Tuesday, May 30, 2017

​INVITATION: Undergraduate and Graduate Student Event Regarding Recent Violence on Our Campus​

I wanted to invite you on behalf of the Student Government Association (SGA) and Graduate Student Government (GSG), to join us Thursday to help our students both process and plan in the wake of the violence on our campus. 

The event will take place in the Nyumburu Cultural Center Multipurpose Room from 3-6pm on Thursday June 1st. We have a Facebook Event, and are also welcoming community members to send ideas/thoughts to either president or to tweet @GSGUMD. Please feel free to invite your other committee members, we welcome any and all support from the community.

Thank you so much, and let us know if you have any questions.

Stephanie Cork (GSG President)
AJ Pruitt (SGA President) 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs Upcoming Event

The Trustees of the
Cordially Invite You to an Address by


Project on  International Order and Strategy
The Brookings Institution

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.
Members: Free of Charge* – Guest: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**

“The Future of American Foreign Policy
in a Disordered World”

Today, it is commonly observed that the international order is greatly disordered.  It also is noted that the role of the United States in world affairs is unsettled.  What the United States should or can do is not agreed upon.  Nor is it settled as to a price that the United States is willing to pay in dollars or blood.  Nor is there agreement on a desirable order or even of how the world works.  It is clear that there has been an existential weakening of an American role, yet there are hints today of a somewhat greater commitment.  A fundamental strategy for the nation is absent and remains a critical concern.

Dr. Thomas Wright is one of many distinguished authorities seriously considering these basic matters.  His book due to be published in late May,All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power, deals with these elemental problems.  Centrally, he sees Russia and China as competitors of the United States and advocates Responsible Competition as a path to sustaining a liberal international order.  We look forward to his perspective on order and the American role in the world.

Dr. Wright received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University College Dublin, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and his doctorate from Georgetown University.  He held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard and a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton.  He was a Senior Researcher for the Princeton Project on National Security and a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.  Prior to Brookings, he was the Executive Director of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  At Brookings, he works on U.S. grand strategy, Donald Trump’s worldview, the future of Europe, and Asian security.  We look forward to a most interesting evening.

It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Thomas Wright to the Council.

Mail to:                                                                    Reservations for the address by Dr. Wright, 5/31/17 may be made by mail, phone, fax, or email, or through the link on the event page on our website – www.bcfausa.org.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Open Position at START: Experiential Education Specialist

Experiential Education Specialist

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring an Experiential Education Specialist for its flagship internship program. The Experiential Education Specialist will work at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park.

About the Internship Program:

START offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of our research projects and teams. During the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information related to the study of terrorism. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security scholars and practitioners through real-world research experience. START’s internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. 

Description of Duties:
The Experiential Education Specialist will oversee the internship program and report to START’s Education Director. The Experiential Education Specialist will work with other START staff to put together a program of enrichment and career development opportunities for the interns. The Experiential Education Specialist will also regularly attend recruiting functions in order to promote internship and educational opportunities.

Additionally, the Experiential Education Specialist will schedule desk and office space for interns to meet the needs of projects and intern supervisors. They will be responsible for ensuring that both the scheduling and hiring processes run smoothly. This will require the Experiential Education Specialist to work with about 75 interns from dozens of schools throughout the country as well as about 20 intern supervisors based at START.

In conducting the duties described, the Experiential Education Specialist will have the opportunity to work directly with researchers and future professionals in the homeland security enterprise, as well as other scholars, students and administrators.  

  • Work with Center researchers/intern supervisors to create a program of research-based internships available each academic term.
  • Supervise and provide professional mentorship for approximately 75 student interns (undergraduate and graduate) each academic term.
  • Market the internship program, through liaising with career advisors and professors at University of Maryland and other institutions and updating information on external websites.
  • Recruit students from University of Maryland and other institutions through attendance at student events, showcases, and other functions.
  • Manage the intern application, hiring, and scheduling processes.
  • Organize, facilitate, manage and participate in a day-long intern orientation each semester.
  • Provide career counseling and mentorship to interns, to include advice on hiring processes, resumes and cover letters, professional behavior, and other relevant topics.
  • Work with colleagues to develop a professional development program of events for student interns;
  • Oversee the evaluation process for the program and provide regular reports on the internship program to intern supervisors, START leadership, and external stakeholders, as appropriate.
  • Maintain internship files in order to provide updated metrics on program recruitment, participation, and success;
  • Provide support to intern supervisors throughout their oversight of student interns.
  • Oversee a for-credit internship course offered through the Terrorism Studies program;
  • Work with colleagues to establish new experiential learning opportunities and programs for students;
  • Fulfill administrative duties, such as data entry and scheduling, for the internship program; and
  • Assist with Center events.
Depending on the skill set of the selected candidate, additional responsibilities may include:

Supporting other education staff in the identification of instructors/teaching assistants for undergraduate and graduate coursework, including facilitating the completion of contracts;
Providing budget support to the Education Director; and
Liaising with the business office concerning management of education portfolio budgets.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 or more years of experience working with student programs
  • Experience conducting program evaluations
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends (for recruiting events)
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines
  • Flexible attitude and strong leadership and teamwork skills
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  • Experience in coordinating internship programs
  • Experience designing program evaluations, especially using quantitative methods
  • Knowledge of and experience regarding internship trends, career/workforce development, and the educational needs of college students
  • Ability to develop and maintain campus and external partnerships
  • Experience with budget and program management

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply by May 21, 2017, for best consideration. The desired start date is July 1, 2017. Salary range is from $45,000 to $55,000, commensurate with experience.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to education@start.umd.edu with “Experiential Education Specialist” as the subject line.

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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

USAID Employment Opportunities

The USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning is launching an assessment of its policy and programming regarding violent extremism and insurgency prevention. A contractor for USAID, DEXIS, will be assembling a team for this assessment and they are looking to hire individuals for a few different roles.

Use the following links to explore these opportunities and to apply:

1. Technical Expert

2. Methodologist

3. Academic Researcher

4. Research Assistants


Monday, May 8, 2017

Masters of Professional Studies Geospatial Intelligence Program Info Session

TIME: 12 PM on May 9th, 2017
Ice cream will be served.

The Center for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS) at the University of Maryland College Park is pleased to announce the launch of a Masters of Professional Studies and Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence (“MPS GEOINT” and “GCPS GEOINT” respectively) to address the immediate and growing need to train a workforce for the rapidly expanding geospatial intelligence industry, especially for Maryland and the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. These programs are dedicated to providing training at a graduate level in applied problem-sets in GIS and remote sensing, big and growing datasets, and software platforms that characterize today’s geospatial intelligence.

The MPS GEOINT program encompasses a 30-credit (10 units of 3-credit courses) course structure comprising five core courses and a selection of five other elective courses from a list of choices.

The GCPS GEOINT program entails 12 credits based on four courses (two core and two elective courses). The credits earned from a GCPS GEOINT can be transferred towards the MPS GEOINT.

The programs may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, and may be taken fully online or on-site. Courses are offered during evenings and are scheduled in 12-week quarter terms.

We are now accepting applications for admission in Fall 2017 (Application deadline: June 15, 2017) and Spring 2018. Full details regarding the programs are available at http://ter.ps/geoint or contact Dr. Ruibo Han at geog-geoint@umd.eduStudents with no prior GIS experience are welcome to apply. We are happy to discuss admission requirement on an individual basis.

Come join us at our Information Session at 12 PM on May 9th, 2017 where we will introduce the GEOINT programs and address all your questions. The event will be hosted in the CGIS Seminar Room at 1124A LeFrak Hall, and all are welcome to attend the info session. Ice cream will be served.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Behavioral Research Scientist Job Posting with Northrop Grumman

Job opening for a Behavioral Research Scientist in Monterey, California.  We are a Northrop Grumman research team supporting the Defense Personnel and Security Research Center (PERSEREC), a DoD research organization focused on personnel security..

Please see the announcement below, and email a copy of your resume to Christina.Hesse@ngc.com 

Paid Internship Opportunity at the Combating Terrorism Center

Opportunity for a paid intern to work part time on some projects with Mike Sheehan and Vinnie Viola of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.  They are looking for  a  graduate student to help with research, power points, and more.

You would have the chance to work on two big projects -- one on energy-infrastructure fund (oil and gas policy, etc) -- and one on CT and IW lessons learned.

Please email education@start.umd.edu if you are interested. 
BSOS Needs Ambassadors for Fall 2017! Apply Now!

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!Priority Deadline: May 8, 2017Candidates selected to move forward will be contacted for an interview before the end of spring semester. Good luck!
Click here for more information about BSOS Ambassadors
E-mail Margo Shear at mshear@umd.edu with any questions

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Trustees of the
Cordially Invite You to an Address by

Robert O. Freedman, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor, The Johns Hopkins University

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.
Members: Free of Charge* – Guest: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**

 “Russia and the United States: Is Reconciliation Possible?”

Alexis de Tocqueville saw the United States and Russia as being quite similar, implying future successful relations. However, the nations have been separated by ideological competition since the Bolshevik revolution, most notably during the Cold War, and recently by Russia’s revanchism under Mr. Putin: South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the Eurasian common market, Crimea, threats to the Baltic States, pressures in Eastern Europe, securing bases in Syria and influence in the Middle East, possible interference in U.S. elections, and the danger of cyber warfare and American vulnerabilities to it.  Yet, long term accommodation with Russia seems desirable.  A stable, prosperous, and status quo Russia would warrant a global place commensurate with her stature.

We look forward with great interest to Professor Freedman’s view of the future of U.S.-Russia relations and how we might make our way through the complications of our time.  He is the author or coauthor of 20 books, among which 5 are on Soviet and Russian foreign policy, including: Soviet Policy Toward the Middle East Since 1970Moscow and the Middle East: Soviet Policy Since the Invasion of AfghanistanSoviet-Israeli Relations Under Gorbachev, and Russia, Iran and the Nuclear Question: The Putin Record. He has also published innumerable articles including “Russia, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Putin Years,” and “Can Russia be a Partner for NATO in the Middle East?”

Professor Freedman holds a B.A. degree in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from Columbia University. He has been an Assistant Professor of Russian History at the United States Military Academy, Associate Professor of Political Science and Russian at Marquette University, and Professor of Political Science at the Baltimore Hebrew University. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a commentator innumerable times on major media outlets, has consulted often with the U.S. and Israeli government agencies, and has served on U.S. government delegations including ones to Moscow and Uzbekistan.

Professor Freedman is a Trustee and great friend of the Council and has addressed it regularly since 1981.

It is a great pleasure once again to welcome Professor Freedman to the Council.

Reservations for the address by Professor Freedman, 5/16/17 may be made by mail, phone, fax, or email, or through the link on the event page on our website – www.bcfausa.org.
Mail to: 
BALTIMORE COUNCIL                  Please reserve ______ seats.
401 E. Pratt Street, Suite 1611          Member’s Name: ________________________
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone 410-727-2150                          Guest’s Name: ______________________________
E-mail: programs@bcfausa.org       Guest’s Address: ______________________________

                                                                City: ____________________________ State: ______ ZIP: _______
Reservations accepted on a first come first served basis. Please pay guest fees in advance with your reservation. Checks can be made out to: Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. *For membership information, please contact members@bcfausa.org or phone or write the Council office.
**Student non-member tickets are $10, Student guest tickets are $5.

AUSA Paid Internship Opportunity!

Association of the United States Army - Summer Internship Opportunity!

We are partnering with the Aspen Security Forum to support a piad summer internship opportunity in Washington D.C. 

Job posting will open for 40 hours only! 0800 May 5 (Friday) through 2359 May 6 (Saturday)

AUSA is sponsoring a paid summer internship with the Aspen Institute, an international educational and policy studies nonprofit organization, this summer in Washington, DC.
The Aspen Institute provides a nonpartisan venue for dealing with issues critical to our nation. The internship supports their Aspen Security Forum (ASF), an annual public event in Aspen, Colorado, bringing together present and former senior government officials, foreign officials, leading thinkers, and nationally recognized print and broadcast journalists to address challenging national issues.

The intern will support the ASF, including daily endeavors in planning the forum, research, communication, and providing significant administrative support with event logistics and general needs of the team as necessary. Special projects will be assigned depending on the needs of ASF and the skills of the candidate. The candidate will also participate in two brief meetings at AUSA – an orientation at the beginning of the internship and an out-brief at the end.
This 12-week (May-August) internship is open to Undergraduate and Graduate students in fields related to policy, national security, homeland security, social sciences, history, and government. The projected salary range is about $11.50/hr, and includes travel expenses (flight, lodging, meals) to the forum in Aspen Colorado from 15-24 July.
All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references for the position in PDF format. Military experience is strongly preferred. If you are interested in applying for this position, please access the link during job posting hours only (0800 May 5 through 2359 May 6).

Click here to apply!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Clinton Global Initiative University 2017 Meeting with President Bill Clinton

Apply to join President Bill Clinton and more than 1,000 students, topic experts, and celebrities to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges at CGIU 2017 at Northeastern University in Boston on October 13-15, 2017.

Apply today at cgiu.org
More than $750,000 in funding available for students. 
Free to apply & free to attend
Application deadline May 10, 2017

 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that convenes student leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world who are committed to addressing society’s most pressing challenges in our focus areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

With the application deadline for CGI U 2017 only a week away, we are looking to recruit students who, if accepted, will have the opportunity to meet with more than 1,000 fellow social innovators at an inspiring 3-day conference at Northeastern University, and hear from high-caliber speakers and thought leaders, including President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. The meeting itself is free to attend, and provides students with skills, networking, and other experiences to help them successfully launch a social impact project.

Application deadline May 10, 2017

Major in Public Policy!

Do you want to put your passion to work and have a career in making a difference?  Then check out the new undergraduate major in public policy!

Solving some of the world’s most challenging problems such as poverty, access to quality education, unemployment, immigration, terrorism and climate change requires working across boundaries. The interdisciplinary field of public policy produces bold, innovative solutions required to foster the change we need to see.

The public policy major gives students the tools they need to translate their passion into real change.  Through rigorous coursework, the public policy major provides students with the analytical and decision-making skills necessary to understand complex policy problems.  The highly experiential public policy major will integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines, such as economics, business, nonprofits, political science, sociology, philosophy, and history.

Interested students can email plcyundergrad@umd.edu or use the Public Policy Undergraduate Advisement Calendar to learn more or add the major.