Monday, July 29, 2013

Campaign Organizing Internship with Maryland State Delegate

Alonzo Washington( ) , Maryland State Delegate for the 22nd Legislative District, and a recent UMD Alumni, is starting an Organizing Fellowship for young enthusiastic people who have a passion for anything politics or public service related to help out as he makes his case for next year’s election. Delegate Washington is looking for a Field Director, Canvassers, Social Media Directors, and much more. 

Responsibilities include phone banking, door knocking, organizing events and rallies, political strategy and messaging, and assist in drafting legislative proposals. We welcome enthusiasm and creativity to the campaign. This is campaigning at the level that can truly make a difference - so who's interested? 
If you have any questions feel free to email Kawan Glover at or the team at

Fall internships with the EDA, US Dept. of Commerce

We are seeking applicants for our fall internship program at the Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Department of Commerce. EDA’s mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. As the only federal agency, EDA drives collaborative regional economic development initiatives that lead to job creation.

The EDA Internship program is an unpaid opportunity but a travel stipend can be provided. The program will run from Monday, September 9th to Friday, December 6th. Candidates must be available for the duration of the program to be considered for placement. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in public policy, governmental affairs, legislative affairs, public affairs, business and/or community engagement.

All Interns Must Be:
-A U.S. Citizen Eighteen years of age on or before the first day of the internship
-Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
-Be able to pass a background/security investigation

Interns Will:
-Conduct research on grant performance, grantees, and key stakeholders
-Compile briefing material for the Assistant Secretary and other senior staff members
-Participate in outreach pertaining to EDA grants, programs, and policies
-Attend meetings with both international and national leaders

EDA Internship Program Offices:
-Office of the Assistant Secretary
-Office of External Affairs Legislative Affairs
-Public Affairs
-Office of Regional Affairs
-Performance and National Programs Division

To apply for an internship, please send your resume and cover letter to Pamela Bell, the Administrative Assistant to the Acting Assistant Secretary, at by Wednesday, August 14th.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DiSS: START Diversifying Security Studies Program (CDP 2013-2014)

START's Diversifying Security Studies Program (DiSS), is a comprehensive, one-year program designed for University of Maryland (UMD) undergraduate students from racial and ethnic minority groups currently underrepresented in career fields related to homeland, national and international security. Students will enter the program at the beginning of their junior or senior years, and focus on a holistic approach to understanding, combatting and overcoming issues that students from underrepresented populations may face in the security-related workforce. DiSS program experiences are aimed to transition students from their undergraduate experiences to professional positions in the homeland security science and technology arena (HS-STEM).
Summary of Program Components
Students will participate in three program components:
  • A traditional classroom learning component, in which students will enroll in six credits of coursework on terrorism studies during the 2013-2014 academic year, three credits in an online course during the 2014 summer, and three credits of a START-led study abroad program hosted collaboratively with Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia;
  • An experiential learning component, in which students will participate in a part-time academic-year research assistantship and a full-time summer internship in the terrorism studies field at the University of Maryland and/or other Consortium Universities; and
  • A customized program of career development activities designed to introduce students to career options in the field of homeland security and to help them develop and refine their professional skills.
For more detailed information, please go to:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Fundraising Internship with Campaign Finance Consultants

Democratic political fundraising firm seeks independent-minded, quick-thinking individual with knowledge of the political process and public policy, to work as a fundraising intern during the Fall Semester 2013.  Candidate must be reliable, possess excellent written and communications skills, a working knowledge of national politics, and an appreciation for a well-funded campaign. Position will allow for hands on experience in all stages of campaign fundraising including event planning, campaign research and strategy, donor prospecting and database maintenance. 
Our firm represents U.S. Senators Levin (D-MI), Leahy (D-VT), Mikulski (D-MD), Landrieu (D-LA), Klobuchar (D-MN), Blumenthal (D-CT), Warner (D-VA), Whitehouse (D-RI) and Kaine (D-VA). Interns will have the opportunity to attend fundraising events and meet many of the members listed above. This internship is unpaid, though we are happy to work around class schedules and do offer class credit if you meet requirements put forth by your school. Interested candidates should email resumes to Jennings Heussner at

