Friday, September 23, 2016

Smith School of Business Minors

Smith student Philip Peker ’18 writes about the business minor program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
The Smith minor program is a major reason why the business school is such a unique academic establishment. While other highly acclaimed undergraduate business programs subscribe to an exclusive culture, Smith allows students from any school on campus to learn core business principles as a compliment to their primary major. Smith minor programs do not subtract from the special experience Smith major students have, rather they open up the experience to other students who will inevitably benefit from developing a stronger business acumen for a successful career in any field. Whether you are a journalism student looking to gain management skills, or an engineer that is seeking entrepreneurial fundamentals, or even an art student that wants to combine their passion with marketing and advertising, Smith can help you take your skillset and talents to the next level. All of this comes as no surprise; it is just another extension of the Smith spirit, cultivating everyone’s inherent potential to achieve greatness through focused resources and networks.
This year, the Smith minor program admitted over 220 students from all fields of study. On Sept. 8, 2016, Smith hosted an orientation for these students to introduce them to Smith, the program, and the faculty. Melanie Ashton, assistant director of the undergraduate program at Smith, raised the program’s curtain that evening by giving a quick background on how the program was started three years ago by Smith professors Rajshree Agarwal and Protiti Dastidar. Melanie then went on to introduce the faculty and student ambassadors present that evening, as well as SUSA Representative CeCe Ukejianya, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Program Manager Chris Rehkamp, the Center for Social Value Creation champion Kirsten Craft, and the University Career Center and the President’s Promise Assistant Director Rebecca Weir. After a handful of presentations from Smith School representatives, the evening shifted into an informal networking event, in order to, as always, give the students a chance to connect with faculty and staff on a personal level.
Currently, the Smith minor program features three minors: business analytics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and general business. Tessa Trach, senior broadcast journalism major and general business minor explained the importance of having a business minor as a journalism major, in that “no matter where you work, you need to know the business that goes behind your craft. But its not just about the numbers and the data, its also about the people.” Tessa is already getting some hands-on experience with her business courses: “In my marketing class, we had to make our own website, and I finally got the chance to showcase my videos, which will look really good when I’m applying for internships and jobs.” Tessa took charge of her education and managed to synthesize her passion and the business that bellies it by combining journalism and raw management and marketing skills and putting them to the test.
Another student, Sheida Gholamimehrabadi, accounting major, and innovation and entrepreneurship minor, is looking to innovate within the field of accounting, and perhaps change the rules. While most accounting students will go with the grain, Sheida has taken charge of her career and is looking to combine her skills in accounting with her passion for creative enterprise. “I’m passionate about innovating within a company, and changing the way the company thinks and operates. Innovation doesn’t have to be huge world changes; smaller-scale innovations are just as crucial,” says Sheida.
The Smith minor program embraces the entrepreneurial spirit, even if your minor isn’t innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s more of a way of thinking, rather than a form of doing. Chris Rehkamp, the Student and Venture Programs Manager at Dingman is making sure students take advantage of their entrepreneurial potential. “There is not enough focus on the interconnectivity among people’s passions. At Dingman, we try to bring out your talents and help you apply them to starting a venture.” Chris, who has previously worked at incubators, knows exactly what it takes to transform an idea into a business.
If you look at the movers and shakers of the entrepreneurial world, you’ll find many of them hold no business degrees to boast. In fact, a lot of them are computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, artists, musicians, doctors, and so on. But what allowed them to leverage their skillset was having a sharp, opportunistic, business mindset, and that is what the Smith minor program is set on achieving. So what are you waiting for? Pick up a minor today, and become a major influencer for the rest of your life.
For more information about minoring in business, visit the Smith minors website.

University Career Center Events for BSOS Students

Upcoming Networking Events

Tuesday, September 27, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Stamp Student Union, Colony Ballroom
The Law, Legal & Nonprofit Networking Night connects current students with UMD alumni and employers working in the legal, law enforcement, or nonprofit field in a variety of positions throughout the DC Metro area. 
Prepare today by reviewing these tips for networking!
RSVP link

Presented by Morgan Stanley
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Location: 3rd Floor of Hornbake Library, South Wing
Representatives from Morgan Stanley are leading a workshop to share tips and best practices for marketing yourself at employer and networking events. If you are planning to attend the Economics Networking Night, this workshop is strongly recommended for you!
RSVP link

Save the date:
Tuesday, October 5, 2016 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Stamp Student Union, Colony Ballroom
The Economics Networking Night connects students majoring in economics with UMD alumni and employers working in the areas of applied economics research, policy, financial services, and consulting organizations throughout the DC Metro area. 

Upcoming Job and Internship Events
Monday, September 26, 2016 – 5:00pm-6:30pm
Location: 3rd Floor of Hornbake Library, South Wing
Accenture executives will provide students with assistance to help prepare them for the interview process, including best practices, structure and tips. Attendees will learn about Behavioral, Case, and Confirming interviews.
RSVP link

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: 3rd Floor of Hornbake Library, South Wing
Not sure where to start with your internship search? Or, do you feel like you are at a standstill and unsure about the next steps in your search? At this event, we’ll discuss:
1. Specific resources available to research internship opportunities in non-profit, government and corporate sectors
2. Quick tips on making a positive first impression on resumes and during interviews
3. Strategies to connect with UMD alumni working within your intended career field
RSVP link

Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 11:30am-2:30pm
Location: Stamp Student Union. Atrium
Are you interested in finding a part-time job, internship, or research opportunity on campus? Meet with 30 campus offices and organizations about the wealth of experiential learning and employment opportunities the University of Maryland has to offer. Terportunity Carnival will also feature caricature artists, prizes and ice cream from the Maryland Dairy!

Friday, September 30, 2016 – 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 3rd Floor of Hornbake Library, South Wing
We’ll show you how to jump-start your engagement with this networking community to explore internship and job opportunities. We can also assist you in building your LinkedIn presence or provide feedback on your existing profile. And, stop by Photo Fridays taking place before and after the event for a free professional headshot!
RSVP link

Upcoming Information Sessions
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – 4:30pm-5:30pm
Location: 3rd Floor of Hornbake Library, South Wing
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join us at the Information Session to learn about Volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.
RSVP link

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – 6:00pm-7;00pm
Location: 3rd Floor of Hornbake Library, South Wing
Join us to explore the option of a consulting career. We will discuss a variety of aspects to determine if consulting is a good fit for you, such as current consulting opportunities, required qualifications, what the consulting lifestyle is like, and how you can present your skills to employers.
RSVP link

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm |  Van Munching Hall, Room 1336
The presentation will be a valuable opportunity to learn more about the 2017 Operations and Finance Full Time Analyst Programs in Baltimore and the type of work that we do. You will also have the chance to meet members of the Baltimore team who are creating change at Morgan Stanley and hear first-hand why they believe our culture is the real differentiator. All majors encouraged to attend!
RSVP link

Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Van Munching Hall, Room 1505
Come learn more about IBM’s Global Business Services (GBS) Public Sector team and what it’s like to work as a Consultant at a company where your ideas can help change the world. Feel free to bring your resume and any questions that you may have about IBM job opportunities or the application and interview process.  This event is open to all majors and degrees (Grad and Undergrad).  Food and drinks will be served!
Space is limited and RSVP is required

The following organizations have deadlines for On-Campus Interviews approaching this week. Log into Careers4Terps and click “Search On-Campus Interviews” under the “Shortcut” links to read more. Note- the positions will only appear if you meet the criteria the employer sets (i.e. class year).

  • Stifel Financial Corp.- Equity Research Summer Associate (9-20)
  • CNA Insurance- Underwriting Trainee (9-22)
  • DataLab USA- Data Analyst/Entry-level Technical Designer/Programmer/Business Systems and Analyst/SQL Developer (9-22)
  • Accenture- Technology Analyst/Software Engineering Analyst/Management Consulting Analyst (9-23)
  • T. Rowe Price Associates- Investment Fellowship (9-23)
  • Unum- Sales Consultant Trainee (9-23)
  • PNC Financial Services- Corporate & Institutional Banking Development Program (9-23)
  • Foresters Financial- Financial Rep Internship (9-23)
  • Macy’s, Inc.- Executive Development Program – Store Management; Internship (9-26)
  • Morgan Stanley- 2017 Operations Full-time Analyst Program (9-27)
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch - GBAM Wholesale Credit, Summer Analyst (9-28)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton- 2017 Summer Games Internship, Data Analyst, Management and Security Consultant (9-28)
  • PNC Financial Services- Asset Management Group- Program Analyst, Associate (9-28)
  • NewDay USA- Credit Analyst, Accountant Executive, Underwriter Program (9-29)
  • Cambridge Associates- Jr. Operations Associate (9-29)

Apply Now for Spring Internships at START!

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is looking for interns for the Spring 2017 semester! Students from any institution with any major may apply. Current and recently graduated undergraduates, graduate students, and Ph.D. students are eligible. During the internship, interns will receive mentoring, training, and the opportunity to participate in many professional development activities. START will work with academic institutions to enable students to undertake the internship for credit. Internships are unpaid and students must be able to work at START Headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Please visit our website for more information about our projects and to access the application form: deadline to apply is Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 11:59pm.

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) was established in 2005 as a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, tasked with utilizing state-of-the-art theories, methods, and data from the social and behavioral sciences to improve the understanding of the origins, dynamics, and social and psychological impacts of terrorism. START was funded by an initial $12 million grant from DHS to complete projects in the research areas of terrorist group formation and recruitment, terrorist group persistence and dynamics, and societal responses to terrorist threats and attacks.

Inquiries regarding the application form or general questions about our internships should be directed to

Support Services for International Students

International Student Support Group
International Student Support Group is a group that is designated for international students only. The group provides a safe and comfortable space for international students to (a) meet other international students, (b) discuss issues that are rarely talked about in the classroom, and (c) practice English in a less intimidating environment. The group meets weekly for 90 minutes at Shoemaker Building. This group requires the group members to participate in the group regularly for one semester as the consistency of your presence and participation in the group has proven to be helpful for deeper conversation and developing solid friendship and support systems.

The group is only open for 8-10 people for a semester. Due to the limited seats, please contact Dr. Yi-Jiun Lin at for Monday group (5:00-6:30 p.m.) or Dr. Jinhee Kang for Wednesday group (6:00-7:30 p.m.) as soon as possible if you are interested in the group. When you contact Dr. Lin or Dr. Kang, please also include your name, country of origin, major/program, and what you are hoping to get from the group.
Interested in Practicing English and Learning about Different Cultures?
The UMD ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Conversation Program is a student centered community that specifically aims to bring students and community members from diverse cultures together through authentic language learning/teaching and cultural exchange. For ten weeks during the Fall 2016 semester, participants meet with their fluent English speaking volunteer in one-on-one or group sessions. During conversation sessions participants practice their oral English through discussions on various topics and other activities planned by the volunteer.

To learn more, register, or volunteer, visit or

Full Time Job Opportunity for Graduating Seniors

Title: Faculty Specialist 
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Best Consideration Date: October 3, 2016

This position supports the research efforts of two principal investigators studying remote sensing of land cover/land use change and its consequences for climate and biodiversity.

DUTIES: Full time position in the Department of Geographical Sciences responsible for coordinating international research collaborations including assisting in the logistical planning of scientific meetings, workshops, meetings and conferences, and overseeing travel arrangements; maintaining the projects’ research profiles on departmental website; editing technical reports and papers; assisting in vital communication between coresearchers, sponsors, and collaborative organizations; assisting the project directors in administering the projects by collecting information on future funding opportunities, formulating and monitoring project budgets, assisting in proposal preparation, coordinate and supervise the arrangements for all foreign visitors and interns working on the various research projects, as well as various other tasks as required for the smooth functioning of large research projects. Details about Global Land Analysis and Discovery Laboratory can be found at

QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree is required. Preference will be given for candidates with a degree in a scientific discipline related to the project’s areas of concern. Appropriate experience working on research projects (2 or more years) is preferred. Prior experience should demonstrate the ability to assist in maintaining relationships with collaborators and to participate as a member of a diverse research team, the use of computer software applications for such tasks as web site maintenance, spreadsheet design and maintenance, and project planning and management.

