Thursday, October 29, 2015

The United States Park Police is Hiring!

The United States Park Police is advertising a vacancy for the position of Police Officer on USAJOBS through this link:

Positions are available in Washington, DC, New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.  The starting salary can range from $53,069 - $95,561.

The United States Park Police officer position is among the most sought positions in uniformed Federal law enforcement. Check out the vacancy and apply today!

Contact the recruiting office by telephone at (202) 619-7056 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm weekdays (this line does not accept messages) or via email at

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Reminder: START Spring 2016 Internship Opportunities Priority Deadline Friday 10/30

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, graduate students, and PhD candidates. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and the opportunity to participate in many professional development activities. START is very 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 on location at START at the University of Maryland College Park, unless stated otherwise in the internship description.

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a research center, based at the University of Maryland, committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world as well as related topics. START experts apply a range of research methods to the exploration of these questions in order to deliver findings based on the best available open-source evidence and data. At the heart of START's work is the principle that its research must be both scientifically rigorous and directly relevant to homeland security professionals. START is a Center of Excellence supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and also receives funding and support from a variety of Federal agencies, private foundations, and universities.

The Internship Program
START offers unpaid internship experiences on many of its large-scale research projects, including START’s flagship research project, the Global Terrorism Database, with the center’s Unconventional Weapons and Technology program as well as our HQ support teams such as Communications and Education. Throughout the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-todate theories, methods and information relating to the study of terrorism. They are versed in critical questions being tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and they are mentored in a successful, professional environment. The internship program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. Interns work onsite at START headquarters and often receive academic credit for their participation. Each internship lasts for one semester (or summer term). Participants work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer. Interns also participate in a program of enrichment and career development activities and receive mentoring from START researchers and staff.

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

Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
The GTD is an open source, unclassified database including information on terrorist attacks around the world since 1970. The database is maintained by START researchers. The GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents and now includes over 113,000 cases. The GTD intern team is organized into the following themes:
·            GTD: Incident Location and Geographic Identification (GEOINT)
·            GTD: Perpetrator Identification
·            GTD: Target Classification
·            GTD: Understanding the Patterns and Use of Weapons and Tactics
·            GTD: The Consequences of Terrorism – Casualties and Outcome
·            GTD: Coding Intern At Large (Generalist)
Unconventional Weapons and Technology
The Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division consists of a number of intensive, shorter-term research projects concentrated on research topics within the larger study of terrorism and politically violent non-state actors. Intern positions are available in the following focus areas:
·        Aviation Insider Threat Research
·        Advanced Research Internship (ARI)
·        Terrorist Idealology Project
·        Behavioral Indicators of Insider Threats
·        Assessing and Preventing the Bioscience Insider Threat
·        Project Leviathan
·        Project Prometheus
Risk Communications and Community Resilience
Government, non-profits, and other organizations rely on public communication to deliver important messages to various audiences. Professional communicators today use social scientific research to improve this process, and START’s research teams have several current and upcoming communication projects that address current research questions. Risk communication is important for delivering messages about impending storms, terrorist attacks, public health crises, and more. Interns working on this team will support several ongoing research projects as well as new projects.

START is continuing to develop the Terrorism Data Archive Dataverse. Interns for this project will learn about terrorism-related data through archiving datasets and reading over documentation. Interns will serve as Assistant Editors and will be responsible for preparing data for archiving onto the START Dataverse. Depending upon the dataset, there will also be opportunities to create Codebooks and add labels and values to the data. Interns will receive training in the archiving process.

Strategic Military Assessment Research and Transition (SMART) Projects
SMART projects focus on the relationships of violent non-state actors (terrorist, pirates, etc.) and state authorities to analyze their patterns of interaction and strategies of violence.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Analytical
Interns will contribute to the construction of a global, multimodal transportation network.  Tasks will include analysis and aggregation of large-scale datasets, database triangulation, manual vector editing, extensive open-source research into traditional and illicit transportation methods, digital cartography/mapmaking, and translation of START’s qualitative research into geospatial format.  Interest/experience in global security and/or terrorism is beneficial.

