Thursday, March 31, 2016

Career Shuttle Event on Capitol Hill

Career Shuttle: Capitol Hill, Wednesday, April 6 (8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
Join the University Career Center & The President's Promise on a Career Shuttle to the Capitol Hill! This visit is open to all UMD students and would be a perfect choice for students interested in career paths and tips on landing an internship or job on the Hill.
  •          Depart UMD campus and travel via bus to the Hill
  •          Introduction/welcome UMD Alum: Mr. Pamitha D. Weerasinghe, J.D., Professional Staff, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology – Democratic Staff
  •         Panel of Hill professionals discuss tips and best practices for discovering your place on the Hill
  •          Lunch is on your own, but a cafeteria is nearby
  •          Tour the Rayburn Building

Space is limited - please RSVP today and reserve 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for the site visit. Questions? Contact Crystal Sehlke at

Honors Seminar on How to Make Better Decisions is Open to All Students

Attention GVPT students. HONR229D: How to Make Better Decisions is open to all students who have a 3.4 GPA or higher until the seats are filled. Please contact Dean Hebert ( if you are interested to request permission to register.

HONR229D Honors Seminar: How to Make Better Decisions

Piotr Swistak, Professor

Department of Government and Politics and the Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation Program

Th 2:00pm - 4:45pm TYD 0101

The problem with decisions is that we rarely, if ever, find out if our decisions were good or bad.  Was choosing your major, for instance, a good decision or could you have made a better one?  I don’t think most of us would ever know the answer to this question.  So, is it possible that we regularly make bad decisions but don’t know that we do?  And, if so, how can we fix something if don’t know it is broken? 

In fact, we do regularly make bad decisions.  This has been shown in many experimental studies some of which will be covered in this class.  What is more, for some types of decision problems we are hardwired to make mistakes.  This means that we are bound to go wrong regardless of how much we know or how smart we are.  So, what can we do to remedy this problem?  Quite a bit, as it turns out.  

Research Assistant with CLASP

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national anti-poverty advocacy organization, seeks a Research Assistant who will work with a team of policy experts on income and work supports 

CLASP’s mission is to advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of poor people, and create ladders to economic security for all. Our solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status, as well as low income. We lift up the voices of poor and low-income children, families, and individuals, equip advocates with strategies that work, and help public officials put good ideas into practice.

For more information, please visit

Please email a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to:

Federal/Global Semester Fellows Program

ATTENTION STUDENTS— Spots are still available in Global and Federal Semester Fellows Programs. APPLY NOW! Next application deadline is April 8th.  We’d love to have you!
PERKS include:          
·         Take a fall-semester seminar course on a topic of contemporary concern--taught by expert practitioners who bring in guest speakers (ambassadors, industry experts, etc.)! 
·         Obtain an extraordinary spring internship at sites ranging from the White House, media outlets, federal agencies, NGOs, private organizations, embassies, research shops, etc. 
·         Gain Scholarship in Practice credit
·         Receive spring internship credit through our program or through your major or other program!
·         Earn a notation on your transcript as a Federal or Global Semester Fellow!
·         Enjoy year round empowerment activities:  field trips, professional development, conversations with industry leaders, individual help obtaining internships.
·         Join a lively, engaged student cohort group (and alumni network)! 
·         Program Concentrations: Science Diplomacy, Public Health Policy, Energy and Environment Policy, and many more!
For details and an application form, go to EITHER and/or or come by our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. Fill out ONE application and rank your choices across the two programs.  Next application deadline is April 8th.Rolling admission afterwards!  No need for recommendation letters unless you wish to add them; and they can come later!
Information about Science Diplomacy Program:
Through expert speakers, presentations, readings, and negotiation exercises, students will explore the critical roles that diplomats and negotiators can play in the exchange and shaping of technological and scientific innovation.  You do not need to be a STEM major to make change happen! The instructors, top officials at the State Department, started as Fine Arts and English majors.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Helping Professions Employer Meet Up

Interested in a helping profession?
Join The University Career Center and the President's Promise for our Helping Professions Meet Up. This event is designed to connect you with employers during your search for full-time opportunities.
Helping Professions Employer Meet Up
Come to a relaxed, informal opportunity to meet and greet with organizations interested in hiring University of Maryland students. Each company will give a 3-5 minute overview and then be seated at tables to have conversations with students over light refreshments for the remainder of event.
12:00-12:30: 3-5 minute employer presentation

12:30-2:00: Relaxed conversations over refreshments – feel free to stop by even if just for a few minutes! 
  • Friday, April 1, 2016, 12-2 pm, University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
  • Click here to RSVP
  • Employers attending:
    • Teach For America
    • Peace Corps
    • Urban Teachers
    • Baltimore Corps
    • AmeriCorps VISTA
    • MaryPIRG
    • AmeriCorps FEMA

Questions, contact University Career Center & The President's Promise at | 301-314-4225.

