Monday, August 31, 2015

September Undergraduate of the Month:Bronwen Schriml

Full Name: Bronwen Schriml

1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?
Majors: Geographical Sciences and Government & Politics

2) What are your interests within your program(s)?
Geographical Sciences – Human Geography and International Development, Government & Politics – International Relations

3) What previous jobs, internships, and volunteer experience have you had?
My previous internships include the Mayor of Chicago Federal Affairs Office, Frederick County Circuit Court Head Administrative Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr., and Maryland General Assembly Page Program. I have been volunteering with Special Olympics since the age of six, specifically volunteering at the annual Polar Bear Plunge and Summer Games.

4) Where you are from (optional)?
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada but raised in Frederick, MD, USA.


1) Where you are interning?
Embassy of Canada, Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States.

2) What are your internship responsibilities?
My main task while working at the Mission this past summer was to attend and report on meetings. As an intern I attended OAS committee meetings, permanent council sessions, and think tank events that pertain to Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, and Canada. For the meetings and think tank events I wrote reports to be circulated within our mission and Ottawa related offices. My Inter-American Congress on Tourism report was circulated to Industry Canada. Often I would collaborate with officers in my office and other interns in the Embassy if the topic had wide interest. Other tasks I performed included composing week in previews for upcoming events, hosting diplomats and representatives from the OAS, and creating a networking event for the other interns at the Embassy.

3) What project(s) are you working on or contributing to?
I assisted my office’s development officers prepare for the annual Pan-American Health Organization conference and research previous resolutions to prepare for the meeting. Major issues I have covered this summer include the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trade Promotion Authority, the Dominican Republic - Haiti border migration dispute, the possible violation of human rights occurring in the Dominican Republic, and the Guatemalan corruption scandal. I was also fortunate to be a part of the Canadian Delegation (as pictured above) to this year’s General Assembly which was held at OAS headquarters in Washington D.C. I was tasked with attending major sessions and taking notes to send to the officers and our Representative, Minister of State Lynne Yelich, throughout the conference.

4) How is the internship experience relevant to your studies in Geographical Sciences?
My internship experience was relevant to my Studies in Geographical Sciences because of the subjects I covered in the reports I wrote and were discussed in meetings I was able to attend at the OAS and various think tank events. My focus within my major of Geographical Sciences is sustainability and development, the more human geography focused specialty of the major. Additionally, two of the pillars of the OAS are development and human rights. I was able to research and analyze old reports, meeting sessions, and attend a multitude of think tank events on the development of Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, and the specific countries of Colombia and Brazil. I was able to directly apply the terminology, theories, and concepts I have learned thus far to the subject I was working on.

5) What are your career goals after you graduate?
After I graduate, I plan to attend graduate school for a masters or PhD in Human Geography. My career goals are to work in the field of international development and diplomacy, either through the Canadian Foreign Service or U.S. State Department.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Job & Internship Opportunities Related to Latin America

 International Women's Media Foundation

The IWMF is now are now hiring for a Program Manager for their new Latin America initiative.

As the IWMF continues a period of historic expansion in the life of the organization, we seek an experienced, energetic Program Manager to play a leading role in overseeing and implementing the IWMF's programs, in particular the organization's new multi-faceted Latin America initiative, Adelante, which will include international and in-country reporting fellowships and journalism security training across six countries (Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the US/Mexico border). Adelante will launch in fall 2015, building on the success of the IWMF's ongoing African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. The initiative will create vital professional development opportunities for women journalists, and promote original news narratives from this underreported region.

Other IWMF programs include the Courage in Journalism and Courage in Photojournalism Awards, Fund for Women Journalists, and journalism security app Reporta.

The Program Manager will join a "small but mighty", collegial programs team and will report to the Director of Programs.

See the job posting for a detailed description and how to apply:

School of the Americas Watch
We are seeking a part-time Operations Coordinator to work out of the Washington, DC office. For the full job description, requirements and how to apply, click here. The application deadline is Friday, August 28.
We are also seeking a short-term, part-time Research Consultant. The September 2014 disappearance of 43 students from the rural teaching school in Ayotzinapa by Mexican police sparked an international outcry for justice, while also exposing the failed U.S. "drug war" policies that have resulted in the murder of over 100,000 civilians and the disappearance of over 30,000 more. Our research efforts are critical in supporting and informing our educational outreach and legislative work. For the full job description, requirements and how to apply, click here. The application deadline is Friday, August 21. (but certainly not least), we are currently looking for an organizing intern to join our staff in Washington, DC. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in joining us to organize the largest annual anti-militarism convergence in North America, the Vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning, thisNovember 20-22, please consider applying. We would love to begin working together immediately! For more information on how to apply, click here.
Women, people of color and differently-abled persons are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact MarĂ­a Luisa, SOA Watch Field Organizer, at

Center for Economic Policy and Research

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Job Announcement
  Fall 2015 International Program Intern

Job Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time International Program Intern for Fall 2015 (September-December).

Responsibilities include assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces; organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics; assisting in tracking and logging press mentions; as well as working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress.

The responsibilities vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a general understanding of economics, international relations, and democracy issues, and an interest in economic justice. Previous research, data and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful; interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience will have event management opportunities. The intern will need to be fluent in Spanish, including the ability to perform accurate written translations; able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited management; and be a self-starter and independent learner. Should have excellent writing and communications skills.

Stipend: At least $1,732 per month, plus up to $255 for health insurance reimbursement per month.
Closing Date of Position: Open until position is filled.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a brief (2 page) answer to the question “How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?” via email tointernationalintern[at]cepr.netNo calls or faxes please.

Organization Description:The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. It is an independent nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options.

CEPR is an ideal place to learn about current economic and global justice issues in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment.  Work schedules are flexible.

CEPR is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.
Please consider making a donation to CEPR. In addition to foundations, we rely on people like you to support our work.
Federal employees can support CEPR through the Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #79613.
The Center for Economic and Policy Research is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. CEPR's Advisory Board includes Nobel Laureate economists Robert Solow and Joseph Stiglitz; Janet Gornick, Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Luxembourg Income Study; and Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Center for Economic and Policy Research, 1611 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 293-5380, Fax: (202) 588-1356

Geography Jobs at Census!


The Census Bureau has many GS 9 to 12 Geographer positions open now. 
The finalized vacancy announcements listed below opened today, August 20, 2015, and will close at 11:59 p.m., EST, on Friday, August 28, 2015.

You can view the announcements at the links provided below:
BOC-2015-0202 (Merit Promotion)

BOC-2015-0198 (Delegated Examining)

Applicants applying to these announcements should read the entire announcement as the wording and application requirements have changed.

Bright Futures Scholarship Now Available for Fall 2015 Unpaid Internships!

For the 2015-2016 academic year, we are excited to offer the Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship to undergraduate students participating in fall 2015, spring 2016, and summer 2016 unpaid internships with government agencies and non-profit organizations! 

Bright Futures Fall 2015 Application Now Open
Deadline to apply: Monday, September 21

The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid internships.

Help us spread the word & please forward this email to your students!

Eligible Candidates 
All registered University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students returning to campus for the spring 2016 semester, who have an internship for fall 2015, are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors (December 2015) are not eligible. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors and to those who have not previously received an award.  In order for a student's internship to qualify for funding support, it must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Unpaid on-campus or off-campus internship with a non-profit organization or government agency
  • Offered during the fall and completed by Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization

Submission Deadline: September 21, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Erica Ely
Program Director, Internships
University Career Center & The President's Promise

The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship is generously funded by a grant from The President's Fearless Fund and receives ongoing significant support from the University Career Center & The President's Promise.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August Undergraduate of the Month: Ricardo Aguilar

Ricardo Aguilar
Full Name: Ricardo Aguilar
1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?
I am currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Geographical Sciences with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems.
2) What are your interests within your program(s)?
I want to gain knowledge and the critical thinking skill needed to contribute to research on the underlying factors of climate change in order to allow society to make better environmental decisions.
3) What previous jobs, internships, and volunteer experience have you had?
During the spring of 2015, I worked as a teaching assistant for Dr. Naijun Zhou. I was one of the TAs for Introduction to Geographical Information System.
4) Where you are from (optional)?
I was born in El Salvador, and currently living in Silver Spring, MD
1) Where you are interning?
I am currently an intern at the lab run by Dr. Matthew Hansen and his team.
2) What are your internship responsibilities?
My task on the lab is to visually analyze samples to see if there was a change in land use or land cover.
3) What project(s) are you working on or contributing to?
I am currently helping with image interpretation for a project which aims to map forest loss caused by fires. And in the past weeks I helped with image interpretation for a project aimed to map bare ground globally. In addition, I contributed with an accuracy assessment of the deforestation maps generated by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (Amazon Deforestation Monitoring Project or PRODES map) and the University of Maryland Global Forest Watch (GFW map).
4) How is the internship experience relevant to your studies in Geographical Sciences?
Working on research with this data is something that has inspire me to continue my studies within the fields of remote sensing. The internship has allowed me to put the knowledge that I gained in the classroom and as a teaching assistant to use in a research environment.
5) What are your career goals after your graduate?
After I graduate I want to complete a doctorate program in remote sensing. My long term career goal as a geographical scientist is to obtain a job at an organization that would allow me to conduct my own research about the environment while using my skills as a geographer.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Explore your world at the Study Abroad Fair
Thursday, September 10th - 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Grand Ballroom, STAMP

Fearless Terps get out of the classroom! Explore the possibilities and get inspired at the Study Abroad Fair! Break out of the ordinary and find your extraordinary in China. Be a social entrepreneur in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic. Develop your professional portfolio with an internship in the UK or Spain. Learn a language or go beyond the basics to do field work or research. Think outside your borders and show how fearless Terps are! Meet with Program Directors, College representatives, and advisors to find your perfect program. 

Natural Capital Analyst - 16005

World Wildlife Fund - Washington D.C. Metro Area

Apply on company website

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Natural Capital Analyst.  This position is focused on supporting WWF’s work on Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services, managing and deploying internal geospatial resources and supporting internal Geographic Information Systems (GIS) operations while advancing spatial analysis in our conservation projects. The analyst will advance knowledge of natural capital and ecosystem services and support select projects, perform spatial analysis, curate ecosystem spatial data and provide spatial analysis expertise to conservation projects at various scales. They will also produce high quality maps, provide geospatial support to WWF-US and WWF network offices; and liaise with similar functions across the WWF Network.
  • Perform natural capital and ecosystem services analysis, mapping and modeling in support of national development planning in various project countries and help with establishing a replicable spatial analysis protocol for integrating natural capital assessments into green economy/sustainable development and resilience-building policies elsewhere. 
  • Develop and curate a spatial database that supports natural capital and ecosystem services mapping; collecting and curating data necessary for ecosystem analysis and working closely with natural capital scientists.
  • Support mapping of natural capital and ecosystem services by developing in-depth knowledge of the Natural Capital Project’s approach to assessing ecosystem services and researching and developing skills in other approaches necessary to ensure success of WWF’s portfolio of natural capital projects. Build knowledge through research to keep up to date with the state of the art knowledge in ecosystem services modeling and applications and apply the same to WWF projects.
  • Lead geospatial and natural capital mapping capacity development by designing, developing, conducting and leading training courses in GIS and natural capital applications.
  • Support development of natural capital and ecosystem services tools and approaches by capturing and communicating field project needs to scientists and modelers both within WWF and in the broader Natural Capital Project community
  • Participate in developing funding proposals for natural capital projects by bringing critical information from both the science literature and existing field applications.
  • Write reports that demonstrate and communicate natural capital and ecosystem services results and outcomes from projects. Prepare manuscripts for peer review and publication to communicate WWF natural capital work and to build confidence in the results and approaches
  • Contribute GIS analysis and cartography expertise to select conservation projects.  Participate as a team member for projects that require significant GIS expertise and cartography, and lead components of these projects.  Share experience, advice, lessons learned and ideas with colleagues who are using GIS tools or conducting GIS analyses of their own in order to stay current with skills and applications.
  • Manage and maintain GIS software and hardware resources including servers, plotters, workstations and laptops.  Coordinate with IT to ensure reliable operation of development and production servers. Advise IT about GIS-related hardware requirements when procuring new hardware.  Ensure that shared resources like plotters, loaner computers, etc. are properly maintained and operational.
  • GIS resource budgeting.  Develop an annual budget for WWF-US GIS hardware, software and data resources.  Manage functions to deliver reliable and responsive service within that budget.  Explore potential mechanisms for cost-recovery or opportunities for fundraising or in-kind support.
  • Provide overall oversight of the GIS lab supporting inexperienced users needing GIS resources. Develop and help implement GIS solutions in other departments in support of other conservation support programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills and Experience

  1. A graduate degree in Geography, Natural Resources Management, Ecology or related field.
  2. At least five years experience with spatial ecology, spatial analysis of natural capital is required. Knowledge of biodiversity conservation, or natural resources management as well as an understanding of international conservation issues is required.
  3. At least 5 years experience with the following is required:
    • Spatial ecology, spatial analysis of natural capital and ecosystem services feeding into land use planning.
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and methods for manipulating, processing and analyzing spatial data including modeling, GPS data collection and land cover mapping. 
    • Applying GIS and spatial analyses to conservation; excellent knowledge of GIS software including ESRI software.
  4. Knowledge of open source GIS tools like QGIS strongly desired.
  5. Experience with conducting training in natural capital mapping, GIS and other spatial technologies a strong plus
  6. Basic knowledge of python programming for modeling and automating GIS analysis and database management desired.
  7. Knowledge of server GIS strongly desired.
  8. Must be a self-starter, with experience in conducting independent research with limited supervision. Is able to keep up with relevant scientific literature and new spatial tools and methodologies, and deploys them on his/her own initiative as needed to execute projects.
  9. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interface between WWF staff, decision makers, and the ability to provide clear and patient instruction.
  10. Excellent organizational and analytical skills.  Able to work to meet deadlines.
  11. Strong communications skills, verbal and written. 
  12. Able to work is a fast paced team-oriented environment with frequent interactions across cultures.
  13. Able to take direction and then work independently to deliver.

To Apply:
-          Please visit our careers page and submit an on-line application.
-          Submit cover letter and resume to, job #16005
-          Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone. 

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

First Look Fair 2015

Save the Date!
The 33rd annual First Look Fair will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16 and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2015 on McKeldin Mall.  More details will follow in the coming months but please keep this date in mind as you begin planning fall programming.  The First Look Fair Planning Committee would love to see everyone join us at this community event!  Registration will open in August and details will be posted at  Inquiries can be directed to

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunity-up to $5,000 
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards up to $5000 to help fund study abroad opportunities. 
In the last two years, over 60 UMD students have received this highly competitive award but still only a small percentage of eligible students are applying. Help us to make to continue to increase this number by sharing this information with your students!
The application deadline for spring 2016 is October 6th
Eligibility requirements: 
  • U.S. Citizens
  • Pell Grant recipients
  • Applying for a study abroad program that is at least 4 weeks long. 
This is a highly competitive scholarship which does require advanced planning with Education Abroad and the National Scholarships Office, so encourage your qualified students to:
1)      Meet with an Education Abroad Regional Advisor to plan their study abroad for spring 2016

2)      Schedule an advising meeting with the National Scholarships Office for guidance in creating a strong application. To schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie Brice (

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Career Opportunities: Intern, Maps NGM (Fall)

National Geographic magazine is seeking a talented intern to contribute to and learn about the production of maps. The intern will work closely with graphic editors to learn about the development of and production processes for maps and graphics in the magazine or online.

  1. Collaborate with graphic staff in the design and production of maps and information graphics for use in print, tablet or on the web. These duties may include processing spatial data, researching data sources, map compilation, production and design, and and generating relief for maps.  (80%)
  2. Help develop story ideas by researching science, wildlife, geo-political, cultural, and historical topics.  (10%)
  3. Experience firsthand how the magazine is produced.  (5%)
  4. Learn how to operate effectively in a professional office environment by attending meetings, corresponding with external partners and consultants, working both independently and collaboratively, and troubleshooting software and data problems.  (5%)

Related Field of Study
Applicant should be a college junior, senior, or graduate student pursuing a degree in geography, cartography, GIS, or related major. Recent graduates are also eligible.

Knowledge and Skills Required
Superior organizational skills, ability to juggle multiple projects at once, and acute attention to detail are required.  Have an eye for design, interest in journalism, and visual storytelling. Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CS6 on Macintosh platform. Experience using ArcGIS: familiarity with data editing and creation, knowledge of relational databases and attribute tables, knowledge of geoprocessing functions (ArcToolbox). Familiarity with HTML-CSS, Javascript, After Effects, Adobe Edge and/or Natural Scene Designer a plus. Prior internship, and experience working on a publication (such as school newspaper or website) preferred but not required.

Additional Submission Requirements
Submit a cover letter detailing your background and why you want to be a journalistic cartographer.
Submit a portfolio of 5 samples reflecting a variety of work in cartography. Information graphics are a plus.

Responsibility percentages may vary depending on business needs.

National Geographic's headquarters is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. In addition to a unique and dynamic work environment, National Geographic offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental benefits, generous vacation and leave time, a 401(k) plan, and flexible work options.  Please visit our careers site at to view this job as well as our full listing of career opportunities.  National Geographic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Temporary - Full-Time - Limited-Term/Project Position

History in the Making: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

National Geographic Magazine Fall Graphics Research Internship

Under the guidance of an experienced researcher, the intern will learn to report and research concepts and content for artwork, information graphics, and maps as needed for NGM print and online, and to ensure the accuracy of the resulting graphics.

  1. Reporting: Intern will learn to identify, locate, and understand multiple sources of information applicable to assigned articles or news stories. Intern will have the opportunity to interview subject experts in private and government agencies, academic institutions, and industry, and will be guided in preparing concise summaries for staff members, including examples of best visual references.  (45%) 
  2. Project Development: Intern will participate in defining key issues and determining the focus and direction of the graphic. By consulting with more experienced researchers, intern will learn to identify sensitive or controversial aspects and assess the balance of the graphic. (45%)
  3. Writing: Intern will be instructed in writing a text guide for each artwork, map, or information graphic to ensure that the original intent of the graphic element is being effectively communicated. By consulting closely with the graphic editor or designer, intern will understand how to determine when a graphic is clear and appropriately labeled.  (10%)

Related Field of Study Required 
Applicant should be a college junior, senior, or graduate student in the liberal arts, social sciences, or journalism. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply.

Additional Knowledge and Skills Required 
Experience with researching, reporting, and writing are preferred. Should be comfortable using MS Word and Excel. Some familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and ArcGIS is encouraged. 

Apply here.