Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Boren Scholarships: Language Study in Critical Languages

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2015-16 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Eligible regions include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2015-16 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and/or Spring 2016. More details are provided below. The UMD deadline to apply for the Boren Scholarship will be January 23, 2015. You can learn more about the Boren Scholarship program here:

*The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.*

Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the past 3 years!!!

A representative from the Boren Scholarship Program will be on campus on Thursday, October 16 to present an overview of the Boren Scholarship and answer your questions:

BOREN SCHOLARSHIP REPRESENTATIVE - Thursday, October 16 at 4:00 pm ­ Marie Mount Hall, Maryland Room (lower level) ­ RSVP  to as space is limited.

In addition to the session listed above, the NSO has also scheduled a number of information sessions for students unable to attend this presentation­ - please write to to let us know which session you plan to attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a note to the same address.)

Monday, October 20 at 12 noon ­ 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, October 20 at 4:30 pm ­ 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, October 21 at 12 noon ­ 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, October 21 at 4:30 pm ­ 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, October 22 at 12 noon ­ 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, October 22 at 4:30 pm ­ 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, November 23 at 12 noon  ­ 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, November 23 at 4:30 pm ­ 2403 Marie Mount Hall

All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is JANUARY 23, 2015.  If you are interested in learning more about the Maryland review process for the Boren Scholarship, please attend an information workshop and contact the National Scholarships Office at:


Who can apply: US Citizens ­ All Majors ­ students who are now Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors ­ GPA of 3.4 or higher strongly recommended ­ Students considering study abroad between Summer 2015 and Spring 2016 ­ **UMD winter term courses are not eligible.**

IMPORTANT: Eligible regions include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

IMPORTANT: Students in ALL MAJORS are eligible to apply for up to 2 semesters of Boren support, however, summer semester-only proposals are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematic majors. Students majoring in these areas are STRONGLY encouraged to apply. Applications for summer-only programs will be considered only if the program is eight (8) weeks or more.

DEADLINE FOR REQUIRED MARYLAND REVIEW PROCESS: Friday, January 23, 2015 ­ please contact us at for more information about the Boren Scholarship and Maryland¹s review process.

DESCRIPTION: Boren Scholarships provide up to $10,000 per semester or $20,000 per academic year to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in 2015-16 in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The program draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

LANGUAGE STUDY: Boren Scholars typically include substantial language study in their study abroad programs. (Exception: students applying to study abroad in French or Spanish speaking regions of the world should already have advanced proficiency in French or Spanish.) For a complete list of languages and regions please visit the Boren Scholarship website.

AFRICAN LANGUAGES INITIATIVE: Boren Scholarship applicants the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of, and proficiency in, African languages and cultures. Through the initiative, supplemental funding will be available for Boren Scholars to study one of the following languages at the University of Florida¹s summer 2015 program prior to commencing their overseas Boren Scholarship funded program: Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese) Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu. In addition, African Languages Initiative overseas programs are available for intensive language and cultural study during fall semester 2015 in the following countries: Tanzania (Swahili), Mozambique (Portuguese), and Senegal (Wolof).

PROGRAM PREFERENCES: The Boren Scholarship program strongly prefers proposals for 2 semester of study abroad (with the exception of applicants in the sciences, engineering and mathematics, who may summer-only programs). While single-semester applications are permitted, we encourage students to consider more than one semester of study abroad whenever possible. Preferred combinations include: Summer + Fall semesters abroad and Fall + Spring semesters abroad. Summer-only proposals are limited to Science/Engineering and Math majors, though students in these major may apply for two semester of study abroad as well. SENIORS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

AWARD: Awards depend on the actual cost of the proposed study abroad programs. Maximum scholarship awards are: $10,000 for one semester and $20,000 for two semesters or a full academic year.

SERVICE EXPECTATION: The Boren Scholarship program seeks applicants who are strongly interested in exploring possibilities for U.S. Government employment, and applications from students expressing a strong interest in Federal service will be preferred. Recipients of Boren Scholarships are expected to work for the Federal Government for one year. Boren Scholars must begin fulfilling the service requirement within three years of graduation. For more information about the Boren Scholarship service expectation please visit the Boren website at:

DAAD Graduation Study Scholarship

Are you in the final year of your undergraduate studies and interested in studying in Germany for the 2015-16 academic year? Or are you a graduate student aiming to do research in Germany for the 2015-16 academic year? 

Learn about DAAD Graduate Study Scholarships, which provide a monthly stipend of € 750 (approximately $945). Contact the National Scholarships Office PROMPTLY at to learn more about these programs and the application process.

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Graduate Study Scholarships are awarded to highly-qualified graduating seniors and recent graduates who have completed their bachelor's degrees and graduate students from all disciplines to support a year of a master’s degree program at a German university or independent study/research.

Who can apply: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non-US citizens – graduating seniors, recent graduates, and full-time graduate students – GPA of 3.5 or higher recommended – All fields

October 31, 2014 (postmark) - For all applicants in the fields of music, visual arts and performing arts who wish to study during the upcoming German academic year.

November 4, 2014 (11:00pm Central European Time) - For applicants (outside the fields of music, visual arts and performing arts) who wish to study during the upcoming German academic year (October 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016). The application hard copy (paper) must be submitted no later than one week after the deadline.

For more information about DAAD Graduate Study Scholarships, please visit the DAAD website at


Join the UMD / Prince George's County Community Pipeline

Community Pipeline is a new UMD initiative to connect and share resources with local Prince George's County Public Schools. 