Candidate should be highly organized, accurate, detail oriented and possess demonstrated ability to share knowledge through verbal and written communication skills. The candidate should be a proactive and creative problem solver with the ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks and shifting priorities while ensuring deadlines are met.

To Apply:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Geographical Sciences Career & Internship Fair

This is a reminder to mark your calendars for this semester's Geographical Sciences Career & Internship Fair!  Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to meet public, private, and non-profit employers in your field!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Midterm Power

The Learning Assistance Service is hosting a Midterm Power event on Wednesday, September 28 from 10 am - 2 pm in the Stamp Atrium.  Midterm Power is designed to provide students with resources and information that will help them prepare for success on midterm exams and projects.  Students will be able to visit various stations to get information about time management, study skills, test taking skills, math learning, and mindfulness.  Representatives from campus academic advising units, academic support units and Recreation and Wellness will be also be available to provide resources.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Opportunity for Students - Lessons From Abroad

If you have recently studied, interned, volunteered, or worked abroad, you are invited to the Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference! This is a career development and networking opportunity designed to help you leverage your time abroad on the job and internship market - sessions will include information on internationalizing graduate school, using second language skills, individual resume critiques for all attendees, and more.
Key facts:
The Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference will take place on Saturday, October 1st 2016, hosted at The Event Space in Shaw (641 S Street NW, Washington, DC).

· Meet other recent study abroad returnees from all over the greater Washington, D.C. area
· Hear from dynamic professionals about their experiences abroad
· Learn how to talk about your newly acquired global skills in a job interview
· Discover how you can work or study abroad after graduation
· Network with professionals working in internationally-focused jobs
· Get your resume personally reviewed by career professionals and those with international work experience
This is a great opportunity to network with other students and professionals. We ask that you dress business casual and bring several copies of your resume. The outline of the conference schedule is listed below to give you an idea of how the conference will be structured.

Online registration is available here. The Registration fee, which includes lunch and snack, is only $15.00 for students! You can also check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

9:30am-10:00am Check-in and Resume Critique Registration
10:00am-10:30am Welcome and Introduction Activities
10:30am-11:20am Le Retour Video and Discussion
11:30am-12:30pm Concurrent Sessions
11:30am-4:50pm Resume Critiques
12:30pm-1:15pm Lunch Group A
1:15pm-2:00pm Lunch Group B
12:30pm-2:30pm Opportunities Fair
2:40pm-3:40pm Concurrent Sessions
3:40pm-3:50pm Coffee/Tea Break
3:50pm-4:50pm Concurrent Sessions
4:55pm-5:30pm Closing Remarks
We hope to see you there!
The Lessons From Abroad Greater DC Area Planning Committee

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Words of Engagement: An Intergroup Dialogue Program

Words of Engagement: An Intergroup Dialogue Program is an initiative of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.  It brings together groups of students from various social identity groups with a history of tension or conflict between them.  Facilitated by trained and experienced facilitators, participants confront those tensions in order to build bridges across groups.

This program is offering several 7 week, 1 credit courses.

Please follow the link below to view the course listing:

BSST399K Now Open to All Students

An interesting one credit class is currently available to students - BSST399K: Introduction to Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat. It’s a one-credit, every-other-Thursday afternoon course taught by START’s Executive Director, Bill Braniff.

It’s a great course, and a great way for students to get to know START, our research, and our programs. Could be particularly interesting for those interested in Geospatial Intelligence!

Upcoming Job and Internship Events

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: 3rd Floor of Hornbake Library, South Wing
Not sure where to start with your internship search? Or, do you feel like you are at a standstill and unsure about the next steps in your search? To help you with your internship search, we will discuss:
1. Specific resources available to research internship opportunities in non-profit, government and corporate sectors
2. Quick tips on making a positive first impression on resumes and during interviews
3. Strategies to connect with UMD alumni working within your intended career field
RSVP link

CAREER SHUTTLE SERIES- Site visits to organizations 
Career Shuttles are group site visits to employers in the greater Washington DC area.  A chartered UMD bus takes students to companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, studios, and other places of employment typically not represented in on-campus career fairs.  Visits include site tours, conversations with alumni working in the organization, and in-depth information about internship or entry-level hiring. Seats on the shuttle are limited and our non-show policy is strictly enforced. 

·  The Phillips Collection: September 16 • 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
·  National Institutes of Health (NIH): October 14 • 9:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
·  Chemonics International: October 13 • 12:30-5 p.m.- This trip is open to all UMD students, but will be of particular interest to Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors interested in exploring career paths in global or foreign affairs. Students with foreign language skills are also encouraged to attend. RSVP to open on Sept. 15, 2016.
·  Google DC, November 10 • 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Full, waiting list is available)- focus will be on non-technical positions in the tech world (i.e., government relations, policy, communication, marketing and law). 
Friday, September 16- 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Have you always wanted to build a LinkedIn profile? Are you looking for ways to make your profile stand out from the rest? Whether you are new to LinkedIn or not, come join us to learn how to best utilize this powerful media platform. RSVP link

Upcoming Career Fair Events

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – 9:00am-8:00pm
Location: Online
Meet school representatives from Biomed programs in a live virtual setting.
RSVP link

Save the Date! Fall Career & Internship Fair 
The annual Fall Career & Internship Fair is coming up on September 21 and 22, 2016 from 12:00pm-5:00pm in the Xfinity Center and over 250 organizations are planning to attend. Start preparing for the fair today with these tips!
*Need help preparing? Visit the University Career Center during THESE drop-in hours or schedule an appointment. 

Student Aide Position

Friday, September 2, 2016

Omicron Delta Kappa: The National Leadership Honor Society Applications are now Available!



Omicron Delta Kappa – one of the most prestigious national societies to recognize leadership – is now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 semester. Sigma Circle of ODK at College Park began in 1927 and, since then, has initiated over 4000 students, faculty, and honorary members.  ODK tapped Senator Joe Tydings in 1950 when he was playing varsity lacrosse and US Congressman Steny Hoyer in 1962 when he was SGA Vice President.  ODK has also initiated other proven leaders such as State Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jane and Jim Henson, and honorary members President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. James MacGregor Burns, and Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond. The names of all of these outstanding leaders, along with many others, are engraved on the ODK Fountain on McKeldin Mall. 

ODK brings together junior, senior, and graduate students with our most outstanding faculty members, to recognize campus leaders and to encourage other students to achieve.  We seek accomplished leaders in five areas of campus community life.




                                    JOURNALISM, SPEECH AND THE MASS MEDIA

                                                CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS

Omicron Delta Kappa requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.40 for juniors (60-89 credits), 3.49 for seniors (90 credits), and 3.86 for graduate students to be considered for membership. 

ODK needs your help to identify talented and deserving leaders for consideration! 

Applications are available ON-LINE now! Students should visit to begin the application process. Applications must be received electronically no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 16, 2016. 

Intern for a Day Fall 2016 Host List Now Available!

Intern for a Day connects undergraduate UMD students with alumni, parents, employers and community partners for one day internship/shadowing experiences.  This fall, we have 200+ hosts with 550+ possible shadowing placements in a wide variety of fields and industries!

In order to be considered for Intern for a Day, students must attend a short, 30-minute orientation session which covers the application process, workplace etiquette, appropriate dress, professional correspondence and more.  There are eight (8) orientation sessions available to attend from October 3-October 6, 2016.  Please click on the date and time of the orientation session that works
best with your schedule to RSVP. All orientations take place in the University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing).

Fall 2016 Intern for a Day Orientation Options: 
Students who have already participated in Intern for a Day still need to attend one orientation session.  

The Intern for a Day application deadline is Sunday, October 9 at 11:59 p.m.  Students will receive the application via email after attending one mandatory orientation session. More details can be found at

Most questions about the Intern for a Day program will be addressed during the mandatory orientation.  For immediate questions, contact