Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Introducing TerpEngage!

Exciting news for BSOS Students!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Advising Center will now be utilizing the soon-to-be campus-wide academic advising tool called TerpEngage!

Whether you want to change or add a major, discuss degree requirements, or just have general questions, TerpEngage is designed to streamline and personalize your advising experience.  Starting today, you can use your regular campus Directory ID and password to log into TerpEngage to schedule advising appointments with your Academic Advisors on the BSOS Advising Team at this link:  http://umd.my.salesforce.com

If you are a double major, you may still need to follow standard procedures for requesting an appointment with other units that may not use the new system.  Should you have questions or problems, feel free to contact the college at 301-405-1697 or visit us in 2148 Tydings Hall.

United Nations Young Professionals Programme Applications Open in June!

The United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) consists of three stages: application, written examination, and interview. 

The UN YPP is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat. It consists of an entrance examination and professional development programs once successful candidates start their career with the United Nations.

The YPP examination is held once a year and is open to nationals of countries participating in the annual recruitment exercise. 

We also encourage candidates interested in applying to the UN YPP 2019 program join the upcoming webinar "Step By Step Guide on the UN YPP Application" which will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 10:00am New York time

Webinar link is on the YPUN website.

Program Assistant with the Kennedy Center for May Grad

The Kennedy Center is the nation's busiest performing arts center, hosting approximately 2,000 performances each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million. As the nation's cultural center, the Kennedy Center retains its commitment to educating and enlightening children and adults by offering arts learning experiences that are accessible to a broad community.

We are seeking a Program Assistant to join our School and Community Programs team! The Program Assistant is responsible for a wide range of administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for the Director of School and Community Programs and the Director of Curriculum and Administration, School and Community Programs.

Duties And Responsibilities

55% Administration and Logistics

  • General Administration - Assists with administrative functions and provides clerical and logistical support to Director, School and Community Programs and Director, Curriculum and Administration, School and Community Programs including, but not limited to, responding to requests for information; ensuring effective, accurate, and timely communications within the institution, with patrons, and with independent contractors; preparing and keeping current financial information, processing contracts, requisitions, purchase orders, and preparing minor financial reports; keeping files and records current and organized; maintaining distribution lists, and databases; collecting and tabulating data from various sources; designing, writing, editing, and proofreading materials; taking, editing, and distributing meeting notes; researching and drafting written/presentational materials for the Directors, creating professional-level materials that require minimal editing prior to presentation.
  • Program Logistics - Organizes the technical, logistical, and registration needs for select School and Community Programs events, meetings, workshops, trainings, and conferences including timely and accurate communication with presenters and participants; preparing contracts; hotel and travel arrangements; maintenance of registration lists; production of paper and digital materials (agendas, surveys, etc.); site reservation, setup, catering, etc. Prepares travel and lodging arrangements for School and Community Programs directors. Assists with coordinating and supporting volunteers. Coordinates outside contractors, as needed.
  • Assists with the research and development of School and Community Programs initiatives. Conducts research on arts education programs. Captures, collates, and distributes articles and information related to School and Community Programs areas of interest from various media platforms. Researches and reports on the state of the field.
  • Serves as liaison to the School and Community Programs team in order to keep business processes on schedule and ensure that all dates, obligations, and deadlines are met.
  • Serves as a liaison with other Kennedy Center departments regarding School and Community Programs needs.

25% Program Support – National Partnerships

  • Assists with logistics for National Partnerships projects, including the Partners in Education Annual Meeting and Institute, Any Given Child Exchange, Facilitators Day, Advisory Committee meetings, award programs, and other events. Assists with arranging travel, accommodations, and equipment for National Partnerships programs. Assists with communications to National Partnerships members, and assists with the preparation of program instructional and resource materials. Provides clerical and logistical support to National Partnerships staff.

15% Other Projects and Programs

  • Assist with office and departmental activities, conferences, events, projects and programs as needed. As well as with other special projects and programs related to the School and Community Programs team.

5% Staffing & Support

  • Assists in the hiring, training, and supervision of School and Community Programs interns; assists in the supervision of volunteers.

N/A Other duties as assigned

Key Qualifications

  • You have a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a performing arts or education related field.
  • You have 2+ years of general office administration and program planning/implementation experience, preferably in a performing arts organization.
  • You have a working knowledge of arts education.
  • You have strong customer service and interpersonal skills including superb telephone and email etiquette, and maintain a high level of professionalism while interacting with internal personnel and the general public.
  • You are highly organized, self-motivated, a team player, and are able to work well under pressure while prioritizing multiple tasks.
  • You have a proficiency with Microsoft Office and social media platforms.
Apply on Taleo.

