Monday, June 30, 2014

Government Relations/Outreach Internship opening

 Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is seeking a motivated undergraduate student for a Fall internship to work in government relations and external affairs/outreach in support of policy-related goals and efforts.  The intern will have the opportunity to learn about a range of public health-related issues, including how advocacy and research can impact the legislative process.  The intern will work approximately 30 hours per week to assist with research, drafting letters, background information and materials, organizing meetings & briefings, and working with data/database. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend briefings, hearings, meetings and participate in other organizational efforts. 
Candidates should be undergraduates or recent college graduates in public health, public policy, political science, communications or a related field.  Excellent writing and organizational skills are required, as well as the ability to work in a team environment. 
To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to Dara Lieberman at

Friday, June 27, 2014

Senator Chris Coons is now accepting fall interns!

The Office of Senator Chris Coons seeks unpaid interns for offices in Washington, DC, Wilmington, DE, and Dover, DE for the fall of 2014. Responsibilities include answering phones, greeting visitors, sorting mail, handling requests for flags and tours, and assisting front office as well as legislative staff. This position requires outstanding organizational abilities, strong communication skills, attention to detail, poise, flexibility, and an ability to prioritize in an extremely fast-paced office. Motivated, hard-working, and professional applicants looking to get a taste of Capitol Hill or state Congressional offices are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send an e-mail to with the subject line reading “Intern” and include a cover letter, resume, and one brief (2 page) writing sample. Students should also specify which offices they are interested in applying to. Applications received by August 8 will be given priority. Delaware ties strongly preferred, but not required. Absolutely no walk-ins or phone calls.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

State Department's Pathways Program now accepting interns

Sign-up and get alerts about the open season for applications for the State Department’s Pathways program and other opportunities here:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Joseph Mitchell Scholarship Application due 7/1

The Joseph M. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Award provides one-time awards of up to $1,000 to undergraduate or graduate students whose ability to succeed at our institution may be challenged by some personal or family circumstance.  Scholarships will be awarded each fall and each spring semester to one or more deserving students.  Applications and nominations for Fall 2014 award are being accepted through July 1. More information is listed on the website here. Please contact Dia-An Tran with further questions at (301) 314-0416 or  

Monday, June 23, 2014

New fall History Course GVPT students may find of interest

The History Department would like to announce an additional course offering for this fall that might be of interest to students in your department.  Dr. Peter Wien will be offering HIST 419G, "Iraq: From the Origins of the Modern State to the Current Crisis."  This course would be perfect for any students interested in the Middle East or who would like a better handle on current events in the region. A description of the course is found below.  The course has been added to Testudo and has no prerequisites. 

"HIST 419G: Iraq: From the Origins of the Modern State to the Current Crisis
The course provides an overview of the history of the modern state of Iraq from its inception in the context of World War I to the present day. The focus is on the difficulties of state formation in a highly diverse society, on political, social and economic developments, and on how they gained shape in the context of the broader Middle East region. Key concepts, to which we will refer in our inquiry, will be colonialism, Arab nationalism, and political Islam. The course is designed to provide historical background for a better understanding of current events. We will therefore consider constantly the relevance of historiography for the present, and track contemporary developments."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

GVPT309X: Conflict Resoution offered Summer Session II

Professors Edy Kaufman and Manuel Hassassian celebrate 20th Team-Teaching Anniversary at UMD this Second Summer 2014 Session. Sponsored by GVPT, CIDCM and ISRL, the duo will be continuing their partnership in GVPT309X: Conflict Resolution – The Israeli/Palestinian Experiment. This course serves as a groundbreaking interactive immersion that provides exploration of a range of perspectives, including contending historical and political views. These views inform analysis of a variety of topics including Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, water rights, border disputes and security concerns.

Since their academic partnership in 1992, Professors Kaufman and Hassassian have sought to explore and expound on the dynamics of the conflict while providing open and honest dialogue about the issues at hand. The team-teaching format provides both Jewish and Arab perspectives and a unique educational forum for students that has been perfected over the course of the partnership. The course will meet from August 4th to August 22nd [3 credits] on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9:20 pm in TYD 1101.

For further information, contact or search for the five segments of “Israeli Palestinian Team Teaching” on Youtube.

START still accepting Fall 2014 internship applications -- deadline 6/22

Below is a short summary of the opportunities available. Please visit START's brand new website for more information and to access the application form:
Fall 2014 Deadline is Sunday, June 22.


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 2012). 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 113,000 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: Motives of Terrorism

·         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

Intern positions are available in the following focus areas:

·         Pinch Hitter & Advanced Research

·         Terrorist Ideology

·         Organized Crime

·         Individual Radicalization

·         Risk Assessment and Threat Analysis

·         Use of CBRN Agents by Non-State Actors

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Analytical

Interns will contribute to the construction of a global, multimodal transportation network.  Tasks will include analysis and aggregation of large-scale datasets, database triangulation, manual vector editing, extensive open-source research into traditional and illicit transportation methods, digital cartography/mapmaking, and translation of START’s qualitative research into geospatial format.  Interest/experience in global security and/or terrorism is beneficial.


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.


·         Behavioral Indicators of Gun and Drug Carrying

·         System Engineering Analysis & Support

·         Statistical Analysis & Modeling Support

·         GIS Analytical


Communications and Research Transition Support

START communications and transition team is seeking interns to assist with START’s communication activities and products. Interns’, responsibilities will vary but may include: Writing and editing press releases and featured stories, planning and attending events, creating media kits, developing and tracking media lists and monitoring social media.



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.


Government Actions in Terror Environments (GATE)

Recent research suggests that governments have a vast set of policy tools at their disposal vis-à-vis terrorist groups, and that pure reliance on repressive policies can be counterproductive. While policymakers increasingly recognize the importance of non-military counterterrorism tools in addition to military ones, it is not yet known which type of government actions are effective; and when carrots might be more effective than sticks in defeating terrorist groups. This is a unique opportunity to better understand the terrorist conflict in the US and across specific regions of the world and to get a unique view of how governments deal with those conflicts.


Risk Communications Project

Government, non-profits, and other organizations rely on public communication to deliver important messages to various audiences. Professional communicators today use social scientific research to improve this process, and START’s research teams have several current and upcoming communication projects that address current research questions. Risk communication is important for delivering messages about impending storms, terrorist attacks, public health crises, and more. Interns working on this team will support several ongoing research projects as well as new projects.


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.


Education Research

Interns on this team will assist with analyzing the real world skills gained through START education and education transition programs.  Research will focus on growth assessment and skill development in internships as well as development of gameification and simulation based learning in traditional classrooms.


Terrorism Propaganda Analysis

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.


Why choose an internship at START?

·         Experience working with a large team of dynamic and experienced researchers.

·         Exposure to cutting edge theories and methods.

·         Deepen your understanding of current issues in terrorism and homeland security.

·         Work on projects of immediate interest to the practitioner and policy community.

·         Hone and develop a range of transferable skills attractive to future employers.

·         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.

·         Mentorship from START staff and researchers in a successful professional environment.

·         Internships can be undertaken for academic credit (depending on approval from your institution and department).


General requirements

Applicants for all internships must:

·         Have a good academic record.

·         Demonstrate an interest in the subject matter.

·         Be able to complete their internship work hours on site at START.

·         Agree to attend orientation and training.

·         Submit an application by the deadline, all application packets must include:

o   A complete application for the correct semester (available at ),

o   One page resume,

o   Cover letter,

o   Writing sample,

o   Unofficial transcripts from most recent institution.

Each project may have additional requirements, including minimum credit hours, preferred majors and compulsory meeting times.  For specific requirements and information visit:


How to apply

Application deadline Fall 2014:

Final Deadline: midnight Sunday June 22nd


Applicants should visit for access to the application system and instructions.


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


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 APSA Graduate School Information Fair

We are pleased to host the 4th annual

APSA Graduate School Information Fair

at the
2014 APSA Annual Meeting
Washington, DC

Saturday, August 30, 2014
12pm – 2pm

Please RSVP here
We welcome undergraduates who are interested in
learning more about graduate school in political science.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research – Summer Talk Series for Summer Researchers – Part I

All undergraduate summer researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park are welcome to attend the Summer Talk Series!
Location for all events: Plant Sciences Building, Room 1130
Time for all events: 4 – 5 p.m.
Dates and Topics (note that sessions with identical topics will have the same content as well):
--- Tuesday, June 24 – 4 pm to 5 pm – “Applying for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship” – Graduate Students Welcome
--- Wednesday, June 25 – 4 pm to 5 pm – “Presenting Your Research” – for Undergraduates
--- Tuesday, July 1 – 4 pm to 5 pm – “Fulbright and Other International Research Opportunities” – Graduate Students Welcome
--- Wednesday, July 2 – 4 pm to 5 pm – “Applying for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship” – Graduate Students Welcome (repeat of June 24 talk)
--- Tuesday, July 8 – 4 pm to 5 pm – “Presenting Your Research” – for Undergraduates (repeat of June 25 talk)
--- Wednesday, July 9 – 4 pm to 5 pm – “Fulbright and Other International Research Opportunities” – Graduate Students Welcome (repeat of July 1 talk)

