Internship: The Fund for American Studies

The Fund for American Studies is accepting applications from undergraduate students that are looking for summer opportunities in the public policy or international affairs arena. The program is for 8 weeks, and is in Washington, DC. There is scholarship funding based on financial need and merit is still available for qualified students.

Participants will earn up to 9 credits from George Mason University, live in furnished apartments in downtown DC, and are guaranteed internships with federal agencies, think tanks, government affairs offices, policy groups, embassies, NGO’s and congressional offices. The application deadline for the summer 2013 programs has been extended until March 26.

The below list includes some of the activities and projects that The Fund for American Studies says past interns have assisted on:

  • Develop a strategic marketing plan for your client who is lobbying for a bill on Capitol Hill.
  • Research data for a report on bio-terrorism threats and other national security concerns.
  • Attend a Congressional briefing and write a summary for your organization’s newsletter.
  • Visit the World Bank headquarters to learn about international aid and development.
  • Walk down K Street and see the epicenter of business and government affairs.
  • Attend a strategy meeting with coalition groups advocating for clean energy policies.
  • Sit on the floor of the House of Representatives and hear from Congressmen about pending legislation.
  • Attend a briefing at the U.S. Department of State and hear from those making and implementing U.S. Foreign Policy.
  • Help prepare a briefing book for your boss who will be testifying in an important Congressional hearing.
  • Tour the House and Senate office buildings with top lobbyists advocating the interests of their clients.
  • Tour an embassy and hear from foreign diplomats.

To contact admissions staff, email or call 202-986-0384. The online application may be found at

Summer Workshop in International Security

The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting a Summer Workshop in International Security from July 7–12, 2013.

Some workshop topics include:

1) How to think about International Security?
2) Controlling Weapons of Mass Destruction: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
3) Global Terrorism
4) Regional Conflicts and Their Management and Resolution: Middle East; Iran and Afghanistan; South and East Asia.
5) China and the U.S.: Competitors or Adversaries?

The workshop will have instructors from UIUC faculty and university and security studies centers who are experts in strategic analysis and policy-making.

The fee is $1,500 to cover cost of instruction, lodging on campus, and all meals, with travel not included. Some financial assistance is available. Applicants admitted to the workshop must pay a deposit of $250 and the remainder no later than May 25, or one may pay the entire fee of $1500 on admission.

To apply, make sure to submit your application by April 15, 2013. You can find the application here.

New Online Honors Thesis Course

UMass will offer a new online course, which will be designed for juniors, who will write an honors thesis. However, others may enroll with permission as well.

In Spring 2013, this course will be a 1-credit online course, (HONORS 495K) entitled, “Research Gets Real: Principles and Practices of Community Engaged Research.”

Students will gain foundational knowledge and skills with which to conduct research in real-world settings with communities. After the course has concluded, students will have obtained

a human subjects training certificate, compared and contrasted traditional vs. community-based research strategies, and gained valuable research and communication skills.

Undergraduate Research Conference

Each year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst conducts an undergraduate research conference, with representation from an incredible amount of majors and students, many of which will be coming from other schools in Massachusetts. This year’s conference will happen on April 26, 2013, in the UMass Campus Center. In Spring 2012, there were 3 presentations from Political Science majors, and 1 from legal studies. The conference is a forum for the presentation many types of work, including:

– Thesis research
– Creative work in the visual and performing arts
– Independent study
– Community service
– Study abroad experiences

This conference is an opportunity to give you real experience in conducting research and presenting the results in a larger forum, which will help you to enhance the strength of your resume. In addition, the scope and area of your project has few limits, and can be presented in two different formats, which can be done individually or as a group: a poster presentation or an oral presentation.

Previously, there were 4 steps to apply to this conference. Exact details may be found here, when they update the exact steps:

1) Find a faculty sponsor– all projects must have a faculty member to work with you
2) Decide on the format, both in terms of poster/oral, and in terms of individual/group.
3) Register for the conference by February 13th. Registration will open in early January. This will require you to fill out an application, with the information you have collected about your faculty sponsor, the format of your presentation, and who is in your group.
4) By February 13th, the group leader or individual presenter will have to submit an abstract related to your topic.

