Friday, September 28, 2012


ATTENTION JUNIORS!!! Do you have outstanding public service accomplishments and goals, an excellent academic record, and clear evidence of leadership ability? Are you passionate about public service? Are you planning graduate study to help you prepare for a career working for the public good and shaping public policy?
Learn about the Truman Scholarship ( which honors President Harry S. Truman by recognizing JUNIORS with outstanding potential for making contributions to the public good and to public policy. The Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 toward relevant graduate studies, exceptional internship opportunities and other important benefits. Prof. Margaret Pearson, Dept. of Government and Politics, is Maryland's faculty advisor for the Truman Scholarship.
WHO CAN APPLY: US Citizens or nationals (by March 2013) - Juniors, 3rd year Seniors - GPA of 3.5 or higher strongly recommended - All Majors – All candidates for Truman Scholarships must be nominated by their college or university: Maryland’s nomination deadline is November 26, 2012
To learn more about the Truman Scholarship and Maryland's nomination process sign up for one of our upcoming info sessions and read more below.
Thursday, October 4, 12:00 noon - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, October 4,  4:30 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, October 5, 9 am - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, October 5, 12:00 noon - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, October 5, 4:30 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
PLEASE LET US KNOW BY EMAIL TO TRUMAN@UMD.EDU WHICH SESSION YOU PLAN TO ATTEND - SPACE IS LIMITED. If you are interested in learning more but cannot attend these sessions, please reply to the same address listing days/times you have available.
***The deadline to apply for University of Maryland nomination for the Truman Scholarship will be MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012.***  For more information, read the description below and contact us at

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

White House Office of Presidential Correspondence Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in working at the White House? Check out this information session to learn more:
White House Office of Presidential Correspondence: Employer Networking Sessions
Monday, October 01, 2012 • 01:00PM - 02:00PM
Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise, 3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing
What Volunteer Opportunities are at the Office of Presidential Correspondence?
- Comment Line
- Agency Liaison
- Greetings
- Students
- Mail Analysis Portfolios
- Economy
- Civil Rights
- Health
- Energy/Environment
- Foreign Policy
- Arts and Education
Why Volunteer?
- Public Service
- It’s the WHITE HOUSE
- Get your foot in the door
- Learn valuable skills for future jobs and internships
- White House on your resume
- Many of our current staff members used to be volunteers and interns
To volunteer in the Office of Presidential Correspondence you must be:
- an American citizen over the age of 18
- passionate about public service
- comfortable working on computers
- confident working in team settings
- able to commit to a schedule that follows one of three program levels
What We Need
1.  Volunteer Leadership Program
-  30 hours minimum per week
- Included in departmental meetings
-  White House Staff Mentorship Program
2.   Volunteer Majors Program
 -  6 or more hours per week
  -  Roundtable discussions with other Majors volunteers and White House staff
3.   Correspondence Volunteer
-  One 4-hour shift minimum per week
For additional information about this event contact Adrianne Bradford at

