Monday, December 22, 2014

Summer Internship Opportunities at the NY Fed

Summer Internship Opportunities at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Apply by January 15th, 2015
We offer an array of challenges that demand the skills of a financial professional, the intellectual curiosity of an academic, and the passion for public service. If you are ready to take on these challenges in your career, then the New York Fed is the ideal place for you. We have launched our Summer Internship Applications on our careers website and wanted to provide you with the application details.  We would also like to ask for your assistance in passing this information along to your fellow classmates, student organization group members and other interested peers and colleagues.
Summer Analyst and Associate Program Application Deadline
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 (11:59 PM EST)
Apply on our careers website

Summer Intern Recruiting Timeline:
Applications will be reviewed at the end of January/February
Candidates who are selected to interview will be notified in February
Interviews will be conducted from mid- February through March

The Chicago Fed Economic Research Department is hiring summer 2015 interns

Economic Research Intern-239037 Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Primary Location:  IL-Chicago
Full-time / Part-time:  Full-time
Employee Status:  Temporary
Overtime Status: Non-exempt
Job Type: Internship
Travel: No
Shift: Day Job

Job Summary:

Conducts statistical and economic analyses of current macroeconomic, microeconomic, financial and regional data, and provides research support for the economists. May evaluate possible competitive effects of complex Bank Holding Company (BHC) acquisitions and bank merger applications, and respond to requests for data related to the banking markets. The level of work required is considered entry- level and staff work under direct supervision. This job has no direct reports.

  •  Supports the economists in their basic and applied research by following instructions to perform tasks including collecting data, conducting moderately complex statistical analysis, writing statistical software programs, and organizing the presentation of results
  • Assists the economists in the analysis of public policy issues and events. Issues include monetary policy, bank regulation, payments systems, financial markets, community development and the state of the US and global economies
  • Researches economic topics for economists' articles; on some of these occasions, the Associate Economist’s efforts will be substantial enough to constitute collaboration with the economists (or department management), leading to jointly authored articles
  • Prepares a variety of charts, tables, and descriptive text for Department management or other staff economists to use in their briefings of the President and the Board of Directors or for creating an evaluation of a BHC merger or acquisition application
  • Follows instructions to research and organize background materials for presentations to the President; responds to other System-wide directives and requests or for creating casework to support a recommendation for approval or denial of the applications
  • Performs other duties as requested
  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Mathematics, or related field with emphasis on quantitative and/or analytical skills
  • Research Assistant experience preferred
  • SAS, STATA or Matlab experience preferred
Application requirements:

To be considered, all applications must include a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcriptions.

Apply online at to job #239037

Friday, December 19, 2014

PSYC123 - 1 credit online course for the Spring 2015

Still looking for a 1 credit course for the Spring semester? Want some extra tips for future job interviews? Consider this online course for your spring schedule.

PSYC 123 – The Psychology of Getting Hired

Simply having a college degree is not enough – if you want to be competitive in the professional world you need to devote as much time and effort in developing your professional credentials and materials as you do to your coursework. Together we will explore psychological principles that influence the selection process and how you can apply them for the edge that makes your competition Fear the Turtle!

Click here for more information!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Experiencing academic difficulty? Consider taking EDCP108B this winter


Assistant Analyst Opening at the Congressional Budget Office

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in Washington, DC has an opening for an Assistant Analyst in the Tax Analysis Division. This is a great opportunity for recent graduates or spring 2015 graduates with a bachelor's degree in economics, public policy, or math/statistics looking for substantive professional experience before applying to graduate school. This is a temporary position not to exceed 3 years.

Click here to view the full job announcement and apply online. 

Apply Now for BSOS Scholarships!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers several scholarships to current students. Each scholarship has individual eligibility criteria. Applications are due on January 23, 2015. Scholarship awards are for the fall 2015 semester. For additional information and requirements, please visit:

The college offers the following scholarship awards:
  • Irv & Micki Goldstein Scholarship Award
  • Jean & Robert Steele Scholarship Award
  • Katherine Pedro & Robert S. Beardsley Scholarship Award
  • Murray E. Polakoff Scholarship Award
  • The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Scholarship Award
  • The Montgomery Family Endowed Scholarship Award
Deadline to apply:
Friday, January 23 by 5:00 p.m.

