Friday, November 17, 2017

Enroll in Cybersecurity Policy: Practical Hacking for Policy Makers (PLCY 388C-0101) this Spring!

If you are interested in Cybersecuirty, consider enrolling in the following Spring 2018 course!

Cybersecurity Policy: Practical Hacking for Policy Makers (PLCY 388C-0101) explores the key issues facing policy makers attempting to manage the problem of cybersecurity from its technical foundations to the domestic and international policy considerations surrounding governance, privacy, risk management, and operational orchestration. The course is designed for students with no background in information technology, and will provide the principles to understand the current debates shaping a rapidly evolving security landscape.

FEMA is Seeking a Geospatial Emergency Management Specialist


When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support survivors and first responders in communities all across the country. We are currently seeking a talented Geospatial Emergency Management Specialist in Washington, DC.

This position is located in the National Watch Center (NWC) Branch, Operations Division, Response Directorate. The NWC's mission is to maintain uninterrupted, 24/7 situational awareness of FEMA response capabilities, readiness postures, and all events–natural or man-made–that may require a coordinated federal disaster response. This position starts at a salary of $66,510 (GS-11) or $79,720 (GS-12). The application deadline is Wednesday, November 22.


  • As a Geospatial Analyst, the incumbent performs key program implementation of the FEMA geospatial information systems (GIS) initiatives and operations.
  • Responsible for supporting the NWC and its related functions and GIS initiatives and operations.
  • Performs activities in support of the NWC in operational areas such as analysis and productions, modeling; data management; innovations, tools development, coordination and dissemination; remote sensing; and coordination and collaboration with agency headquarters and regional components.
  • Serves as a key resource on highly critical and complex geospatial program initiatives.
  • Coordinates with appropriate geospatial stakeholders to prevent duplication of effort and to promote information sharing.

Federal Employees:     Apply Now!

Contact Information

Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Department of Homeland Security

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Data Challenge 2018

February 24 - March 3

All data-driven UMD students (from any major or year) are invited to participate.
  • Receive a data set from an organization
  • Use your creativity and analytical prowess to solve an information problem
  • Work with an industry mentor
  • Compete for exciting prizes
Register* by Nov 30 at
This is a free event, including admission, swag, food, and beverages.
*Participants compete as teams up to 4 members. All participants must register individually by Nov 30. Starting Dec 1, attendees will have the opportunity to register for a team. Don’t have a team? Don't worry, there will be a team building session on February 16, 2018!
Once maximum registration is reached, you will be put on a wait-list. Wait-listed students are not guaranteed participation.
Participants are expected to be present on campus only on February 24 and March 3, 2018.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Apply to Serve as a BSOS Ambassador in Spring 2018!

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017Candidates selected to move forward will be contacted for an interview before the end of fall semester. Good luck!
Click here for more information about BSOS AmbassadorsE-mail Margo Shear at with any questions

Friday, November 3, 2017

Event: Free Speech/Hate Speech Open Discussion

The Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force has developed several working groups to tackle major elements of its charge. The Free Speech/Hate Speech working group is hosting an open discussion on the difficult intersections between free speech and hate speech on Monday, November 6, 2017 from 5-6:30pm in 6137 McKeldin Library. Members of the working group will briefly describe the legal framework and then hold a collaborative discussion on how best to address free speech and hate speech at the university. 

You can see and share all of the Senate's social media posts on the event at the links below:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Event: UMD BSOS Lecture - White Supremacy: Ideology, Presence & Impact

White Supremacy: Ideology, Presence & Impact
Topic: Dialogue with faculty members
Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: 1213 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
Speaker: GVPT Professors Kanisha Bond, Liliana Mason and Stella Rouse; SOCY Professor Rashawn Ray
Host: Department of Government and Politics, Department of Sociology

For more information on other events, please see the full Calendar Events at on BSOS building monitors, or center/departmental websites.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Research Assistant, Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT) Research Division

The Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division (UWT) of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring Research Assistants to work at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is an hourly position, beginning Nov. 1, 2017 and with an initial term of 3 months.