International Development- EMPLOYER OPPORTUNITIES

International Rescue Committee: Employer Networking Sessions
Thursday, September 27, 2012 • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 Hornbake Library)
International Rescue Committee will present an information session on their open positions. They are interested in students from all majors.
*RSVP today to discuss their internationally related positions:
Attend one or all of the three networking opportunities below to learn about Chemonics.
Chemonics International has over 35 years in the international development field. We pride ourselves on being an industry leader and employer of choice for individuals interested in international development work. A career at Chemonics is more than a job. It’s about helping people live healthier, more productive, and more independent lives. It’s about actively pursuing and sharing knowledge that benefits the development field. And it’s about knowing you can make a difference in the world. Founded in 1975, Chemonics now works in more than 130 countries across the globe. Our projects span five continents and most sectors of international development.
Chemonics is always looking for new talent. Whether through our Entry- level Professional program (ELP) or as a consultant in the field, Chemonics hires and orients new employees for meaningful careers as versatile development professionals. We seek career-minded individuals with long-term interests in international development. We’re also looking for enthusiasm, commitment to teamwork, and integrity. A career at Chemonics means managing projects across the globe in: • Agriculture • Conflict and Disaster Management • Democracy and Governance • Education • Environmental Services • Financial Services • Gender • Health • Management Solutions for Development • Private Sector Development
Employer Networking Sessions
Thursday, October 04, 2012 • 12-1 p.m. AND 4-5 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 Hornbake Library)
Chemonics International Inc. will present an information session on their international development internship and full-time positions. They are interested in students from all majors.
*RSVP to reserve your spot today: For additional information about this event, contact Crystal Sehlke at
Meet Individual with Recruiter during the Employer-in-Residence Program
Thursday, October 04, 2012 • 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 Hornbake Library)
Do you have questions about how to get started in the International Development field? A Chemonics Recruiter will be on hand to serve as "career advisors" to students seeking help. Employers participate in our daily rotation by providing career advice to students, in a 1-on-1 setting, on issues ranging from resume assistance to answering the question "how do I get a job like yours?” Come learn about ways you can improve your skills and get feedback from industry professionals about what they look for in a candidate. Online registration in advance is the best way to be sure you are seen at your preferred time (you can choose a 30 minute slot based on availability). However, we will take same-day walk-ins on a first come, first serve basis to fill any empty slots. There is no guarantee that you will be able to walk in and be seen at that time.
*For registration instructions, please visit
SITE VISIT to Chemonics International
Friday, October 12, 2012 • 10:30a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Washington, DC
Chemonics will be offering an Information Session on site for UMD students who have an interest in the field of International Development. The session will provide an overview of our work, information on the Entry-Level Professional program, working as a consultant, and how one can join our team. Students will also have a chance to ask questions of UMD alumni who are currently employed by Chemonics. There are a limited number of spots available for this site visit, so RSVP below to secure your spot.
*RSVP for this event: For additional information about this event, contact Crystal Sehlke at

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Be the Solution Competition

Stumping and Eating: “Latino” Voters and the 2012 Race to the White House

University of Maryland, College Park
Latin American Studies Center
  Stumping and Eating:
“Latino” Voters and the 2012 Race to the White House
Frederick Douglass Opie, Professor, Babson College
Tuesday, October 9
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
0100 Marie Mount Hall (Maryland Room) 
Frederick Douglass Opie delves into the historic role food has played in retail politics dating back to this country’s European roots. He argues that historically candidates have used food to identify culturally with local voters, gain their confidence, and raise support for their candidacy. He illustrates how that has continued to be the case in the 2012 race for the White House, looking at how Latino voters are courted in battleground states such as Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Frederick Douglass Opie is the author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America, Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923, and the forthcoming book Black and Latino Relation in New York 1959 to 1989. He is also a blogger at Opie has appeared on the television series Appetite City and the documentary Soul Food Junkie. He also has been a guest on the popular American Public Media radio show The Splendid Table. Opie is Professor of History and Foodways at Babson College.

Distinguished Scholar Lecture: Black Swans and Burstiness
Please RSVP now for Gary LaFree’s upcoming Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in Price George’s Room of Stamp Student Union. A reception will follow.
The event is free and open to the public (so invite your friends and loved ones) and a reception will follow, but an RSVP should be made to
Gary is presenting on “Black Swans and Burstiness: Countering Myths about Terrorism.” He’ll discuss how terrorism has two characteristics that make it very challenging from a public policy perspective—its black swan quality and its burstiness.  Black swan incidents are those that fall outside the realm of regular expectations, have a high impact, and defy prediction.  Good examples include the four coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States that took place on September 11, 2011.  At the same time, terrorism tends to be bursty; highly concentrated in time and space.
His talk will put high profile attacks like 9/11 into a much broader context by showing how they differ from the thousands of other attacks that have taken place around the world since 1970.  Thus, in stark contrast to the 9/11 attacks, we will learn that many terrorist attacks produce no fatalities, they frequently rely on common, low technology weapons, they do not involve a great deal of planning, and they are carried out by groups whose life expectancy is less than a year.  At the same time, when terrorist organizations find methods that work they often use them employ them rapidly.  Balancing the mundane everyday nature of terrorism with its occasional capacity for mass destruction is a unique policy challenge of the twenty-first century.
Career Discovery Zone

. . .don’t just get a job, find your passion!

