Friday, March 17, 2017

Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) Now Accepting Applications

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) in our Washington D.C. location.

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.
Please note the cutoff point for these positions: These vacancy announcements will be open from March 17 to March 23, 2017 or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions is met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Economist (Student Trainee)

Student Trainees work closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. To witness and participate in U.S. foreign policy formulation and implementation, consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State.

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions. This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies.

U.S. citizenship is required for all positions. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please contact or visit our forums or FAQs at

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Federal/Global Fellows Program- Great for BSOS Students!

Want an internship in Washington, D.C.? Interested in global or domestic issues? Apply now to the Global Fellows or Federal Fellows Program! Earn Scholarship in Practice credit and a Fellows Program notation on your transcript!

Both programs combine a fall seminar course in an issue area with a spring internship in Washington D.C. Some of our concentrations include: Critical Regions and International Relations, Responses to Global Challenges, Energy and Environment, and Science Diplomacy. Past internship locations include: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Genetic Alliance. Year-round activities include trips to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, professional development workshops, and conversations with policymakers.

APPLY NOW!!! Application Link: Online Application

For details regarding the application requirements, go to and/or or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. First wave of applications will be reviewed on April 7Rolling admissions thereafter.

Student Game Designer Sought to Develop Smartphone Game for $1000

University of Maryland’s Peer2Peer team is looking for an individual with coding and game development experience to help develop a smartphone application for Android and Apple OS. The game is expected to be two-dimensional with capabilities to explore rooms and select items to yield a description of them, similar to an Escape the Room game with Choose Your Own Adventure elements. We have a cap of $1000 to develop this game granted by the Department of Homeland Security.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your resume and a paragraph indicating your interest to

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

UMD Summer Language Institute

Dear Colleagues:
The University of Maryland invites your students to participate in the Summer Language Institute in Arabic and Persian from June 1 - August 4, 2017.

All applicants who apply before March 20, 2017 are eligible for Summer Institute Scholarships!

The UMD Summer Language Institute includes:

  • One full academic year (12 credits) of Arabic or Persian language learning offered at four levels 
  • Cultural excursions that make the most of our proximity to Washington, DC 
  • 35+ hours/week of in-language coursework, conversation partners, and co-curricular activities 
  • Competitive scholarships available to help offset the cost of attendance 
  • Optional on-campus housing 
Please visit our website at for additional information about our program and to access the application. Feel free to contact us at if you have further questions.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our program.

Opportunity for START Graduate Students to Record a Video for New MOOC

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is developing a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in partnership with Coursera, called New Approaches to Countering Terror. The course will focus on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) policy and programs. START is currently looking for graduate students willing to record 2-3 minute videos to supplement the longer lectures already in production--these videos will serve as teaching cases and each will describe a real-world CVE program or organization. Two such teaching cases are already accounted for--individuals have recorded videos on Singapore's Religious Rehabilitation Group and Saudi Arabia's Prevention, Aftercare, and Rehabilitation Program. We invite anyone interested in participating to propose a teaching case they would like to discuss. People proposing videos need not be researching the programs in question--we are not requesting empirical research on these programs, simply a description of real-world cases that will supplement our research-based lectures.

START's first MOOC has reached nearly 50,000 participants. This is an opportunity to gain exposure as an expert on CVE and/or violent extremism. Please contact Kate Izsak,, with questions. Compensation will be $150 per lecture.

CIA Undergraduate Internship Program-Analysis

Work Schedule: Full Time 
Salary: $42,331 - $44,751 ($20.28 - $21.44 per hour) 
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area 

Our undergraduate internship program seeks motivated undergraduate students to serve internships as Intelligence Analysts. Undergraduate Intelligence Analyst interns work on teams with our full-time analysts. Liberal arts majors research, analyze, write, and brief on international political, military, economic, and leadership developments. Engineering and science students, or those in other technical programs, analyze and provide written and oral assessments on challenging national security issues--including foreign weapons development, weapons proliferation, cyber warfare, and emerging technologies--and apply their scientific and technical knowledge to solve complex intelligence problems. In addition to their analytic responsibilities, undergraduate interns become familiar with the Agency and Intelligence Community by participating in a range of meetings and projects. The program allows participants and the Agency to assess opportunities for a graduate studies internship or permanent employment following the participant's completion of undergraduate school.

Minimum qualifications: We are looking for students with a variety of majors, including international affairs, political science, area studies, economics, geography, physical sciences, or engineering. Students selected for this program must have completed one full year of undergraduate school and be continuing school on a full time basis following this assignment. Interns should be available for a 90-day internship with the possibility to do additional tours depending on availability. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required.

The following items must be attached to your online application:

  • Your resume.
  •  A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more analytic positions. Please address why you want to work as an analyst and what differentiates you from other applicants. 
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees. 
  • Two different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic papers that focus on your current area of expertise or interests and are related to your interest in positions at CIA. You can excerpt longer papers. 

All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological examination, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required. To be considered for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

Click here to apply.

Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs Terrorism Talk

The Trustees of the 
Cordially Invite You to an Address by 
Audrey Kurth Cronin, DPhil 
Professor of International Security, 
School of International Service 
American University 

Thursday, March 23, 2017 
 Reception: 5:15 p.m. Address: 6:00 p.m. 
 – Non-Members: 25.00** 

 “How Terrorism Ends: Implications for ISIS” 

There is almost no disagreement that Jihadist extremism is one of the critical matters challenging the United States’ foreign policy today. However, the nature, extent, potential growth, and seriousness of this challenge and remedies for it are still subject to a wide ranging debate. As we seek clarity, we are fortunate to be joined by an extraordinary authority, Audrey Kurth Cronin. 