Study Abroad Opportunity in Tartu, Estonia

We are pleased to announce the call for applications to MA programs taught
exclusively in English:

Democracy and Governance
European Union – Russian Studies
International Relations and Regional Studies
Baltic Sea Region Studies
Tuition-waiver scholarships available on a competitive basis for all programs! Scholarships decided based on admission results, all candidates are automatically considered.

Why study in Tartu, Estonia?

Estonia offers very good education at all levels. The University of Tartu belongs to the TOP 3% of the world's best universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14). We are the center for an international team of scholars and students working together in an English-speaking environment. Our programs offer various mobility opportunities – you can go on an exchange for a semester or a year in our numerous partner universities across the world, participate in summer or winter schools, do an internship, etc. A degree from Estonia is great value for money: you will receive a high-quality European education at an affordable cost. Estonia is safe, clean and dynamic. It has a modern infrastructure, such as e-government and free WiFi almost everywhere. Tartu is a university town whose academic life has been historically linked with both Russia and Western Europe. It offers something to everyone: cozy bars and nightclubs in the center, with nature parks and trails nearby, world-class culture and much more! 

For additional reasons to consider Tartu and Estonia, click here:

We welcome applications from all disciplines and backgrounds. All programs combine comprehensive academic knowledge with training in core competences, preparing you for a career in the public as well as private sector or academia.

Begin building a great career and open yourself up to new experiences –
apply now!

Application deadline: April 15, 2016
All information available at

Contact us: Oliivia V├Árk, Coordinator,

Also, feel free to contact the student ambassadors at the University of Tartu
to inquire about life and studies in Tartu:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Register to Vote with TerpsVOTE

"Hey Terps! Are you registered to vote for the presidential elections? Need to update your voter registration? Want information about where to vote on Election Day? Register to vote TODAY at! Maryland’s deadline to register is April 5th.
This message is brought to you by TerpsVOTE, a nonpartisan coalition of student organizations and living & learning programs working to get students registered to vote and to the polls in time for the primary elections."

Monday, March 28, 2016

Summer 2016 Research Internship Opportunity with ARTBA

Information Panels on Helping Professions

Interested in a helping profession?  
Join The University Career Center and the President's Promise for our Industry Spotlight Series: Helping Professions. These events are designed to prepare you in your search for internships and full-time opportunities.

Careers in Helping Professions Panel
Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 5-6pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Panelists include representatives from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Bread for the City, Shepherd's Clinic, America's Future Workforce, UMD Counseling Psychology Program, and The Children's Inn at NIH.
Funding Your Ideas: Non-Profit Grant Writing 101 Workshop
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 12-1pm 
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
If you are interested in working in the non-profit world, come to this skills-based workshop to learn about grant writing from the Living Classrooms Foundation, an educational non-profit that focuses on hands-on learning.

Helping Professions Employer Meet Up
Friday, April 1, 2016, 12-2pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Come drop in any time between 12-2 pm to informally chat with Teach For America, City Year, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Baltimore Corps, Urban Teachers, and more!

Careers in Sports Medicine Panel
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 4-5:30pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Panelists include trainers, strengths coaches, athletic directors, and medical directors. Come here about the opportunities available in this growing health care field.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Apply for START's Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis Program

