Wednesday, November 30, 2016

GVPT Election Debrief

Due to the surprising and, for some, alarming nature of the presidential election, the Government and Politics department is offering to host a panel discussion to help students better understand what happened in the electorate, what we expect to happen in the government going forward (both in terms of foreign and domestic policy, and in terms of the limits and powers of a unified Congress), and a comparative perspective on what we can learn from other countries.

Faculty participants will include:
Irwin Morris and David Karol (American political institutions and history)
Antoine Banks, Lilliana Mason, and Stella Rouse  (American political behavior)
Vladimir Tismaneanu and Karol Soltan (international and comparative perspective)

The discussion will take place on Tuesday, December 6, at 4pm, in Tydings 1136.

Final Exam Resources

Documentary Screening

I Voted? is a thought-provoking, nonpartisan documentary from executive producer Katie Couric. I Voted? premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and presents surprising discoveries about America’s voting system. You can watch the film’s trailer here

The screening event will take place on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30pm at the Landmark E Street Theater. The screening is free and we would love to spread to word to interested students in the government and politics department at University of Maryland.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP here.  For more information on the screening check out the event on FacebookIf you have any questions regarding the screening, please let me know. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jewish Federations of North America Spring Internship Opportunity

The Jewish Federations of North America
Washington, DC
Spring Internship Opportunity

The Washington office of one of the premier American Jewish non-profits is seeking spring interns who are looking to combine their interests in Jewish communal work and national politics.
The JFNA Washington Office is the policy arm of JFNA, bringing the voice of 151 Jewish community federations and over 300 independent Jewish communities throughout North America to Capitol Hill and the Administration as a prominent force in policy decision-making. Collectively among the top 10 charities in the world, JFNA secures and manages $16 billion in endowment assets. Each year, JFNA raises over $900 million through the Annual Campaign and emergency campaigns, and distributes over $2 billion from our foundations and endowments. JFNA’s legislative agenda focuses on a variety of issues that includes, but is not limited to, bolstering retirement and aging health policies; protecting programs for vulnerable populations, such as domestic violence victims, human trafficking victims, people with disabilities, refugees, and low income families; safeguarding non-profits from terrorism; and more.
JFNA interns will have the unique and unparalleled opportunity to work on a wide range of social service focused public policy issues. Through this internship, interns will learn innovative approaches to stimulate community interest by organizing and informing local grassroots networks of Jewish federations and affiliated social service agencies. The day-to-day responsibilities of a JFNA internship includes, but is not limited to, attending congressional hearings, taking part in advocacy/leadership training days, compiling and analyzing surveys, and researching and writing on a variety of existing and proposed policies.
Spring internships are part-time, and interns are offered a flexible stipend. In lieu of a stipend, we also offer college credit if allowed by an individual’s university/college.

If interested, please forward a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and references to

Spring 2017 Internship Opportunity at Issue One

Issue One, a nonprofit organization which seeks to put the American people back in control of our democracy by reducing the power of money in politics and policy-making, is currently seeking interns interested in money-in-politics reform to join their team in making our government one that is truly ‘of, by, and for the people.’ Their interns are integral members of the team and will gain hands-on experience in development, communications, event planning, and many other areas. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Claire Gollegly at

For more information, please visit our website:

Monday, November 28, 2016

GVPT Winter Course Offerings!

Israel and Palestine in the shadow of the election: What do Americans want Obama and Trump to do?

The Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will release the results of new public opinion polls by Dr. Shibley Telhami focusing on American attitudes towards Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Findings from two polls - one taken just before the election, and one just after - set the stage for both Obama and Trump in weighing their approach to the conflict. 

Introduction and Moderator
Tamara Cofman Wittes 
Director, The Center for Middle East Policy
and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution


Featured Speaker
Shibley Telhami 
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland
Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Karen DeYoung 
Senior National Security Correspondent, The Washington Post

Sarah Yerkes
Visiting Fellow, The Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution 

Friday, December 2, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Falk Auditorium
The Brookings Institution 
1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

For more information and to RSVP please visit:

Forum on Women in Leadership: Political Campaigns

10th Annual McGowan Forum on Women in Leadership: Political Campaigns
  • Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

  • A distinguished panel of political communicators and strategists will discuss their experiences working on political campaigns on both local and national levels, the changes in opportunities and obstacles, and advice for young women looking to become more involved in politics.

  • Panelists include Kristen Soltis Anderson, pollster and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)Karen Dunn, attorney at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; and Margie Omero,  EVP of Public Affairs at PSB Research.
All the information and registration for the event can be found here. And a link the Facebook event here

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Apply for BSOS College Scholarships!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences continuously offers a variety of scholarships to current students! Students are encouraged to apply now for an award for the fall 2017 semester. Before submitting your application, make sure to review each scholarship's eligibility criteria. To explore all scholarships being offered, and determine which best suits you, please visit this link.

