Friday, February 28, 2014

The Hamilton Project at Brookings: RA job openings

The Hamilton Project (THP) at the Brookings Institution produces research and policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. Our economic strategy reflects a judgment that long term prosperity is best achieved by making economic growth broad-based, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments. The Project focuses on a broad range of topics in applied microeconomics with applications to economy policy. Current projects include papers on tax relief for working families, improvements in safety net program design, cost-effective early childhood investments, reducing crime and incarceration rates, water rights and management, and efficient allocation of the wireless spectrum.

Basic Functions  
Help execute and develop an overall policy agenda and policy strategy for The Hamilton Project. Research potential policy areas and communicate with leading academics, policy makers and practitioners to support the Director and Policy Director in identifying promising potential topics for THP’s policy agenda.  Draft THP policy briefs and other public documents. Analyze economic data and present findings. Assist with coordinating the work of outside academics and policy analysts to achieve policy goals. Assist with editing and production of THP discussion papers.                                                                                                                                            
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
Research and Policy Development - 40%
Initiate policy development by researching various policy areas, identifying thought leaders in the field, and remaining abreast of most recent writing in various areas.  
Analyze data in Excel and Stata and present findings accurately and accessibly in graphs and writing.
Provide periodic written updates and summaries of research findings and latest writings in defined policy issue areas.
Play a central role within a small policy team of junior and senior THP staff to discuss and review policy areas and ideas

 Writing and Editing - 40%

Write first drafts of accessible, engaging policy briefs from THP academic discussion papers. 
Provide substantive feedback and editing on author papers.
Prepare internal briefs and research summaries to provide overview of particular policy areas, including background information, leading current thinking, and promising policy proposals.

Production - 20%
Monitor author progress and communicate with authors on logistics of paper timing, contract status, and other process matters. 
Play a lead role with editing, cite-checking, and production of discussion papers. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Attention Graduating Seniors - Spring 2014 Grad Fair at UBC

Apply to be the 2014 ECON Commencement Speaker

Dear Graduating Seniors,

Would you like an opportunity to address your classmates and their families at the commencement ceremony held by the Economics Department on Friday May 23rd? If so, please complete the application and attach an updated resume.

Applications and resumes can be dropped off to the ECON Advising Office (3108 Tydings Hall) or submitted via email to Shanna Edinger May (

Applications must be received by Friday March 28th.

UMD Half the Sky Presents "Portraits for Social Change"


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CJ Career & Internship Fair - Wed. March 5th


ECON Departmental Scholarships Available

The Economics Department is pleased to announce the availability of several undergraduate scholarships recognizing academic excellence for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. They are:

The Honorable Idamae Garrott Memorial Scholarship
The Melanie E. (Lee) Easley Memorial Scholarship
The Moskowitz Family Scholarship
The Mark C. Sullivan Economics Scholarship
The Mark D. and Tracye C. Turner Scholarship in Economics
John Cumberland Award in Environmental Economics
The Peggy Rae and John Sapienza Scholarship

More information including scholarship descriptions, eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found here.

Application Deadline is Monday March 31st.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Education Abroad Summer Program Deadlines Extended to 3/1

Interested in going abroad this summer?  Education Abroad has extended the deadlines for many of our faculty-led summer programs until *March 1st*.

This includes our Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps programs in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  (See a full list below)
For more information or to apply, visit our website at:
  • Australia - Natural History, Ecology and Geology of Australia (BSCI)
  • Austria - Freud's Footsteps: Psychotherapy Then and Now (PSYC)
  • Austria - Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change (JOUR)
  • Brazil - Brazilian Amazon: Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (ANTH)
  • China - Exploring Confucius' China (CHIN)
  • China - Investigating the Geographical Impacts of Urbanization in China (GEOG)
  • Costa Rica - Sustainable Futures (LARC)
  • Croatia - At the Doorsteps of the European Union - Leaving Behind the Memories of War and Communism (GEOG)
  • France and Netherlands - nternational Business Cultures for Engineering and Technology (ENGR)

Office of the Chief Economist - Internship

The mission of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is to protect market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices and systemic risk related to derivatives that are subject to the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), and to foster open, competitive, and financially sound markets. Additional information regarding the oversight responsibilities of the CFTC may be obtained by accessing the following link:

Please note that these positions are volunteer or for-credit internships.
Key Requirements:
  • Background and/or Security Investigation.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

About the Division/Office and Duties: The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) provides economic analysis, advice, and context to the Commission and to the public. The OCE provides perspectives on both current topics and long-term trends in derivatives markets.