Virtual Career Fair for Veterans

 Tuesday, July 30, 2013 • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. EST
Location: Virtual

The VRS in partnership with the White House Joining Forces initiative will host the next installment of the VRS virtual career fair.  The VRS fairs are an outstanding way for veterans to meet live with employers from all across the country, but without the need to travel to a physical location. More than 30 leading employers who represent over 40,000 jobs will be in attendance, but the VRS virtual career fair is open all the time. The website to register/login is

Asian Pacific American Career Fair

Friday, July 19, 2013 • 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership are partnering with OCA to host the Asian Pacific American Career Fair on Friday, July 19. The Career Fair is an unique opportunity for students and young professionals to interact with top employers in the Washington, DC area. Attendance is free and open to the public. A broad range of federal/local government agencies, non-profits, and private sector employers have attended past CAPAL career fairs. 

RSVP today to reserve your spot! For additional information about this event:  

Internship with the Inter-American Defense Foundation

Inter-American Defense Foundation - Washington, District of Columbia
POSITION TYPE: Internship (Fall or Spring Part-Time)
Currently, the Board’s Foundation is recruiting interns to support a number of its on-going initiatives. Potential responsibilities of interns may include contributing to initiatives to formulate academic workshops related to disaster relief, peacekeeping operations and women’s issues as well as working with the United Nations Mine Action  ... view more details on C4T.
 Log in to your C4T account ( and paste the ID number 81460 in the “Search” box to learn more or apply.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Intern for Arizona’s First Congressional District. Deadline July 19

The Office of Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01) is now accepting resumes for Fall internships in its Washington, D.C., office!

Intern duties vary but may include:
• constituent correspondence
• Capitol tours
• legislative research
• attending hearings and briefings
• assisting with communications tasks

Internships provide a tremendous opportunity to learn about the legislative process and to become more familiar with how our government operates. Interns are a vital part of office operations and will gain invaluable work experience.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to no later than July 19, 2013.

For more information please visit the following website:
All internships are unpaid.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Internship with the City of New Carrollton

The City of New Carrollton has taken on a large-scale economic development, annexation, and commercial revitalization initiative over the past three months and is looking for an intern interested in working in government, possibly considering a career in local government one-day. The intern will be working under Miranda Braatz in the Administration / City Management department and will get a feel for what it's like to be in City Management. The intern will be working on mostly annexation, data analysis projects, but will also see the economic development side of things and participate regularly in economic development activities. The intern may also be asked to assist in various City Management related tasks.
As for the qualifications, applicants must have a general understanding of local government, and have research and analysis capability. In return, it is promised that the intern will be introduced to as many professional connections as possible to aid in helping them find a career after graduation.
The City of New Carrollton is looking for an intern to start in mid-august or possibly later. This is a paid internship, with the stipend amount to be determined in the near future.

 Those who are interested may email their resumes to Miranda Braatz at

New course for fall 2013: Intro to Sustainable Real Estate Development

Tuesday/Thursday  5:45 – 7:00 pm
An innovative introductory course in Sustainable Real Estate Development for undergraduate students in Business, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Economics and open to all undergraduates through the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  The course is designed to be the first in a series of courses in real estate which emphasize entrepreneurship, innovation and experiential learning.  Initial enrollment is limited to 30 students.
Upon completion of the course, students will have:
1.  An understanding of the foundational principles of sustainable real estate development-- how communities get built and value is created
2.  An appreciation for the quadruple bottom line approach to real estate development that emphasizes:
·         Financial feasibility
·         Environmental sensitivity
·         Social responsibility  and
·         Sustainable design
3.  Introduction to concepts of:
·         Risk and Reward
·         Supply and Demand
·         Real Property Law and Investment Characteristics
·         The Development Process and the key players  including developers, appraisers, insurers, planners, architects, engineers, lenders, investors, attorneys, brokers, and regulators
4.  Practice in key skills:
·         Visual Literacy
·         Critical thinking
·         Concise  writing 
·         Negotiation
·         Decision making processes
5.      Exposure to the history of innovative real estate development in the State of Maryland (St. Mary’s City, Greenbelt, Columbia, Kentlands)

