Friday, May 30, 2014

Apply To The CCJS Honors Program

***Note, USG CCJS students arre eleigible for this and should consider this program.  It will require some coursework on main campus but it is worth it!

The CCJS Honors Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate CCJS majors to challenge themselves academically.  The Honors Program is comprised of small, interactive and rigorous courses taught by Dr. Thomas Loughran, a distinguished CCJS tenured faculty member.  In addition to Dr. Loughran, students will have contact with the tenured/tenure-track CCJS faculty, who happen to be some of the most well-respected researchers in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

Students graduating from our Honors Program receive an honors citation on their diplomas and have the opportunity to add a very unique experience to their resumes.  Many of the CCJS Honors Program graduates are currently attending ivy league graduate and law schools, including Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work.  Additionally, some Honors students have moved on to careers with agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security and Teach For America. 

Requirements for admission into the CCJS Honors Program include:
§ A cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25
§ A minimum 3.40 GPA in all CCJS major coursework
§ Satisfactory completion of CCJS 100 and CCJS 105
§ Students must present evidence of satisfactory writing
§ At least 3 full semesters remaining at the University of Maryland prior to graduation

Meeting all requirements does not guarantee admission.  Only the top applicants will be admitted into the CCJS Honors Program.

Additional Information:
For additional information about the honors program, including the structure and required courses, please visit the CCJS website honors page at:


If you are interested in applying to our Honors program, please complete the updated Honors application on the CCJS website:  The application can be downloaded as a editable PDF. All application packets must be submitted to the CCJS Advising Office in 0102 Morrill Hall.  Applications will be accepted in hard copy, by fax (301) 314-9355 and via e-mail    ***All applications are due July 1, 2014.***  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

U.S. Department of State Internships

Spring 2015 Internship Program  
This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America's principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in - and with - Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America's diplomatic efforts.
Click Here for more information.

USG Summer Career Boot Camp

Summer Career Boot Camp
Job-IQ: Find the Right job for YOU! Presented by Molly M. Matthews
Tues./Thurs June 10, 12, 17, and 19 from 1:30-3:30pm, Room III-3220

Do you know what your personal brand is? Do you have an effective and strong resume? Do you need to improve your networking skills. If so, please sign up to attend the Summer Career Boot Camp. Molly Matthews will share pragmatic advice on career development topics including resumes, marketing tools, and the use of social media. This animated workshop will provide individualized coaching to determine the unique ways to make you successful. You will also meet with local career mentors for individual guidance.

For more information, please contact the Career & Internship Services Center at 301-738-6338 or

CIA Directorate of Intelligence Undergraduate Intern Program

Washington, DC metropolitan area

The Central Intelligence Agency undergraduate internship program seeks motivated undergraduate students to serve full time internships in the analytic offices and centers of CIA's Directorate of Intelligence in the Washington metropolitan area. Undergraduate interns work on teams with our full-time analysts. They research, analyze, write, and brief on international political, military, economic, scientific, technical, and leadership developments. In addition to their analytic responsibilities, undergraduate interns become familiar with the Agency and Intelligence Community by participating in a range of meetings and projects. The program allows participants and the Agency to assess opportunities for a graduate studies internship or permanent employment following the participant's completion of undergraduate school.

Minimum qualifications: We are looking for students with a variety of majors, including international affairs, political science, area studies, economics, geography, physical sciences, or engineering. Students selected for this program must have completed one full year of undergraduate school and be continuing school on a full time basis following this assignment. Interns should be available for a 90-day internship with the possibility to do additional tours depending on availability. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required.  For further instruction, click here:

Important Notice:
Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

To Apply:
Make a note of the position(s) that interest you, as you can apply for up to four positions in one application. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

Scholarship application deadline THIS FRIDAY

In addition to federal and state grants awarded on the basis of financial need, various private scholarships are available for undergraduate students enrolled in programs at USG as provided by our Board, local businesses, foundations, community organizations and individual donors. APPLY TODAY!!! The priority deadline to submit this application if Friday, May 30, 2014.  For more information please visit or email

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

START Fall Internships

Please review information on START's fall internships.  We usually have at least one SG student involved with this internship every semester.  It is on the College Park campus.  If you are interested in terrorism, security, or related fields you can't ask for a better internship.  Apply now! Details are below:

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2014 Internship Program. We were hoping that you may be able to assist us in reaching out to your interested students. In addition to the information provided below I have also attached flyers for the Fall. Please feel free to disseminate the following information to students and other contacts who you think may be interested in these opportunities.

We are looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors  (including but not limited to: Criminology, Communications, Government, International Relations, Public Policy, History, GIS, Geography, Economics, English, Mathematics, Psychology, Languages and Statistics). We will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates and graduates as well. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and are  able to participate in a calendar of professional development activities. START is also willing to work with academic departments and colleges to enable students to undertake our internships for credit. Our internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours at START at the University of Maryland College Park, unless stated in the internship description.

Below is a short summary of the opportunities available. Please visit our brand new website for more information and to access the application form: .

Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
The GTD is an open source, unclassified database including information on terrorist attacks around the world since 1970 (currently updated through 2012). The database is maintained by researchers at START. The GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes over 113,000 cases. The GTD intern team is organized into the following themes:

·         GTD: Incident Location and Geographic Identification
·         GTD: Perpetrator Identification
·         GTD: Target Classification
·         GTD: Understanding the Patterns and Use of Weapons and Tactics
·         GTD: The Consequences of Terrorism – Casualties and Outcome
·         GTD: Motives of Terrorism
·         GTD: Coding Intern At Large (Generalist)
Special Projects
The Special Projects Division consists of a number of intensive, shorter-term research projects concentrated on three research topics within the larger study of terrorism and politically violent non-state actors:
-          Unconventional Weapons and Technology
-          Extremist Origins and Trajectories
-          Threat Management and Influence
Intern positions are available in the following focus areas:
·         Pinch Hitter & Advanced Research
·         Terrorist Ideology
·         Organized Crime
·         Individual Radicalization
·         Risk Assessment and Threat Analysis
·         Use of CBRN Agents by Non-State Actors
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Analytical
Interns will contribute to the construction of a global, multimodal transportation network.  Tasks will include analysis and aggregation of large-scale datasets, database triangulation, manual vector editing, extensive open-source research into traditional and illicit transportation methods, digital cartography/mapmaking, and translation of START’s qualitative research into geospatial format.  Interest/experience in global security and/or terrorism is beneficial.

Naval Research Laboratory Adversarial Modeling and Exploitation Office
Two internships are available with AMX onsite at their offices in Washington DC. The AMX has a number of ongoing research projects related to counter-terrorism, behavior detection, law enforcement, crime analysis, and geospatial analysis. The use of information by law enforcement, often called data driven policing, is an ever evolving and expanding field.

·         Behavioral Indicators of Gun and Drug Carrying
·         System Engineering Analysis & Support
·         Statistical Analysis & Modeling Support
·         GIS Analytical

Communications and Research Transition Support
START communications and transition team is seeking interns to assist with START’s communication activities and products. Interns’, responsibilities will vary but may include: Writing and editing press releases and featured stories, planning and attending events, creating media kits, developing and tracking media lists and monitoring social media.

START is continuing to develop the Terrorism Data Archive Dataverse. Interns for this project will learn about terrorism-related data through archiving datasets and reading over documentation. Interns will serve as Assistant Editors and would be responsible for preparing data for archiving onto the START Dataverse. Depending upon the dataset, there will also be opportunities to create Codebooks and add labels and values to the data. Interns will receive training in the archiving process.

Government Actions in Terror Environments (GATE)
Recent research suggests that governments have a vast set of policy tools at their disposal vis-à-vis terrorist groups, and that pure reliance on repressive policies can be counterproductive. While policymakers increasingly recognize the importance of non-military counterterrorism tools in addition to military ones, it is not yet known which type of government actions are effective; and when carrots might be more effective than sticks in defeating terrorist groups. This is a unique opportunity to better understand the terrorist conflict in the US and across specific regions of the world and to get a unique view of how governments deal with those conflicts.

Risk Communications Project
Government, non-profits, and other organizations rely on public communication to deliver important messages to various audiences. Professional communicators today use social scientific research to improve this process, and START’s research teams have several current and upcoming communication projects that address current research questions. Risk communication is important for delivering messages about impending storms, terrorist attacks, public health crises, and more. Interns working on this team will support several ongoing research projects as well as new projects.

START/State Department Terrorist Organizations Project Internship
Students will gather and analyze statistics on terrorist organizations over time. Projects will include collecting the number and type of attacks over time, looking at trends, and possibly even modeling group capacity out into the future. Interns will also provide assistance in researching open source information on the leadership of some groups for possible future designations.

Interns will be co-supervised by researchers at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the State Department. The State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks. Interns will be based at START’s offices on the University of Maryland campus.

Education Research
Interns on this team will assist with analyzing the real world skills gained through START education and education transition programs.  Research will focus on growth assessment and skill development in internships as well as development of gameification and simulation based learning in traditional classrooms.