START’s Communications team is seeking interns to assist with START’s communication activities and products. Intern responsibilities vary but may include: Writing and editing press releases and featured stories, planning and attending events, creating media kits, developing and tracking media lists and monitoring social media.

Understanding Domestic Radicalization
This internship is part of the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) project, a three-year project which seeks to establish an empirical basis to investigate the underlying mechanisms and processes for individual radicalization in the United States. Previous intern teams researched information on radicalized individuals and entered it into a dataset; wrote case studies on radicalized individuals; performed quality-control checks on the dataset; performed structured qualitative analysis; and assisted project staff in conducting analysis on the quantitative data.

Developing Technology in Explosive Detection Dogs
Interns for this project will assist in developing deployment strategies with explosive detection dogs while utilizing new technology in the field.  Interns will be working closely with four K9 dogs and their handlers while training and being deployed for Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device Detection.  Interns must have a flexible schedule and ability to be around dogs.  Interns will be required to pass a brief background check.

START/State Department Terrorist Organizations Project Internship
Students will gather and analyze statistics on terrorist organizations over time. Projects will include collecting the number and type of attacks over time, looking at trends, and possibly even modeling group capacity out into the future. Interns will also provide assistance in researching open source information on the leadership of some groups for possible future designations. Interns will be co-supervised by researchers at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the State Department. The State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks. Interns will be based at START’s offices on the University of Maryland campus.

Government Actions in Terror Environments (GATE)
Recent research suggests that governments have a vast set of policy tools at their disposal vis-à-vis terrorist groups, and that pure reliance on repressive policies can be counterproductive. While policymakers increasingly recognize the importance of non-military counterterrorism tools in addition to military ones, it is not yet known which type of government actions are effective; and when carrots might be more effective than sticks in defeating terrorist groups. This is a unique opportunity to better understand the terrorist conflict in the US and across specific regions of the world and to get a unique view of how governments deal with those conflicts.

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 professional  development.
·    Mentorship from START staff and researchers in a successful workplace 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 form
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, citizenship, preferred majors, and compulsory meeting times. 

How to apply
Priority Deadline: midnight October 30th (Please note this is the final deadline for some projects, as noted on the project description. All international students must apply by the priority deadline in order to ensure appropriate paperwork is completed in time for start of the program.)
Final Deadline: midnight November 13th   

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

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

National Geographic Geography Intern Program Application Update

Greetings from National Geographic!

As you may have heard, the National Geographic Society recently announced major changes in the way the organization will operate. These changes have impacted our long-running intern program for 2016. We continue to be committed to the intern program, but will only be offering two 12-week semesters in 2016: one in the summer (May through August) and one in the fall (August through November). As always, these internships are paid. We hope to post the internship application in February for a mid-May start date, and you will receive a notification once the internship has been posted.

The National Geographic Society established its Geography Intern Program in 1981 to furnish qualified students with a professional learning experience. Over 30 years later, more than 800 university and college juniors, seniors, and master’s students majoring in geography or cartography have participated in the program by interning on various projects aimed at the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge. National Geographic continues to be committed to geography education as we head into 2016.

On September 9th, National Geographic announced the creation of National Geographic Partners, a move that combines our content assets (including cable channels, magazines and digital publishing) and other consumer-facing activities (travel, licensing and location-based entertainment) into one entity co-owned by 21st Century Fox. The National Geographic Society will itself remain a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the creation of National Geographic Partners and its ongoing work will increase the Society’s endowment to nearly $1 billion and essentially double the annual resources the Society has available to invest in the work of scientists, explorers, researchers and educators. More information on the expanded partnership can be found here.

National Geographic believes in the power of science, education, exploration and storytelling to change the world — and this new partnership and changes at the Society will help those that share this vision to do just that. Thank you for your continued support of this program and encouraging your exceptional students to apply. We look forward to reading their applications this spring. For more information about the program and application process, please refer to our website.


