Friday, May 13, 2016

Two (2) Fall 2016 internships - US Dept of Justice -- apply by 5/18

Fall 2016 Interns -- Environmental Crimes Section -- apply by 5/18

United States Department of Justice

About the Office -- The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking two undergraduate student interns for its Environmental Crimes Section.

The Environmental Crimes Section is responsible for prosecuting individuals and corporations that have violated laws designed to protect the environment and/or unlawfully covered up those violations.  It is at the forefront in changing industry and public awareness to recognize that environmental violations are serious infractions that transgress basic interests and values. The Section works closely with criminal investigators for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies in prosecuting criminal violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation   and Liability Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as well as other federal statutes. In addition, the Section prosecutes criminal cases under a number of federal wildlife laws, including the Lacey Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Endangered Species Act. These cases, handled in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Enforcement (National Marine Fisheries Service), involve smuggling and illegal    trafficking in protected wildlife, illegal take of protected species, and hunting offenses.

For more information about the Environment & Natural Resources Division -- visit the Justice Department’s web site at:

Intern Responsibilities -- Interns handle a wide variety of tasks including reviewing and organizing documents, entering data into Excel spreadsheets, working with Sanctions and Relativity, creating PowerPoint presentations, conducting searches on Westlaw and Lexis, obtaining documents on Pacer, and helping with administrative tasks such as answering the phones, copying and scanning    documents.

To apply -- Send a cover letter and resume to or mail resume and cover letter to Michael Nee, U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section, P.0- Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044.

American Red Cross Summer 2016 Internship Opportunity

Job Title:Intern, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) II
Area of Interest: Interns
Internship Program - Summer 2016
Job Description:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. 

The American Red Cross offers exceptional undergraduate and graduate students internship opportunities at our Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in chapters across the country through our Internship Program. Interns are matched with a specific department where they work on advancing critical projects. 
 The Intern, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) II is a Paid Internship where candidates must be enrolled in a degree program at the time of the internship.  The opportunity is based in Washington, DC. 

Basic Qualifications:
• Current graduate student working toward Master of Science or certificate degree, geography, GIS or related field
• Comfort using Adobe Illustrator and/or InDesign
• Experience using GIS software to produce maps and/or perform spatial analysis
• Experience using and contributing to OpenStreetMap
• Experience using command line tools or scripts (e.g. GDAL, Python) to process data a plus
• Prior experience working with Github, HTML, CSS, Javascript and/or CartoCSS a plus
• Ability to harmonize an independent work style with larger team priorities
• Review, streamline and organize geographic data submitted from American Red Cross field projects around the world.
• Analyze geospatial data to enhance and inform programmatic decisions
• Conduct research to locate and obtain existing GIS data on humanitarian needs, including vulnerabilities related to climate change and disaster hazards.
• Undertake long-term research projects to develop stronger GIS tools and resources within the International Services Department.
• Support the info and reporting team with communications tasks as necessary.

Candidates will be considered for the summer 2016 semester (June through August)
• 40 hours/week
To apply for this position, please apply online at 

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ten Ren's Fundraiser

Ten Ren's Fundraiser(5/9-5/11, 11am-10pm every day!)
Please take a few minutes to stop by and get some lunch, or a refreshing bubble tea to help us mail textbooks to students in need in Africa!
All you need to do is mention us or show the attached flyer when you check out, it's that easy!
We are also still collecting textbooks, take a look at the other attached flyer for more info, or shoot us an email if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for your support.

Friday, May 6, 2016

NPS Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Opportunities Available

LASC Annual Student Conference

Examining Processes of Circulation, Collaboration, and Conflict

Latin American Studies Center
Annual Student Conference

May 5-6, 2016
Special Events Room, 6137 McKeldin Library

Save the date for LASC’s 2016 student conference, an annual event that started 11 years ago! Activities include pre-conference graduate student workshop, 23paper presentations, keynote panel with four visiting scholars, art exhibition, reception with live Brazilian music, and specially brewed Latin American libations.

