Thursday, December 14, 2017

Take a GVPT course over the winter term with UMD!

If you're looking for something to do over the winter break, consider getting GVPT major credit by taking one of our 10 courses being offered over the winter term! Winter courses are a great way to spend your break productively while advancing progress towards you degree. You can choose between required courses for the major (like GVPT201 or 241), or numerous interesting special topics courses (like Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation, or Inequality and Political Representation)! See the flyer below for more information on our featured winter courses.
Winter term runs January 2nd - January 22nd, and registration is now open. The deadline to register is January 2nd. Please note that winter courses are not included in your fall or spring semester tuition, and immediate payment is required upon registration. You have up until January 1st to drop any Winter Session class with a 100% refund.

More information about winter-term classes can be found here. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the GVPT office if you have any questions!

December or Recent Grad Interested in Peace & Security? Apply to the Scoville Peace Fellowship!

Job Description
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine-month fellowships for recent college and graduate school alumni to work on international peace and security issues with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and do public education and advocacy on a range of issues including arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, conventional arms trade, environmental and energy security, defense budget, diplomacy, and peacebuilding and peacekeeping. They may also attend coalition meetings, Congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, and media.

Qualifications

Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences; those with a graduate degree are also eligible to apply. They must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and to non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have engaged in advocacy as well as those who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.
See our video describing how the Scoville Fellowship helps launch careers in international peace and security at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CuQ08o-1po

Application instructions

Salary and Benefits
Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $37,200 ($3,100 per month), and receive health insurance, mentoring, a small stipend to attend conferences or courses, and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship. 
 
Application Deadlines 
Fall 2018 Fellowship: January 5, 2018
Spring 2019 Fellowship: October 1, 2018
Submitting Applications
See www.scoville.org for complete information and application requirements.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BSOS Students are invited to the Accenture Innovation Challenge!


This event combines a hands-on consulting experience with the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community. Freshman, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. 
If selected to participate in this multi-round event, you will have to use your analytical, strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills to innovate – and possibly help implement – solutions to real-world challenges that are faced by our non-profit partners.  
We are excited to announce we will work with non-profit partner, CARE International, and will be hosting Round 1 on 2/16/2018 in Arlington, VA. Click here https://youtu.be/10mA56iXPFk  to watch highlights from past challenges. 

Deadline for registration is January 8, 2018


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Enter Raffle for FREE Self-Paced Course from The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is excited to offer a free self-paced course (valued at $199 - $1,999 dependent on test type) to THREE lucky winners!

Our self-paced study for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT offers flexible, comprehensive online prep and study tools, including:
• Material covered in our Ultimate courses
• Strategies designed to help you gain points faster
• On-demand lessons available any time, day or night
• Practice tests and drills
• A personalized online dashboard

Enter the raffle by filling out our Google form This raffle ends at 12:01 am on Friday, December 22, 2017.

Raffle link: https://goo.gl/forms/mdig4t2haRkMn9262

Academic Success Strategies: Winter 2018 Online Course

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Spring National Committee on North Korea Internship with Mercy Corps

DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  January 2018 –May 2018 (flexible)
LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  4 Months (flexible)
INTERNS SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION: Program Associate
FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP: This is an unpaid internship
Mercy Corps responsibilities
For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:
  • Training and supervisory support
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken
Intern responsibilities
Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:
  • Travel to and from Mercy Corps HQ
  • Laptop for working remotely
  • Accommodation, travel and living expenses
  • All other costs associated with this internship
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  
The National Committee on North Korea (NCNK), a project housed in the Washington, DC office of Mercy Corps, seeks a part- or full-time intern to provide research assistance; maintain the NCNK website; attend meetings on North Korea and regional affairs; and provide administrative support for the program.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  
Over the course of this internship, the intern will:
  • Gain a detailed understanding of U.S. policy toward North Korea.
  • Have opportunities to conduct in-depth research on specific policy issues.
  • Become familiar with new research tools and sources.
DELIVERABLES:
The Intern will support the team through the following activities:
  • Research and gather materials on North Korea.
  • Write or update NCNK Issue Briefs.
  • Attend congressional hearings, meetings, and seminars on North Korea and East Asia, and prepare oral and written presentations of content.
  • Maintain the NCNK website and update its events calendar on a weekly basis; help organize and transfer files and webpages for the pending website redevelopment.
  • Assist in the preparation and drafting of periodic reports and newsletters; proofread and edit publications.
  • Assist with planning and hosting NCNK events and activities.
  • Conduct fundraising-related research, as needed.
IDEAL CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Demonstrated interest in Northeast Asia.
  • Either a graduate student or a well-qualified undergraduate; relevant degree programs might include, but are not limited to, political science, history, or international relations.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Fluent in oral and written English.
  • Able to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work with a team.
  • Must be detail-oriented, organized, and efficient.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Korean is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Experience working with website content management systems is a plus.
Apply here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

End of Semester Reminders

The BSOS Advising Center will not offer afternoon Walk-In Hours after classes end for the fall semester on MondayDecember 11th. Walk-In Hours will resume when class begins for the spring semester on Wednesday, January 24th.

