Thursday, March 15, 2018

BA/MPP Information Session

SAVE THE DATES: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Info Sessions:

The NSO will hold three early NSF GRFP information sessions for students planning to apply this Fall 2018 or in subsequent years. The NSF award provides 3 years of support, with an annual stipend of $34,000. You can learn more about the NSF award at
Current undergraduates at all levels and recent alumni are welcome to attend, as are those who will be first or second year graduate students in Fall 2018.
  1. Monday, April 9 - 4:45 pm to 6 pm - Plant Sciences 1130
  2. Wednesday, April 11 - 4:45 to 6 pm - Plant Sciences 1130
  3. Thursday, April 19 - 4:45 - 6 pm - Plant Sciences 1130
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) supports graduate studies toward Ph.D.’s in science, math, engineering, and social/behavioral science fields.

RSVP to - indicate which session you plan to attend.
Eligibility: You must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for the NSF graduate research fellowship. You must be applying for graduate studies in an NSF supported field.

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Upcoming Workshops

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Workshop
Thursday, March 15 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | University Career Center, South Hornbake Library, 3rd floor
What do employers mean when they say they are diverse and inclusive? How do you know that they really mean it? Come learn how to identify employers who value diversity and inclusion, and hear businesses make the case for increased diversity. Learn how you can take advantage of this opportunity. 
For More Information & to RSVP

Job Search Strategies Boot Camp for May 2018 UMD Grads
Thursday, March 22 | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. | University Career Center, South Hornbake Library, 3rd floor
Not going away for Spring Break? Are you a graduating in May 2018?  Would you like to submerge yourself in learning basic job search strategies?  Then this workshop is for you! 

JP Morgan Chase & Co: Career 101 Workshop, Delaware 
Sunday, March 25 | 8:00-11:30 a.m. | Newark, Delaware - location to be shared after confirming attendance
Join us at our Career 101 Workshop and ask all of your questions about the recruitment process - from resume tips, to how to network, and what you should be asking during an interview. Learn how to sell yourself!
For More Information & to RSVP

Upcoming Information Sessions

JP Morgan Chase Sophomore Development Program
Friday, March 23 | 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. | TBD
At JPMorgan Chase, our strength lies in the diversity of our people. Our Sophomore Development Program offers second-year university students, who self-identify as Black, Hispanic or Native American, the opportunity to develop foundational skills in finance. This intensive program will develop your technical and professional skills and build your network across our firm. Learn more about the program and opportunities with JP Morgan Chase.

Upcoming Career Fairs

Sagamore Pendry Hotel Job Fair
Thursday, March 15 | 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. | 1715 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231
Join us at our Job Fair on Thursday, March 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. We are looking for passionate individuals to join our team!
DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility College Recruitment Job Fair 
Friday, March 23 | 8:30-10:30 a.m. | Fort Meade McGill Training Center
Attendees will hear about available vacancies at the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility. If interested, please carefully read the job flyer to ensure you bring the correct materials to the Fair. 

Please share these spring break tips with students:

Spring break is the perfect time to complete career-related tasks that will help prepare you for career success. 

Check out these 10 easy tasks to complete over spring break that will advance your career development!

Thank you for helping spread the word!

Thank you for sharing career-related events with BSOS students. Because of your efforts...

Fifty-eight (58) BSOS students were matched with host sites for Intern for a Day! 
Intern for a Day connects undergraduate students with alumni, parents, employers and community partners for one day internship/shadowing experiences.   

One hundred forty four (144) students attended the Psychology Networking Night! 
Students connected with over 20 alumni and organizations to learn about career path options in psychology, make new connections and identify internship and job openings.

Fifty-three (53) students attended the Careers in Diplomacy panel!
Students participated in a panel discussion with professionals working in and around diplomacy. They learned tips about the entry points into the field as well as what the in-demand skills and experiences are for the field.  

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START Internships

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), based here at the University of Maryland, is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Internship Program! We were hoping that you may be able to assist us in reaching out to your interested students. In addition to the information provided below I have also attached a flyer for the Summer and Fall semesters (we will still be accepting applicants for the summer semester through March 25th). Please feel free to disseminate the following information to students and other contacts who you think may be interested in these opportunities.

They are looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors (including but not limited to: Criminology, Communications, Government, International Relations, Public Policy, History, GIS, Geography, Economics, English, Mathematics, Psychology, Languages and Statistics). Students from any institution may apply and we will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates and graduates as well. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and are able to participate in a calendar of professional development activities. START is also willing to work with academic institutions to enable students to undertake our internships for credit. The internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours at START at the University of Maryland College Park, unless stated in the internship description.

