to social sciences
  • Hiking in the Argentine Andean region

The application deadline is October 1To learn more and apply, click http://ter.ps/wtargentina.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • GVPT358K Study Abroad Seminar in Political Science: From the Pampas to the Andes: Political Culture and Local Politics in Argentina
  • LASC369K Special Topics in Study Abroad III: From the Pampas to the Andes: Political Culture and Local Politics in Argentina
The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.