GVPT Undergraduate Newsletter October 3, 2005

In this issue:

- Advising Updates

- GVPT Departmental Newsletter now available online

- Career Center Events

- Free Practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, or PCAT

- International Affairs Graduate School Forum

- Campus and Local Events - Study Abroad Scholarship Meeting, Scholarship Awareness Event

- NEW! Internship Opportunities - NOW National Action Center

- Rules for the GVPT newsletter


Walk-in hours are posted online at the GVPT website: http://www.gvpt.umd.edu.

Jennifer Coarts will be out of the office this week to attend an advising conference. Shana Marshall will be available for advising during walk-in hours, and Peer Advising will be available throughout the week. The Advising Office will be closed on Friday.


You can now access the Government and Politics Department newsletter online at http://www.gvpt.umd.edu. Follow the newsletter link.

Please note that the Government and Politics Department newsletter is different from the GVPT Undergraduate Newsletter!


Career Center Open House
Wednesday, October 5  11 am to 4:30 pm
3100 Hornbake Library

All faculty, staff, students, and administrators are invited to the Career Center Open House to meet members of  our staff and learn more about the Career Center's events, programs, and services!  Stop by anytime between 11am and  1pm for a general welcome session and later in the afternoon for specific presentation sessions from 2pm- 4:30pm.  Session topics include The President’s Promise, Terp Externships, the Career Center Leadership Consortium and more!

For more information contact:
Ben Cudia 301-405-0276, bcudia@ds9.umd.edu-

Free Practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, or PCAT

On Saturday, Oct. 15th at 12 noon, Kaplan is holding a FREE opportunity for students to take a practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, or PCAT in the UMCP Armory. Each test will last about 3 and a half hours and will be proctored like an actual exam. Before the test, Kaplan instructors will give a short workshop on test-taking strategies and answer questions about the test.

This is a great opportunity for you to see how you might score on the real thing, and also to get an idea
of the kinds of questions that will be on the real test.  The tests will be scored and returned to the students
with computerized feedback about their individual performance on the test. Even if you cannot attend the event on the 15th, as long as you sign up for it, Kaplan will order you a copy of the practice test of your choice for you to pick up and take home whenever you get the chance.

To sign up, or for more information, students may call 1-800-KAP-TEST, register online at www.kaptest.com , or simply send an e-mail to gpo_college_park@kaplan.com . To sign up by e-mail, simply provide your name, home address, e-mail, phone number, and which test you would like to take. Again, this is a completely FREE event and a great opportunity for anyone interested in going to grad, business, law, med, dental, or pharmacy school!


International Affairs Graduate School Forum

sponsored by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
Tuesday, October 18 from 3:30 -7 pm

George Washington University
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (3rd floor)
800 21st St., NW
Washington, DC 20052.

The forum will provide prospective graduate students with the opportunity to discuss admissions requirements, curriculum, degree programs, and careers in the field of international affairs. Representatives from the following institutions will be in attendance:

The American University
Columbia University
Duke University
The George Washington University
Georgetown University
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Princeton University
Sciences Po, Paris
Syracuse University
Tufts University
University of California, San Diego
University of Denver
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California
University of Washington
Yale University

There is no fee for admittance and no RSVP is required. Questions regarding the APSIA graduate forum should be directed to the Elliott
School Office of Graduate Admissions at 202/994-7050 or by e-mail at esiagrad@gwu.edu

GVPT Events


Campus and Local Events


Do you love to learn languages and have a desire to study abroad in “off the beaten path” destinations?  Then this amazing scholarship opportunity may be for you. 

On Thursday, October 6, 2005, from 3-4 pm, a representative from the Institute of International Education will be speaking with interested students about the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for study abroad. The session will take place in the Lee Building, Room 2101.  Applications are currently available for study abroad in summer 2006, fall 2006 and/or spring 2007.

Scholarships are available to U.S. citizens enrolled at two and four-year colleges or universities who wish to study abroad in critical world areas in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the NIS, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.  Scholarships are not available for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages and fields of study and application procedures can be found at the following website: www.iie.org/nsep.

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Schendel, University of Maryland Study Abroad Advisor, at 301-314-7748 or schendel@umd.edu, or contact NSEP at 1-800-618-NSEP or nsep@iie.org




Wednesday, October 26     5:00pm to 7:00pm
Visitor Center Auditorium

The Scholarship Awareness event highlights opportunities for Maryland students to apply for national scholarships.  Speakers include Sarah Levin with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Tara Kneller, Associate Executive Secretary for the Truman Foundation, and Elizabeth Veatch, Director for the National Security Education Fellowships and Grants. 

This event is open to faculty, staff, and students at all University System of Maryland teaching institutions. Limited seating.  Registration required.  RSVP at 301-314-4-
2189 by October 21st, 2005. For more information contact: Camille Stillwell 301-314- 1289, cstillwe@umd.edu, http://www.umd.edu/nso.

Internship Opportunities
STUDENT ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITY in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

LOCATION:  Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President, Office of Federal Financial Management Division (OFFM) –  Washington, DC. Close to Farragut West and Farragut North metro stations.  

QUALIFICATIONS: U.S. citizenship required.  This is a year-round (stay-in-school) student assistant position.  The ideal candidate would be someone with a background or an interest in Office Administration. Good organizational, computer, and communication skills are a must.  The potential duration of the position is 2-3 years.  Rising sophomores and juniors, in particular, are encouraged to apply. 

DUTIES:  The student would be assigned to OFFM’s Administrative Professional Team.  Duties include: answering the telephone, scheduling meetings, maintaining calendars, filing (maintain files and library), sorting mail, maintaining various correspondence and document logs, preparing various forms (e.g. OA 65 computer forms, facility requests, telephone request forms, travel and training documents),  arranging for travel, providing computer support on office programs,  schedule conference rooms, update telephone directories, special projects upon request, updating OFFM’s correspondence manual, creating spreadsheets for staff, editing documents, ordering and maintaining supplies, serving as back-up, and completing other duties upon request. 
SALARY: Salary approximately $12 per hour.  Students are also eligible to receive up to $105 per month for public transportation subsidy. 
HOURS:  Maximum of 30 hours per week.  Hours are flexible depending on school course schedule.  This position is shared with another student.  Hours must be arranged to provide coverage for most of the normal 40 hour workweek, starting at 8:30am.  Availability for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday is currently required. 
CONTACT: Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Avenson@omb.eop.gov 

Applicants selected for employment will have an FBI background check and will be required to take a drug test. 

For more information about OMB, visit www.whitehouse.gov/OMB

NOW - National Action Center Internship

Be a part of the largest feminist organization in the United States Since NOW was founded in 1966, we have struggled to end the injustice and inequality women face daily. As an intern at the NOW National Action Center in Washington, DC you will be on the front lines of the women's rights movement.

Becoming a NOW intern is a commitment becoming, or continuing to be, an activist leader. Whether you apply for our Fall, Spring or Summer semester program, every NOW intern participates in a wide range of activities which distinguish us from other programs, including:

- Firsthand observation of how a sexist, racist, and classist political system impacts women in this country.

- Opportunities to organize and attend Congressional and U.S. Supreme Court hearings, press conferences, demonstrations and rallies.

- Training in grassroots organizing including campus organizing, coalition building and networking.

- Weekly intern discussion groups and field trips addressing a wide range of feminist issues, led by national NOW staff and officers.

Your assistance in this fight is crucial. We must stop the backlash against women and regain total control over our bodies, our privacy and our lives. Please visit the now website for more details at http://www.now.org/organization/intern.html or contact the Intern Coordinator at 202.628.8669 x103.


Delegate Anthony Brown (D-25th Dist.) is looking for a volunteer to help him for at least 8 hours per week in his Lanham office.  The office is located close to Rt. 50 & the Beltway. 

Duties would include: research and writing position papers, tracking legislative issues, responding to constituent requests, data entry into constituent data base, correspondence, general typing, answering phones, and other duties as needed.  Required skills are: 40+ wpm typing speed; and an average level or better proficiency on the computer, Word or WordPerfect,  and the internet. 

For more information or to volunteer, please call Kathy at 301-306-1222 or send an email to


Job Listings


Rules for the GVPT Newsletter

The newsletter is sent out each Monday before 5 pm to all current University of Maryland students who have declared and been accepted into the GVPT major. Only information relevant to academic and extra-curricular opportunities for these students will be sent through the newsletter. The government advising office reserves the right to edit and review all submissions to the GVPT newsletter and deny any submissions at their sole discretion.

If you would like to submit information or announcements, please email Jennifer Coarts at jcoarts@gvpt.umd.edu. Only those submissions which are denied or delayed will be contacted further.