FoodPolicy.US and NYU DC to host panel on proposed reforms to U.S. food aid - July 18, 3-5 PM

What: Food Aid Reform Panel Discussion and Q&A 
Where: NYU Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center
(1307 L St NW, Washington, DC)
When: Thursday, July 18th, 2013     3PM - 5PM
Reception: To follow  immediately in the NYU Global Academic Center lobby

Proposed Reforms to U.S. Food Aid: Framing the Debate
Join us on July 18th for a panel discussion about proposed reforms to the U.S. international food aid system.
Space is limited so please register early.

The President’s FY 2014 Budget proposes to reform the Food for Peace Program by authorizing USAID to purchase up to 45 percent of its food aid abroad and by eliminating the monetization process through which many NGOs fund their development programs. Additionally, the “Food Aid Reform Act” (H.R. 1983) has proposed exempting food assistance from cargo preference as a means to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of programs while cutting costs. FoodPolicy.US will convene a panel of expert stakeholders at the DC campus of New York University to frame this critical debate.

Video Introduction:
• The Honorable Ertharin Cousin – Executive Director of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP)
• The Honorable Dan Glickman – Co-Chair of AGree; Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program; former Secretary of Agriculture

• Dr. Shenggen Fan – Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
• Roger Johnson – President of the National Farmers Union (NFU)
• Ellen Levinson – Executive Director of the Alliance for Global Food Security

Invited Speakers:
• The Honorable Rajiv Shah – Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
• The Honorable Karen Bass – CA-37; Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
• The Honorable Adam Kinziger – IL-16

Internship with the Ready for Hilary Super PAC

The Ready for Hillary Super PAC is looking for interns. This is an opportunity to work with high level staffers on a national campaign. Interns will work with social media, fundraising, political outreach, store merchandise and research. Previous campaign experience preferred but not required. Internship positions are unpaid.
      Please send resumes to or call 202-360-3663 for more information

Democratic Research and Policy firm looking for fall interns

Spiros Consulting, a national Democratic research and policy firm, is currently looking for interns for the fall semester.  The firm does research and policy work for candidates and interest groups across the country, and is working on a full slate of gubernatorial, senate, Congressional and state and county-wide races for the 2013/2014 cycle.

Candidates should be at least in their sophomore year, have a strong understanding of national politics, and be able to work 15-20 hours a week.  Campaign experience is a major plus, but not a requirement.

This is a paid internship with a $750 stipend for the semester and metro trips covered.

Those interested can forward their resume to

A Little More About Spiros Consulting

Started in 2007, Spiros Consulting conducts opposition research, policy work, and general consulting for Democratic candidates and interest groups across the country.  It has worked in more than thirty states on races for Governor, the Senate, Congress, Attorney General, Mayor, and numerous independent expenditures, including on one of Politico's "Top 10 political upsets of 2008" and the Washington Post's "honorable mention" winner for "best gubernatorial campaign."  In 2011, Spiros helped Fort Wayne mayor Tom Henry win a tough reelection fight, marking the first time either party has "controlled the mayor's office for 16 consecutive years since 1869."  In 2012, Spiros helped elect Congress's only General and only CEO of a publicly traded company. After the 2012 cycle, Spiros worked for Robin Kelly in her 27-point victory against 15 primary opponents in the special election to replace Jessie Jackson Jr.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Internship with US Representative Patrick Meehan

The Washington DC office of Congressman Patrick Meehan is currently accepting applications for the FALL SEMESTER. Intern responsibilities include researching legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attending hearings and briefings, answering phones, running errands, and answering constituent letters on various issues before the House of Representatives. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.
The hours are flexible to accommodate students’ hectic course schedules, but generally run 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM when Congress is in session, and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM when not in session. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to The deadline to apply is Monday, July 29, 2013. Ties to Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District are preferred, but not required.

