Friday, July 28, 2017

Paid Food Waste Data Analyst Internship with World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) seeks a paid Food Waste Data Analyst Intern 

The Markets Institute at WWF is a thought leadership platform committed to identifying global issues and emerging trends that affect the most critical threat to our finite planet - the production and consumption of food. Our goal is to increase the speed and scale of solutions that make a more sustainable future possible. We accomplish this by convening science-based, multi-stakeholder groups to build awareness and consensus around urgent issues and trends, and develop approaches to advance innovation and accelerate change at scale. Using multiple lenses to look at global challenges and laterally connect the dots, we empower partners with insights and documented solutions to avoid risk, stay ahead of the curve, and proactively drive change at the speed of life. 

Overview: 

This internship provides an opportunity for an undergraduate student to learn more about environmental sustainability, specifically food waste prevention and recovery, by working on an initiative that is focused on analyzing global solutions related to food system efficiency and consumption. The internship will work directly with the Director and the Senior Program Officer of the Food Waste program and will support ongoing research efforts and in-depth data analysis, with specific focus on the hospitality industry and the food retailing industry. This position will be a great educational experience and may help pilot interventions with private sector partners that attempt to find food waste prevention best practices. 

Responsibilities: Specific duties will include 

  • Analyze data from multiple sources including food costs, sales data (POS), waste disposal, composting, anaerobic digestion, and weights & measures from food waste pilot programs.
  • Create analytics and reports for the Food Waste team and provide insights and analysis.
  • Data entry, analysis, data visualization and management (Excel MS)

Qualifications: Minimum Requirements: 

  • Current undergraduate student
  • Able to commit to 10-20 hours/week for 3 months
  • Must have extremely strong proficiency in MS Excel, data analysis, PivotTables, and creating visual data presentations.
  • Tableau experience preferred.
  • Proactive problem-solving and good communication skills (written and verbal);
  • Strong research, and analytical skills, as well as attention to detail are obligatory;
  • Ability to work productively on both independent research assignments and as part of a team;
  • Fluency in English is required.
Location: 

Washington, DC 

Compensation: 

Paid 

How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page. https://careers-wwfus.icims.com/jobs/search , IN-18003 

Fall Social Media Internship with Subject Matter

SUBJECT MATTER is seeking a part-time SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN to join our Content Team. In this position, you will work with our talented team of writers, editors and digital experts to create and distribute targeted content to audiences across digital outlets and social media platforms. We are not looking for someone to fill a slot or to do mundane tasks. We want your energy and ideas. We want to hear what you’ve learned. We will have you working on our diverse client roster, and doing so will provide on-the-job training in non-profits, government and the corporate world. This role provides an excellent opportunity to learn how to cultivate storytelling skills for social media, understand the basics of digital media advertising and learn about the ins and outs of the creative advocacy business. 

Requirements: 

We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, eager to work in a fast-paced environment and wants to make valuable contributions to a wide range of internal and external projects. Sense of humor is a plus, and collaboration is a must. If you’re willing to try, we’re willing to let you try. If you have the best idea in the room, it will win the day. Applicants should work hard, be organized and come willing to learn. We are seeking applicants who are enrolled in a university program or have recently finished their studies. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Overall tasks will include but are not limited to:
  • Copy editing
  • Drafting and scheduling social media posts
  • Writing short-form posts for the Subject Matter blog
  • Summarizing news stories and research to inform communications campaigns
  • Creating social media influencer lists
  • Gathering and analyzing campaign performance data
  • Brainstorming ideas for campaigns and editorial content
Apply here.

Fall Fiscal Policy Internship with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is always looking for enthusiastic interns to join our team! We are a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public on issues with significant fiscal policy impact. Our bipartisan leadership comprises some of the nation's leading budget experts, including many past heads of the House and Senate Budget Committees, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, and the Federal Reserve Board. 

We welcome applications from highly motivated undergraduate or graduate students year-round, though interns typically work for one semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Interns may work full-time, or part-time while attending classes in the DC area. Interns work as a full member of our policy team, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects according to their specific interest. 

