Friday, January 30, 2015

[MSEC] 2015 Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - Summer Internships Abroad

G l o b a l  I m p a c t  T h r o u g h  A c t i o n

The Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC) is a dynamic international internship program where undergraduate students live, engage and work directly
with impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Nicaragua creating sustainable impact in the field while gaining the perspectives,
skills and knowledge to become the social entrepreneurs of the future. 

·         Social Entrepreneurship Internships Abroad
·         Summer 2015 sites include:  Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Nicaragua
·         Earn 9 academic credits
·         MSEC scholarships available!

·         Application deadline:   March 1st

      Visit for more information

START Internship Program 2015

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a DHS Center of Excellence based here at the University of Maryland. We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2015 Internship Program. 

We 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. Our 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:

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:
o   A complete application for the correct semester (available at ),
o   One page resume,
o   Cover letter,
o   Writing sample,
o   Unofficial transcripts from most recent institution.
Each project may have additional requirements, including minimum credit hours, preferred majors and compulsory meeting times.  For specific requirements and information visit:

How to apply
Application deadline Summer 2015:
Priority Date: midnight Sunday March 22nd (Please note this will be the final deadline for some projects, as noted on our website. All international students must apply by the priority deadline in order to help ensure that appropriate paperwork is completed in time for start of the program.)
Final Deadline: midnight Sunday April 5th   

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

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

IRT, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (information session)

Are you interested in Pursuing a Master's of PhD?   There is a summer program in Massachusetts that helps you prepare for Grad school applications, essays, GREs, everything you need to know!

Learn about Graduate School Application Support from  IRT, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers  (not just for teachers!!!!)

Students interested in graduate studies in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education are encouraged to attend.

Information Session- Tuesday, February 3rd
                               Benjamin Room 0306

For more information contact:
Jessica Bancroft

Fields of Green Internship Fair

Bethesda Green’s Sixth Annual
Saturday, Jan.  31, 2015
10 AM – 2 PM
4825 Cordell Avenue
Second floor of the Capital One Bank

BSOS Alumni Room for studying

January 2015

to the 

BSOS Alumni Room
(TYD 2100)

Members of the BSOS community are welcome to use this room for short-term, quiet, individual study on Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  

Please note that this room may be closed on occasion over the next few months as the final construction is completed. The heating and air conditioning have not been completed yet! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Esri Federal GIS Conference, February 9-10, 2015

ESRI will be hosing their Federal conference in D.C. on February 9-10.  It is only $30; conferences are usually a few hundred dollars.  Visit the ESRI website to sign up.

Join fellow young professionals in the federal government and Washington DC area for a special program at the Esri Federal GIS Conference, February 9-10, 2015. This is an opportunity to learn about the latest technology your peers use to create a more resilient nation. You’ll hear success stories, tips, and trends. Geospatial innovators will be available to answer your pressing questions.

The program for the Young Professionals Group includes a focused lunch, workshop, career development panel/social and networking happy hour. Close out the conference at the Young Professionals Lounge during the Networking Reception at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Registration is complimentary for federal employees, contractors and tribes; non-profit organizations; and International Organizations. Other members of the Young Professionals Program will get a registration discount on the conference and the Esri DevSummit DC, which follows a day later.

Register now and sign up for the Young Professionals Group.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GIS Intern Amazon Conservation Association

Careers4Terps, University Career Center & The President’s Promise
Highlighted positions for GEOG Majors!

Log in to your C4T account ( and paste the position title in the “Search” box to learn more and apply. 

GIS Intern
Amazon Conservation Association
Position Type:   Internship (Fall or Spring Part-Time)
Desired Major(s):            Behavioral and Social Sciences/Geographical Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences/Geospatial Information Sciences (GRAD), Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Location:              Washington, District of Columbia (United States)
Description:        ACA is seeking a Spring 2015 GIS intern for our DC office in Farragut to assist in technical analyses. The internship will require conducting basic research and preparing maps related to key issues in the Andean Amazon, such as protected areas and development projects. There may also be a remote sensing component dealing with analysis of satellite imagery. Overall, this internship would also provide a great experience to learn about nonprofit management and a chance to contribute to the conservation of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.

Dates of the internship are flexible, but should last roughly from January through May. Preference will be given to interns who can commit two full days/week, but some work may be conducted from home. Internships are unpaid; if you are seeking credit for this internship, we are more than happy to work with you and your school to make that happen.

·         Preparing and analyzing maps related to key issues in the Andean Amazon, such as protected areas and development projects.
·         Creating GIS map packages
·         Analyzing satellite imagery, particularly Landsat

Job Function:     Agriculture/Natural Resources/Environment
Desired Class Level(s):   Junior, Senior, Masters Candidate, Doctoral Candidate, Recent Grad (up to 1 year out), Alumnus/a (beyond 1 year out)
Duration:             5 months
Approximate Hours Per Week:  15
Qualifications:   GIS skills at the user level (junior analyst)
Familiarity with ArcGIS version 10.2 and creating map packages
Spanish skills are preferred but not required
Interest in conservation
Ability to multi-task and work in a team environment

EPA Ecological Assessment Support Associate

Careers4Terps, University Career Center & The President’s Promise
Highlighted positions for GEOG Majors!

Log in to your C4T account ( and paste the position title in the “Search” box to learn more and apply. 

EPA Ecological Assessment Support Associate
EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program
Position Type:   Entry Level (Full-Time)
Location:              Washington , District of Columbia (United States)
Description:        The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for an Ecological Assessment Support Associate with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Washington, D.C.

The National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) is responsible for developing scientific assessments on high priority issues affecting human health and ecological systems (

In this capacity, NCEA’s scientists occupy a critical position connecting the research community with the environmental policy-making community. NCEA’s work often serves as key input to EPA’s decisions, and staff is often called upon to provide their expertise to help other parts of the Agency.

Among many other assessments, NCEA staff members are currently assessing the potential effects of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water. This involves assessing the potential effects at five stages of the hydraulic fracturing water cycle: the acquisition of water; the mixing of chemicals to produce fracturing fluid; the injection of fluid belowground; the handling of flowback and produced water; and the disposal or treatment of wastewater.

NCEA has an opening for one Associate that will support the scientific work of NCEA, including the hydraulic fracturing drinking water assessment (HFDWA). NCEA is seeking an individual with Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent in one of the following fields: ecology, biology, geography, human health, toxicology, chemistry, hydrology, engineering, including petroleum or environmental engineering. This non-laboratory position is ideal for individuals interested in the analysis and application of data to support the development of human health and ecological assessments to inform policy makers.

The Associate will assist NCEA with scientific assessments. Responsibilities will include:

• Obtaining and cataloging scientific literature and data to assist EPA staff in the development of human health and ecological assessments.
• Providing administrative and technical assistance in support of the analysis of scientific literature and other data.
• Providing administrative and technical assistance in support of addressing public and scientific review comments.
• Maintaining records of meetings, correspondence, and action documents, and maintaining a system to track projects in progress.
• Assisting in the logistics and coordination activities for briefings, meetings, workshops, and other collaborative efforts.
• Assisting the development of oral presentations using graphics and other interactive formats.
• Participating in a range of scientific staff efforts, conducting Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO) database analyses and entries, performing QA/QC evaluations and library research (via internet).
• Keeping the student’s mentor informed about progress via oral or written progress reports as necessary, at least biweekly.
• Maintaining careful, easily legible, and accurate records in written or electronic forms.
• Maintaining professionalism in a manner that supports the Quality Assurance functions and responsibilities by following established QA procedures and protocols to ensure that all environmental data generated or used by NCEA employees are scientifically sound, legally defensible, and of known and acceptable quality for their intended uses.

Location: This job will be located at EPA’s facility in Washington, DC.

Salary: Selected applicant will become temporary employees of ORAU and will receive an hourly wage for hours worked, based upon position, education and locale.

Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Expected Start Date: The position is full-time and expected to begin in February 2015. The initial project is through November 19, 2015, and may be renewable up to 4 one-year optional periods.

For more information, contact

Job Function:     Administrative/Support Services, Computer Science/Statistics, Management/Administration, Sciences, Other
Duration:             The position is full-time and expected to begin in February 2015. The initial project is through November 19, 2015, and may be renewable up to 4 one-year optional periods.
Approximate Hours Per Week:  40
Salary Level:       applicant will become temporary employees of ORAU and will receive an hourly wage for hours worked, based upon position, education and locale.
Qualifications:   Eligible applicants must:

• be at least 18 years of age and
• have earned a recent (within the last 24 months) Bachelor's degree in ecology, biology, geography, human health, toxicology, chemistry, hydrology, engineering, including petroleum or environmental engineering and
• be legally authorized to work in the United States of America.

EPA ORD employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program.