Job Description
• Analyze unique data on swaps, futures, and options to answer market structure questions.
• Assist on research projects on topics in commodities and derivatives trading.
• Assist in topical economic analysis of derivatives markets, as well as considerations of costs and benefits for rulemaking.
• Assist in preparation of CFTC’s published reports on futures and swaps markets.
• Assist with cleaning and organizing derivatives market data and designing queries for analysis.
• Create impactful visualizations for data analysis.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Westat - Internship

12TH ANNUAL Internship Opportunities in Applied Social Sciences for College Graduates and Graduate Students

 Westat, a private employee-owned social science research firm in Rockville, Maryland, is seeking individuals who are interested in getting experience and learning about social science research as applied in the "real world." Our internship program is for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree and are already in a master’s or doctoral degree program or who plan to attend graduate school. The internship is for the following disciplines: child welfare, criminal justice, education, human factors, psychology, public health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and transportation. It is strongly recommended that the applicant has taken courses in statistics and research methods.

 Successful candidates will work with existing project teams and participate in tasks such as conducting focus groups, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, writing findings, planning steps in a research project, writing proposals, conducting interviews, and other project-related activities. Each intern will also have a professional-level staff member serve as his or her mentor to oversee the experience. Mentors and interns will meet on a regular basis to explore the experience, examine various issues that have arisen, and discuss their professional development. Another component of the internship program is a weekly seminar series that includes a description of Westat’s research areas and projects, and topics related to the fundamentals of working in a research environment such as knowing about contracts, grants, and research ethics.

Time Frame:  The internship program runs for 10 weeks, from the first week of June through mid-August. Applications will be accepted now through February 28.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - 2014

Dominican Republic & Nicaragua (Summer 2014)

Looking to Study Abroad This Summer and Make a Difference?

The Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC) is a structured social impact immersion program where undergraduate students will engage and work directly with impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua promoting sustainable entrepreneurial solutions to development challenges.  Maryland students spend eight weeks during the summer working alongside experienced development professionals in the field as they support local social entrepreneurs in starting new micro-businesses and creating first-time access to affordable life-changing technologies, for isolated rural villages.
·         Acquire substantive experience in on-site rural development work with some of the most innovative professionals working in the field
·         Immerse yourself in the local culture through individual Spanish language instruction and living in homestays
·         Develop skills in applying business solutions to create social impact
·         Become knowledgeable about creation of successful social entrepreneurship models, implementation strategies and tactics in addressing issues related to global poverty
·         Learn and practice effective methods for training, mentoring and supporting local entrepreneurs.
·         Hone your ability to translate knowledge and ideas into ACTION. 

Internship Opportunities - Statistics and Data Visualization

D3 Systems, Inc. a full-service market and social science research company is now looking for candidates for our Statistics and Data Visualization summer internship positions.  For more information, including detailed descriptions of each position visit

Application deadline is March 1st.  

The Pardee Undergraduate Studies Scholarship: Application Deadline March 14

The Pardee Undergraduate Studies Scholarship was established in December 2007 by Katherine "Kit" Pardee '77 to provide scholarships to undergraduate students that have demonstrated consistent involvement in campus activities, are in good academic standing and have demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to first-generation college attendees.

The amount of the award is $1,000. Learn more at

Eligibility: Must have at least 30 credits by end of the spring semester, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above with involvement in campus activities. Must not be graduating before Fall 2014, and be registered as a full-time student (12+ credits). Preference will be given to first-generation college attendees and students with financial need.
Applications must be submitted by close of business on March 14.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Brown Bag Lunches with BSOS Faculty

Looking to get more involved with your department this spring semester? The Dean’s Student Advisory Council is hosting a series of Brown Bag Lunches with senior faculty members so that students get the opportunity for conversation that may not normally be offered in a classroom setting!

If you’re interested in discussing social stratification and inequality, check out the Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. John Pease of the Sociology department on: Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 12:00. RSVP here.

If you’re interested in discussing civil war, conflict bargaining, and international security, check out the Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. David Cunningham of the Government and Politics department on: Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 11:00. RSVP here."

Tutorial Program Work Opportunities

The UMD- Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Academic Support and Career Development Unit is looking for high achieving ECON students with an interest in education and tutoring to provide tutorial support for diverse group of student-athletes.  
We are looking for ECON majors to tutor in a variety 200, 300, and 400 levels. Available hours typically are Monday-Friday mornings 8:00-11:00AM, and Sunday-Thursday evenings 4:00-10:00PM. This is a paid position and requires a minimum of 4 hours a week.  
Details about the position:
  • Tutors work with student-athletes both individually and/or in small groups to facilitate the learning of course specific material and skills.
  • The majority of tutorial sessions are 1 hour in duration, and meet weekly throughout the semester.
  • At the end of each tutorial session, the tutor will submit a brief session report.
  • Tutors typically work between 4 and 10 hours a week. The amount of weekly hours depends of the tutor’s schedule, the tutor’s area(s) of expertise, and the student-athlete needs.
ASCDU Facilities:
  • Comcast Center and the Gossett Football Team House
To Apply:
  • If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to make a difference in the life of a Terrapin student-athlete, please contact, or Sharon Staples at If selected as a potential candidate, you will be notified of an interview date.
The University of Maryland at College Park is an Affirmative Action,
Equal Opportunity, Title IX employer

Monday, February 17, 2014

Call for 2014 Spring Awards nominations

BSOS faculty, students and staff are encouraged to nominate individuals for the following awards:
  • Excellence in Teaching Award 
  • Outstanding Staff Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award
  • Teaching & Mentorship Award 
  • George M. Phillips Award for Graduate Student Research in the Public Interest
Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Working on Capitol Hill as a Professional Staffer

Monday, February 17, 2014 • 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Are you interested in a career in politics? Have you ever wanted to work on Capitol Hill? Attend this presentation to hear Scott M. R. Baker, an UMD Alum and former Congressional Staff member, share valuable information and answers to your questions regarding application tips. This event is co-sponsored by the Government and Politics Undergraduate Advising Office and the University Career Center & The President’s Promise.

RSVP for this event:

For additional information about this event: contact Crystal Sehlke at

Law and Society Minor

The Law and Society Minor starts in fall 2014! The application is now available. For best consideration, apply by February 10, 2014. Faculty recommendations may be submitted until February 28, 2014.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bright Futures: Internship Scholarship Fund

In 2013, the University Career Center & The President’s Promise awarded 80+ students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid summer internships. We are back at it again for summer 2014!

If you are a student who has secured an unpaid summer 2014 internship with a non-profit organization or government agency, you are eligible to apply to Bright Futures: Unpaid Summer Internship Scholarship Fund.

Eligible Candidates
All registered University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students returning to campus in September 2014, who have an internship for summer 2014 are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors (May 2014) are not eligible. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors and to those who have not previously received an award.
In order for your internship to qualify for funding support, it must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Unpaid on-campus or off-campus internship with a non-profit organization or government agency
  • Offered during the summer and completed by August 31, 2014
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization
To Apply (Submission Deadline: April 23, 2014 at 5 p.m.):
  1. Complete the scholarship program application form by Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 5 p.m. here The application will be available beginning April 1.
  2. Complete and have signed the Supervisor Statement of Agreement form (This is a Word document.)
If you are selected to receive scholarship funds, the award will be credited to your University of Maryland Account by the Financial Aid Office.
If you have questions about the Bright Futures: Unpaid Summer Internship Scholarship Fund, contact:
Erica Ely
Program Director, Internships

Monday, February 10, 2014

Campaign for Liberty Foundation - 2014 Ron Paul Scholarships

The Ron Paul Patriot ($10,000), Liberty ($5,000), and Freedom ($2,500) Scholarships are available to all liberty-minded undergraduate students and high school seniors who have been accepted for the Fall of 2014. But the deadline, March 10th, is quickly approaching! More information including all eligibility and application requirements, can be found on our website:

Summer Research Initiative - Application Deadline Feb. 14th

The Summer Research Initiative (SRI) was created in 1999 by the Office of the Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) and is supported by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College. The program is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields.
In that spirit, we are interested in receiving applications to the program from a broad spectrum of students, including African Americans, Latino/Hispanics, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, as well as students with research interests related to diverse communities.
The goals of the SRI are to:
  • Increase the knowledge of, and interest in, doctoral-level training in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences;
  • Provide rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about graduate studies and the range of research and scholarship in the social, behavioral and economic sciences at the University of Maryland;
  • Provide a laboratory experience that enhances basic research knowledge and skills;
  • Provide lectures, workshops, didactic exchanges and other programming to enhance students' knowledge of the graduate application process, negotiating the academic rigors and professional and personal challenges encountered in graduate school, and developing career paths in social, behavioral and economic sciences; and
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities for students to advance their training in the social, behavioral and economic sciences.

The SRI is part of the College's longstanding commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral and economic sciences. According to data from the National Science Foundation, the university ranks 8th in the country in the number of doctoral degrees awarded and 13th in the number of Bachelor of Arts degrees awarded to underrepresented minority students in those fields. The Summer Research Initiative is an integral part of our efforts.

FannieMae - Information session for Financial Economist Job Opening

May Graduates: Information Session for Financial Economist I Job Opening in the Credit Modeling & Analytics Team at Fannie Mae
Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 5:00 PM in Tydings Room 4103
This session will be a presentation from members of the Credit Modeling & Analytics Team at Fannie Mae. The presentation will include an overview of Fannie Mae and the Credit M&A team as well as a description of the role of a Financial Economist at Fannie Mae.
Company Description: As the leading source of residential mortgage credit in the U.S. secondary market, Fannie Mae is supporting today's economic recovery and laying the foundation for a better housing finance system. We guarantee and purchase loans from mortgage lenders to ensure families can buy homes, refinance, or rent a good home.
Job Description:
  • Examine data from segment of housing market in order to perform economic analysis of purchase rates, effects of interest rates, prepayment risk, default risk, or other trends that could affect the products or services of assigned business unit(s).
  • Examine particular products of assigned business unit and analyze using standard econometric or quantitative models to assess risk, predict future trends.
  • Contribute to the preparation of periodic analyses or reports regarding operating results used by business unit management to make marketing, pricing, product management or risk management decisions over the short to mid term.
  • Contribute to the update and maintenance of loan default, prepayment and severity models for the update of business unit products in use in client sites for loan application, credit review, underwriting, and the like.
  • Perform economic capital analysis, and other financial analysis when necessary, for review by business unit management in order to support strategic or risk management decisions.
  • Perform ad hoc reports or analyses of various credit, asset performance, risk management or similar data as requested by business unit or client management.
Questions? Contact

Friday, February 7, 2014

Economic Development Administration (EDA) Summer Internship

We are seeking applicants for our summer internship program at the Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Department of Commerce. EDA’s mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. As the only federal agency, EDA drives collaborative regional economic development initiatives that lead to job creation.

The EDA Internship program is a full-time unpaid opportunity but a travel stipend can be provided. The program will run from Monday, June 9 to Friday, August 22. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in public policy, governmental affairs, legislative affairs, public affairs, business and/or community engagement. Interns will also have tours and meetings with Senior Leaders in government.

All Interns Must Be:

• A U.S. Citizen
• Eighteen years of age on or before the first day of the internship
• Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
• Be able to pass a comprehensive background/security investigation

 EDA Internship Program Offices:

• Office of the Assistant Secretary
• Office of External Affairs
• Legislative Affairs
• Public Affairs
• Office of Regional Affairs
• Finance
• Performance and National Programs Division
• Regional Offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Austin, and Seattle
Please send your resume and cover letter to Pamela Bell, the Administrative Assistant to the Acting Assistant Secretary, at by Wednesday, March 12th. Please indicate your top three choices of office preferences in your cover letter.

Educational Housing Services - Summer Housing in New York

Interning in New York City? Where Are You Going To Live?

 The smartest interns in NYC all have the same address:
Educational Housing Services!

All EHS Residences Feature:
Furnished Rooms with Private Bathrooms
Free: WIFI, Cable TV, and Air Conditioning
24-Hour Security, Complimentary Sightseeing Events and more!

Have an unforgettable summer living with students & interns from around the world.
Visit or call (888) 255-0296

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Kaplan Test Prep Introduction and Free Practice Exam Event

Econ Students,

Kaplan is hosting Free GRE & LSAT Practice Tests on Saturday, Feb 22nd, at the University of Maryland in The Armory Building on campus at 10am!

Each test will last up to 4 hours and will be proctored like an actual exam.  Immediately following the exam, you will be able to receive your score report, with full comprehensive feedback on your individual performance, on a web-enabled mobile device (Smartphone or Tablet). One of our expert instructors will provide a short overview on how to interpret your score report, followed by a workshop on test-taking strategies.  Kaplan staff will be available throughout the day to answer any questions you may have. All students who attend will receive exclusive discounts on Kaplan Courses and Products. See below for more in depth time and location information:

2/22/14 – University of Maryland

MCAT Practice Test: 10am – The Armory – Room 0126

LSAT Practice Test: 10am – The Armory – Room 0131

GRE Practice Test: 10am – The Armory – Room 0135

DAT Practice Test: 10am – The Armory – Room 0110

PCAT Practice Test: 10am – The Armory – Room 0116

To register for one of these free events and save your spot today, please go to!

Please feel free to reach out to Zack Flora at or call (302) 379-2565 with any questions or concerns you may have about the practice tests or enrolling in a course.  We look forward to seeing you at one of these great upcoming events or in one of our upcoming classes!

Zack Flora

MCRMC - Internship


The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (the "Commission") seeks interns for various departments within the Commission Staff.

Established by the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, as amended by the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, the Commission is reviewing military compensation and retirement programs to ensure the long-term health of the All-Volunteer Force, provide for a high quality-of-life for the members of the Uniformed Forces and their families, and modernize the compensation and retirement programs to achieve fiscal sustainability. After reviewing existing statutes, regulations and policies, the Commission will make recommendations to the President and Congress in 2015. 

 A cadre of interns will assist the Commission Staff with their research and review of existing statutes, regulations and policies of affected federal agencies as required by statute. In some cases, interns may assist with quantitative analysis.

The Commission Staff seeks interns who have an ability to:

• follow instructions and guidance to complete assigned tasks and communicate information to others in oral or written format,
• analyze problems, identify significant factors, gather and interpret pertinent data, and apply established rules and procedures to recommend effective solutions,
• learn and apply basic investigative techniques to accomplish work; and
• learn how to gather and analyze basic facts, information and data, and draw conclusions.

Preference will be given to applicants seeking or who have a degree in the areas of Political Science, Economics, the Law, Public or Health Administration, or similar degree fields.

Applicants who are veterans or have an affiliation with the military, prior legislative experience, or an interest in military personnel matters are strongly encouraged to apply.

Internships are unpaid. However, interns with superior performance may compete for paid internships beginning in the summer.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to the Commission Staff via email to Resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 31, 2014.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Interested in Applying to the Business School?

Admission Information Workshops
Robert H. Smith School of Business
 Information workshops for admission to the Robert H. Smith School of Business will be held on the following dates. These sessions will be led by an Admission Representative for Limited Enrollment Programs from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

If you are interested in changing your major or applying for admission to Business, you are strongly encouraged to attend one of these information sessions.
All sessions will be in the campus Visitor Center (Turner Hall) Auditorium and should last for approximately 45 minutes.
Tuesday, February 11th at 12:30pm
Thursday, February 20th at 3:30pm
Monday, February 24th at 3pm*
Friday, March 7th at 4pm
Tuesday, March 11th at 1pm
Thursday, March 27th at 11am
Monday, March 31st at 4pm*
Thursday, April 10th at 1pm
Wednesday, April 16th at 2pm
Tuesday, April 22nd at 3pm*
Monday, April 28th at 1pm
Thursday, May 8th at 12:30pm

* Immediately following the workshop will be a brief presentation from a representative from the Robert H. Smith School @ Shady Grove

Sessions are open to all students. The workshops will cover the following topics:
• Admission requirements & application filing deadlines
• Course equivalents for Business courses
• Business application and admission review procedures
• Q & A

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (301) 314‐8385. For admission information and current LEP gateway requirements, visit the LEP website at:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond - Research Associate

The Research Department has an opening for a Research Associate reporting to the Economists in this area. In this entry level role, you will perform economic and statistical analyses to support the research initiated by Economists. This research is in part policy-oriented, and in part academic, aimed at publication in top journals. Much of the analysis will be conducted on personal and mainframe computers, using mathematical and statistical software such as Matlab, Gauss, Stata and R. You will present results of research to economists and management in oral or written reports on an as needed basis, and at times within tight deadlines.
With an application, candidates are required to submit a resume (CV), cover letter, and college transcript(s). Transcripts (unofficial copies are okay at this time) and other required documents should be uploaded as attachments to your electronic submission.
Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by February 15, 2014; however, late applications will be reviewed until March 3, 2014.
The hiring range is $39,560-$49,450, annually
The range for this opening is $39,560-$61,812, annually.
Candidates subject to special background check procedures.