Weds, Oct. 17  Taking Charge of Your Career
Weds, Oct. 24  Discovering Interests & Career Possibilities
Weds, Oct. 31  Uncovering the Importance of Values
Weds, Nov. 7   Managing Invisible Career Barriers: Stress, Fear & Other Emotions
Weds, Nov. 14  Making Career Decisions Now & In the   Future

Come to one or all workshops no advance registration needed.

Hope Foundation GBM!

The Hope Foundation will have its second General Body Meeting this Thursday (Sept. 27th) at 6:30 pm in 2120 JMZ!

We'll be discussing our recent 5k Walk-A-Thon and planning other events this semester to support cancer patients and their families! (bake sale, lemonade stand, senior citizen prom etc.) and recruiting volunteers!

 New members are welcome!

Monday, September 24, 2012

START Now Hiring Spring 2013 Interns

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:

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:

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:

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: Pinch Hitter
  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:

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:

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 midnight Sunday October 7 2012.

Applications received after midnight Sunday October 14 2012 will not be considered.

Applicants must submit an application form and supporting documentation via email to
For more information about the projects, requirements and for the application form visit:

Study a PolSci Master's Program in Sweden!

Challenge Your Perspectives: The Swedish Scholarship Awards 2013

Swedish Master's programs offer you the unique opportunity to turn theory into practice,
challenge your perspectives, and acquire the innovation skills that make a competitive difference.
The competition “Challenge Your Perspectives” is your chance to show your skills within a number
of areas that distinguish Sweden:

Sweden has a long-standing reputation in conflict resolution - from Dag Hammarskjöld, former
Secretary General of the United Nations to Jan Eliasson, current Deputy U.N. Secretary-General,
Swedes have seen a long list of important international positions entrusted to their fellow citizens.

Sweden has a unique combination of generous welfare benefits and high-tech capitalism. The
country has, despite of its small size, a considerable impact on global business and has remained
strong in times of global financial crises. Entrepreneurship and innovation are in focus. Research
concerning the relationships between economic growth, human capital, and demographic factors
has a long tradition in Sweden.

Sweden is on the front line in developing sustainable systems in many areas, such as energy and waste management. In recent years, Swedes – as individuals, as politicians and as entrepreneurs
– have become increasingly aware of their responsibility to care for the environment with future
generations in mind.

There are three full tuition waivers at stake for three
English-taught Master’s programs at three prestigious
Swedish universities starting fall 2013.
- The International Master’s Program in
Stockholm University
- The Master’s Program in
AND POLICY at Lund University
- The Master’s Program in
ECONOMICS at Uppsala University

1. Knowledge test on:
- Current International Affairs
- Swedish Society & Education System
- Political Science, Environmental Management and Policy,
& Economics
2. Essay Writing
3. Personal Motivation

The competition is open for students holding a Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university or undergraduate students expecting to complete a Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university by June 2013. Some programs have special entry requirements, please check the competition website for more information.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Paid Environmental Fellowship for College Graduates

Green Corps Early Application Deadline September 30th, 2012
Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the
biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps year-long paid program, you¹ll get intensive training in the skills you'll need to make a difference in the world. You¹ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems ‹ global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others ‹ with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we¹ll help you find a career with one of the nation¹s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read below or visit our web site:

In your year with Green Corps:

You¹ll get great training with some of the most experienced organizers in the field: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people such as Adam Ruben, political director of, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of "".

You'll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between.

You'll have a real impact on some of the biggest environmental problems we're facing today: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws that support clean, renewable energy, that convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans and much, much more.

You'll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.

And when you graduate from the program, you¹ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.

In the next few months, we'll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2013 -2014. We're looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you're one of those people, visit to apply to join the 2013-2014 class of Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing.

Green Corps year-long program begins in August 2013 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, visit or contact Aaron Myran, Recruitment Director, at