Allison Taylor
National Geographic
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Project Success II-November 4th

Monday, October 26, 2015

Boren Fellowship for Language Study in Critical Regions

Francis DuVinage, Director - Leslie Brice, Coordinator ­
The Boren Fellowship is aimed at graduate students (US citizens) who want to study abroad for six months to a year in 2016-17 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Eligible regions include Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Fellowships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.)
New this year: South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) offers Boren Fellowship applicants the opportunity for intensive language study of Hindi and Urdu and cultural immersion by participating in domestic and overseas language programs. The SAFLI program is appropriate for applicants with no language proficiency as well as those with intermediate and advanced proficiency in Hindi and/or Urdu.
*The Boren Fellowship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.*

Deadline: January 28, 2016. You can learn more about the Boren Fellowship program here:

Boren representatives for both the Fellowship and Scholarship programs will be on campus Thursday, October 29 at 4 pm– Location: Susquehanna Hall Room 2114. RSVP to

We have also scheduled a last round of information sessions to help you learn more about the Boren Fellowship and its application process.  
Friday, October 3012:30-1:00 pm – 2403A Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Monday, November 212:30-1:00 pm – 2403A Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Tuesday, November 312:30-1:00 pm – 2403A Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Tuesday, November 34:30-5:00 pm – 2403A Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Wednesday, November 44:30-5:00 pm – 2403A Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Geography Club

Geography Club is meeting TONIGHT at 6pm in LeFrak 1222!

We will have an Esri representative speaking to us, followed by our annual Quiz Bowl.

Get a few friends together for a team and come win some prizes at the Quiz Bowl!

More information can be found here.

See you there!

URI Spring 2016 Internships

URI-Urban Resources Initiative
Internship Program
Area Universities
Spring 2016 URI internships in Baltimore

The Urban Resources Initiative Internship Program is a partnership of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, the Parks & People Foundation, and area universities and institutions.

For priority consideration, apply before November 15 

(applications considered until positions filled)

Application and expectation information at bottom


(See below for project descriptions)

Promotional Plan for a Major Baltimore Park

Documenting Property Values and Community Perceptions Near  Major Parks

Develop Plans for a  Memorial Bench and Tree Program

Park and /or Recreation Center User Survey

Docs in the Park Programs

Outdoor Recreation Activities/Healthy Baltimore Initiative

Weed Warriors Program Tracking & Outreach

Administrative Policy and Planning Intern

Recreation Center or Aquatics Program Assistant

TreeBaltimore GIS Intern

Baltimore’s Notable Tree Program Tracking & Outreach

Conservation and Archiving of the Records of the Recreation Division


(See below for project descriptions)

Gwynns Falls Trail Outreach & Program Promotion

Growing Green Initiative:  Power in Dirt Program Vacant Lot Assessment 

Community Greening Resource Network Research Project

Community Forestry  

Urban Environmental Education 

Green Event & Outreach Promotion

Green Resource Mapping 

Urban Ecology Education (Baltimore Ecosystem Study)


Promotional Plan for a Major Baltimore Park

The intern will develop a promotional plan for the facilities and programs in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park and help to establish a model for similar efforts in other major Baltimore City parks.   Working with the partners who have formed the Gwynns Falls Collaborative, the intern will review existing promotional materials, solicit additional information, and create a pilot comprehensive marketing and promotional strategy for the various activities related to the park.  Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park is the largest woodland park in an East Coast city.  Preferred expertise includes experience in graphic arts, marketing, and communications.

Documenting Changes in Property Values and Community Perceptions near Major Parks 

The goal of the project is to compile quantitative and qualitative evidence to show the economic and community revitalization benefits of public investment in parks and recreation resources through a study of the Patterson Park or Druid Hill Park vicinity for the period 2002-2015.  Research sources may include city/state property financial records (assessment, tax), land use, maps, and community plans.  The study may be used to evaluate the City’s continued investment in recreation and parks spaces as an important tool to generate economic development and community revitalization. Desired skills:  Ability to write, undertake research and analysis, engage in problem solving, and work independently.

Develop Plans for a Memorial Bench and Tree Program 

The intern would conduct research on the memorial tree and bench programs of other recreation and parks departments, then meet with department staff to present those findings as a basis for making recommendations on the parameters for a new Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks program. Based on the research and discussions, the intern would write a draft of the proposed new program. The project would also involve identifying possible memorial bench and tree sites in Baltimore parks.

Park and /or Recreation Center User Survey

The intern will develop assessment tools for use in the system’s major parks and facilities, incorporating observational evidence and surveys of user and non-user opinion, as well as other appropriate methods, such as GIS mapping or census data review. The internship includes research and compilation of existing methods of analysis, including ways in which similar research has been used in comparable urban park systems to inform policy and funding decisions. Evidence of experience in qualitative and quantitative research, data collection and analysis or survey development required.

Docs in the Park Programs

Park “prescription” programs are growing across the U.S.  Baltimore’s program, called Docs in the Park, brings pediatricians and families together in a park to demonstrate the fun and healthy activities that will get children moving and exploring their local public city parks. The intern will help update and improve a survey to measure the success of these events. The intern will also research park prescription programs in other cities that follow children’s health outcomes from the doctor’s office visit to programs in parks and recreation centers.  The project is especially recommended for students with interest in public health.

Outdoor Recreation Activities/Healthy Baltimore Initiative

Continuation of an ongoing project to assist in the development and implementation of outdoor activity programs in Baltimore parks, with a special emphasis upon assessment of their health benefits as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Baltimore Initiative. The intern would organize and provide leadership for outdoor activities; conduct surveys; and disseminate information to participants on the health benefits of outdoor activity.

Weed Warriors Program Tracking & Outreach

The intern will assist the Forestry Division’s Weed Warriors Program Coordinator in taking invasive removal tracking data and continuing work on an interactive web map displaying progress in high priority management areas. The web map will also provide a way for requesting priority work areas and for seeking volunteer assistance.  The intern will help to develop promotional and educational materials and other means to enhance the program’s outreach and marketing to community groups. Knowledge of GIS (ArcGIS online or other mapping technologies) required, and knowledge of invasive plants is a plus.

Administrative Policy and Planning Intern

The intern will have the opportunity to learn about the administration of the Bureau of Recreation and undertake special projects, as assigned.  Opportunities may include shadowing managers and/or directors at recreation centers to observe and learn how administrative decisions are determined and transmitted; assisting with and learning about evaluations of recreation center programming, ordering, or budget processes; receiving special assignments related to the administration of recreation center operations. The specific project assignment will vary from semester to semester.

Recreation Center or Aquatics Program Assistant

The intern will have an opportunity to assist a Recreation Center Director or Aquatics Coordinator with responsibility for a wide variety of activities for the Department of Recreation’s Enrichment Programs, important priority programs for the city.  Required are experience with and ability to conduct recreational sports and activities, plus evidence of effective work with children and young people.

TreeBaltimore GIS Intern

TreeBaltimore has developed a GIS database of tree planting locations around the city to study
survivability of the different tree species over the first several years after planting. The intern will use GPS tablets to capture tree locations and attributes at planting sites; revisit planting sites to assess changes in the health of the trees; process and analyze data to produce reports and maps. Requirements:  basic experience using ArcGIS; familiarity using mobile devices (tablets/phones); interest in trees and in learning to identify different species.

Baltimore’s Notable Tree Program Tracking & Outreach

This internship continues a project to use GIS to upgrade the Forestry Division’s Notable Tree map to show the locations of living champion and distinctive trees—exemplary specimens and unusual species--and to help increase interest in tree canopy expansion in Baltimore City. This internship would involve community outreach to engage citizens in helping to identify Notable Trees and become more involved in the TreeBaltimore program by meeting with neighborhood groups, naturalist networks, and historical societies to identify tree candidates for enhancing the interactive Notable Tree map.

Conservation and Archiving of the Records of the Recreation Division

As the Recreation Division embarks on a major long-range strategic plan for the conservation and development of facilities which will benefit the youth and families of Baltimore, a priority is the preservation of documents from the past which may help to inform those decisions. The collection
consists of such materials as newspaper articles, event flyers, photos, and other documents, which have been accumulated over an extended period of 50-70 years. The intern will assist in planning and implementing the process to archive, preserve, and scan the materials into a high resolution format. Experience and skill in archival processing, paper and photograph conservation techniques, and digitization best practices desirable; especially recommended for advanced undergraduate or graduate students in such fields as library science or museum and historical studies.


Gwynns Falls Trail Outreach & Program Promotion

Several partners are working together to increase awareness and plan for future activities to attract a broader audience to the Gwynns Falls Trail.  The project would involve compiling survey results and other data to help inform decisions for possible activities on the Trail.  Further, the intern will help reach out to communities to publicize the Trail and help develop programs and resources for Trail users.   Preferred skills include familiarity with survey data analysis and strong communications skills.  Also, an appreciation for nature and outdoor recreation is preferred.  Flexible hours; must be able to work occasional weekend days and evenings

Growing Green Initiative:  Power in Dirt Program Vacant Lot Assessment

Each year Parks & People conducts site assessments of city-owned adopted lots through the Power in Dirt program, which serves as an avenue to transform empty spaces into gardens, play areas, art sites, or parks.  The intern will compile the data from the site assessments and create a report based on the findings. The report will be utilized by Parks & People and the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development to determine the future of currently adopted spaces and assist neighborhoods in better maintenance and support.  The ideal candidate will be proficient in GIS, Google Maps, Google Earth, Cartography, and Publisher.

Community Greening Resource Network Research Project

The Community Greening Resource Network (CGRN) intern will assist the staff from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) in conducting a study to address soil safety in the city’s vacant lot edible gardens. The intern will communicate with members of the network of community gardens, organize educational materials and workshops about soil safety, select sites for soil testing to be conducted by city youth, and, in cases of high soil contamination, assist in plans for remediation and raised bed construction. The ideal candidate will have an interest in environmental education and research; proficiency in Microsoft Office; and strong organizational, communication and event planning skills. Some evening work is required.

Community Forestry 

The intern will work with the Community Forestry Coordinator and Community Greening team to assist in greening efforts and reporting.  The tasks include performing outreach and assistance for a neighborhood tree steward program, updating databases that will be used to report past and present greening projects, and using a USDA Forest Service program to calculate the numeric benefits of the trees planted Baltimore.

Urban Environmental Education Program 

The intern will help to develop a place-based urban environmental education curriculum module appropriate for high school students participating in P&P’s BRANCHES program. Potential focus areas include addressing environmental and related social problems in Baltimore, using the urban setting to facilitate learning science and developing an understanding of the city as a social-ecological system. BRANCHES is a youth workforce training, employment and educational experience for youth ages 14 – 21. The ideal candidate will have proficiency in Microsoft Office; knowledge of Baltimore City’s historical, cultural and natural resources; and some experience in environmental education.  Some evening and weekend work and reliable transportation required.

Green Event & Outreach Promotion

Parks & People seeks an intern to assist with developing & implementing volunteer and educational events. The intern will assist with event planning (creation of flyers, outreach, and communications) and with event day responsibilities. Programs include Environmental Education and Community Greening Events, such as volunteer restoration events (like tree plantings or rain garden plantings) and the annual Community Greening Celebration.  The candidate would have an interest in environmental education and restoration; experience in media outreach and use of the Microsoft Office suite, including Publisher; and ability to work well with the public.

Green Resource Mapping

The intern would assist with creating an interactive map showing where Parks & People’s resources are being focused in Baltimore City to ensure that they are being directed to areas that have the greatest need. The project involves compiling data for where resources are being invested, including locations of tree plantings, community greening grant awards, CGRN member sites, afterschool sports programs, and other such programs. This information would be used to compile a report on where and how the city is receiving “green resources” for use in future program development. The candidate will need to have experience with GIS.

Urban Ecology Education 

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), a National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research site, seeks an intern to assist the BES Education Team with planning and delivery of ecology education activities in the Baltimore region.  Specific tasks might include: 1) assist in planning and recruitment for the 2016 Baltimore Data Jam Competition; 2) plan and deliver professional development programming to teachers; 3) revise and update curriculum or develop new materials; 4) update BES education webpage; 5) participate in assessment and evaluation of BES educational programming; 6) conduct research into student and teacher thinking and learning about environmental science.



--Semester internship:  120-180 hours; 10-12 weeks; 10-18 hours/week

--Most internships are unpaid; paid internships contingent upon funding

--Academic credit may be applicable; see your academic advisor or internship office.

For priority consideration, apply before November 15 (applications received until positions filled).
For information, contact Dr. Edward Orser, URI Program Manager:

Please submit the following:  (1) a cover letter of interest, addressing your skills and experience relevant to the internship; (2) your resume; (3) the name and e-mail contact information for the faculty academic advisor from whom we will request a reference

Send your application either electronically to;

Or by mail to
URI Internships, Parks & People Foundation,
2100 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21217

Internship-Department of Justice-Oct. 26 Deadline

U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division 
Natural Resources Section 
Volunteer Student Intern Program 

The Natural Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, is seeking a talented, dedicated undergraduate student to assist trial attorneys in our motions-based and trial practices during the spring of 2016 for approximately 10 hours per week.

The docket of the Natural Resource Section (NRS) is a kaleidoscope of diverse and challenging resource issues ranging from litigation to protect such national treasures as Florida’s Everglades and the remnant old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, to protecting the federal interest in the country’s vital water resources, to defense of the public fisc against claims by private property owners for alleged “takings” and by Native Americans for alleged trust breaches. And by virtue of our responsibility for all litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act, we defend the decision-making processes of virtually every federal agency. Recent examples include litigation over agency decisions related to the Gulf oil spill, renewable energy projects, and wildlife management in national parks. Our attorneys practice in both Federal and State courts.

Intern duties may include reviewing administrative records compiled by agencies in defense of actions brought under NEPA to locate information supporting legal arguments, reviewing depositions, performing basic legal research, and drafting internal memoranda. Interns may also have the opportunity to observe court proceedings. The work will require an organized, motivated individual with strong analytical skills and an attention to detail. Demonstrated interest in the law, including natural resource and land use issues is a plus.

Interns will not receive compensation, but can receive course credit. U.S. Citizenship and security clearance are required. Applicants must be in at least their junior year of college as of the spring of 2016 and be in good standing. Interested students should submit by email a resume, unofficial transcript, and a list of references (including at least one college instructor). Applicants from the University of Maryland can submit their information to Professor Joanna Goger at All other applicants can submit their information to A short cover letter describing your interest is encouraged. Inquiries regarding the undergraduate internship program may be directed to Clare Boronow at the email address above.

Our offices are located in downtown Washington, DC, near the Chinatown/Gallery Place and Navy
Memorial/Archives metro stops.

Applications must be received by October 26, 2015.

Monday, October 19, 2015

We Need Volunteers! Geography Career Fair Oct. 23

We need volunteers for next week’s Career Fair, taking place in LeFrak 1124 on October 23rd  from 9:30am-12:30pm.  We will especially need assistance before after the fair. There will be various duties such as setting and cleaning up, greeting employers, assisting them from the parking lot to the fair, etc.  Anyone is welcome to volunteer.
 This is a great way to meet the employers before everyone else and make a last impression. 
Sign up at the link below. Multiple people can sign up for the same times. 


Friday, October 16, 2015

Missing Maps: Mapathon

Date: November 18, 2015
Time and Locations:
·        3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, LeFrak Hall, Room 1136 and 1138, Geographical Sciences Department
·        12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, McKeldin Library, Rooms 6101, 6103, 6107

We will be doing our part to help the American Red Cross with their Missing Maps project (, a joint effort between the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, and Doctors Without Borders.

Please join us at the time and locations indicated above to map roads and buildings in some of the most vulnerable places around the world (e.g., Ecuador, Kenya, Myanmar, and South Africa). No experience or prior GIS background is needed! We will have the computers for you to use at both locations. Food and drinks will be provided.

Any questions? Contact either Kathleen Stewart ( or Jianguo Ma ( in Geographical Sciences, or Kelley O'Neal ( in McKeldin Library for more information.

Hiring GIS Interns

Nelson\Nygaard Washington, D.C. office is looking to hire a GIS intern to assist with transportation planning work. It would be about 20 hours per week and is paid. Interested people can send resume to  
Lilly Shoup

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps Forum

The Office of International Affairs and the Robert H. Smith School of Business invite you to the Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps Forum on October 20th at 6:00pm

The Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC) is a dynamic international internship program that allows undergraduate students to combat poverty in Latin America by supporting small community-based businesses. This unique program teaches the basic principles of social entrepreneurship through coursework, engaging discussions, and hands-on, practical experience. The MSEC Forum will highlight the summer experiences and learnings of our 27 UMD students who went to the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.  

Please join us for light refreshments as we explore social issues and learn about local business environments in the MSEC destination countries, as well as recognize the students for their hard work throughout the program. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015  6:00 - 8:00 PM
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Van Munching Hall Atrium and VMH 1528
College Park, Maryland 20742

Please RSVP here to confirm your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Where Can STEM Take You?" Academic Information Fair

GIS/Marketing Position Available

GIS/Marketing Assistant Position

Position Overview:
To support the marketing department by assisting with performing mapping and data analysis create and keep GIS coverage’s, digitize geographic data and input non-geographic data. Collect, create, edit, operate, maintain, analyze, distribute, and plot simple GIS/GPS that assist with the implementing marketing strategies that will further boost the company’s revenue.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Implement, operate, populate, and analyze GIS applications and databases. Work includes the translation and, manipulation of intricate data and execution of complex queries,
  • Manage various complex GIS tasks for business on computer and provide feedback
  • Create aerial maps, site maps etc.
  • Provide applications development and programming services, spatial database administration and development, computing systems administration and analytical support;
  • Coordinate projects with peers and management to ensure that project and departmental objectives are met.
·         Exemplary communication skills, written and verbal
·         Planning and organizing and to trouble shoot
·         Prioritizing
·         Strong problem solving skills
·         Information gathering and information monitoring
·         Meticulous and attention to detail and accuracy
·         Flexibility
·         Adaptability
·         Teamwork

Other Skills/Abilities:
·         Computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Docs
·         Regis Desktop/onlineArc Info, arc view, map objects and spatial data management software
·         Knowledge of operation of standard office equipment.

Work Experience/Education:
BA/BS in GIS, Geography, Computer Science, Engineering or a related field

Three Peace Corps Internships Available

Peace Corps Office of Innovation
Spring 2016 Mapping Internship 
DC-based and Virtual

DC-based GIS Internship
The Peace Corps Office of Innovation in Washington, DC seeks interns for its geospatial initiative for the Spring 2016 semester. In collaboration with staff and volunteers throughout Peace Corps, the intern will seek to make our geo-spatial data easier to analyze through intuitive visualizations. Interns will use modern GIS software and methods and support the development of training materials for Peace Corps staff and Volunteers in basic GIS tools. Finally, the intern will contribute to our OpenStreetMap activities and enjoy opportunities for professional development as relates to geography, GIS, international development, government and their other professional skills/interests.

The Peace Corps offers a work-study agreement for interns from George Washington University and George Mason University; however, students from any university and non-students may apply and be considered. This position is unpaid, unless you are eligible for work-study through one of these two universities. Please send resume, cover letter and two GIS work samples to Courtney Clark at by Oct. 23rd, 2015.

Activities and Responsibilities:

         Work with experts throughout the agency to build data visualizations using GIS tools
         Train Peace Corps staff in GIS tools and techniques
         Ensure that Peace Corps field teams have access to real-time, accurate geographic data by digitizing satellite imagery through the OpenStreetMap platform
         Support the development of training packages designed to enhance and maximize the effectiveness of mapmaking and GIS in the field
         Professional development in this space and related to interests/skills/knowledge required by position and role
         Other duties as assigned


         Strong GIS skills
         Excellent verbal and written communication skills
         Flexible and comfortable in a lively, changing work environment
         Team-player and problem solver who is accountable for monitoring projects to completion with limited supervision
         Interest in international development or government sectors and data for development
         Familiarity with and enthusiasm for OpenStreetMap a huge plus

DC-based OpenStreetMap Internship

The Peace Corps Office of Innovation in Washington, DC seeks interns for its OpenStreetMap initiative for the Spring 2016 semester. In collaboration with staff and volunteers throughout Peace Corps, interns will assist in Peace Corps’ efforts to provide our field teams with real-time, accurate geographic data for use in project design and evaluation processes. About half of the intern’s time will be used to digitize satellite imagery using the OpenStreetMap platform (training will be provided, if necessary). Interns will also assist with virtual and DC-based humanitarian mapping events, outreach and communication. Finally, interns will enjoy opportunities for professional development as relates to geography, GIS, international development, government and their other professional skills/interests.

The Peace Corps offers a work-study agreement for interns from George Washington University and George Mason University; however, students from any university and non-students may apply and be considered. This position is unpaid, unless you are eligible for work-study through one of these two universities. Please send resume, cover letter and two-page writing sample to Courtney Clark at by Oct. 23rd, 2015.

Activities and responsibilities:

         Digitize satellite imagery in OpenStreetMap for Peace Corps field projects (training provided if necessary)
         Support the development of training materials designed to enhance and maximize the effectiveness of mapmaking, OpenStreetMap capacity building and map literacy programs in the field
         Provide advice on and support the use of social media
         Assist in the planning, promotion and hosting of humanitarian mapping events, demos and trainings for a variety of stakeholders
         Assist in the development of relationships with US government agencies, private entities, and NGOs as relates to humanitarian mapping
         Professional development in this space and related to interests/skills/knowledge required by position and role
         Other duties as assigned


         Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including social media
         Strong attention to detail
         Flexible and comfortable in a lively, changing work environment
         Team-player and problem solver who is accountable for monitoring projects to completion with limited supervision
         Interest in international development or government sectors and data for development
         Familiarity with and enthusiasm for OpenStreetMap a huge plus

Virtual Internship
The Peace Corps virtual Humanitarian Mapping internship is now accepting applications for the Spring, Summer and Fall 2016 semesters. Work from anywhere in the world!

As a Peace Corps humanitarian mapping intern, you will be responsible for ensuring that our international development teams can access real-time, accurate geographic data during their project design and evaluation processes. We will provide training for you to digitize satellite imagery for Peace Corps Volunteers and host communities and introduce you to other organizations within the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) community. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills and initiative by planning and hosting a humanitarian mapping party on your campus or in your community.

        Flexible schedule that fits around your classes
        Independence to be creative when planning a humanitarian mapping party
        One-on-one mentorship from dedicated staff members in the Peace Corps Office of Innovation in Washington, DC
        Network with leading digital humanitarian and geography professionals from top-notch international organizations

        Self-motivated and self-starter
        Effective community organizer
        Can quickly come up with creative solutions
        Work under minimal supervision
        Excellent oral and written communication skills
        Access to a computer with video chat capabilities for group chats (webcam and microphone)
        No prior experience with OpenStreetMap or geography needed -- if you can use a computer, you can learn to map!

To apply, please submit your resume and your preferred internship start/end dates to Courtney Clark at Internships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel -- though if your application is accepted and you are in DC, we’d love to have coffee!