Friday, June 29, 2012

Office of the Curator at the Supreme Court Internship

The Office of the Curator at the Supreme Court of the United States is currently accepting applications for Fall 2012 Internships. For the past 30 years, interns have worked closely with curatorial staff in fulfilling our mission to preserve the records and history of the Supreme Court and provide visitors with information on Court history and architecture.
A detailed description of our program and application instructions can be found on the Supreme Court’s Website at the following address:
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible but no later than July 10, 2012.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Student Job Opening

Job Description
         The employee will assist with general casework, including tracking and checking on the status of Congressional requests and faxing responses to Congressional offices. The incumbent works with the lead caseworker to resolve constituent requests pertaining to Federal Student Aid.
         The employee will carefully read all incoming letters for subject matters and assigned to the appropriate program office.
         The employee will attend meetings both within and outside the Department on matters of Congressional interest alongside full-time Legislative Analysts. 
         The employee will assist legislative staff with preparation for hearings, attend Congressional hearings and mark-ups, and write reports on those events.  Reports will be distributed across Department offices. 
         The employee will assist with grant notifications and also assist Congressional Liaisons with inquiries from Members and their staff. 
         The employee will assist staff with ongoing Congressional outreach and will manage master calendars of events of Department and Congressional interest.
         The employee will maintain and update our databases of Congressional biographies and education liaisons.
         The employee will be expected to perform various administrative tasks and other duties as assigned, including Hill runs and helping with phones when necessary.
         This position is intended to fall under the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) or Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The intention is to combine on the job experience with studies. Applicants should be currently enrolled in school or have completed their degrees in the past year.  Both programs are designed to serve as a partnership between the student or recent graduate, the school and the Department of Education to increase confidence, interpersonal and professional skills in young students/recent graduates, gain professional experience and increase motivation to learn.
Competitive Pay and Benefits
As a SCEP student, your rate of pay will depend on your education and work experience.
As your responsibilities increase, your pay reflects your experience, talents and contributions. Pay-for-performance systems are in place to provide increases and awards for motivated SCEP students.
There are many ways to work in the SCEP. Schedules may alternate full-time work experiences with full semesters or quarters of study in school, or there may be part-time positions with parallel periods of study. You will work with your school and employer to design a schedule that works best for you.

Eligibility Requirements
In addition to U.S. citizenship, you must meet the following requirements:
        Pursue a professional, graduate, Baccalaureate, or Associate degree, undergraduate certificate or diploma, or high school diploma;
        Be enrolled in your school's Cooperative Education program
        Maintain a good academic standing in your school;
        Recommended for a Co-op assignment by your school;
        Have met security requirements.
Program Background
Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
STEP provides part-time federal jobs to students that can last as little as one summer or as long as the duration of your college career. STEP positions are paid. The work does not have to be related to your field of study, allowing you to gain experience in other fields.
To be eligible you must be in high school, college, vocational school, or graduate school. In addition, you must be a U.S. citizen or national in most cases. However, if the hiring agency’s appropriation act permits non-citizen employees, and you are eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws, you can participate in the program. Also, make sure to check with an agency about whether they participate in the STEP program because they don't have to list these positions on
For more information visit:
Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
SCEP allows you to gain experience working for the government in a job related to your field of study. Most positions are paid and some also provide academic credit towards your degree.
To participate in SCEP, the hiring agency must have a formal agreement with your educational institution. SCEP positions are available to undergraduate and graduate students. You must be a U.S. citizen or national in most cases. However, if the hiring agency’s appropriation act permits non-citizen employees, and you are eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws, you can participate in the program.
If you successfully complete 640 hours of work within the SCEP program, you are eligible to be hired to a permanent position without going through the traditional hiring process. Recent additions to the program allow agencies to waive up to half of the required 640 hours for students with certain job-related experience acquired in a structured work-study program, active duty military service or if you have exceptional job performance and academic excellence (3.5 GPA out of a 4.0 scale, standing in the top 10% of the graduating class and/or induction into a nationally recognized scholastic honors society) while enrolled in the program.
For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Learning and Cognition Study

The University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is recruiting participants for a study investigating learning and cognition.

The study involves participation in 5 sessions of about 1 - 2 hours each.