START Fall internships, application deadline July 14th

START is currently recruiting for its Fall internship program, and looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors. Students from any institution may apply - current and recently graduated undergraduates and graduates will be considered. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and be able to participate in a calendar or professional development activities. START is also willing to work with academic institutions to enable their students to undertake internships for credit. START internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours at the University of Maryland College Park. The Fall internships start on August 29th and end on December 13th.

Below is a short summary of the opportunities available. Please visit the START website for more information and to access the application form. .

Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
 The GTD is an open source, unclassified database including information on terrorist attacks around the world since 1970 (currently updated through 2011). The database is maintained by researchers at START. The GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes over 104,000 cases. The GTD intern team is organized into the following themes:

· GTD: Incident Location and Geographic Identification
· GTD: Perpetrator Identification
· GTD: Target Classification
· GTD: Understanding the Patterns and Use of Weapons and Tactics
· GTD: The Consequences of Terrorism – Casualties and Outcome
· GTD: Coding Intern At Large (Generalist)

Special Projects

The Special Projects Division consists of a number of intensive, shorter-term research projects concentrated on three research topics within the larger study of terrorism and politically violent non-state actors:
- Unconventional Weapons and Technology
- Extremist Origins and Trajectories
- Threat Management and Influence
Based on the fluctuations in the tasking within Special Projects, selected interns will work on projects within a single focus area. All Special Projects interns are given the opportunity to participate in the Red Team Project. Intern positions are available in the following focus areas:

· Special Projects: Advanced Research
· Special Projects: Pinch Hitter
· Special Projects: CBRN Terrorism Research
· Special Projects: Nuclear Security and Smuggling
· Special Projects: Open Source Intelligence -- Organized Crime and R/N Trafficking in Europe, North Africa and West Africa
· Special Projects: Individual Radicalization
· Special Projects: Terrorist Ideology
· Special Projects: GIS Analytical
· Special Projects: CBRN Non-State Adversaries

Naval Research Laboratory Adversarial Modeling and Exploitation Office
Four 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 Please note these internships take place onsite at the NRL in Washington DC.
•    Behavioral Indicators of Gun and Drug Carrying
•    Crime and Intelligence Analysis Systems
•    System Engineering Analysis & Support
•    Statistical Analysis & Modeling Support

For those particularly interested the NRL opportunities, we recommend attending our Monday July 8th Career Profile Session with Dr. Nate Meehan from the NRL. The session starts at 3:30pm and will take place at START offices on Baltimore Avenue.

Communications and Research Transition Support
START communications and transition team are seeking interns to assist with communications, writing, copy editing and graphic design activities at the center.
Positions available:
· Communications Interns
· Copy Editors
· Graphic Designer

START is continuing to develop the Terrorism Data Archive Dataverse. Interns for this project will learn about terrorism-related data through archiving datasets and reading over documentation. Interns will serve as Assistant Editors and would be responsible for preparing data for archiving onto the START Dataverse. Depending upon the dataset, there will also be opportunities to create Codebooks and add labels and values to the data. Interns will receive training in the archiving process.

Terrorism Propaganda research Project
The nature of the project is analysis of several hundred transcripts of terrorist propaganda videos produced by Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda affiliate groups. One aspect of the project will be somewhat descriptive in that we hope to learn: 1) what the message of the video transcript is (e.g. to defend the prophet, to prevent future grievances, to promote jihad, etc.) as well as 2) how the message is conveyed including the type of persuasive attempt used (rational vs. emotional) and 3) who the target audience is. The coding manual taps into each of these contents. The next step of the project, which will occur after all of the transcripts are coded, will examine 4) if the target audience, the message, or the frequency of these tapes have a discernible pattern, and 5) if these patterns change over time. The final aspect of this project includes analyzing the rhetoric and persuasion techniques used in the transcripts and testing the same messages, both in the US and abroad.

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.

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 Fall 2013:
Final Deadline Sunday July 14 (START is currently accepting applications for ALL internships listed).

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

For more information about the projects, requirements and for the application forms visit: