Friday, January 31, 2014

Smithsonian Minority Internship Program

Program Description
  •       Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics
  •       Anthropology, including archaeology,
  •       Astrophysics and astronomy
  •       Earth sciences and paleobiology
  •       Evolutionary and systematic biology
  •      History of science and technology
  •       History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts
  •       Social and cultural history of the United States
  •       Folklife

  •          Engaged in undergraduate or graduate study at the time of the internship or have graduated within 4 months of the internship start date
  •          In good academic standing with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or equivalent
  •          U.S. Citizens or U.S. permanent resident
  •         Available full-time (40 hours per week) for ten weeks during the summer, fall, or spring.

Who is Ineligible?
  •          No employee or contractor of the Smithsonian Institution may hold a paid Smithsonian internship during the time of his/her employment or contract.
  •          An intern may not be awarded to any person who has been employed by or under contract to the Institution in the previous year without the prior approval of the Office of Fellowships.

General Application Guidelines
  • General Information for the SOLAA Application:
  •          Mailing address
  •         Academic history
  •         Current university or college

Files you will need to upload:
  •          Past and present academic history
  •          Additional experinces that have prepared you for an internship
  •          What you hope to accomplish through an internship
  •          How the internship relates to your academic and career goals
  •          What about the Smithsonian in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship
  •          Maximum of 4 pages double spaced
  •          12 point type
  •          unofficial will be accepted
  •          Including previous and current fellowships, grants, and/or awards, and a description of your research interests
  •          Names and email addresses of two academic references
  •          All reference letters are considered confidential unless confidentiality has been waived by the reference
  •         Through SOLAA you will send an email to these referees so they can provide references through the web

Smithsonian offers interns infinite opportunities to explore and discover. The Office of Fellowships and Internships is committed to increasing the participation of U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents who have previously been underrepresented at the Smithsonian.

The Minority Internship Program administered through the Office of Fellowships and Internships provides students the opportunity to experience the Smithsonian as a universal lens for learning. Under the guidance of Smithsonian staff who are experts in their fields, Smithsonian Minority Interns are inspired to learn, examine and collaborate in their specific academic fields that relate to current research at the Smithsonian:

The number of Minority Internships made each year is determined by the availability of funds for the program. The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sex, age, marital status, condition of handicap, or national origin of any applicant.
Stipend: $550 per week with possible travel allowance.

The Smithsonian Minority Internship Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. All interns at the Smithsonian are mentored by Smithsonian staff. The Smithsonian Minority Internship Program is administered through the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships and Internships.

Applications must be received via SOLAA by:
February 1 (for Summer and Fall)
October 1 (for Spring)
Before filling out an application, candidates must first connect their current field of study to research conducted at the Smithsonian. This research is outlined in Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS).
Once a candidate has established a connection between his/her field of study and curent research at the Smithsonian, he/she should then apply through SOLAA.

Once you have created an account and logged into SOLAA you will need to complete all the required information.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070 or send an email to
Apply Through: SOLAA

Applications for Summer Research Initiative Now Open

Established in 1999, the Summer Research Initiative (SRI) is part of the College’s longstanding commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral and economic sciences. 

In that spirit, we are interested in receiving applications to the program from a broad spectrum

  • Increase the knowledge of, and interest in, doctoral-level training in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences;
  • Provide rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about graduate studies and the range of research and scholarship in the social, behavioral and economic sciences at the University of Maryland;
  • Provide a laboratory experience that enhances basic research knowledge and skills;
  • Provide lectures, workshops, didactic exchanges and other programming to enhance students' knowledge of the graduate application process, negotiating the academic rigors and professional and personal challenges encountered in graduate school, and developing career paths in social, behavioral and economic sciences; and
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities for students to advance their training in the social, behavioral and economic sciences.
  • Be citizens or permanent residents of the United States;
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year higher education institution and obtain junior or senior status in the Fall 2014 academic year;
  • Demonstrate an interest in pursuing graduate study in one of the behavioral or social sciences;
  • Will have taken a basic statistics or research methodology course; and
  • Possess an excellent academic record including a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA and 3.2 or better GPA in their major field.
All students who will be rising juniors or seniors in Fall 2014 are eligible for the Summer Research Initiative. The University of Maryland has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity.  In that spirit, we are very interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals, specifically African American, Hispanic, and American Indian students.  Applicants must also meet ALLof the following requirements:
SRI Expectations for Participants
The Summer Research Initiative is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week commitment; therefore, students should not register for any summer classes or hold employment during the program period.  Participants are required to attend all seminar series and program events (on and off-campus), meet with mentors regularly, and complete all scheduled assignments.  They will be expected to prepare a poster presentation of their research topic at the end of the program session.
Financial Support
Students will be provided round-trip air fare, room and board in University on-campus housing, and a stipend of $2,700 (before taxes).
Our application cycle runs from December 2, 2013 - February 14, 2014.  Applications will be reviewed February – March, 2014 and selection announcements will be made in April, 2014.  The actual program runs 8 weeks, from June 2, 2014 – July 25, 2014.  Those selected will be expected to arrive to campus for the weekend program orientation on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
All applications prepared in January and February, 2014 must be submitted through SRIapp, our UMCP SRI on-line application system.  There is a help desk available to answer your questions or help you solve problems should any arise. 
There are no content or requirement differences between the on-line application system and the PDF document application (offered in December, 2013).  However, whether you submit your application on-line in January/February, or by using the PDF paper application, you must have your original transcripts sent to us via mail (USPS, Fed Ex, UPS, etc…) and we must receive them by February 14, 2014.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Smithsonian Public Affairs Internship