Participants will be paid $25 dollars at the end of each session. Those who complete all 5 sessions will receive an additional $40 and be entered into a random drawing to win an iPad.

The study involves answering several questionnaires and completing many short cognitive tasks, such as tests of memory and learning.

Some participants will also be invited to participate in (EEG and MRI). Details about these neuroimaging sessions including additional eligibility criteria, will be provided to participants at the first session.

To participate for the general study, you must (1) be 18-30 years of age, (2) be a native speaker of American English, (3) have normal hearing, (4) not have any speaking or reading disabilities, (5) have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and (6) not have experience with the Chinese language.

To participate, register for the Learning and Cognition Study at If you have any further questions, please email us at

Friday, June 22, 2012

Opportunites Listed in C4T for GVPT Majors


The University Career Center & The President's Promise’s Resource Room is the primary place for learning about the Center’s services and also finding resources on career planning, gaining experience, applying to graduate/professional school, and job hunting. The Center’s library is growing and includes the following books, plus many more that can be checked out for up to two weeks by currently enrolled University of Maryland students. The Resource Room is located in Hornbake Library, South Wing, on the 3rd floor and is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

·         Inside a U.S. Embassy: How the Foreign Service Works for America; By: Shawn Dorman
·         Careers for Patriotic Types and Others Who Want to Serve Their Country; By: Jan Goldberg
·        Career Opportunities in Politics, Government, and Activism; By: Joan Axelrod-Contrada

Careers4Terps highlighted position of the week by the University Career Center and The President’s Promise!

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Civil Rights Internship (Fall or Spring Part-Time)- ID 62762
Council on American-Islamic Relations, Chicago Chapter, Chicago, Illinois        
Interns will work closely with the Civil Rights Director, Litigation Director, and/or Staff Attorney on resolving cases of discrimination reported to CAIR-Chicago. Internships are open to undergraduate students or graduate students not enrolled in a J.D./L.L.M. program. In order to ensure that each intern and fellow’s experience is maximized, each Civil Rights team member will be required to develop and train in the following core specialties:

1.            Intake Processing
2.            Legal & Policy Research
3.            Administrative Assistance

Essential duties and responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) the following:

·         Assist in documenting incidents of religious discrimination by counseling and interviewing complainants regarding their incident
·         Research laws and policies on employment, student conduct, and immigration procedures, as well as criminal offenses and other areas as seen fit
·         Assist in maintaining the Civil Rights Online Center
·         Update databases containing information about abuses reported to CAIR-Chicago

For those proficient in foreign languages primarily spoken by Muslim individuals (Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Spanish), participate in translating for complainants in communications with the Department or during legal proceedings, and translating documents for clients.

Fall 2012 START Internships

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a research center, based at the University of Maryland, committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world. START supports research efforts of leading social scientists at more than 50 academic and research institutions, each of whom is conducting original investigations into fundamental questions about terrorism. START is able to offer internships which can be taken for credit on several exciting projects. Please see the information below for details on each of the projects.

Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
 The GTD is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world since 1970 (currently updated through 2010). While the main task of this internship generally consists of identifying and coding data on terrorist attacks from 2012, the effort is organized into the following topical domains: GTD: Incident Location and Geographic Identification GTD: Perpetrator and Target Identification GTD: Understanding the Patterns and Use of Weapons and Tactics
GTD: The Consequences of Terrorism – Casualties and Outcome GTD: Coding Intern At Large (Generalist)

For more information please contact Michael Distler:

Special Projects

The Special Projects team works on a variety of different projects. Interns have the opportunity to work on one of the many varied projects all requiring different skills sets and expertise. All special projects interns participate in the Red Team Project. Intern positions available in the following focus areas: Special Projects: Advanced Research
Special Projects: CBRN Terrorism Research Special Projects: Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations
Special Projects: Individual Radicalization Special Projects: Nuclear Security and Smuggling (Europe)
Special Projects: Open Source Intelligence (Europe)
Special Projects: Anatomizing Chemical and Biological Non-State Adversaries Special Projects: GIS Analytical

For more information please contact Lauren Pinson Lauren Pinson:

Communications Internship

 START communications interns will report to the director of communications. Internships, responsibilities will include: Writing and editing press releases
Planning and attending events
Writing and publishing feature stories Creating media kits
Developing and tracking media lists
Monitoring social media
Assisting with strategic planning and implementation
Engaging in START’s educational enrichment program

For more information please contact Jessica Rivinius: Jessica Rivinius:

Naval Research Laboratory Adversarial Modeling and Exploitation Office
 Two internships are available with AMX onsite at their offices in Washington DC. The AMX has a number of ongoing research projects related to counter-terrorism, behavior detection, law enforcement, crime analysis, and geospatial analysis. The use of information by law enforcement, often called data driven policing, is an ever evolving and expanding field.
AMX Projects:
Behavioral Indicators of Gun and Drug Carrying
• Crime and Threat Analysis Systems

For more information please contact Sarah Fishering Sarah Fishering:

START/State Department Terrorist Organizations Project Internship

Students will gather and analyze statistics on terrorist organizations over time. Projects will include collecting the number and type of attacks over time, looking at trends, and possibly even modeling group capacity out into the future. Interns will also provide assistance in researching open source information on the leadership of some groups for possible future designations.
Interns will be co-supervised by researchers at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the State Department. The State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks. Interns will be based at START’s offices on the University of Maryland campus.

For more information please contact Sarah Fishering: Sarah Fishering:

Why choose an internship at START?
 Experience working with a large team of dynamic and experienced researchers on a large multi-year project. Hone and develop a range of transferable skills. Opportunity to work with and meet other students and researchers with similar interests. Enrichment activities offering wide opportunities for learning and personal growth, schedule includes simulations, career presentations and research talks. Internships can be undertaken for academic credit.

General requirements

Applicants for all internships must:
Have a good academic record.
Demonstrate an interest in the subject matter.
Complete and submit an application by the deadline.
Agree to attend orientation and training.
Projects may have specific requirements.

How to apply

Application deadline: Priority deadline 5pm Friday July 6th 2012
 Applications received after 5pm Friday July 13th 2012 will not be considered.

Applicants must submit an application form and supporting documentation via email to

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Chinese Language and Culture – Study/Scholarship Opportunity in Taiwan

National Central University, Taiwan, and the University of Maryland, College Park, are offering five (5) scholarships including free tuition, room and meals, and airfare for students strongly motivated to take part in a three (3) week Chinese Language and Culture course. The three (3) week course will include classes in Chinese, field trips to museums and other cultural sites. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Maryland are eligible. The course will be taught by lecturers from NCU’s Language Center<>, and will include students from Europe and the United States as well as East Asia.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit the following materials to NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT ON THE EVENING OF SUNDAY JUNE 24:

1. A one-page, single-spaced statement expressing how this opportunity would enrich your academic, professional, and/or personal development.
2. A scanned unofficial or official UMD transcript.
3. A resume or CV (may be longer than one page).
4. Your level of Chinese language proficiency. (The program will have eight levels from beginner to super advanced.)

NOTE CAREFULLY the dates of this opportunity: August 6-24, 2012.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Paid Psychology Study Opportunity:

We are looking for students of East Asian and European American backgrounds to participate in a study conducted by the University of Maryland Psychology Department. The study involves bringing a friend with you to our lab in BPS for a computer-based interaction exercise and a survey. It will take less than 1 hour and you will be paid $15 each. If you are interested, please visit this link to sign up for our participant database, and if you are eligible to participate you will be contacted to schedule an appointment. You may also contact

Friday, June 8, 2012

Opportunities Listed in C4T for GVPT majors

Career Spots-
Seeking internship search strategies, cover letter tips, or ideas for developing an elevator pitch? Career Spots offers short videos on each of these topics plus a lot more. Visit the University Career Center & The President’s Promise’s website and click “Career Spots” to view many career related videos.

Careers4Terps highlighted position of the week by the University Career Center and The President’s Promise!
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Strategic Planning and Development Internship, Summer Internship, ID 62162
Council for a Strong America, Washington, District of Columbia            

The Strategic Planning and Development Intern will play a key role in supporting the Council For A Strong America’s (CSA) six-person Strategic Planning and Development team. This internship will be a great opportunity to gain non-profit and professional writing experience, as well as learn first-hand about federal and state educational and health issues.

