December 10, 2018 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements
for the Week of December 10, 2018


In 2011, the Gender and Politics Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research met in Budapest, Hungary, for its second biennial European Conference on Politics and Gender. This conference drew several hundred politics and gender scholars from around the world, primarily but not exclusively from those at European universities. The ECPG conferences are hosted by European universities; the University of Amsterdam’s Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality will host the 2019 conference.

The 2011 ECPG conference was sponsored by the Central European University’s Center for Policy Studies and the Department of Gender Studies – a university that will no longer be located in Budapest. The Central European University is being forced out of Budapest by the Hungarian government, prohibited from accepting new students. Despite its attempts to accommodate and to comply with earlier government restrictions, the CEU will no longer be able to operate in Hungary and is moving to Vienna, Austria. CEU President Michael Ignatieff (and former Member of the Canadian Parliament and Leader of the Liberal Party), stated: “CEU has been forced out…. This is unprecedented. A US institution has been driven out of a country that is a NATO ally. A European institution has been ousted from a member state of the EU.” Despite protests and demonstrations, and pleas from leaders of other European nations, and an expression of concern by the US Embassy in Hungary (but with little opposition from the US otherwise), the Hungarian government and its Prime Minister Viktor Orban have driven a university out of the country.

The forced eviction of the CEU comes several months after the Hungarian government attacked Hungarian universities in regard to the discipline of Women’s and Gender Studies. Claims by politicians – but not by scholars – that gender research is not an academic endeavor was the rationale by which the Hungarian government has ended all funding for this research and has moved to close all gender studies programs and to end all gender studies courses. The country that only seven years ago welcomed an international cohort of the best gender and politics scholars worldwide to the ECPG Conference is closing its doors to academic freedom. It is not the only country where this is an issue.

As classes conclude for the Fall 2018 semester, it may be worth reflecting, in the current global context, how much CWRU, our excellent research university, benefits from academic freedom – the freedom to hire outstanding scholars, their freedom to follow important research questions (or even those that appear at the moment not to be terribly important) and to investigate them rigorously, our freedom as scholars and students to seek knowledge and to identify truths, and, especially but not exclusively for the social sciences, to speak truth to power.  

Academic freedom protects all of us from inconvenient truths, incomplete analyses, and ideology masquerading as science or philosophy. For political science, academic freedom empowers us to study and to critique those who govern us – and in this regard, academic freedom relies heavily on democracy. Democratic freedoms underlie academic freedoms: to publish our findings, to share our insights publicly, to provide the data on which good public policy can be built, to challenge false claims by politicians on the basis of evidence.  

As we come to the close of classes today, it is worth remembering, sustaining, and celebrating the democratic freedoms that provide the foundation for the academic freedoms that make universities strong, the search for truth and knowledge meaningful, and that, in their turn, reinforce democracy.

With all best wishes,

Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science

General Announcements

  • Congratulations to POSC major Marin Exler, who has been nominated for a Beinecke Scholarship!
  • 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 ourTwitter feed! Check it for day to day opportunities and information!
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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: Transforming Healthcare in Europe: Lessons for the U.S.?
December 7, 12:30-1:30pm, Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room
Join Professor Joe White at the last Friday Lunch of the semester for a discussion on what the U.S. can learn from healthcare in Denmark, England, France, and the Netherlands.

December 7, 7pm, Black Box at Eldred Theater
December 8, 7pm, Black Box at Eldred Theater

Written in response to the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Supreme Court hearings, Oleanna depicts a confrontation between John, a college professor, and Carol, one of his students, which escalates to a power struggle that threatens both of their careers. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show is free with a suggested donation of $5.

Human Services Advocacy Network: State Senator John Eklund and State Representative Nickie Antonio
December 14, 9-10:30am, ADAMHS Board
State Senator John Eklund (R) and Senator-elect Nickie Antonio (D) have both served on the finance committees of their respective institutions and have years of experience in the state budget making process. Join the Center for Community Solutions for a very important discussion on the environment facing the General Assembly during the next state budget cycle.

Designing an Earthly Paradise
Exhibit open until January 13, 2019, Cleveland Museum of Art
This exhibit showcases textiles and books designed by British artist and novelist William Morris.

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.

Healthcare Engagement Internship
The Democracy Collaborative is hiring for a DC-based, part-time (up to 20 hours per week), paid intern position to support the work of the Healthcare Anchor Network. The internship will focus on maintaining and analyzing a database related to tracking the impact healthcare institutions can have on the social and economic wellbeing of communities. Applications are due by December 14.

Lubrizol Global Communications Internship
Paid internships are available for both Spring and Summer 2019. Send resumes to Kelly Genova ( and online.

Democracy for America
Democracy for America offers fundraising, electoral, organizing, and communications internships. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Foundation for Defense of Democracies
The FDD is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that threaten democracy. Click here for available Spring 2019 DC-based, unpaid internships. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It is recommended that interested candidates submit applications early.

Republican National Committee Internship Program
Spring and fall internships are available in all of the RNC divisions. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, although it is recommended you submit your application materials early.

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
The DLCC Internship Program is designed to provide hands-on experience working with a national political committee and its engagement in a 50-state program. Interns will gain with an unprecedented understanding of state legislative caucus programs and campaigns. Spring 2019 applications are now being accepted.

National Republican Congressional Committee Internships
The NRCC accepts applications for their internship program on a rolling basis.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Internship Program
The DCCC Internship Program gives interns exposure to campaign-style politics on a national level. Spring, summer and fall internships are offered in a variety of departments.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Lubrizol Global Communications Internship
Paid internships are available for both Spring and Summer 2019. Send resumes to Kelly Genova ( and online.

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.

The Heritage Foundation: Young Leadership Program Internship
Intern programming offers educational and skill enhancing seminars. Interns regularly attend events where they can meet and talk with the nation’s leading policy-makers, interns are establishing friendships and contacts that will last a lifetime. Summer 2019 applications are due January 21, 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. 

Children’s Defense Fund
CDF interns gain an insider’s view of the role of public interest groups in the policy process and enjoy unparalleled access to practitioners, experts and leaders in child advocacy. Applications for the summer term due February 1, 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.

Republican National Committee Summer Eisenhower Intern Program
This is a structured, full-time paid internship and space is limited. The deadline for submitting application materials is Friday, February 8, 2019 by 5pm EST. The 2019 Eisenhower Intern Program will run from May 29, 2019 until August 2, 2019.


Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Ohio Chapter of the American Public Works Association Graduate Scholarship
Individuals who are seeking a Graduate Degree in Civil Engineering or Public Administration (or a closely related degree) are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are due February 28, 2019.


Research Opportunities

Projects for Peace
Groups of students and individual students are eligible to submit project proposals. Deadline for intent to apply is December 15.

Sigma Iota Rho Publication Opportunity
Submit original articles for the annual issue of the Journal of International Relations by January 31, 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.

Office of Evaluation Sciences Fellowship
The OES is currently accepting applications for one-year fellowships beginning in October 2019 in Washington, DC. OES is a team of applied researchers tasked with applying insights from the social and behavioral sciences to federal programs and measuring its impact to help make the Government work for people. Applications are due December 30.

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.

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.

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

Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Research Analyst
This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample. Any inquiries may be sent to

Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Senior Fellow on China
The FDD seeks a full-time senior fellow to focus on China. The successful applicant will be familiar with Chinese hard and soft power with a track record of writing for publication on both. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample. Any inquiries may be sent to

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

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,

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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