Responsibilities: The Research Assistants will initially work on a Horizon Scanning project focusing on non-state actor engagement with radiological and nuclear (RN) weapons. As a part of this effort, the research assistants will primarily be tasked with identifying signals (pieces of information) from a variety of technology and security related sources that will facilitate the identification of future potential changes in non-state RN threat paradigms. The research assistant will likely also participate in the subsequent synthesis/analysis phase of the project and ultimately in the production of materials designed to aid policymakers in the formation of forward-looking RN defense and counterproliferation policies.

Required Qualifications:
- Possess or are completing a bachelor’s degree (junior or senior standing if degree not completed)
- Possess at least a 3.6 GPA
- Strong writing and research skills
- Some degree of both scientific and geopolitical literacy (being well versed in at least one of the two)
- Previous database/dataset coding experience
- Ability to independently manage coinciding tasks in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications:
- Possess a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, physical sciences, history or engineering
- Coursework or research experience on issues of proliferation, RN weapons and/or terrorism
- Has previously worked at least one complete semester as a START intern
- The compensation for this position will be between $15 and $20/hour (depending upon education and experience). The person(s) selected for this position will work on-site at START’s headquarters, adjacent to the University of Maryland, College Park.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and 2 page writing sample to James Halverson ( Please put “UWT Hourly Assistant” in the subject line of your email. For best consideration apply by October 26th.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


Francis DuVinage, Director – Leslie Brice, Assistant Director–

Attention Seniors and Recent Grads with Strong International Affairs Experiences/Research/Studies!!!


Deadline to apply for UMD nomination: December 4, 2017

Each year the Carnegie Endowment offers approx. 10 one-year fellowships to highly qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Carnegie Junior Fellows provide research assistance to senior researchers working on the Carnegie Endowment's projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, trade, US leadership, China-related issues and Russian/Eurasian studies. (See the list of next year’s specific project areas below.) 

Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials. Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st, 2018) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package (see details further below). Carnegie Junior Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process from a pool of nominees from close to 300 colleges.

***If you are interested in learning more about the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program, and Maryland’s nomination process, please attend our information session:***

Thursday, October 26 - 4:30 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall

If you are unable to attend, please contact us at –  attach a resume to your reply highlighting experiences relevant to this opportunity.

IMPORTANT: Applicants for the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program must be nominated by their University.  The University of Maryland, College Park can nominate two (2) students for the national competition. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR MARYLAND NOMINATION: December 4, 2017. For information about the UMD nomination process and requirements please send a resume to

WHO CAN APPLY: All nationalities eligible; Current Seniors AND alumni who graduated in the 2016-17 academic year; minimum 3.8 GPA;  applicants should have coursework and other specific experiences strongly related to one of the 2018-19 project areas (see below); 

Please note: Students who have started graduate studies are NOT eligible.

2018 – 2019 Projects Areas:

-Democracy and Rule of Law
-U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy 
-Nuclear Policy
-Cyber Policy Initiative
-Energy and Climate
-Middle East Studies – Strong reading fluency in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
-South Asian Studies – Ability to perform quantitative data manipulation is required.
-China Studies (Asia Program) – Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
-Japan Studies (Asia Program) – Japanese reading skills required.
-Economics (Asia Program) – Strong background in economics essential. Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
-Russian/Eurasian Studies – Excellent Russian reading skills required.
-Geoeconomics and Strategy

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The monthly salary is $3,291 ($39,500 annually) subject to federal, state and local taxes. A generous benefits package is provided, including medical, dental and life insurance as well as vacation leave. Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact us at – please attach a resume to your reply highlighting experiences relevant to this opportunity. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS - Study Abroad for Critical Languages

Francis DuVinage, Director - Leslie Brice, Assistant Director­

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2018-19 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the past 6 years!!!

Eligible regions include Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2018-19 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019. 

*The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.*
The UMD deadline to apply for the Boren Scholarship will be January 24, 2018. You can learn more about the BorenScholarship program here:

The NSO has also scheduled a number of information sessions to help you learn more about the Boren Scholarship and its application process. Please write to to let us know which session you plan to attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a note to the same address).

Wednesday, October 11 at 12:30 - 1 pm pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, October 12 at 12:30 pm - 1 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, October 12 at 4 - 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, October 13 at 12:30 - 1 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, October 13 at 4 - 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, October 16 at 12 - 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, October 16 at 4:30 - 5 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall

All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018.

Friday, September 29, 2017

TEFL Worldwide Prague - Teach English Abroad!

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