October 18, 2019 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of October 18, 2019

As we approach the fall break, please note that we have several upcoming events in October and November. These include Movie Night (October 24th) featuring “Thirteen Days;” the informational meeting for the Wellman Hill Political Science Summer Internship Grants Program (October 30th) at which last year’s recipients will report on their experiences; and the semiannual Senior Capstone Presentations and Dinner (November 20th). Prospective majors and minors are most welcome to attend all three events. Please also note that we’ve cancelled the planed faculty panel that was scheduled for October 23.

Enjoy your fall break.

Elliot Posner

Elliot Posner
Professor & Acting Chair (Fall 2019)
Department of Political Science
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-1015

General Announcements

  • Mather House will be hosting two (identical!) Safe Zone Friend training sessions for students, faculty, and staff on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, November 5, 10am-12pm both days. RSVP if you would like to attend!

Upcoming Events

For the People, by the People, in a Digital Age
October 18, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
Join us as Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America (CfA), shares how CfA’s innovative approach is tackling some of government’s biggest challenges and social problems in the digital age. Tickets are $37. Available via live stream and broadcast on 90.3.

Friday Lunch: Roe v. Wade in 2019
October 18, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
The status quo about reproductive rights is under attack in many ways. Join us as Jessie Hill, Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law and a leading expert in the field, reviews the cases attacking Roe v. Wade, their merits, and their prospects.

Remarks from Attorney General Dave Yost
October 22, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
Dave Yost became Ohio’s 51st Attorney General on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience rooting out fraud, holding the corrupt accountable, and reforming government. Tickets are $37. Live streaming available.

Can We Improve the Racial Divide in Infant and Maternal Mortality?
October 23, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
According to recent government data, Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants, a racial disparity that is wider than the one that existed in 1850 when the first infant mortality rates by race were recorded. The reasons for the racial divide in both infant and maternal mortality have been debated by researchers and physicians for decades with considerable resources invested into programs, both in Cleveland and around the country, to combat these trends. But, are they working? And can they work if systemic racism isn’t dismantled first?

Movie Night with Professor Joe White: Thirteen Days
October 24, 6:30pm, Mather House 100
Thirteen Days
 shows the story of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis through the view point of President Kennedy’s aide, Ken O’Donnell. Dinner, snacks, and dessert will be provided!

Friday Lunch: Brexit Trick or Treat
October 25, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Luke Reader, a scholar of British politics and especially British party politics, joins us to discuss whatever the Brexit situation will be less than a week before the deadline.

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


Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

U.S Department of State Pathways Programs
The Pathways program provides students with the opportunity to explore careers within the State Department, while earning a wage and continuing their studies. Check www.usajobs.gov for job postings.

U.S. Chamber of Congress Internships
The U.S. Chamber of Congress offers internships providing experience in research, writing, communications, and other areas. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.

White House Internship Program
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 close on January 10, 2020 for the summer program.

Previously posted opportunities can be found on the department webpage


Summer Opportunities

Amigos de las Américas
Spend 4-8 weeks volunteering in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, or Peru.  Numerous International Studies majors have found this program worthwhile. Summer 2020 priority applications are due November 4, 2019.


Volunteer Opportunities

Global Medical Brigades
Go to Honduras for a week in May with GMB to volunteer in mobile health clinics, shadowing physicians and dentists, and participating in a public health project led by one of the partner communities. In addition, GMB also provides shadowing, volunteering, and service opportunities here on campus! There will be interviews to go on the brigade on October 26, and those interested can fill out this Google form.

Saturday Tutoring Program
October 26 – November 16, Church of the Covenant
This program provides free tutoring to youth in Grades 1st-12th, and volunteer tutors are needed to assist with a variety of subjects. Tutors arrive at 9 a.m. for training their first date and each tutoring session ends at Noon. Contact saturdaytutoring@gmail.com with questions or review additional details online here!

Cleveland Sight Center
Cleveland Sight Center has ongoing volunteer opportunities which you can learn about here. The mission of the Volunteer Services department is to facilitate empowering volunteer opportunities that support and promote the mission of enabling those who are blind or have low vision to achieve independence.

The Refugee Response
John Marshall High (3952 W 140th St, Cleveland, OH 44111)
Volunteer tutors are needed to assist high school refugee students after school. Tutors should have a solid grasp of academic subjects, and are available to tutor from 3 to 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday. Interested parties may contact Lila Ibrahim, Teen Navigator, at Lila@RefugeeResponse.org, for further information.


Graduating Student Opportunities

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program
Seniors should submit application information to Dean Amanada McCarthy by November 30, 2019. Juniors should schedule an appointment to meet with Dean Amanda McCarthy, preferably during your junior year but no later than May 31 prior to your senior year, to discuss your goals and plan to compete in this scholarship process. 

Standford Law Research Fellow
Starting in Summer 2020, these full-time fellowships last for one year, with an option to renew for a second year by mutual agreement of the professor and the fellow. Fellowships are designed for graduating seniors, recent college, master’s program graduates, and provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future. The deadline for the second round is January 6, 2020 by 7:00AM PST.

Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship
This paid fellowship provides recent graduates with the opportunity to develop a network within the public service sector in Cleveland. Applications are due January 27, 2020.

U.S Department of State Recent Graduates Program
The Recent Graduates program provides students who have graduated from an undergraduate program the opportunity to work within the State Department, with the potential to be hired permanently after the program. Check www.usajobs.gov for job postings.


Job Opportunities

U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Apply online.


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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