Are you looking to study terrorism? Are you hoping to work in the intelligence community? Are you considering graduate school?
Designed for both future practitioners and scholars, START’s flexible and fully online program provides students with advanced education on the causes, dynamics and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. The unique online format enables students to work full-time or part-time while advancing their education. No pre-requisite knowledge is required, yet our coursework is appropriate for both new and experienced learners.
Program Description
START's Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis aims to train the next generation of scholars and analysts to examine questions related to the behavior of terrorists and terrorist groups, and how societies can best prepare and respond to terrorist threats and attacks. Students also develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism. This four-course, twelve-credit, fully online program can be completed in as little as nine-months –  or a more expanded two years. To learn more about the program and courses, visit
Eligible applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree at a foreign university. A 3.0 GPA is preferred, but experience may substitute. GRE scores are not required.
Application Information
The program accepts applications at two points during the calendar year. Applications for fall admission are due July 1. This allows upcoming fall, spring, and summer graduates to begin the program soon after they have earned their four-year degree. More information regarding the application deadlines and term timelines can be found on our website.
An online information session will be held on April 19, 2016 at 6:00pm EST. To join the discussion, RSVP to Apitchaya Pimpawathin at 
More Information?
Request a virtual information packet by emailing and be sure to check out other opportunities at START, like our internship program and summer/winter courses on our website.

The Environment and Peace Discussion on Campus

On Monday, March 28 at 7:00 PM, please join Dr. Shmuel Brenner and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park for a conversation about the intersection of environmental sustainability and international negotiation. Dr. Brenner, Director of the Arava Center for Sustainable Development and a leading architect of the environmental section of the Oslo Accords, will lead a discussion of how policy has shaped environmental practices and how people from different backgrounds can work cooperatively to meet environmental sustainability goals in the Middle East.
The Environment and Peace:
Featuring Dr. Shmuel Brenner and the Arava Institute
Monday, March 28, 2016
7:00 PM

Reckord Armory, College Park, MD
For more details, please visit the event web page.
Please RSVP to Ari Massefski at or call (617) 860-7718 for more information. 

Fall 2016 Legal Internship at the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office

Desired Start Date: August 29, 2016
Duration: Fall Semester 2016
Hours per Week: approximately 8 – 9
The Graduate Student Legal Aid Office (GLAO) at the University of Maryland College Park is looking for talented students for its Undergraduate Fall 2016 Internship Program.  The GLAO provides free legal information, consultations, referrals and brief assistance to UMCP graduate students on a wide range of both off-campus and university matters.  Learn more about the GLAO and the internship
Internship Summary:
- Interns work on-site at the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office, located in the South Campus Dining Hall, approximately 8-9 hours a week.  They will garner a wide range of experiences in the following ways: 
1.     - Interns staff the front desk, which is the first point of contact for all visitors, student and potential clients.  Interns handle initial student screenings for eligibility, process intake forms and answer general inquiries. 
2.     - Interns sit-in on client interviews conducted by the GLAO attorney.  Interns may be actively involved in casework through basic research and investigation needed to resolve client issues and concerns and helping clients identify and access outside resources. Please note that the GLAO does not represent students in court; this internship does not involve litigation work.   
3.     - Interns also work with the GLAO’s Coordinator of Services and Programs on administrative and other tasks related to the day-to-day functioning of the office. 

"Speak Up, Save a Life" Presentation

"Speak Up, Save a Life" Presentation from the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, hosted by USJ 

On April 6, 2016 at 7pm in 6107 McKeldin Library the University Student Judiciary is hosting Montgomery County Assistant State's Attorney, Steve Chaiken. He will be giving a presentation entitled "Speak Up, Save a Life" about the growing drug epidemic in Maryland and Maryland's relatively new Good Samaritan Law, which happens to be very similar to UMD's Responsible Action Policy. 

Mr. Chaiken is a charismatic speaker eager to work with students. He will discuss how the law works and how we, as citizens and students, can utilize the law to save lives. This event is hosted by the University Student Judiciary and is open to the public.

For questions, students can contact

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

START Summer 2016 Internship

START is currently accepting internship applications for Summer 2016. 

START is looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors  (including but not limited to: Criminology, Communications, Government, International Relations, Public Policy, History, GIS, Geography, Economics, English, Mathematics, Psychology, Languages and Statistics). Students from any institution may apply and we will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates, graduate students, and PhD candidates. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and the opportunity to participate in many professional development activities. START is very willing to work with academic institutions to enable students to undertake our internships for credit. Our internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours on location at START Headquarters at the University of Maryland College Park.
The deadline to apply is April 3, 2016. Please visit our website for more information and to access the application form:

Alumni Association Scholarship Opportunities

Each year the University of Maryland Alumni Associations awards nearly $36,000 in scholarships to current students. The deadlines to apply for these scholarships are quickly approaching. Visit to review the criteria and submit an application.