Desired Expertise, Skills, Education, and/or Experience:
• Demonstrated leadership skills and experience working on teams.
• Strong analytical skills, combined with written and oral communication skills.
• Experience in evaluating scientific literature and mining data.
• Self-directed and motivated.
• Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook), desktop publishing, and the Internet
• Experience in administration support functions (i.e., recordkeeping, filing) and managing records (electronic and hardcopy) or databases.
• Excellent proof reading and editing skills.
• Experience in geographic information systems (GIS).

ESRI Summer Internship Program

Careers4Terps, University Career Center & The President’s Promise
Highlighted positions for GEOG Majors!

Log in to your C4T account ( and paste the position title in the “Search” box to learn more and apply. 

Esri Summer Internship Program
Position Type:   Summer Internship
Location:              Redlands, California (United States)
Washington DC, District of Columbia (United States)
Description:        Looking for a summer gig where you can learn and earn a paycheck at the same time? Get a head start on your career by becoming an Esri intern. Each year, we hire about 100 interns to work at our headquarters in Redlands, California, and in some of our regional offices across the US. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

What You'll Do
Esri interns contribute to real projects and are mentored by team members along the way. From creating an augmented reality application for Android mobile devices to using Python to implement a faster solution for a 3D segmentation technique; from developing a mobile application to improve overall team communication and efficiency for search and rescue teams to creating maps and images for an ocean basemap demonstration shown at the User Conference, Esri interns do work that makes a difference.

Internships are available in many areas throughout the company:
• Full-time, paid internships
• Twelve-week program with flexible start dates
• Free software training courses
• A day at the annual Esri International User Conference
• A chance to network with other students from across the US
• Enjoying what Southern California has to offer—Redlands is centrally located near mountains, beaches, Los Angeles, and desert communities

What's Next?
More information on Esri’s Summer Internship Program including the application process is available at Applications must be received by March 20, 2015. We fill internships as qualified candidates are identified, so apply early!

Job Function:     Computer Science/Statistics, Engineering, Marketing/Sales

Monday, January 5, 2015

January Alumni of the Month 2015

January Alumni of the Month

Alexandra C Rodriguez

Year of graduation: 2014
Major: Geographical Sciences - GIS
Minor: Spanish Language and Cultures

Current employment status:
  • Employer: Geographic Services, Inc.
  • Position: GIS Analyst
Did you/do you currently go to graduate school? If so:
  • School: University of Maryland College Park
  • Program: Geospatial Information Sciences
  • Degree: Master of Professional Studies
Current Research:
I am currently trying to find new ways to further analyze the possible effects, both positive and negative, of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Purple Line light rail.

Why did you want to be a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
I love human geography. I especially fell in love with Tobler’s First Law of Geography: “Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things.” I find it fascinating that you can find a relationship in everything that surrounds you. I chose GIS as a major because I enjoy seeking and analyzing those unnoticed relationships and giving them a “face.”
What internships or independent research did you do as a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
  1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Office of Coast Survey
  2. The National Geographic Society – Editorial and Research – Maps Division
  3. University of Maryland – Facilities Management – Campus GIS Technician
  4. University of Maryland – BSOS Summer Research Initiative – Remote Sensing Researcher
What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success while they are still undergraduates?
Find as many internship opportunities as you can! Go out there and try to get as much GEOG/GIS/ENSP experience as you can, whether it is big, small, paid, or unpaid. 
What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success after graduation?
  1. Networking – Try to stay in contact with your peers, professors, and anybody who has had any type of influence on you and your GEOG/GIS/ENSP academic career. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to people you don’t know. You never know when you’ll introduce yourself to the right person.
  2. Perseverance – No matter what just keep applying to as many internships and jobs as possible. It gets discouraging after a while but you have to be persistent and confident. Hard work always pays off! 

Summer Internship: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2015 Internship
 POSITION TITLE: GIS/Data Management Intern
 5 Positions
 STIPEND $125 per week + dorm housing included

GIS and Data Management interns needed beginning June 2015 and lasting for 12 weeks for assistance with GIS data Creation, data management, and technology transfer. Duties will include using ArcGIS Desktop software and Trimble GPS Equipment to create and manage new GIS data layers; Coordinating with park staff to organize existing spatial and tabular data and create and document procedures for updating databases. Perform data mining and analysis of data in a variety of database systems.
Use of GIS to support GIS and database development in the following areas: Wildlife Management, Cultural Resources, Fisheries and Water Quality, Inventory and Monitoring, Climate, Remote Sensing; Developing base-mapping programs for the continued collection and analysis of monitoring data. Performing data mining, analysis, and entry. Participate in Search and Rescue Program. Must be able to hike in mountainous terrain in hot humid or inclement weather conditions carrying a daypack or backpack and other field equipment. Good fitting hiking boots and rainwear are important personal items to have prior to arrival. Stinging insects, poison ivy, slippery footing, and venomous snakes are known field hazards. Work schedule is 4/ten hour days 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM, M-T

