March 27, 2020 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements

for the Week of March 27, 2020

The Department of Political Science
With in-class teaching moved to remote teaching online, the Department of Political Science has succeeded in convening our courses and in continuing our teaching.  Faculty have been working remotely with our senior capstone students and academic advisors have communicating with our advisees as we approach registration for the Fall 2020 semester.  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

On Wednesday, the Political Science Faculty met in a zoom department meeting to discuss arrangements for Senior Capstone presentations, P/NP procedures from Undergraduate Studies, celebration opportunities for our graduating seniors, and other issues.  Everyone was able to join the meeting, with the exception of Professor Schroeder, who had a conflicting appointment. You can see a screen shot of our faculty, below, under “Something Extra.” Professors Buchler, Lavelle, Tartakoff, and White joined only in audio.  Professor White joined by audio using Sydelle Zinn’s computer; Professor White is Ms. Zinn’s husband. 

We are all working as quickly and efficiently as possible to respond to your inquiries and to coordinate with the College, Graduate Studies, and Undergraduate Studies to provide you with accurate relevant information in the context of adaptation and adjustment. 

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

Declaring a POSC Major or Minor
For those of you who receive this Newsletter but who are not (or not yet) POSC majors or minors, please note that it is still possible to declare a major or a minor in Political Science.  To do so, students should contact their Navigator to inquire on their current process for major/minor declaration, which the Registrar’s Office has said is possible to do remotely. Interested students are welcome to contact me as well, at reached at

If You Were Studying Abroad.  For those of you who had been studying abroad and have returned to the US, please note that the Department of Political Science is waiting to hear from Undergraduate Studies and the Study Abroad Office in regard to ways that we might help students who were enrolled in POSC courses that they were unable to complete.  I will let you know any relevant information as soon as possible. Rest assured that we are paying close attention to this challenge.

An Opportunity for Students re: Methods, Methodology, and Quantitative/Qualitative Analysis.  The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research is shifting its summer Short Workshops online, for remote teaching and learning.  Several POSC majors have inquired about CWRU opportunities for learning R, among other statistical packages. CWRU is an ICPSR member and hence we are eligible for the Members’ dues structure.  Please see the range of ICPSR Short Workshops, below, and please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

16 ICPSR Short Workshops Offered Online

Registration for all of our short workshops is open, including those that were planned to be in-person but have since moved online! In addition, we also have a reduced fee structure to accompany this move to remote instruction.

All of the following will take place remotely:
• Quantitative Methods to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (May 13-15)
• Usage and Application of Meta-Analysis Techniques (May 13-15)
• Introduction to R (May 13-15)
• Multilevel Analysis (May 13-15)
• Introduction to Causal Inference (May 18-22)
• Linear Regression Analysis in the Social Sciences (May 18-22)
• Network Analysis (May 18-22)
• Network Analysis: Statistical Approaches (May 18-22)
• Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (May 20-22)
• Group-based Trajectory Modeling for the Medical and Social Sciences (May 20-22)
• Interactive Visualization, Dashboards, and Apps with R and Shiny (May 27-29)
• Process Tracing in Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research (May 27-29)
• Social Science Data and Model Visualization in R (May 27-29)
• Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) (June 1-3)
• Mixed Methods Research: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Data and Strategies (June 1-3)

The new fee structure will be applied according to this chart:


Members Non-members
         Current          Revised          Current          Revised
 3-day Workshop $1600 $1400 $2900 $2700
 4-day Workshop $1700 $1450 $3100 $2850
 5-day Workshop $1800 $1500 $3300 $3000

We hope to see you online!  

Good News.
We continue to have some good news in the Department.  Graduating senior David McGrath will begin graduate study in political science at New York University in the fall.  Congratulations to David on his admission to graduate school at NYU!

Finally, to everyone, please send me your good news that I can share in the Newsletter.  I can be reached by email at

As always, stay calm and study political science.

With all best wishes,

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

Current Opportunities

Students for Biden
The Biden Campaign is seeking students to assist on with the former vice president’s 2020 presidential campaign.  Students may email with any questions about the program.

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.

Fall 2020 White House Internship Program
The Fall 202 White House Internship Program application is now open until 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, April 24. The White House Internship Program is a highly competitive public service leadership program providing unique and valuable experience.


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

ICPSR Summer Program
The ICPSR Summer Program offers rigorous training in quantitative methods and data analysis.  This program offers more than 80 courses in Ann Arbor, Michigan and other cities across the U.S.  Scholarships for the program are available.  The deadline for all ICPSR scholarships is March 31.

Democracy Journal Internship
The Democracy: A Journal of Ideas offers Washington, DC-based internships in writing and editing and covers foreign topics. Applications for summer are due April 30.

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, a Washington, DC based think tank, offers a variety of unpaid internships to undergraduate students. Applications are open until all positions are filled.

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.

International Security Positions
Deadlines for international security positions beginning summer 2021 can be as early as this spring due to security clearance requirements.  If you are interested in such positions, begin to monitor and U.S. federal agency web sites regularly now.


Graduating Senior Opportunities

Masters in Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago
The Masters in Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago teaches the skills of social scientific inference and the technical mastery of important computational methods. Students learn to make important contributions in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Anthropology, and History. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 30.

Rotary Peace Fellowship
The Rotary Peace Fellowship program awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders to study at one of their peace centers in either their master’s degree program or professional development certificate program. Applications close July 1, 2020 for the 2021-2022 fellowship.

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.

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 May 29, 2020.


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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