Entry Level Position: Program Associate, Global Solutions Program, Education Practice with IREX

IREX seeks a Program Associate to join the Global Solutions Program under the Education Practice. The Program Associate will support implementation of activities, including design and implementation of virtual exchange activities, setup of education technology framework, recruitment of program participants, participant support, data management, social media, and program implementation backstopping.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support
  • Support implementation of virtual exchange
  • Contribute to managing relationships, outreach, and follow-up with program participants
  • Support all aspects of program implementation to ensure timely and accurate completion of deliverables
  • Track and analyze work plan activity progress toward project objectives and track project indicator data
  • Coordinate and facilitate online activities
  • Conduct and analyze surveys
  • Contribute to quarterly reports to funder, survey development and implementation, data collection and processing
  • Provide backstopping to financial transactions, processing, and budget tracking
  • Work with program participants and alumni, tracks success stories and program impact data
  • Compile and track a wide range of participant information and program data, maintaining accuracy and completeness
  • Support program social media, communications, publicity and outreach
  • Other programmatic and administrative duties as assigned
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Experience with education technology (preferred)
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize
  • Demonstrated capability to work independently and as a team member with consistent ability to take initiative, meet deadlines within strict time constraints, and maintain a positive attitude and flexibility
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of the Middle East and North Africa and recent developments in the region (preferred)
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Office
Apply on Jobvite or LinkedIn

Want to Earn Elective or GenEd Credit for Your Summer Internship? Space is Available in BSOS Internship Courses

BSOS internship courses are offered in the summer and are open to all majors. You may qualify if: 

  • You have completed at least 30 credits at the end of the semester
  • Your internship is onsite and not in a home office
  • You will be spending at least 45 hours at your internship
  • You will be conducting para- or pre-professional work
  • You will be receiving regular and frequent supervision from an experienced professional 
Paid internships and internships in other states may qualify.

Tuition and fees apply for all summer courses, so this doesn't make sense for most students.  If you think it will work for you, review the schedule for summer tuition and fees.

Two courses, BSOS 288I (1-3 credits) and BSOS 386 (3-6 credits) offer elective credit.
BSOS 355 (3 credits only) fulls the GenEd Scholarship in Practice Outside Your Major requirement. (It is the most rigorous BSOS internship course and requires both that the internship be related to the behavioral and social sciences and that the internship host allow you to show some of your work.) 

To learn more, visit ter.ps/internBSOS or email Kathryn Hopps at khopps@umd.edu.

Paid Fall Internship with Civic Advisors for Summer Grads

Position Title: Intern, Civic Advisors Location: Washington, DC Internship Period: September 2019 – December 2019
Civic Advisors is a social impact agency made up of a team and network of Obama-Biden White House and campaign alumni. Civic Advisors works with mission driven companies, non-profits, education institutions, philanthropic organizations, and sports and entertainment leaders across the United States. Interns at Civic Advisors provide essential support to staff members and are integral members of the team.
Position Description Interns will support Civic Advisors staff members by performing a variety of administrative duties. Projects range from assisting Network members with research, proposal writing, or campaign creation as they complete work for clients, to supporting the digital and communication efforts of Civic Advisors or its clients by managing social media accounts and tracking content.
Interns work hand-in-hand with the Civic Advisors team to provide support as the business strengthens and grows. This requires strong writing skills for drafting and editing content for reports, a positive personality to support relationship management efforts, strong attention to detail for managing spreadsheets and data, and the ability to multitask.
Interns are also responsible for monitoring news and policy updates and using this information to improve Civic Advisors and its clients’ strategies.
● Experience collaborating across an organization and with external partners to develop and implement successful, mission-focused content.
● Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills.
● Ability to take initiative constructively and professionally.
● An open-minded approach to operating within a dynamic organization.
● Ability to work with diverse communities and individuals with varying perspectives.
Details: This is a four-month (semester-long) internship experience. The position is full-time, compensated, and based in Washington, DC.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to info@civicadvisors.us.

Monday, May 20, 2019

BSOS233 - Data Science for the Social Sciences

New for Fall 2019! (3 credits)

Interested in understanding how Python can be used for data analysis?  In BSOS233, students will be given an introduction to modern methods of data analysis for social scientists.  This course emphasizes teaching students who have no previous coding experience how to analyze data and extract meaning in a social science context.  Students will gain critical programming skills and learn inferential thinking through examples and projects with real-world relevance.

Students must meet 1 of the following requirements:
-Must be enrolled as a BSOS major
-Permission of instructor


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Online Summer Courses to Consider:   
BSST 370: Terrorist Financing Analysis and Counterterrorist Finance.
Counts toward Analytical Reasoning general education credit.
This is an online course open to students of any major or any university. 
Taught by Jason Blazakis, a former director at the State Department, and current Director of Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

  Students can register until May 28th - Offered Summer Session I: May 28th - July 5th, 2019

AASP498E:  A Critical Understanding  of Hip Hop Culture
This online course will encourage students to critically explore Hip Hop and how it transcends race, socioeconomic background, culture, and gender.  

                                     Offered Summer Session I: May 28th - July 5th, 2019

BSST Summer Course - Analytical Reasoning credit

Consider enrolling in BSST 370: Terrorist Financing Analysis and Counterterrorist Finance. This course is completely online, so you can take it from wherever you are this summer! This course is also open to students of any major or any university. 

The course is taught by taught by Jason Blazakis, a former director at the State Department, and current Director of Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. If you happen to be a UMD student, you can earn Analytical Reasoning general education credit through this dynamic course. 

Class starts on May 28th, so secure your spot soon! Students can register up until May 28th

AASP498E Summer Course

This online-based the course will encourage students to critically explore Hip Hop and how it transcends race, socioeconomic background, culture, and gender. It uses Hip Hop as a point of departure to examine and dissect various social, historical and geopolitical issues that affect people of color around the world. The course is taught from a social-justice oriented approach that challenges students to be solutions oriented and to step outside of their comfort zones.