February 28, 2020 Newsletter

 Opportunities and Announcements

 for the Week of February 28, 2020

Great Teaching, Great Mentoring!  Two of our faculty members have been nominated for the major teaching and mentoring awards.  Professor Paul Schroeder, who regularly offers our introductory International Relations course and has sole responsibility for our comparative and international relations courses on China and Asia, has been nominated for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  For the second year in a row, Professor Pete Moore, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for our Department, has been nominated for the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.  Many congratulations to our excellent colleagues for their nominations for these awards!

Political Science Department “Super Tuesday” Watch Party

Tuesday, March 3
Mather House Room 100
7:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Next Tuesday may be the most important moment in the nomination process for a Democratic presidential candidate to challenge President Trump in November.  A third of the delegates who get to vote on the first ballot of the Democratic Convention will be chosen on “Super Tuesday,” in fourteen primaries.  You can find the current Democratic and Republican presidential candidates here, and estimated delegate counts by state here.

If Senator Bernie Sanders performs close to as well relative to other candidates as he has so far,
he will be a strong favorite to get the nomination.  Whoever does best against him Tuesday will 
hope to drive out most of the other candidates and become Senator Sanders’ main challenger.  President Trump will surely be renominated by the Republican Party.

If you would like to watch results with some friends and faculty, and enjoy some good refreshments, come join the POSC Watch Party being organized by Professors Girma Parris and Joseph White.  We know it’s midterms week, so students will want caffeine and other energy sources, and can take a break from work to see what’s happening in the US political world.  We’ll provide hot and cold beverages, good chocolate items, other snacks, and some more substantial food for late-night nourishment.

Here are the states that are holding primary elections and the times that their polls close, in Eastern Standard Time:

7:00 p.m. Alabama, Vermont, Virginia
7:30 p.m. North Carolina
8:00 p.m. Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
8:30 p.m. Arkansas
9:00 p.m. Colorado, Utah
11:00 p.m. California

American Samoa will select six convention delegates by caucus, and hence results may take longer to report.

Please rsvp to Professor White so that we can order the appropriate amount of food.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Ohio Primary Elections
Early voting in the Ohio Democratic and Republican primaries has begun.  See here for details.

Resignation of Allison Chasko
Our temporary DA3, Allison Chasko, has resigned to take a position at University Hospitals.  We wish Allie all the best in her new job.  


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

Upcoming Events

The Twilight of Judicial Independence
February 28, 12:00-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
Charles Geyh, Professor of Law at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University at Bloomington, will join the City Club to discuss judicial independence—the ability of courts and judges to perform their duties free of influence or control by other branches of government or shifting popular opinion. This forum will address such questions as, why is independence essential to the role of the judiciary in American government, and how it can be rescued and defended? Nonmember tickets are $38; a live stream will be available online.

Friday Public Affairs Discussion Lunch: China’s Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Record in Foreign Development
February 28, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is as massive as it is controversial. Many international governments have pushed back against the project, and even the benefits to China are not entirely clear.  So, how are we to understand China’s policies and their likely results? Professor of Chinese Politics, Julia Strauss, will offer her perspectives on China’s behavior and the experience of partner nations.

Harriet Screening
February 28, 4:30pm, Strosacker Auditorium
This private screening of Harriet is hosted by the Film Society and sponsored by the African American Community Resource Group is in celebration of Black History Month. Admission is free and donations are accepted at the door.

Crisis at the Cuyahoga County Jail
March 2, 12:00-1:00pm, CWRU Law School Moot Court Room
Join the CWRU Student Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild for a lunch panel to learn about the ongoing controversy surrounding the deaths and treatment of people held at the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Jus Cogens Norms, Derogation and Limitation of Human Rights: The Case of Kenya and South Africa
March 2, 4:30-5:30pm, CWRU Law School Moot Court 
The Constitutionalization of Human rights norms reached their peak in South Africa in 1996 and in Kenya 2010 when both States promoted their “transformative” Constitutions. But in both States, the illusions of the fragile hegemony of human rights has been seen especially in the clash between principle (flowery Constitutional language) and the blatant violations of human rights.

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Political Economy of Film
March 3, 7:30-8:45pm, The Happy Dog
How does the global film market operate? What — and who — are the driving forces behind which films are made, promoted, and distributed globally? How do these decisions affect how we perceive the people, culture, and events that shape our world? Join us for a conversation about international film, the politics and mechanics of global distribution, and its effects on creative choices made by filmmakers and producers.


Current Opportunities

ThinkEnergy Fellowship
This program exposes students to a wide variety of energy topics including technology, policy, entrepreneurship, and research. ThinkEnergy connects students with faculty, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, and government officials. It often gives students an opportunity to operate outside of their comfort zones, developing competencies that are dissimilar to what they learn in their courses. 2020-2021 cohort applications are due by 9am on March 9, 2020.

All Politics is Local (APiL) Conference and Call for Papers
The 17th annual APiL Conference for undergraduate students interested in Political Science and International Relations is Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Students may present papers or posters in any areas of the conference’s discipline. Registration for those presenting papers is due by April 1 and papers are due by April 10.  For more information on the conference and the call for papers, click here.


