December 3, 2018 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements
for the Week of December 3, 2018


As the semester comes to its close, with the last classes on December 7, other opportunities are opening. Even as students have their heads down, working on final papers, making final class presentations, and studying for final exams, I encourage them to lift their heads for a few minutes and look toward next semester and beyond.

First, by now, all students should have met with their POSC academic advisor, to select their Spring 2019 courses and to review their progress, in terms of academic requirements, toward graduation. In terms of courses, there is still room in most POSC courses for students to add them to their spring course list. Most of the POSC upper-division courses are offered every other year or, in some cases, every third semester; some courses are offered more infrequently. These include a few that are being offered this semester:  POSC 351 Modern Political Thought (by Professor Hodgetts); POSC 367 Western European Political Systems (by Professor Parris); POSC 389 Special Topics in American Politics and Policy: Race, Immigration and American Political Development (by Professor Hodgetts); and POSC 391 Special Topics in Comparative Politics: Pathologies of Democracy (by Professor Tartakoff). My course, POSC 322 Political Movements and Political Participation, also has room for additional students. Finally, students who are planning to do their Senior Capstone work in the spring, and who have not taken POSC 349 Political Science Research Methods, should consider taking that course as a methodological foundation for their capstone work.

Second, students thinking about summer 2019 and possible internships should begin their investigative work on internship possibilities now. Many summer internships are confirmed in January 2019, and deadlines for attractive internships may be looming. The Department’s webpage offers support for students seeking information about internships here and in the Newsletter Archives for selected issues.

Third, senior POSC majors planning to graduate in spring 2019 will already have some plans in place, as they apply for law school or the Peace Corps, interview for jobs, and seek other post-BA opportunities. One such opportunity is Teach for America. Several of our alumni have entered Teach for America, post-graduation, before moving on to graduate school or law school or other endeavors. The deadline for application is Monday, December 5. Information about Teach for America is available here.

Finally, as we all focus on our work as the end of the semester approaches, politics continues in the world beyond CWRU. The G20 are meeting in Argentina. On December 11, the British Parliament will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal for the conditions of the UK leaving the European Union. The elections to the US House of Representatives have been concluded and the results confirmed (mostly). Tensions between Ukraine and Russia have increased, as a result of the most recent conflict over borders. President Trump responded in writing to questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller about the President’s “possible ties between his associates and Russia’s election interference;” today’s New York Times published an article about Michael Cohen and the arrangements to build Trump Tower Moscow. Our political science faculty discuss these issues and events, and others, in our classrooms and, moreover, provide the intellectual and scholarly context within which to understand them.

With all best wishes for the final week of classes,


Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science

General Announcements

  • Check out the Political Science Department spring courses here!
  • Stay up to date with events happening on and around campus at our new Political Science Events page!
  • We’ve recently redone our Internships and Careers webpage! Check it out for updated internship, fellowship, funding, post-graduate, and career information!
  • 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!


Science Policy 101
December 1, 10am-12pm, Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom
Participants will learn the basics science policy on the federal level. We will start with how the federal budget and appropriations process directs science policy, how to identify relevant stakeholders and decision makers in the policy process, and how to craft a message for your target audience. Please bring a computer and be ready to engage. Register here.

CCMV Views & Brews: As the World Turns-Democracy, Liberalism, and New World Orders
December 3, 7-8pm, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, Youngstown, OH
Panelists will discuss what the rise of authoritarianism, mass migration and the threat of a global trade war and what these changes mean for the future of the global order. Free and open to the public. Live stream event here.

Followers in a Leaderless Movement: An Intersectional Analysis of the Occupy Wall Street Movement
December 4, 11:30am-12:45pm Crawford Hall, Room A13
Even in contemporary “leaderless” social movements, leadership is an interactional, gendered, and intersectional process, shaped by follower feedback. Heather McKee Hurwitz, a full time lecturer in sociology, will analyze the Occupy Wall Street movement through this complex lens. 

Remarks from Governor John Kasich
December 4, 12-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
Governor John Kasich will discuss his past eight years in office and offers a look ahead at what’s important to Ohio’s future progress. Nonmember tickets are $37. Live stream event here.

