Summer Research Diversity Fellowship with American Bar Foundation

November 25th, 2014 by jfahey
Check below for a great opportunity for those pursuing graduate study in law school or the other social sciences.
“Students can now apply for the American Bar Foundation’s annual program of summer research fellowships for diverse undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences.
For more information, eligibility requirements, and to access the online application, visit our website.
For questions? Contact Program Manager Kathryn Harris at: or (312) 988-6515.”

New Online Int’l Relations and Business Classes

November 22nd, 2014 by psls

We are pleased to offer three new Political Science courses online –  two of which can also count towards the Five College International Relations Certificate! 

Click here for a full list of our Political Science & Legal Studies Online Courses for winter 2015 and spring 2015!

  (This course can count toward the Five College International Relations Certificate – Requirement 2)

In general, the course is structured in three consecutive parts, each one building on the other. The first part of the course situates the debate on private sector power in global governance by outlining the different perspectives on the policy-making environment in which private sector actors operate. The course then reviews different theoretical approaches to analyzing how private sector influence over global public policy-making operates, and what challenges we face in understanding these dynamics. The remainder of the course reviews scholarship on lobbying dynamics in a wide variety of different areas in global governance, such as international trade, pharmaceuticals and health care, financial regulation, intellectual property rights  and global environmental politics.

(This course can count towards the Five College International Relations Certificate)

Ambassador Armen Baibourtian is a visiting professor coming to UMass from the realm of the United Nations diplomacy and international development. He was the Senior Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia from 2008 to 2013. He twice served as the Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister  between 1997 and 2000 and from 2004 until 2008 with portfolios in International Organizations, America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Legal Issues.


An exploration of the intersection of business and government. The instructor, David E. Floreen, is Senior Vice Presidentof Government Affairs and  Trust Services for the Massachusetts Bankers Association  where he is responsible for coordinating state government affairs. He is actively  involved in expanding financial literacy awareness in schools and colleges, and directs Mass Bankers PAC.

Former U.S Representative Torkildsen Teaching Class on Political Leadership

November 20th, 2014 by jfahey

Did you know that Peter Torkildsen ’80 once served as the representative of Massachusetts’ sixth district, and is the last Republican to represent Massachusetts in the U.S House of Representatives?

Lucky for us, he is teaching PolSci 292P (Class number: 19064) on Political Leadership! And what’s more, there are still seats open! So get on Spire and register! The class meets once a week from 1:00-3:30 P.M on Tuesdays.


Career Services–Internships and Career Events

November 20th, 2014 by jfahey

Hello all!

Check out some great upcoming events sponsored by Career Services to help you take the next step in your career.

Monday, Nov 24, 2014


Career Services

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Internships Info Session

508 Goodell

Learn how to get a great internship or co-op. Find out about the best resources to find one, how to get academic credit, and which employers love UMass Amherst interns! Held weekly while classes are in session. Sponsored by the central Career Services Office.

Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Student Event

Career Services

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

How to Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Careers with Non-Profits, Business and Government

Gordon Hall Rm. 302

Co-Sponsored by Career Services Gordon Hall, room 302 Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy, and The MBA in Sustainability at Bard College.

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014

Student Event

Career Services

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Non-Profits: Careers for the Common Good Fair

Cape Cod Lounge

Come meet with non-profit and other socially conscious organizations to discuss full time job opportunities, summer job opportunities, and also internships. This is a smaller event (approx. 20 organizations) and will have a more informal atmosphere for you to connect with employers. Resumes are optional but employers will eventually require one if students decide to apply.

To check out who is coming:

Conference Program Coordinator Opening for Prague Political Science Conference

November 20th, 2014 by jfahey

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is launching a call for applications for a Conference Program Coordinator for their student conference in Prague, Czech Republic  from September 21st to 25th. This job can be completed remotely but they require you to fly out for the conference itself; which they pay for! A great opportunity for those who love to event plan!



Full-Time Field Coordinator Position Available with Turning Point USA

November 18th, 2014 by jfahey

Turning Point USA, a Student Organization “..dedicated to educating students about the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets and capitalism,” is one of the largest growing student organizations in the country. It is also looking for a full-time Field Coordinator in Boston starting this January! Check below for the description, and good luck!

“Position: Field Coordinator (Full-time position)

Location: Boston, MA

Start Date: January 2015

Company Description: Turning Point USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students about the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and capitalism. With a presence on over 700 college campuses in all fifty states and over 500 student columnists, Turning Point USA is the fastest growing student organization in the country.

Job Description: Turning Point USA is seeking a passionate, enthusiastic individual to serve as a Field Coordinator in Boston, MA. Field Coordinators work with Turning Point USA student groups and student activists to organize campus activism, launch new TPUSA chapters, recruit new members for the organization, and plan campus events and voter registration drives. Field Coordinators are also responsible for organizing data, conducting outreach to prospective members and activists, giving oral presentations, representing the organization at events and conferences, developing new activism plans,  and networking on behalf of the organization. Everyday on the job is different.

Skills and Qualifications:

  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills
  •  Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  •  Knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  •  Willingness to fulfill all duties listed and additional duties assigned
  •  Willingness to travel for day and overnight trips in and out of state
  •  Passion for conservative politics
  •  Positive attitude
  •  Strong work ethic
  •  Campaign experience is preferred

Field Coordinators are required to have a valid driver’s license and a reliable car.

Inquiries: Please submit a resume and a cover letter to Crystal Clanton, National Field Director at”

Legal Studies Open 300 Level Courses

November 13th, 2014 by jfahey

Looking for some open Legal Studies 300 courses to round out your requirements? Check out these under-enrolled, recently added and decidedly interesting open Legal Studies courses!

Legal 391CC: Computers, Copyright and Criminal Law– Laura Quilter, Course ID: 18415

Legal 391GL: Gender and the Law— Jill Weinberg, Course ID: 19354

Legal 392R: Reading the South African Constitution, Course ID: 19381

These courses are open now, and promise to be interesting and engaging! We look forward to seeing you in the courses soon.

Check out all of our Legal Studies courses for Spring 2015 here!



November 7th, 2014 by sadler

Inspiring classes …

One of the most prestigious universities in the world…

Flexibility to travel in England, Ireland, France and beyond…

8 liberal arts credits (4 of them honors)…


This is what it means to study abroad in Oxford!

The UMass Oxford Summer Seminar will hold DROP-IN information sessions about the 2015 summer program to talk about classes (literature, politics and history), and SCHOLARSHIPS.


Wednesday (with a Tuesday schedule), November 12, 2:30-3:30 pm

Thursday, November 13, 2:30-3:30

Tuesday November 18, 2:30-3:30 pm

Thursday, November 20, 2:30-3:30


Also come visit our table at the International Opportunities Expo

Student Union Ballroom

Wednesday November 19, 2-5


(You do NOT have to attend a session to apply; the application portal is open at:

Hope to see you soon,

Anne Broadbridge, Director, Oxford Summer seminar,

Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills? Ace a job interview? Ignite your career?

November 7th, 2014 by sadler

Join UMass Toastmasters!

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 313,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

The Toastmasters mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.  At UMass Toastmaster meetings you will  learn to be confident speaking in front of a crowd. Whether you want to practice a presentation for class, give a perfect pitch, or enter a room with prominent presence, Umass Toastmasters is the place to practice. We share feedback and suggestions with each other to foster individual growth from effective communication.  It is beyond rewarding!

Meeting Location, Day, and Time
Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month in the Campus Center, 6:45pm. The room will always be announced via email, FB, and Campus Pulse. You may also check with the receptionist on the concourse.


New Pre-Law Society Forms – Join now!

November 6th, 2014 by msagan

Are you interested in law? Check out the brand-new Pre-Law Society. Their purpose is “to provide all students interested in joining the legal profession who join the Society with assistance in pursuing their legal careers.”

They are on Facebook here:

And their general body meeting will be Tuesday, Nov 18 @ 8 PM, Location TBA!