Responsibilities 

  • Conduct research on taxes, entitlement programs, budgetary policy, and the economy;
  • Contribute to daily blog entries on http://crfb.org/blog ;
  • Attend and brief CRFB staff on high-level policy discussions and events;
  • Contribute to press releases, policy papers, and op-eds;
  • Maintain and update the website;
  • Track budget-related news;
  • Other tasks as assigned.
Qualifications 
  • Enrollment in or recent completion of an undergraduate or graduate program;
  • Interest in fiscal policy and budgetary & economic issues;
  • Proven research and analytical skills;
  • Strong writing and editing skills;
  • Familiarity with internet research tools;
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment;
  • Be a flexible and enthusiastic team player.
Application Process 

E-mail resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (no more than six pages) to internship@crfb.org . No phone calls, please. When applying, please write "Intern Application" in the subject line, along with the term you are applying for (e.g., Spring 2017). 

Fall Internship with the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Responsibilities
Interns will provide crucial assistance to SQCC’s conferences, events, and outreach activities, and will provide administrative support to SQCC staff. This internship offers a unique opportunity to participate in the organization’s core outreach mission.
Outreach
  • Assist in efforts to promote Omani culture through assisting with the design and implementation of public events, teacher workshops, and other outreach activities
  • Photograph SQCC events for website and social media
  • Maintain SQCC mailing list
Research and writing
  • Conduct research and write entries for the Indian Ocean in World History website (www.indianoceanhistory.org), a K-12 teacher resource
Website and social media
  • Write content for website and contribute to social media accounts
  • Work to maximize SQCC’s reach online, through increased website traffic and social media reach
Design
  • Help design flyers, booklets, and invitationsRequired skillsApplicants should have strong research, writing, and interpersonal skills, as well as familiarity with the Arab World. Prior experience in research, event planning, communications, and/or office management is preferred.Basic photography skills.Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is essential.
Desired skills
  • Familiarity with Oman
  • Photoshop skills

preferred
  • Arabic language ability
  • General graphic design skills preferred

More information
The internship is based in Washington, DC.Interns will receive a stipend. Please note that candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.Applicants must be fluent English speakers.Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates are eligible.Candidates with full-time availability are preferred, though part-time schedules will be considered.
Important
  • SQCC is not responsible for arranging accommodations or facilitating visa applications for applicants.
  • SQCC will contact only those candidates who are extended an interview.

To apply
Applications are accepted and reviewed on an on-going basis. Final deadline to apply is August 6. Please apply a subject line “Internship Application—Full Name.” Each application should have all necessary documents attached as a single PDF. This single PDF should be uploaded under "Resume" for indeed.
  • Cover letter, including availability
  • Resume
  • List of three references
  • Brief writing sample (no more than four pages, an excerpt is fine)
Please direct any questions about the SQCC internship to our contact us link on www.sqcc.org
About SQCC
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is dedicated to educating the peoples of the United States and Oman about the breadth and richness of our two cultures. SQCC promotes mutual respect and understanding between our nations and strives to educate a new generation of culturally sensitive and knowledgeable citizens in each society. Through outreach programs, scholarships, lectures, educational resources, cultural partnerships, and our Cultural Center in Washington, DC, SQCC brings the culture, history, and heritage of our nations to audiences in the US and abroad.