The Col. J. Logan Schutz Legacy Scholarship is awarded to a junior in good academic standing who followed in the footsteps of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other family member who previously attended the University of Maryland. The deadline for the Schutz Legacy Scholarship is this upcoming Friday, March 25, 2016.

The Alumni Association undergraduate and graduate scholarships are awarded to current students in good academic standing who are active participants in the campus community and who demonstrate a passion for building the Terrapin spirit on campus. The deadline for the Alumni Association scholarships is Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Any questions regarding these scholarships or the application process should be directed to Kourtney Kleine Temple at

Congressional Research Grants

DEADLINE: All proposals must be received no later than April 1, 2016.
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.  The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress.  Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $998,026 to support over 451 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is April 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in May.
The Center has allocated up to $50,000 in 2016 for grants with individual awards capped at $3,500.
The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress.  Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible.  The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States. 

The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study.  Organizations are not eligible.  Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible.  No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.
Download the Word document at Congressional Research Grant Application or at and complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or pdf attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman at Please insert the following in the Subject Line:  “CRG Application [insert your surname].” Thank you.
The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (for graduate students onlylength  not to exceed one page—additional pages will not be forwarded to the judges), and Overhead Waiver Letter.
The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page).
All application materials must be received on or before April 1 of the current year. Grants will be announced in May.
Complete information about what kinds of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center's Website: PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY. Frank Mackaman is the program officer –
If you no longer want to receive information from The Dirksen Congressional Center, enter your e-mail address in the appropriate text box provided --  You can also send an e- mail to Cindy Koeppel at with your request.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Short Term Internship Opportunity at the Color of Wealth Summit

Internship at the 2016 Color of Wealth Summit to be held on April 20–22, 2016
Apply for a short-term internship at the 2016 Color of Wealth Summit at the U.S. Capitol Complex in Washington, DC. The theme of the Summit is “The Inclusion Revolution: Race, Economic Mobility, and the Future of America.
The 2016 Color of Wealth Summit will bring together a diverse group of policy advocates, researchers, experts, government officials, and community supporters—the nations’ leading minds on wealth building in communities of color—to focus on innovative policies to address income and wealth disparities, especially with regard to business ownership, entrepreneurship, and community development.
The 2016 Color of Wealth Summit is organized by the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative, an effort designed to inform the national economic debate with diverse perspectives and policy solutions to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all Americans. The Initiative is managed by the Center for Global Policy Solutions and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, with generous support from the Ford Foundation.
Potential interns should send their resume to If you have questions, do not hesitate to call our office at 202-265-5111 or to email Simona Combi at for assistance.

Internship Opportunity with the Maryland Democratic Party

Internship Opportunity at the National Democratic Institute

The team at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is hiring an intern/project assistant for the summer (with possibility of extension). This is a paid internship, and is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students or recent grads to learn more about elections and their role in strengthening democracy around the world. 
Interested applicants should apply online (make sure to submit a cover letter and resume) here:

For questions contact:
Amanda Pleasant
Phone:(443) 631-3594

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Maryland Sierra Club Summer and Fall 2016 Interns

The Maryland Sierra Club is seeking interns for Summer and Fall 2016. If you could forward this email or post the below internship description to any relevant listservs, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
As a grassroots environmental nonprofit, the Maryland Sierra Club offers many internship opportunities for those passionate about advocating for a safer, healthier planet. At our office conveniently located just steps from the University of Maryland campus in College Park, MD, students can take advantage of diverse openings in office management & administration, outdoor education, political environmental advocacy, communications & marketing, web design, community organizing, event planning, and policy research.
Our interns become part of the office team and are essential to accomplishing many of the Chapter’s environmental conservation goals. Working side by side with staff and lead volunteers, interns get the opportunity to see how a grassroots non­profit works, gain valuable real world experience, and become the next generation of activist leaders.
For Summer and Fall 2016, we have the following internships available:
·         Administration, Chapter Coordination
·         Conservation Outings
·         Website, Media and Communications
·         Water Protection
·         Beyond Coal Energy
·         Maryland General Assembly Legislative
·         Stewardship Field
·         Baltimore Organizing

For more information, internship descriptions, and how to arrange college credit, please visit:
To apply:
1.     Send a cover letter, resume and a two-­page writing sample to Please have your name on each document title.
2.     Fill out this survey after you send in your materials:

Apply early for best priority.
Sierra Club Maryland Chapter
7338 Baltimore Ave Suite 102

College Park, MD 20740