Monday, August 20, 2018

Fall Internships with the Business Council for International Understanding

At the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), you will obtain experience with working with the private sector, governments and international organizations. Our reputation for providing high quality services with integrity has earned us the trust of both governments and business. If you are ready for a career with a dynamic organization in an environment that fosters professional development and career advancement, you may be an ideal candidate for BCIU. BCIU is always looking for extraordinary people to help us support our mission and our members.
BCIU is proud to offer internship opportunities for college students during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.
At BCIU, you will obtain experience with working with the private sector, governments and international organizations. Internships offer responsibilities such as research, writing, communications, and material preparation. Additional tasks include research on trade, technical and economic trends globally.
Launched in 1955 as a White House initiative under President Eisenhower, the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) is a non-partisan, results-focused facilitator of dialogue and alliances between the world’s businesses and political leaders. With members from more than 150 world-leading companies, BCIU provides an ongoing forum for senior business executives to interact with heads of state/government, cabinet ministers, and senior government officials. BCIU brokers contacts and organizes custom-tailored events, briefings and off-the-record discussions so that stakeholders may speak candidly about core issues in a direct and timely manner, enabling resolution of problems and promotion of business opportunities in both the private and public sectors of the global marketplace.
We are currently hiring interns to report to our Defense & Security, Middle East & North Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Global and Special Projects teams specifically.


College students currently enrolled in a graduate program or an undergraduate program are eligible. Candidates must be currently authorized to work in the United States.  [Note: The last student to complete  a BCIU internship in a BSOS internship course was an international student.]
Qualifying students must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong computer research skills; working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; be a self starter; and have strong organizational and time management skills. In addition, candidate must demonstrate an interest in international relations, government affairs, Or U.S. trade/development/financing.
Students should be able to devote the equivalent to at least two or more days per week towards the internship.

Application instructions

We are currently hiring interns to report to our Defense & Security, Middle East & North Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Global and Special Projects teams specifically.
Please submit your resume and cover letter as a PDF to Spencer Cresswell at . Please format the subject of your email with the template: "Intern Application - LAST NAME, First Name - TEAM PREFERENCE."
Sample Subject: Intern Application - DOE, Jane - Defense & Security.

Fall Course: INFM289I Social Networking: Technology and Society

INFM289I Social Networking: Technology and Society - Satisfies GenEd Requirements!
The proliferation of social media – social networking websites, blogging and microblogging, and other forms of online interaction and content generation – has introduced a powerful tool for people to communicate and share information. This course will introduce methods for analyzing and understanding how people use these technologies and their societal implications.

The course will introduce students to the science and social science of network analysis. Through real world examples, including analysis of their own social networks, students will develop skills for describing and understanding the patterns and usage of services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. We will learn about how to understand behavior and interaction online, how people gain and use influence, issues surrounding privacy and artificial intelligence, and what to do with malicious content (bots, attacks, harassers, etc).

Taught by Professor Jen Goldbeck. Check out her Ted Talk here.

Seniors - Apply for Spring Break Abroad Program in Peru

PLCY798T: Sustainable Development, Environmental Policy, and Human Rights in Peru is open for applications. The course runs from March 14-23, 2019 (Spring Break), traveling to Lima, Madre de Dios in the Amazon, and the Cusco region in the Andes.

Application details:
The deadline for applications is October 1st. Graduate students and Seniors may apply. Applicants from all degree specializations are welcome for this multidisciplinary course.

UMD Education Abroad administers the application process (the professor and staff evaluate applications). You can learn more about the program and apply here:

Tuition of $2950 covers in-country transportation (flights, vans, boats), lodging, most meals, group events and activities, travel insurance, and administrative costs. Participants are responsible for the course fee, international airfare (est. $600-800), and personal expenses during the trip. Tuition remission applies for GAs – check with your adviser.

Applications are competitive. We typically have a greater number of applicants than we can accept into the course.

This graduate course takes a systemic approach to investigating the complex impact of resource exploitation and conflict on the environment, economy, and local indigenous communities. The course travels to the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon, the Andean region of Cusco, and the coastal capital of Lima to explore key environmental, development, and human security issues confronting the country and strategies for addressing them.

In the stunning Amazonian Madre de Dios / Tambopata region bordering Brazil and Bolivia – possibly the most biodiverse region on the planet – we stay at Posada Amazonas, an eco-lodge co-owned and operated by the Ese’eja indigenous community of Infierno and the adventure travel company, Rainforest Expeditions. We study this joint project as an example of employment-generating, environmentally-sound, and self-managed local development and capacity building. This approach and the Amazon ecosystem are threatened by large-scale resource exploitation moving further into the rainforest, particularly illegal gold mining and its concomitant social problems and conflicts. We observe first-hand the natural richness of Peru’s Amazon rainforest and examine the efforts and challenges of Peruvians in seeking livelihood development models consistent with the health of the natural environment.