Some education or experience in geographic information systems (GIS), computer cartography a must, specifically experience using ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap/ArcCatalog). Experience with geodatabase formats is a plus, as is understanding of geodatabase tables. Knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel and ability to understand data patterns. Applicant should have the ability to write and follow detailed technical information documents and be self-motivated and flexible. Applicant should be highly organized and able to manage a large-scale project from inception to completion.  Applicants will be selected based on demonstrated ability to work independently and with initiative with regard to organization, ability to understand data patterns, and assimilate new skills.
Valid state vehicle operator’s license desired. 
Documentation Required:
Access to government computers requires the following: ability to pass Federal Computer Security Background Investigation; must be able and willing to complete background check application and return via registered mail; must provide own transportation and expense for purpose of obtaining a DOI Employee Identification Card. Employment is contingent upon ability to successfully complete and pass a Background Investigation.


Application packages should be in “USA Jobs Format”, which is required for BG Check. Create a profile on USA Jobs and convert all USA Jobs application materials to PDF and send to AND Your USA Jobs Profile must include entire work history, current phone number and address of former supervisors, current phone number and address of references, education history including classes, courses, seminars, and external training related to GIS and Data Management. We are currently unable to access USA Jobs Profiles for this announcement. Application materials must be converted to PDF from within the USA Jobs Web Site and emailed to both email addresses. Hard-copy applications which are physically mailed to the park will not be accepted. Application materials sent to only one of the recruiter email addresses listed in this announcement won’t be considered. Unfortunately we are unable to provide assistance or guidance with the formatting of your application materials using the “USA Jobs Format”. Omission of verifiable contact information of current and former supervisors could render your application not considered. International applicants are encouraged to apply. Valid employment documents are required at the state of employment. We are unable to advise applicants regarding the validity of Student Work Visas and international applicants should consult appropriate legal sources for preparation of Visas and Work Permits. Only applicants selected for the position(s) will be asked to provide documentation substantiating a Federal Background Check. Submittal of Personally Identifiable Information required for a Background Check without being requested to do so will result in your application not being considered. 

January Undergraduate of the Month 2015

January Undergraduate Student of the Month

Laura Garvie

1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?
Majors: Geographical Sciences – Development and Sustainability track
Minors: French, Global Poverty
2) What are your interests within your program(s)?
I learned French as a child in Immersion schools and today, am President of Le Cercle des Etudiants Frocophones et Francophiles (the French club on campus). I love writing and translation work but really found my passion in the school of geographical sciences where I discovered the relations between people and the natural world and my desire to study human and environmental process. Geog332 was a great class for me this past semester because it focused on my interests in contemporary slavery, income inequality and managing scarce resources.
3) What previous jobs, internships, and volunteer experience have you had?
Translator for USAID/Senegal
Lab assistant for the Department of Geographical Sciences
Volunteer for the American Field Service. (I studied abroad in France for one year in high school with this program and have been volunteering for them ever since).
Tour Guide at an art museum in Gray, France
Hostess at Mosaic Cuisine & Café (a French restaurant in Rockville)
4) Where you are from?
Rockville, Maryland

Internship: (Spring 2015)
1) Where you are interning?
Department of State, Foreign Service Institute (FSI) – this is where State Department’s Foreign Service employees are prepared for overseas assignments. 
2) What are your internship responsibilities?
I expect to help Americans in distress abroad and in transition. I will surely do some routine administrative work but will look for the chance to try something new and leave my mark on the office.
3) What project(s) are you working on or contributing to?
            I don’t know yet what projects I will be working specifically with but I will be in the Transition Center, one unit within the five schools of FSI. They train, counsel and other assist Department of State employees to prepare them for life abroad. They specifically assist personnel returning from high-threat assignments through the High Stress Assignment Out-brief Program. 
4) How is the internship experience relevant to your studies in Geographical Sciences?
My internship is relevant to Geographical Sciences because U.S Government employees will be dealing with changes that come along with differences in physical and human geography when they move abroad.
5) What are your career goals after your graduate?
I am hoping to earn my Masters of Science through the combined BS/MS program and then volunteer with the Peace Corps. I would like to get a job with the Government and one day open my own hostel abroad. More than anything, my goal is to be happy and feel good about wherever my life goes.