Friday, March 28, 2014

Reminder: ECON Scholarships Application Deadline Monday March 31st

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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Federal Semester and Global Semester in Washington, D.C. Program

Think a career in government and public service is only for government and politics majors? Think again! Federal agencies, nonprofits, think tanks, and policy-related organizations are interested in your quantitative and analytical skillsets as they confront pressing issues. The Federal Semester Program and the Global Semester Program in Washington D.C. offer you a chance to take your skills out of the classroom and apply them in the real world.

Both programs combine a fall seminar in an issue area with a spring internship in Washington D.C. Some of our concentrations include Science Diplomacy, Homeland Security Policy, and Responses to Global Challenges. Past internship locations include: U.S. Census Bureau, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, and Department of Treasury. Year-round activities include trips to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, professional development workshops, and conversations with policymakers.

For details and application form, go to and/or or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. Dr. Joan Burton, Director. Applications preferred by April 8.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Office of Trade and Economic Analysis Internships

The Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (OTEA) has an on-going need for energetic, enthusiastic, upper-level undergraduate and graduate students to intern with us. We offer an excellent opportunity for students to learn about international trade data and analysis and engage with policy leaders in international trade.


Interns will help staff with day-to-day operations of OTEA and responsibilities will vary depending on the team in which the intern is placed. Tasks may include the following:
  • Assisting seasoned economists with international trade research and analysis
  • Participating in monthly trade data release activities and briefings
  • Supporting the development of new trade data products
  • Working on a team to build econometric models for policy analysis
  • Contributing to senior staff economic talking points and press releases
  • Presenting independent research findings to senior level economists in a seminar series
  • Creating special trade data and econometric research products as needed

Prizes for Living Sustainably? YES!

   Do you want to win cool prizes for living sustainably? Then take the What Will YOU(md) Do? Sustainability Pledge!
   Each and every day we make choices. We choose what food we will eat, how far we will drive, and what clothes we will wear. What we often forget about these choices is that they have an immense impact on our planet. Unfortunately, right now because of careless choices, our planet is now facing devastating issues like diminishing natural resources, water scarcity and climate change. The first step to fighting these issues is to get individuals to make more responsible decisions.
   So, to remind people that their personal actions do matter, the Student Government Association created a month- long program to challenge students all over campus to pledge to be more sustainable in their everyday lives! In return, we’re offering you exciting prizes! We call the program "What Will YOU(md) Do?"
  To learn more, visit and watch THIS VIDEO to learn everything you need to know about the pledge. And always remember, YOU can do more than you think!

Public Leadership Minor

The Minor in Public Leadership will allow students to examine pressing issues (the global environment, democratization and human rights, crime and the penal system, diversity and affirmative action, poverty and inequality, and the quality of public education) facing leaders and will direct students to think critically about the viable solutions needed to solve problems which require effective leadership for the public good. In order to meet this need, the School proposes a Minor to engage students in learning about leadership for the public good and effective citizenship. Additionally, the Minor will serve as a feeder for the School’s graduate program.

What is required within the Public Leadership Minor?
Requirements:15 approved credits, at least 9 of which are 300- or 400-level. All courses taken for a minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. A minimum C (2.00) cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the minor is also required. Notes: No more than 6 credits may overlap between your major and the Public Leadership Minor, unless otherwise approved by your major. Additionally, courses completed in one minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements in another minor.

At least 3 credits from one of the following Anchor courses:
PUAF 201 Leadership for the Common Good; (3 credits): Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion/recitation per week. This course is designed to provide undergraduate students an introduction to leadership theory and civic studies and a chance to practice a core set of practical skills relevant to various kinds or leadership, such as transformational and collaborative leadership.

Available Campus Scholarships


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! The application will be available beginning Tuesday, April 1 with a submission deadline of Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m. Click here for details.


Maryland Alumni Association Scholarships: 
2014-2015 Application Now Available! 

The Maryland Alumni Association is committed to supporting excellence by providing scholarship opportunities. The alumni association will provide 15 scholarships. In addition to a minimum 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and graduate students, ideal applicants will volunteer in their communities or on campus, participate in extracurricular activities and write a compelling essay on building Terrapin spirit among the student body. Click here for more information and to access the scholarship application.

Applications are due by June 15, 2014.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Upcoming Deadline: Smith School Business Analytics Minor

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Panel Discussion: Preserving Maryland's Waters

First Annual Sustainability Speakers Series! Join us for the first panel discussion in the minor’s annual Sustainability Speakers Series: Preserving Maryland’s Waters.

The Sustainability Studies Minor is proud to present Preserving Maryland’s Waters, the first panel discussion in the minor’s annual Sustainable Speakers Series.

Marylanders are stewards to three major waterways in the region and the country: the Anacostia River, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. These waterways support a vibrant ecosystem, various economic activities, and a deep regional culture. Today, these three bodies of water face diverse challenges, and our decisions on how to manage them will have long-term effects on the sustainability of the entire region.

Join us to discuss the major challenges to Maryland’s iconic waters as we discuss sustainability issues with experts from three of the region’s top environmental groups, each dedicated to preserving the rivers and the bay that we cherish.

Who:   Lee Epstein, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Matt Logan, Potomac Riverkeeper
Dan Smith, Anacostia Watershed Society
When: April 8th at 5:00 PM
Where: Plant Science Building, Room 1140


Share Your Views at the BSOS DSAC Town Hall Meeting Thusday!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean's Student Advisory Council (DSAC) includes students representing all parts of the college, advises the dean on a number of BSOS initiatives and plans annual college-wide events like the Student-Faculty Dinner, brown bag lunches, and field trips.  

All undergraduates in our college are invited to the Spring DSAC Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM in TYD1102. RSVP to the Facebook event.

DSAC is seeking your input on a variety of topics that resonate with BSOS students, such as undergraduate research opportunities, online learning, BSOS entrepreneurship, new projects like the BSOS Hangout Space and Tydings cafe, and more. Like something? Want to change something? Come to the Town Hall Meeting!

Work 4 Change Internship Course

Making a commitment to making a difference!

The Work4Change program provides students with the unique opportunity to integrate socially responsible leadership and civic engagement through service-learning within both an academic leadership course and an internship at a local community agency.

Are you interested in gaining practical work experience?
Are you looking for ways to engage with the community to address important issues?
Are you ready to develop your socially responsible leadership skills through active learning?
Are you interested in putting your passions to work?
Are you interested in developing a relationship with other student change agents on campus?
Are you looking for assistance with identifying an internship experience?

· Participants will take part in an internship experience during the Fall 2014 semester.

Staff will work with you to find an internship experience exploring socially responsible leadership and your personal career goals.  Learn how to build and polish your resume and take advantage of the resources and networks of local communities.

Have you developed your leadership style?

Work4Change students will learn about asset-based community development, service-learning, leadership in the workplace, and leadership for social change while enrolled in EDCP318Z in the Fall semester (Tuesdays from 3-5pm).

Students will delve into various leadership styles, practices, and ideas through their course work to develop their own ideas and leadership style and apply these to their internship sites.

How to Join the Program

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2014! Completed applications are due by April 1, 2014 at 9am.

Learn more at and apply at

Entrepreneur Career Panel - April 10, 2014

How Can I Be the Solution? Perspectives from a Panel of Entrepreneurs
Thursday, April 10, 2014 • 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)

 A panel of entrepreneurs will discuss tips for exploring business careers, starting a business, and talk about the impact their careers have had on their industries or communities. Free pizza will also be available!

The second half of the panel will be open for the audience to ask questions, so bring any questions you have and don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some very successful UMD alumni.

Learn more about the panelist:

DARREN PORT is the CEO and Founder of Powered by Professionals. Under Darren’s leadership, PBP has started 11 charitable organizations in 10 years. In 2007 alone, Darren led a new charity – one of the first that he helped to create – to reach their fundraising goal of over $1 million. In 2011, PBP and the Sarcoma Foundation of America raised over $1.2 million dollars in conjunction with the SFA’s 10th Anniversary Fundraising Gala, which also marked the organization’s fourth consecutive year working with PBP. As of January 2014, PBP is thrilled to announce that we have raised donations totaling over $40 million for our clients.

PAUL MANDELL is a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Consero. In this role, Mr. Mandell provides strategic leadership for the company with a rigid focus on excellence at every level of the business. Prior to founding Consero, Mr. Mandell founded and was the President of a national legal support company that was acquired in 2007. The successor entity was recognized as one of the world’s top legal process outsourcing companies during his continued tenure as President the following year. Prior to entering the business world, Mr. Mandell practiced law at Arnold & Porter LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in Washington, DC, and New York, New York, respectively, where he focused primarily on antitrust and pharmaceutical litigation. Prior to his law firm experience, Mr. Mandell clerked for the Honorable K. Michael Moore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He also serves as the Chair of the BSOS Board of Visitors, UMD!

ARI KAREN is a principal of the Offit Kurman firm in its labor and employment group and is also the Founder and Director of C3 Complaince Consultants, the firm's subsidiary mortgage compliance consulting business. Over recent years, Mr. Karen’s practice focus of labor and employment law has grown to encompass working with mortgage banks and other financial services in the implementation of cutting edge policies and procedures. Mr. Karen's practice is diverse, representing clients on matters concerning banking regulations, Dodd Frank financial reform laws, contractual disputes, employment and labor statutes, wage-hour class actions, employment discrimination and fair lending matters, whistleblower complaints and non-competition claims, among others.

 MODERATOR: Steven Begleiter is third generation in the garment business and is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of KBL Group International. Steven is responsible for KBL’s overall vision, strategy, and execution. Having been a kid in the shipping room working for his father, starting his own business, and now running a multinational company; Steven has taken on many jobs in his career. He graduated from UMD in 1992 and lives in New Jersey with his wife Karen, and 2 children, Alex and Corey.

*Sponsored by the BSOS Solutions Lab, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

RSVP for this event: Click here

For additional information about this event: contact Crystal Sehlke at

Friday, March 21, 2014

Citizens for Tax Justice Spring Internship Opportunity- PAID- Deadline March 28th!

Citizens for Tax Justice, a Washington-based tax policy research organization, has an immediate opening for a part-time research assistant to assist with our ongoing corporate tax avoidance research. Applicants should be highly motivated, energetic graduate or undergraduate students seeking an opportunity to make a difference in a progressive environment. Basic requirements for the position include solid research and writing skills, as well as an interest in learning about tax and fiscal policy. Some coursework in economics, as well as previous research experience, is a plus.

 This is a temporary position focused on compiling and analyzing tax data from the 10-K annual financial reports filed by Fortune 500 corporations. The research assistant will play a primary role in assembling data for CTJ’s ongoing series of widely-cited reports showing the extent to which many of the biggest and most profitable multinational corporations are avoiding federal and state corporate income taxes.

The position located in our Dupont Circle office in Washington, DC. The position is part-time (10 to 20 hours per week), and is paid. The internship can be designed to work around the applicant’s academic schedule.
About CTJ:
CTJ is a 501(c)(4) research organization working on federal, state and local tax policy with an emphasis on progressive tax reform solutions that can achieve fairness and sustainability. For more information about our work, visit CTJ at
To Apply:
Applicants should e-mail a resume, cover letter, brief writing sample, and the names and contact information of at least two references to In the cover letter, please explain your interest in tax policy and, if applicable, any previous experience or coursework in that area.

Applications are due by March 28, 2014. We will let all applicants know of our decision by mid April.

CTJ is an equal opportunity employer.

Summer International Program Internship with Center for Economic & Policy Research

The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time International Program Intern for Summer 2014 (June 1st-August 31st).

Responsibilities include assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces; organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics; assisting in tracking and logging press mentions; as well as working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress.

The responsibilities vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Applicants need a general understanding of economics, international relations, and democracy issues, and an interest in economic justice. Previous research, data and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful; interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience will have event management opportunities. The intern will need to be fluent in Spanish, including the ability to perform accurate written translations; able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited management; and be a self-starter and independent learner. Should have excellent writing and communications skills. 
Stipend: At least $1,580 per month, plus up to $250 for health insurance reimbursement per month.
Application instructions

Send cover letter, resume, and a brief (2 page) answer to the question “How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?” to: Apply by April 4th.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Research Assistant Positions available at the Congressional Budget Office

14-15 Assistant Analyst
Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a small, nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress. The Health, Retirement, and Long- Term Analysis Division is seeking an Assistant Analyst to provide the division’s senior analysts with statistical analyses, graphics, literature reviews, and other research assistance. The selected candidate will also conduct independent research on a variety of topics. Assistant Analysts typically pursue professional or graduate degrees in fields such as economics, public policy, medicine, or law following their 2-3 year term appointments.

The Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division analyzes federal programs and policies concerning health care and retirement, including Medicare, Medicaid, subsidies to be provided through health insurance exchanges, and Social Security. The division works on some of the most hotly debated policy issues before the Congress, producing reports on a range of policy issues and options and providing detailed analyses of proposed legislation. The division is also responsible for CBO’s long-term budget projections and collaborates on analyses of the long-term effects of proposed legislation.

Recently completed reports include an analysis of illustrative options for a premium support system in Medicare, a volume of health-related options for reducing the federal budget deficit, and the 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook.

The position requires a person who can work well with a number of senior staff members, take initiative to gather suitable data to address policy questions, conduct spreadsheet and statistical analyses, assist with slide presentations and written reports, and complete assignments in a timely manner. Candidates must have strong quantitative, writing, and computer skills (e.g. STATA and/or SAS, Excel, Powerpoint, and Word), and a desire to work on issues of current legislative interest to the Congress. A bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in economics or a related discipline is also required.

Fall 2014 Internships: The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism


Monday, March 17, 2014

LAS Peer Assisted Learning Program

Now that mid-semester grades are upon us, you may find some that you are in need of some extra academic assistance.  Please consider the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program.  PALs are specially trained undergraduates who work individually with students who need help with time management, organization, study skills, and academic content.  A new offering this spring is the PAL walk in hours on Thursdays.  Please see the attached flyers for more information.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Business Analytics Minor - Fall 2014 Application

Spread the news: The Smith Minor in Business Analytics is accepting applications!

Are you a University of Maryland undergraduate with 30 credits or more? Are you interested in developing your Business Savvy?

Visit us on the web to learn more at

Beyond the Classroom Accepting Applications for Fall 2014

Beyond the Classroom (BTC): A 3-semester UMD leadership program for juniors and seniors from all majors that combines:

  •  Coursework focused on solving global problems & civic issues
  • A professional internship in the non-profit or public sector
  • Civic engagement & service learning opportunities
  • Career mentoring & making connections with experts
  • A supportive learning community of UMD students from diverse backgrounds
...And we offer housing in our exclusive BTC apartments in South Campus Commons. (Note: Living in our housing is not a requirement for joining BTC.)

 Learn More & Apply:  

 Deadlines to join for Fall 2014
  • BTC + Housing Deadline (first-come, first-serve if housing is available): February 21, 2014
  • BTC-Only Deadline (if you don't want BTC housing):  Rolling admissions throughout Spring 2014

Department of the Treasury - Fall 2014 Internship

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 2014 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 both a long-term research project as well as a multitude of smaller projects. They are also expected to attend Congressional Hearings, think tank lectures, and presentations and summarize these events for the Assistant Secretary and other senior level economists. Candidates should have strong writing skills and be well organized, highly motivated, and able to work independently. 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. Though 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 the names and contact information of three references to Applications are due July 11, 2014. U.S. citizenship required. For further information, please contact Christine Devlin, Office of Economic Policy, U.S. Treasury Department, 202-622-2200.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

White House Internship Program

White House Internship Program: Employer Networking Sessions
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 Hornbake Library)

Event Details:

Representatives from the White House Internship Program are coming to University of Maryland to share with Terps information about their fall 2014 internship program.

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation.

The application for the Fall 2014 White House Internship Program is now open. For more information, please click here:

Appropriate Attire:

Minimum attire for ALL sessions with employers present is business casual unless otherwise specified.

RSVP for this event: Click here

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Innovations for Poverty Action Summer Internships

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA is accepting interns for the summer of 2014 globally. These positions offer an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research.
 Interns perform a variety of tasks, including:
  • Provide monitoring and oversight for project implementation;
  • Assist with developing and piloting survey questionnaires and other measurement tools;
  • Coordinate field data collection efforts;
  • Conduct administrative data collection;
  • Develop data quality and content quality protocols;
  • Write reports to donors;
  • Coordinate with partner organizations;
  • Assist with data cleaning and analysis;
  • Update and draft policy briefs and memos;
  • Organize conferences;
  • Office administration;
  • Database management; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

The Wharton School Seeking Data Analyst/Research Analyst


The successful candidate will support faculty research in a number of areas, including real estate, public policy, and urban economics. Job responsibilities include collecting and maintaining databases, performing a variety of statistical and econometric analyses, writing research reports, and providing research-related programming support. Independent thinking, a thorough understanding of economics, and self-motivation are highly valued in performing these functions.


BA/BS in Economics, Statistics, Finance, Mathematics, Computer Science or another closely related discipline; previous experience as data analyst or pursing independent research is preferred; computer- programming skills are necessary; ability to analyze data and write reports required. We anticipate that the successful candidate would work at the Center for up to three years before going on to graduate programs or careers in real estate, finance, economics, or related disciplines. Previous analysts have been admitted to Berkeley Economics, Stanford Economics, Cornell Economics and Penn Statistics, among others.

Brown Bag Lunch Opportunity with Dr. Jessica Goldberg

Are you interested in international development, development economics, or field experiments? Would you like to know more about the research being done on campus and how you can get involved or do something similar? You're in luck!

The Dean's Student Advisory Council is hosting a brown bag lunch with Dr. Jessica Goldberg of the ECON department. Dr. Goldberg's research focuses on the role of social networks in outreach to treat communicable disease in India, as well as the effect of social pressure on consumption and savings in Malawi and Uganda. She is currently a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development and a faculty associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.

Come ask Dr. Goldberg about her research, career experiences, and graduate school. DSAC will also provide all attending students with a free box lunch!

March 11th, 2014 (Tuesday)
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Room TBD


*Space is limited to the first 12 students to register!*

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