Applications for the fall 2017 semester are due on February 10, 2017 by 5 p.m.  Click here to apply.

Questions regarding the scholarships or the application process can be e-mailed to

Monday, November 21, 2016

Spring 2017 Internships, U.S. Executive Office of the President

Interested in an exciting, yet challenging internship at the Executive Office of the President?

The Office of Administration Student Internship Program within the Executive Office of the President is currently seeking enthusiastic and dedicated undergraduate and graduate student interns to assist in providing administrative and business services in support of the President of the United States during the Spring 2017 semester (January-May), and specifically for Transition efforts taking place from January-March 2017.
Currently, there are internship positions available in various fields of study, including Human Resources and Facilities (Transition only); and Learning and Development Division and Office of the General Counsel (Spring 2017 semester). Participants will have an amazing opportunity to work with professionals in their respective departments, build leadership skills and gain experience in the Federal work environment.

Spring 2017 and Transition intern positions are available within the Office of Administration with an anticipated start date of Monday, January 9, 2017. The spring 2017 internship end date will be Friday, May 12, 2017, and the Transition internship end date will be Friday, March 31, 2017.

In order to apply, each student must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, enrolled in an accredited college or university on at least a half-time basis for the duration of the internship program, and be in great academic standing. Deadline to apply: November 23, 2016.

Spring 2017 Learning and Development Division:

An intern working with the Learning and Development Division (LDD) will:
  • Research and develop new e-learning and instructor-led courses for the Office of Administration (OA)
  • Collaborate with other EOP components to source or create customized modules for mandated training
  • Identify and contact best-in-class vendors to provide new on- and off-site training
  • Manage employee registrations for offsite courses
  • Maintain the Training and Performance Management databases for data tracking and reporting
  • Support OA performance management and recognition activities, including the scaling-up of a new performance management system and process.

Transition, Human Resources or Facilities:

Duties Facilities:
Duties pertaining to Transition, including but not limited to: project/move management, space planning, and assisting clients with Interior Design requests.

Duties Human Resources:
Administrative, Filing, Sorting, Copying, Running errands, Hand-delivering items, Greeting customers, Maintain databases/spreadsheets, Prepare items for Orientation, Collect/distribute materials to customers, Providing assistance to Transition team members

Internship with the Embassy of Israel

The Embassy of Israel to the United States offers intensive and engaging Summer, Fall, and Spring semester internship opportunities at Israel’s political, diplomatic, cultural, and economic home in Washington, DC. The Embassy of Israel internship program is an excellent opportunity for college and graduate school students to receive valuable insight into U.S.-Israel relations and the nature of diplomacy.  Interns also gain access to the greater DC diplomatic community by attending events and functions at the Embassy and around Washington, DC.

Applicant Requirements
Applicants should possess strong interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills as well as administrative abilities. The Embassy also looks for applicants who are detail oriented, write well and are motivated individuals. Applicants with strong computer skills, including experience with graphic design and multimedia editing, are particularly encouraged to apply. Travel experience in Israel and knowledge of Israeli politics, society and culture are preferred.  

Internship Availabilities
Interns are placed in the following departments based on skill-level and interest:
  • Department of Academic Affairs
  • Office of the Ambassador
  • Press Department
  • Department of Congressional Affairs 
  • Department of Digital Diplomacy 
  • Office of the Economic Attaché
  • Department of Public Diplomacy 
  • Office of the Trade Attaché 

General Information
Fall and Spring semester internships at the Embassy are part-time (minimum 12 hours per week); Summer internships are typically full-time.  All internships are unpaid, though arrangements can be made for academic credit and a travel stipend.

Application Procedure
Applicants must submit a completed application form, resume and cover letter to Jack Sztrigler:

LSAT Practice Test Opportunity

Taking the LSAT in February?: Register for a free Kaplan diagnostic test on December 3rd!
  • BSOS Dean's Student Advisory Council is partnering with Kaplan to provide a free, in-person LSAT practice test on Saturday, December 3rd, 10:00 AM-2:00PM in 0117 Tydings Hall. 
  • Registration link (Space is limited!) -
  • Learn what to expect and how you'd score on the exam with a detailed score report.
  • Kaplan's "What’s Next" law school quiz will assess your place in the journey and give you access to free LSAT / law school tools and information that can help you become more prepared. -
  • Contact with questions.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

University Student Judiciary Alumni Panel

Come to the University Student Judiciary will hold an alumni panel on Monday, November 21 at 7:30pm! The panelists include a lawyer from Venable LLP, a prosecutor, an MBA student, and a Booz Allen Hamilton contracts administrator will discuss their career paths and how they utilized the skills and experiences USJ gave them to better prepare themselves for their current positions. Snacks will be provided. This is an invaluable learning and networking event for any student interested in law or business. The event will be hosted in the Portico Room in McKeldin Library (room 2109).

