Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dreamer Status students FYI

Dear student,

I just wanted to be sure that you were aware that UMCP offers in-state to qualified Dreamer students provided they meet some specific guidelines.  Below is a copy of the required form which you can review and complete if you believe you meet the requirements and can provide the University with the required documents.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this!

Fall Internship with Private Research Agency

Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG), located in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, is an agency that works extensively with Federal, State, and local agencies, especially in health, justice, and other human services. We have special expertise and experience in assisting programs that address the health and behavioral needs of high-risk populations.

Listed below is an undergraduate internship opportunity...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Want to Wake up to Career Center Event Updates and Helpful Job Search Resources?

Start the week right by signing up for the University Career Center e-Newsletter. This week's edition not only includes the hours and location of the Fall Career & Internship Fair, it includes a video interview with a recruiter on how to prepare for the fair, a Pinterest display of appropriate attire for the fair, and a full schedule of events.

Public Policy Internship

Fall Public Policy Internship
National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

Position Type:
Internship (Fall or Spring Part-Time)
Desired Major(s):
Behavioral and Social Sciences/Criminology and Criminal Justice, Behavioral and Social Sciences/Government and Politics, Public Health/Health Administration (MHA), Public Health/Public Health Practice and Policy, Public Policy/Public Policy (GRAD)
Washington, District of Columbia (United States)
The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD), a nonprofit educational, scientific, and informational organization, is now accepting applications for a paid internship position within the Department of Public Policy.

Interns work directly with the Executive Director and Public Policy Associate on legislative and regulatory matters related to substance abuse.

This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience working with Congress, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues pertaining to addiction.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

• Attending meetings with government agencies, on Capitol Hill, and elsewhere.
• Writing brief public policy call summaries.
• Drafting a weekly email update for NASADAD members.
• Researching issues related to addiction and drafting updates for the membership.
• Reviewing press stories and trade publications for relevant articles.
• Updating the association website and working on electronic outreach efforts.
• Administrative tasks as assigned.

NASADAD internships are 30 hours a week and compensated at $10 per hour. Candidates should be available to start in mid- to late September.

NASADAD is conveniently located in downtown Washington, D.C. - only a block away from the Farragut West Metro (Orange and Blue Lines) and Farragut North Metro (Red Line).

Applications that are received by August 22nd, will receive priority, but interviews will be conducted until the position is filled.
Job Function:
Desired Class Level(s):
Junior, Senior
Sept-Dec with the potential to continue
Approximate Hours Per Week:
Salary Level:
$10 per hour

Summer 2015 Security Internship

2015 Internship- Security
Bell Helicopter (Textron)

Position Type:
Summer Internship
Desired Major(s):
Behavioral and Social Sciences/Criminology and Criminal Justice, Business/Management (BS), Business/Business Administration (MBA), Engineering/Computer Engineering
Fort Worth, Texas (United States)
Position Summary:
The selected candidate will be an integral team member in the analysis and review of efficiencies within the Security organization, particularly in new or transitioning processes. This is a summer assignment beginning June 3, 2014 through mid-August. You will be use your skills to gather cutting-edge expertise in securing implementations of the latest software technology platforms and automating their effectiveness.

Position Responsibilities:
- Partner with the security team in team meetings, teleconferences and internal meetings to provide and share obtained metrics, best practices and concerns.
- Develop and maintain metrics and statistics.
- Utilize internal databases to record and access security information.
- Assist with the implementation and use of an investigative data base within Bell Helicopter.
- Assisting with the administration of Company programs for handling and safeguarding classified and proprietary information.
- Assist with self-audits and preparing written guidance detailing specific activities to comply with requirements.
- Assists with and conducts security education/awareness courses and materials under supervision.
- Assists with maintaining the information management system for control of classified materials.
- Assists with maintains databases for records of employee clearances and incoming and outgoing classified.

