Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of February 12, 2018

Today is the deadline for applications for our internal Wellman Hill Public Service Internships.  These internships, funded by our double alumna Judge Magistrate Elizabeth Hill, are a signature program of the Department of Political Science.  Every year the Wellman Hill committee – composed of our alumni, our faculty, and friends – reviews applications, interviews applicants, and selects as many as five awardees, who spend their summer undertaking public service in a wide range of endeavors, with financial support from the Wellman Hill Program.  Last fall we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Program, and many of the Wellman Hill alumni returned to help us celebrate the occasion.
Beyond the Wellman Hill Program, many of our POSC majors go on to public service following graduation.  Our 2017 Careers Colloquium speaker, Chris Hook, has worked in the federal government, as a budget analyst in the US Departments of Justice and of Housing and Urban Development.  Our recent alumni are working in the Peace Corps, in the US Department of State, and in Japan and in Korea, teaching English – among the many other public service-oriented commitments our students make after graduating from CWRU.  Scores of our alumni (probably a conservative estimate) work in government and in law, and some run for and hold elective office.
The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is introducing a new program for CWRU women who are thinking about thinking about running for public office – starting with elective office here on campus.  Elect Her, is “a training program is for students who identify as women who are interested in running for a student government or a leadership position in which advocacy is a critical component.”  This program is perfectly situated for our POSC majors and minors.  I encourage all our students who are thinking about this to register for the program.  This is an excellent way of exploring interests and reflecting on future life possibilities.

“Elect Her” will be held Saturday, February 24, 11:00am-3:00pm, in the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, upper level, Tinkham Veale University Center.

“The program is for all undergraduate and graduate students interested in running for the Undergraduate Student Government, the Graduate Student Council, the Residence Hall Association, Panhellenic Council or students currently majoring in political science or public policy.  Registration is available through OrgSync. Participation is limited.”

Interested students might also consider NEW Leadership Ohio, a program offered in late May, at the Ohio State University; this program is open to any woman currently enrolled in any Ohio 2-year or 4-year college or university (or Ohio residents attending college or university outside our state).  The program gives preference to undergraduates.  [See the announcement, below.]
For those curious about why these programs target young women, see herehere, and here.  This is particularly important in regard to the under-representation of women in US politics (see here for the global comparison; the US is in the top 100, at 99, following Indonesia and slightly better than Kyrgyzstan).  For partisan differences, see here
I encourage all our students to consider involvement in elective politics, as one form of public service.  Our Department publicizes opportunities for public service in this Newsletter, and these are also archived here
With all best wishes,
Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science
“[A]sk not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

– John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961.



General Announcements

  • Wellman Hill Summer Internship Grants are due today. The application details can be found here. Applications require a letter of recommendation from a faculty member; please ask for such a letter with sufficient lead time for the instructor to complete the letter. Please don’t hesitate to contact Professor Elliot Posner if you have any questions.
  • The Career Search Guide is a book of “everything career” with content written by the CWRU Career Center staff, and it covers topics ranging from career exploration and decision making to gaining field-related experience to applying to graduate or professional school or getting a post-graduation job, plus the details in between.
  • The Ohio State University’s Journal of Politics & International Affairs is accepting submissions of papers by undergraduate students for their Spring 2018 issue. For more information, POSC majors and other undergraduates should see the submission guidelines. Submissions are due March 2nd and can be submitted here.
  • Submit your abstract for the Research ShowCASE by February 18. The event will provide an opportunity for CWRU researchers to display your research in a traditional scientific poster or other creative means.
  • Stay up to date with the department by following our Twitter feed! Check it for day to day opportunities and information!
  • Like us on Facebook! Our department will be regularly posting events, opportunities, and general information to our page!


Friday Lunch: From Guest-workers to Refugees: How a Non-immigrant Nation Became the World’s Most Welcoming Refugee State
February 9, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
Germany in its various forms has had immigrants, but never had a reputation for being especially welcoming. Political Science Professor Girma Parris will examine how Germany became the leading recipient of refugees from conflicts in the Middle East and beyond. 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session
February 9, 1:00-2:00p.m., Wickenden Building
Learn more about opportunities with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, campus processes and deadlines, and application support and guidance.
February 10, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m., Sears Library Building 356
TestMasters will be administering a free full-length mock LSAT under official test conditions. The event will be conducted by Matthew Michels, a TestMasters instructor with an LSAT score in the 99th percentile. After the exam, Matthew will go over some of the most difficult questions.

Social Justice Teach-In
February 10, 11:00a.m.-3:15p.m., TVUC
The Social Justice Teach-In is designed to inspire students and community members to be active and engaged citizens, to increase their understanding of social justice issues, and to enhance their leadership skills.

Get Experienced Career Fair
February 12, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m., Veale Center
Recruiters from almost 100 employers will be on site with internship, co-op, practicum, and job opportunities. Some of which might be international-related.

North Korea, Its Neighbors, and the United States
February 12, 4:45-6:15p.m., TVUC Senior Classroom
What are the obstacles to and prospects of a diplomatic resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis? A diplomatic solution must involve some understanding between the United States and China. Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Joonbum Bae will assess the possible elements of such an understanding between the U.S. and China, and the obstacles to creating such an agreement.

Forced Labor and Maritime Art: Finding Slaves in 17thCentury France
February 13, 11:30-12:45p.m., Crawford Hall A13
History Professor Gillian Weiss will discuss her research on how French slavery has influenced current issues about Islam and immigration.

