Monday, October 31, 2016

What do Americans Think of Syria and ISIS Policies? A New Poll Release

A new poll event will be held at the University of Maryland on Tuesday, November 1st at 2pm on both foreign policy and American politics. The poll will particularly probe American public attitudes toward the Syria conflict and the war on ISIS and the degree to which Americans would like to see Russian-U.S. cooperation. This is part of an event to launch the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll, which will also feature my colleague Stella Rouse and Brookings Institution scholar and The Wall Street Journal columnist, William Galston. If you are able to attend, please RSVP using this link. If you are not able to attend, the event will be live streamed at the following link: Below please find the full information on the poll release.

Interested in a Spring 2017 internship with a nonprofit?

Interested in a Spring 2017 internship with a nonprofit? 
Apply before Nov. 8, 2016 to be considered!

The following nonprofit organizations will be leading on-campus interviews soon for spring 2017 opportunities. If you would like to be considered, you must apply through Careers4Terps via and search for the ID number below (listed in parenthesis after the internship job title). You may apply for as many opportunities that are of interest to you. 

View all opportunities on Careers4Terps and apply today (deadline: November 8 at 11:59pm)
     Communications Intern (148340)
     Marketing/Visitor Relations Intern (148341)
     Business Plan Monetization & Marketing Project (148302)
     Educational Programming and NonProfit Management Intern (148304)
     Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival Intern (148310)
     Intern - Aftercare Coordinator (148298)
     Program Development Intern (148299)
     Office of Learning & Talent Development Intern (148286)
     Fundraising and Development Internship (148342)
     Community Schools Intern (148343)
     Housing & Community Development Intern (148287)
     Internship - "Borderless" Art Project (148305)
     Internship - Development Team (148328)
     GIS Intern - Department of Public Works (148289)
     Internship - Assisting Senior Citizens to Live at Home (148312)
     Front Desk Greeter (148296)
     Program Administrative Intern (148292)
     Program Administrative Intern (148297) 
     Program Facilitator (148294)
     Program Support Intern (148293)
     Program Tutor (148295)
     Age-In-Place Spring 2017 Intern (148308)
     Events & Advancement Intern (148344)
     Nonprofit Strategy Intern (148345)
     Social Media Intern (148346)

If you are invited for one or more on-campus interviews, you will be able to sign up for an interview timeslot through Careers4Terps under the "On-Campus Interviews" tab on the left-side navigation bar beginning Thursday, November 11 at midnight on a first-come, first serve basis.  You should receive an email about being invited for an on-campus interview (so check your email and spam folders).

​Still not sure how to apply through Careers4Terps?  Watch this brief video to learn how: 

Anti-Corruption/Value Chains and Conflict Taskforces Intern

Multi-Track Diplomacy: Transforming Violent Conflict (Winter 2017)

Spring 2017 internships: National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Washington, D.C.

NED’s intern program runs during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.  Students with a strong interest in the study and support of democracy around the world are encouraged to apply.  All internships are unpaid and candidates must be registered students, enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program; and able to receive college credit or transcript notation of participation in our program for each semester of the internship.  An independent study option, if approved by your university, is also possible.  Available internships are listed below.  All internships are posted until filled. 

Log into your Careers4Terps account to review the many PAID opportunities below! 
  • Intern - IFDS RC (Spring 2017)  International Forum for Democratic Studies Research and Conferences
  • Intern - CIMA (Spring 2017) Center for International Media Assistance
  • Intern - IFDS DH ISO (Spring 2017) Donald Horowitz Internship in Constitutional Design (Independent Study Option) International Forum for Democratic Studies
  • Intern - WMD (Spring 2017) World Movement for Democracy
  • Intern - GRPA (Spring 2017) Government Relations and Public Affairs
  • Intern - Africa (Spring 2017)
  • Intern - LAC (Spring 2017) Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Intern - Reagan-Fascell Fellows (Spring 2017)
  • Intern - GRC (Spring 2017) Grantmaking Resource Center

Technica Hackaton November 5th-6th

Technica is next weekend, from November 5th-6th! Technica is an all women's hackathon open to everyone who identify as female or non-binary. Don't know how to code? It's okay! Technica is beginner friendly and requires absolutely no previous knowledge in anything computer science related. We have set up a series of workshops to help you learn about web development, design, hardware, product development, data science, virtual reality, and more! There will be mentors ready to help you with any question you may have whether it be project related or career/resume related. Free food, snacks, and swag will be provided throughout the event! Tech+X Week 2016.

Leading up to Technica we have planned a series of tech talks designed to show you how you technology can be applied to any field/major. If you're interested in the intersection of Tech and Design, Business, Biology, and Policy Making, then come out to the events! Following each talk we will have free food and a workshop designed to teach you web development basics (for example on Tuesday, you'll be able to make and host your own resume website). The tech talks are open to all genders, however Technica is restricted to female hackers.

Here are the Facebook links each tech talk event!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Internship Opportunity for Senator Chris Coons' Office

The Office of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) seeks unpaid interns for his office in Washington, DC for winter and spring semester of 2017. Responsibilities include answering phones, greeting visitors, sorting mail, handling requests for flags and tours, and assisting front office as well as legislative staff. Internship positions are full or part time. 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 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 (2-3 pages) writing sample. Students should also specify days of availability. Applications received by November 22nd, 2016 will be given priority. Delaware ties a plus, but not required. Absolutely no walk-ins or phone calls.

Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference

Greetings from Harvard Kennedy School. I am pleased to announce that the 17th annual Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) will take place Thursday, February 9 - Sunday, February 12, 2017. The conference aims to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate programs in public policy and international affairs by informing students about opportunities for graduate study and careers in both domestic and international public policy.