The Pipeline helps any group of UMD students get involved in mentoring at a local school. Groups organize and lead a short-term afterschool program on whatever topic they are already passionate about! 

We provide student groups with:
-Chartered transportation to the school (courtesy of DOTS)
-Lesson Plan creation assistance (courtesy of the College of Education)
- On-campus Background Checks
-All correspondence and set-up
- Staff on-site during each day of programs
-Stipends to pay for any program materials Come and learn more! ALL ARE WELCOME to our first GBM of the semester!Sunday October 5th at 7pm Stamp's Terrapin Room C- There will be food! 

If you are a member of a Student Org or Program, request more information by filling out this form.

If you would like to volunteer with Community Pipeline as a coordinator, apply here!

Questions? Contact us at
Or check us out at

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Campaign for Liberty Foundation Internship Grants

The Campaign for Liberty Foundation is currently searching for students who are planning to intern in the Washington D.C. area for the Spring 2015 semester. The foundation recently announced their newest program, the M. Louise Tate Internship Grants.
These grants are designed as a one-time $1000 stipend for young individuals who are working unpaid internships with a D.C. area organization or Congressman. Living in Washington D.C. is expensive, and their goal is to provide opportunity to students who want to get involved in the political process.
You can find out more about this wonderful program and the application process here. The deadline to apply for the Spring semester is November 18th.

Please contact Michael Clayton (michael.clayton@campaignforliberty.comwith any further questions about the application process or program.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sign up for Middle Eastern Studies!

Still looking for a minor?
The Middle Eastern Studies Minor (MESM) introduces students to the history, culture, and politics of the Middle East since the emergence of Islam. MESM balances coursework in the contemporary period with exposure to the pre-twentieth-century political, intellectual, and religious experience of the region, its ethnic and religious make-up, and the rich culture that these together engendered.

Degree Requirements: 15-18 credits total
6 credits (2 courses) in Area Distribution; 6 credits (2 courses) in Pre-Modern; 3 credits (1 course) in Electives

For more information about this program, please contact the MESM minor advisor, Nicole Mclean. 
The advising office is located in 3107 Taliaferro Hall.
The fall advising hours are at Monday, 11-12; Tuesday, 1-2 or by appointment.
The office can be contacted at or

Friday, September 26, 2014

Internship Workshops and Opportunities

Internship Workshops

How to Find an Internship
12-1 p.m. 
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Not sure where to start with your internship search? Or, do you feel like you are at a standstill and unsure about the next steps in your search? To help you with your internship search, we 
will discuss:
  • Specific resources available to research internship opportunities in non-profit, government and corporate sectors
  • Quick tips on making a positive first impression on resumes and during interviews
  • Strategies to connect with UMD alumni working within your intended career field

Internship Panel: Diversity Matters
4:30-6:00 p.m.
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Come hear panelists representing organizations that successfully prepare and place diverse students into internships with top companies and organizations. Panelists include INROADS, T. Howard Foundation & Hispanic National Internship Program through HACU.

Internship Opportunities 

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) 
Spring 2015 Internship Program
Priority deadline to apply: October 26, 2014
Final Deadline to apply: November 9, 2014
Application information can be found at 

Maryland General Intern Program  
Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2014.
This rewarding program is for anyone that has an interest in becoming a Legislative Intern for a member of the Maryland General Assembly.

Up to Us Campus Competition
Deadline to Apply: September 26, 2014.
This nationwide campus competition is a great leadership development opportunity and resume builder that gives students the platform to educate their peers on our nation's long-term debt among other things.

Heritage Spring Internship Opportunities
To apply: Fill out online application and send in two letters of recommendation as well as an official school transcript by October 1, 2014.  

Office of Science and Technology Policy Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program
Deadline to Apply: October 17, 2014.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is looking for students who are U.S. citizens and will be enrolled in an accredited college or university during the Spring 2015 semester.

Victory Congressional Internship
Spring 2015 Internship and Leadership Program
Deadline to apply for Spring 2015 session: October 27, 2014.
This intensive leadership program, open to all LGBTQ college students, includes a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress. 

Corporation for National & Community Service
Unpaid Internship Opportunities 
To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Denise Giles Yeager, Intern Program Coordinator,

National Museum of American History Spring 2015 Internships
Deadline to apply for Spring 2015 internships: October 15, 2014.       

Rep. Grijalva Accepting Applications for Spring Internship

Deadline to apply is December 12, 2014

 Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva is accepting applications for Spring 2015 internships in Washington, D.C. and his various Southern Arizona district offices.

Deadline to apply is December 12, 2014.

Interns in the Washington office work closely with legislative and communications staff, answer office phones, distribute mail, and communicate with constituents. Preference is given to students and individuals from Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District, although all qualified applicants are carefully considered. Interns are unpaid and are responsible for lodging and transportation. Applicants are highly encouraged to explore scholarship opportunities that may be offered through their respective institutions or by other programs.

Anyone interested in working in the Washington, D.C. office should submit a cover letter, resume, and a one-page writing sample to Cristina Villa, Rep. Grijalva’s internship coordinator, at

Interns at the Tucson, Somerton, and Avondale offices help staff provide constituent services to residents of the Third Congressional District. Interns also perform administrative tasks and may be asked to work on special projects for public outreach, events and other needs of the office. Internships for the Tucson, Somerton, and Avondale offices are available at the beginning of each semester. There is no hard deadline, but earlier applications may be given priority.

Tucson District Office Submit an application form, cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to Josie Medina at

Somerton District OfficeSubmit an application form, cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to Martha Garcia at

Avondale District OfficeSubmit an application form, cover letter, resume and a short writing sample to Tyler Busher at