Friday, May 31, 2013

U.S. Treasury Dept- Fall 2013 Internship Opportunity

The Office of Economic Policy, U.S. Treasury Department is currently looking for college students interested in Economics, Finance, or Public Policy for our Fall 2013 internship program. Our program runs year round with three sessions: January through May, May through August, and September through December. Our program is about substance. Interns are generally assigned a long-term research project as well as smaller projects. They are also expected to attend Congressional Hearings and think tank lectures and presentations and summarize these events for the Assistant Secretary and other senior level economists. Candidates should have strong writing skills, be able to work independently, be well organized and highly motivated. Interns are expected to work between 32 and 40 hours a week. There is some flexibility in the work hours if you are taking classes while in D.C. Our intern positions are unpaid. We do provide a subway subsidy to help defray commuting expenses.

If you are interested in applying, submit your resume (with your GPA included), a copy of your transcript (unofficial will suffice), two writing samples and three references to Applications are due July 12, 2013. U.S. citizenship required. For further information, please contact Christine Devlin, Office of Economic Policy, U.S. Treasury Department, 202-622-2200.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Freedom School Fall Internship

The National Museum of American History’s Department of Education and Public Programs seeks three exemplary college students committed to making a positive impact on their communities to participate in the Freedom School fall internship program. Through this program, participants will:

• learn the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign first hand through dialogue with people who were there and through other primary sources
• meet with curators and educators to explore related material in the Smithsonian’s National Collection and visit local civil rights-related historic sites
• explore, discuss, and debate the meaning and legacy of social justice, democracy, and leadership in American history
• visit government offices, and advocacy organizations to discuss modern activism
• share lessons-learned with local high school students
• publish their research on the Smithsonian website for a national audience.

Students will document their experience through regular posts to the Museum’s blog and Facebook page, Twitter Q&As, Instagram and Tumblr posts, and three short video interviews with civil rights activists designed for a high school audience. Participating students should possess superior writing skills and willingness to peer-edit, show comfort with or interesting in learning about social media, and have a strong background in American history and/or social justice issues. The internship will last for 10 weeks, full-time, from September 16 through November 22, 2013. A stipend of $6,000 will be provided for living expenses.

Each intern will be expected to write at least two posts for the Museum’s blog, create one additional content or social media piece for the web, and to host at least one video interview with a civil rights activist. The Museum is also interested in hiring according to the following roles and skills: 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ECON325 ADDED for Summer Session I

Dear Students,

The Department of Economics has added ECON325 to Summer Session I. The following section is now available and in Testudo. As always, be sure to verify what the prerequisites are for each course and only register for courses that you have successfully completed all of the prerequisites for.

ECON325 Intermediate Macroeconomics Analysis

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ECON300. Credit only granted for: ECON305 (not accepted for major requirements) or ECON325.

Analysis of macroeconomic behavior and policy with emphasis on theoretical rigor. Topics include the determinants of economic growth, unemployment, inflation, and international economic flows.

Section 0101 @ MW 6:00pm – 9:25pm

Instructor: Orhan Torul

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Complete Health Information Survey and Enter Prize Draw

Dear students,

You are invited to participate in a survey on young adults’ health information behaviors on Facebook. If you are a Facebook user and University of Maryland undergraduate or graduate student, aged between 18 and 29, you are eligible to participate.

In this survey, we'll be asking you about your general use of Facebook and how you seek and share health information about specific health topics on Facebook. By participating, you'll help us gain better understand how young adults perceive health related information on a social networking site and how their health information behaviors are influenced by the type of information provider and the sensitivity of health topics. We estimate that it will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete the survey.

To thank your participation, we’ve arranged a prize draw ($50 gift card) for 20 selected respondents of those who provide their email address when completing the survey.

Please go to to participate. We'd appreciate it very much if you could complete the survey by May 27th, 2013.

The survey does not collect any individually identifiable information. Your answers are anonymous and you may discontinue at any time if you choose not to complete it.

If you have any questions, email either of us at the addresses below.

Thank you very much!


