March 13, 2020 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements

for the Week of March 13, 2020

The Department of Political Science
With in-class teaching canceled and courses moving online, the Department of Political Science is working to provide continuity in our courses and in our teaching.  Faculty will be reaching out to our students to apprise them of the next steps for continuing classes remotely after spring break. We will also be contacting our advisees as we approach registration for the Fall 2020 semester in early April.  Students should feel free to contact their professors, as well as me, as Chair of Department, with any questions. A list of POSC faculty contact information is available on the POSC webpage here.  I can be reached at

See here for updates of CWRU’s response to COVID-19 and for answers to frequently asked questions.

Remember that CWRU has canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17.  Online classes will begin on Wednesday, March 18.

Study Abroad
Associate Dean Kurt Koenigsberger wrote in an email to me yesterday, regarding students who may have been preparing to study abroad in programs that have since been canceled.  Other students, currently studying abroad but being brought back to the US, “might be able to continue their programs of study with our host partners via remote learning options. But many [faculty] advise students who might be recalled from programs that do not have options to continue in remote formats.”

With our Department, Undergraduate Studies is coordinating the response to programs of study for these students. Concerned students returning from study abroad, or whose plans for upcoming study abroad have been canceled, may contact me at or may contact Undergraduate Studies directly as an initial step, “so [students’] financial and academic circumstances can be assessed. It’s important that all students receive the same information and benefit from coordinated responses to these extraordinary changes to their programs.”  Undergraduate Studies can be reached at

Spring Senior Capstone Presentations and Buffet Dinner
CWRU has prohibited meetings of more than 24 persons through April 20.  As a result, POSC majors and minors, and all students presenting their capstone work this spring should reserve Wednesday, April 22, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, as an alternative date for capstone presentations.  More information about spring senior capstone presentations will be forthcoming.

Ohio Primary Night Election Watch Party Is Canceled
Given the prohibition on meetings of more than 24 persons, the Department is canceling the March 17 Primary Election Night Watch Party, for the primary elections in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio. 

Note, however, that the Ohio primary election itself is NOT canceled.  If you are an Arizona, Florida, Illinois, or Ohio resident eligible to vote in the primary elections, please do so!

Spring Break. 
Wishing everyone a continuing happy and healthy spring break!  

With all best wishes,

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

Current Opportunities

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.


Scholarship Opportunities

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 Funding Opportunities
CWRU’s Baker-Nord Center offers three different grant competitions for summer funding.  Applications are due April 15, 2020.


Summer Opportunities

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

Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp
The Hoover Institution’s 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. Applications are due March 16, 2020.

Department of Veteran Affairs Summer Internship
The VA National Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) provides internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Applications are open year-round.

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
The FDD offers a variety of unpaid internships to undergraduate students. Applications are open until all positions are filled.

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.

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.

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.

City of Canton Mayor’s Internship Program
The City of Canton Mayor’s office provides students with real work experience, while exposing participants to the diverse functions and operations of a municipal government. Applications should be submitted 1-2 months before anticipated start date.


Graduating Senior Opportunities

Ohio Legislative Service Commission Legislative Fellowship Program
The LSC sponsors 23 – 24 paid thirteen-month legislative fellowship positions designed to provide college graduates with practical experience in the legislative process. The fellowship program begins the first week in December of each year and continues through December 31 of the following year. Applications for legislative fellowship positions are due April 1. Applications for media production fellowship positions are due May 31.

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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