Terrorism Propaganda Analysis
The nature of the project is analysis of several hundred transcripts of terrorist propaganda videos produced by Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda affiliate groups. One aspect of the project will be somewhat descriptive in that we hope to learn: 1) what the message of the video transcript is (e.g. to defend the prophet, to prevent future grievances, to promote jihad, etc.) as well as 2) how the message is conveyed including the type of persuasive attempt used (rational vs. emotional) and 3) who the target audience is. The coding manual taps into each of these contents. The next step of the project, which will occur after all of the transcripts are coded, will examine 4) if the target audience, the message, or the frequency of these tapes have a discernible pattern, and 5) if these patterns change over time. The final aspect of this project includes analyzing the rhetoric and persuasion techniques used in the transcripts and testing the same messages, both in the US and abroad.

Why choose an internship at START?
·         Experience working with a large team of dynamic and experienced researchers.
·         Exposure to cutting edge theories and methods.
·         Deepen your understanding of current issues in terrorism and homeland security.
·         Work on projects of immediate interest to the practitioner and policy community.
·         Hone and develop a range of transferable skills attractive to future employers.
·         Opportunity to work with and meet other students and researchers with similar interests.
·         Enrichment activities offering wide opportunities for learning and personal growth, schedule includes simulations, career presentations and research talks.
·         Mentorship from START staff and researchers in a successful professional environment.
·         Internships can be undertaken for academic credit (depending on approval from your institution and department).

General requirements
Applicants for all internships must:
·         Have a good academic record.
·         Demonstrate an interest in the subject matter.
·         Be able to complete their internship work hours on site at START.
·         Agree to attend orientation and training.
·         Submit an application by the deadline, all application packets must include:
o   A complete application for the correct semester (available at ),
o   One page resume,
o   Cover letter,
o   Writing sample,
o   Unofficial transcripts from most recent institution.
Each project may have additional requirements, including minimum credit hours, preferred majors and compulsory meeting times.  For specific requirements and information visit:

How to apply
Application deadline Fall 2014:
Priority Date: midnight Sunday June 8th (Please note this will be the final deadline for some projects, as noted on our website. All international students must apply by the priority deadline in order to help ensure that appropriate paperwork is completed in time for start of the program.)
Final Deadline: midnight Sunday June 22nd

Applicants should visit for access to the application system and instructions.

For more information about the projects, requirements and for the application form visit:

USG Job Opportunity--USG Office of Safety, Security, and Transportation part-time postilion

Please email Dr. Stickle ( ASAP if you are interested in the USG Office of Safety, Security, and Transportation part-time postilion.  Here are details on the position:

This position will support the Office of Safety, Security & Transportation.  The part-time employee will:
  • ·         Coordinate the centralized USG Lost & Found, including intake, website updates, and disposal
  • ·         Pick up and distribute literature on USG, as necessary
  • ·         Review, process, and file Daily Log Reports from USG’s security contract
  • ·         Perform a weekly review and synopsis of USG Security security rounding reports
  • ·         Assist in the management and re-location of transportation signage and conduct transportation surveys
  • ·         Distribute and/or collect USG keys and/or parking permits, as necessary and assigned

Friday, May 23, 2014

One more week to get your scholarship application in!

In addition to federal and state grants awarded on the basis of financial need, various private scholarships are available for undergraduate students enrolled in programs at USG as provided by our Board, local businesses, foundations, community organizations and individual donors. APPLY TODAY!!! The priority deadline to submit this application if Friday, May 30, 2014.  For more information please visit or email

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

UMCP Commencement Tickets Available in Student Services

Hi Graduates!  I hope to see all of you at the CCJS graduation next Thursday, May 22 in the afternoon.  If you also want to attend the University-wide ceremony, it will be May 22 in the morning.  Please pick up your tickets in student services.  Here is more info:

Main Commencement tickets are here!  Students can pick up their tickets in OSS.  They are open Monday-Thursday from 9am-9pm and Friday from 9am-5pm.

This event is taking place on Thursday, May 22 at the Comcast Center on the College Park main campus.  There is a limit of 5 guests per student.  For general information about College Park's graduation please visit:

Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Public Management (MPM) Information Sessions

Posted: 12 May 2014 01:09 PM PDT
The School of Public Policy is hosting two information sessions for prospective masters students.
1. May 15th: 7-8pm, Van Munching Hall 1415 
2. May 16th: 12-1pm, Van Munching Hall 1107

RSVP link:

For more information, please email us at

When: Friday, May 16, 2014 
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Van Munching  : 1107

Summer Career Boot Camp at USG

Deadline for Scholarships is approaching!

In addition to federal and state grants awarded on the basis of financial need, various private scholarships are available for undergraduate students enrolled in programs at USG as provided by our Board, local businesses, foundations, community organizations and individual donors. APPLY TODAY!!! The priority deadline to submit this application if Friday, May 30, 2014.  For more information please visit or email

Friday, May 9, 2014

Seniors! Complete the graduation survey

File:Notepad-97841 640.pngHave you applied to graduate in May 2014?  If so, please share your plans by completing the University of Maryland Graduation Survey.  It will only take 5-minutes of your time.

Data gathered through the survey are critical to the University.  They are used for accreditation, rankings, state appropriations, and other assessments that help the University improve.  They are also important for future Maryland students.

All information you provide is confidential and in compliance with FERPA regulations.  Survey results will be reported only in aggregate form.  Your name and contact information will not be used in any public reports generated from this data.

1.       Access the survey through the link above or online at
2.       Use your Directory ID and Password to login to the survey.

Thanks in advance for your participation, and best wishes for continued success in your future endeavors!  Remember, it is never too late to visit the University Career Center & The President’s Promise.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Free Adobe Creative Cloud Apps!

You can now get Adobe Creative Cloud Apps at no cost via TERPware, the university's software download website.  The new apps are available as a one-year, renewable Adobe Creative Cloud membership.

Adobe Creative Cloud allows you to download and install the latest versions of Adobe's most popular software titles.  It offers more than 20 applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, and Muse. Your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription also includes access to Adobe's new cloud services.

Apply for a USG Scholarship!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Changes to Spring Degree Clearance Dates

I wanted to let you know that there has been a change to the date that degree clearances for Spring 2014 are due.  Here are the new dates:

·           6/11/2014:  Degrees appear on records

Submit your course evaluations!

Submit your course evaluations today!! Once you are done you will stop getting the annoying emails!

I, too am a Terp

Sounds like a fun project for USG!

Inspired by "I, too, am Harvard" and "The Race Card Project," BSOS student Min Namkoong just completed a project gathering the thoughts of her fellow Terps about their experiences regarding their race or ethnicity.  See and read your fellow students' personal expressions on this topic here:

START's Cyber Security Fellows Program Accepting Applications

Posted: 01 May 2014 08:31 AM PDT
START's Cyber Security Fellows Program (CySeF), is a comprehensive, one-year program designed for three undergraduate students at the University of Maryland. Students will enter the program at the beginning of their junior or senior years, and their program experiences are aimed to transition students from their undergraduate experiences to professional positions in the homeland security science and technology arena (HS-STEM), with particular emphasis on transition into positions related to cyber security.
Summary of Program Components

Students will participate in three program components:
§ A traditional classroom learning component, in which students will enroll in six credits of coursework on cybercrime and cyber security, and in three credits of coursework on terrorism;
§ An experiential learning component, in which students will participate in a part-time academic-year research assistantship and a full-time summer internship with a cyber-security research team at the University of Maryland; and
§ A customized program of career development activities designed to introduce students to career options in the field of homeland security and to help them develop and refine their professional skills.

Eligibility and Application Process

To be eligible to apply for the program, students must demonstrate the following:
§ Will be entering their junior or senior year in fall 2014, with intentions to be enrolled at Maryland full-time until graduation in spring 2015. (Preference will be given to seniors.)
§ Have and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, averaged over the student's full undergraduate career.
§ Be pursuing a major in a priority HS-STEM area.
§ Willingness and ability to complete all of the CySeF requirements presented above, including a commitment to one year of professional employment at a HS-STEM venue following graduation; and
§ U.S. citizenship.
Students who meet these eligibility criteria are invited to submit an online application to be considered for the CySeF program – applications must include the following (incomplete applications will not be considered):
§ One copy of the application form and essays – the application form will be available here when the application period is re-opened.
§ One copy of your unofficial transcript.
§ One copy of your resume, which should present your experiences relevant to homeland security.
§ A statement of financial aid received by the student for the past academic year (optional but recommended). (This financial aid information will not play a role in admission to the CySeF program which is need-blind. This is intended to help the education office better administer the scholarship from the beginning and to work with financial aid for the student.)
§ Submit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member from the University of Maryland.
All application materials must be submitted by 9AM Monday May 16, 2014.
For more information about the program and the application, please visit: 

Law and Society Minor Accepting Applications for Fall 2014

Posted: 01 May 2014 08:42 AM PDT

Interested in law? There is still time to apply to the Law and Society minor! The Law and Society minor will be reviewing applications for acceptance to the minor in the next couple weeks.  It's not too late.  Submit your application today. ***Note courses for this minor are on the main campus in College Park***

Visit for more information.

Monday, May 5, 2014

USG Interview Clinic, Tuesday May 6

Interviewing Walk-In Clinic for Seniors
Tuesday, May 6, 11am-1:00 pm, Career & Internship Services Center

Spend 15 minutes with a career coach to learn the fundamentals of a successful interview, including how to research an organization and how to prepare for virtually any interview question. Students will be seen on a first come, first served basis.