Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fall 2018 Research Assistant Internships at the Wilson Center


The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) is looking for qualified students (advanced undergraduate or graduate) interested in being part-time research assistant interns in the Fall 2018 semester. An intern typically works 12-15 hours a week per scholar. (The number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements).
In support of the scholars, scholar interns spend much of their time searching for information using online academic databases or other publications. Other duties also include proofreading, editing, critiquing, checking references, compiling bibliographies, writing literature reviews, summarizing research materials, locating inter-library loan materials, and helping with software or presentations.
In addition, this program seeks to further the agency’s mission by providing the recipient with an introduction to the relationship between the world of learning and the world of public affairs. The recipients, as future scholars and/or leaders, will be afforded the opportunity to experience first-hand the importance of engaging academics and public servants toward a common purpose. It is hoped that these opportunities to work with distinguished scholars and practitioners will add a valuable practicum experience to one’s classroom training.  


The deadline to apply is July 16, 2018. Internship positions are open until filled so applying early is strongly encouraged. The list below is of scholars looking for interns:

Lawrence (Larry) K. Altman, Medical Writer and ‘The Doctor's World’ Columnist, New York Times. “Reporting on the Health of Presidents and other Political Leaders.”

Lindsay Benstead, Associate Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University. “Gender, Governance, and Public Policy: Promoting Women’s Leadership in the Arab World and Beyond.” (Arabic)

Benjamin Creutzfeldt, Resident Postdoctoral Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University. “Foreign Policy and Public Goods: Latin America between China and the United States.” (Mandarin Chinese [priority], Spanish, Portuguese)

Zdenek David, Former Librarian, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. “Thomas Masaryk, a Scholar and a Statesman: Philosophical Background of His Political Views.” (German or Czech)

Haleh Esfandiari, Former Director, Middle East Program. Working on a book project about women in Qajar, Iran during the nineteenth century. (Persian)

Ruslan Garipov, Associate Professor of International Law, Kazan Federal University, Russia. “Planning for Sustainable Development in the Arctic: Conflict between Extractive Industries and Indigenous Communities.” (Norwegian, Russian, Danish)

Kent Hughes, Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center. “Economic Statecraft in the 21st Century.”

William B. Milam, Former Senior US Diplomat and US Ambassador in both West Africa and South Asia.  “Post-Musharraf Pakistan and Back to Square One in Bangladesh.”

Diana Negroponte, Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution. “Reviewing the History of the End of the Cold War.” (German or Russian)

Sarah Oates, Professor and Senior Scholar, University of Maryland. “Russian Propaganda Rewired: Analyzing Misinformation in the Digital Age.” (Russian)

David Ottaway, Former Washington Post Correspondent. “Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World” Working on a book on the fallout from the Arab Spring and the United States and the new Arab order.” (Arabic)

Marina Ottaway, Former Senior Research Associate and Head of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Working on the countries of the Arab Spring and Iraq. (Arabic or French)

Marvin Ott, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Former Professor of National Security Policy, National War College and Deputy Staff Director, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “Malaysian Foreign and Security Policy” and “Issues in Southeast Asian Security.”

Natalia Ruiz Morato, Lawyer, Researcher and Legal Adviser, Instituto de Estudios del Ministerio Público de Colombia. (Spanish)

Catherine Schuler, Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland – College Park. “Spectacular Affect: Mass Festivals & Symbolic Policies in Putin’s Russia.” (Russian)

Jonathan Shimshoni, Research Affiliate, MIT Security Studies Program. “Strategy for the 21st Century – The Social Dimension.” (Russian, Mandarin Chinese)

Katie Stallard, Asia Bureau Chief, Sky News. “Dancing on Bones: How Past Wars Shape the Present in China, Russia and North Korea.” (Russian, Korean)

Quito Swan, Professor of History, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. “Oceania Rising: Crisis, Change, and the South Pacific.”

Earl Anthony Wayne, Former Career Ambassador to Afghanistan, Argentina, and Mexico. “Deepening North American Economic Integration.” (Spanish)

Samuel Wells, Former Associate Director, Woodrow Wilson Center; Former Director, West European Studies Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. “The Worst Case: Korea and U.S. Escalation of the Cold War.” (Russian, Mandarin Chinese, or Korean)

Robin Wright, Former Washington Post Journalist. "The Middle East at a Crossroads—from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.” (Arabic or Persian)

 The following reading and writing foreign language skills are useful and applicants should indicate their level of proficiency on the application form:
Arabic, Czech, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish 

International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center.

The Wilson Center RA Internship Application Form and detailed instructions can be found at:

The application materials consist of:
● a completed Wilson Center RA Internship Application Form
● Cover Letter (indicating academic interests or areas of interest)
● Current Resume (indicating relevant coursework)
● 3-to-5 page Writing Sample or excerpt of a recent research paper with separate Works Cited page
● 2 Letters of Recommendation (do not have to be sealed by recommender); highlighting writing, research, and/or language skills would be helpful; *if you don’t have recommendation letters readily available, please include three references
● Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

Please submit your application materials in ONE COMPLETE package to:
Ms. Krishna Aniel
Education Program Specialist
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
Fax: (202) 691-4001
Website: www.wilsoncenter.org/internships

Please note:
● Most interns are unpaid and doing an internship for academic credit. However, a modest monthly stipend may be available during the fall and spring semesters.
● Because of the large number of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not contact to confirm the receipt of your application. If you would like to confirm the receipt of your application, please mail it with a tracking number, delivery confirmation, or email read receipt.
● Interviewed candidates will be contacted within approximately 4 weeks of the prescribed deadline. However, we may receive last minute intern requests from other scholars. 

New Fall Public Policy Courses!

PLCY388A: Special Topics in Public Policy- Child and Family Policy Impact
Also offered as FMSC498P. Credit only granted for PLCY388A or FMSC498P.
For poor and low-income families, federal programs such as Medicaid, Child care, SNAP and child nutrition programs are a lifeline every day. Some programs also have policies that consider more than income eligibility, such as number of hours of work, disability, and immigration status. Budget choices have a significant impact on policy intentions. Students will learn about and analyze the major federal programs and federal budgets for these policy areas; understand from data the impact of such programs and policies; and be introduced to significant advocacy efforts and considerations that shaped these policy decisions.


PLCY401: Contemporary Issues in Public Policy- Modern Warfare: Origins, Current Landscape, and Policy Debates
An integrative course that allows policy students to explore the complexities of the policy-making process from the perspective of specific policy topics. Students will learn about and discuss subject- based issues in a seminar format led by faculty and policy experts.

This course examines the history, debates, and policies that make up modern warfare.  We discuss the reasons nations go to war including national strategy, law of war and just war theory, along with economic and domestic political incentives. With this foundation, we survey the various types of warfare conducted in the modern age in the form of terrorism, cyber war, intelligence activities, irregular warfare, full-spectrum military operations, special operations, covert action, peace-keeping and defense support to civil authorities. We will examine several in-depth case studies including Desert Storm, Bosnia-Kosovo, the second Iraq war, Afghanistan and the role of military in disaster relief. Throughout, we will discuss how to use lessons learned from these past experiences to shape current policy decisions.  At the conclusion of the class students will have a better understanding of the reasons nations go to war, the legal, financial, ethical and political nature of war, and the challenging policy decisions involved when national leaders move their countries to engage in modern warfare.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad - Deadline October 2

Are you a US CITIZEN receiving a PELL GRANT (a federal need-based educational grant)?

Are you thinking about STUDY ABROAD in Winter 2019, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019?

Learn about the GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP, which provides up to $5,000 for study abroad students with financial need who receive Pell Grants. In the last two years 54 University of Maryland students have won Gilman Scholarships!

To learn more, complete a short questionnaire here or write to us at gilman@umd.edu - we'll give you access to our ELMS resource site for Gilman applicants, which includes samples of successful application essays and advice about preparing a strong application.

Learning about the Gilman Scholarship over the summer will help you submit a strong application by the October 2, 2018 deadline!

Eligibility Requirements: US Citizens - Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - All Majors - Must be studying abroad for at least 3 weeks - Must be receiving a Pell Grant.

Application Deadline: October 2, 2018

UMD National Scholarships Office
2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Email: gilman@umd.edu
http://www.scholarships.umd.edu

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Apply by June 20 for Fall US Economics Team Internship with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
The Embassy is responsible for representing the British government’s interests in the US and for reporting on developments in the US to government departments in London. The Economics Team leads on all economic and social policy issues within the Embassy, including reporting on developments in the US economy and government programs. An internship with the team would provide an exciting opportunity to gain experience of economic and social policy research and analysis, and produce work on particularly relevant policy debates.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist the team with research, and contribute to economic and social policy reporting.
  • Complete projects and assignments on the US economy and economic policy (e.g. assessing the impact of globalization on the labor force in different states). Assignments will also include analyzing US social policy reforms at national and state levels across welfare, health, education, government efficiency and skills issues.
  • Attend relevant events and report back on UK governments priorities.
  • Support the organization and execution of senior visits from the UK.
  • Organize and/or facilitate Embassy events to further economic priorities, as assigned.