Finally, all the information you could need related to this conference can be found on the Honors College’s website, which will soon be updated for the 2013 conference..

American Bar Foundation 2013 Summer Research Diversity Fellowship

The American Bar Foundation will sponsor 4 students from diverse backgrounds to have a fellowship within a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science.

Taking place in Chicago, the Foundation conducts research on a broad range of issues. Current research includes:

– Professionalism and the transformation of the legal profession in the United States and abroad,
– The dynamics of employment discrimination disputes,
– The impact of civil rights law on the economic progress of minorities,
– Jury decision making,
– Public interest lawyering and social reform,
– Historical analyses of labor,
– Group libel, and regulatory law, and
– The role of law in racial relations,postcolonial settings, and globalization.

Students are eligible if they are

American citizens and lawful permanent residents including, but not limited to, persons who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Puerto Rican, as well as other individuals who will add diversity to the field of law and social science.

Additionally, applicants can only be sophomores and juniors, and must have not received a bachelor’s degree by the time the fellowship begins. They must also have a GPA of at least 3.0 and be moving or have a major in the social sciences or humanities.

Each accepted student will have a Professor and mentor who will be involved in a research project. Fellows will also have several seminars and field trips related to social science research. The students will work at their offices in Chicago, for 35 hours a week for 8 weeks, with a stipend of $3,600.

To apply, you will need

– A brief essay on the topics indicated in the application form
– Official transcripts of all academic courses completed at the time of application
– One letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student’s work
– Completed applications, including transcript and letter of recommendation

All of which is due no later than February 15, 2013. Awards will be announced by April 1, 2013. More information and application materials can be found on their website here.

Payne International Development Fellowship Program

The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University is launching USAID’s Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship program. They want young people interested in careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.

The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years to fund a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities…Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service.

To apply, you must be a senior in college, or looking to start graduate school in the fall of of 2013, must have a GPA of at least 3.2, and be a US citizen. Some frequently asked questions may be found here. The application deadline is January 23, 2013. You must have:

– A personal statement
– A statement from the applicant that discusses his/her need for financial assistance to attend graduate school
– Two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member who is well acquainted with the individual, and one from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential to serve as a USAID Foreign Service Officer.
– Proof of U.S. citizenship
– Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
– GRE or GMAT Scores
– Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid.

Fellowships with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship is looking to offer talented Latinos, who have earned a bachelor’s degree within two years of the program start date a paid, nine-month fellowship. This fellowship offers experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice.

Initially, fellows will receive $2,400 minus deductions. After that, the 20 remaining pay periods will be spread out over 8 months between August 24, 2012 and May 17, 2013. The pay will be $960.00 minus deductions, paid out bi-weekly.

There are several important benefits to this fellowship:

– Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, DC
– Health insurance
– Optional short-term housing. CHCI secures and individuals reimburse CHCI for this service

Fellows will have a week-long orientation and will research opportunities in a Congressional capacity that best matches their interests. Fellows will not need to stay in this program for the entire fellowship. You can change placements halfway through, to locations like The White House, federal agencies and NGOs. Fellows will also have weekly leadership sessions that will be with national leaders. Additionally, fellows will engage in a group community service project, completing 32 hours of individual community service.

In total, you will:
— Work a minimum of 32 hours a week
— Attend a one-week orientation
— Participate in a community service project, and complete 32 hours of community service

Applicants must have:

— Earned a Bachelor’s Degree within two years of the program start date
— High academics (preference of 3.0 GPA or higher)
— Evidence of leadership skills
— Superior analytic skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills

The process is very competitive, with CHCI getting 5 applications for every one spot in the fellowship. Please look at their website here in order to read more about the fellowship. You can apply here. The deadline is February 15th, 2013.

Donald M. Payne Graduate Fellowship Program

A recently created graduate fellowship, the Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship program, sponsored by The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, will launch on March 2, 2012.

This fellowship will develop graduates in careers as USAID Foreign Service Officers, which tend to work on international development. It provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years, which will be used to fund a master’s degree, set up internships in Washington, and to travel to USAID locations overseas. After the fellowship, they enter the USAID Foreign Service.

Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply and have GPAs of at least 3.2. To apply, you will need:
– Some basic personal information,
– A personal statement,
– A brief financial statement, stating your financial needs,
– Two letters of recommendation,
– Proof of your citizenship,
– A student aid report, available through FAFSA,
– GRE or GMAT scores,
– An official financial aid transcript from your senior year,
– A complete college transcript.

The application deadline is January 23, 2013. More complete information and application materials for the program are available at

Monday Internship and Career List

Each Monday, the Political Science and Advising Blog will post announcements about internships or career opportunities that come across our desk. Remember that UMass Career Services also maintains a list of opportunities through CareerConnect.

On Wednesday, October 31st, the Annual Five College Graduate and Professional Schools Information Day will be held in the Student Union Ballroom from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Career Services has put together a listing of all universities that will be attending, which can be filtered by your major. Clicking this link will bring you to all schools that have an interest in Political Science majors, while this link will direct you to all schools that are looking for Legal Studies majors.

UMass Career Services says average attendance ranges from 650-1000 students, so get there early!

This non-profit, located in downtown Amherst, is looking for an intern for 6-8 hours a week. Responsibilities include:

General office help, to include database management, filing, answering phones, mailing, etc. More experienced interns may get involved with grant research and proposal writing, fundraising, organizational development.

A good intern should have

– Excellent organizational and communication skills
– Experience with PC and Mac platforms, using MS Office; FileMaker Pro knowledge a plus
– Knowledge of Photoshop and other design software a plus
– Willingness to learn
– Ability to multi- ‐task and follow- ‐through
– Attention to detail
– Ability to work independently
– Interest in youth empowerment and social justice

They will give a preference to interns who can make a full year commitment. To apply, log into CareerConnect, and search for “Youth Action Coalition”. You will need a resume and cover letter to apply.

Monday Internship and Career List

Each Monday, the Political Science and Advising Blog will post announcements about internships or career opportunities that come across our desk. Remember that UMass Career Services also maintains a list of opportunities through CareerConnect.

The National Organization for Women is looking for interns for the 2013 Spring semester. Interns can serve on a number of different teams:

  • Communications Team: Assist with media relations and other communications projects.
  • Conference/Events Team: An intern will help with NOW’s annual national conference.
  • Field Organizing Team: Interns would be involved in grassroots organizing, in rallies, campaigns, chapter development, and materials development.
  • Government Relations/Public Policy Team: Lobbying, legislative research and writing, and political campaign work.
  • Membership/Fundraising Team: An intern will learn how to support NOW’s chapters, members, and fundraising efforts, and also work with funders.
  • President’s Assistant: One intern will work directly with NOW’s president and her assistant.

These internships will be unpaid and will be for at least 3 days a week, all in Washington D.C.

An intern will need:

  1. Complete application form
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. A 1-3 page writing sample

The deadline for Spring 2013 is November 11th. It can be sent to

Additionally, the internship has a large webpage devoted to giving many details and logistics.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time Winter-Spring 2013 Intern at their location in Washington D.C. The internship will start in January and end in May.

The intern will assist with a variety of research, outreach, and communications activities related to the U.S. economy and domestic policy. This may include outreach to the press, advocacy organizations and Congress, along with some research on upcoming papers and economic opinion pieces. Other tasks include communications duties such as generating website content and tracking CEPR’s appearances in the media.

This is a PAID internship, geared for a recent college graduate, paying at least $1,509 per month, plus up to $250 for health insurance reimbursement per month.

The application process will close on November 9th. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and a short (1-2 page) writing sample (addressing the topic below) to

For years, Social Security has been an important part of retirement for many Americans. However, some policy-makers and politicians question the long-term solvency of the program and want to phase out or reform it. What, if any, changes to Social Security would you recommend?

Their website can be found here, with the listings for jobs and internships for their organization here.