“One America: The Micro Cultural Changes to Bring the ‘United’ Back into USA”
February 13, 4:30p.m., TVUC Ballroom A
Former Walgreens Executive and Diversity Leader Steve Pemberton will speak as part of the Power of Diversity Lecture Series.

Friday Lunch: Environmental Policy in the Pruitt EPA
February 16, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has the most influence on environmental policy, for as long as he serves.  While Pruitt has claimed EPA does “very important work” on water and air pollution issues that cross state lines, he has long accused the agency of overreach, violating the rule of law and principles of federalism. What is the record of the Pruitt EPA?  Is it as anti-environment as environmentalists claim? Can he accomplish what they fear? Catherine LaCroix has taught environmental law at CWRU for two decades, and joins us to discuss what is being done and what might be done.

Women of Color Series: Intersectional Advocacy
February 21, 12:00-1:30p.m., Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, TVUC Suite 248
Participants will work to understand the connection of the two concepts of “intersectional” and “advocacy,” an discuss the implications of misapplied analysis and institutionalization. Lunch will be provided.

NPR Politics Podcast: Live from Cleveland
February 23, 12:00-1:00p.m., Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square
The NPR Politics Podcast: Live from Cleveland, is coming up and Cleveland college students have access to a special discount code when purchasing tickets. Please note there are a limited number of student tickets available.

Elect Her
February 24, 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m., TVUC Flora Stone Mather Center
This training program is for students who identify as women who are interested in running for a student government or a leadership position in which advocacy is a critical component.

The Women’s Fund Statehouse Day
March 1, Ohio Statehouse, Columbus
Join women and men from across the state for The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio’s Statehouse Day. You will spend the morning with hearing from policy makers and community leaders on how women’s economic empowerment benefits society. During lunch, you will hear from Lilly Ledbetter and hear her courageous story on how she became a champion in the equal pay movement. Equipped and ready; you will spend the afternoon meeting with elected officials as change-makers influencing policy. More information and registration details can be found by visiting here.

Career Opportunities

Ohio Department of Transportation
Have you always wanted to work for a long-term, reliable, professional, highly-productive organization? ODOT is hiring! New positions were recently added to their Statewide job board.

Matriots Executive Director
The Matriots PAC is seeking a savvy professional who can translate the founders’ vision into a sustainable, vibrant organization

Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics Program Coordinator
The Program Coordinator will assist the associate director and senior program coordinator with all aspects of CAWP’s education and training programs, specifically Ready to Run® and NEW Leadership, as well as with the national networks developed to extend the reach of these programs. 

Graduate Opportunities

Graduate Study in Sweden
As doctoral candidate in Political Science at Södertörn University, you will join a multidisciplinary research area called Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society (PESO), encompassing the disciplines of Political Science, Sociology and Business Administration. Research within PESO is concerned with a range of actors and organizations (states, bureaucracies, international organizations, companies, voluntary organizations), how they relate to each other, and what effects they have on political systems, societies, and people’s lives. The application deadline is February 15.

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

U.S. Department of State Internships
Gain valuable experience working in U.S. embassies and consulates either in the U.S. or abroad. Applications are due March 2.

Rumi Forum
The Rumi Forum is offering research and project internship opportunities. The research intern will assist with preparation of our publications that include topics such as peace, conflict resolution, community cohesion, multiculturalism, pluralism, social justice and interfaith issues. The responsibility of these interns will be centered around general projects of the Rumi Forum, most of which include event planning and organization of our various conferences, seminars, international trips, evening events, community events, and social responsibility projects.

Previously posted opportunities can be found on the department webpage. Please make sure to check regularly as to not miss approaching deadlines! 

Scholarship Opportunities

Public Service Scholarship
This scholarship supports female undergraduate students who are applying to or have secured an unpaid internship in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Internships in Maryland and Virginia are fine, as long as they are generally near Washington, D.C. Applications are accepted Feburary 1-April 11.

Summer Opportunities

NEW Leadership Ohio
May 21-25, The Ohio State University
NEW Leadership Ohio brings together a group of like-minded women participants and community leaders to educate and empower and make an impact in our community.
An intensive, non-partisan, five-day residential program, NEW Leadership educates Ohio college women about politics and policy-making to actively engage them in the political process. Participants will learn the history of women’s involvement in public life, gain leadership skills in public speaking, advocacy and diversity and form a network of their peers as well as current women leaders.

The Left Forum Conference and Scholarships
Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to attend this year’s Left Forum. The Left Forum is the largest gathering of leftist scholars in North America, with a history that extends back to the 1960s.  This year’s conference theme is “Toward a Winning Strategy for the Left.” (Click here for full conference details.)  Volunteer and internship opportunities are also available. Scholarships to attend will be up to $1000. All applications should be submitted to socialjustice@case.edu as a PDF before Thursday, March 1, 2018.

ICPSR Summer School
These institutes are held at universities across the country, and improve participants’ ability to advance science and serve society. Participants emerge from EITM summer institutes better able to leverage interactions between theoretical models that clarify relevant logical relationships and empirical endeavors that clarify critical implications of observation and data. A number of scholarshipsare available for this program.

A Little Extra…

  • The Cleveland Orchestra is performing a Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert. Watch it here!
  • Get a sneak peek of the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, which will broadcast tonight!

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