This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)., Non-U.S. persons selected must meet eligibility requirements for access to export-restricted information. , The ITAR/EAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
Job Function:
Desired Class Level(s):
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Masters Candidate
10-12 weeks
Approximate Hours Per Week:
Salary Level:

Education Requirements:
- Must be a full-time student pursuing a Bachelors or Master's degree from an accredited university in Security, Law Enforcement, Computer Science, Business Administration, Accounting, Political Science, Criminal Justice and/or Judicial System.
- Minimum GPA of 2.75

Position Requirements:
- Excellent organization skills
- Strong verbal and written communications skills
- Ability to adapt and work in a fast-paced environment
- Detailed-oriented
- Computer proficient (Microsoft Office)
- Passion for security and eager to learn
- Eligible to obtain US security clearance

UMD Career Center Fall 2014 Events

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Internships with the Anwar Sadat Chair!

The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development is seeking two part-time interns for fall 2014.  Interns will conduct research, maintain databases, update records, assist with special projects, and perform occasional administrative tasks as assigned. 

The ideal candidate should have completed coursework in statistics and research methods, possess Microsoft Office skills, and have worked with SPSS (be able to read Crosstabs).   Experience retrieving data from databases is helpful.  Applicants should send their cover letter and resume  (along with the names and contact information for two references) to sadat@umd.edufor consideration.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Check out 100+ Opportunities for Undergraduate Research!

Are you interested in exploring research opportunities for fall 2014 at UMD?

Learn more about the Maryland Student Researchers program, and review over 100 available opportunities by visiting:

The Maryland Student Researchers (MSR) program serves as a university-wide online bulletin board where UMD researchers post research opportunities for undergraduate students. It is a great way for undergraduates to learn about the rewards and challenges of academic research. More projects are added daily so check back regularly over the next several weeks.

The MSR bulletin board is designed to help undergraduates of all majors find research opportunities that are a good fit for their interests and qualifications, and to help faculty members find students to assist with their research project(s).  The research opportunities posted on the MSR website typically call for students to spend around six hours a week working under the direction of a faculty mentor on that faculty member’s own research.  Participating students learn skills and gain valuable experience that will enhance their graduate school and job qualifications. Most positions are for volunteers, some are paid.

ELIGIBILITY: Any student in good academic standing may apply directly for any listed opportunities for which they meet the listed required skills.  Selection of undergraduate researchers is made solely by the faculty members who provide the listed opportunities.

Terp Guide-Career Advice for current and past Terps!

The University Career Center just launched the 2014-2015 Terp Guide.  It is overflowing with great advice for students during every year of their college career as well guidance for recent graduates and graduate students.  Click above for great advice on:

  • What steps you should take during each year of your college career to maximize your chances of graduating with a great job offer (Four-Year Career Plan, p. 6)
  • Excellent internship search websites/scholarships for unpaid internships (All About Internships, p. 9)
  • An outline of the qualities employers want in the college graduates they hire (p.10)
  • Examples of, and guidance in, the best resume writing practices (pp. 12 - 21)
  • Writing cover and thank-you snail mail letters (pp. 22 - 23)
  • Drafting professional email (p. 25)
  • Networking online and in person (pp. 26 -  27)
  • Professional Etiquette (pp. 38 - 39)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ATF Hiring Information Session- Special Agent Positions

All students within nine months of graduation and alumni have been invited to the event below. Please contact Crystal Sehlke,, UMD University Career Center, to receive instructions on how to RSVP and location details immediately.

If you are a US Citizen, between the ages of 21-37*,  able to pass a drug screening, polygraph test, physical task test, as well as medical and written examinations, please let us know whether you are interested in a career as a Special Agent with ATF.  If so, we must meet you in person for an information session. Three sessions have been scheduled for the times, dates, and locations below.  Please choose one that best fits your schedule.

Dates and Times
Wed Aug 20- 10:00-11:00 & 1:30-2:30
Thurs Aug 21- 10:00-11:00


Washington, DC 20530

Monday, August 18, 2014

IMPORTANT - textbook change for CCJS444 class!

Please see updated textbook list for the Fall 2014!

Email Etiquette

Hi all.  I got this off of the UMD Psych website but should be helpful!

What You Write Matters: Advice on Email Etiquette for Everyone

Emails are letters without envelopes
Every professor, instructor, teaching assistant and administrator will tell you that they receive a lot of emails from students... and every one of them will agree that many of those emails do more to hurt the author than to help him or her. In an age where communication is generally informal and abbreviated (u no, like in a txt 2 a frend), the importance of being able to write clear, professional letters (whether in print or by email) has been lost.  The biggest problem with this, beyond what in the short term might come across accidentally as sloppiness and disrespect, is that in the long term these habits will cost you interviews, jobs and professional opportunities.

College is the perfect time to develop your professional skills and practice them as a matter of habit so that you never make the mistake of sending the wrong impression to the person at the other end.

If you get the link to this article as part of a reply, don't take it personally... take it as friendly advice that will serve you very well in your future.  It may seem trivial, or ego-oriented, but professionalism counts in the real world and you're already in it.  How you address and write an email establishes from the very beignning that you take yourself seriously enough to be professional in your communication... and that's the best way to get someone else to take you seriously.  Create the impression that you don't consider yourself a professional adult and that's exactly what others will think too.

BEFORE YOU WRITE: Know your audience and what they expect.  If it's your friend, it's fine to be informal.  But if you are writing someone in a professional role then you can expect he or she expects you to be equally professional.  If you are writing to ask a question, ask yourself one first... is the answer to this in the syllabus, or in any other resources that I have?  If the answer is yes, or even maybe, look there first before you write the email.  It's always acceptable to ask a clarification question, just make sure you've put in the time to do the background research first and know as much as you can from what you have available.  Asking "When is worksheet 2 due?" when that is posted in the syllabus communicates that you didn't take the time to look for yourself.

FROMBelieve it or not, your professor does not know who JazzyHands046 is, and probably isn't too thrilled about getting an email from HotBunny86.  The first, most important thing you can do for yourself is make sure that you have an email address that represents you as a young professional.  You can always keep a separate one for your friends, but the account that you send emails to instructors, teaching assistants, administrators and employers should be based on your name.  Be sure that whatever email client you use has your full name in the settings so that the recipient sees that in the FROM line, and not just the email address alone.

TO: Be sure you have the correct email address.  That may seem obvious, but there's no better way to not get a reply to your email than to have a typo in your TO field.  It happens more than you think.

SUBJECT: Always put a clear subject line that indicates what the purpose of the email is.  If it is in reference to a course, put the course number first and then the heading.  Keep it short and to the point, and avoid things like "EXTREMELY URGENT" unless it really is a matter of life or death.

In the body of your email there are some essential elements that every piece of professional correspondence contains:

Make your greeting professional 
GREETING: Take a minute to do your homework on this oneand make sure that you are appropriately addressing the person that you're writing to.  Unless you've specifically been directed to use a first name, ALWAYS error on the side of being more formal and addressing the person with a title and last name.
  • If you know that the recipient has a doctorate (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) then you should address them as "Dr. Smith."
  • If you're writing a course instructor and you're not sure, you can always go with the more generic "Professor Smith."
  • If you are writing anyone else, and you are certain that they have not earned a doctorate, you should address him as Mr. Smith and her as Ms. Smith.
BODY: Here are a few general guidelines to follow:
  • Open with something pleasant, at least in the first email that you send.  You don't have to lay it on thick, but a friendly greeting establishes pleasant tone and that's how you would greet someone in person.  If you're replying to a reply you can skip past the pleasantries and get to the point.
  • Write like a professional adult.  That means using appropriate language, complete words, grammatically correct sentences.  Proof read and spell check carefully... sloppy mistakes do not represent you well.  If this is a particularly important email, have at least two other people read it carefully over for you before you click send.
  • Be clear, concise and organized.  One massive, jumbled paragraph makes it very difficult to read and reply to you.  If you're writing about something in detail, make sure that your email is broken up into sensible paragraphs and that you keep it as short as possible while still communicating all of the important information.  If you're asking a clarification question, make your question specific and clear... don't just write "I don't understand question number 2," explain what you understand and what you're unclear on.
  • If you are upset, save the draft and send it later.  Remember that emails are FOREVER and you can't take them back.  Sometimes what felt good to send at the moment doesn't feel like the best idea later on.  Rather than shooting off an angry email, make sure that you are engaging in a polite and professional conversation.  As the old saying goes, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
CLOSING: It is always a nice way to end your email by thanking the other person for their time and attention... a simple recognition that by writing you are asking for a bit of someone's time, and that you appreciate their time is limited, communicates the respect you would hope to be treated with.  Sign your email with a polite closing (e.g., Best, Sincerely, Thank You,) and yourfull name (you can always sign your first name and then use a signature line that has your full name, title and contact information).  Again, the recipient might not see or recognize your name in your email address, so sign your full name.  If you are emailing an instructor, academic advisor or administrator it also may be very helpful to include your Student ID number so that they can pull up your records easily (a lot of students have the same or similar names).

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTESSome people have inspirational or funny quotes as a signature line on the bottom of all their emails.  Our advice... don't.  As good as your intentions may be, that saying, joke, bible verse or movie quote isn't something you would put at the bottom of a formal cover letter to an employer, so don't put it at the end of your professional emails.

In short, make sure that every email you send presents you as the professional young adult you would like to be treated as.  Taking the time to do it right may very well make the difference between getting the reply/offer/assistance/exception you are hoping for and, well, getting something else instead. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Intern this Fall for a California Congressman!

Senior Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30) seeks highly motivated, full and part-time interns for Fall 2014.  Interns are responsible for both administrative and legislative duties.   Legislative support includes preparing materials for hearings, attending hearings and briefings, reaching out to agencies and congressional offices, and researching legislation for the member and legislative staff.  Administrative tasks include answering phones, greeting visitors, leading tours and sorting mail.

Candidates should be professional, possess strong oral and written communication skills, have the ability to multitask, and have a good sense of humor.  Ties to California’s 30th Congressional District are a plus but not required.  Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume to Erica Riordan with “CA-30 Internship” as the subject.  Please do not hesitate to contact Erica (UMD Class of 2014) with any questions by sending an email or calling (202) 225-5911.

Friday, August 8, 2014

USG-UMD Shuttle Schedule

I wanted to let you know the new shuttle schedule for the UMD/USG shuttle run.  This shuttle will run Monday-Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters. It will not run during final exams, holidays, over winter break or summer break.  Please see the link below for the schedule.

Spring 2015 Internship: Department of Justice

The United States Department of JusticeThe Natural Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, is seeking a talented, dedicated undergraduate student to assist trial attorneys in our motions-based and trial practices during Spring 2015 for approximately 10 hours per week.  

Intern duties may include reviewing administrative records compiled by agencies in defense of actions brought under NEPA to locate information supporting legal arguments, reviewing depositions, performing basic legal research, and drafting internal memoranda. 

Interns may also have the opportunity to observe court proceedings. The work will require an organized, motivated individual with strong analytical skills and an attention to detail. Demonstrated interest in the law, including natural resource and land use issues is a plus.

Interns will not receive compensation, but can receive course credit.  The internship is located in downtown Washington, DC, near the Chinatown/Gallery Place and Navy Memorial/Archives metro stops. Applications Accepted Until Friday, September 26, 2014.

U.S. Citizenship and security clearance are required. Applicants must be in at least their junior year of college as of the Spring 2015 Semester and be in good standing

Additional Information/To Apply:
Please visit Careers4Terps:  

Montgomery County Police Department Hiring!

The Montgomery County Department of Police is a full service law enforcement agency where the innovative philosophy of community policing is being put into successful practice. Police officers provide quality services while working hand in hand with citizens and government to maintain a safe and law abiding community.

§ The Following Minimum Qualifications Must Be Met By All Police Officer Applicants
§ Possession of an Associate's Degree or its equivalent (60 college credits or 90 college quarter hours) at time of application. We do not substitute prior law enforcement or military experience for the credit requirement
§ Not less than 21 years of age at the time of graduation from the Academy
§ United States citizenship
§ Possession of a valid driver's license
§ Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation conducted by the Department of Police
§ Successful candidates must pass a written examination, structured interview, polygraph examination, background investigation, psychological and medical evaluations
§ Applicants maybe expected to come to our location six (6) times in order to complete the application process
For More Information/To Apply:

Please visit Careers4Terps:

Hagerstown City Police Department Hiring!