Below is a short summary of the opportunities available. Please visit our website for more information and to access the application form:

Global Terrorism Database (GTD) InternshipsThe Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is the most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database in the world. Currently updated through 2016, the GTD details information on more than 170,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred since 1970. Data from the GTD have been featured by the BBC, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Economist, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, and numerous other media outlets. The data are also used by the United States Department of State in its annual publication, Country Reports on Terrorism. GTD interns gain valuable experience working on a time-sensitive data collection effort that is used by those responsible for shaping United States counterterrorism policy.The GTD intern team is organized into the following themes:

GTD: Incident Location and Geographic Identification
GTD: Perpetrator Identification
GTD: Target Classification
GTD: Understanding the Patterns and Use of Weapons and Tactics
GTD: The Consequences of Terrorism – Casualties and Outcomes
GTD: Coding Intern At Large (Generalist)

Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence InternshipThese internship opportunities will consist of open-source research in furtherance of a large-scale data collection effort to determine possible points of entry (POEs) across a variety of nations.

Cartel Smuggling Open-Source ProjectConduct open source research to identify transnational criminal Cartel Smuggling organizations, in South America and the United States that may be relevant to attempts to smuggle illegal drugs and material. Interns will research specific groups, translate Spanish information to English, and identify new or emerging patterns relevant to project interest. Interns may also be involved in additional data collection on those organizations and networks that are deemed as having the capability to engage in such trafficking. Interns may also work to identify or verify through open sources transportation networks in the regions of interest.

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Aviation Insider Threat Research Internship

A principal goal of the homeland security enterprise is the deterrence, detection, and prevention of radiological and nuclear (RN) terrorism against the United States. This effort is pursued in part through the understanding and analysis of various pathways and modalities of attack which adversaries could exploit. With the 2010 attempt by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to infiltrate the international air cargo (IAC) system, focus has turned to the possibility of the IAC becoming susceptible to terrorist plots involving uncontrolled RN materials, as well as the development of “insiders” who could help to facilitate these ends. Through rigorous study of the air cargo industry and the psychosocial factors which could precede a vetted employee’s choice to betray his or her company’s commercial goals, START has developed a novel modeling and diagnostic tool relying on a brand new approach to improving air cargo and air cargo personnel security now deployed in the IAC system. During the fall 2018 period, the project team will execute the software tool’s deployment with government and commercial cargo entities.

Communications InternshipThe START Communications team is seeking communications, public relations or journalism students to serve as interns this fall semester. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience writing and publishing, developing social media strategies, and monitoring and reporting various analytics for the organization as a whole. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the news media, learn media list and monitoring programs, and work in graphic design.

Multimedia InternshipThe START Communications team is seeking a Multimedia intern this fall. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience filming and editing professional training videos, assisting in designing concepts for multimedia projects and using a studio lighting kit to produce high quality video. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the Multimedia team in order to design graphics and photograph company events.

ICONS Project InternshipThe International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) is a unit of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park. ICONS creates web-based computer simulations for policy analysis and forecasting to help public and private sector organizations solve complex problems. Our policy division creates bespoke simulations to support think tanks, cabinet-level agencies, and Department of Defense major commands as they tackle complex national security challenges. Our Education Division places high school and college students from around the globe in challenging online simulation and gaming exercises that allow them to role-play resolving contentious geo-political issues.

START/State Department Terrorist Organizations Project InternshipSTART is excited to be able to offer a limited number of highly selective intern positions to students interested in working on projects for the U.S. State Department using START data (such as the GTD) and other open sources. Students will be tasked with developing materials that create a realistic scenario based on extensive research on history, geopolitical situations, and internal religious or ethnic cleavages in a region in support the Bureau of Counterterrorism training efforts. This internship will be co-supervised by START on-site staff at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the U.S. State Department. The U.S. State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks. 

Understanding Domestic Radicalization and Hate Crimes This internship will support START research focused on the processes of radicalization to violent extremism and hate crime offending in the United States. The core component of this research portfolio is the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset, the largest dataset of US-based cases of radicalization of its kind, which contains information on the trajectories, mechanisms, and consequences of violent and non-violent extremism at the individual level. PIRUS and its related projects have already generated significant attention among policymakers and scholars, and PIRUS researchers have published several reports and articles based on the data.

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Next-Generation Intelligence Analysis (NGIA)
NGIA project interns will assist researchers as they identify subject matter experts with a technical background in chemical weapon technologies and, furthermore, will help test a new model of adversary chemical weapon adoption. These efforts contribute to a larger project that combines machine learning with traditional intelligence analysis approaches. Interns will be exposed to novel next-generation techniques used within the intelligence community.

UWT-START is working with other institutions to develop scalable process for the discovery of emerging or disruptive technologies that affect WMD viability. To successfully accomplish this, the team will build on its members’ existing expertise and work in the areas of WMD threat assessment, technology adoption and innovation, data-driven and expert-driven risk assessment methodologies, and global, multi-lingual computational information search and extraction. UWT-START’s role will be to facilitate the elicitation and integration of subject matter expertise into the overarching tool.