Please note only first and second year undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients are eligible to apply.  (Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and, must demonstrate a commitment to public service.)
PPLC will take place on the HKS campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. All conference expenses are covered by HKS. The conference serves as a pipeline for first- and second-year undergraduate students from historically underrepresented and underserved communities. The PPLC is designed to embolden students to pursue professional degrees to prepare themselves to become future leaders in public policy.The intensive three days of workshops, panels, and lectures is designed to provide an understanding of, and access to, a career in public service.

While on campus, participants will learn about:
  • Careers in public service
  • Domestic and international policy issues
  • Fellowship programs
  • Resume building and networking
  • Summer Public Policy and International Affairs Institutes
  • Graduate schools that offer programs in public policy
  • Student life
Click here to read interviews from previous PPLC participants.

Click here to view the PPLC flyer.

The online application is available here. The deadline to apply is November 9, 2016.

Critical Issues Poll

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Study With START This Winter!

START is offering Winter-term classes, open to all students interested in Terrorism Studies. This winter you can learn the basics of GIS, Behavioral Profiling, or Network Analysis for Terrorism, or enroll in our 3-credit course on the Rise of the Islamic State. Check out our course listings on Testudo (listed under BSST). For more information, see the attached flier!

Citizenship and the Right to Public Education for Undocumented Immigrants

Immigrants are not as different from citizens in terms of citizenship responsibilities and right as many have been led to believe.  And quite frankly, depending on how citizenship is defined, immigrants - even undocumented immigrants - can have much to teach citizens about what it means to be a strong citizen.

Event Date and Time: Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 3:30-5:00pm
Location: 0220 Jimenez Hall
With: Dr. Robert Koulish, Director of MLAW Programs and Joel J. Feller Research Professor

Peer to Peer Coaching Opportunity


The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program is a peer-to-peer academic coaching program, in which trained PAL coaches assist UMD students in using effective learning techniques to improve study skills and encourage their growth as learners.

Students engage in a semester-long, peer mentor training program, and are able to volunteer (for a small stipend), or receive 1 or 3 upper-level credits. PAL coaches also have the opportunity to become a certified mentor by the Learning Assistance Service or the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA).

If you are motivated to learn how to support UMD students in developing their time management, study process, organizational and exam skills, please see the attached flyer.


1. Schedule an appointment on TutorTrac & attend a session with a current PAL coach

(Go to and select PEER ASSISTED LEARNING as the Center).

2. Submit a completed application (PDF) with your resume, unofficial transcript, and spring class schedule by Friday, November 11, 2016.

For more information, please visit or contact the PAL Program Coordinator, Juliana Wong at or call 301-314-7699

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Internship Opportunity for Senator Amy Klobuchar's Office

To Whom It May Concern:

The Washington office of Senator Amy Klobuchar is currently accepting internship applications for the 2017 spring session. An internship with the Senator’s office is a terrific chance for students to gain first-hand experience with both the legislative process and constituent services in the United States Senate.

Washington interns assist the office in a variety of legislative and administrative capacities. Interns support legislative staff by conducting policy research, attending briefings, and preparing for hearings. They are also asked to give tours of the U.S. Capitol to constituents and assist with constituent correspondence by letter, email, and phone. During your time in the office, you will learn your way around Capitol Hill and become familiar with the daily operations of a Senate office.

The spring internship runs from January to May and is available both part time and full time. If you will be attending classes while you are here we ask that you note that on your internship application, as well as what days and times you are available to work. We are happy to coordinate with educational institutions and students to develop internships for academic credit.

Materials required for consideration:

If you would like to be considered for the Washington program, please send your application materials

The deadline for application materials is November 9, 2016. Students and recent college graduates with ties to Minnesota are strongly encouraged to apply, but all applicants are welcome.

Beyond the Classroom Living-Learning Program Opportunity

Do you want to make an impact for a better world?

Beyond the Classroom students volunteerAre you interested in acting on social issues important to you?

Do you want to gain practical skills through service projects
and internships?

Will you have 45 credits by the end of this semester?

If you answered yes, join Beyond the Classroom.

Beyond the Classroom is a living learning program that exposes you to the world's leading problems and engages you through service, activism, and research to address these challenges
Learn more at:
Application Deadline: November 11
Beyond the Classroom at the University of Maryland
E-mail:  Tel.: 301-314-6621

Last Chance to Apply for CAPC Internships!

The final deadline to apply for one of CAPC's internship programs is October 30th! Access the application here.

The Center for American Politics and Citizenship offers several internship programs that give students the opportunity to gain both GVPT and elective credit for their internship experiences. 
  • The Capital Hill Internship Program enables students who work in a congressional office to receive credit
  • The Public Policy Internship Program enables students who work in local, state, national, regional, or global political institutions to receive credit
  • Both of these programs require a 3-credit seminar (GVPT388W), for which students will obtain upper-level GVPT credit
  • The internship itself can count for 3-6 credits of elective credit, depending on how many hours per week the student spends at the internship
Please note, students need to identify which of the internship programs they want to apply for on their cover sheet

If you would like to take part in either of these programs but do not have 60 credits or are not a GVPT major, please contact Christian Hosam at for more information.

Senate Internship Opportunity

Critical Issues Launch

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

cordially invites you to the public launch of the

presenting new poll results on the presidential election and on domestic and foreign policy issues

opening and introductory remarks provided by

Gregory F. Ball
Dean and Professor, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Presentations by

Shibley Telhami
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and
Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll


Stella Rouse
Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship and
Associate Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll


William A. Galston
The Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
and columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
2-3:30 p.m.
Prince George’s Room
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

RSVP at your earliest convenience via:
To view the live stream on the day of the event, please vist:
Please direct questions to the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at 

Critical Issues Poll Partners
Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development
Center for American Politics and Citizenship