In a dynamic collection of papers, students presentations and keynote panelists will examine the "hybrid" (híbrido, hybride, ibrid) as a contested concept, phenomenon, and category of analysis. The term encourages us to consider processes of mixture, and transgression; of boundaries, their construction and contestation; of exclusive and inclusive cultural practices and ways of thinking. Cultural groups circulate, collaborate, and clash, continually forming new social configurations and spaces.

Schedule of Events

3:30-3:45, check in, director’s welcome
3:45-5:00pm, Panel 1: Power of Markets and Policy Making
5:00-6:30pm, Panel 2:  Strategic Images of Gender and Sexuality
6:45-8:30pm, pre-conference workshop (informal discussion of scholarly texts about “Hybridity") and opening reception

9:00-9:30am, check in, bagels and coffee, director’s welcome
9:30-10:30am, Panel 3: Educating Youth and Struggles for Inclusion
10:30am-12pm, Panel 4: Discourses of Identity and Resistance
12:30-2:00pm, KEYNOTE PANEL
2:15-3:30pm, Panel 5: Negotiating Latino Citizenship
3:30-4:30pm, Panel 6: Rhythmic Remixes and Sonic Movements
4:30-5:15pm, Art and Performance Exhibitions
5:15-7:00pm, Reception with live Brazilian music (DC Choro) and artisan beers brewed especially for LASC by Olive & O’Higgins.

Friday Keynote Panel Perspectives on "Hybridity" in Latin America and the Caribbean

Join us for the keynote discussion, a multi-disciplinary conversation open to audience participation with the following panelists:

Dr. Benjamin Cowan, George Mason (History and Art History)
Dr. Paul B. Miller, Vanderbilt (French and Latin American Studies)
Dr. Scott Freeman, American University (Anthropology)
Dr. Joanne Rappaport, Georgetown (Anthropology)
Dr. Merle Collins, UMD (English)

Moderator: Dr. David Sartorius, UMD (History)

Panelist Biographies:

Merle Collins
Merle Collins is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland. She holds a master's degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics. She is a distinguished Grenadian writer of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and critical essays. Her most recent essay, entitled “What happened? Grenada: A Retrospective Journey, assessing the Grenada Revolution and its aftermath,” was published in 2015. In 2013, she published a biography of Dame Hilda Bynoe, the first female Governor in the British Commonwealth.  She is producer of a documentary, Saracca and Nation, which explores African influences on Caribbean culture. In 2011, Peepal Tree Press re-issued her 1997 novel,Angel, and a short story collection, The Ladies are Upstairs. She is founder of the Hyattsville-based Carivision Community Theatre.

Benjamin Cowan
Ben Cowan received his BA from Harvard University and his MA and PhD from UCLA. His interest in right-wing radicalism, morality, sexuality, and 20th-century imperialism has led him to research focused on Cold War Brazil, with a specialization in the cultural and gender history of the post-1964 era. Cohan's most recent book is Securing Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil (2016). He has also published articles in American QuarterlyThe Journal of the History of SexualityThe Hispanic American Historical Review, and Radical History Review. At George Mason, Dr. Cowan teaches on broad hemispheric topics as well as right-wing activism, masculinity, sexuality, and modernization in Brazil.

Scott Freeman
Scott Freeman is an environmental anthropologist who works extensively in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He is currently concerned with the bureaucracies of international aid projects and how bureaucratic and financial procedures in international development undermine conservation interventions. His work also examines cooperative and rotational labor forms in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and how aid interventions have attempted to coop various forms of agricultural solidarity. In the Dominican Republic, he has conducted research on sustainable fishery programs and the relationship between NGOs and coffee cooperatives. In Haiti, his research has covered the vetiver perfume industry and soil conservation/reforestation efforts.

Paul B. Miller
Paul B. Miller is a PhD in Comparative Literature and he is committed to comparative approaches to the literatures, languages, music and cultures of the Francophone, Hispanic and Anglophone Caribbean. His book is titled Elusive Origins: The Enlightenment in the Modern Caribbean Historical Imagination (2010), in which he discusses the legacy and re-evaluation of the impact of the Enlightenment in the Caribbean as reflected in six modern Caribbean authors from across linguistic and national boundaries. His current book project is about the “Winward Passages” and constellates key moments of cultural exchange and dialogue between Cuban and Haitian intellectuals.

