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Friday, April 24, 2015

Summer Program Intern with the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Date: May 4th, 2015
Hours: 20-30 hours/week
Compensation: $1000/month
Location: Washington, D.C.

Summary: The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) seeks a highly motivated intern who is passionate about the environment and has experience planning large events. The program intern will support the planning and execution of NCEL’s National Issues Forum, to be held in Seattle, Washington from July 31-August 2.

NCEL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working with environmentally minded state lawmakers to advance pro-environment initiatives and defend against the rollback of environmental safeguards. The Caucus comprises a nationwide network of over 1,000 state legislators with membership in all 50 states and from both major parties. Out annual National Issues Forum provides an opportunity for legislators to learn about emerging environmental issues and collaborate with their colleagues from other states. More than 130 state legislators from across the country attended our 2014 forum. For more information, visit

Responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Creating event materials for the Summer Conference and program work.
  • Coordinating travel for state legislators and even presenters and processing reimbursements
  • Manage the registration process for the conference on an ongoing basis, including room and meal counts
  • Developing and distributing event itineraries.
  • Work with NCEL staff to identify and recruit expert speakers for the forums. This will include following up with speakers to acquire bios, presentations, and relevant handouts.
  • Assisting with phone calls and mailings to participants.
  • Updating member profiles and other databases
  • Facilitating day of event logistics
  • Handling of post event evaluations/recaps.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience planning large events with more than 100 participants
  • Ability to work remotely and from a personal computer
  • Experience managing databases with Excel and similar programs
  • Experience with graphic design (Adobe InDesign or similar program) preferred.
  • Volunteer experience or familiarity with non-profit organizations preferred
  • Students majoring in special event planning, marketing, communications, hospitality, non-profit management, public relations, or similar field preferred
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week from late April 2015 through August 2015 and attend the forum.

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume describing your qualifications and interest in the environment and event planning to Dylan McDowell at Include “NCEL INTERN 2015” in the subject line.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Law Enforcement Analyst Intern/ Trainee Position Description

University of Maryland Police / Public Safety, Information Analysis Unit
Law Enforcement Analyst Intern/Trainee Position Description

The University of Maryland Police Information Analysis Unit is accepting applications for the Law Enforcement Analyst Internship program. This is a paid, part-time position for University of Maryland College Park students interested in a career in crime and intelligence analysis. The Law Enforcement Analyst trainee will be required to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week. Employer is flexible with class schedules and study requirements. The office is open Monday – Friday and recognizes the University Holiday Schedule, during which time the office is closed. Work will largely be conducted in typical office setting and involves contact with civilian and sworn police personnel. There may be some limited opportunities for evening and weekend hours to support special events. Preference is given to applicants planning on one year or more of employment. Position requires fingerprint background check (provided by department).
Minimum Qualifications:
• Currently pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, Criminal Justice, or related field at University of Maryland, College Park; including coursework in statistics, data analysis, research methods, and theories of crime/criminal behavior.
• Experience using statistical computer programs, computer databases, electronic spreadsheets, and desktop publishing (Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent).
• Experience with ArcGIS preferred.
• Applicants must submit resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample (please limit writing sample to 600 words; samples should exhibit correct spelling, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, and consistent citation).
Job Description:
• Prepare, clean, and code data for crime and problem analysis
• Collect, analyze, and interpret data and information related to criminal activity, public safety, and homeland security
• Maintain, query, and retrieve pertinent information in computer databases
• Identify patterns of crime and public safety concerns using database software, reviewing incident data, and conducting open source research
• Research and monitor developing crime trends, public safety issues, and threats for the University community and surrounding region
• Assist with a variety of daily, weekly, monthly and annual tactical, operational, and strategic reports
• Conduct a wide variety of open source research and evaluate credibility of information
• May perform other similar or related task as assigned or requested
Knowledge, skills, abilities:
• Experience with data entry and/or variable coding,
• Knowledge of and ability to interpret basic statistics,
• Knowledge of social science research methodology,
• Strong writing skills and ability to adapt writing to address various needs and audiences,
• Ability to conduct open-source research using credible sources and appropriate citation
• Ability to think critically about a variety of issues and topics, and
• General computer functions and software applications.