Advising appointments are always available throughout the Winter Break, so please stop by 2148 Tydings Hall, call 301-405-1697, or CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment!


Don’t forget to complete your course evaluations at https://courseevalum.umd.edu/

If you are graduating, see information about the ceremonies at http://www.commencement.umd.edu/






Reading Day is Tuesday, December 12th 
Final Exams begin on Wedesday, December 13th and run through Tuesday, December 19th.


You can check your exam times and locations by going to Testudo and clicking on “Final Exam Schedule”

Mental Health De-Stigmatization & Wellness campaign

The Department of Resident Life is taking on an initiative to launch our first official Mental Health De-Stigmatization & Wellness campaign. The idea behind this campaign is to open up the topic of mental health, to encourage Terps to share their stories, and to work towards a thriving campus where everyone can seek help.

As we take the first steps toward launching this campaign, we are seeking individuals who would be willing to share ways they take care of themselves, how they have helped others, and success stories about accessing resources or opening up about mental health challenges. We will use these stories in a variety of written, photo, and video outlets and will contact contributors to discuss further how we would want to share their particular story.

The soft launch is scheduled to take place in January 2018 at the beginning of the spring semester. If you would like to share yourstory, you can access the interest form here.

Feel free to contact Dr. Leslie Krafft, North Campus Residential Case Manager at lkrafft@umd.edu with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this campaign or process.

Apply to be a Consult Your Community Spring '18 Business Analyst


Paid Position on Campus with the Office of the Vice President for Administration & Finance

Opportunity for Students: Paid position
Office Assistant and Communications Support, Spring 2018
Position Type: On-Campus, Part-Time or Full-Time

Description:

The Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance seeks an energetic, highly motivated, and detail-oriented student to assist with administrative tasks and other projects as assigned. Must be available to work between 10-15 hours/week. This is a paid position.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

-Answering phones, greeting guests, processing mail, and other clerical duties as needed.
-Assisting with communications projects, including, but not limited to:
o Drafting documents, electronic newsletters, and other communications materials
o Assisting with logistics for meetings and special events
o Designing posters, flyers, and other outreach materials
o Supporting ongoing website projects for the Division (updating websites via Drupal CMS, writing
and editing website content, conducting research on website development and design, etc.)
-Assisting with special projects related to data management, employee engagement initiatives, and more.

Qualifications:
Must be a current University of Maryland graduate or undergraduate student with at least sophomore
standing. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is recommended. All applicants with the requisite skills will be considered, butstudents with an area ofstudy related to communications, journalism, marketing, business administration, or graphic design are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required:
-Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Attention to detail
-Willingness to learn in a professional setting
-Ability to maintain a consistent and reliable schedule
-Discretion, and an understanding of the confidentially associated with a Vice President’s office

Desired:
-Basic photography skills
-Knowledge or experience with website and/or database management
-Experience with online research
-Familiarity with MailChimp, Drupal, InDesign and Photoshop a plus

Please submit a resume and cover letter by email to:
Division of Administration and Finance
University of Maryland
2119 Main Administration Building
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-6111
vpaf@umd.edu

Applications and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Pickering Fellowships for State Dept. Foreign Service Careers

Are you aiming at a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State?

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State. 

Deadline: January 18, 2018

**Members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.**

Pickering Fellowship Program Benefits:
  • Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service.
  • Up to $21,500 will be provided each academic year for two years for a Fellow’s tuition
  • Up to $16,000 stipend per academic year for two years for room and board, books/laboratory fees, and travel between the Fellow’s residence and university location
  • Two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships.
  • Orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at the Department of State.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.

Eligibility:
Only individuals who are United States citizens.
Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school beginning in fall 2018.
Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
Applicants must enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program, at U.S. based graduate institutions only, in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages) and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in Summer 2020.

Handling Stress: Tips from the Counseling Center

As fall semester reaches its end, it is normal to experience stress with the pressure of final exams and projects. The Counseling Center is here to help manage those feelings.Please view this special message to students as well as their tips to help reduce stress!

Spring Government Relations Internship with 340B Health

340B Health seeks an intern to work part time on issues that affect hospitals participating in the Federal 340B drug discount program. This internship will run from January until late April.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support Government Relations (GR) team in planning and coordinating outreach to Capitol Hill
  • Monitor legislative activity on Capitol Hill
  • Assist GR team in all aspects of planning Legislative Days which includes arranging Capitol Hill visits and updating schedules
  • Maintain and update materials for Congressional visits and government relations database
  • Perform legislative research 
  • Draft communications and perform outreach to hospital members
  • Assist with other administrative duties

IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Have a previous internship on Capitol Hill
  • Have a strong interest in the political process and health care policy
  • Have excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Have strong analytical, writing, and communications skills
  • Be proficient in MS Office
Apply here.

Summer 2018 Government Affairs Internship with Bechtel

Requisition ID: 200140

Under general supervision, provides support to project personnel in the areas of accounting, general business, finance, research, personnel, or related non-technical fields.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assists in monitoring federal legislation and regulations as they affect Bechtel's domestic and/or international business. Performs research and assists in the compilation of background information on specific legislative and business issues. Assists representatives of the Bechtel Washington Office as required with research on respective branches and agencies of the federal government and the U.S. Congress.

This requisition is for a summer intern position located in Washington, D.C.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

- Student enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university in –
- Business (includes Business Management, Economics)
- Mass Communications (includes Public Relations, Marketing, Public Affairs)
- International Studies (includes International Relations, International Affairs)
- Law School (includes Public Policy)
- Political Science

- Completion of at least 9 months of full-time university studies by June 
- Must be able to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship
- Must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen and background check

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

- Proficient in computer applications and operating systems
- Advanced skills in written and oral communications. If selected for an interview the applicant must provide two writing samples
- Knowledge of United States government and politics

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

- Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point
- Proficient research experience
- Previous internship experience
- Proficient written and oral communications skills
- Applicant should demonstrate teamwork, strategic thinking, problem solving, strong interpersonal skills, initiative with professional discipline, motivation, and the desire to continually learn.


Read more and apply here.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Analyst, Policy, and Supervision – Full-Time Job

The Policy & Supervision Analyst will provide analytical and administrative support for the public policy development process of the CSBS government affairs department. The analyst will perform various data and economic analysis functions in support of the policy and supervisory committees, work groups, and task forces. The individual will also assist in researching, analyzing and assessing federal regulatory and legislative proposals to determine the impact on state regulated institutions and state regulators. 

Essential Functions
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.
• Researches regulatory, legislative, and supervisory topics, proposals and studies, prepares comment letters, responds to specific data inquiries and requests from state banking departments, federal banking agencies, bankers, and other parties, and drafts and coordinates responses needed throughout the year. 
• Develops and maintains a range of reports supporting the data analysis needs of state regulators and the public policy development process. 
• Provides economic analysis to support the public policy development process. 
• Develops analytical tools and reports to inform the risk hypothesis and assessment process. 
• Writes regular summary of regulatory proposals and studies issued by the federal regulatory agencies.
• Coordinates with state regulators, federal regulatory agencies, trade groups, academics, and contractors on multiple projects.
• Serves as a facilitator and primary staff support for multiple committees and taskforces of the Policy and Supervision Department.
• Support the integration of new and revised regulations into the state supervisory process

Education and Experience
• A Bachelor’s degree in public policy, finance, business, economics, accounting, or another business or government related field. 
• Advanced Excel skills in a business, finance or economics environment. 
• Experience with a Bloomberg terminal, Qlikview or Micro Strategy, a plus but not required. 
• An interest in banking and financial services. 
• Work in a bank regulatory agency (national or state), trade association, or financial institution in interpreting, analyzing and assessing federal/state bank procedures, regulations, and statutes, a plus but not required. 

To view the full job posting and to apply, please log in to Careers4Terps and search the ID number: 167558


A. Dominick Events Fall 2018 Event Planning Internship

Are you obsessed with events, especially weddings? Do you plan your friend’s birthdays and love looking at Pinterest and event planning blogs? A. Dominick Events, based in Chevy Chase DC, is one of the premier event planning companies in the area and can teach you how to turn that passion into a profession. With more than 30 events per year, we are one of the busiest planning firms in the Mid-Atlantic. 

A. Dominick Events has a fast paced work environment and we seek talented interns who crave learning new skills and aren't afraid to tackle big projects. As an intern you will get to work with our staff, while working on real projects that will teach you what event planning is really about. 

Our ideal candidate is someone who is friendly and professional, someone who is obsessed with event planning and is creative and thoughtful when approaching assignments. He or she should also be ready to take great notes and open to learning the intricacies of planning high-end events. 

The office internship program runs from mid-January to mid-May and you are expected to work 15 hours a week in the A. Dominick Events office.

Class or work schedule preventing you from committing to 15 hours per week? A. Dominick Events offers a day of event internship to accommodate interns’ schedules. These interns work more limited office hours (approx. 8 hours per week) and assist the A. Dominick Events staff at all off-site events (typically 4 to 5 hours on evenings or weekends). The day of event internship allows you the opportunity to experience first hand what all of the planning results in and learn to manage high end events.

Both internship formats are paid internship opportunities and you will be compensated at $12.50 per hour.

Qualifications:
• Background/studies in Event Planning, Marketing, Communication, Management or other related discipline is preferred but not required
• Strong communication skills (both written and oral).
• Proficiency in Word and Excel
• Organized candidates with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
• Creativity and flexibility
• Strong problem solving skills
• Familiarity with social networking sites desired, but we will also train.