Hagerstown City Police Department will hold testing for the entry level police officers position on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:00AM.  Testing will be held at Hagerstown Community College at the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, located at 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland.  On this date applicants can complete the Physical Qualification Test (PQT) and the written test.  For more information and to register online, please visit:  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Course Option for this fall!

Please register if you wish for the following course (I don't believe you need any stamps):

Course Number: MIEH321
Section Number: SG91
Time: Wednesdays 3-5:50

Syphilis to SARS will examine the influences of environmental factors economic development, migration, and land use changes on emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases. Population growth, development, climate change are impacting natural reservoirs of infectious diseases and how they transmit through human populations. The course will look at both historical accounts and newly emerging and reemerging diseases including influenza as examples of our role in altering the diseases that threaten us. We will also critically evaluate how the issues are portrayed in news and entertainment media and controversy about the ethics of research on deadly viruses.

With the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the immigration of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children,  and the recent discovery of forgotten smallpox samples in a laboratory freezer in Bethesda, this is an extremely relevant course.  Rich with material lifted right from the headlines, this is will be a timely and thought-provoking course.

It is being taught on Wednesdays from 3 – 5:50 p.m. 

Domestic Violence-Related Job Opportunity!

Please see below.  Court Watch is a well-respected non-profit that helps to improve the court process for domestic violence cases.  This would be a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested.  Please let me know if you apply.


Do you know of any students that might be interested in hourly work starting immediately? I can pay $12hr. I need about 3-7 hrs. a week, and someone willing to stay with it for at least 3 months. 

Most of it is administrative but some is internet and phone/email research on what type of domestic violence coordinating committees other counties have and if their mtgs. are open to the public. Most can be done from anywhere once the person is trained, so occasional mtgs. in Rockville or Silver Spring at a coffee shop.  Some is boxing and labeling files at my home in Silver Spring but that shouldn't take many hours. It might mean a trip or 2 to Staples to get things copied for a strategy session on Sept. 4th. They can email me or call my cell.
Thanks a lot,

Laurie Duker
Executive Director
Court Watch Montgomery
c  (240) 606-6620

Pick-up GIS Skills Before the New Academic Year Begins!

University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend GIS (Geographic Information Systems) workshops provided by the University of Maryland Libraries.
Each session is limited to 25 participants and takes place in one 2 1/2 hour session. Pick the workshop and time and date that you would like to attend, either
Tuesday, August 12 or Friday, August 15.  Both workshops are 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in McKeldin Library, Room 6107.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Study Abroad Scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers 1,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 for study abroad for students with financial need who receive Pell Grants. In the past three years more than 90 Maryland students have won Gilman Scholarships!

To learn more and to receive advice about preparing a Gilman Scholarship application, please follow this link ­ ­ or write to us at

The application Deadline is 
October 7, 2014.

Fall Internship -- Capitol Hill Lobbying Firm

Legislative Consultant Internship – Washington, D.C.

Meyers & Associates, LLC, located in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill, is looking for a fall intern interested in learning the legislative consulting field. The intern who fills this position will have the opportunity to learn about Congress, how a bill becomes law, how to communicate with a member of Congress and congressional staff. Also, the intern will gain a better understanding about the roles of congressional staff, tips for e-mailing congress, legislative language, how to write a letter to a member of Congress, the roles of House and Senate Committees, the executive branch, and the roles of federal agencies.  

-Daily monitoring of Hill activity such as congressional hearings, markups, etc.
-Taking notes, preparing memos and attending congressional hearings and markups
-Assisting M&A with daily activities 
Students applying for this internship must have strong communication skills while being able to work independently. Students who have at least 90 semester hours or more majoring in communications or political science are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants should also have strong writing and research skills.

Contact Information:

Please e-mail Resume and Cover Letter to President Larry Meyers 

MCPD is hiring!

The Montgomery County Police Department is currently hiring for
police officers

For more information please visit: