GVPT Undergraduate Newsletter October 17, 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

- GVPT Events

- Campus and Local Events

- Internship Opportunities - More new openings!

- Job Listings - Research Assistantship at the Campaign Finance Institute

- Rules for the GVPT newsletter


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

Walk-in Schedule

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

The advising office will be implementing walk-in advising based on credit level beginning the week of October 24. The advising schedule will be:

        Oct 24 - Oct 28: Special Populations; 90+ credits earned prior to Fall 2005

        Oct 31 - Nov 11: 60+ credits earned

        Nov 14 - Nov 23: 30+ credits

        Nov 28 - Dec 9: All students

Students can make appointments at any credit level; however, the advising office will always give priority to the population receiving walk-in advising that week. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.


Senior Registration Blocks

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. Many students will also have to make an advising appointment with the BSOS advising center because they are blocked at the college level as well.

Plan ahead and see an advisor as soon as possible to ensure that blocks are removed before your registration appointment. 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.

Freshman Registration Blocks

All GVPT Freshmen are blocked from registering at the college level until they have submitted an Academic Plan. Academic, or 4-year, plans, are required for all Freshmen under the new Academic Success policy to demonstrate that they understand all requirements and can complete them in a timely manner.

To remove this block, students must complete an Academic Planning Workshop, sponsored by the BSOS advising center. Call 301-405-1697 to get a schedule and to sign up for one of these workshops. Freshmen should turn in an Academic Plan at least 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THEIR REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT in order to ensure that BSOS has adequate time to review and approve the plan. Failure to submit the plan at this time may prevent you from registering on time.

Senior Survey

Students who are graduating in December 2005 or May 2006 should complete the Senior Survey, available online at http://www.gvpt.umd.edu on the Undergraduate page. This survey provides valuable feedback to the Advising office and helps us do our job better. Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey as thoroughly as possible. 


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
"Beyond the Hanging Chad: The Promise and Performance of Electronic Voting Systems"

Professor Paul Herrnson
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
1400 Marie Mount Hall
followed by a reception

Please try to RSVP no later than Friday, October 14 at 4-2735 or mfreitag@capc.umd.edu .

If you are attending the Democracy Collaborative event on the 26th, this event will end 3:30-4:00. Just run on over to Marie Mount Hall after the speech. It's a talk about the future of higher education in Maryland and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the university, and its landgrant heritage.

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. 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.



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


The Retirement Security Project (RSP) is a joint initiative between the Brookings Institution and Georgetown Public Policy Institute with the goal to promote retirement security among middle- and lower-income families through evidence-based policies. The Project was launched in response to the compelling need to improve retirement security, deepen policy-maker interest in the issue, and undertake research and analysis that will help point the way to practical policy solutions. The Retirement Security Project is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing a diverse pool of candidates. For additional information on The Retirement Security Project, visit www.retirementsecurityproject.org.

Staff Intern

RSP is seeking a staff intern for the fall semester. Interns work directly with project staff as well as the senior fellows and attend meetings on the Hill and events around Washington with policy-makers and public policy experts. An internship with RSP provides experience not only in public policy but also corporate outreach and government and media affairs.

Applicants should be detail oriented, able to prioritize and meet deadlines, work well in a team, have solid research and writing skills, and have the ability to communicate policy ideas and research results clearly and concisely. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing research assistance for current projects and aiding with the preparation and execution of RSP events.

Please send your resume, cover letter and writing sample (approximately 250 – 500 words) to Korin Davis at kdavis@retirementsecurityproject.org Recommendations and most recent transcript may be requested. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Research Intern

RSP seeks a data/policy intern to assist in conducting research and analyses related to the Project’s core mission and to communicate the results to the public.

Responsibilities: Respond to research requests; Provide various data analysis services, as well as policy analysis and review of written materials, on an as-needed basis to RSP staff; Write and edit policy papers, issue briefs and fact sheets; Track retirement-related legislation and policy issues; Develop case studies; Serve as an internal resource to all RSP staff on issues of research and policy; Respond to requests made from outside the organization for data and policy information.

Qualifications: Excellent writing skills and ability to draft documents under deadline; Detail oriented with good editing skills; Creativity and initiative to seek out new approaches; Understanding of legislative process; Ability to work with a wide range of people; Familiarity with data analysis software a plus; Familiarity with major sources of financial services data a plus; Knowledge of current pensions, savings, retirement and related tax policies a plus.

Please send your resume, cover letter and writing sample (approximately 250 – 500 words) to Korin Davis at kdavis@retirementsecurityproject.org  Recommendations and most recent transcript may be requested. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

International Trade Internship

A Unique Opportunity to Learn about Trade Finance and
U.S. Government Efforts to Promote the Export of U.S. Financial Services

Office of Finance
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.  20230

Contact:                Yuki J. Fujiyama, Intern Coordinator

Telephone:                202-482-3468
Fax:                        202-482-5702
E-mail:                Yuki_Fujiyama@ita.doc.gov
Website:                http://www.ita.doc.gov

How to apply:        Fax or email resume and cover letter indicating dates of availability.

Office Description:   The Office of Finance (OF) provides policy guidance to the Commerce Department regarding official financing transactions in support of U.S. exports and U.S. investment overseas.  OF is also the focal point for U.S. government efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. financial services industry, to promote the export of U.S. financial services,  and to represent the interests of U.S. financial service firms in developing trade policy.

Internship Description:  The intern will assist OF in conducting independent research on topics in international trade and financial services; providing technical and research support; attending a variety of internal, inter-agency, and industry meetings, conferences, or events.  An internship may be part-time or full-time.

Requirements:   Must be a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship; enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or graduated the previous semester.
Qualifications:   Proficiency in basic computer applications/software (e.g., WORD, Excel, Power Point, etc); research experience; good writing and analytical skills; demonstrated interest in international trade and finance.

Compensation:  Commerce Department Internships are unpaid positions and participants are responsible for their own transportation and housing.  However, academic credits may be earned for an internship experience with prior approval from the appropriate school official.

Times offered:   Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  Dates and times are flexible and negotiable.



Interested in public opinion, politics, business, and communications? Then an internship at Luntz Research is right for you. We currently have several intern positions open for the Spring of 2006.

Interns can expect to handle many duties at Luntz Research. This list is far from complete, but it should give you a good idea:

  • Learn how to analyze polling data; includes reading crosstabs and topline data.

  • Prepare graphic presentations, includes charts, graphs, and bulleted lists using PowerPoint.

  • Assist with communication and strategy presentations for Members of Congress and dozens of Fortune 100 CEO’s.

  • Assist in the preparation of presentations to clients

  • Assist with research and technical demands for Instant Response sessions

  • The inevitable modicum of copying, errand-running, and answering phones

Interns at Luntz Research have always been an integral part of our organization. Since we are a very small company, interns play a vital role.We are currently seeking interns for the Spring of 2006. Ideally, we would like interns to work during regular weekday hours, but we are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs. We do suggest at least 2 days full time to be able to get the most out of the internship. Our internships are not paid, however we do provide a travel stipend of $450 per month.


To apply, please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter including your availability to Dana Rothstein at



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. http://www.aspeninstitute.org/


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

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.

Research Assistantship with the Campaign Finance Institute

The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) has one or more paid positions for
part-time research assistants. CFI is a non-partisan organization that
conducts research, organizes policy-oriented task forces, and holds public
programs in the field of campaign finance. We are looking for graduate or
advanced undergraduate students, preferably in public policy or political
science programs, with strong research and writing skills and appropriate
course work.

CFI research assistants participate in our ongoing quantitative and
qualitative research studies on campaign finance policy. Under the guidance
of CFI's research staff, students will collect and analyze data using a
variety of primary and secondary sources, and/or research and analyze
government regulations and documents relating to campaign finance.
Additional responsibilities will include preparing written documents and
assisting with CFI's meetings and public events.

Interested students should submit a cover letter, a resume, a writing
sample, an unofficial transcript or similar document, and a list of
references. Please send to < mailto:jobs@cfinst.org > jobs@cfinst.org with
the subject line of the e-mail, Fall Assistantship. Applications may also be
mailed to:

Research Assistantship
The Campaign Finance Institute
1990 M Street NW, Suite 380
Washington DC, 20036
To learn more about the Campaign Finance Institute, and to see samples of
our research, please visit our website: www.campaignfinanceinstitute.org .

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.