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): DARPA Sigma+ Project
UWT is seeking highly driven, outstanding students to participate in cutting-edge research on CBRNE adversary activity funded by DARPA. These tasks cover an array of research techniques and subject areas including quantitative methods, adversary modelling, and chemical weapon development. The primary purpose is to assist DARPA in the development of innovative approaches for detecting CBRNE activity. Responsibilities and duties will include the following:

  • Assisting UWT staff with red teaming exercises and workshops. This will include:
  • Organizing and designing participant handbooks
  • Participating in red teaming exercises
  • Data collection and preliminary analysis of participant outputs (scenario components and search histories).
  • Assist staff with scenario construction
Compiling and conducting preliminary analysis of red team exercise output data
Assist staff members with identification of observable indicators of CBRNE attacks that could be identified by intelligence analysts.

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Advanced Research InternshipDesigned for highly motivated, high-performing students, Advanced Research Interns participate in high-level substantive research and analysis for a variety of projects within the broader unconventional weapons and technology portfolio. Past Advanced Research Interns were tasked with projects such as designing models of insider threats in the aviation system, conducting imagery analysis of nuclear facilities to determine vulnerabilities, and assessing sophisticated engineering capabilities of terrorist and criminal organizations. This internship provides an opportunity for extremely capable students to engage in research in a manner that is akin to a staff researcher at START and provides greater levels of responsibility and participation in real-world projects than many other internships. More advanced terrorism concepts and analytical skills are explored and developed in a collaborative, team-based environment. Advanced Research Interns may be involved in multiple projects simultaneously and have the opportunity to help transition projects into a variety of mediums and publications, including potential opportunities for co-publications.

Why choose an internship at START?Experience working with a large team of dynamic and experienced researchers.
Exposure to cutting edge theories and methods.
Deepen your understanding of current issues in terrorism and homeland security.
Work on projects of immediate interest to the practitioner and policy community.
Hone and develop a range of transferable skills attractive to future employers.
Opportunity to work with and meet other students and researchers with similar interests.
Enrichment activities offering wide opportunities for learning and personal growth, schedule includes simulations, career presentations and research talks.
Mentorship from START staff and researchers in a successful professional environment.
Internships can be undertaken for academic credit (depending on approval from your institution and department).

General requirements
Applicants for all internships must:

  • Have a good academic record.
  • Demonstrate an interest in the subject matter.
  • Be able to complete their internship work hours on site at START.
  • Agree to attend orientation and training. 
  • Submit an application by the deadline, all application packets must include:
Each project may have additional requirements, including minimum credit hours, preferred majors and compulsory meeting times. 

How to apply
Priority application deadline Fall 2018: Sunday, May 27, 2018; 11:59pm

Final application deadline Fall 2018: Sunday, June 10, 2018; 11:59pm

Applicants should visit for access to the application system and instructions.

For more information about the projects, requirements and for the application form visit:

Student Experience Scholarship

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is now accepting applications from undergraduate students seeking funding for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 learning experiences. If you are a BSOS student with financial need that is preventing you from taking advantage of an unpaid opportunity, apply for BSOS Undergraduate Experience Funds.

Click here to apply!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have completed at least one semester (Fall 2017 or earlier) at the University of Maryland.
  • Have at least one semester (Fall 2018 or later) left as a student at the University of Maryland - Awards will be made for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 experiences, thus seniors who are graduating Spring 2018 are ineligible to apply.
  • Be enrolled in a BSOS major or an ENSP track housed within BSOS.
  • Submit a complete application (all questions answered) by the deadline - March 28, 2018 at 9 a.m. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Complete the learning experience for which you apply in Summer 2018 or Fall 2018. If you choose not to complete the experience, you must notify the Selection Committee ( and the funds will be rescinded.
Additional Information:
  • Preference in selecting awardees will be given for activities where financial obstacles would likely prevent a student from participating.
  • Preference will be given for unpaid experiences in not-for-profit, government, or educational organizations, rather than in for-profit companies.
  • Students may apply for funding for more than one learning experience per application cycle, but may only receive funding for one experience.
  • Recipients will be recognized at the college’s Scholarship & Donor Recognition Dinner on May 2, 2018.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by 9:00 a.m.

Notification: Funding recipients will be notified no later than April 9, 2018. All recipients should plan to attend the college’s scholarship dinner on May 2, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Questions regarding BSOS Undergraduate Experience Funds or the application process should be directed to

These experiences are generously supported by the following funds:
  • Gary L. Rozier Student Experience Fellowships for Economics Majors
  • Robert R. Satterfield Economics Student Opportunities Endowed Funds
  • The Beardsley Family Endowed Student Experience Fund
  • The Dean's Student Advisory Council Unpaid Internship Scholarship

These funds will be deposited directly into the student’s university account. If the account has outstanding debts or bills, the funds will be applied towards the amount owed first before any remaining funds are distributed to the student. If you are receiving other financial aid or scholarships you should speak with a Financial Aid counselor to determine whether the funds from this scholarship will impact your Financial Aid package. The Office of Student Financial Aid can be reached at 301-314-9000.

Cultural Explosion

Come join the Global Communities Student Association for a night of celebration and fun! Enjoy performances from several diverse, international student performance groups. Light refreshments will be provided for those who attend. This is the 25th year of the annual show on campus! 

BSOS International Week