Fall Policy & Advocacy Internship with Mercy Corps

DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  August – December 2017 (flexible)
LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  4 months at 30 hours/week
INTERNS SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION: Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP:
For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:
  • $75/month travel stipend to offset weekly transportation costs
  • Workstation with computer and internet
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Mercy Corps works in fragile and conflict-affected countries, often where communities are recovering from disaster, conflict, or economic collapse.  With programs in more than 40 countries, and an annual budget of more than $400 million, Mercy Corps is one of the largest relief and development NGOs in the US.
The Mercy Corps Policy and Advocacy team serves as the main interface between Mercy Corps and external partners (particularly the US government) on issues of policy.  The team seeks to advance Mercy Corps’ values and interests by promoting policies that support our mission. We work to inform and shape policy in a number of ways, including:
  • Congressional Advocacy: direct meetings with key congressional offices, participation in briefings and hearings, review and commenting on draft legislation, active participation in discussions related to the foreign aid budget, and linking Members of Congress who are travelling with our teams in the field.
  • Administration Advocacy: meetings with Administration officials, ongoing communication with key partner agencies in the USG, participation in joint consultations and briefings together with partner NGOs in DC.
  • Joint work with NGO partners: active participation in Interaction working groups and other coalition efforts organized in DC on priority issues or countries for Mercy Corps, drafting of joint documents, organizing joint lobby days on Capitol Hill.
  • Organizing DC visits for visiting Mercy Corps field staff: scheduling meetings for visiting staff and accompanying them to ensure adequate preparation and follow up to these visits.
  • Publications: preparing and disseminating policy briefs on key issues, circulating information on Mercy Corps programs to key policy makers, participating in joint documents and sign-ons with other NGOs, working with field staff to draft joint articles on policy-related issues for publication. 
The intern(s) will support and participate in the work of the Policy and Advocacy team.  Areas of focus may include:
  • Response to humanitarian crises in Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan
  • Support the team’s strategic analysis and advance agency priorities with Congress and the Administration
  • Improving aid effectiveness in fragile environments, including limiting the securitization of US foreign aid
  • Promoting effective food security policies and food aid reform, including implementation of the Global Food Security Act and USAID’s resilience agenda
  • Defending foreign aid budgets in an era of fiscal austerity
  • Country/region-specific priorities (e.g. Syria, Iraq, the Lake Chad Basin) or other policy team or agency priorities, such as engaging with Mercy Corps’ global team
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Understanding the linkage between international policy, programming and outcomes in the humanitarian and development field
  • Understanding core elements of the US policy process, including the roles of Congress, USAID, State, and the White House in development policy-making
  • Knowledge of key qualitative and quantitative resources related to US development policy
  • Understanding specific policy issues, as listed above, or according to the interests of the intern
DELIVERABLES:
The Intern will support the PA team through the following activities:
  1. Conduct policy and practice research in support of Mercy Corps advocacy initiatives
  2. Assist in drafting advocacy documents such as reports, briefing notes, talking points, ‘Dear Colleague’ letters, or factsheets on relevant policy issues
  3. Attend meetings and hearings of interest to Mercy Corps and report back on key issues
  4. Assist in organizing meetings with Congressional offices, Administration officials, and other contacts, and in maintaining a database of key interactions
  5. Review external and internal reports and publications and summarize relevant findings
  6. Assist in communicating policy and advocacy updates to the broader Mercy Corps community through Mercy Corps’ intranet system, weekly newsletter, and website
APPLICATION PROCESS:
Students interested in this internship should submit a resume and a cover letter.  In your letter, you are encouraged to discuss any experiences related relevant to the projects outlined.  You may wish to describe your career interests (specifically as they relate to policy and advocacy, humanitarian aid, or development) and discuss your previous work and educational experiences demonstrating these interests.  A short additional writing sample (under five pages) is also acceptable, but not required. 
IDEAL CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:
The Policy and Advocacy is seeking an intern to support the breadth of the team’s portfolio.  If qualified, the intern may have the opportunity to specialize in one or more areas, though engagement in all areas will be expected. 
All interns should have the following core qualifications: 
  • Interest in humanitarian and development issues and policy and advocacy
  • Demonstrated solid writing, editing and researching skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment
  • Solid computer skills:  must be able to work effectively and accurately with MS Word, Excel, Google applications, and email.
  • Flexible work attitude: able to work productively in a team environment and independently
Potential qualifications for portfolio-specific interests are below (not required, but preferred):
  • Previous Capitol Hill experience or knowledge of Congressional processes
  • Other specific thematic expertise in any of the areas of focus listed above 
Mercy Corps interns and volunteers represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Click here to apply and to view other Mercy Corps internship announcements.

