December 17, 2018 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements
for the Week of December 17, 2018


Spring Courses.  As the semester comes to its successful close, students are completing final coursework; faculty are grading papers and exams; senior capstone work is coming to its conclusion; and final committee meetings will be held next week. There is time to enroll in several POSC courses for spring term, and most courses still have room for additional students.  For a list of POSC spring courses, see here.

The Year 2018.  This is the final departmental newsletter for 2018 – a year that has brought some interesting changes and challenges. Vladimir Putin was elected to a fourth term as President of Russia; in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban increased his party’s majority in the Országgyülés. The Italian elections produced a coalition government of small, extreme parties, rejecting two previous prime ministers and their parties’ candidates; elections in BrazilColombia, and Mexicoproduced new governments. In France, gilets jaunes protests have challenged Emanuel Macron’s government (see also here). In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May continues to struggle to put together a Brexit package that will be acceptable to the British parliament, winning a leadership challenge from within her own party and securing her position as Conservative party leader for the next year. May has indicated that she will step down as leader (and hence prime minister) before the next parliamentary elections in 2020; Angela Merkel has relinquished her leadership of the German Christian Democratic Union and intends to leave the Chancellorship by 2021her replacement has already been selected.  

In the US in 2018, President Trump fired his Attorney General and his Chief of Staff, among many others. Democrats won an unanticipated 40 seats in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, although the House elections are still not concluded (see North Carolina); Republicans won an anticipated additional two seats in the Senate. A record number of women were elected to both chambers, almost all of them Democrats, as well as a record number of women elected to state legislatures. Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his work in regard to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election; prosecutors in New York are pursuing evidence concerning illegal payments related to the Trump campaign. As the US returns to divided government in January 2019, the likely relationship between Democrats in Congress and the President were previewed by the media.

In the meantime, climate change advances, unabated. In the US, the Camp Fire was the deadliest wildfire in California history.

These are a mere subset of the political events around the world on which we as political scientists reflect and which we analyze and, as citizens, we observe these events and changes with interest and concern.  

Let’s hope for a happy New Year in 2019. Spring 2019 classes begin on Monday, January 14; look for the next Newsletter on Friday, January 18. Until then, best wishes to you all for a happy, healthy, and relaxing winter break, and for joyful holidays of every possible variety!

With all best wishes,

Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science

General Announcements

  • 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!
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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.

University Heights Mayoral Internship Program (Spring)
This paid internship offers college students unique experiential learning opportunities in local government. Selected participants will work closely with the Mayor and Department Directors. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by email to

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is accepting Spring 2019 applications for unpaid, part-time internships. Check online for available positions.

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, but it is recommended to 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
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.

Library of Congress Summer Internships
Interns assist with library’s collection and services, some of which are foreign-focused. Applications are due January 11, 2019.

White House Summer 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 are due January 11, 2019. 

Campaign Legal Center Summer Legal Internship
Interns have the opportunity to work across all of CLC’s issue areas—campaign finance, ethics, voting rights, and redistricting—and across our methods of advocacy, including litigation, state and local reform, and regulatory agency practice. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 15, 2019.

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.

All Politics is Local: CALL FOR PAPERS
Walsh University is hosting the 16th Annual All Politics is Local conference on April 27, 2019. Undergraduate students are invited to present a paper or poster in any subfield of the political science discipline. Registration by a presenter is due by April 8, 2019. Papers are due April 19, 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.

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

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

Common Cause: Voting & Elections Program Director
This DC-based position will manage overall operations of the Voting & Elections Program, working with state and national staff to develop and implement strategic campaigns that advance priority legal, policy and issue agendas on topics including modernization of voter registration and voting models, restoration of voting rights for formerly-incarcerated individuals, voting system integrity, curbing voter suppression and boosting voter participation.

Center for Election Innovation & Research
CEIR is looking for a Deputy Director, who will work with the Executive Director and team to ensure U.S. voters have a voting system they SHOULD trust, and DO trust.

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

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

A Little Extra…

  • Senior Political Science major Anne Marie Smetona was featured on CWRU’s College of Arts and Sciences webpage! Check out her spotlight here.
  • Adjunct Political Science Professor Jonathan Entin was named CWRU’s new conciliation counselor for the Faculty Conciliation and Mediation Program. Read more about his new appointment in The Daily.

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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