The Strategic Planning and Development Intern will:
- Begin several new research, writing and information gathering projects for the Development team. These may include:
- Creating and writing state profile templates that feature recent state accomplishments. You will work closely via email and phone with state staff to gather information, as well as take information from recent grant proposal and board reports.
- Creating and writing organizational profiles of accomplishments for each of the four CSA organizations. You will work closely via email and in-person conversations with the national directors of the four CSA organizations to collect information.
- Creating templates for standardized talking points to pitch our organization to potential funders. You will gather this information from past grant proposal and talking points.
- Organizing and filing the department’s DVD/Video collection of clips that showcase news and event coverage.
- Database conversion and management, including transferring funder and grant related information from our old database to a new, cloud-based system.
- Assist the Development team with logistical work as needed, such as compiling press clips for packets for funders, organizing Development office supplies, assisting with funder meeting and conference prep, prospecting research, etc.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cable TV Scholarship

All needed information and guidelines for submission can be found here:
Although the June 30 deadline for the Fall 2012 award is near, we will be awarding a scholarship twice annually for both the fall and spring semesters.

***U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy - Dept. of State Foreign Policy Classroom Program: June 14***

Attached is an announcement containing program details for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Policy Classroom program on Thursday, June 14 from 10:30-11:30a.m. We are pleased to announce that the topic of discussion for this program will be “Investing in the Future of U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy.” The speaker for this program will be Ambassador Susan F. Burk, Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Non-Proliferation.

If any students are interested to register for this program, they will need to fill out the attached Excel document with the outlined security information and send it to This information is required by Department Security in order to admit visitors into the building. The required information is a first and last name, a date of birth, the school they are currently affiliated with, a student ID number, a driver’s license or passport number and the state or country of issuance. This information is due on Tuesday, June 12th, by 5:00p.m.

Thank you, and we look forward to welcoming you to the U.S. Department of State on Thursday, June 14th.

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)

invites students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in a 2011-2012 study examining people’s descriptions of how they behave with different types of people. Participants will be asked a series of questions while researchers record their brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Research participants must be 18 to 35 years of age, be native speakers of English, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, be right-handed, and been born and raised in the United States. Research participants should NOT have any: metal implants or other metal that cannot be removed (including permanent retainers), personal history of neurological and psychological disorders, learning disabilities, or possibility of pregnancy.

Compensation: $20 per hour for up to approximately 2.5 hours.
Location: Maryland Neuroimaging Center.

Employment Opportunity: Embassy of Japan in Washington DC


Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
Washington, DC

Publicity Coordinator

The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the Publicity Coordinator position. This individual is responsible for supporting the JICC’s goal to promote a better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by disseminating information about the JICC and various Japan-related events to the public and media. Possessing excellent writing skills, this individual will have primary responsibility for creating and designing promotional materials and will also be responsible for drafting speeches for Embassy of Japan diplomats. 

This position also entails other duties shared with coworkers at the JICC, such as assisting the diplomats and other colleagues with events held at the JICC, and responding to public inquiries about Japan. Please see below for a more detailed listing of responsibilities.

The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave. Working hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday with weeknight and/or weekend events several times a month (paid overtime).

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

-Draft flyers, brochures, pamphlets, posters and advertisements for JICC events
-Draft speeches, statements, remarks and correspondence for diplomats and staff
-Develop materials for JICC exhibits such as signs and posters
-Keep the staff updated on news coverage of JICC events in the media
-Maintain a database of media and art-related contacts and build relationships with relevant media
-Disseminate information on Japan to the public; respond to public inquiries on Japan
-Assist the diplomats with administrative tasks, writing and research
-Support other staff with JICC events and other office tasks

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:
-Superior writing and editing skills in English; experience in journalism or writing for public relations preferred
-Ability to use Adobe Creative Suite preferred
-Strong computer skills
-Proficiency in Japanese
-High attention to detail with the ability to manage multiple ongoing projects
-Experience living or working in Japan preferred
-Understanding of Japanese culture and passion to teach others
-Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in relevant field: e.g. Communication, East Asian Studies, International Relations

To apply:
Resume, cover letter and a copy of university transcript (need not be official) should be submitted in a .doc (Word) file format to . Please note in the subject line of your email “JICC Publicity Coordinator.”

Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.