Tuesday, May 11, 2021

On-campus Jobs with Shuttle-UM


On-campus Jobs with Shuttle-UM
Join the driving force of Maryland!

Now hiring:
-Shuttle-UM student drivers: $15.50/hr
-Shuttle-UM student maintenance assistant: $13.25/hr
-Shuttle-UM student parts assistant: $13.25/hr

Visit DOTS for more information.

Free Help with Your Taxes!


TerpTax is available to help you file your state and federal tax returns. Schedule your appointment now. If you are not sure that you will be able to meet with them before May 17, you should apply for an online extension
NOTE: The federal extension automatically gets a Maryland extension as well. The filing due date for Maryland is July 15, 2021.

Terp tax will also offer summer appointments beginning on May 24!  

Paid Summer Internships with Bureau of Land Management for AASP, ANTH, ENSP and Others: May 18 Deadline!

Applications for Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Summer 2021 Internships are NOW OPEN! BLM Summer internships provide great professional development opportunities to students for a minimum of 11-weeks (full-time). Relocation, housing, travel and a stipend ($6250) will be provided with this internship. 

BLM is planning to diversify its workforce through this program so minorities and underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. 
Some of our previous interns secured a full-time role at BLM through this internship opportunity. 
23 positions available (see attached) and application deadline is Tuesday, May 18, 2021. You will find job descriptions related to positions in the application page. Students can apply with a resume (in federal format - available at application page) and a copy of transcript at https://abpadc.org/blm-internships-2021 (International students are not eligible to apply).

Paid Internship Opportunity: Transform Maryland

Transform Maryland 

Summer 2021 Internship

June 14 - August 20

Applications due May 28, 2021

Program Partners:
  • Enterprise Planning & Continuous Improvement | Division of IT
  • Administrative Modernization Program | Office of the Provost
  • University Career Center | Division of Student Affairs
Internship Overview
This paid internship offers a fully immersive consulting experience that affords undergraduate students the opportunity to engage with a real client, work in dynamic teams, learn advanced management consulting strategies, and apply critical thinking and solution design to real world cases, all while developing general professional acumen. The internship is focused on innovating real University of Maryland processes.

This project-based internship is sponsored by Division of Information Technology’s, Office of the Provost, and Division of Student Affairs. Students are placed in teams of 5-7 students with a pair of top-tier professional mentors. Each team will be presented with a current challenge facing the university and given a university administrator as a project client. You will spend the summer researching and benchmarking against other schools, analyzing and synthesizing results, and formulating actual, applicable recommendations for the client.

The internship culminates in a final case-competition like presentation, which for the last several terms has attracted the attention of members of the Provost's cabinet and initiated projects to begin to implement some of the recommendations from the students. Most students have made discussing their experience with Transform Maryland the cornerstone of their job interviews.

Even if you are not interested in consulting as your future job, the internship is designed for all students across campus to develop the critical thinking as well as creative and soft-skills needed to be successful in their careers. Students work in teams, self-manage, problem-solve, think critically, conduct interviews, and learn how to present relevant information to a target audience. They have difficult conversations and learn to navigate the needs of their client and manage inter-team differences.

Past Projects
Past teams have been tasked with improving the business processes and/or student experience at the University of Maryland. Examples of projects include:
  • Improving the FAFSA Verification Process - recommendations on ways to simplify the mandator verification process, thereby reducing barriers to students collecting the financial aid they need in order to attend the University of Maryland.
  • On-Campus Emergency Financial Program - a comprehensive set of recommendations aimed at coordinating financial relief programs on campus to better support students in financial crises.
  • Short-Term Study Abroad Business Reengineering - a review of the current challenges in the short-term study abroad business model and recommendations on how to increase participation and rebrand the value-proposition.
What Will You Learn?
Students will be given formal and informal training on some of the most sought after skills, including critical thinking, problem analysis, interpersonal engagement, how to communicate effectively, and how to deliver information. Specific learning objectives include:

Students will be able to:
  • operate effectively in a fast-paced professional environment
  • apply critical thinking and problem solving frameworks
  • collect, analyze, and communicate data
  • use common analysis tools—PEST and stakeholder analysis, primary and secondary research, issue trees, root cause analysis, cost-benefit analysis, process landscape models, swimlanes—to understand and evaluate process
  • develop and maintain a productive team dynamic
  • develop and maintain a positive client relationship
What is Expected of Students?
The Transform Maryland Summer Internship is a 10 week program, running June 14-August 20. Students will be placed on multidisciplinary teams of 5-7 students who will be managed by two professional staff. Participation requires a minimum 20-hour commitment per week. Students will weekly have team meetings, regularly meet with their clients and mentors, and have independent work to complete. The program requires:
  • Ability to commit at least twenty (20) hours of work each week.
  • Leadership experience and a passion for improving/innovating business processes.
  • Hardworking, responsible, professional, and extremely agile.
Can I get Credit?
Students may be eligible for it to count as an internship requirement in their program of study. We will work with your academic department to provide the necessary materials.

Apply at: go.umd.edu/TMDInternship

Congratulations BSOS Graduates from Alumni!