Essential qualifications, skills and experience
  • Must be a junior or senior in an undergraduate program, or enrolled in a graduate program by the start date of your internship (at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework completed). Since this is an unpaid internship, students receiving college credit in exchange for their internships is required;
  • Preferably enrolled in a program with at least 50% economics content, or have a strong background in economics.
  • Proficient in all MS Office applications, including Word and Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as time management, presentation, and organizational skills.
  • Possess a successful track record in working on independent research projects.


Required competencies
Collaborating and Partnering


 Application deadline
20 June 2018


Working hours per week
15-25


Region
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories


Country/Territory
United States


Location (City)
Washington


Type of Post
British Embassy


Start Date
27 August 2018


 End Date
14 December 2018


Other benefits and conditions of employment
This program offers internships for 15-25 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer. These are unpaid internships, for college credit only, but the Embassy does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs. This internship will start on 27 August 2018 and end on 14 December 2018.


Additional information
Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders, A or J1 Visa holders with valid Work Authorization Document. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 20 June. Please note in your cover letter if you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Apply on the embassy website.

Apply by June 20 for Fall US Defense Capability Internship with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

This internship offers the opportunity to work with the British Embassy, Washington’s Defence Capability Coherence Team (CCT) in the Defence Policy and Nuclear (DPN) area. The successful applicant will conduct research to support UK policy making on future cooperation with the US. The candidate will also follow developments in the topical and important area, such as US Defence Organisational reform, and may have the opportunity to support senior US/UK engagements to progress our current cooperation and future cooperation opportunties with the US. Beyond this, the position will offer a wide-ranging insight into embassy’s work, including in relation to foreign, security, and trade policy.

The British Embassy, Washington D.C., and the UK’s network of Consulates-General in the US, develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. The Embassy’s CCT is the primary interface between UK and US on Defence Capability, supporting UK Ministers and Ministry of Defence (MOD) Head Office engage on strategic, cross-cutting and future-focussed capability issues.

Responsibilities:
  • Conduct research on high priority defence capability areas for the UK to inform options for future UK/US collaboration;
  • Monitor and contribute to reporting on US Defence Organisational reform and other topical issues;
  • Actively participate in team meetings aimed at improving capability coherence within the embassy;
  • Attend and provide feedback on relevant Congressional hearings and Think Thank events;
  • Contribute to planning, preparing, and delivering senior UK/US engagements;
  • Due to the fast-paced, unpredictable nature of defence, the successful applicant will be willing to assist DPN at short notice on other priority issues and initiatives as they arise.


Essential qualifications, skills and experience
  • Must be a junior or senior in an undergraduate program, or enrolled in a graduate program by the start date of your internship (at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework completed). Since this is an unpaid internship, students receiving college credit in exchange for their internships is required;
  • Proven record in efficient, effective assimilation into unfamiliar working environments;
  • Skilled in team-working, strong written and oral communication abilities, fluency in the English language, and highly-organised;
  • Interest in, and some familiarity with, defence or foreign policy issues. (Applicants do not need to have completed, nor be enrolled on, an international relations-related programme.)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.


Required competencies
Collaborating and Partnering


Application deadline - 20 June 2018


 orking hours per week
15-25


Region
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories


Country/Territory
United States


Location (City)
Washington


Type of Post
British Embassy


Start Date - year
27 August 2018

End Date - year
14 December 2018


This program offers internships for 15-25 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer. These are unpaid internships, but the Embassy does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs. This internship will start on 27 August 2018 and end on 14 December 2018.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders, A or J1 Visa holders with valid Work Authorization Document. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.


Additional information
Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 20 June2018. Please note in your cover letter if you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Apply on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

Fall 2018 Big Data Skills Course -- Register NOW!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences wants to offer you the opportunity to gain important data science skills and earn elective credit. By building your resume with these valuable skills, you will become more marketable to employers.

REGISTER NOW FOR BSOS330: Programming for the Social Sciences: Statistical Computing Using R (Fall 2018)

Course Description: R is an open-source programming language, specialized for statistical computing, and provides a variety of statistical and graphical techniques that might be relevant for any BSOS program, such descriptive statistics, linear and non-linear regression, text mining, image processing. The R language is increasingly often employed in advanced statistics and data analytics, offering a wide range of application packages for effective programming. This course introduces the R language and several powerful packages in form of lectures, worked-out examples, and group exercises. Instructor: Franz Klein. Course meets Mondays 4-6pm in LEF 0229. Open to all BSOS majors. 1-credit.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Federal Fellows: New Concentration in Political Engagement & Advocacy!