For more information and to apply to the position please contact Bethany Tiernan directly at

2015 GHHI Summer Research Institute Program Syllabus: Research Associates

The research associate position at 2015 GHHI Summer Research Institute is a part-time, unpaid, volunteer summer research opportunity conducted from the comfort of your home. This project aims to open source information to aid local nonprofits and legislators in their fight to improve the state of healthy housing in Baltimore. 
Our mission is to utilize the amazing research capacity of undergraduates across the country to collect this information. We are able to accomplish this by communicating via webinars and utilizing pre-formatted and very prescriptive excel spreadsheets which allow information to be collected in a universal template. We are looking for students from any background, and no previous experience is required.
The information that is collected will be published in an online Wikipedia-style Healthy Housing Database that allows us to open source this information exponentially across the country and allow for other student groups and professionals to update and expand this research. 
By the end of the summer, you'll have partaken in a new publication, contributed to a national website, learned about environmental health, and helped low-income families in their fight to improve their standard of health! 
Commitment & Logistics:
Position Title: Research Associate (This is an unpaid, volunteer position.)
Time Frame of Research Project: Tuesday June 2, 2015 – Tuesday, August 11, 2015 (10 weeks)
Hours per Week: 6-8 hours per week
Other expectations:
· High standards for academic and research integrity/honesty
· Full availability between June 1, 2014-August 10, 2015
  • ​We’re willing to work around your schedule as needed (i.e. classes, short family vacations…) – just let us know on the application! 
· Timely submission of weekly assignments
· Attendance and participation in lecture series
· Completion of research project and final project by summer’s end
· Attendance of at 1 webinar per week (Tuesdays at 9AM-10AM EST, 6PM-7PM EST, 8PM-9PM EST)
  • ​We are willing to work around your schedule if none of these slots work for you – just let us know on the application that you can’t make it to any of these time slots.
You can apply to this program through this link: 
The application is DUE AT 3:00AM EST on SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015.  Decisions will be released early May via email.
The Summer 2015 schedule is attached to this email, and available here:​
Please direct questions to Gloria Aldana,

2015 Undergraduate Summer School

2015 Universitas 21 Undergraduate Summer School (U21 Summer School)
Only ten days left to apply!
Host: University of Glasgow
Location: Glasgow, UK
Dates: July 1-15, 2015
Theme: Cities and Citizen Engagement in the Digital Age
Costs: Participation in this program is funded by the Office of International Affairs for an approximate value of $2,700/ student. Airfare, registration fee (including accommodation and most meals), international health insurance, and visa costs (if applicable) will be fully covered by the Office of International Affairs for four successful candidates. Participating students will need their own spending money for occasional dinners on free nights, transfers to and from the airport, and personal costs while visiting Scotland.
This is a competitive application.

The University of Maryland has been invited to nominate four undergraduate students to participate in the 2015 Universitas 21 Undergraduate Summer School being hosted by the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, United Kingdom, July 1-15, 2015. This year’s event focuses on the theme “Cities and Citizen Engagement in the Digital Age”.  U21 undergraduate students from a variety of countries, cultures, and academic disciplines will spend two weeks engaging in activities, discussions and workshops aimed at exploring ideas for using new technologies to improve the quality of life in urban settings worldwide. 
Cities are complex, dynamic structures: difficult to predict and manage, with everyday issues arising in economic stability, energy security, environmental integrity, independent living, communications, built environment and civic participation.
Understanding how these services combine to produce a city level effect is a challenge.  Their sheer complexity and unpredictability makes the policy setting and management of effective, high-functioning, successful cities an increasingly important social and economic priority. Successful cities are those which position themselves to understand systemic behaviors and develop policy and service responses which address the issues these create – an ability to respond and adapt to the changing environment around them.
The U21 Summer School 2015 theme is Cities and Citizens in the Digital Age and will offer a program of seminars and practical experiences demonstrating how new technologies can be used to support and improve the vital components of a fully functional city. This will cover citizen engagement, transportation, energy, big data, protecting vulnerable groups and physical regeneration, with a focus on how key services are increasingly informed and influenced by emerging technologies.
To apply, please submit the following materials to by Wednesday, April 29, 2015:
-          Resume
-          Cover letter including your full name, UID, Class status, College, Major and Minor, and GPA*
-          A two-page essay describing your interest in the program, your motivation to apply, how will you contribute to the program, and what do you expect to gain from this experience.
-          Two academic recommendations
For more information, please contact Dr. Raluca Nahorniac in the Office of International Affairs at
* Class Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; Minimum GPA: 3.3; Major Eligibility: All Majors

Summer II GVPT 306: Global Environmental Politics

Course Overview:
Environmentalism is an issue at every political level: from local to national to global. Environmental policies are affected by regimes, by agreements, by institutions, and by international cooperation.  We will explore the nature and scope of environmentalism, its relationship with politics, and the resulting consequences in terms of environmental protection, conservation, food production, industry, and conflict around the world.
This course will be divided into four parts. The first will be primarily focused on the institutions that effect environmental policy-making. The second will be how human use of the environment often turns into abuse of the environment. The third will deal with case studies across the globe, highlighting environmental issues that are region-specific. The fourth and most practical dimension of this course is that students will be designing their very own sustainability projects.
This course will be offered online.

If you have any questions, kindly contact the instructor, Carla Abdo, at: