April 29, 2019 Newsletter

     Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of April 29, 2019


Our Students.  Monday is the last day of class for the 2018-19 academic year, and final exams begin next Thursday. As the semester draws to a close – and it has been a demanding and stressful semester for many of us, with some reflection I nonetheless realize how very lucky I am to have had such outstanding students in my courses and in capstone work. Our Department is graduating a very impressive set of senior POSC majors, with strong academic records, fascinating capstone topics, and interesting plans post-BA. Many of our graduating seniors (and most of our rising seniors) have double majors; this year’s class includes POSC majors who also are majoring in Anthropology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Economics, International Studies, Japanese, Philosophy, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre. Many of our seniors also have minor fields of study in Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Public Policy, and languages, including Chinese, French, and Spanish.

Our excellent students – who are doing so many things and so well – are part of what makes meeting prospective students and their parents at Admission Open Houses so rewarding. I can say so many positive things, and give so many strong examples, that it’s a real pleasure to be able to talk in detail with prospective students about what we do in the Department of Political Science and the outstanding students we encourage and produce.

Congratulations!  Speaking of our outstanding POSC majors, I was so pleased to learn that POSC major and rising senior Marin Exler has been elected as the next President of Undergraduate Student Government. I am so pleased for Marin, and wish her all the best as she leads USG next year. I also want to note that Marin had the opportunity of participating in ElectHer, a program organized by Beth Embrescia and held at CWRU’s Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Congratulations, Marin!

Career Opportunities.  This Newsletter, thanks to the good work of Brook Sabin and our Department’s student assistant Amanda Spangler, publicizes many opportunities for our students, including internship and volunteer opportunities, and job openings and career opportunities. One such opportunity routinely comes across my desk, but gives me some pause about my role in publicizing opportunities for our students. These are specifically those that come from large, successful, profitable corporations that are not publicizing job openings but rather asking CWRU to ask me to identify specific students, with specific credentials, who might thereafter be contacted by the firm.

Although I am happy to publicize any reputable positions to our students, I am less happy about serving as an unpaid recruiter for corporations that have the funds and staff to do their own recruiting and who could easily come to our campus and meet with interested students directly. Moreover, I am unenthusiastic about vetting our seniors, comparing them to each other, and nominating only a few for such firms’ further consideration. 

However, I recognize that some of these opportunities may be very useful to our students, and to that end, I am sharing in this Newsletter the following information from McKinsey & Company (see below); further information about a similar opportunity from Bain and Company will be forthcoming. I ask any junior and senior POSC majors interested in these specific opportunities to contact me directly, and I will nominate them. As always, such opportunities are not endorsed or sponsored by me or by the Department of Political Science; we leave it to the judgment of our students what is most useful and appropriate to them.

With all best wishes,

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



A Career in International Research; Shared Triumps and Recognition with Spouse?
April 26, 11:30am-1:30pm, FSM Center for Women
Dr. Sandra W. Jacobson of Wayne State University will discuss the challenges faced as an international investigator. RSVP by April 19.

Making Democracy Work: Restoring Civility and Bipartisanship
April 26, 12:00pm-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
Frank LaRose, Ohio’s 54th Secretary of State, will discuss his efforts to increase government transparency and efficiency, particularly in the areas of elections administration and regulatory reform. Nonmember tickets are $37.

Friday Lunch: What Do We Know About the Health and Safety Effects of Marijuana–Medical, Recreational, or Otherwise?
April 26, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Join Theodore Parran Jr., MD for the last Public Affairs Lunch Discussion of the semester to discuss what we know, don’t know, and should want to know about the health impacts of marijuana.

Forced Into Genocide: Memoirs of An Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army
April 28, 2pm, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Forced into Genocide is the memoir of Yervant E. Alexanian, who witnessed the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey as a conscript in the Turkish army. Adrienne G. Alexanian, Yervant’s daughter, who has spent years preparing her father’s manuscript for publication, will discuss the book in a riveting lecture. General admission is $10

Identifying Effective Treatment for Intimate Partner Violence
May 1, 9:30-11:30am
Join Dr. Gunnur Karakurt for a discussion on the inequalities in treatment methods when addressing intimate partner violence. RSVP by April 25.