For materials that cannot be submitted in your online application, please send or deliver remaining items to:

Attn: Blessing Enekwe
College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
University of Maryland
2141 Tydings Hall
College Park, MD 20742

or email

Questions regarding the scholarships or the application process can be e-mailed to:

Please include "scholarships" in the subject line when e-mailing. All electronic recommendations should be sent from a University email address to

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Brookings Institution - Economic Studies Recruiting Research Assistants


Undertakes research, programming simulation, and statistical assistance to designated scholar(s).


Bachelor’s degree in Economics or Mathematics/ Statistics with a minor in Economics required. Masters in similar fields or one-year job experience in economics and/or computer modeling preferred but not required. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision required.


Strong computer skills and experience required. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Independent research experience preferred. Experience with software such as SAS, STATA, and other econometric packages required.


60% Programming Simulation and Statistical Assistance
  • Works jointly with senior scholars, prepares and revises programming code, simulation macros, database files and regression estimates. 
  • Prepares tables and graphs output from model simulations.
  • Updates and checks existing databanks; assembles, consolidates, and checks data from new sources. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Spring 2015 Course Offering

Sign Up Today For An Extraordinary Class that Lets You Make a Global Difference! Have the opportunity to invest thousands of dollars in a seminar on international social change that past students in similar classes Called "Awesome" and the “Best Class I've Taken!"

This is no ordinary class, this is an experience! PUAF388G Seminar on Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change will be offered this spring on Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:30pm. In addition to learning about global social change in a fun and engaging way, you will also have the chance to make a real impact.

How do you tackle the world’s most pressing issues? From Poverty, climate change, gender equity, human trafficking, refugee and humanitarian emergencies, and public health crises, you will learn how nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and philanthropy are working across borders and in the most desperate circumstances to alleviate suffering and solve problems. By the end of this class you will be able to create a better world by actually investing thousands of dollars in a real nonprofit organization! What other class gives you the power to make a change in the world?

PUAF 388G Seminar on Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change
Dr. Angela Bies, Endowed Associate Professor of Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Thursdays 11:00am-2:30pm (Taliaferro 1126)

Check out the Washington Post article profiling an earlier version of this course:

The Sebastian Herbstein Memorial Scholarship in Fiction Writing

Attention creative writers!  Are you a passionate fiction writer with a flair for storytelling? If so, submit your application TODAY!

The Sebastian Herbstein Memorial Scholarship in Fiction Writing is a memorial scholarship that honors the memory of Sebastian Herbstein, a talented writer, dedicated scholar and son of UMD professor, Judith Freidenberg, which provides two prizes, $600 for first prize and $300 for second prize, for works of short fiction of 5,000 words or less. All full-time UMD undergrads are eligible to apply.

For complete award criteria, instructions, and an online application, please visit Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 .

Questions? Contact Jennifer Kilberg, BSOS Alumni and Donor Relations at 301.405.2998 or   

Friday, December 5, 2014

Looking for a supporting course this spring? Interested in Global Climate Change?

New this Spring!
ENSP399R – Global Climate Change / Coastal Indicators (3 credits) 

This new course provides a unique opportunity to contribute to a national global change research program investigating “indicators” of global change, for example, drought, flooding, sea level rise, etc.  This spring, the course will focus on “coastal resilience indicators” in the face of climate change and coastal hazards and will be co-taught by two scientists working on the project.

Students will help analyze “green infrastructure” like sea grasses and SAV’s; and “gray” services, like breakwaters and sea walls.  Along the way, you will have a terrific opportunity to explore how science policy is developed and connect with scientists and policy-makers at the cutting edge of climate change research and policy.

Because environmental challenges and human responses to them are multi-dimensional, the course is open to motivated students in all majors, including:  ANTH, AOSC, BSCI, ECON, Engineering, ENSP, ENST, GEOG, GEOL, GIS, GVPT, among others.  Students enrolled in the Sustainability Studies Minor are also encouraged to enroll.