Bridging Voices Project Coordinator Job with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office for Recent Grad

The Bridging Voices Project Coordinator will oversee the management and upkeep of the Bridging Voices: Next Generation online and in-person network and provide administrative and logistical project support to the Bridging Voices Project Manager. Bridging Voices: Next Generation is a three-year program funded by the Henry R. Luce Foundation. The Project Coordinator will support a grant-making program which seeks to address the future of religion in the public square in the US and UK, while also supporting a network of experts, practitioners, policymakers and academics working in the religion and international affairs space. 
Duties & Responsibilities:
• Set up, plan and manage the online platform for the Bridging Voices: Next Generation Network
• Recruit and manage members of the Bridging Voices: Next Generation Network
• Manage the Network’s activities, including organizing webinars, workshops, conference calls, online debates, and more
• Support the project manager through administrative tasks such as setting up meetings, updating contact lists, collecting information and data, booking travel, and more
• Support the project manager in event management and delivery, such as booking venues, negotiating contracts, planning and organizing speakers, booking travel and more
• Support the project manager in the management of the grants program, aiding in the selection process, contract management, grant management and grantee communications
• Support the project manager in the dissemination, collection and analysis of project evaluation
• Support the project manager in internal and external communications for the project
• Support the project manager in interim and final reporting the Henry R. Luce Foundation
Essential qualifications and experience  
  • Previous project coordination experience
  • Previous basic finance experience
  • Previous events management experience
  • Previous administrative experience
  • Previous experience working with diverse stakeholders, including universities, NGOs, think tanks, research institutions and government entities
  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, religious studies, political science or sociology

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.
*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas.
Required competencies  

Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Apply here by 9 August 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Apply Now for International Monitoring & Evaluation Internship with World Vision Inc.

WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING RESUMES FOR FALL 2017 INTERNSHIPS

(We will begin reviewing resumes July 18th and close the application process on August 4th)

Is your Global Studies or International Development coursework fueling your passion for helping with issues of global poverty?  The World Vision Internship program is looking for interns with: passion, ambition, and a desire to put their skills into practice in their area of interest.

In return, we will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of how a large non-profit functions. You will receive support and mentorship from World Vision management and team leaders. You will have the opportunity for networking and informational interviews with staff at all levels, which can possibly help you in determining future career paths. You will be part of a dynamic departmental team, attend appropriate departmental meetings, and other activities that will be enhancing our team capacity to better serve children worldwide!

  • Note - interns will not have the opportunity to travel internationally.
Required Skills

The Program Effectiveness and Integration teams are looking for interns who have:

Taken relevant courses in International Relations, International Development, International Education, International Economics or Program Analysis

An understanding or interest in monitoring and program evaluation

Data Analysis skills and exposure to statistical programs

An interest in conducting research and writing literature reviews related to humanitarian issues

Required Experience

Excellent writing and research skills

Apply here.

Paid Fall Communications Internship with First Focus

Communications Intern
The Communications Intern works with the communications team to support communications efforts related to our federal policy agenda. College students with a concentration in communications, public relations, and an interest in children’s advocacy are encouraged to apply.
This is a paid, part-time position based in Washington, D.C. and requires a minimum of 20 hours per week. First Focus will work with the student and university to ensure any necessary paperwork and evaluations are completed as part of a student’s internship program curriculum. Flexible scheduling.
Responsibilities
  • Media pitching
  • Researching ideas and writing posts for Voices for Kids, the First Focus blog
  • Supporting digital advocacy activities
  • Drafting emails and other outreach materials
  • Special events assistance and support
  • Copy-editing and formatting documents
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • An interest in policy that supports children and families
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A self-starter; willing to seek out opportunities
  • Familiarity with social media and third-party digital advocacy tools
DEADLINE: July 31st
Job Type: Internship
Salary: $11.50 /hour
HOW TO APPLY
Email cover letter, resume, and three kinds of writing samples (blog post, published news piece and/or social media content) to Meg Biallas at megb@firstfocus.org. Please specify “First Focus Communications Intern” in the subject line.

Fall Communications Advisor Internship with the Brookings Institution

Overview:

This academic credit/external sponsorshipi nternship, beginning in September 2017, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in domestic and/or foreign policy to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.

This unpaid internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.

