February 11, 2019 Newsletter

     Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of February 11, 2019


Today is the deadline for applications for our internal Wellman Hill Public Service Internshipawards. These internships, funded by our double alumna Judge Magistrate Elizabeth Hill, are a signature program of the Department of Political Science. Every year the Wellman Hill committee – composed of our alumni, our faculty, and friends – reviews applications, interviews applicants, and selects as many as five awardees, who spend their summer undertaking public service in a wide range of endeavors, with financial support from the Wellman Hill Program.  

Beyond the Wellman Hill Program, many of our POSC majors go on to public service following graduation. Our 2017 Careers Colloquium speaker, Chris Hook (POSC BA 2003, MA 2004), has worked in the federal government, as a budget analyst in the US Departments of Justice and of Housing and Urban Development. Our 2016 Careers Colloquium speaker, Colleen Gaydos (BA POSC 2005), is a staff member to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense. Chris Hook won the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Service Alumnus of the Year Award in 2017; our alumna Jacqueline Green (BA POSC 2007) won the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year award, for her work in civil rights and criminal justice. Our recent alumni are working in the Peace Corps, in the US Department of State, and in Japan and in Korea, teaching English – among the many other public service-oriented commitments our students make after graduating from CWRU. Scores of our alumni (probably a conservative estimate) work in government and in law; some run for and hold elective office; some work in NGOs and INGOs; others work in advocacy groups. Others who are not employed in public-service-related work nonetheless are active in their communities and in meaningful volunteer work.

For students interested in public service and/or in volunteer work, please see the POSC homepage for a list of internship and career opportunities. Note, as always, that while the Department of Political Science alerts our students to this range of opportunities, we do not endorse or sponsor them, and leave it to the judgment of our students to determine what is most useful and appropriate to them.


Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science

General Announcements

  • Check out the 2019 Black History Month events schedule.
  • The John Quincy Adams Society and The National Interest are conducting an essay contest for college students. The winner will be published in The National Interest, receive $1,000, and have a seat at the Society’s 2019 student leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Essays are due March 24, 2019. Click here for details.
  • The Model Arab League Mock Summit Program, similar to Model UN, hosts conferences around the country for university students to learn about the politics and history of the Arab world, and the arts of diplomacy and public speech. Find a conference near you.

Friday Lunch: A Model and Scorecard of the Trump Administration’s Trade Policy
February 8, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Join Juscelino Colares, Schott-Van den Eyden Professor of Business Law and Professor of Political Science, for a discussion about the Trump Administration’ trade policy.

LGBTQ Resource Fair
February 8, 12:30-2pm, TVUC, Ballroom C
Connect with campus entities about LGBT inclusion in their programs and practices and continue to build bridges within the community.

Toni Morrison and the House That Race Built
February 8, 3:15-4:15pm, Guilford Parlor
This lecture by Dr. Marilyn Mobley, Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and Professor of English, will focus on the ways in which Toni Morrison’s essay “Home” has influenced Professor Mobley’s research, teaching, and thinking about race and other topics related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in American culture.

Chinese New Year Celebration
February 9, 11am-2pm, Li Wah
Celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Kwan Lion Dance and Dim Sum.

Social Justice Teach-In
February 9, 11am-3:15pm, Tinkham Veale University Center
The Social Justice Teach-In is designed to inspire students and community members to be active and engaged citizens, to increase their understanding of social justice issues, and to enhance their leadership skills in areas such as service, advocacy, and philanthropy. Registration is required.

Career Fair
February 11, 10am-5pm, Veale Convocation Center
Employers will be recruiting students of all majors for all kinds of opportunities, including internships, co-ops, practicum experiences, full-time jobs, and more. Click here to see all registered employers attending.

ConstitutionALE: Is the President Above the Law? Executive Power and its Limits
February 11, 5:30-6:30pm, Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room
This forum will explore Article II of the Constitution and the scope and limits of presidential power. Nonmember tickets are $20.

How Can the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program Inform and Assist Higher Education?
February 12, 10-11am, Crawford Hall, Room A13

Cathy Brigham, senior director of academic relations for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program, will describe how the AP curriculum is continually evolving and how some courses have undergone substantive revision over the past few years. 

America Alone: The Consequences of an America First Foreign Policy
February 12, 5:30-7:15pm, The Union Club, Wedgwood Room
Join James Lindsay, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion on the implications of the Trump Administration’s America First foreign policy. Event is free for students.

Meet Author Pete Buttigieg
February 12, 7-8:30pm, Parma-Snow Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will discuss his book, “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future.” Event is free. Registration is required.

Law, Technology, and Protection from Violence Against Women: Can Innovation Flip the Script on this Dialogue?
February 14, 12-1pm, Moot Courtroom 
A panel will discuss the Virtual Advocate (VirA), which uses voice-activated smart speakers and smart phones to protect those at risk of domestic or dating violence and sexual harassment. VirA is intended to “hide in plain sight” so that a user can activate it with their voice without a perpetrator knowing or being able to stop it. Event is free, registration required.

(Un)Civil Denaturalization and the Immigration Crackdown
February 15, 12:45-2pm, Sears Library, Room 333
Join Law Professor Cassandra Burke Robertson for a discussion on denaturalization in the US. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Dr. Terri Mester.

Elect Her
February 16, 11:30am-4pm, FSM Center for Women
The Elect Her Program is YOUR opportunity to learn strategies to best prime you for office and also to learn from elected women on how they have succeeded in their campaigns! Register here.

Conversation with Thought Leader on Russian-US Relations
March 5, 3-4pm, Clark Hall, Room 206
Students have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with journalist and March 5th Think Forum speaker Julia Ioffe. RSVP here.

What Russia Wants (and What It Means for America)
March 5, 6pm, Maltz Performing Arts Center
Julia Ioffe will be giving a free lecture as part of the Think Forum series. Reserve your tickets here.

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

Summer Opportunities
Human Rights Watch Internships
Spring and summer internships are offered in multiple locations, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Application deadlines vary.

Supreme Court Summer Internship
The Program offers a compelling study experience and valuable exposure to work in a professional environment. Special enrichment opportunities include attending Court sessions as well as seminars organized by the Supreme Court Fellows. Applications for summer placement due March 1, 2019. 

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Internships
The deadline to apply for a summer 2019 internship with Ranking Member Bob Menendez is March 8, 2019. The deadline to apply for a summer 2019 internship with Chairman James Risch is April 26, 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
Social Justice Teach-In
February 9, 9:30am-4pm, Tinkham Veale University Center
Volunteer with the 19th annual Social Justice Teach-In. Hundreds of participants, including high school and college students from dozens of schools, are expected to attend. For questions, contact irtf@irtfcleveland.org or call 216-961-0003.

Cleveland Spring High School Model UN Conference
March 6-7, 8am-2pm both days
The CWRU Model United Nations is hosting their third annual Cleveland Spring High School MUN Conference. Volunteers will mainly be helping with registration and running the conference behind the scenes. No MUN experience is required. Sign up to volunteer here.

A Little Extra…

  • Katherine Dolansky (BA POSC ’16), in law school at Emory University, has accepted a position as a legal clerk in the Cleveland U.S. Attorney’s Office for summer 2019. Congratulations!


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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