GVPT Undergraduate Newsletter October 10, 2005

In this issue:

- Advising Updates - Important Registration Information

- Career Center Events - How to Find an Internship workshops

- US Model House of Representatives

- International Affairs Graduate School Forum

- Terps for Martin O'Malley

- Teach for America Alumni Panel and CNN Screening

- Campus and Local Events

- Internship Opportunities - More new openings

- Job Listings - Be an ORC Outdoor Leader

- Rules for the GVPT newsletter


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

Spring Pre-Registration will begin October 27 for special populations, and October 31st for seniors.  Please read the information below about registration to make this process as smooth as possible:

All students who have earned, or will earn, 90 or more credits by the end of Fall 2005 semester will be blocked from registering for the Spring 2006 semester.  These students must see a GVPT advisor prior to their registration appointment to be cleared to register.  If you have met with an advisor recently, you can send them an email to confirm that the block has been lifted.  The advising office will try to be available for walk-ins during most of this time, but you should plan ahead to see an advisor before your registration appointment.

To find out when your registration appointment is, look on Testudo, under Records and Registration -> Registration Appointment.  This will also tell you if you have any mandatory advising blocks from the college or elsewhere.

The advising office will be implementing walk-in advising based on credit level beginning the week of October 24. Please check the walk-in schedule to determine when you are eligible for walk-in advising.


How to Find an Internship in the Federal Government

Wednesday, October 19

5:00 to 6:30 pm in the Career Center


Are you interested in politics? Do you want to develop, implement, and manage programs that affect a large number of people? Do you want to advocate on behalf of others? Have you considered an internship in the federal government?

If you have considered an internship in the federal government, this is your opportunity to network with employers who are hiring interns for the fall, spring, and summer. Learn about a variety of agencies and departments that hire interns including:

* Transportation Security Administration
* Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
* Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General
* U.S. Attorney General - District of Maryland
* U.S. General Services Administration
* Department of State
* Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
* Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen
* Environmental Protection Agency

 "How to Find an Internship in the Federal Government" will begin with a brief panel discussion during which employers will introduce themselves, speak about their organization, and share information about internship opportunities. It will then roll into a networking reception during which employers will staff tables, answer questions, and collect resumes. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Becky Zonies at rzonies@umd.edu or via phone at 301.314.0362.

How to Find an Internship

Wednesday, October 26             or         Thursday, October 27

6:30 to 7:30 pm                                     12:30 to 1:30 pm

1102 South Campus Commons              Career Center


These events will provide students with a general overview of how to best search for an internship. They will review techniques for searching, etiquette for interacting with employers, and ways to market skills and experiences.


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


Terps for Martin O'Malley, a campus recognized student group is looking for students interested in political issues in Maryland. The group will discuss Higher Education and other pertinent issues and inform the student body about these issues and the tough choices students face in the upcoming year.

The group will also help spread Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's message to the campus as O'Malley runs for Governor of Maryland. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in political campaigns and issues to get involved.

Email terps4omalley@gmail.com for more info.


Teach for America

Teach For America Alumni Panel and CNN Screening
7:00 pm 
Tuesday, October 18

1210 Prince Georges Room, Stamp Student Union
with UMD alums Talla Rittenhouse '03, Michael Prada '04 and Andy Smith '04


You can make an impact less than one year from now.  Meet with three Terps who have already.

Learn how four Teach For America members changed the lives of their students at a FREE SCREENING of a CNN documentary on Teach For America, followed by a presentation by Maryland alumni who made the two-year commitment with Teach For America:

Seeking all majors. No previous education experience or coursework necessary. Full first-year teacher salary and benefits, financial aid, plus a $9,450 AmeriCorps education award (if eligible). Student loan forbearance and interest payments for two years.

To learn more, visit
www.teachforamerica.org, contact admissions@teachforamerica.org, or subscribe to our e-newsletter at: https://www.teachforamerica.org/online/request/subscribe.jsp.

Application deadline for the 2006 Corps is October 30

GVPT Events

Campus and Local Events


October 18th, 2005 Hornbake Mall


The Student Advocates For Education about Rape (S.A.F.E.R) have coordinated the University of Maryland Clothesline Project since 1997.  With your help, we hope to raise campus awareness and help end violence against women.  The Clothesline Project makes a powerful and important statement with the aim of breaking the silence about the ways women are victimized.  Hundreds of T-shirts decorated by victim survivors or their loved ones are hung together to represent the seriousness and prevalence of violence against women in our communities. 


A t-shirt decorating event has been planned the Art and Learning Center Tuesday, October 11th, 10am-4pm and Wednesday, October 12th 10am-4pm. We supply the materials! T-shirts can represent a personal experience, or that of a family member or friend.  However, we prefer permission be granted by the victim if a decorator is desiring to honor someone.  There is a color code provided below while unique self expression is also encouraged. Painted shirts can be dropped off at the Health Center in room 0101.

If you want to volunteer or would like to have your organization represented at The Clothesline Project, please contact Mollie Monahan Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator, at monahan@health.umd.edu or 301.314.8227.


WHITE:                                  Women who were murdered

YELLOW OR BEIGE:              Women who have been battered or assaulted

RED, PINK, OR ORANGE:       Women who have been raped or sexually assaulted

BLUE OR GREEN:                  Women who are survivors of incest or child sexual abuse

PURPLE OR LAVENDER:       Women attacked because they are or were perceived to be lesbian




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.



October 26, 2005

Brazilian Embassy ; 3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Marcia Genesia de Sant'Anna will lecture on Urban Heritage in Brazil. Her lecture will be held at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, DC. Due to security at the Embassy, all guests must RSVP (kkj@umd.edu). Marcia Genesia de Sant’Anna is an architect and urbanist. Sant’Anna currently serves as the Director of the Department of Intangible Heritage at Iphan, in Brazil. For the last twenty years she has worked at governmental institutions specialized in cultural heritage preservation. She has coordinated several processes of designation for preservation, including sites in Ico and Sobral and of urban sites related to the Afro-Brazilian religion in Salvador, Bahia.

For more information contact:
Krista Johnson
301.405.2166 , kkj@umd.edu


Internship Opportunities

Communications Intern Description:

A K-12 education reform project seeks a fall semester press intern for 15-20 hours a week.  Student should have a communications and/or journalism background. Qualified candidate must be a highly organized team player with excellent communication, computer, and administrative skills. Applicants should enjoy interacting with people, take initiative, and bring enthusiasm to the position.  Duties will include compiling and distributing daily education related news clips, organizing and maintaining media files, distributing press releases and conducting appropriate follow-up, assist with the planning of press events and performing administrative duties and additional tasks as needed.  A $500 monthly stipend will be provided.   Minority candidates are highly encouraged to apply.  Please send cover letter, resume and a writing sample to: Erin.Silliman@aspeninst.org

 Research Assistant Intern Description:

 A K-12 education reform project seeks fall semester research assistant interns for 15-20 hours a week.  Student should have an interest in policy and data analysis. Qualified candidate must be a highly organized team player with excellent communication, computer, and administrative skills. Applicants should enjoy interacting with people, take initiative, and bring enthusiasm to the position.  Duties will include compiling and analyzing state data on school performance on state assessments, reviewing state websites to download and examine school level data, and read and review reviews and proposals for improving k-12 education.  A $500 monthly stipend will be provided.   Minority candidates are highly encouraged to apply.  Please send cover letter, resume and a writing sample to: Erin.Silliman@aspeninst.org

The mission of the Aspen Institute is to foster enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values.


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.



Job Listings


The Outdoor Recreation Center is looking for students interested in leading outdoor trips in activities such as climbing, biking, and kayaking.  For more information on how you can become an outdoor leader email Jon McLaren at jmclaren@umd.edu or Emily Axelbaum at axelbaum@umd.edu .  Training is all inclusive so no previous experience is necessary.

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 ADVISING@gvpt.umd.edu. Only those submissions which are denied or delayed will be contacted further.