Responsibilities:

Learning Objectives

Students will work with the team of Communications Advisors (CAs) learning how to develop proactive outreach strategies for Brookings content and dissemination to target audiences including media, government, academic, and other key stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad. They will support the CAs in identifying opportunities for scholars to respond to issues in the news, and learn to work with public relations and government relations software to track the effectiveness of our outreach and create reports.

Students will assist in coordinating and staffing outreach events such as press conferences, forums, and policy roundtables, and learn how to update and create press and other outreach lists. Students will use their skills to synthesize Brookings research to recommend ways we can reach a broader audience with our content.

Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.


Qualifications:

Education/Knowledge/Skills

Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in communications, public relations, political science or other related subject.
Strong writing, editing, and communications skills required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office software and Twitter is desired. The intern will work with programs and scholars across Brookings, so an interest in learning about a wide range of research subjects is preferable.

 Additional Information:

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experienc e and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.

Apply here.

Fall Internship with Development Transformations

Development Transformations (DT) seeks unpaid interns to learn first hand about the duties related to its international governance, civil society, and stabilization programming. The position is based at our Washington, D.C. office on K Street. Under the supervision of DT program staff, interns typically work on a broad variety of projects including: drafting project proposals and concept papers, drafting reports, drafting program budgets, supporting staff deployments, preparing and reviewing expense forms, and other administrative tasks critical to working on government contracts and grants. Interns also have the opportunity to work on a substantive research project of their choosing and related to DT's current or future work, regions of interest, etc.

Applications for internships are reviewed on a rolling basis for the following hiring window:

  • Fall 2017: This is a part-time internship (approximately 15-20 hours per week) starting in September 2017.

REQUIRED TASKS
  • Provide support for current USAID and DoD contracts and programs;
  • Assist in the development of international development concept papers and proposals;
  • Provide support for program design, training, workshops and meetings;
  • Attend events in Washington, DC and write memos summarizing the key points;
  • Provide support to DT's Managing Directors.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Work experience in international development or related field preferred;
  • Travel and/or work experience in foreign countries preferred;
  • Interest and knowledge of the Middle East, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, and/or other regions strongly preferred;
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial attitude, and strong organization skills;
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills to effectively present information;
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications.

When applying, please include your availability (days/hours) in your one page cover letter, along with your one page resume on the online application.

Know Russian, Mandarin, Arabic or Farsi? Apply by July 31 for Fall Internships with American Foreign Policy Council

Research/Programmatic Intern

Unpaid internship positions are available year round. Hours are flexible with interns expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Candidates should have a strong interest in foreign policy and national security. Knowledge of Russian, Mandarin, Arabic or Farsi is helpful.

Updated Application Information:
In addition to research based internships we are also seeking interns for a programmatic based internship.  If you are interested in gaining experience with fundraising, development and event support please apply for our programmatic internship position.  In the cover letter please state if your internship preference is research based or programmatic.  Lastly, please also note if you are capable of working for longer than one semester.


***We are actively seeking candidates with experience using Adobe InDesign***

Opportunities for Publication:
In addition to providing interns with a substantive research experience, AFPC encourages and provides opportunities for interns to author or co-author opinion editorials.


Responsibilities vary depending on program schedule, but may include:

  • general administrative support
  • special events planning
  • editorial assistance with publications
  • logistical support of foreign delegations in Washington
  • foreign policy research and writing
Interested candidates are requested to submit (by mail, fax or e-mail) the following:
  • cover letter (please include hours and availability)
  • resume
  • foreign policy related writing sample (four pages or less)
Additionally, please specify the programs you are most interested in in your cover letter: 
  • China/East Asia
  • Defense Technology
  • Middle East 
  • Radical Islam/Terrorism
  • Russia and Europe
  • South Asia
  • Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The deadline for the Fall 2017 internship program is July 31.

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester   --   July 31
Spring Semester   --   November 15
Summer Semester   --   March 15


If you have not been contacted 45 days after the respective application deadline then you were not selected for an interview. 

AFPC Internship Program Director: Rich Harrison
AFPC Internship Coordinator: Amanda Azinheira

Please address all questions and applications to:
Amanda Azinheira
Research Fellow and Program Officer
American Foreign Policy Council
509 C Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Fax: 202-543-1007
Email: internships@afpc.org

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Global Service in the Dominican Republic - Study Abroad - January 2018

  Global Communities is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for our Winter 2018 short-term study abroad program, Global Service in the Dominican Republic.  This course is designed to give you real-life, hands-on experience as international community service providers, by applying scholarship to practice.

    This 3-credit study abroad course counts towards General Education: Diversity/Cultural Competence and as an elective for the Global Poverty Minor.  Students can choose to earn credit as course number BSGC338D (Global Communities) or LASC369R (Latin American Studies Certificate). The course is open to undergraduate students in all programs and majors. Spanish language skills are helpful, but not required. The course is taught by Jazmin Pichardo (Global Communities) and Jeremy Gombin-Sperling (Office of Diversity and Inclusion; International Education Policy).  

    We highly encourage you to begin your application soon. This way you will get a sense of what the requirements and potential costs of the program will be.  The fee is currently set at $2,395. This fee includes the three course credits, housing, all meals, excursions, lectures, other activities during the program, in-country transportation, and international health insurance. Scholarships are available, and it may be possible to use your financial aid towards costs.  If you start an application, you will get access to the scholarship form. The scholarship deadline is September 24th. The program deadline is Oct. 1st.

    If you have any questions about the program structure and content, please reach out to us at drwinter18@umd.edu.  For any questions about the application itself, please contact eashortterm@umd.edu


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Applying for NSF Graduate Fellowships - Wednesday July 26

Wednesday, July 26: Applying for the NSF Graduate Fellowship -  talk for undergraduates and recent alumni, also open to rising 1st and 2nd year graduate students

Location for all events: CSS Room 1113 - also known as the Atlantic Building (formerly the Computer and Space Sciences Building)


Time for all events: 4:10 – 5 p.m.

All undergraduate researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park are welcome to attend!!! Rising 1st and 2nd year graduate students  are also welcome (rising 2nd year students must not have applied for the GRFP this past autumn 2016). US Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) offers 3 years of support to students pursuing graduate studies (usually for the Ph.D.) in NSF-supported fields of study. This talk will provide detailed guidance about applying for NSF GRFP awards, and especially about using the summer to get your applications off to strong starts. The talk is relevant to undergraduates and recent graduates planning graduate studies, and to rising 1st and 2nd year graduate students (rising 2nd year students must not have applied for the GRFP this past autumn 2016). US Citizens and Permanent residents are eligible.

Questions, or interested but unable to attend? Write to nsfgrfp@umd.edu 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Youth Programs Associate Position with Meridian International Center (Full-Time Job

Position description

The Youth Programs Associate (PA), under the supervision of a Program Officer, is responsible for all administrative and logistical arrangements for international students and visitors sponsored by the Department of State, other USG agencies, and public and private-sector clients from the U.S. and overseas. The PA assists the Program Officer in planning and handling all administrative, logistical and financial aspects related to the implementation of programs, including making travel, hotel and ground transportation arrangements; preparing program books and other materials relevant to the visit; interacting and coordinating with all individuals and organizations involved in the program in DC and other cities; and coordinating with students and visitors.  In addition to program implementation, Program Associates supports team members in business development activities and initiatives such as proposal development to expand/increase the division’s program portfolio. 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
             I.     Project Implementation
 ·        Assist in creation, management and facilitation of youth program workshops and/or trainings
 ·        Work with Program Officer to create online and physical participant learning materials such as pre-departure orientation guides, tool-kits, workbooks, etc.
 ·        Provide online and in-person mentorship for youth participants before, during and after program activities
 ·        Assist Program Officer with management and/or recruitment of program partners, speakers, and workshop facilitators 
 ·        Assist with project communications plan including capturing program highlights, participant interviews and impact stories
 ·        Professionally communicate with sponsor agency, program partners and program participants to relay program developments
 ·        Coordinate program logistics with local partners (universities, NGOs, etc.) for programs outside of Washington, DC;
 ·        Arrange all program logistics including, but not limited to, international and domestic flights, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, room rentals, luncheons and receptions;
 ·        Plan and manage luncheons, receptions, workshops or special events; 
 ·        Prepare detailed program schedules, briefing materials, welcome packets, and any other necessary program-related documents; 
 ·        Act independently to solve any logistical or administrative problems that arise.
            II.      Financial Management and Accounting
 ·        Manage and disburse funds authorized in the budget and related contract: per diem, cultural allowance, return travel allowance and travel advances for participants, interpreters and/or English Language Officers
 ·        Ensure that correct account codes are assigned to check requests and that requests are accompanied by appropriate back-up documentation
 ·        Ensure that all program-related contracts are awarded in accordance with proper procurement guidelines, prepare award documents and file copies of all executed contracts
 ·        Carefully monitor and track all program expenses and invoices within the proposed budget including travel expense reimbursements for visitors, interpreters and English Language Officers
 ·        Reconcile final accounting and prepare final budget for invoicing to the satisfaction of the Meridian Finance Department and as stipulated in the grant from the sponsor agency
 ·        Maintain key documents within the permanent file, and prepare the file for storage
 ·        Reconcile monthly American Express and Visa credit card statements to the satisfaction of Meridian’s Finance Department

         III.      Business Development
 ·        At the direction of the proposal manager, compile all research necessary related to the proposal response
 ·        Attend meetings related to proposal development, including with partners and vendors
 ·        Develop draft budget notes for the review and approval of the Vice President of Operations
 ·        Support ongoing business development efforts through close monitoring of strategic priority areas and emerging opportunities in the public and private sector
Environment and Scheduling
  • Interest in working with an international not-for-profit professional exchange organization
  • Interest in working within a diverse work environment
This position is classified FLSA exempt.
Employer’s Statement and Rights
This position posting does not list all the duties of the job. If an offer is made, you will be presented with a detailed job description. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their demonstrated ability to perform the tasks listed above, and their education and experience. The employer has the right to revise this posting at any time. Neither this posting nor the job description is a contract for employment. Meridian is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Qualifications

Experience/Education:
  • Undergraduate degree in International Relations, Political Science, or related field;
  • Experience and interest in youth leadership or youth programming;
  • International study, living or work experience;
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Intermediate-Advanced French language skills preferred; 
  • Capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Administrative experience;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, tact and sensitivity to foreign cultures;
  • Ability to work independently, accurately and under pressure;
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)

Application instructions

Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail to gcjobs@meridian.org. Subject line should read “Youth Program Associate” only and a cover letter, with salary expectations, and resume should be attached. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. Submissions that do not follow the above instructions will not be considered as applicants. 

Fall Government Relations Intern with the Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation, a non-profit national foundation dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders, seeks an intern to work in the Government Relations department for fall 2017. 

Epilepsy Foundation interns will be exposed to many aspects of federal and state policymaking, and will have the opportunity to: 
• Conduct research on federal and state legislation and policy issues to further our advocacy work. 
• Attend pertinent committee meetings, public hearings, and coalition meetings, as assigned. 
• Write action alerts and legislative updates for our grassroots network. 
• Craft website and social media content. 
• Assist in preparations for our annual Public Policy Institute and Teens Speak Up! Conference, a great opportunity to help teens become advocates for the epilepsy community. Qualifications: 
• Rising sophomore, junior, or senior standing. 
• Able to make a commitment of at least 10-15 hours/week (full-time internships are also available). 
• Prefer major coursework in Government & Politics/Political Science, Public Policy, Public Health, Pre-law, or other writing-intensive majors. 

Students majoring exclusively in international relations or global affairs should not apply. The Epilepsy Foundation will work with educational institutions to help interns obtain course credit for their work, and a transportation stipend may be available for eligible candidates. 

The Foundation is located in Landover, Maryland, and it is metro-accessible from the Orange Line on the D.C. Metro. If you are interested in applying, please send an email to Jenna Mathis at tsu@efa.org with your resume and a cover letter.