Thursday, December 31, 2020


The focus of the ECON blog is to inform ECON majors of educational, career development, internship, and job opportunities. The ECON Department does not officially support or endorse any specific graduate programs, political affiliations, internship site, or company. Posts to the blog are purely to inform students of potential opportunities and should not be taken as advice or recommendation from the ECON Advising Staff. The department reserves the right to edit and review all submissions to the ECON Blog and deny submissions at their sole discretion. If you would like to submit an announcement for consideration to be posted on the blog, please contact

Friday, June 12, 2020

How to Contact Advising and Other Student Services

For students who want to meet with ECON Advising:
Advisors will be available through email, phone, and scheduled video chats (via Zoom or Google Hangouts Meet). The best way to reach ECON advising with questions or to schedule a virtual appointment is through email at Or you can call an advisor directly during business hours: Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. If you call and receive our voicemail, please leave your name, number, and UID and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

If there is an ECON Advisor you prefer to meet with, you can call or email them directly. Our full contact information can be found here:

For students who need to meet with BSOS Advising:
The BSOS Advising Center moved to an all online services format beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Their phone number is 301-405-1697.  Students can leave messages at this number, and they will return calls ASAP.

Appointments can also be scheduled online:

For additional information, including how to request registration stamps for those students who need them, please go to

Need help with the shift to online learning?
Visit to learn more about the technology your courses will be using, access software free for UMD students, and learn about best practices for online learning and available support.

There's also information on accessibility and accommodations in online courses.

International Student Scholar Services:
Frequently asked questions and contact information for ISSS can be found here:

Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Policy:
All undergraduate courses in Spring 2020 will be graded pass/fail unless the student elects to receive an earned grade for the course. Read through this website to learn what this means for you and what, if any, actions you need to take. If you've read through the FAQs and you still have questions then contact

Tutoring services are working diligently to move to online platforms on or after March 30, including:
NEW: this Self-Care, Mental Health, Wellness resources page includes COVID-19 specific help for students.

The Counseling Center services are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-hours crisis services are available by phone at (301) 314-7651 starting at 4:30 p.m. every weekday and on weekends.

Stay connected with your fellow Terps at #ShellsUnited

Career Advising:
UCC @ BSOS is available to students in a remote format. Students are encouraged to engage with UCC @ BSOS virtually using any of the options listed on their website, including virtual appointments.

All in-person University Career Center events are cancelled. But students can still connect with employers at these virtual events.

For those seeking internships/jobs, we continue to encourage students to use this time to research, informational interview and apply to opportunities.

Accessibility & Disability Services
Students should contact the Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) office if they have any questions on how to implement course accommodations online. ADS staff is available from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached at (301) 314-7682 or For full information:

Missing a Textbook?
If you need a textbook that's locked in your residence hall room, or otherwise unavailable at the moment, the Bookstore is offering many of its etextbooks for free and major publishers are offering similar things through their website. So, check with the bookstore: , & check with the publisher's website.

VitalSource also offers free access to many textbooks.

Library/Research Services
Librarians and library staff continue to work remotely to provide online services, resources, and instruction. Check out all the resources that are available digitally:

They have also compiled this list of free research/textbook resources:

UMD Student Crisis Fund:
The UMD Student Crisis Fund is designed to provide emergency financial assistance when personal crisis and unexpected tragedy wreaks havoc upon a student's life. Through the fund and other campus counseling, academic and support resources, students can rely on the strength of their campus community:

Financial Aid
Federal aid is available for UMD students facing pandemic-related financial hardships. Read more and learn how to apply:

Bias Incident Support Services:
BISS is offering virtual check-in hours to provide support, advocacy and guidance for those impacted by hate-bias incidents. Learn more and sign-up.

Stay Active!
Stay active with RecWell! Visit for information and tips, including access to virtual and on-demand workouts, E-Sports Leagues and virtual trivia, and information on staying active outdoors.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

International Student Community Meeting Weds. May 27 at 4:00 P.M.

The Graduate School is hosting an International Student Community Meeting on May 27 at 4pm for undergraduate and graduate international students. The Provost, Ross Lewin and Sue from ISSS will be attending as well.

If you would like to join the community meeting, please register using the information below.

When: May 27, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Program Assistant Position for May or Recent Grad with Center for European Policy Analysis

Position description
CEPA seeks a qualified and highly motivated individual to serve as a Program Assistant for our Democratic Resilience program. The Program Assistant will provide day-to-day administrative, financial and other support to the program staff for an initial six-month period with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Director for Democratic Resilience and is based in Washington, D.C.
The ideal candidate will be highly organized, familiar with the functions of a public policy non-profit organization, willing to work across cultures, capable of balancing multiple tasks simultaneously and possess an interest in U.S.-European relations. He/she must be able to be proactive, detail-oriented, and work both independently and as part of a team.