Joanne Rappaport
Joanne Rappaport, an anthropologist with a joint appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Anthropology at Georgetown University, received her PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her interests include: ethnicity, historical anthropology, new social movements, literacy, race, collaborative research methodologies, and Andean ethnography and ethnohistory. Rappaport has published four single-authored books in English: Cumbe Reborn: An Andean Ethnography of HistoryThe Disappearing Mestizo: Configuring Difference in the Colonial New Kingdom of GranadaIntercultural Utopias: Public Intellectuals, Cultural Experimentation, and Ethnic Pluralism in Colombia; and The Politics of Memory: Native Historical Interpretation in the Colombian Andes and has coauthored Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes with Tom Cummins. Together with Abelardo Ramos, Graciela Bolaños, and Carlos Miñana, she coauthored ¿Qué pasaría si la escuela…? 30 años de construcción de una educación propia. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Latin American Studies Association and in 2016 will become President. Her current work focuses on the field notes of Colombian sociologist and founder of the methodology of participatory action research, Orlando Fals Borda.

David Sartorius (Moderator)
David Sartorius specializes in colonial Latin American history with a focus on race and the African diaspora in the Caribbean. He is the author of Ever Faithful: Race, Loyalty, and the Ends of Empire in Spanish Cuba, and the co-editor of two special issues of journals dedicated to transnational history: "Dislocations across the Americas" (Social Text, 2010) and "Revolutions and Heterotopias" (Journal of Transnational American Studies, 2012). He is the author of essays about free-colored militias, race and historical memory, slave provision grounds, the 1812 Spanish Constitution, and the place of Darwinism and anthropology in nineteenth-century Cuba. His current research considers the use of passports in Cuba. Sartorius received his PhD from the University of North Carolina and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland's Latin American Studies Center before joining the Department of History. He is currently a member of the editorial collective of Social Text and the editorial board of The Americas, and is co-director of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Latin American Studies Center at or 301-405-9626or visit the webpage.

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Summer BSOS Internships Open to All Majors

If you have students who are interested in earning elective credit or GenEd Scholarship in Practice Outside Your Major for summer internships that don’t qualify for departmental courses, please share this with them:

BSOS internship courses are offered Summer I and II and are open to all majors. You may qualify if:
  • You have completed at least 30 credits at the end of the semester
  • Internship is onsite and not in a home office
  • You will be spending at least 45 hours at your internship
  • You will be conducting para or pre- professional work
  • You will be receiving regular and frequent supervision from an experienced professional 
  • BSOS 355 has been approved for Scholarship in Practice Outside Your Major!!!

Paid internships and internships in other states may qualify.

Tuition and fees apply for all summer courses, so this doesn't make sense for most students.  If you think it will work for you, review the schedule for summer tuition and fees

To learn more, visit or email Kathryn Hopps

Thank you!

Kathryn Hopps
Program Director for Experiential Learning
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2141 Tydings Hall (mail box) 2148 Tydings Hall (office)
Street Address: 7343 Preinkert Drive, College Park, MD 20742   301.405.1631

Ten Ren's Fundraising Event

Textbooks for Africa Book Drive

Hi everyone!

As you know, we've been busy collecting books for our Textbooks for Africa Book Drive. The next step is to raise the funds for postage!

We will be holding a fundraiser at Ten Ren's from 11am to 10pm on Monday, May 9th thru Wednesday, May 11th. That's three whole days you'll have the opportunity to make a purchase of yummy bubble tea or other items, with some of the proceeds going toward students in need!

All you have to do is mention our fundraiser, or show the cashier the attached flyer! 

We'd also love if you can help get the word out by sharing our Facebook event with others in the UMD community!! 

Also, we will have the book collection boxes out for a few more weeks, so you've got time to donate your textbooks after finals :)

Geography Club 
Room 1222 LeFrak 
University of Maryland, College Park