Competition Opportunities

NYU Policy Case Competition
The 2020 NYU Policy Case Competition, hosted by New York University’s Politics Society, is an annual team-based competition that brings together teams of undergraduate and graduate students to design and propose policy solutions to a range of current international and domestic issues.  The competition will take place in New York City during the weekend of April 25-26.  Registration is $5 and closes on March 6; The CWRU Political Science Department will reimburse the registration fee for students that apply.


Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program 
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. Applications close March 3, 2020.

Source AHSS Funding 
All CWRU undergraduate students conducting research in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences are eligible for SOURCE AHSS summer funding. Applications close on March 6, 2020.

The Rocks Summer Grant 
Apply for CWRU’s The Rocks Experiential Learning Fellowship to fund summer 2020 internships and other opportunities. Identify International Studies as a humanities major in the application. Applications close March 6, 2020.

OCCDF Public Service Scholarship
The Ohio Conference of Community Development Public Service Scholarship is intended to help students dedicated to a career in public service.  Applications are due by April 13.


Summer Opportunities

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Internships
The Unites States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations offers summer internship positions to students seeking to gain first-hand experience with foreign policy issues and the legislative process. The deadline to apply for a summer 2020 internship with Chairman James Risch is March 22, 2020 and with Ranking Member Bob Menendez is March 6, 2020.

Max Kampelman Fellowship Program 
Fellows work directly with Congressional offices, executive branch officials, and foreign diplomats on foreign policy issues. Fellowships are offered in communications and policy. Summer 2020 applications are due March 15, 2020.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Internships 
The UNHCR’s Regional Office in Washington, DC offers a variety of internships to students seekign to work with the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, stateless individuals, and others across the flobe. Applications for Summer 2020 are due March 15, 2020.

Fund for Peace Internships 
FFP offers internships to graduate and undergradiate students each semester. Interns at FFP are given significant responsibility and are provided with practical experience in the international relations field, with excellent work experience and exposure to international and NGO communities. Applications for Summer 2020 close March 15.

Environmental Law and Policy Center: Science & Policy Internships 
The Environmental Law & Policy Center offers several, unpaid policy and science internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Positons are offered in the Summer, Spring, and Fall. Applications close March 15, 2020.

Center for Global Development Internships 
CGD seeks summer interns to assist with reasearch, outreach, and assissting with CGD’s goal of reducing global poverty and inequality. Deadline for Application is March 15, 2020.

Center for Democracy In the Americas Summer Internship
The CDA offers internship opportunities for undergraduate students interested in building constructive and respectful relations between the U.S. and countries of the Americas. A stipend to cover transportation costs is provided. Applications close March 15, 2020.

Entrepreneurship Internship
Apply for this CWRU entrepreneurship internship program based in Hanoi, Vietnam for summer 2020. Applications are due March 15, 2020.

Democratic National Committee 
The DNC internships help students to gain real life, hands-on experience in Democratic politics, strengthen their understanding of the political process and prepare for future political opportunities. Applications close on March 18, 2020.

Women’s Foreign Policy Group
The WFPG works to advance women’s careers and highlight their contributions in the international field through mentoring programs. Student interns are provided with an opportunity to be introduced to various aspects of foreign policy in Washington D.C. A stipend is provided to full-time interns at the end of the spring. Applications close March 25, 2020.

Hispanic Serving Institutions National Internship Program
The HSINIP recruits Hispanic college students for paid 10-week summer or 15-week fall or spring internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. Summer 2020 applications are due late March 2020.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Summer Internships
CCWA offers engaging internship opportunities, including involvement in projects and events hosted by CCWA. Apply at least six weeks before the term begins.

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Governmental Affairs Summer Internship
The APLU CGA internship is an unpaid opportunity for students with an interest in politics and the political process, as well as for those interested in higher education and/or science or technology policy. Applications should be submitted 2 months prior to the start date of the internship.

ICPSR Summer Program
The ICPSR Summer Program provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques, research methodologies, and data analysis. Courses will run in two sessions: June 22-July 17, 2020 and July 20-August 14, 2020. Students and faculty interested in the ICPSR summer program offering training for quantitative methods may find more information on ICPSR’s website. Applicants may complete a scholarship application here. The application deadline for all 2020 ICPSR scholarships is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Senator Sherrod Brown 2020 Summer Internship
The Office of Senator Brown hosts interns in their Washington, D.C., Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo offices year-round. Applications for summer internships are now open.

American Enterprise Institute Summer Internships
AEI provides various internships to undergraduate students. Internships are unpaid, but applicants can apply for a scholarship to provide a monthly stipend. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.


Graduating Senior Opportunities

City Year
The role of a City Year AmeriCorps member is designed to help students build the social-emotional and academic skills to achieve their goals. The next application deadline in March 6, 2020.

EPIK invites recently graduated students from English-speaking countries with a motivation to share their knowledge and language with Korean students and teachers through teaching classes. Applications are open from February to July for the Fall term.


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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