2019 Law Day: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society
May 1, 12-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
2019 Law Day focuses on free speech, free press, and free society as the three cornerstones of representative government. Bruce D. Brown, Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, an organization which provides pro bono legal representation and amicus curiae support to protect the First Amendment freedoms of journalists, will join the City Club for a conversation of free speech and the free press. Nonmember tickets are $37.

Tamir Rice Memorial Garden Volunteers
May 2, 5-7pm, Cudell Park, 1910 West Boulevard
In preparation for a new memorial addition coming in the next year, the Tamir Rice Foundation is looking for volunteers to help tend to Tamir’s memorial garden.

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


Internship Opportunities

McKinsey & Company Business Analyst Interns
Business analyst internships are available for rising juniors. Interested POSC majors should contact Professor Karen Beckwith no later than Thursday, May 2, to indicate their interest in being referred.

White House Internship Program
Internships are available during the fall, spring, and fall semesters. Applications for Fall 2019 are due May 3.

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies
AICGS offers students internships in the spring, summer and fall. Interns have the opportunity to help to build a smarter German-American partnership. Fall 2019 applications are due June 1, 2019.

House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee Internship
Internships with the Ways & Means Committee are available fall, spring and summer semesters. Fall 2019 applications are due June 15, 2019.

Environmental Stewardship AmeriCorps Positions 
Join the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps (NOWCorps) for a year of service! AmeriCorps a public service term, similar to a domestic Peace Corps, promotes serving communities while gaining experience with college loan repayment awards. Application deadline is June 30, 2019.

American Foreign Policy Council
The American Foreign Policy Council offers unpaid internships to aspiring young policy leaders year round. Fall 2019 applications are due July 1, 2019.

U.S. Agency for International Development Internships
USAID offers paid and unpaid internships for students during the academic year. Listed below are the available internships.

  • Office of the General Counsel
    USAID’s Office of the General Counsel, which provides legal advice and guidance for all of the agency’s operations worldwide, has law internship positions for J.D. candidates who have completed at least one year of law school and for students seeking advanced degrees subsequent to receiving their J.D. Applications for Fall 2019 are due July 1, 2019.
  • Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives
    This office works to better equip faith-based and community development organizations around the world as they provide assistance to people in need. Applications for Fall 2019 are due July 1, 2019.
  • Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs
    USAID’s (LPA) serves as the liaison between the Agency and the American people, Congress, media, and other key constituencies. Interning at LPA provides a broad overview of the functions of all of USAID’s bureaus. Applications for Spring 2019 are open from July 1 to August 15, 2019.
  • Bureau for Africa
    USAID’s Bureau for Africa (AFR) designs, implements, and evaluates regional and country strategies and programs within Sub-Saharan Africa. Applications for Spring 2019 are open from July 1 to August 15, 2019.

Stimson Internship Program
The Stimson internship program offers a professional and educational experience in discovering the way in which non-profit organizations can contribute to the understanding of issues in international peace and security. Internships are offered throughout the year. Fall 2019 applications should be submitted early July 2019.Max Kampelman Fellowships
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe seeks recent undergraduates, graduate students, and undergraduate students with previous internship experience for the Max Kampelman Fellowship Program. Applications for fall 2019 fellowships are due July 15, 2019.

National Security Archive
The National Security Archive, an independent, non-profit research institute and library, regularly offers internships to students who are interested in international relations and how the U.S. foreign policy bureaucracy functions. Fall 2019 applications should be submitted by the end of July 2019.

American Enterprise Institute Internship
AEI offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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


Summer Opportunities
Progressive Policy Institute Internships
PPI offers internships in the spring, summer and winter in Washington D.C. There are summer 2019 internships available for Public AffairsEditorialEconomics, and Education Policy.


Career Opportunities
McKinsey & Company Business Analyst
The full-time BA position is available for rising seniors. Interested POSC majors should contact Professor Karen Beckwith no later than Thursday, May 2, to indicate their interest in being referred.


A Little Extra…

  • Adjunct Professor Jonathan Entin discussed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian Interference in the 2016 election on Cleveland 19 News.


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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