Exciting NEW Federal Fellows concentration in Political Engagement and Advocacy!!!
Just Opened— APPLY NOW! For students of ALL MAJORS!
Interested in political engagement at the local, state or national levels? Want to run for office, become a staffer on the Hill, and/or influence or make policy? Apply NOW to the amazing, empowering Federal Fellows Program!
PERKS include:          
·         Fall semester courseThe instructor has over 20 years of political development, public affairs, community relations and civic education experience working in the Federal government, private sector and non-profit organizations. Class visitors will include practitioners with experience in the political, civic engagement, and advocacy arenas.
·         DC spring internship at sites including the Hill, federal agencies, NGOs, private organizations, embassies, think tanks, etc. 
·         Scholarship in Practice credit for internship
·         Spring internship credit through our program or through your major/program!
·         Notation on your transcript as a Federal Fellow!
·         Year-round professional development activities, including field trips, one-on-one help with resumes and interviews, etc.
·         Join a lively, engaged student cohort group (and alumni network)! 

APPLY NOW!!! Application Link: Online Application

For more information regarding the Political Engagement and Advocacy course and application requirements, visit http://federalfellows.umd.edu or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261.

Paid Student Research Assistant Opportunity On Campus

The UMD School of Public Health's Center on Young Adult Health and Development is looking for a paid research assistant to assist with the operations of several projects, including a large-scale, longitudinal research study on the health-related behaviors of young adults during a critical life transition (The College Life Study), and a statewide collaborative project on reducing drinking and alcohol-related problems among college students. The Center is looking for a motivated, responsible student who is able to commit to working with us for at least the next two semesters, starting Fall 2018.

Please note: Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply but this position is not a graduate assistantship and does not offer any tuition remission benefits. This is a paid, hourly position.

Responsibilities
Communication with study participants
Literature review and management
Online research
Quality assurance
Data entry, cleaning, and verification
Opportunities to work on presentations and/or publications
Other tasks as assigned

Hours per Week
15-20

How to Apply
Submit your resume and a short letter explaining your interest in the position to Angie Barrall, Recruitment Coordinator, at abarrall@umd.edu. The application must be submitted by Tuesday, July 10.

For more details about our projects and the Center, visit our websites at www.cls.umd.eduwww.marylandcollaborative.org, and www.cyahd.umd.edu.

START Fall Internships - Apply by July 1!

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), based here at the University of Maryland, is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Internship Program and our application deadline has been extended  (final deadline on July 1st)! We were hoping that you may be able to assist us in reaching out to your interested students. In addition to the information provided below I have also attached a flyer for the Fall semester. Please feel free to disseminate the following information to students and other contacts who you think may be interested in these opportunities.

We are looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors (including but not limited to: Criminology, Communications, Government, International Relations, Public Policy, History, GIS, Geography, Economics, English, Mathematics, Psychology, Languages and Statistics). Students from any institution may apply and we will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates and graduates as well. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and are able to participate in a calendar of professional development activities. START is also willing to work with academic institutions to enable students to undertake our internships for credit. Our internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours at START at the University of Maryland College Park, unless stated in the internship description.

Please visit our website for more information on all of our offered internships, and to access the application form: http://www.start.umd.edu/careers/internships.

How to apply
Final application deadline Fall 2018: Sunday, July 1, 2018; 11:59pm

Applicants should visit http://www.start.umd.edu/careers/internships for access to the application system and instructions.

For more information about the projects, requirements and for the application form visit: http://www.start.umd.edu/careers/internships

Did You Take Latin in High School? Scholarship Available!


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
IN CLASSICS at UMD!

The Department of Classics has received a grant from the National Italian American Foundation that has enabled us to fund a number of scholarships for undergraduates. 
They fall into the following specific categories:

FOR LATIN STUDENTS:

Partial tuition scholarships for students who took Latin in high school and who are prepared to continue the study of Latin at the University of Maryland, College Park at the 200 (intermediate) level or above.

A first-year student who has taken high school Latin and who registers for two Latin courses in the first year at Maryland is eligible to apply for a $2000 tuition scholarship ($1000 each semester).
With a total of five courses, you can earn a minor in Latin!


FOR WINTER TERM
STUDY ABROAD IN ITALY:

Scholarships for study abroad in the Classics Department’s 3-credit winter term program in Italy, “Ancient Greek and Roman Culture in Context.”  A number of full and partial scholarships, which may include the cost of airfare, will be awarded annually on a combined need and merit basis with first priority given to majors and minors in Classics and then to majors in related disciplines such as History and Art History.

FOR A ONE-WEEK SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN ITALY:


Scholarships for a one-week, one-credit summer study abroad program, related to a semester-long course in Classics (the department’s I-series course, CLAS 289A, “Are We Rome?”).  A number of full and partial scholarships, which may include airfare, will be given for this program annually on a merit basis, with priority given to majors, minors, and students enrolled in the semester course.  (Students may take the summer course independently of the semester course.)

For more information, contact Professor Lillian Doherty, LDoherty@umd.edu.