1918 and the End of Empires
December 5, 7:30pm Tinkham Veale University Center
The 2018 Ubbelohde Lecture will explore the impact of World War I on those living in the impirial world and will discuss some of the most explosive legacies of the war. Free and open to the public.

Returned Citizens-Personal Refections
December 6, 6-7:30pm, Martin Luther King, Jr., Library
Prison Nation, a powerful exhibition which explores how images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t have control over their own representation. Local returned citizens (individuals who were formerly incarcerated) will speak on a panel about their experiences and their response to the empathy, awareness and political action essential to creating systemic change. Free and open to the community. RSVP to

Addiction and Suicide: Correlations and How a Community Responds
December 6, 7pm,  Landmark Centre Building
Partnering with the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Cuyahoga County Postvention Response Team reaches out to those most directly impacted by suicide loss, and provides valuable training to law enforcement teams and potential first responders. Join Pete and Sheryl to learn why these postvention training sessions are prevention.

Antisemitism: The New Unease in Europe and the U.S.?
December 7, 12:00-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
Antisemitism seems to have entered the mainstream, crossing all political affiliations, nationalities, and religions. What does antisemitism mean today? Who gets to decide what it is? And how can it be stopped? Nonmember tickets are $37. Live stream event here.

Friday Lunch: Union Decline in a Populist Era: The Experience of Western Democracies
December 7, 12:30-1:30pm, Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room
Join Oberlin College Political Science Professor Chris Howell for the last Friday Lunch of the semester.

Check out our Political Science Events page for additional events happening on and around campus!


Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Funding for Unpaid Internships
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.

Point Foundation Scholarships
Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Scholarships are available to full-time students. Click here for eligibility requirements. Applications are due January 28, 2019.

Center for Strategic & International Studies Internships
Paid part-time and full-time internships are offered in the fall, spring, and summer. Applications for available internships are accepted on a rolling basis.

United Nations Foundation Internships
Applications for full-time and part-time internships are being accepted. Check online for the current open positions.

Rumi Forum Internships
Rumi Forum is offering unpaid, flexible internships this spring. Contact for more information.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Internships
Applications for Spring Internships are now being accepted.

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

Governmental Affairs Internship
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

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

UST Internship Opportunity
UST, an immigrant and refugee services organization, is currently seeking two interns. Interested students can apply here.

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

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.

Amigos International Summer  Program
Spend 4-8 weeks volunteering in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, or Panama. The summer 2018 application deadline is December 3.

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.

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.

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.

Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp
HISPBC is an intensive, one week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results. Early Bird Registration & Letters of Recommendation are due January 1, 2019. Submitting later results in a $100 application fee.

White House Internship Program
Internships provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Applications for Summer 2019 are due January 11. 

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 are due January 21, 2019. 

Teach English in Poland
Students are invited to apply for this 3-week summer cultural exchange program. Applications are due February 1, 2019.

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.


Graduating Seniors

Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program
The Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities. Applications are due December 21.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program
Recent college and graduate school alumni are invited to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy. Applications are due January 7, 2019.

Coro Fellows Program
Throughout the nine months, each Fellow participates in a series of full-time projects across a variety of sectors in public affairs, including a final independent project of the Fellow’s choosing. These diverse projects aim to both complement and challenge the Fellow’s experiences and interests. Applications are due January 9, 2019.

Global Health Corps Fellowships
A range of paid fellowships with roles at health organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia offer the opportunity to develop as a transformative leader in the health equity movement. Applications are due January 16, 2019.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
Graduating college seniors can apply for a $15,000 stipend to pursue a year of public service anywhere in the world. Application is due January 18, 2019.

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

Teach for America
Teach for America is open to all majors; provides full salary and benefits; and is open to US citizens, permanent residents in the US, and DACA recipients. The deadline for applications is December 5, 2018.

Teach Abroad with CIEE
CIEE offers multiple programs of varying lengths to teach English in nine different countries. Applications have varying deadlines, check online.

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.

Campaign Legal Center
The CLC has an open position for General Counsel. Contact Debbie 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…

  • Adjunct Professor Jonathan Entin comments on state and local law in Ohio, governing open meetings by local public bodies in this article


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.

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