Young African Leaders Washington Fellowship through State Department

The State Department is launching a new program called the Young African Leaders Washington Fellowship.  This program is open to citizens of the African Nation states who are considered the next or up and coming generations of African civil, political, and business leadership. 
Please learn more about the program here:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Advocates for Youth PAID policy internship position

Title: Policy Intern

Organizational Description:  Advocates for Youth, a bold and innovative non-profit based in Washington, DC, works both nationally and internationally to advocate for policies and programs that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Since 1980, Advocates has provided information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. Advocates’ philosophy of Rights.Respect.Responsibility.® informs all of its work. The organization promotes youth rights to sexual health information and services, models youth-adult partnerships in all its efforts, and holds society responsible for its role in providing young people with all of the information and the tools they need to make responsible decisions about their sexual health. 


General Description:  Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies which help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. We provide information, training, and advocacy to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, and the media in the U.S. and internationally. Interns support this mission and are treated as contributing staff members.

Federal policy staff works with policymakers in Congress, the White House and various agencies on youth sexual and reproductive health issues including: comprehensive sex education, contraception access, HIV/AIDS, abortion access and LGBT rights. In addition, staff works with various partner organizations to coordinate joint advocacy efforts.


Intern will be expected to:

  • Write a policy brief.
  • Assist in organizing annual lobby day for youth activist training participants. 
  • Conduct Hill outreach with domestic policy staff.
  • Prepare materials for meetings.
  • Attend coalition meetings with domestic policy staff.
  • Research youth sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • Blog on issues as needed.

  • Interest in working on issues in domestic and/or international policy on reproductive and sexual health or a related field.
  • Motivated, committed student or recent graduate with desire to learn about young people’s sexual and reproductive health.
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Independent worker, ability to prioritize and meet tight deadlines.
  • Located in Washington, DC area through the end of September.
  • Good working knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • A commitment to Advocates for Youth’s mission and goals.



  • Experience working in and with communities of color.
  • Member of student organization working on sexual health issues such as abortion access, peer education, HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues.
  • Willingness to set forth bold and creative ideas to advance reproductive health, justice, and rights.

Interns are expected to make a commitment of 16 weeks (starting mid-June through end of September), 20 hours per week. Students who receive academic credit for the Internship will receive an expense stipend of $200 per month to cover expenses related to their working at Advocates. Non-Credit interns will be paid at an hourly rate.


To apply:

Submit cover letter describing your interests and experiences, your resume, and a short 2-3 page writing sample to or to:


                                                Jeryl Hayes

Advocates for Youth

2000 M Street, NW Suite 750

Washington, DC 20036

Position will remain open until filled.  No phone calls please.


Short Internship Feedback Survey!

Interning for America is currently requesting feedback. This is a great opportunity to help us change public service internships across the country. Your responses will be used as the backbone as we design viable internship models for local governments where there are none and as we push legislators and Governors to provide funding for their current internship programs.  


Interning for America (IFA) is a project that seeks to diversify the current economic demographics of today's politics. By connecting undergraduates with paid internship programs and funding, we hope more students who cannot afford to work for free have the opportunity to experience government. IFA is in the process of developing funded internship models to offer local governments that are trying to engage their younger constituents and to revamp existing programs. In September we will begin sending out a monthly newsletter with upcoming deadlines to ensure public service oriented undergraduates are fully aware of their options.


We are looking for former government interns to fill out a very short form about their internship experience.

If you have any questions, please feel to contact us at We would love to have students from Maryland, especially those interested in pursuing a career in the public sector, give their feedback.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Brown-Ulman Campign is hiring!


$10.10 per hour
Up to $1400 a month

Join Anthony Brown for Governor and help build a better Maryland for more Marylanders!

The Brown-Ulman campaign for Governor is now hiring team members to help spread the word about our great candidates and get out the vote for the June 24 Democratic Primary.

Team members will earn $10.10 per hour. Flexible schedules, Training provided. Access to reliable transpiration preferred.

To apply: Call (410) 941-9796 or email

Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

Campaign is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, and LGBT community members strongly encouraged to apply.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Foreign Service Regional Medical Position for Grads and Undergrads

Regional Medical Officer: Accepting Applications. 
Deadline is June 26, 2014

We are currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer positions.
Please read the vacancy announcement ( for more information and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs.

The deadline to submit completed applications for these positions is June 26, 2014.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed, available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances. 

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.

Please visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Connect on the website.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

Department of Defense Career Fair

The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility, DoD CAF, will host a Career Fair on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m at the Argonne Hills Fellowship Hall, 7100 Rockenbach Rd., Ft Meade, MD 20755.

Career Fair attendees will meet and speak with Personnel Security professionals and human resources representatives about specific career opportunities available at the DoD CAF. 

On the day of the event, candidates should bring multiple copies of their resumes, transcripts, DD214s and other supporting documentation.  Additionally, USA Jobs vacancy announcement OSD-14-1117072-B will open on the date of the Career Fair and close on June 17, 2014.  Candidates who are unable to attend the Career Fair may submit applications for DoD CAF Personnel Security Specialist vacancies to this vacancy announcement.

Questions should be directed to the following email address:

For additional information about this event: Contact Bobby Piper at

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Job Position Available

Position Title: 
Office Assistant 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity Center;  2218 Marie Mount Hall College Park, MD 20742 
Job Description: Provide assistance in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity Center. The Office Assistant will staff the LGBT Equity table at campus outreach events; greet office guests; answer phones; manage emails; clean and organize the office; develop/distribute promotional materials; or other duties as assigned.
  • Previous knowledge or experience with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or ally issues and populations.
  • Skill and comfort representing the office at information fairs.
  • Maturity and judgment to work both independently as a self-starter and to take direction from supervisors.
  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Punctuality and proper attendance. 
Application Instructions:
Before June 15 (preferably earlier), please send an email with the subject line “Office Assistant" to Calvin K. Sweeney, Coordinator at with the following items:
1.     An attached resume
2.     Your Summer class schedule and other standing obligations for June, July and August
3.     Federal Work Study information, if applicable
Positions available: 
One position is available for the 2014 summer term.
Eligibility: You must be available from 1 to 4pm on Monday and Wednesdays, starting June 23 through July 30, as well as additional hours as necessary.
Wage: $8.00/hr.
Total Hours: ~5 to 10 hours per week

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Heritage Foundation Fall Internship

Paid Heritage Fall Internship Opportunities - Deadline June 15th!


Heritage is looking for rising juniors and seniors interested in experiencing DC first hand this fall. Our program will run from September 8th to December 12th with opportunities in research (Asian Studies, Latin America, Russia/Eurasia, national security, international economics, energy, regulatory policy, law, welfare reform, and more) and policy promotion (marketing, outreach, communications, accounting, business, development, etc.) You can find a full list online of our 60 open positions in policy, promotion, business and more.   

Learn more by visiting

 Interested applicants should apply by June 15th by applying on our online application. They also need to submit 2 letters of recommendation and an official school transcript by the deadline. International students must also submit work authorization.

Syrian American Medical Society Internship


  • Assist the Director of Operations by engaging in aid campaigns by soliciting donations that meet the specific needs of refugees and displaced persons
  • Assist the Director of Operations by facilitating the procurement of in-kind donations (GIK) in support of SAMS's medical relief programs
  • Assist the Director of Operations by conducting outreach to follow up on small gifts under $1000 by members
  • Assist the Director of Grants by researching best approaches to program design in humanitarian relief for new program proposals
  • Work with program staff to design and write promotional materials in a variety of media, including success stories and blog entries that showcase SAMS's relief programs and highlight humanitarian impact
  • Assist with planning and execution of donor events and fundraisers
  • Experienced interns may have the opportunity to launch their own humanitarian aid campaigns
  • Utilize graphic design and online tools to create compelling infographics and interactive program maps
  • Research new funding opportunities and raise awareness among new audiences
  • Assist in maintaining and updating website and SAMS' social media pages
  • Maintain event calendar and other administrative tasks as assigned

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn effective community outreach techniques
  • Students will learn methods of engaging media to highlight refugee programs and humanitarian and medical relief projects
  • Students will learn effective writing strategies for outreach and development


  • Strong research, writing and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills; Constant Contact, SalsaLabs, WordPress, HTML & CSS skills a plus
  • Willingness to learn about SAMS's mission, vision and programs
  • Ability to act independently and energetically on all tasks
  • Professional discretion and rigorous respect for confidentiality
  • Ability to set a regular internship schedule (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) (at least 20 hours per week for Fall and Spring internships)
  • Strong interest in Middle East, International Relations, Development, Humanitarian Relief, or a related field
  • Experience in fundraising preferred
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English
  • Fluency in Arabic is preferred, but not required
Contact GVPT Advising for more information.