During the semester, you will:

·         Learn about “resilience” and “sustainability”
·         Learn how science policy works
·         Work with real data
·         Learn how to figure out what is known and what is not known; and how to break the data down to understand what is useful
·         Develop an indicator to help measure global climate change impacts on coastal communities.
·         Learn how to write policy memos, interpret “take home” messages, and give 30-second elevator speeches re: climate change research.
·         Meet guest speakers at the cutting edge of research and policy.
·         The course will be taught on Fridays, 10-1 pm, in 0215 Symons Hall (Section 0101). 

Interested students should e-mail: Dr. Ariana Sutton-Greer at (and cc:  Please include the following information in your message:  Why are you interested in this course? What is your major, UID, and expected graduation date?  Since this class is likely to be different from others you have taken, please make a point of attending the first class to learn more about it and confirm your interest.

Monday, December 1, 2014

BSOS Looking for Peer Mentors for Spring 2015


The Peer Mentor Program is a component of the student services offered by the BSOS Advising Center. The primary role of Peer Mentors is to teach the BSOS Graduation Planning workshops each semester and conduct various presentations in BSOS UNIV100 sections. Through the services they provide to fellow students, Peer Mentors gain leadership, presentation, and public speaking skills. In preparation for their required tasks, all Peer Mentors are expected to attend weekly class sessions and serve for at least two semesters. Students will earn 1 academic credit after successful completion of each semester.
  • Must be a BSOS major for a minimum of 2 semesters
  • If the student is a Double Major, the primary major must be in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing with intentions to return for Fall 2015
  • At least a 2.5 GPA within major
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5+ (Required Submission of Unofficial Transcript)
  • Must be in good judicial/academic standing

Spring 2015 Course Offering

BSOS 388B - Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now
Tuesday 2:00-4:30 PM
3 credits

Explore the many mechanisms for achieving social impact through social innovation. This is team-based, highly interactive and dynamic course that provides an opportunity for students to generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing many communities today. This course deepens the students understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by guiding them through the creation and implementation process as applied to a project idea of their choice. These projects serve as the laboratory to implement topics such as design systems thinking, developing and communicating a strategy and goals, project management and implementation skills, teamwork and talent management, fundraising and revenue generation, marketing and partner development, leadership skills and project sustainability. For more information, visit .

This is a Fearless Ideas course offered in collaboration with PUAF388D and HONR348D

Students should contact Blessing Enekwe at to register for the course.

DSAC Brown Bag Lunch with Dean Ball 12/3

Hey BSOS Students!

Our last Brown Bag Event for the semester will be happening Wednesday, December 3 - lunch with the new Dean of BSOS, Dr. Gregory Ball! If you are interested in getting to know our new Dean, learning about research opportunities in BSOS, or want to hear about some of the new ideas Dean Ball has for BSOS then this is the event for you!

BSOS- Dean Ball
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
12:30PM - 1:30PM (Lunch will be provided)
2141K Tydings Hall (Dean’s Conference Room)

Before becoming the Dean of BSOS, Dr. Ball served as Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Vice Dean for Science and Research Infrastructure in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ball’s past research has covered brain and social behaviors, with his most recent focus on interrelationships among steroid hormones. Dean Ball has earned a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the Institute of Animal Behavior at Rutgers University.

Ferguson Town Hall: Come be a part of social change

African American Studies Department (AASD) invites you to attend
Ferguson Town Hall

Come out and let your voices be heard!!!!

On Wednesday, December  3, 2014 the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park will host a talk and panel discussion for “Ferguson Town Hall.” The tragic shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent decision by the grand jury to not indict Ferguson, MO., police officer Darren Wilson has many wondering where do we go from here. The African American Studies Department invites the university community to speak out and be heard on these important issues, and to be a part of a plan for social change.

AASD will be joined by colleagues from: MLAW Programs (MLAW), Critical Race Initiative, UMD Social Justice Coalition, UMD Police Dept.(Chief Mitchell)  & the Baha’i Chair.

The forum will be held in the Atrium, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD from 6:30pm-8:30pmThis event is free and open to the general public.
For further information please visit or contact the African American Studies Department directly at 301-405-1158.