Paid Internship Opportunity: Montgomery County Executive’s Office

The Montgomery County Executive’s Office seeks to provide a Temporary Part-Time Student Fellowship opportunity. This fellow will work closely with staff to support administrative functions and policy research. The program will last for the summer with the possibility of an extension into fall 2021. This internship will pay $15.25 an hour. Hours and days are flexible but there must be a commitment of 15-20 hours per week. The Fellow will likely be required to work in-person at the Rockville office (101 Monroe) at least some of the time each week. The position is available immediately. Currently this opportunity is only open to Montgomery County residents.

Duties and Work Products may include the following:
  • Draft, edit, proofread, and format correspondence, reports, and other documents
  • Track and monitor the status of various issues, documents, projects, activities, and initiatives
  • Research and analyze different areas of policy that impacts local government
  • Conduct comparative analyses on policy approaches by different jurisdictions
  • Produce a literature review of best resources regarding research topics for the County Executive
  • Aggressively and professionally pursue answers and produce quality reports
  • Take part in the planning and coordinating meetings and events
  • Review and draft responses to incoming mail
  • Attend high level meetings and take notes for principals
  • Complete other special projects as assigned.
At the conclusion of the semester Fellows will be expected to deliver a two-to-three-page paper to the County Executive outlining one issue within Montgomery County and prescribe a policy solution.

  • Be in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information•Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and professional demeanor (a good sense of humor is appreciated)•Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse workplace team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill
  • Strong organizational, customer service and project management skill
  • Course of study or prior experience in a public policy setting highly desirable
  • Attend meetings, mostly virtual through Microsoft Teams but this may change depending on Covid-19 developments and guidance
How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, a résumé, a brief (2 pages maximum) work or school public policy related writing sample, and a fun fact about yourself to Dominic J. Butchko, Senior Executive Administrative Aide, Montgomery County Government at dominic.butchko@montgomerycountymd.gov. The application deadline for this position is close of business on May 26, 2021.

Students trying to change grading method in drop/add

Happy last day of classes! 

TODAY, May 11, 2021 at 10:59 PM,
 is the last day to change your grading method in your spring 2021 courses. 

Please use the grading method app available via testudo.umd.eduand NOT drop/add. 

There is a big red button that says "Updated Spring 2021 Grading Method" on the main Testudo page, and that is what you need to click to access the app and change their grading method.

Students who are experiencing problems using the app can email registrar-help@umd.edu. For information on the pass/fail policy, consult the KeepLearning website.

BSOS College advisors in the Feller Center are standing by today to assist students who have questions. However, call/email volume is very heavy today. We will do everything we can to get back to you as quickly as possible.


Monday, May 10, 2021

Support Space for Students from India and Nepal May 13 at Noon

Dear Students from India and Nepal,

In light of the recent worsening COVID-19 outbreak in India and Nepal, we know that many of you may be feeling sad, worried, anxious, scared, guilty, or powerless about the situation. It is devastating to witness people suffer and to feel like you cannot do anything to ease their pain or misery. In addition, decisions such as travelling home for the summer, visiting and supporting family, have become incredibly complicated due to current immigration and travel restrictions . While there are no easy answers to this situation, the Counseling Center wants to offer a support space for you to talk about your concerns, thoughts, and feelings and learn additional coping strategies to manage the wide range of emotions you may be dealing with.

If you are interested, please register the link here

University of Maryland Counseling Center

Transform Maryland Internship Opportunity

As we approach the end of spring semester, I’m writing to let you know about a unique on-campus internship opportunity.  This summer the Transform Maryland initiative will support two student teams for 10 weeks as they work on real-world challenges while providing the University with a student perspective on various administrative and academic services. We need your support to market this program to students.

Transform Maryland emerged from a partnership between the Division of IT, the Administrative Modernization Program and the University Career Center.  The initiative was designed to develop students’ core professional skills and introduce consulting competencies in a team setting.  Each team will tackle a campus client-sponsored project that requires problem scoping, interviewing stakeholders, gathering data and best practices, and developing and delivering recommendations.  At the end of the summer, teams will present their recommendations to their client and a panel of volunteer judges.

Transform Maryland was created specifically to engage students from diverse backgrounds.  National studies indicate disparities for women, first generation students and students of color in terms of access to paid internships.  The pilot of this program last summer resulted in over 90% of the students demonstrating improvement in two of the eight NACE career-ready competencies, and over 70% improving in four.  Additionally, all of the students recommended the University offer this opportunity every year.  We think this experience could significantly boost the prospects for obtaining a second highly competitive internship prior to graduation.

The 20-hour/week virtual experience includes a $3,600 stipend for each student.  Teams will be led by full-time UMD staff volunteers responsible for guiding the team through the project, teaching consultation principles and techniques, and coaching the students through process stages.

Please alert students you believe would benefit from this experience and encourage them to apply at go.umd.edu/applyTMD.  A flyer and overview of the program are also attached for you to distribute.  The opportunity is open to all majors.  If you have questions about the initiative, I would be happy to discuss the details.  Applications are due by May 28, and the program will commence on June 14.  Students need not be in residence to participate.