Contact with any questions. 

Disability Workshop

Employability Workshop Series: #3 Turn Disability into an Asset: Disclosure
Thursday, November 17, 2016 – 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: 1101 Art Sociology Building
Learn what 'disclosure' really means and what employers want to know. Mastering disclosure turns disability into an asset.

For additional information about this event: Contact Nancy Forsythe at at the University Career Center. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

4+1 Finance Q&A+Class with Faculty and Alex Kelln, Associate at​​ ​Goldman Sachs

Considering a 4+1 program in Finance? Come to a Q&A session and sample a graduate Master of Finance class! Hear from Admissions, Professor Ryan Guttridge of the Finance Department, and Alex Kelln, Associate at Goldman Sachs about the 4+1 Finance program and how it will help your career prospects.
  • Wednesday, November 16th
  • Q&A: 6:15PM-7:00PM- 2511 VMH
  • Class: BUFN 758W: Special Topics- Applied Equity Modeling, 7:00-8:15PM- 1335 VMH

Any Questions, please contact Kristina Bonfiglio at (2303 VMH)​

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Bus for Annapolis Interns

The SGA is pleased to announce a brand new DOTS bus route from campus to Annapolis THIS spring!

The bus will begin pick up at Stamp at 7:45am, leave campus at 8am, and arrive at Lawyers Mall by the State House in Annapolis by 9am, and pick students up again at 5:15pm. The bus will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 10th-April 6th, during session.

If you have any questions, please contact Fasika Delessa, VP of Academic Affairs of SGA at

Internship Opportunities:
The Maryland Internship Program has extended the application deadline to November 30th, 2016.

MIP places highly-qualified UMD undergraduate students in internships throughout Maryland state government. These internships provide unique internship experiences for motivated and talented students to work within state government. In addition to exposing interns to the governmental process, the program provides Maryland government leaders with research and other professional staff assistance. For students interested in working at the state legislature while it is in session, fill out this application and Christian Hosam will contact you to fill out another form required by the legislature. If you are accepted, you will be placed with an internship by Jane Hudiburg, the State Legislature Internship Coordinator. See link below for application form; send form and application materials to by November 30th, 2016

Click HERE for the application.

Maryland Summer Scholars Program

Francis DuVinage, Director - Jacquelyn de la Torre, Coordinator -

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS) provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to spend the summer working closely with faculty mentors on ambitious research or artistic projects. Maryland Summer Scholars research may take place in College Park or anywhere in the US or abroad as required by the nature of the project.  

For the summer of 2017, the program will provide awards of $3,000 to approximately 25 outstanding, competitively selected applicants. [Please note: if your proposed research requires extended travel outside of the College Park area, you may apply for a supplementary travel award of up to $1,000.]

Students who carry out Maryland Summer Scholars projects gain a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, fellowships, employment and other competitive opportunities. Many Summer Scholars turn their research into an independent study or honors thesis during their junior or senior year.

Who can apply: You are eligible to apply if you will have completed at least two full semesters (and 30 credits) by the end of Spring semester 2017, if you have a GPA of at least 3.4 at the time of application, and if you will be enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, in Fall 2017. All academic majors are eligible.

Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for summer 2017 awards will be midnight on Tuesday, February 8, 2017. It is important that candidates begin developing their proposals as soon as possible.
The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research will hold numerous 30-minute information sessions about the summer 2017 MSS program BEFORE and AFTER Thanksgiving break. Please note: All information sessions will be held in room 1201 Marie Mount Hall.
Maryland Summer Scholars Information Sessions: Monday, November 14 at 12 noon - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, November 14 at 2:30 pm - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, November 16 at 3:30 pm - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, November 17 at 10:30 am - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, November 17 at 12 noon - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, November 18 at 12 noon - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, November 18 at 2:30 pm - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Additional sessions will be announced for the week following Thanksgiving break.

Detailed information about the MSS program, and instructions on completing applications can be found on the MCUR website at:

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program has been sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the UMD Division of Research, UMD Schools and Colleges, and the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

BSOS Needs Ambassadors for Spring 2017! Apply Now!

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Candidates selected to move forward will be contacted for an interview before the end of fall semester. Good luck!

                                                                                                  E-mail Margo Shear at with any questions

Congressional Internship Workshop

How to obtain and succeed at Congressional Internships and on Congressional Committees!

Date: Thursday, 10 November 2016 (TOMORROW)
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m  (food will be served!)
Location: 2407 Marie Mount Hall (hosted by Federal and Global Fellows Programs!!)

Please RSVP:  

For food count (but you can also just show up if you find you can!)

Panelists include:

1. Veena Thangelu, Currently Foreign Affairs Officer at U.S. Department of State, MBA and MPP (UMD), former congressional aide who trained, hired and supervised interns!
2. Tommy Minter, Federal Fellow Alum and Graduate Assistant, with Master of Public Policy at UMD, served as congressional intern extraordinary!
3. Scott Baker, longtime champion of UMD students for congressional internships; the internship manager for a longtime in a congressional office, now at Department of State

Monday, November 7, 2016

Internships & More!

View all opportunities on Careers4Terps and apply today 
(Deadline: November 8 at 11:59pm)

We Are CASA 
Community Schools Intern (148343)
Housing & Community Development Intern (148287)
Internship - "Borderless" Art Project (148305)

CASA de Maryland
Internship - Development Team (148328)

If you are invited for one or more on-campus interviews, you will be able to sign up for an interview time slot 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 interview, so check your email and spam folders.

Employability Workshop Series
#1: Schedule A, Best Workplaces for People with Disabilities, and How to Get Hired by Them
      Thurs, Nov. 10, 3-4:30pm
      1101 Art/Sociology Building
Workshop on targeted hiring opportunities for students with disabilities.  Schedule A, best private sector workplaces for people with disabilities, and best state/federal agencies for people with disabilities.  Click here to RSVP.
#2: Pizza Party! Employment Resources for Students with Disabilities
      Fri, Nov. 11, 12-1:30pm
      1101 Art/Sociology Building
Learn what resources are available online, on campus and in the community to assist students with disabilities with career preparation, job search, disclosure,
accommodations, and problem-solving.  Click here to RSVP.
#3: Turn Disability Into an Asset: Disclosure!
      Thurs, Nov. 17, 3-4:30pm
      1101 Art/Sociology Building
Learn what 'disclosure' really means and what employers want to know.  Mastering disclosure turn disability into an asset.  Click here to RSVP.

Upcoming Panel
International Internships Panel: Student Perspectives 
Monday, November 14, 12-1pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Panelists:  Microbiology Research (China), US Embassy Intern (Tanzania), Disabilities in Global Context Participant (Ghana), English Teacher Intern (Mauritius) 

Upcoming Information Sessions
Teach For America Information Session 
Monday, November 7, 5:30-6:30pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Peace Corps Information Session
Tues, November 8, 4:30-5:30pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Teaching Assistant Program in France
Thurs, November 10, 4-5pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Beyond the Classroom

Workshop: How to Find an Internship
Mon, Nov 7, 4-5pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Not sure where to start with your internship search?  Or, do you feel like you are at a standstill and unsure about the next steps in your search?  Join us for an overview of how to start the internship search process.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Upcoming Events

Information Sessions and Panels

Peace Corps Information Session
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – 4:30pm-5:30pm
Location: University Career Center, 3rd floor of South Hornbake Library
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join campus recruiter, Anna Holland, at this information session to learn about Volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Registration is required.

Monday, November 14, 2016 – 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: University Career Center, 3rd floor of South Hornbake LibraryAre you interested in interning abroad? In celebration of International Education week, come hear from a panel of current UMD students who have gained valuable experience through internships in different countries. You will learn about options that exist through UMD and off campus and the benefits of international work experience.Lunch is provided, so please RSVP.

Career & Internship Workshops

Monday, November 7, 2016 – 4:00pm-5:00pmLocation: University Career Center, 3rd floor of South Hornbake Library
To help you with your internship search, we will discuss:

1. Specific resources available to research internship opportunities in non-profit, government and corporate sectors
2. Quick tips on making a positive first impression on resumes and during interviews
3. Strategies to connect with UMD alumni working within your intended career field

RSVP link

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 4:30pm-5:30pm
Location: University Career Center, 3rd floor of South Hornbake Library

Make your application stand out from the rest! Attend this workshop to learn how to match your skills to the program openings, tailor your resume for program qualifications and strengthen your application. You will have your questions answered and gain valuable tips to guide you through your Peace Corps application. 
Registration is required.

Career Shuttle

Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 8:30am-1:00pmLocation: University Career Center, 3rd floor of South Hornbake LibraryJoin the University Career Center & The President's Promise on a Career Shuttle to Google DC on Thursday, November 10! This career shuttle is for students who are interested in learning more about non-technical positions in the tech world (i.e., government relations, policy, communication, marketing and law). We will travel by bus to Google DC. During our visit, we will receive a tour and then participate in an information session with current employees/Terp alumni at Google DC. Business attire required.Registration required