Dr. Sue Yeon Syn, Assistant Professor (
Dr. Sung Un Kim, Assistant Professor (
School of Library and Information Science
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064

Friday, May 10, 2013

Pearson - Economics Freelance Content Specialist

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. With such renowned brands as Prentice Hall, Scott Foresman, Addison Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, NCS Pearson, and many others, Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools, and educational services in all available media to a worldwide marketplace, spanning the learning curve from birth through college and beyond.

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D, and a member of E-Verify MyEconLab™ Content Specialist

30-40 hr/week/flex schedule

Freelance Economics Content Specialists create and/or test online instructional content to accompany our college-level economics textbooks. Using their economics and software skills, the content specialists create robust interactive homework and test questions to be used in MyEconLab™, Pearson’s online homework and test manager for economics. Working closely with content leads, content specialists convert the printed end of chapter text material into interactive, expanded versions to be used for practice, homework and testing online. In addition to creating content, specialists review content for accuracy, track changes in the end-of-chapter questions from one edition of the text to the next, and work with an online database to upload files and problem grids.

 This position requires a self-starter who is able to work independently as well as in teams and someone who is comfortable working in a dynamic, fast paced virtual environment. Ideal applicants will have an interest in educational technology, superb economics and software skills, and a keen eye for detail.

Primary job responsibilities
§ Become proficient in Pearson’s proprietary content authoring software tools
§ Develop content for one or more of our economics titles
§ Review content created by other developers for completeness, consistency, and accuracy
§ Track changes between editions of end-of-chapter questions
§ Work with online database to upload files and problem grids

Qualifications/related work experience
Minimum: BA/BS in Economics (or working toward degree). Also, familiarity with educational technology, software, online content development, or publishing experience preferred.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume by May 31, 2013 to:

Courtney Kamauf
Content Lead, MyEconLab and MyOMLab
Business Publishing
Pearson Higher Education
D: (301) 876-3262

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Your Chance to Influence Economics Courses in the Future

Hello -

 According to reports from the campus administrators, to date only 39% of students enrolled in economics classes have submitted online course evaluations. Frankly, that's pathetic. We can do better than that.

As Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Economics Department, I read each and every comment students make about economics courses in the online course evaluation system, and I help instructors utilize your feedback to improve courses. Instructors who exhibit a pattern of very low feedback over four semesters are not invited back to teach here.

Please log into BEFORE the end of Friday and evaluate your courses. Your action will have positive externalities. :)

Cindy Clement, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Economics
301 405 3257
3108 Tydings Hall

Undergraduate Student Assistant position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Business Office

Position Summary/Purpose of Position: Provide assistance to the Mechanical Engineering Business Office on the following tasks.

Tasks: Front desk duties
- Answer phone calls and questions
- Provide customer service and directions
- Maintain department conference rooms, etc.

Running errands
Moving items/ furniture
Special Projects as assigned

Preferred Skills and Qualities:

Attention to detail
Maintain confidentiality
Good organizational skills
Good time management
Customer service
Good computer skills
Responsible, reliable and trustworthy

Position Information: $8/hour base salary; 10-20 hours per week during the summer and may continue into the fall semester.

Position is available immediately.

If interested, please send resumes and references to Erin Chen at

New Courses Added to Fall 2013 Schedule of Classes!

Dear Students,

The Department of Economics has added two new additional 400 level course to the Fall 2013 schedule of classes. The following sections are now available and in Testudo. As always, be sure to verify what the prerequisites are for each course and only register for courses that you have successfully completed all of the prerequisites for.

ECON441 Theory of International Economics

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ECON326 and ECON325. Or ECON305 and ECON306; and permission of BSOS-Economics department. Restriction: Must be in Economics program; and must not have completed ECON340. Credit only granted for: ECON340 or ECON441.

Theoretical treatment of international trade and international finance. Includes Ricardian and Heckscher-Ohlin theories of comparative advantage, analysis of tariffs and other trade barriers, international factor mobility, balance of payments adjustments, exchange rate determination, and fiscal and monetary policy in an open economy.

Section 0101 @ TuTh 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Instructor: Maksim Belenkiy

ECON460 Industrial Organization

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ECON326. Or ECON306; and permission of BSOS-Economics department. Restriction: Must be in Economics program.

Industrial Organization analyses the behavior of firms, principally in settings where the assumptions of perfect competition do not apply. It aims to understand and improve business strategy, and also to improve government regulation, often in the form of antitrust policy. In this course we will study a number of topics in Industrial Organization using the tools of Intermediate Microeconomics, including game theory, and detailed empirical case-studies. The first part of the course will cover some core topics in IO such as monopoly pricing, different forms of price discrimination, oligopoly behavior. The second part will cover a more selected range of topics in greater deal, including the antitrust analysis of mergers and collusion, auctions and consumer protection. Empirical examples will be taken from a wide-range of industries including retail, energy markets and airline markets. The course should be ideal preparation for students interested in pursuing careers in business strategy, marketing, corporate law or government, as well as students planning to apply to graduate programs in economics. Students will complete problem sets, a midterm exam and a final. (A term paper will be optional as a replacement for an exam grade.)

Section 0101 @ MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Instructor: Andrew Sweeting

Education Abroad is Hiring

Have you studied abroad and have an interest in working for Education Abroad? Then apply to be an EA Peer Mentor! Peer Mentors help market and promote study abroad, provide guidance to students seeking study abroad programs, and support Education Abroad in a variety of ways.

Candidates must be undergraduate students who will be graduating in May 2014. You must also be available for training during the last week of summer break in late August. Applications are due Wednesday, May 15, so get them in soon!

Read the job description
Fill out an application
Send your complete application to Jeremy Gombin-Sperling


Education Abroad is also looking to hire a Work Study student as an Office Assistant for this summer. The position information is located on the UMD Work Study job search

Friday, May 3, 2013

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City - Assistant Economist

Job Summary

 Provides research and technical support to senior staff economists on regional research projects, policy-briefing material, and speeches to the public. Provides support by collecting and analyzing data, writing computer programs, conducting literature searches, writing summaries of economic conditions, writing articles for Bank publications and making presentations to the public.

Key Activities

· Assists senior staff on complex research projects by performing statistical analysis and writing computer programs.

· With minimal direction, prepares policy-briefing material on regional economic issues for the Bank’s president and senior Bank management.

· Conducts regional research as directed by supervising Economist; co-authors articles for Bank publications such as the Economic Review and the Rocky Mountain Economist.

· Writes short summaries on economic conditions and drafts other reports and memos.

· Proofreads speeches and develops presentation materials, such as slides and handouts, for senior staff.

· Maintains data for internal and external use including employment, construction, energy, manufacturing, and agricultural data for the Tenth District states.

· Makes economic presentations to banking, business and educational groups.

· Serves as secretary to the Branch Board of Directors.

· Performs other duties as may be assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Economics or a closely related field, such as statistics or mathematics. Master’s degree is preferred. Outstanding academic record; generally defined by a combination of GPA, advanced coursework, honors programs, and degree(s) obtained. At least one to three years of research experience. Strong understanding of economic theory. Training or experience in econometrics and statistics. Proficient computer skills using Microsoft Office Suite products, econometric and statistical analysis software (including STATA), and computer programming languages. Strong written and oral communication skills.

Apply online at
Search for Assistant Economist or Requisition 231447

Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Course added to Fall 2013 Schedule of Classes!

Dear Students,

The Department of Economics has added an additional 400 level course to the Fall 2013 schedule of classes.  The following sections are now available and in Testudo. As always, be sure to verify what the prerequisites are for each course and only register for courses that you have successfully completed all of the prerequisites for.

ECON451 Public Choice

 Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ECON326. Or ECON306; and permission of BSOS-Economics department. Restriction: Must be in Economics program.

Analysis of collective decision making, economic models of government, program budgeting, and policy implementation; emphasis on models of public choice and institutions which affect decision making.

Section 0101 @ TuTh 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Instructor: Peter Coughlin

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Financial Expo & Business Showcase THIS Wednesday

The Society of African American Studies presents the 2013 Financial Expo & Business Showcase this Wednesday May 1, 2013 from 12:30-4:30pm in the Charles Carroll Room of the Stamp Student Union! This event will feature financial guidance and resources from business experts, as well as highlight student businesses and young entrepreneurs. Stop by to receive financial advice from local bank branches, financial aid counselors, and economic consultants. Explore products and samples from businesses in the fashion, party decor, food & beverage industries! Students can enter to win prizes and giveaways every hour! You don't want to miss it!

basys - Associate Business Analyst Position

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