Program Assistant Position for May or Recent Grad with the Population Reference Bureau

Position description
The Program Assistant will serve as a member of the International Programs department, providing administrative, logistic, and coordination support to programs and activities. The Program Assistant will assist with organizing meetings and conferences, handling travel arrangements, maintaining training/workshop participant and contact lists, processing invoices, editing and formatting workplans and reports, drafting, reviewing, and editing correspondence and other short materials in English and French, and streamlining administrative processes when possible. The Program Assistant may also be called upon to provide substantive support to projects. This support may include researching data and information, assisting with background research, writing or drafting materials, compiling, checking and cleaning data for monitoring, evaluation and learning initiatives as well as liaising with partners and stakeholders to collect data in support of project reporting.

Maryland Today | Federal Aid Available for UMD Students Facing Pandemic-related Financial Hardships

As of Monday, 5,069 Terps had been awarded $5,069,000 using information from the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and another $5 million has been earmarked for students to access through the new UMD CARES Act Emergency Student Financial Aid Grant Application.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our students in so many ways, including financially,” said Patty Perillo, vice president for student affairs. “We are grateful for the vital support we’ve received from Congress to provide students with additional resources during this time.”
To be eligible to apply for a grant, students must be:

Currently or previously enrolled in a degree or eligible certificate program for the Spring 2020 semester on or after March 13.

Adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic campus interruption and with an emergency need.
A U.S. citizen or someone who meets the definition of an eligible non-citizen based on federal financial aid requirements.

Qualified under federal financial aid eligibility requirements.
Using the funds to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including food, housing, rent, utilities, course materials, technology-related needs, and health or child care.

Students who wish to apply must fill out the application and provide a statement about how the COVID-19 situation and the disruption of campus operations resulted in financial hardship.

The Office of Student Financial Aid will review applications and release decisions via email within seven to 10 business days. Emergency grants will be paid through the student billing process and can be viewed using the student financial aid portal. Applicants are encouraged to sign up for a direct deposit to allow faster access.

For more information, please visit this link.

UMD Virtual Career Fair, June 9

UMD Virtual Career Fair, June 9 | 11 a.m. -3 p.m. 

Our virtual career fair offers the opportunity for current students and alumni to connect with diverse employers seeking to hire for full-time, internship and part-time opportunities across a variety of industries. The event will take place using the CareerEco virtual fair platform.

The platform will allow for chat-based interactions between candidates and employers. Employers will also be able to invite individual candidates to a connect via a webcam for 1-on-1 conversations. Review more details.

For additional information about this event: Contact Kenyatta Malloy at

Hosted by the University Career Center.

Job/Internship Search Strategies for BSOS majors during COVID-19

Job/Internship Search Strategies for BSOS majors during COVID-19

The link above provides tips to progress through the steps below.

1. Clarify your skills that can be offered to employers
2. Match your skills to fields and industries less impacted by COVID-19
3. Develop a brand and translate it to an online profile and application materials
4. Investigate openings and network

If you're not sure where to start, schedule an appointment or email your career/internship related questions to

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Class of 2020, we want to celebrate you!

Join us at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22 for the virtual UMD commencement, which will be streamed via The BSOS ceremony will be streamed immediately following, at approximately 1:45 p.m., also via

The BSOS ceremony will feature remarks by Dean Gregory F. Ball; Rahila Olanrewaju, B.A. '20 (Economics), and Dr. Amanda Hoffman-Hall, Ph.D. '20 (Geographical Sciences).

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

BSOS May Grads - Congrats!

We need to hear about your experiences and post-graduation plans!

The link above directs you to the UMD First Destination/Experiences Survey.
The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

We realize this is a bittersweet moment, with the campus vacated and graduation celebrations relegated to the online environment.  However, we are reaching out to all UMD graduating seniors to find out more about the out of classroom experiences you completed as a student, as well as your immediate post-graduation plans.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Are you planning your next steps? Check out the University Career Center's tips for job searching during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


The UMD First Destination/Experiences Survey is coordinated by the University Career Center & The President’s Promise. If you have already completed the survey, THANK YOU! 

Note: All information you provide is confidential and in compliance with FERPA regulations.  Survey results will be reported only in aggregate form.  Your name and contact information will not be used in any public reports generated from this data.