Saturday, December 28, 2019


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Friday, February 22, 2019

Maryland General Assembly Internship Program: Applications now open for 2019-2020

The Maryland General Assembly (MGA) Internship Program is a two-semester course open only to students who have earned superior academic records and who have demonstrated effective writing skills.

The minimum criteria for this two-semester program is as follows: 
  • A minimum cumulative UMD GPA of 3.0
  • Junior standing (minimum of 60 credits) by the end of the Fall 2019 semester
  • A grade of B- or better in any writing courses taken at UMD
  • Registered UMD student in both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters

Spring 2019 Commencement & Grad Fair

Graduating Students:

If you are planning on attending the Campus-Wide Commencement Ceremony and/or the Department of Economics Commencement Ceremony, you will should visit the Grad Fair at the University Book Center March 5 – 7th

In order to participate in commencement, undergraduate and master's degree students must purchase their regalia from the book center. The following items are required and sold as a package:
•Departmental hood 
•Stole of gratitude
•Tassel with official medallion

The undergraduate package will cost $147.98 and the master's degree package will cost $155.98.  If you attend the Grad Fair, you will receive $10 off the package price.  If you are unable to attend Grad Fair, you can still visit the University Book Center after that time to purchase your regalia however orders must be places by April 15th to guarantee the correct style/size.  Online ordering will be available beginning March 8th at  If you have questions regarding regalia orders, contact the University Book Center directly at 301-314-9231.


Department of Economics Ceremony
Date: Friday, May 24th  
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Xfinity Center

Tickets are NOT REQUIRED. Detailed information regarding the Department of Economics Commencement Ceremony is available at  

After reviewing the information online, if you have any additional questions regarding the ECON Commencement Ceremony you may send an email to

**Note: Undergraduates who have applied for spring graduation but need to take a summer class to complete the degree requirements must contact an ECON advisor for additional information.  

Campus-Wide Ceremony
Date: Friday, May 24th  
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Xfinity Center

Tickets ARE required and only those students who will finish ALL of their degree requirements and officially graduate in May 2019 are permitted to obtain tickets. For detailed information regarding the Campus-Wide Commencement Ceremony visit

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Job Opportunity for Recent Grads: Financial Analyst

Location: Washington, DC 
Clearance: Secret clearance (active ideal; must be a US Citizen) 
Summary: The individual will serve as a Program Analyst within the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program at NASA HQ. The SCAN Network Services Division is responsible for several major development projects that implement and transition new capabilities, technologies and systems into the SCaN network infrastructure. These projects encompass major activities that can span multiple NASA field centers and even countries. In managing this broad portfolio of major projects, the program support specialist that will be able to provide programmatic and financial support to enable more effective management of these projects. 
  • Manage and track budget costs and expenditures for large-scale projects. Review details of expenditures versus metrics, and work with support personnel nationwide to determine variance explanations and background information to support the data. Assist in analyzing data, providing recommendations based on statistical analysis, and creating reports.
  • Support the Program with implementing budget processes and procedures, including supporting the distribution of funds, developing and reviewing phasing plans and contribute to the budget formulation process.
  • Generates presentations, charts, graphs, correspondence, spreadsheets, and other similar documents related to technical development activities. Proofreads and provides technical editing to a number of deliverables. Compile comments from multiple stakeholders into a cohesive message.
  • Upload documentation and materials to centralized repositories, and organize content for multiple users. Serves as interface with center project leads and NASA HQ managers. Provide regular communication with major stakeholders of upcoming milestones and deliverables.
  • Plans, schedules, and coordinates activities and processes to support key activities and meetings such as project and program reviews (attending meetings as appropriate).
  • Coordinates meetings on behalf of the customer, taking notes, and disseminating minutes and actions. Tracking and following up on actions of responsible parties.

Undergraduate Student Legal Aid Office - Fall 2019 Internship

The Undergraduate Legal Aid Office internship program allows students to gain valuable hands-on experience while earning 3 hours of academic credit. The office selects 8 students per semester. Interns work approximately 6 hours per week and attend an academic session once every other week.

During office hours, interns perform in-take interviews with students, maintain all administrative records and correspondence, and consult with the attorney. Classroom assignments complement the office learning experience.

To apply, students must have at least 56 credits by the start of the internship and a 3.0 cumulative GPA is recommended. We welcome all class years and majors.  No prior knowledge of the law is required.

At the end of the semester, interns are afforded the opportunity to apply to the Student Defender Program. Both the internship and Student Defender Program provide an excellent opportunity for students considering a law-related career, or any student who hopes to develop writing and interpersonal skills while helping their peers.

Scholarship Application Workshop with Pizza!

We want to ensure students who need scholarships know they can get help with applications. Scholarships offered by our college, departments and the university don't always receive enough applications. This workshop is for first year students, sophomores, juniors, and first semester seniors who don't have someone to advise them on submitting a strong application. In this workshop you will:
  • Learn to identify scholarships that fit you
  • Learn what scholarships are available from our college and our departments
  • Learn where to get help writing an application
  • See examples of winning applications
Pizza will be provided!

Questions? Email Kathryn Hopps,

When? Friday, March 1, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where? 1128 Tydings

RSVP on this form:

(Please RSVP if you would like to attend but aren’t available. We hope to offer the workshop again!)

Minor in International Development and Conflic Management (MIDCM) - Application period open!

To apply, go to their page and complete the online form. 
Applications are due by 11:59 pm Monday, February 25, 2019.
If you have any questions, feel free to email them at

Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows

Leaders change the world in ways that are transformative, inclusive and long lasting. As a Rawlings Fellow, you engage in a two-semester holistic leadership experience with a cohort of fellow changemakers from all majors. Rawlings Fellows seek out or create opportunities to champion the voices for those who would otherwise go unheard, demonstrate a commitment to ethical leadership, and take an active interest in the community by mentoring and encouraging others. You will work side-by-side with others who share your passion, and you will develop the leadership skills to harness and build upon a community’s collective commitment for change.

Applications accepted each Spring for the Fall cohort!

Monday, February 18, 2019

ECON Departmental Scholarships Available!


Spring Career & Internship Fair

The annual 3-day Spring Career and Internship Fair provides all UMD students and alumni with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers to discuss internship, full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Each day of the fair has different employers in attendance, so be sure to view the list of attendees and plan ahead.

Day 1 - Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Day 2 - Thursday, February 21, 2019
Day 3 - Friday, February 22, 2019

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1st Floor – Stamp Student Union

For additional information, click here.