Opportunities and Events for the Week of February 26, 2018


Internships and the Usual Caveat.  This is the season for preparing for summer internships and other opportunities.  Students considering internships for this summer can find internship listings on our webpage, as well as in the Newsletter Archives; career opportunities can be found here.
Information about internships and volunteer opportunities (as well as employment opportunities) is available on the Department homepage link.  Please note the Department’s caveat about internships and other opportunities:  we publicize these but we do not endorse any specific internship.  As we state in regard to all internship opportunities:  
Please note that the Department of Political Science alerts our students to a range of opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and jobs.  We do not endorse or sponsor these, and leave it to the judgment of our students what is most useful and appropriate to them.
Students with questions about specific internships or other opportunities should discuss these with their academic advisor or with the department chair.
Addendum.  The US celebrated President’s Day on Monday.  For those interested in presidential rankings, the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association published its most recent ranking of US presidents here; see also Alvin B, Tillery and Hanes Walton, “Presidential greatness in the black press: ranking the modern presidents on civil rights policy and race relations, 1900–2016,” in Politics, Groups, and Identities, 2017; see also presidential rankings by historians.
With all best wishes,
Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science
“We certainly do not understand why it should be harder to make plans with friends on weekends than to buy an automatic or semi-automatic weapon” in the State of Florida.

– Emma Gonzalez,
Senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,
Parkland, Florida


General Announcements

  • Students are invited to apply for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Award. The award in her honor was established to recognize an underrepresented undergraduate student for significant contributions to campus life, scholarship and community service. Applications are due March 4.
  • 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.
  • 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: The Supreme Court and Partisan Redistricting
February 23, 12:30-1:30p.m., Clark Hall 206
Jonathan Entin, J.D., CWRU Law professor, will discuss the arguments, prospects, and potential consequences of the pending Supreme Court case on gerrymandering, Gill v. Whitford.

“Resource Scarcity: Consequences and Interventions”
February 23, 12:45-2:00p.m., Mandel Community Studies Center 115
University of British Columbia Professor Jiaying Zhao will present a theoretical framework that demonstrates that poverty consumes cognitive resources, forces attentional tradeoffs, and impairs cognitive function.

Humanities@Work: Non-Profits
February 26, 6:00p.m., Clark Hall 206
Panelists working in the non-profit sector will discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers and answer questions from the audience.

Ohio 2018: Meet The Candidates
February 27, 12:00-1:30p.m., The City Club
As Ohio prepares to elect new statewide office holders, the City Club will host conversations with candidates. Join the City Club for a conversation with gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich. Nonmember tickets are $35.

Legal Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis
February 27, 4:30-5:30p.m., Moot Courtroom
Abbe R. Gluck, Professor of law from the Yale Law School, will discuss the current litigation addressing the opioid crisis, the legislative response, and the interaction of law and medicine.

State Senators Matt Dolan and John Eklund Lecture
March 1, 4:00-5:15p.m., Mandel Center Room 106
Join Professor Michael Wager’s class to hear State Senators Matt Dolan and John Eklund address urban policy from the state legislator’s perspective, with emphasis on the challenges to municipal governance within the system of U.S. federalism.

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.

Friday Lunch: The Past and Future of Net Neutrality
March 2, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
CWRU Law Professor Aaron Perzanowski, J.D., will discuss the FCC’s recent repeal of its 2015 “Net Neutrality” regulations on internet service providers.

Humanities Career Meet-Up
March 2, 12:45-2:00p.m., Clark Hall 206
March 7, 12:00-1:15p.m., Clark Hall 206
Join Lisa Grisez-Shullick, Assistant Director for Student Experience, from the CWRU Career Center for a Career Meet-up specifically for Humanities undergraduate students. In these sessions, Humanities students will receive resume development support, navigation tips for the Handshake career management system, and other helpful guidance for the career planning process.
Contentious Politics and the Global Implications of Revolt and Revolution
March 6, 7:30-9:00p.m., Happy Dog (West Side Location)
Discussion with CWRU professors, Pete Moore, Ph.D. and Karen Beckwith Ph.D., on what constitutes and drives revolutions, their success and failure, and the global implications of revolutions in today’s society.

Think Forum: Jill Lepore
March 7, 6:00p.m., Maltz Performing Arts Center
Jill Lepore, historian and writer for The New Yorker, kicks off the spring Think Forum series with her talk “American History from Beginning to End.” Lepore will explore the question: “Can a divided nation have a shared past?” She also will discuss the challenges of writing the history of the United States in a time of division.

A Celebration of Women’s Leadership
March 8, 8:00a.m.-1:30p.m., TVUC Ballroom
The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women hosts celebration of female leadership, including two panels of women leaders who will discuss taking risks, navigating transitions and their experiences with challenging new leadership roles. RSVP by February 28.

Career Opportunities

Medical Scribe
ScribeAmerica hires and trains anyone interested in a career in medicine. We provide paid classroom and clinical training in the emergency department to prepare applicants to be Emergency Physician Scribes. The role of an ER Scribe offers exciting first-hand experience in the emergency department and full one-
on-one shifts working with board certified emergency physicians.

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.

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Internship
May 29-August 3
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the Nation’s Capital. The program features an energizing and demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounter designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington. Applications are due February 23.

Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship
The Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship was established to assist women graduates of the College of Arts an Sciences and women students in the School of Graduate studies in extending their education by foreign study, foreign travel, or both, at any time during the 12 months following their graduation. Applications are due March 1.

College of Arts and Sciences Experiential Learning Fellowships
The Experiential Learning Fellowships were established to encourage and support individual undergraduate student projects in the humanities, arts and social sciences for the purpose of providing opportunities for experiential learning to students seeking a major or minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Traub Fun, specifically, was established to support declared majors who are pursuing degrees offered by the College of Arts and Sciences related to the history, politics, public policy, or economics of the Northern Ohio region. 

Ken Harbaugh for Congress
Working on a U.S. Congressional campaign offers an exciting and immersive experience, especially in a swing district. Interns gain practical work experience by handling a variety of field, communications, and tech-related responsibilities. Ideal candidates should demonstrate enthusiasm, flexibility, and commitment to fighting for all Ohioans. To apply, send your resume to Tom Smith, Team Harbaugh’s Operations Specialist, at tom@kenharbaughforcongress.com.

The Fund for American Studies
The Fund for American Studies runs several internship programs in Washington D.C. and abroad throughout the year. During D.C. programs, students live on campus at George Washington University and take between 3-12 credit hours of courses and intern 30-35 hours per week at government agencies, Congressional offices, policy groups, think tanks, media outlets, or nonprofit organizations.  Applications are due March 13.

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.

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

Scholarship Opportunities

Ohio Conference of Community Development Foundation Public Service Scholarship
Through the generosity of the OCCD membership and friends our organization has been able to offer scholarships of up to $2000 to students and young professionals pursuing advanced degrees in the profession of community and economic development.  This scholarship fund was established to honor two men who dedicated their careers to Public Service. Applications are due April 13.

Peter Witt Scholarship
This scholarship was established to give financial aid to deserving students of the College of Arts an Sciences with interests in social work, city planning, or community involvement. Scholarship amount varies, but may be as much as $5,000. Applications are due March 1.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ohio Congressional Candidate Grant Goodrich
Grant Goodrich, CWRU Director of The Great Lakes Energy Institute, is running for Congress in Ohio’s 16th District. Marine Corps veteran, farm-owner, and energy leader, Grant is running on a platform of better governance and more responsible politics, and he is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support his efforts. Please visit his website: https://www.goodrichforcongress.com. There you can volunteer using the “Take Action” button.

A Little Extra…

  • Students are eligible to take the CliftonStrengths assessment or free through Feb. 28 with the completing of a Strengths 101 workshop. Register here.

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