The Smithsonian offers internship programs in a wide variety of fields encompassing business and public administration, history, art, science, culture, and education. If you are interested in applying for an internship at a specific museum or office at the Smithsonian, we encourage you to review our website for specific programs offered by our various units in your field of interest. It is necessary to apply for the specific programs separately. However, given the competitive nature of our programs, if you have a broad interest in the Smithsonian, and want to increase your chances of landing an internship, we encourage you to also apply to the General Smithsonian Internship Pool. Smithsonian units who have unfilled mentor-guided learning opportunities may recruit from applicants that select the general pool option. Applications to this program will not be considered for a specific internship program offered at a museum or unit, but may be considered for opportunities that become vacant at various units across the Institution generally. If you are selected for this internship, a Smithsonian unit will reach out to you to gauge your interest and learning objectives against the opportunity they offer. To apply, you can use the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) available through the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) webpage.

Public Affairs - Interns will have projects of their own to promote start to finish. In addition, interns will assist the office with daily operations: researching and responding to media and public inquiries, compiling media clips, researching and writing calendar submissions, media advisories and releases and some other things that come up. (non-paid) SOLAA Project: 

Public Affairs. Create an account and apply on SOLAA

The School of Public Policy Launches New Minor in Public Leadership!

The Minor in Public Leadership will allow students to examine pressing issues (the global environment, democratization and human rights, crime and the penal system, diversity and affirmative action, poverty and inequality, and the quality of public education) facing leaders and will direct students to think critically about the viable solutions needed to solve problems which require effective leadership for the public good. In order to meet this need, the School proposes a Minor to engage students in learning about leadership for the public good and effective citizenship. Additionally, the Minor will serve as a feeder for the School’s graduate program.
What is required within the Public Leadership Minor?
Requirements:15 approved credits, at least 9 of which are 300- or 400-level. All courses taken for a minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. A minimum C (2.00) cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the minor is also required. Notes: No more than 6 credits may overlap between your major and the Public Leadership Minor, unless otherwise approved by your major. Additionally, courses completed in one minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements in another minor.
At least 3 credits from one of the following Anchor courses:

  • PUAF 201 Leadership for the Common Good; (3 credits): Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion/recitation per week. This course is designed to provide undergraduate students an introduction to leadership theory and civic studies and a chance to practice a core set of practical skills relevant to various kinds or leadership, such as transformational and collaborative leadership. 
  • PUAF302 Leadership: Philosophy, Policy and Praxis; (3 credits): Leadership as a search for meaning, identity and purpose are explored. Also introduces major philosophical traditions, from the ancient world to the modern one, and encourages students to ground their leadership interests and aspirations in a disciplined process of self-reflection, critical thinking and inquiry.

The remaining 12 credits may be chosen from a list of approved signature courses or electives. A credit-bearing experiential learning option for which a grade is earned, e.g., internship, study abroad, research project, etc. can count as part of the remaining 12 credits. The experiential learning option must be linked to public leadership and approved in advance. Click here to view the list of approved courses.
Any questions? Stop by our office hours 10:00 to 3:00, Monday and Thursday, at 1118B Taliaferro Hall or email
How do I apply?
1. Complete the application, save it, and email it to
2. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Fall 2014 Undergraduate Internship Opportunity with the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office

POSTED: January 16, 2014
DESIRED START DATE: September 3, 2014
DURATION: Fall Semester 2014

This internship is designed for students who plan to seek approval from and enroll in EDCP 386 – Undergraduate Experiential Learning Process, Counseling and Personnel Service (CAPS) Department.
Students who wish to apply for this legal aid internship must have completed 56 credits, have junior standing, and meet all other departmental requirements to enroll in EDCP 386. Information provided by the CAPS department for EDCP 386 is linked below. Please note (among other things) that you must obtain approval from CAPS to enroll, that no incompletes are permitted, that a ten page paper is required, and that Legal Aid must have final grades turned into the department prior to the start of final exams. If you are affiliated with the Office of Student Conduct (including USJ and SHC), please contact us before completing an application to determine eligibility.
Job Description: Interns work on-site at the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office (South Campus Dining Hall) approximately 8 hours a week.  Interns handle front desk duties, including greeting visitors, screening students for eligibility, and answering general inquiries. Interns work one-on-one with our attorney and senior paralegal to provide assistance to graduate students seeking legal services. This includes participating in client interviews, conducting basic research/writing tasks, and helping clients identify and access outside resources. Interns also work with our social worker (Coordinator of Services and Programs) on administrative and other tasks related to the day-to-day functioning of a legal services office. Please note that we do not represent students in court; this internship does not involve litigation work.  Additionally, interns will be required to attend one of our “Lunch with the Lawyer” workshops that typically take place on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm, attend at least two hours of court observation, complete observation reports, complete a legal research assignment, and turn in a final research paper.
Qualifications: Interns must meet all requirements for EDCP 386 to apply for the Graduate Student Legal Aid Internship and must be available for an on-campus interview during the month of April 2014. This internship is best suited for students desiring exposure to a legal services or public interest office that provides direct client services. Internship slots are limited and students will be selected for an interview based on a range of factors including academic record, prior work or related experience, career interests, recommendations, and desire to engage in direct client services. If you are affiliated with the Office of Student Conduct (including USJ and SHC), please contact us before completing an application to determine eligibility.
CAPS DEPARTMENT INFORMATION AND FORM: Please review this information carefully so that you understand the CAPS requirements. DO NOT FILL OUT THIS FORM UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR AN INTERNSHIP. If you are chosen for the legal aid internship, you will then fill out the EDCP form and we will submit your paperwork to the CAPS department for approval. GLAO will provide reading list and some other information requested on the form.

Digital Marketing for Political Campaigns- Paid Internship

Bully Pulpit Interactive was founded by the digital marketers of the Obama Presidential campaign to help clients in the public and private sectors create modern versions of what President Roosevelt once called a “bully pulpit,” or a platform, to tell their story, increase their bottom line and shape public opinion.
In 2008 our team helped to create  a new political model. Digital marketing harnessed the energy created by Barack Obama’s candidacy and drew millions of new supporters into a movement.  With unprecedented rates of return on investment, the Obama online paid media program contributed to the following results:
  • 13 million active email list subscribers
  • Over $500 million raised online
  • 29 primary and caucus state victories, driven by supporters recruited online
  • A 53% general election victory
Today, we work with global non-profits, corporations and advocacy groups to develop a comprehensive framework for digital. We integrate communications and marketing best practices to maximize mind share from a social, paid and earned media point of view. Some recent clients include Obama for America, SHRM, and LIVESTRONG.
Fellowship Description
BPI is looking to fill 3-6 paid fellowship positions in the departments of Email & Social Media Marketing, Online Advertising and Design. BPI is seeking qualified college senior and/or recent graduate to join our fast-paced growing team of digital marketing strategists. Candidates will have the unique opportunity to work with major political races, leading philanthropic organizations and corporations.   The duration of the fellowship is one full semester (3 – 6 months) and will be extended pending review. A full time position will be considered after the completion of the fellowship program.
The candidate selected with work closely with BPI staff in order to support an array of projects from website and advertising campaign launches, to content and social media strategy. We work on a variety of clients’ digital efforts, move quickly and efficiently and are looking for a fellow to help us shape the online marketing world through email, content, advertising, direct marketing and design.
Reply to with your full name, best means of contact, resume, and cover letter.
Please specify which fellowship you are interested in per the descriptions below and please specify your qualifications for the position.
Online Advertising Fellowship Qualifications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Passion for Democratic politics and marketing
  • Ability to excel in a fast pace environment
  • Excellent organizational skills and an eye for detail
  • Desire to organize data and work toward actionable outcomes
  • Excellent understanding of Excel, Word
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction as well as part of a project team
  • Understands deadlines
Preferred Skills
  • Knowledge of AdWords, AdCenter, DFA (DART), Google/Bing, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube advertising
  • Knowledge of HTML and/or basic graphic design skills (Photoshop, Flash)
  • Knowledge of analytics platforms
  • Background/experience in advertising, marketing, social media, fundraising, email and/or politics
 Email & Social Media Marketing Fellowship Qualifications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  •  Experience writing online content – social media, blogs, email marketing
  •  Passion for Democratic politics
  •  Ability to excel in a fast pace environment
  •  Excellent organizational skills and an eye for detail
  •  Excellent understanding of Excel, Word
  •  Ability to work independently with minimal direction as well as part of a project team
  •  Understands deadlines
Preferred Skills
  • Knowledge of CRM platforms such as Salsa, Convio, Hubspot, MailChimp or similar platforms
  • Knowledge of social media marketing on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine
  • Knowledge of analytics programs and monitoring platforms
  • Experience in advertising, marketing, social media, fundraising, email and/or politics
Graphic Design Fellowship Qualifications
  •  Excellent capabilities with Adobe Software Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash)
  •  Strong visual communication and layout skills
  •  Understanding of online advertising units and creation of shareable/info-graphics
  •  Attention to detail
Preferred Skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction as well as collaboratively as part of a project team.
  • Knowledge of HTML/HTML 5, CSS, Javascript, Action Script
  • Background/experience in new media or multimedia design
  • Background/experience in advertising, marketing or politics a plus
Location:  Washington, DC
Schedule: Part-time (15-20 hours a week in Fall/Spring; Summer is full-time)
Job Type: Paid Fellowship
Employee Status: Temporary

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship for Pell Grant Recipients

Are you thinking about studying abroad in SUMMER 2014, FALL 2014, or for the 2014-15 ACADEMIC YEAR? 

Are you a US CITIZEN receiving a PELL GRANT (a federal need-based educational grant)? 

Then you should learn about the GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP, which provides up to $5000 for study abroad for students with financial need who receive Pell Grants. In the past two years 70 Maryland students have won Gilman Scholarships! 

To learn more and to receive assistance preparing a Gilman Scholarship application, please follow this link: 

The National Scholarships Office will also hold a series of information sessions – note the location for each session carefully:

Monday, February 3 at 2:00 pm – McKeldin Library, Room 2100 D
Monday, February 3 at 6:00 pm – McKeldin Library, Room 2100 D
Tuesday, February 4 at noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, February 5 at 10 am – McKeldin Library, Room 2100 D
Thursday, February 6 at 4:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, February 7 at noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, February 7 at 4:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, February 10 at 4:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, February 8 at 9:00 am – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Interested but unable to attend? Please contact to learn more.

Eligibility Requirements: US Citizens - Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - All Majors - Must be studying abroad for at least 4) - Must have FAFSA demonstrated financial need and be receiving a Pell Grant. 

Application Deadline: March 4, 2014 - this is the deadline to apply for scholarships for study abroad programs beginning between May 1 and October 15, 2014. 

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers 1,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 to students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies world-wide. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Programs must be at least 4 weeks in length. 

Students are also eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program if their study abroad plans involve studying any of the following critical languages: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (all dialects), Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Persian, Languages of India and Pakistan, Indonesian, Russian and Swahili.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2014 Honors Internship Program with the FBI - Application closes February 2nd!

Federal Bureau of Investigation seeks highly motivated summer interns.

The 2014 Honors Internship Program will begin on June 1, 2014 and end on August 9, 2014.
The application will be open from January 29 through February 4, 2014.

Please see for more information.

 FBI Honors Internship Overview

In 2014, outstanding undergraduate and graduate students will be selected to participate in the FBI Honors Internship Program.  This paid internship offers students an exciting ‘insider’s view’ of FBI operations and provides professional experience that is unique, valuable, and marketable.

 Internship Qualifications

·         Must be A U.S. citizen

·         Must be attending a college or university that is accredited by one of the regional or national institutional associations recognized by the United States Secretary of Education

·         Must be classified as an undergraduate (second semester Freshman or higher), graduate, or post-graduate student enrolled full-time at the time of application

·         Must have at the time of application and maintain throughout the program a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and be in good standing with their academic institution

·         Must be able to meet all FBI employment requirements as well as be able to pass an FBI Background Investigation and receive a Top Secret Security Clearance

The Honors Internship Experience

·         Work for 10 weeks in field offices nationwide and in FBI Headquarters divisions located in Quantico, Virginia; Winchester, Virginia; Clarksburg, West Virginia; and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area

·         Obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance

·         Gain insight into the full range of FBI careers, with the opportunity to explore FBI careers after graduation

·         Participate in a variety of organizational challenges and investigative matters that are vital to the FBI’s mission

·         Have an opportunity to work throughout the year at field offices or in FBI Headquarters divisions