Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” This program will prepare a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to address issues related to national security and nuclear detection and to enhance the future scientific and technical workforce to be both knowledgeable and trained in fields of specific interest to DNDO.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses.

Research experiences are offered at:
● Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) 

● Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA)
● Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM)
● National Security Technologies – Remote Sensing Laboratory (Los Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD)
● Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA)

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: January 25, 2017, at 11:59 PM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at

For questions please email us at

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New State Department Fellowships

The State Department is starting two new civil service fellowships next year, one in STEM fields and the other in foreign affairs.For more information, visit their website here:
Civil Service STEM Fellowship Program

The Department of State uses science and technology to foster a global environment where invention, innovation, and industry can thrive through the ever-changing technical arena of international affairs. The Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Fellowship Program was designed to bring fresh talent into the Department’s global technical environment. The STEM Fellowship Program is open to individuals who, at the time of application, will have completed their formal education in one of the identified Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. During the application window, the Department will provide detailed information regarding the submission process. Many positions are available.

The Department will begin receiving applications from January 23 - 30, 2017.

Civil Service Foreign Affairs (FA) Fellowship Program

The Department of State uses diplomacy to foster a global environment that encourages international collaboration and cooperation. Civil Service Foreign Affairs positions play a key role in the Department’s diplomacy efforts, performing critical functions, such as work related to foreign policy development and monitoring international agreements. The Civil Service Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was designed to bring fresh talent into the Department’s foreign affairs ranks. The Fellowship is open to individuals whose educational background meets the basic requirement for the Foreign Affairs occupation at the time of application. During the application window, the Department will provide detailed information regarding the submission process. Many positions are available.

The Department will begin receiving applications from February 6 - 13, 2017.

If you are interested in one of these fellowships and have general questions, please submit your inquiry to

Monday, December 19, 2016

The University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute (DGI) and the School of Public Policy (SPP) are recruiting the first class of Nonprofit Leadership Fellows who will enter SPP in fall 2017 to pursue a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) or MPP-MBA degree specializing in Nonprofit Leadership. 

The Nonprofit Leadership Fellows program will create the next generation of nonprofit leaders through a two-year program that offers students an unparalleled benefits package including tuition support, living stipend, health benefits, paid internships with leading nonprofits and NGOs, and a mentoring program that pairs each Fellow with a nonprofit executive.            

To learn more about the new Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Program, click here. Interested applicants should apply to the MPP program at the School of Public Policy by February 10, 2017 and apply for the Fellowship by February 10, 2017 (

We are thrilled to add the Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Program to a growing list of high-impact and unique educational opportunities at the University of Maryland.  Questions about the Fellows program can be directed to Sara Gallagher, Manager of Operations at the Do Good Institute. She can be reached at

2017 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.
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. Contact us at with any questions.

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. 

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.]

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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

US Department of State Fellowships for STEM and Civil Service Foreign Affairs

The Bureau of Human Resources is pleased to announce the launch of two agency-wide fellowships that are designed to bring young talent into the U.S. Department of State. 

The Civil Service Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Fellowship Program was designed to bring talent into the global technical environment. The program is open to individuals who, at the time of application, will have completed their formal education in one of the identified STEM disciplines. The application period will open on January 23, 2017. 

The Civil Service Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was designed to bring talent into the Department’s foreign affairs ranks. The fellowship is open to individuals whose educational background meets the basic requirement for the Foreign Affairs occupation. The application period will open on February 6, 2017. 

There are seven bureaus participating in the Fellowships, 15 different occupations for applicants to choose from, and over 50 positions available. 

Visit Civil Service STEM and Foreign Affairs Fellowships to learn more and sign up under Keep Me Informed to receive a notification when the application period begins.

Education Abroad Access Flight Voucher Program - Call for Nominations

Education Abroad is proud to continue the EA Access Flight Voucher program. This is an exciting initiative that awards at least $10,000 annually to cover the cost of airfare for selected study abroad students.  

This initiative is unique in many ways but, most importantly, awards are based off of nominations from faculty and staff.

We encourage you to nominate a student for the 2017-2018 award cycle. Nominations are due by January 25th, 2017.  

Here’s why you should take the time to nominate a student: 
International airfare is a high-priced, out of pocket expense for students studying abroad - easily reaching up to $2,500.

Students cannot use financial aid or regular scholarships for the purchase of flights due to federal regulations and disbursement of funds. 

You work with students who may not have previously interacted with EA or thought study abroad was possible!

A nomination means we are relieving a student from additional steps in the study abroad process, which can sometimes feel overwhelming to a student who is already balancing school, work, extracurricular activities, and more.

We know you work closely with students who may qualify for this award and see this as your opportunity to invest in the students you believe in most!
I have included additional details about the program below but feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Please nominate a student who meets the following criteria:
1.       Have an expressed interest in study abroad (student does NOT need to have visited the EA office or have an application started);
2.       Be in good academic standing (as most study abroad programs require a 2.5-3.0 to be considered for admission, nominees who meet this GPA requirement will be given priority); 
3.       Demonstrate high financial need (Education Abroad will review student’s financial aid profile through the Office of Student Financial Aid);
4.       Identify as one or more of the following:
·         Racial/Ethnic minority
·         Student with disability
·         LGBT
·         First generation college student
Students who meet the above eligibility requirements and part of one of the following programs will be given special consideration:

o   College Success Scholar
o   Black Male Initiative
o   MCNAIR Scholar
o   Academic Achievement Program

Nominations will be reviewed by Education Abroad. We anticipate selecting 5-8 students from the pool.

Nominations can be submitted via e-mail to Rebecca La Creta at
Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by COB (5:00pm).
Students who have heard about the flight voucher are welcome to request a nomination from faculty and staff. However, in order to be considered for an award, the student must still have the faculty or staff member submit the nomination and letter of endorsement on their behalf to EA. 
Your nomination must include the following:
1.       Student’s name, UID, and Contact Information (e-mail and/or telephone)
2.       Letter of endorsement*  that gives the student’s profile/background and answers the following questions:
a.       How has this student demonstrated that he/she/they will benefit personally, professionally, and academically by a credit bearing international experience?
b.      In what ways does this student show promise that he/she/they will represent the rich diversity of the University of Maryland and the United States of America in a highly positive manner while abroad? (Can be though a variety of indicators such as written work, behavioral conduct, academic performance, faculty/staff/peer interaction.)
c.       Why is this student highly deserving and in need of the support of the EA Flight Voucher program?
d.      Optional) Based on your interactions with the student, where (region or country) does the student wish to study? For how long (semester or short term)? This does NOT affect the student’s nomination.

*The length of the endorsement letter should fully answer the questions and effectively highlight the positive attributes of the student. Therefore, it is up to you to determine the appropriate length of the letter. EA has no word or page requirement.

By accepting a nomination, students must commit to studying abroad within the 2017-2018 academic year that the award is provided. The flight voucher can only be used for an EA approved, credit bearing study abroad program during the following terms:
·         Summer 2017
·         Fall 2017
·         Full Year 2017-2018
·         Winter 2018
·         Spring 2018

By the time of application for study abroad, the flight voucher recipient must have an academic background that meets the admissions requirements for study abroad programs (good academic standing, no judicial or financial blocks, a GPA of 2.5 or higher)
By nominating a student into the Education Abroad flight voucher program, you are giving a UMD student: 

1.       A strong incentive for them to consider studying abroad, and a reason to begin the study abroad process.
2.       A free roundtrip flight to their study abroad destination should your nominee be selected for an award.
3.       Membership into a highly supportive, study abroad advising program which will connect the student to invaluable resources to additional study abroad funding, scholarship application support, program selection, and academic advising.
4.       A welcome reception that will allow each nominee to establish a cohort with other flight voucher nominees who will also be studying abroad.
5.       Someone outside of Education Abroad who believes in their potential to be a symbol of the UMD and American diversity that can be a fearless and innovative global citizen.

Thank you in advance for your nominations.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power

Join WFPG for a Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Ambassador Samantha Power is the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama's Cabinet. At the United Nations, Ambassador Power works to advance US interests, promote and defend universal values, and address pressing global challenges to global peace, security, and prosperity. Prior to serving as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Power served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Staff at the White House. In this role she focused on issues including UN reform; LGBT and women's rights; the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities; human trafficking; and democracy and human rights.

Before joining the government, Ambassador Power was the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School. She was also the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Ambassador Power is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide (2002) and Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008). She is also the recent co-editor of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (2011). Ambassador Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and contributed regularly to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, the New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker Magazine.

Reception 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Discussion 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
1615 M Street, NW
Washington, DC

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The Wilderness Society
Space is limited. Advance registration is required.

 Please direct any questions to 202-429-2692 or

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

U.S. Department of State: Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Applications are being accepted for U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP).

Vacancy Number: HRSC/PATH-2017-0005
Position: Passport Specialist (Student Trainee)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary$30,576.00 to $39,748.00 / Per Year

Read full description and apply here.

Vacancy Number: HRSC/PATH-2017-0006
Position: Passport Specialist (Student Trainee)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary$34,208.00 to $44,470.00 / Per Year

Read full description and apply here.

Vacancy Number: HRSC/PATH-2017-0007
Position: Passport Specialist (Student Trainee)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary$42,375.00 to $55,088.00 / Per Year

Read full description and apply here.

Deadline: Vacancy open from 12/07/2016 to 12/13/2016 or until 100 applications have been received for each position.

**For more job notifications from the U.S. Department of State, sign up here for their email updates.

Two Exciting New Honors Seminars, Taught by Prominent Experts, and Open to Any Student with a GPA of 3.4 or Above

HONR299B Honors Seminar; Human Rights: Liberalism's Democratic Utopia
W 1:30pm - 4:00pm TLF 1126 (Taliaferro Library and Conference Room)
Miguel Gonzalez-Marcos, School of Public Policy
This course will show how human rights – linked to a pragmatic method and a modest ‘piecemeal social engineering’ – is necessary to avoid dystopian outcomes while pursuing societal improvements. Briefly, it will demonstrate why human rights are (and should be) the guiding discourse of policymaking suitable for a liberal, democratic society.

HONR378Q Advanced Honors Seminar; Radicalization within Islam: 21st Century Drivers, Challenges and Policy Choices
 Th 5:30pm - 8:00pm TWS 1313
Omar Samad, former Afghan Ambassador to Canada and France
History has recorded different models of radicalism, in different contexts and in different time periods, but recently, attention has been focused on what is termed by some as “radicalism within Islam”. This course will examine the scope and breadth of this phenomenon, the root causes and drivers, as well as the challenges it poses to policy-makers in today’s interconnected world. By looking at specific case-studies, students will not only engage in research and basic analysis, but will also look at practical policy recommendations suited to different settings to deal and cope with consequences and results.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites recent college and graduate school alumni to apply for six to nine month fellowships in Washington, DC, focusing on arms control, peace, and international security issues. Founded in 1987 to develop and train the next generation of leaders on a range of peace and security issues, the program has awarded 168 fellowships to date.

Scoville Fellows work with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations. They may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, public eduction and advocacy on a range of security issues, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, non-proliferation, missile defense, weapons trade, environmental and energy security, and peacekeeping, that support the goals of their host organization, and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings and Congressional hearings. Fellows are supervised by senior level staff and often have the opportunity to publish articles, blogs, or reports. The program also arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia and media.

Participating organizations:

•  Alliance for Peacebuilding
•  Arms Control Association
•  Brookings Institution
•  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
•  Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
•  Center for Nonproliferation Studies
•  Center for Public Integrity
•  Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund
•  Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund
•  Global Green USA
•  Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
•  Institute for Science and International Security
•  National Security Archive


•  Natural Resources Defense Council
•  Nuclear Threat Initiative
•  Partnership for Global Security
•  Partnership for a Secure America
•  Peace Action Education Fund
•  Physicians for Social Responsibility
•  Project On Government Oversight
•  ReThink Media
•  Stimson Center
•  Truman Center for National Policy
•  Union of Concerned Scientists
•  Women's Action for New Directions

Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Benefits include a $3,000 monthly salary, health insurance, board and alumni mentoring, travel to Washington, DC to begin the fellowship, and a small stipend to attend meetings or take a course.

Application Deadlines:
Fall 2017 -- January 6, 2017 (begin between July 15 and October 1, 2017)

Spring 2018 -- October 2, 2017 (begin between January 15 and April 1, 2018)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Forensic Aviation Archaeology in Austria, Study Abroad Info Session

The Forensic Aviation Archaeology: Recovery of a World War II Aircraft Crash Site program is an archaeological field school to survey and investigate previously located aircraft crash sites from the Second World War. The mission is to identify and recover the wreckage of the aircraft and the human remains of the missing-in-action (MIA) flight crew member(s) of this aircraft. The Department of Defense (DOD) is tasked by the U.S. Congress through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to provide the fullest possible accounting of missing personnel to their families and the nation. The DPAA recognizes the valuable experience and training that can be gained in these recovery missions and has requested a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park to carry out a part of their mission.

Please come to Woods Hall 1102 on Tuesday, December 6 from 4 to 5 pm to learn more about this Study Abroad tip that will take place in the 2017 Summer Session II from Marilyn London, the forensic anthropologist who will be leading the trip.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Internships at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)

Students may apply for internships on a rolling basis by electronically submitting resumes, cover letters, transcripts, writing samples, and preference sheets to

Priority considerations are given to students who apply by the priority deadline (June 1st for Fall, October 1st for Spring, March 1st for Summer). All documents should be submitted electronically; do not submit via postal mail. Cover letters may be addressed to:

Deana Amendolia
Executive Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 Washington, D.C. 20528

All questions regarding these internship opportunities may be directed via email to: