November 12, 2018 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements
for the Week of November 12, 2018


Senior Capstone Presentations. As many of our senior POSC majors are preparing to enroll in POSC 396 Senior Capstone Project, several of our senior POSC majors are completing their capstones and will be presenting their work in progress at the Department’s Senior Capstone Presentation event next Wednesday, November 14, in the Tinkham Veale University Center. Capstone students will present their work in a conference-type format, to their peers and the assembled Political Science faculty. All POSC majors and minors are invited to attend, and those students presenting their capstone work are welcome to invite their friends and family members to join us. We will begin with presentations in the Senior Classroom and the first floor Conference Room of the Tink, and will conclude with a buffet dinner. We look forward to seeing our students there.

Registration for Spring 2019 Courses.  Registration for next semester’s courses begins this Monday, November 12, for students positioned to graduate in 2019, and continues through the month. You can find your registration schedule here. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your plans and to review your progress toward completing the CWRU requirements for graduation. All POSC majors (and most POSC minors) have a faculty academic advisor in the Department of Political Science, and our faculty are excellent and attentive advisors. All POSC majors and minors are also welcome to meet with me, as Chair of Department, for any additional advising backup, if necessary; students can sign up for an appointment through the link on my webpage here.

The Department is offering courses this year that have not recently been available. These include two courses to be taught by Professor Matthew Hodgetts: POSC 351 Modern Political Thought and POSC 388 Policy, Politics, and the Global Environment (which satisfies a requirement for the Environmental Studies major and minor).  Professor Parris will offer POSC 367 Western European Political Systems. In addition, Professor White will teach POSC 385 Doing Government Work: Public Administration in the US, and Professor Buchler will offer POSC 349 Research Methods in Political Science (especially helpful for students undertaking capstone work). See here for the full listing of POSC courses available this spring.

Wellman Hill Public Service Internship Grants.  For political science majors, the Wellman Hill Public Service Internship competition is under way; see for eligibility standards and application requirements. The deadline for applications is February 8, 2019; applications should be submitted to Professor Karen Beckwith no later than 5:00pm on that date. Note that the Wellman Hill application process requires identification of likely internships for which the candidate intends to apply. Internship opportunities are listed on the Department’s webpage at, and most Newsletters publicize recent internship news. Note that the deadlines for many internships, and for the Wellman Hill competition, are fast approaching; some of these programs, such as the Wellman Hill, require letters of recommendation from faculty members. Please feel free to speak with any of our faculty concerning your internship interests and how to apply for internships.

Internships.  As the Newsletter and the Department’s webpage indicate, internship opportunities abound for interested students. Now is the time to start preparing for an internship for summer 2019. There are a variety of sources of information about internships on the Department’s webpage menu bar at

Election Night Watch Party.  Many thanks to Professor Joe White, and to Jessica Jurcak, for organizing the Department’s biennial Election Night Watch Party that, as usual, was well attended, with fairly exciting results in real time (although some races remain undecided or too close to call). Photos of the watch party can be found on the Department’s Facebook page. You can also see a brief video of my interview with Kabir Bhatia at WKSU as the polls closed in Ohio on Election Day. Finally, I’ll be giving a talk, “Evaluating Election Results Through a Gender Lens,” today, Friday, November 9, in the Flora Stone Mather Living Room of the Frank N. and Jocelyn K. Linsalata Alumni Center; the full details are listed in “Events,” below.


Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science

General Announcements

  • Check out the Political Science Department spring courses here!
  • Join the (new!) Immigration Justice Book Club! The first three undergraduates to RSVP for the Immigration Justice Book Club will receive a free copy of the book. The first meeting is on Tuesday, November 20, 7-8:30pm at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights. 
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  • Stay up to date with the department by following ourTwitter 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!



Evaluating Election Results Through a Gender Lens
November 9, 11am-12:30pm, Linsalata Alumni Center
How did women fair? Did gender impact candidate platform? How might we evaluate success by measure of gender? Join us for a discussion with Dr. Beckwith. RSVP before November 4.

Friday Lunch: Too Much Trust? Older Patients and Their Doctors
November 9, 12:30-1:30pm, Kelvin Smith Library Dampeer Room
Join Professor Eva Kahana for a discussion on her research and the implications of autonomous patients and shared decision-making with doctors.

Poor? Go Directly to Jail. Evaluation of Bail Reform Efforts
November 9, 12:30-1:30pm CWRU Law School, A57
CWRU Senior Instructor of Law Carmen Naso and ACLU Attorney Caitlin Hill discuss the topic of bail reform and discuss details and recommendations that could provide sweeping judicial reforms throughout the country. Cost is $10 to cover the cost of lunch. Register online.

For Freedoms Townhall: Freedom from Fear
November 10, 1-3pm Campus International High School, 3100 Chester Ave, Cleveland OH
From rampant mass school shootings across the nation to the insidious daily experience of guns and gun violence by teens living in Cleveland, this town hall will be led by teens with supporting panelists from here and beyond. Free and open to the public. RSVP online.

Jus Soli or Just Go Home?: The 14th Amendment & the Battle Over Birthright Citizenship
November 12, 5:30-6:30pm Great Lakes Brewing Company
Local historians and legal experts weigh in on: Who has a right to citizenship? Should individuals automatically have a right to citizenship in the country they are born in, regardless of where their parents are from? What does the Fourteenth Amendment actually say about birthright citizenship? And what, if any, are the implications for our democracy if we abandon jus soli? Nonmember tickets are $20. Live stream is available here.

International Education Week
November 12-16
This week celebrates international education and global exchange. Click here for the list of events.

The Election’s Over! What did the voters say?
November 13, 7-8:30pm, InfoCision Stadium, 5th floor Auditorium, University of Akron
A panel of experts will analyze the results of the 2018 midterm elections and what can be expected in the near future, regarding voting rights and other forthcoming issues. The event is free and open to the public.

H@w Law: Careers in Law
November 14, 6-7:30pm, Clark 206
At this panel, learn how the humanities @CWRU can prepare you for a career in law. Four guest speakers will talk about their own paths from the humanities to successful careers in corporate M&A, international law, marketing, and nonprofits. Registration is required.

Keys to a Great Gap Year
November 14, 6-7:30pm, TVUC Ballroom A
Representatives from a variety of organizations will be present. Dinner provided, RSVP online.

Friday Lunch: Questions and Answers About Recycling Plastics
November 16, 12:30-1:30p.m. KSL Dampeer Room 
With John Blackwell, Leaonard Case Jr. Professor Emeritus, Macromolecular Science and Engineering.

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities
The Baker-Nord Center and the Career Center have teamed up to offer scholarships to support undergraduate humanities majors working in unpaid internships.

C-Span Summer Internship
The C-SPAN Internship Program seeks to utilize the talents and education of students like yourself who are interested in communications and politics. During your internship you will become familiar with the workings of a cable television network and you’ll get a front row seat to the political process. Applications should be submitted at the earliest possible date.

Capital Semester International Affairs and Public Policy Internship
Spend a semester in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and world who are all passionate about public policy issues and making an impact on the world. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience. Applications for Spring 2019 close November 9. 

Princeton in Latin America
PiLA offers year-long fellowships throughout Latin America. Applications are due November 12. 

JET Program
The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations as translators. Applications are due November 17.

Latin American News Digest
The Digest is seeking qualified students for a limited number of internships for Spring 2019. Student writers and researchers contribute to weekly issues by aggregating and writing condensed versions of news articles found in Latin American sources. Contact for question. Applications are due November 26.

Critical Language Scholarship Program
This is an intensive language and cultural immersion program that allows students to pick one of 15 languages to study overseas. Applications are due November 27.
Teaching Assistant Program in France
Spend seven months teaching English to French students of all ages. The application deadline for the 2019-20 school year is January 15, 2019.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. Applications are due by January 18, 2019. 

Boren Scholarships
Scholarships for varying lengths of international study are available for students interested in national security. Applications are due February 7, 2019.

Victims of Communism
The VOC is seeking spring 2019 interns who possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and the dangers of collectivism. The internships are based in Washington, D.C. Click here for the available internships and how to apply.

InterReligious Task Force on Central America
Internships are available at this Cleveland-based interfaith group that promotes peace and human rights in Central America and Colombia. Apply online.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) offers Washington, DC-based, unpaid internships for students with an interest in politics and the political process, and especially for those interested in higher education and/or science or technology policy. Applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer internships are due one to two months prior to the internship start date. To apply, submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your availability, along with your resume to
UST Internship Opportunity
UST, an immigrant and refugee services organization, is currently seeking two interns. Interested students can apply here.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Internships
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Rumi Forum
Unpaid research and project internships are being offered this spring at this organization that promotes interfaith and intercultural dialogue. For further questions, Apply online.  

Voices for Ohio’s Children Internship
Voices presents several opportunities for students to build skills in nonprofit administration, legislative advocacy, event planning, community development, and more. To apply, please send your resume and a 1-2 page writing sample to:

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Contact Karin Wishner at (216) 781-4560 ext. 5010 or for internship opportunities.

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


Volunteer Opportunities

Ohio Office of the Public Defender
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender welcomes contact from current law students, recent graduates, and other interested parties who are seeking volunteer opportunities. We accept applications for unpaid positions on a continuous rolling basis, so interested parties may apply at any time.

Volunteer for MedWish International
MedWish repurposes discarded medical supplies to developing countries and relies on volunteers to sort supplies. Contact Caley Haehn with questions: or 216-692-1685.


Summer Opportunities

FU-BEST Internship
Students interested in doing an internship in Berlin can apply for an 8-week placement on a full-time basis (35-40 hours per week). Apply online by December 1.

Center on Democracy and Organizing Summer Institute
The CDO is seeking applications from advanced Ph.D. students and early career researchers and organizers for participation in a summer training institute focused on the study of democracy and organizing. Summer 2019 applications are due December 17.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
The Cleveland Fed is offering a variety of summer 2019 internships. Search intern job openings and apply online. Applications are due December 7.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program
This five-week program at Duke University is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance. Applications are due January 18, 2019.

Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program
The Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program provides talented and diverse undergraduate students and recent college graduates an opportunity to work with Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations in an 11-week paid internship. Interns also participate in and coordinate weekly seminars highlighting key organizations and programs being conducted in the local nonprofit and public sectors. Applications open Nov 12 and close Jan 21. 

Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program 
The eight-week Summer Research Program enables students from any university to develop expertise in one of two tracks: Public and Global Health Track and Aging and Neurological Diseases Track. Students may apply to one or both programs for which they qualify, but may only be accepted into one program. Applications are due February 1, 2019.

IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive
SSI is a fellowship program for rising college seniors. This paid seven-week summer fellowship program is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in pursuing graduate degrees and careers in the information security sector. Priority applications are due February 1, 2019.

National Academy of Social Insurance
Applications for this twelve-week, paid, summer internships are now open. Students interested in U.S. social insurance and related issues are encouraged to apply for one of the Academy’snationally-competitive internship programs. This listing was forwarded by Professor White, who is a member of the NASI and can tell interested students more about the organization. Applications are due on February 1, 2019.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
This six-week program offers students a greater understanding of careers in international affairs. Applications are due February 5, 2019.

Armed Conflict, Peace Processes and the challenges of Peacebuilding in Colombia
Applications are being accepted for this 3-week academic program which is open to undergraduate students with an interest in international relations and conflict resolution. Applicants seeking funding for the program must submit the completed scholarship application form, the accompanying academic reference, and the general program application form by December 12. Contact for more information.


Graduate Opportunities

PhD Studentship at Loughborough University London
Exceptional candidates who want to enrich the field of contemporary French, British and/or European studies, with an approach that is pluralistic, inclusive and interdisciplinary are invited to apply for this program. 
Career Opportunities

Campaign Legal Center
The CLC has an open position for General Counsel. ContactDebbie Tang or Tory Clarke for more details about this opportunity. 

City Club of Cleveland
The City Club of Cleveland has two open positions: part-time Office and Customer Experience Coordinator (applicants should send resume and cover letter to CFO Julie Kelly, and full-time Membership and Advancement Manager (applications should send their resume and cover letter to Director of Advancement Noelle Celeste,

A Little Extra…
  • Watch Professor Karen Beckwith’s Election Night interview with Kabir Bhatia on WKSU (starts at 1:44).

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