She is the author of “How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns”, a thorough study of the tactic of terrorism. Her important article in Foreign Affairs, “ISIS Is Not a Terrorist Group: Why Counterterrorism Won’t Stop the Latest Jihadist Threat” made the basic distinction between the tactic of terrorism and ISIS as a “proto-state.” 

Professor Cronin graduated summa cum laude from Princeton, studied at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar earning her MPhil and DPhil in International Relations, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard. 

Her career has blended academe and government service, just as her thinking blends theory and practice. She has taught at the Universities of Virginia, Georgetown, Maryland, Columbia, Oxford (Director of Studies for the Programme on the Changing Character of War), and George Mason; the National War College (Director of the Core Course on Military Strategy); and now American University in the School of International Service. She was a Specialist in Terrorism at the Congressional Research Service and served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She is on a number of editorial boards of security focused journals. 

Her books and journal articles constitute a comprehensive and coherent analysis of the weapon of terrorism and the phenomenon of today’s Jihadist extremism. We are being joined by an analyst and strategist superbly equipped to illuminate terrorism and its endings as well as the unique ISIS challenge. It is a great pleasure to welcome Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin to the Council. 

Reservations can be made online at:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

START Study Abroad Opportunities Summer 2017!

There is still time to apply to two amazing summer study abroad programs hosted by START!

1. Singapore: 
Apply by March 15th

This program embeds a 10-day Singapore study tour in a 6 week-online course, allowing students to be exposed to the fundamental literature and complex theories of radicalization and deradicalization before landing in Singapore to hit the ground running when meeting with officials and researchers without sacrificing a full summer internship or job opportunity to study abroad.

While in Singapore, in coordination with Rohan Gunaratna’s International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University, students engaged with leading experts in these fields, as Singapore is a world leader in deradicalization programs. Lectures and field visits to Changi Prison, the Harmony Center, and other religious and community based deradicalization program centers allowed students to directly apply the theoretical understanding to real-world programs addressing critical challenges in the world.

Program Cost: $4,675.

Dates: June 10-18

2. Indonesia: 
Apply by March 15th 

START Community Resilience Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for students who are studying community resilience and violent extremism and are interested in becoming practitioners in the field of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) to build their professional and cross-cultural skill-sets in Indonesia this summer. Students will study Bahasa Indonesian language, engage in cultural activities, and learn about Islamic culture in Southeast Asia through an array of seminars at Gadjah Mada University and cultural exchanges. This internship will also include opportunities to meet with Indonesian experts on terrorism and other forms of political violence.

Program Cost: $6,220

Dates: June 29-August 19

These trips are a great opportunity to grapple with topics related to Terrorism Studies, outside of the traditional classroom setting and explore the world with an analytic lens.

If you have any additional questions or want more information about either trip, email

Quality Assurance Analyst Position at UMD

Position Description 

The primary function of the Quality Assurance Analyst is to support the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Conflict of Interest Office (COI) at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). The IRB is responsible for the confidential review and approval of UMCP human subject research. The COI Office is responsible for the processing of approved management plans which mitigate or eliminate perceived or actual conflicts in research. The University of Maryland College Park adheres to the principles of the Belmont Report and assures full compliance with all federal regulations, state laws, and university policies governing conflict of interest and the human subjects research.

The Quality Assurance Analyst will assess how research is conducted and how research records and documentation are kept; provide researchers and research staff with training and assistance following assessments to help address any identified deficiencies; report findings and outcomes to the IRBs, HRPP management, and the Vice President for Research. The Quality Assurance Analyst must frequently and efficiently address complex compliance issues requiring a sophisticated knowledge and application of ethical principles, regulations, research, and the University. The UMCP IRB reviews social/behavioral research as well as biomedical research. Quality Assurance monitoring activities are likely to focus on biomedical research because of the increased regulatory complexity and physical risks to subjects in such research.

Minimum Qualifications 

-Bachelor’s Degree in a health-related or social-behavioral field.
-Experience working cooperatively and collaboratively with others in challenging situations.
-Experience delivering training or education in a 1:1 or small-group setting. 
-Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion, tact, and confidentiality. -Strong consultative skills with the confidence and ability to enforce rules.
-Computer literacy with standard word processing, MS Office Suite (i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint), email, and Internet applications.

For additional information pertaining to the position and application portal, click here:

Friday, March 3, 2017

Learn How to Lobby and Speak with Representatives at MaryPIRG’s Lobbying Training!

Sunday at 3pm in the Charles Carroll of the Stamp Student Union

MaryPIRG will be hosting a lobbying training. We will be going to Annapolis the following day to lobby our state representatives on bills that are pertinent to some of the campaigns we are working on. This lobbying training will give students the opportunity to learn from the State Director of MarylandPIRG, Emily Scarr, on how to lobby and speak with representatives on the issues they care about.

Emily Scarr will be conducting the lobbying training at the MaryPIRG chapter meeting from 3 - 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Scarr is the Maryland state director of PIRG and regularly gives the organization the chance to talk with our Maryland representatives. Scarr’s lecture will primarily be on how to be an effective public interest lobbyist: the skill, key principles, and tips/best practices with examples and illustrations from [her] work.

MaryPIRG is a grassroots non-partisan public interest group, currently tackling issues regarding the environment, the cost of higher education, big money in politics, hunger and homelessness, protecting public health, and more! The organization is entirely run by students, but has a network of professionals, such as lawyers, organizers, and politicians, who help us fight for the public interest against special interests. MaryPIRG has been on campus on campus for 30 years now working on the issues students care about!