In the Andes, we are based in Cusco, the heart of Incan civilization and majestic UNESCO World Heritage city. From Cusco, we investigate the drivers of migration to the gold mining regions and to the informal economy of Lima, especially from marginalized Quechua communities in the Andes. We meet with NGOs working to address poverty in the region, as well as the problems of persistent inequality, environmental change, conflict, and poor governance. This takes us to small villages in the sierra to meet with farmers and others developing new ways to gain income and improve the well-being of the environment and local communities.

In Lima, we engage in discussions with top experts and officials from government, NGOs and think tanks, and academia working on issues related to democratic development, resource management, and human security.

During the course, we'll trek in the Amazon jungle and explore its rich biodiversity, visit Spanish colonial and Incan sites, talk with Ese'eja and Quechua indigenous people, learn about Peru's multiple historical civilizations and diverse people, sample one of the finest cuisines in the world, and witness Peru's magnificent vistas.

Course faculty:
Prof. Tom Hilde, Director, UMD School of Public Policy
Matt Regan, Assistant Director, PhD student at the UMD School of Public Policy
Maya Camargo-Vemuri, Assistant Director, PhD student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

More information:
If you’d like to read more about the course content and trip, see the course blog:

If you have any questions, email Prof. Hilde at There will be an information session for the course at the beginning of the Fall semester (TBA).

Maryland Student Researchers Program - Database of Research Opportunities

Maryland Student Researchers / Database of Opportunities


Learn more about the Maryland Student Researchers program, and review over 168 available opportunities by visiting our website at:

The Maryland Student Researchers (MSR) program maintains a University-wide online bulletin board where UMD researchers post research opportunities for undergraduate students. It is a great way for undergraduates to learn about the rewards and challenges of academic research. Over 165 projects are listed with more being added so check back regularly over the next several weeks.

The MSR bulletin board is designed to help undergraduates find research opportunities that are a good fit for their interests and qualifications, and to help faculty members find students to assist with their research project(s). The research opportunities posted on the MSR website typically call for students to spend around six hours a week working under the direction of a faculty mentor on that faculty member’s own research. Participating students learn skills and gain valuable experience that will enhance their graduate school and job qualifications. Many positions are for volunteers, some are paid.

INFO SESSIONS: The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research will soon announce early-semester information sessions to assist students who want to use the MSR bulletin board to identify suitable research opportunities, and also to provide advice about additional ways to pursue research opportunities.

ELIGIBILITY: Any student in good academic standing may apply directly for any listed opportunities for which they have the listed required skills. It is open to undergraduates of all majors and disciplines with an interest in research. Many positions are offered on a volunteer basis, and selection of undergraduate researchers is made solely by the faculty members who provide the listed opportunities.

Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.
Director, Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research

NEW Federal Fellows Concentration - Political Engagement & Advocacy

Exciting NEW Federal Fellows concentration in Political Engagement and Advocacy!!!
Few Spots Remaining— APPLY NOW! For students of ALL MAJORS!

Interested in political engagement at the local, state or national levels? Want to run for causes, run for office 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 or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261.

Paid Position with the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development

The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development is accepting applications for a student office assistant for the fall 2018 semester. This is a paid position. We are looking for a student office assistant with excellent writing and oral communication skills, research experience, and a background assisting with on-campus events. Applicants with knowledge of SPSS, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Acrobat will be given preference. Applicants with a background in planning and working events, both on and off campus, will be given strong preference. If you are interested, please email your resume, a cover letter that includes your hours of availability, a one-page writing sample, and the names and phone numbers of two references to Please write “Sadat Chair Student Office Assistant Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants who are considered will be contacted for an in-person interview.

Paid Position in BSOS this Semester

Job Description: The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland is seeking a motivated part-time writer/communications assistant to help generate content for the College’s website, contribute to the College’s social media presence and support the overall communications goals of the College throughout the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters (and possibly beyond).

Minimum Qualifications:
·      Be available to work up to 15 hours per week
·      Write copy that is crisp and to the point, simplifying sometimes complex ideas and terminology for a general audience
·      Be comfortable and experienced interviewing professionals across a wide array of subject matters
·      Manage multiple assignments, prioritize workloads and produce high-quality work within established deadlines
·      Work independently
·      Contribute to and manage social media platforms in a professional setting

Preferred experience or familiarity in the following areas:
·      Content management systems for websites
·      PowerPoint
·      Photoshop
·      Graphic Design

Salary & Benefit Information:

Number of Available Openings:

Application Instructions:
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, up to three writing samples and a link to an online portfolio (if applicable) to

Position Closing Date:
September 12, 2018

Sara Gavin, Assistant Director of Communications & Media Relations, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences