Apply to be a Justice on Student Judiciary

July 17th, 2014 by jfahey

Do you have an interest in the law or student government? Looking for another way to become involved in the UMass community? Then why not apply to be a Justice on the Student Judiciary. As a justice, you will hear cases and rule on interpretations of the by-laws of the SGA. More information about how to apply and your duties can be found here.

The deadline for application is August 1st!

Internships with Office of the Governor, Western MA

July 3rd, 2014 by jfahey

Interested in interning for the state government of Massachusetts, but don’t fancy the two hour commute to Boston? Lucky for you, there are internship opportunities available with the Office of the Governor in Springfield, MA. There is an internship with the Governor’s Office in Western MA available for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Additionally, there is a fellowship overseeing the “Partners in Public Service,”–an initiative promoting “aligned commitment to civic engagement through building partnerships with state agencies to advance public policy and expand opportunities for economic growth.”

Interns are expected to serve a minimum of 15 hours each week. Candidates should have an interest in public service, be familiar with current events, and possess excellent phone and computer skills. Other important qualities include: an open mind, keen organizational and communication abilities, and a knack for thinking on one’s feet. Interns will cultivate important career skills while gaining first-hand knowledge of the workings of state government.

To learn more or to submit your application, please contact Elizabeth Cardona, at Elizabeth.Cardona@state.ma.us or (413) 784-1200.

The application deadline is July 25th and each applicant must provide a cover letter, resume, 2-3 page writing sample, and 2-3 letters of recommendation (at least one being a letter from a current employer.)

For more information, see the link here.

Truman Scholarship for Graduate Study

June 25th, 2014 by jfahey

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a competitive, national scholarship that supports graduate education and the professional development of outstanding students wishing to pursue a career in public service. If you are a junior Political Science or Legal Studies major considering pursuing a Master’s or Doctorate degree in fields such as Public Administration; Public Policy; International Affairs; Social Work; or even a law degree, this scholarship may be for you. The Scholarship awards $30,000 to help defray the costs of pursuing these degrees. While the application process is competitive, we know that many of our majors have what it takes to apply to and receive this prestigious scholarship!

The website here gives more information about the qualifications and what you need to apply for the Truman scholarship. Furthermore, the Office of National Scholarship Advisement here at UMass (https://www.honors.umass.edu/onsa) will be more than happy to help you through the application process.

 

Fall Internship: The Middle East Institute

May 28th, 2014 by psls

The Leadership Development Internship Program at the Middle East Institute is designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience in a Washington-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the
Washington policy and scholarly community while developing professional skills with interns from all over the world.

Internships are available throughout the year to undergraduates who have completed at least one year of school, recent graduates, and graduate students. Positions are available on a full- or part-time basis with a minimum of 20 hours a week. All internships are unpaid, though the Middle East Institute offers each intern one free language class, a one-year
subscription to the Middle East Journal, and a monthly travel stipend.

More information is available on their website

Available internships:
Center for Turkish Studies, Publications, Development, Languages, Library, Programs and Communications, and Research Assistantships.

To apply:
Please include the following in PDF format: cover letter, résumé, five-page writing sample, college transcript (official or unofficial), and one professional and two academic references (contact information only; no letters, please).

Application deadline (Fall 2014 term):
July 7

Send applications and questions to:
Alexandra BetGeorge: internships@mei.edu

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Internships are posted on our blog as a courtesy to students and are not formally endorsed by the Department. Please research each internship site to make sure it is a good fit for your academic and professional interests. You should discuss all internship placements — especially those for which you wish to receive credit — with our advising office before committing to any positions.

Summer internship: Middle East Internship

May 21st, 2014 by psls

The Middle East Institute in Washington, DC is currently seeking applicants for our fall internship program, which provides a hands-on learning experience in how a DC-based research institute runs; in addition to weekly programming that exposes interns to practical skills and savvy in applying to jobs overseas and in DC.

The Middle East Institute offers an array of internship opportunities to engage with a wide cross-section of professional interests and talents.  Our Publications interns, for instance, work alongside our Managing Editor to produce The Middle East Journal — the oldest, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Middle East research — while our Programs and Communications interns organize events which bring together experts from around the world to discuss the most current issues facing the Middle East.  Moreover, the Middle East Institute works to ensure that the interns are compensated for their contributions through free language classes, daily travel reimbursement, subscriptions to the Journal, and weekly programming dedicated to professional growth, such as our Intern Development Series.

Find out more information on our website:

http://www.mei.edu/internships-0

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Internships are posted on our blog as a courtesy to students and are not formally endorsed by the Department. Please research each internship site to make sure it is a good fit for your academic and professional interests. You should discuss all internship placements — especially those for which you wish to receive credit — with our advising office before committing to any positions.

Summer internship: Tolman for Attorney General

May 21st, 2014 by psls

Warren Tolman’s campaign for Attorney General campaign is accepting applications for our summer internship program! This is a great opportunity to work on a statewide campaign and elect the next Attorney General of Massachusetts.

A former state legislator and gubernatorial candidate, Warren Tolman is a principled and experienced advocate who pledges to take on the big battles of tomorrow: reducing gun violence in our communities by requiring fingerprint trigger locks on all new firearms sold in the Commonwealth, protecting students from escalating on-campus assaults, saving the environment from polluters, and more.

Campaign interns will have an opportunity to work directly with Warren Tolman and the senior staff of the campaign team. Qualifying applicants will have an opportunity to take leadership roles in a variety of positions.

Projects:
- Building a local operation of volunteers and leaders with the Tolman field team
- Coordinating fundraising events with the Tolman finance team
- Contributing to policy research and writing briefs for the candidate
- Drafting documents and releases with the Tolman communications team

Commitment:
- 20 Hours per week, with flexibility
- Varied night and weekend availability

Qualifications:

- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels
- Willingness to collaborate and build a team
- Interest in campaigns, politics, law, history, or communications
To apply, please send a resume to Molly Stolberg at molly@warrentolman.com or call 617-744-8351 with any questions. We hope to have you on our team soon! 

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Internships are posted on our blog as a courtesy to students and are not formally endorsed by the Department. Please research each internship site to make sure it is a good fit for your academic and professional interests. You should discuss all internship placements — especially those for which you wish to receive credit — with our advising office before committing to any positions.

Job Opportunity: US Department of the Interior

May 6th, 2014 by mcallana

Job Title: Student Trainee (International Affairs)
Department: Department Of The Interior
Salary Range: $13.13 to 19.16/ per hour

JOB SUMMARY:
Are you looking for a unique internship opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the public sector? The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affliated Islanders.

This opportunity is open to current degree or certificate seeking students at a qualifying educational institution OR have been admitted/accepted for enrollment at a qualifying education institution. You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility. See the “How to Apply” section for details.

This position is located in the Department of the Interior, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Office of International Affairs.

The incumbent will be responsible for assisting the International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP) staff in carrying out a wide variety of duties related to the operation of the Program.

This is a non-temporary student opportunity.

Work schedule will be part-time with the opportunity to work full time during breaks and summer.

DUTIES:
The major duties of this position at the full performance level include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assists with the management of various International Technical Assistance Programs (ITAP) in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Coordinates the development of outreach materials, including updating the ITAP website, brochures, and reports.
  • Prepares briefing materials and travel support for senior DOI officials.
  • Assists with communications and coordination with the international offices of DOI bureaus: the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and Office of Surface Mining.
  • Helps represent the International Affairs Office at meetings, events and other conferences within DOI, and at the State Department, USAID, and other government agencies, international and conservation organizations.
  • Assists with international travel logistics for ITAP-sponsored DOI teams and/or foreign government representatives.

To apply and learn more, please click here.

Job Opportunities: Massachusetts Victory 2014

May 6th, 2014 by mcallana

Massachusetts Victory is the grassroots branch of the Massachusetts Republican Party. Mass Victory is running a coordinated campaign in order to elect republicans at the state, regional, and local levels in 2014. We are currently hiring Regional Field Directors, Deputy Regional Field Directors, and interns for the 2014 election cycle.

Regional Field Director:

Regional Field Directors will work to build and mobilize volunteer networks, implement grassroots organizational plans, and recruit and provide training for volunteers working for candidates at the local, regional, and state level as the party prepares for the 2014 election.

Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain relationships with elected officials, candidates, statewide and local leaders, activists, and GOP organizations
  • Collaborate with candidates and elected officials to plan and execute the coordinated campaign
  • Recruit and train local leaders and activists for grassroots operations such as door- to door canvassing and phone banking
  • Maintain and manage satellite offices in your respective region
  • Work with Mass Victory to manage and enhance our voter file and database

Previous campaign experience is preferred. Please send a resume and a brief cover letter to lily@massvictory.com. Include “Regional Field Director: YOUR NAME” in the subject line.

Deputy Regional Field Director:

Deputy Field Directors will assist the RRDs in all field matters. They will recruit and provide training for volunteers working for candidates at the local, regional, and state level throughout the 2014 election cycle.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and train activists and volunteers for grassroots operations such as door to door canvassing and phone banking
  • Manage door to door canvassing and phone banking events
  • Work to enhance the Mass Victory voter file and database
  • Coordinate and staff campaign events

Please send a resume and a brief cover letter to lily@massvictory.com. Include “Deputy Regional Field Director: YOUR NAME” in the subject line.

Field Intern:

Mass Victory is looking for politically engaged individuals to work as interns in our Mass Victory offices. Interns will have the chance to work with experienced campaign professionals to gain hands on grassroots experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and staff campaign events
  • Assist in volunteer recruitment
  • Assist in grassroots operations such as door to door canvassing and phone banking
  • Work to enhance the Mass Victory voter file and database

Opportunities available statewide. Please send a resume and a brief cover letter to lily@massvictory.com. Include “Victory Internship: YOUR NAME” in the subject line.

New Summer On-line Law-Related Course for Legal Studies Majors

May 2nd, 2014 by sadler

ENGLISH  132 Gender, Sexuality, Literature, and Culture     (Instructor: Amanda Waugh, CPE Summer Session 2)

In what ways can literature depict, challenge, modify, and nuance our conceptions of what is just and fair? What are the conditions by which we judge an outcome or situation to be fair? This course will explore these questions through a survey of contemporary literature that foreground issues of justice, fairness, and representations of “law.” The texts we’ll be reading together use, in various ways, a child narrator. Throughout the class, we’ll be exploring the effectiveness of this perspective for exploring issues of justice and fairness, rightness and wrongness. We will pay attention to various gender, racial, and cultural contexts that challenge justice and consider for whom and for what purpose is “justice” served. The scenes of justice under consideration will range from the American legal system to the town of Ayemenem in India, and to rural Zimbabwe.

Satisfies AL, G for Gen Eds and LRLA 100+ for Legal Studies major.

Questions can be sent to awaugh@english.umass.edu.

How to Graduate From UMass Amherst – FAQ

April 26th, 2014 by sadler

You may or may not be graduating this semester, but either way these questions will pop into your head at some point, so here are links to all of the answers:

If I’m graduating a semester early, do I need to notify anyone?  The most important thing you need to do if you’re graduating early (or late) is to make sure the correct term is listed as your Expected Graduation Term in SPIRE. Click here for instructions on changing Expected Grad Term.

If I’m not quite done, but will be finishing my final requirements over the summer, can I still walk at graduation?  Click here to find out who is eligible to walk at graduation.

When/where can I pick up my cap and gown?  Do I have to pay for them when I pick them up?  Click here for info on cap and gown.

I’m not in the Honors College, but I have a good GPA.  How do I know if I qualify for Latin honors?  Click here to find out how Latin honors are calculated.  For 2014 graduation, primary majors in SBS qualify for Latin honors with the following GPAs:

3.909+ = Summa Cum Laude

3.818 – 3.908 = Magna cum laude

3.200 – 3.817 = Cum Laude

When will I get my diploma?  Click here for diploma information.